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FIRST SESSION

SEPTEMBER 12 AND 13; OCTOBER 11 AND 12, 1967

Printed for the use of the Committee on Public Works

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1967

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CONTENTS

Page

H.R. 12603...

1

Testimony of-

Annunzio, Hon. Frank, a Representative in Congress from the State

of Illinois.--

4

Arata, Clarence A., executive director, Washington Convention and

Visitors Bureau.

61

Avery, George A., chairman, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit

Commission.-

142

Coon, Charles C., assistant vice president, Metropolitan Washington

Board of Trade...

51

Coopersmith, Mrs. Esther, member of the National Visitor Center

Study Commission, Washington, D.C.

242

Dawson, Donald S., Esq., on behalf of 0. Roy Chalk, president,

D.C. Transit System, Inc., special counsel; accompanied by Manuel

J. Davis, Esq., counsel, D.C. Transit System, Inc.-

161

Erlenborn, John N., Member of the House of Representatives from the

State of Illinois..

139

Gude, Hon. Gilbert, a Representative in Congress from the State of

Maryland..

39

Jennings, Lewellyn A., chairman, Federal City Council.

48

Jessup, Claude A., president, Eastern Continental Trailways Bus Sys-

tem..

57

Knott, Lawson B., Jr., Administrator, General Services Administra-

tion; accompanied by Loy M. Shipp, Jr., Deputy Assistant Com-

missioner for Space Management, and Karel Yasko, Special Assist-

ant to Commissioner, Public Buildings Service-

7

McKibben, Virgil T., assistant regional manager, Eastern Greyhound

Lines

58

Mollison, Brig. Gen. James A., chairman, Public Affairs Committee,

Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade.

54

Mulligan, M. C., president, Washington Terminal Co.--

25

Owen, Thornton W., president, Terminal Committee, Inc., Wash-

ington, D.C..

42, 66

Pickle, Hon. J. J., a Representative in Congress from the State of

Texas.

16

Powell, William J., Esq., executive vice president and general counsel

of the U.S. Visitor Center Founding Corp. and the American Foun-

dation for World Trade Studies, Inc.; accompanied by Cameron

Hartwell Pulley, chairman of the boards of directors; Dr. Alvin C.

Loewer and Warren Sargent, architects; John B. Funk, engineer;

and William J. Muth, director of public relations.-

100

Prentiss, Maj. Gen. Louis W., chairman, Project Planning Com-

mittee, Federal City Council.'-

49

Toohey, William D., chairman, Government Relations Committee,

National Association of Travel Organizations..

22

Troutman, John, director for plans and programs, National New

Career Center, Washington, D.C----

244

Udall, Hon. Stewart L., Secretary of the Interior; accompanied by

T. Sutton Jett, Regional Director, Park Service; Robert L. Plavnick,
AIP, urban planning consultant, Washington, D.C.; and Seymour
Auerbach, of Cooper & Auerbach, AIA, architects, Washington,
D.C.--

80

Additional information-

Page

American Motorist, letter and article.

274

Brotzman, Hon. Donald G., a Representative in Congress from the

State of Colorado, statement.--

268

Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, letter.. 273

Capitol Hill Southeast Citizens Association, Inc., letter...

273

Doggett, Leonard B., Jr., president, the Metropolitan Washington

Board of Trade, extended remarks...

56

Downtown Progress, letter and summary of study -

276

Flynt, Hon. John J., a Representative in Congress from the State of

Georgia, statement..

268

Hodgson, James B., Jr., representative, Hill Restoration Society, etc.,

testimony

250

Kleppe, Hon. Tom S., a Representative in Congress from the State of

North Dakota, statement.--

65

Letters from Congressmen and Senators:

Bartlett, E. L.

38

Brown, Garry

36

Dorn, Wm. Jennings Bryan.

36

Eilberg, Joshua.-

Ellender, Allen J..

38

Findley, Paul.

36

Friedel, Samuel V.

37

Gonzalez, Henry B.

Hathaway, William D.

36

Holifield, Chet.

37

Kelly, Edna F.

38

Percy, Charles H.

39

Scott, Hugh.

39

Macy, John W., Jr., chairman, U.S. Civil Service Commission, letter..

Meridian House Foundation, letter and statement by Philip Larner

Gore, president.

271

National Capitol U.S.O., letter and statement of Henry W. Clark,

vice president.

252

National Industrial Exposition & Transportation Center, Inc., articles

of incorporation and certificate..

74

National New Career Center Development program, etc.

244

Pan American Liaison Committee of Woman's Organizations, Inc.,

letter

271

Public Law 757, re franchise for D.C. Transit, etc.

233

United Service Organizations, Inc., letter and material.

256

U.S. Court of Appeals, No. 20975, etc.--

153, 164, 175

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact, joint

resolution..

184

Washington Sightseeing Tours, letter---

275

Widnall, Hon. William B., a Representative in Congress from the

State of New Jersey, statement...

40

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NATIONAL VISITOR CENTER ACT OF 1967

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1967

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS OF THE

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIO WORKS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 2167, Rayburn House Office Building, Kenneth J. Gray (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Mr. Gray, The Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds of the House Committee on Public Works will please come to order.

The Chair would like to welcome all of you here this morning and thank you very kindly for coming.

We will conduct open hearings starting today and continuing possibly for 3 or 4 days on H.R. 12603, by Mr. Gray of Illinois; H.R. 12686, by Mr. McCiory; H.R. 12693, by Mr. Pickle; H.R. 12752, by Mr. Leggett; H.R. 12760, by Mr. Widnall; H.R. 12770, by Mr. Annunzio; H.R. 12778, by Mr. Matsunaga; H.R. 12784, by Mr. Schwengel and Mr. Mayne; H.R. 12823, by Mr. Eilberg; H.R. 12825, by Mr. Erlenborn; H.R. 12828, by Mr. Farbstein; H.R. 12831, by Mr. Kleppe; H.R. 12845, by Mr. Helstoski; H.R. 12866, by Mr. Grover; H.R. 12870, by Mr. Rodino; and H.R. 12885, by Mr. Henderson, and several identical Senate bills introduced by our colleagues in the other body.

This act, if enacted, will be known as the National Visitor Center Act of 1967.

(H.R. 12603 follows:)

(H.R. 12603, 90th Cong., first sess.) A BILL To supplement the purposes of the Public Buildings Act of 1959 (73 Stat. 479),

by authorizing agreements and leases with respect to certain properties in the District of Columbia, for the purpose of a national visitor center, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “National Visitor Center Act of 1967".

Sec. 2. The Administrator of the General Services Administration and the Secretary of the Interior, on behalf of the United States, are authorized to negotiate and enter into agreements and leases with the Washington Terminal Company, the owner of the property in the District of Columbia known as Union Station, for the use of portions of such property for a national visitor center and for a parking facility in connection therewith.

SEC. 3. (a) The agreements and leases authorized by section 2 of this Act shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

(1) The Washington Terminal Company shall agree to undertake such alterations of the existing Union Station Building as the Secretary of the Interior deems necessary to provide adequate facilities for visitors, but the total cost of such alterations shall not exceed $5,000,000;

(2) The lease of the Union Station Building to the United States shall commence upon completion of such alterations and shall be for a term of not more than twenty years;

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