Fort Lincoln Development Update

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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.

Fort  Lincoln Master plan

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Gateway Development – “The Hechts District” in Photos

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The construction of the new 1000 car parking structure and renovation of the original Historic structure by Douglas Development is well under way. According to the Washington City Paper, Mom’s Organic Market will anchor the 1st floor retail of the new parking structure facing New York Ave. Checkout earlier post for more details.

View looking New York Ave East
View looking New York Ave East
View looking West along New York Ave.
View looking West along New York Ave.
Future Entrance from New York Ave. East
Future Entrance from New York Ave. East
View looking West Along Okie Street
View looking West Along Okie Street
View looking East along Okie Street
View looking East along Okie Street
Window Mock Up
Window Mock Up
Old Thermometer Display...Hopefully  to be incorporated into the design.
Old Thermometer Display…Hopefully to be incorporated into the design.

Close up of Restoration work to be done.

Detailed Bike Trail Plans From Fort Lincoln to NOMA & Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

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Bike Trails from Fort Lincoln
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Just a few of the plans sent to We Move DC for Bike Trail connections from Fort Lincoln to NOMA and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Please note that these are just submitted ideas but definitely a step in the right direction. Is this a path you would take to get downtown given the right development?

Natural Habitat or Overgrown Disaster – Wetlands @ Dakota Crossing

WetLands in The Spring of 2013.
Wetlands Spring of 2013.

The Wetlands at Dakota Crossing once started out as a barren anomaly transformed into a beautiful migratory retreat for birds and is now transitioning into an overgrown disaster. Gatewaytothecitydc.com has questioned the aesthetic finish and long term maintenance plan for the Wetlands area and have yet to receive an acceptable or even comprehensible response. Now our worse fears are unfolding because not only is it over growing the construction fence ( which also needs maintenance) but no one and I mean no one seems to know who’s responsible for maintaining the wetlands after the development team and construction crews are gone. I encourage all residents to contact Bob King your ANC rep as well as the developer and the DC Department of Parks & Recreation to get to the bottom of who’s maintaining the wetlands. Moreover, the responsible entity need to provide a rendering of what the final product is intended to look like aesthetically so the responsible entity can be held accountable to a Design Standard.
Wetlands Fall of 2013.
Wetlands Fall of 2013.