Rhode Island Ave. gets Main Street Status ( Rhode Island Ave. NE Insider)

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Mayor Gray desigates RI Ave as part of the Main Streets Program.  Click the link for more info!

FoRIA Named Main Street Administrators.

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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.

Lowes Construction Update

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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.