June 10, 2015 at 9:32 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Franco nominated for Zoning Commission post


David Franco, gay news, Washington Blade

David Franco is co-owner of Level 2 Development and Universal Gear. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Mayor Muriel Bowser has nominated gay businessman David Franco for a seat on the five-member D.C. Zoning Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial body that prepares, amends and approves the city’s zoning regulations and zoning map.

Franco’s nomination must be confirmed by the D.C. Council. Brian Moore, chief of staff for D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), said the Council’s Committee of the Whole, which is chaired by Mendelson, was expected to schedule a public hearing on Franco’s nomination within the next few weeks.

Moore said that due to other business pending before the committee, the hearing for Franco could be held either shortly before the Council adjourns for its summer recess on July 15 or shortly after the Council returns from its recess on Sept. 15.

Franco is co-owner of Level 2 Development, a D.C.-based real estate development company that has built a number of residential apartment and condominium buildings with ground floor retail space in the 14th and U Streets corridor. He is also co-owner of the Universal Gear men’s clothing and accessories stores located in D.C. and other cities.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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