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?
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.
I was able communicate with the Principal at Trammell Crow responsible for of the Shops at Dakota Crossing. I was informed that the construction of Lowes is still slated to begin by the end of the year with the store opening in the fall of 2014. The developer is also in negotiations with other retailers for the remaining large parcels, however, negotiations are not final and no information could be provided at this time. I will continue to follow-up with the Developer and will post more info as I receive it. As most of you know this has been the story for the past 6 months, however, my questions were well received and the Developer did seem optimistic that it will happen.
Should be back to regular posting now that I had a much needed break. If you hear anything about local development or would like to see something change i.e. better protection around the wetlands area (hint), feel free to send me an email, and we can work to get to a resolution!
Last Friday, I had the great opportunity of reviewing the abandoned rail lines along New York Ave. with Jim Brown, Manager of Trail Development, with the Rails To Trails Conservancy. During the Bike Tour, we looked at the possibility of safely connecting Fort Lincoln and the surrounding community from the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the NoMa Gallaudet Train Station with access to new development along NY Avenue. We also discussed pedestrian safety and the need to get Cycling Groups and Community Advocacy Groups involved. While this is in its infancy, I am excited to finally get a chance to express these ideas to the People who can help make it a reality.
The next step in the process is to determine who owns what property and to determine if they are willing to give easements for the Bike Trails. Luckily that’s what Jim specializes in. As for me, I will develop a strategic campaign to get the word out and to let City Officials know that this is something the community wants and for them make it a reality! If you would like to volunteer, give advice or just help out, please email me @ email@example.com and let me know at what capacity you would like to help. I will post more specifics in the coming days on what the plan is, as well as some graphics to better illustrate what’s being proposed.
I’ve been in numerous meeting fighting to ensure that we are included in the future transportation plans for D.C. Updates coming soon, hoping the Dakota Crossing media drought is coming to an end soon.