Category Archives: Development Updates

New Affordable Housing in the Gateway Community on Bladensburg Road!

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If you haven’t already please call to reserve your space at the Residences at Gateway.  Construction is nearing completion and the waitlist is filling up fast!  The units are well sized and have great finishes.

img_1121-1The building replaces two vacant homes with a 33 unit multi-family building on 2615 Bladensburg Road NE located in ANC Single Member District 5C04.  The building features:

8 – Two Bedroom Units

25 – One Bedroom Units

These’s also a garage and an outside patio with green roof.  The floor plans of the units are below!

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Field Trip – Rescheduled. Details to come!

Proposed Alternative Alighnement

Due to an unfortunate death to someone close to me the field trip has been rescheduled.  Details of the new date coming soon.  Thank you.

Join ANC 5C03 along with the Capital Trails Coalition and WABA as we walk our proposed connection to the Anacostia River Trail.  This connection has been a “long time coming”and will provide a vital transportation alternative for residents of Ward 5.  I will post another article on the background of the project and how we got to where we are today.  DDOT under Mayor Bowser’s administration has done a tremendous job responding to the disparity of transit alternatives in the community.  DDOT has assigned a consultant for the environmental assessment which brings us another step closer to this becoming a reality.

Please note that this is a walking tour, and is not yet accessible by bicycle.  However, you can secure your bike at the meet up location.

Please register using the link below!

Register Here for the Field Trip!

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Updated Renderings – Multi-Family Development at the “Reserve” in Fort Lincoln.

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View of Bridge at the Intersection of Hurston Lane & CJ Barney Drive

As the site clearing for the development site wraps up, the design of the multi-family building is taking shape. This will bring many families within a 5 minute walk to the Shops of Dakota Crossing. The multi-family building has changed significantly from its concept to it current design.  The development will change the landscape and physical appearance of the community with the addition of the new bridge across the wetlands, below grade parking, very large units and an architecture style which helps it blend a lot better wth the surrounding community.  It hasn’t been determined on whether the units will be rentals or condos or the price point for either.  I’ll continue to send updates as they come!

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View at The Entrance of the Building
The Multi-Family Building will sit next to the Wetlands Pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Eggs & Chicken Biscuits: Events this weekend 4/15/17 in Fort Lincoln/Gateway!

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will open its doors to the public beginning this Saturday, April 15th at 9:00 AM with its fresh-fast restaurant. Eager diners and biscuit enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the new location in the Gateway Neighborhood on 2301 Bladensburg Road N.E. to fill their stomachs with a selection of crave-worthy biscuit sandwiches, juicy fried chicken, refreshing salads and creamy frozen “Cultshakes” by DC’s premier ice creamery, Milk Cult.

“The opening of Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. drive-thru marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our growing company,” states CEO Ayeshah Abuelhiga. “We want to extend a huge thank you to our Union Market customers as we end our pop-up tenure there. It is our hope that our closing provides another eager small business the same opportunity to gain exposure and build a dedicated following, just the way that we have.”

Complete with a large parking lot and family-friendly activities, the Grand Opening Weekend is an event not to be missed. To kick off the Grand Opening weekend, the first 100 purchasing customers will receive a card entitling them to one free breakfast sandwich every day for 90 days after opening. Additionally, guests can utilize a limited time Lyft promo code to receive 20% off rides to or from the Mason Dixie Drive-Thru.

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Our awesome neighbor Kellie Bengtson along with the Fort Lincoln Civic Association is hosting the First Annual Easter Event.  There are lots of activities planned for the community for the family even the leashed furry ones! Come out and join your neighbors for this fantastic event!

Updates on the Shops at Dakota Crossing.  

The excitement is building as many Fort Lincoln Residents as well as others anticipate the eventual opening of the shopping center.  The following is the latest available information.  As always, this information is subject to change.  It’s not final until grand opening.

Building 10


Starbucks

Chipotle – Still Pending

Mid Range Fast Casual – Call your favorite restaurant and tell them to  hurry to Fort Lincoln before it’s too late!

Building 9


Panda Express

Jersey Mikes

Possible Small Fast Casual – Call your favorite take out and tell them to hurry to Fort Lincoln before it’s too late!

Building 8


Pending Small Fast Casual

Pending Cosmetic Related

Pending Cleaning Services Related

Building 7


Vitamin Shoppe

T-Mobile

Vision Works

Pending – Financial Related

Buildings 6 & 11



Let’s play a game called your best guest, the winner will be recognized for their retail speculation expertise!  The prize will be the boost to your confidence.  These are Hot locations but unfortunately no finalized decisions.  So call your favorite restaurant and tell them to make like a politician and run… to the Shops At Dakota Crossing!

Preview Event Tomorrow for the Reserve At Dakota Crossing!

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Building 10 at The Shops At Dakota Crossing

If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at what’s to come at the Reserve at Dakota Crossing residential development, there will be a Preview event this Saturday, March 25, 2017.  The event is from  noon until 4pm and will be located in Building 10 of the Shops at Dakota crossing.  It’s the half moon shaped building  across from Dick’s Sporting Goods!

 

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):

“Upscale” TGI Fridays in Fort Lincoln  – New City DC Walkable Concept

  

Fort Lincoln Retail Updates:

  
Site work at The shops At Dakota Crossing is progressing and last week we received updates on some of the prospective tenants to make Fort Lincoln their home.  The retailers include:

Starbucks 

Chipotle 

T-Mobile

TGI Fridays “New Upscale Concept ”

Vitamin Shoppe

Burger Place

 These stores would join Dicks Sporting Goods, Marshalls, 5 Below, & Petsmart which are slated to open within the next 12 months.  Some residents were expecting a healthier restaurant anchor or  more of a craft or specialty concept in lieu of TGI Fridays. There was also the discussion of Panera Bread and a dry cleaners that was proposed by residents. The response was that there were no negotiations with a dry cleaners at this time and nothing formalized with Panera Bread. What are your thoughts on the upcoming retail options?

Arboretum Community Retail Updates:

Just a 5 minute drive away WBJ posted an update on the New City DC Development by Douglas Development Corp.  Its dramatic architectural aesthetic will transform the intersection  of N.Y. Ave. & Bladensburg Road. The renderings also allude  to such retail options as a cinema, Target, and Wegmans but does not call it out specifically. The link to the WBJ article is below.  There will be more information on New City DC in the March ANC 5C Meeting.

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2016/02/first-look-at-newcitydc-the-massive-next-phase-in.html?ana=twt

BRT Along New York Ave. – Upcoming Options for Community Review

Accelerator Route

Accelerator Sample

New York Avenue, between the Anacostia River and the Brentwood Parkway will increase the number of residential developments upwards of 300o units.  The New York Avenue Corridor has scores of planned big box retail, industrial building reuse, new hotels, and potential Municipal office realignment which will add to the traffic density.  Earlier this month I proposed the possibility of using a portion of the Amtrak Right-of-Way, running parallel to the proposed bike trail along a portion of New York Ave, and designed to move people to the places they need to go along New York Ave and adjacent neighborhoods. The majority of the route would avoid congestion by running adjacent New York Ave but off the main road.  The idea is in its infancy and will need extensive modification with upcoming developments and has not received any level of approval.  This is part of a broader plan to provide a comprehensive transportation network to the residents of this community who’s homes are divided by rail road, major arterial roads and industrial land use.  This route is suggested to work in connection with the Circulator and traditional Metro Bus Service.  It is time that we update and modify the bus routes for the changing needs of residents and visitors, especially our streamlining and reducing travel time for Seniors.  I believe this will encourage increased ridership,as well as the  dependency and efficiency of our mass transportation infrastructure.

All diagrams are options for the community to weigh-in and comment on in upcoming meetings.

Circulator Route