More than 90,000 views since 2013. Fort Lincoln Has A Voice. Blog Stats 2013-2017

When I moved back to Fort Lincoln in 2013 I grew incredibly frustrated on the lack of coverage, engagement, and updates with community development.   Even more concerning was the pace and amount of development which had no input from most existing and the majority of new residents.  Today, we not only reach our community but communities across the world in 123 countries with over 90,000 views since 2013. While we still have a long way to go, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on where we started and where we are headed.  Part of what will keep us relevant is our ability to be informed residents and I will continuously strive to allow Gatewaytothtecitydc.com  to be a platform where residents can get information regarding activity in their community especially as it relates to Fort Lincoln.  This is not an opinion blog, although sometimes it gets injected  but it is simply a conduit of information for the community to consider and act upon.

 

Where do we go from here?

I now need input from you.  What  other types of news and updates would you like to see?  Is it activity from other developments and communities, more information on meetings, TED Talk info, or more frequent post.  Provide me your feedback and I will work with you to get us the information we need.  Thanks for the support and I look forward to an exciting 2017!

 

Sincerely

Robert Looper III, Founder & Contriubutor

Gatewaytothecitydc.com

New York Ave. Streetscape & Trail Project Public Meeting 2/23/2017

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Its of critical importance that all residents who live adjacent to New York Avenue come out to give their input on the Streetscape and trail plan.  This plan needs to be resident driven and not developer driven and we must be sure to hold DDOT accountable to not only planting trees but addressing the timing of lights, safe access by existing residents, multi-modal infrastructure, and connectivity not only to new developments but to the adjacent existing communities.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, New York Ave belongs to all of us and its important that all of our voices are heard, considered and included.  The announcement is below.


From the DDOT Website:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to a public meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6 pm through 8 pm to discuss the New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Project.

A brief presentation about the project will be given by staff at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this project is to develop design solutions for a streetscape and trail that target multimodal, safety and aesthetic improvements along New York Avenue NE. DDOT will introduce the project and gather comments from the community at this public meeting.

What: New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Public Meeting

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6 pm to 8 pm (a brief presentation at 6:30 pm)

Where: Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan Student Academic Center – SAC, 800 Florida Avenue, NW

Transit: Metro – NoMa -Gallaudet Metro Station (Red Line); Metro Bus: 90, 92

For more information about the public meeting, please contact Katherine Youngbluth atkatherine.youngbluth@dc.gov or Michael Alvino at michael.alvino@dc.gov.

Petsmart to Host First Puppy Love Party @ the Fort Lincoln Store!

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Come party with Party with Petsmart on Saturday February 11, 2017!!!!    There will be Adoptable dogs and cats from @City Dogs Rescue, games, prizes, raffles, SMOOCH A POOCH kissing photo booth, giveaways, free bark bar, human snacks, caricature drawings and much more. They will have a “bone guess” jar game! The pet parents who comes closest to guessing the number of cookies in the jar will get to take the treats home! Our bark bar will have a variety of doggie snacks so your pups will get to sample an assortment of snacks!!

Feel free to bring your leashed pets and two legged children are welcome as well!
A few lucky participants could even win a $5 or $10 gift card or our “doggie basket” raffle!!!
City Dogs/City Kitties will have adorable dogs and cats that are in need of a furrrever home! Come by for a great time and maybe even add a new addition to the family!

RSVP for the event using the link below.  The store is located in the Shops at Dakota Crossing!

https://www.facebook.com/events/814941825321284/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1485885147605388

 

 

New Retail Opening Dates in Fort Lincoln at the Shops at Dakota Crossing


Finally, The shops at Dakota Crossing is nearing completion, however there are still two parcels to be constructed which includes the proposed “Upscale” TGI Friday’s site across from Costco and the  planned bank parcel site across from Lowes. Neither are finalized at this time.  

So let’s cut to the chase, below are the”planned”spring openings for the Shops At Dakota Crossing

T-Mobile – 3/1/2017

Five Below – 3/3/17

Visionworks – 4/1/2017

Starbucks –  4/24/2017

Panda Express – 4/24/2017

Jersey Mikes – 6/1/2017

This list only represents approximately 1/3 of the available community based retail offerings, there are more options to come.  Please note that I can only report openings as the information becomes availble in relevance to updating the community on openings.

Please Stop Trashing Fort Lincoln: Enough is Enough!

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The following request has been submitted to 311 by our Transportation Committee Co-Chair for Fort Lincoln ANC-SMD 5C03, however, this is an ongoing and unaddressed issue by knowing District Agencies.  I encourage all residents to call 311 and follow up on the status of Fort Lincoln Drive.  The 311 ticket number is 17-0036802.  The ongoing structural failures with the roads and trash on other streets will be posted soon with the ticket numbers.The responsible agency is the Department of Public Works.  Fort Lincoln Drive is a publicly maintain road.

Please take a  look out of your windows and alert the police when you witness this happening.  We have to combat this as a Community!

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Cancellation and Combining of the B8,B9 & H6 Bus Routes.

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As a follow up to my earlier post in July regarding the modifications to the Fort Lincoln Bus Lines. The proposed plans are the same as before however, you have the chance testify and provide feedback.  You can provide you r feed back using the following methods:

  1. Attend an open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and public hearing starting at 5:00 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, 600 5th Street NW, Washington DC on Monday, January 30, 2017. Speaker registration is onsite only and will close at 9:00 p.m
  2. Take the survey! You can either fill out the survey online at wmata.com/budget, or fill out the survey on the next page and drop it in the survey collection bins near the faregates at your nearest Metrorail station

In addition, MetroBus standard fares could increase by $.25 and MetroRail fare could increase up to $.10 for rush hour; up to $.25 for non-rush hour fare. Standard passes and parking costs would also increase, please check the website for details.

More information can be found using the link below and on WMATAs website.

https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/budget/upload/fy18-budget-brochure.pdf

Fort Lincoln & New York Ave. Community Blog – Hosted by ANC Commissioner Robert Looper III