DICK’s Now Hiring for new D.C. Store in Fort Lincoln!

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Dick’s Sporting Goods is now hiring for positions at it’s new store in the Shops @ Dakota Crossing Shopping Center in Fort Lincoln.

Come out this Friday to the Hiring Information Session and hear first hand from the Store’s General Manager on what positions are available, apply online  for open job positions and schedule your interview.

Computers will be available to complete applications at this event for two hours.  Please come early and prepared.  You can also complete applications online from anywhere and schedule your interview at: dicksSportingGoods.jobs/newstores.  The hiring information session is not required but recommended.

Need help with your resume or need interview preparations?  The DC Department of Employment Services may be able to help. Visit their website at DOES.dc.gov

Better WMATA Engagement Results in More Bus Options in Fort Lincoln

Last year I testified at WMATA’s Public Hearing mostly in disbelief that the only options for fixing our bus ridership was to cut the B8/B9 and re-route the H6 to service the shopping center.  There was no consideration for upcoming development, changing community demographics or proximity to basic services; just a focus on return on investment which for Fort Lincoln can’t be the determining factor with the large concentration of senior residents.

However, this year was different, there was better coordination with WMATA and more residents from the community at the table to discuss their riding habits.  Although the B8/B9 is proposed to be cut again, there are a few new options which may increase ridership, continue service to Colmar Manor and finally gain access to Ivy City.

The screenshot below describes the extent of the changes. The link to the entire document is here.  071416_3APublicHearing2016BusSOGO

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Fort Lincoln Construction Updates

Construction progress is in full effect in Fort Lincoln. We are getting closer to the opening of the much anticipated Shops at Dakota Crossing, the “almost” sold out Banneker Ridge Development and the start of the next large multi-family development in Fort Lincoln which consist of 123 town homes and 240 apartments.


Shops At Dakota Crossing

The Large parcels in the Shops at Dakota Crossing are expected to open 4th Quarter of 2016 with the remainder of the shopping center completing construction in the 1st Quarter of 2017.  The Opening dates of the remaining shops have not been announced, however the buildings will be completed.

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View of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshall’s, 5 Below & Pet-smart – Shops At Dakota Crossing
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Foundations for the Remaining Shops which includes restaurants, cafe’s and other shops with outdoor seating.

 

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Large stone retaining wall has been installed which will feature a radius shaped building shown in the rendering above.
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Brick, Stone, & Precast Panels will be featured throughout the shopping center which will enhance the overall architectural aesthetic of the community.  It will have a very suburban community feel with the benefit of being in Washington, D.C.

Banneker Ridge

There appears to only be 8 Home sites remaining at the new Banneker Ridge residential development. If you want to claim your piece of the most expansive view of the DMV there’s still time.  Granted you may have to wait a few years before you see services such as an adequate park & an unshuttered school  catch up with the progress  of the rest of community…Bazinga!   We are actually making progress towards conducting  a study for a more comprehensive park design & exploring options to expedite the opening  of the school; more details forthcoming.

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The first of 3 rows that will face Fort Lincoln Drive in the Banneker Ridge Development.  The Monroe Place model is shown in the picture above the back of this model is shown below.

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Fort Lincoln Multi-Family Development

Fort Lincoln continues its tradition of building family sized apartments, town homes & condos throughout the community.  Although the new developments all have the required Inclusionary Zoning Units, there is still a lot of concern about the affordability of new construction residential developments.  During the last SMD Meeting the developer announced that Fort Lincoln overall will be 60% affordable when development is complete, and that the affordable units were built earlier in the development.  I’ve met with neighbors and we are planning a home buying seminar later this year to be sure that long time & current residents are taking advantage of all possible home-buying incentives to increase their chances of attaining home ownership in new developments in Fort Lincoln.

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View of the new Multifamily Development Site with the protected Wetlands in tack.
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A possible 3 Bedroom unit filled with Windows which will bring in lots of natural light.

 

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Virginia plans to de-rail Development in Union Market & Ivy City

 

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The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter rail service linking the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia and has plans to expand/relocate it’s rail-car storage capacity as an apparent result of the Union Station Expansion. VRE plans to do this by  reactivating abandoned railroad through Union Market and creating a new storage yard on New York Ave. from 4th street to  16th street.  See pictures below:

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VRE 1 Summary

VRE’s plan would expand into a developing community absent of considering the obvious impact not only to the residents of this community but to the community development efforts and livability factor of such a facility.  These rails have been abandoned for decades and New York Ave. is becoming a residential and retail destination which will connect many of the communities from NOMA to Fort Lincoln. Today, there is an  existing 70 foot buffer between Amtrak Trains & New York Ave, which is used in part by Douglas Development as well as the planned trail connection along New York Ave. which will bring safe multimodal infrastructure to the community. Removing that buffer and storing idling diesel powered trains up to the curb is infuriating and is clearly a lack of engagement and care for the lives of people who live in this community.  Moreover, Virginia has much more space to store trains within its own state lines and close Proximity of D.C. but of coarse they wouldn’t dare dump on their own development projects.  VRE could easily store their  trains at the proposed Long Bridge Park Pool Site which still hasn’t broken ground or in Potomac Yards where they have decommissioned that entire rail yard and is redeveloping.

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In addition to the numerous and obvious environmental & health issues that stem from  idling trains within close proximity to District residents, this plan would significantly alter, or even in some cases halt or eliminate projects that are driving economic development for the overall community and addressing livability concerns along New York Ave which includes:

Market Terminal in Union Market

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The planned N.Y. Ave. Trail Project

Hecht’s Warehouse District Development

The planned New City DC Development

Future Transportation Plans Along NY Ave.

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As you can see in the picture below, the The proposed train storage yard extends beyond Montana Avenue.

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Where is VRE in the Process?

In May of this year, VRE released it’s solicitation to establish a Contract with one (1) qualified and experienced firm to provide environmental documentation, public outreach and participation, real estate acquisition, urban design, survey, geotechnical investigation and engineering design services for a midday storage facility for rolling stock operated by Virginia Railway Express (VRE).  Proposals were due on the 13th of June.  It is important that as more information about this project becomes available that we align ourselves with the residents and leadership of the  impacted areas and do our part to make light of this potential travesty.   The link to the Conceptual Engineering Documents by VRE is below.

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Fort Lincoln Bike Lanes Draft Plan – Ready for Initial Community Comment!


On June 9, 2016, DDOT will present the draft plan for on-street bike lanes in Fort Lincoln at our ANC Single Member District Meeting for community comment.  This is an opportunity for residents to provide comments and ideas for enhancements. Please note that this does not include the off-street bike trail enhancements through Fort Lincoln to the planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Connection. That trail plan meeting will take place next year.

-Background  
Over the past 3 months, we have been actively engaged with DDOT to assist in developing a bike lane plan throughout Fort Lincoln to address the following:

1. Provide safe on-street bike access through the Fort Lincoln Community to the planned connection to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

2. Provide solutions that will assist with traffic calming and minimal impacts to residents.

3. Make use of under-utilized streets which are contributing to unwanted criminal activity and illegal dumping.

4. Create a plan that is flexible and gives the community the ability to make modifications as needed in the future.
Connection To the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail & Planning around Development. 

As we get closer to the engineering phase of the community’s connection to the Fort Lincoln/Gateway Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ARWT); bike lanes are critical in introducing  multimodal transportation infrastructure before the cars associated with our Shopping Center and large mult-family development currently under construction are completed. 

 Currently our entire community is treated as a highway due to a lack of metered intersections, wide medians & off street parking in our sub-divisions.  The bike lanes will help in calming traffic by visually making motorist aware that this is a residential community and make them aware of cyclist. 

Timeline Milestones (Timeline is subject to change)

The anticipated timeline from initial review to paint on the street is as follows:

1. Review the presentation by DDOT and provide comments during the June 9, 2016 SMD 5C03Meeting as well as the  as full ANC 5C meeting in June.

2. Between July & August 2016 the engineering phase will take place.

3. In September 2016, the  Fort Lincoln Community will provide comment and vote on the plans.  The comments and support will be presented to the full ANC 5C for vote. There is also a general public comment period. The goal is to have the lines painted before the Winter.

-The plan

The following is a summary of the plan contents by DDOT.  Please note that this summary will have updates prior to June 9th meeting based on initial observations also that bike lanes were not added on Banneker Drive & 33rd; they will be included with the trail plan next year:

-Overall plan

The diagram below represents the overall bike lane plan.  The blue lines represent bike lanes WITH parking and the yellow lines represent bike lanes WITHOUT parking.

Fort Lincoln Drive (from Bladensburg to 33rd) – each half of Ft Lincoln drive is 24 feet wide. The switching back and forth from one lane (with parking) to two lanes probably encourages unsafe speeding/passing, and makes crossing the street at the stop-sign intersections a stressful experience. We think we can accommodate any/all demand for street parking, maintain safe traffic operations, enhance pedestrian safety, and provide a really high-quality bike lane by making a cross-section that in most places looks something like this:

On segments of Ft Lincoln Dr where there’s no demand for parking (adjacent to the park, for instance), we would widen out the bikelane to keep that single traffic lane profile for safety.

31st Place – We think this is an important connection for bicyclists in the neighborhood to cross South Dakota Ave, and go down 31st St to get to V St. The tradeoff here is that there would only be enough room to provide street parking on one side of the street. Based on our initial look at the street, we think that parking on the south side of the street makes more sense, as it is the safer alternative for fast downhill riders, and there are houses on that side directly facing the street. But that is flexible. Our basic configuration would look like this (but we also have an alternative arrangement in mind if you think the community would want to preserve parking on both sides):


Cmdr. Joshua Barney Dr. – This facility is one that we are not as sure about. Long-term, the concept study may recommend going with an off-street trail on this street, and it may be advisable to hold off making any changes initially here until some long-term decisions are made. But in the short term, we think that there’s room for a two-way protected bike lane, running along the north/east curb, looping around to the Market St entrance to the retail. There are two limits to this. The first is parking, which (like on 31st) would be limited to one side of the street. The side of the street can vary by block, however, so parking could be on the south curb by the Villages at Dakota Crossing townhomes, but adjacent to the Wesley House on the other side further up. The second is bus stops – bus stops and two-way cycletracks don’t work very well together. It looks like there’s a single bus stop on J Barney, which we might be able to work with. But if more are planned to serve the new residential, we may want to consider conventional bike lanes instead (exactly as shown for 31st Pl):

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