2016 will be a focus on transit alternatives for the NY Ave corridor. The goal is to create a much deserved livable place in industrial space for the residents of the community by prioritizing access to retail, points of interests, and smart transit growth through new developments. It’s time to update our antiquated bus network to ensure routes aren’t being discontinued for low ridership when the routes are really no longer aligned with the community’s needs. Lets start the discussion! More information to come.
The now closed Thurgood Marshall School, which once stood for a symbol of progress in Fort Lincoln, is now a symbol blight and poses a continued threat to public safety. Everyday, the graffiti, break-ins, homeless squatting, and now loitering of youth has engulfed this facility. In the past year, I have called emergency personnel for serious violations consisting of everything from busted water-mains in the winter, homeless squatting, drug & gang paraphernalia, open live electrical boxes, burning cars and more. This is all taking place within a few hundred feet of a senior citizen residential building, the recently completed Villages at Dakota Crossing and is across the street from another residential development under construction with homes prices starting at $600,000. Moreover, the damage to this school is beyond vandalism; it is also structurally degrading. The roofing membrane has been ripped up, mortar between bricks have been washed away, window are broken, and concrete is now chipping away on structural members. The District Government has reacted to short term resolution of some of the issues as they arise; however, this only happens after I observe, call, and tweet the issues while walking my dog during daylight. With the earlier sunsets and absence of lighting around the facility, days go by before I observe anything. At this rate, the entire facility will be covered in graffiti by the beginning of the new year 2016. I once even observed amateur photographers taking pictures of the graffiti who were from Maryland, I might add. The developer has petitioned the city since the Gray Administration about the conversion of the School to a YMCA . This conversion would take advantage of the indoor pool as well as having another City Agency occupy the remaining space. Today, we are no closer to moving in a suitable tenant or having the city appropriate funding to stop the degradation of this valuable asset. As district residents do we not deserve better than this? What would you do if this was happening in your community?
Below are photos from vandalism and decay at the school which is adjacent to Fort Lincoln Park.
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Dear Fort Lincoln Residents,
I have drafted the comprehensive plan based on the first 6 months of service to the community. I have been working diligently to address the major concerns of the community and am now ready for the city to provide resources to fund them. Below is the Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft to be considered for the upcoming budget proposal 2016 to the Mayor. Additional comments are welcomed however, please note that not all comments will be added at this time however, as we resolve the items listed in the plan we will add the new ones. Thanks again for electing me to work for you.
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Reimagining the Gateway To The City
Join me this Saturday in a discussion about enhancing the livability of neighborhoods in industrial areas. This is part of “Eagle Fest” hosted by the Greater New York Ave. Group (GNYAGG). My presentation topics will include:
1. Creating cycle-centric hospitality by enhancing the use of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
2. Realizing the true potential of the Anacostia River along route 50. New York Ave.
3. Overview of the Gateway Capitol Concept (Eco Capitol, Innovation Capitol & Arts Capitol)
4. Connecting the Gateway – Multi-modal options for optimal livability and accessibility.
The presentation content is only an exercise in imagining the potential of the NY Avenue Gateway but is sure to be exciting.
For more information on Eagle Fest – Click the Link Below!
For those of you who have been following my blog since 2013, you know how passionate I am about the lack of safe pedestrian connections from Fort Lincoln/Gateway to the rest of the city. We also know that it’s not just a Fort Lincoln/Gateway issue but affects surrounding neighborhoods such as Woodridge, Brentwood & Langdon. A year and a few months later, you have elected me as your ANC Commissioner and now we have the opportunity to push for the immediate connection of our rapidly developing communities to safe, pedestrian friendly, Walking & Biking Trails.
In our last ANC 5C Meeting, I introduced a resolution that would give the residents of the Gateway Neighborhoods of Ward 5 the opportunity to have a walking & biking connection to Kenilworth Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. This connection is vital to making the rapidly developing, car-centric community (including NY Ave.) , safely accessible to the rest of the city by alternate means of travel. With over 300 new young families in Fort Lincoln alone, this connection will provide multi-modal options for residents who could safely bike or walk to work, provide recreational opportunities to the river, and bridges the transportation gap between the Washington Gateway neighborhoods in an environmentally friendly manner. This connection is also aligned with the MoveDC Multimodal Transportation Plan.
In addition, the funding to making this connection a reality would be minimal because:
1. The right-of-way is already leveled and will require minor cost to configure into a walking biking trail.
2. The right-of-way travels along power poles which will minimize excavation cost for safe lighting of the trail.
3. The bridge across the Anacostia River, the most significant cost , is eliminated by placing barriers along the shoulder of the Rt. 50 overpass, similar to the 14th street bridge. This can be accomplished for only a fraction of the cost.
This resolution passed unanimously by the ANC 5C Commission and was enthusiastically received by the Developer of Fort Lincoln. We need your help to make this a reality by contacting DDOT and letting them know that it’s time to #maketheconnection!
With the influx of new residential development in Fort Lincoln, there seems to be a growing concern over the use of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School(TMES). The school was closed officially in 2013 and according to the Fort Lincoln Civic Association Website will be closed for 5 years as a school. Before the closing of the school in 2012 residents voiced their concerns over the new residential development and the need it will create, however it was closed nonetheless.
As most people know, there is interest from the developer to use the School as a community center with YMCA as the operator. The following is a quick run down on the status of this project:
1 – The developer has filed to have Thurgood Marshall Elementary School zoned as a community center, which has the support from the Office of Planning.
2 – There is a $25,000 contribution that is to be made to the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center for renovations by the developer , which is part of the original Planned unit Development from 2007. However, due to the size and low usage of the cultural center, the developer is requesting to have that contribution redirected from the Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility for its proposed reuse.
3. The YMCA has not been confirmed as the operator. There is also another DC Agency that will occupy the space, which is also not confirmed.
4- ANC Commissioner Bob King provided the letter of support redirecting the $25,000 from the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility.
4. During the Zoning Hearing on June 10, 2013 the decision was deferred due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 would be used. That decision prompted a tour of the facility with all interested parties on October 18, 2013.
6- During the last Zoning Hearing on July 17, 2014, the decision was once again deferred, due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 will be used. The decision has been deferred until January of 2015.
Click the link below to view the Board of Zoning Hearing Video for the Fort Lincoln Multi-Family Developent.
Site Clearing for Cityscape at Dakota Crossing has commenced. The new townhome development previously known as the Banneker Site is directly across from Fort Lincoln Park and along Fort Lincoln Drive. As stated in my previous post, these are going to be high-end townhomes. After speaking with the developer today I was informed that these homes will set you back somewhere between $650,000 and $699-999 if you get in early (…Lesson Learned) . Construction on the townhomes will start early 2015; the Models Homes will be open in the spring of 2015.