5D National Night Out Celebration will be held at the Florida Avenue Park on Tuesday August 5, 2014
Join MPD 5D for an evening of celebration at the Florida Avenue Park (1st and Florida Ave NW) from 6pm-9pm. It is a night to celebrate community pride, unity, and most importantly public safety partnerships. We will provide crime prevention tips/safety information, food, and child fingerprinting. Residents will have the opportunity to interact with MPD Command staff, the CAC, and with our exhibitors
The annual elections for Representatives to the Fort Lincoln Civic Association’s Board of Directors are this Thursday, May 15, 2014. Representatives are elected from each residential sub-community (housing cluster) within Fort Lincoln to serve on the Board (i.e. Reps for the Villages @ Dakota Crossing, Dakota Crossing, Washington Overlook Apartments & etc.). For more information on nominations as well as the duties and responsibilities of the position please contact Roy Pearson.
So I reached out to Bob King, ANC Commissioner, to get the history on the Dog Park at Fort Lincoln Park and the information was not favorable. I was informed that when this idea was proposed back in the early 2000’s, The Department of Parks and Recreation did not want to build a Dog park in Fort Lincoln because it would set a bad precedent for neighborhood specific Dog Parks throughout the city. The compromise was to build a more centralized dog park in Langdon Park instead. So in 2011 the Dog park at Langdon park was opened to service the entire area. It’s located 5 minutes from the Villages @ Dakota Crossing Driving, about 20-30 walking minutes.
My opinion is that this is absurd and is reminiscent of the crooked DC politics of old ( They two councilmen who were against dog parks are now in prison). Demand for a dog park should be what drives the creation of one. Mr. King stated that if we really want the park then he needs to see the interests. So if you are interested in getting signatures from not only your Community Cluster but from others in Fort Lincoln please let me know. I would love a dog park but will not go into this fight alone ( I can easily just walk to Langdon park LOL ).
Banneker Site Town Homes – Permits are in for the 42 Townhomes at the Banneker site which borders Fort Lincoln Drive. According to sources at the Concordia Group the project is progressing as planned and site work is slated to start around mid-year 2014. During the FLCA meeting last year, the Developers noted that these will be the premier homes of Fort Lincoln, featuring roof top decks, high-end exterior surfaces and interior finishes, as well as breath taking views of the city. Prices were thought to be in the Upper $500,000 to Lower $600,000 range.
New Apartments? – During the heavy snow fall last week I did notice that drilling was taking in place in the wetlands Area along Hurston Lane. This type drilling typically means that test bores are being taken to analyze the soil conditions for construction of a road or building structure. It is possible that the construction of the Apartments is starting soon, I will need to research a little further.
Shops at Dakota Crossing – Lowes is apparently still on, however, due to the amount of remaining earthwork, will start once weather conditions improve. Will keep my fingers crossed there. Due to the recent grocery store saturation within proximity to the Shops at Dakota Crossing ( Costco, Shoppers, Wal-Mart, Giant, Whole Foods, &etc.) it’s not likely that the 3rd large retail space will be a grocery store. The vendor selection is still not finalized however, it is likely to be a Fitness Center Tenant. I will get with Bob King (ANC Commissioner) to start posting polls for what types of smaller retail residents would like to see to be able to influence the decisions for that retail. However, as we all know the decision ultimately falls with the Developer and market conditions.
The map below shows the current master plan for Fort Lincoln.