The Friends of the Georgetown Waterfront Park are petitioning the District government to name the intersection of K and Wisconsin after the late Senator Charles Percy, of Illinois. While Senator, Percy took a keen interest in the state of the Georgetown waterfront. He ultimately chaired the Georgetown Waterfront Commission that was the primary force that lead to the reinvention of the formerly industrial strip as a wonderful public park. In a poignant series of events, Percy passed away after a long bout with Alzheimer’s just days after the final phase of the park was opened last September.
DC law prohibits the naming a street or intersection after a living person or someone who has only been deceased for two years. The council has made exceptions in the past, and it appears that the powers-that-be are lining up to support an exception in this case too. The ANC is planning on taking the matter up next week, and is expected to approve a resolution in support of the motion.