The tower crane, a symbol most associated with developments downtown D.C. has made its way to Fort Lincoln, one of the fastest growing and most amazing communities in Northeast D.C. Once this final phase of construction is completed on Commodore Joshua Barney Drive it will bring nearly 600 new residents to the Fort Lincoln Community. The apartments are 85% market-rate and the townhomes are starting in the upper 500’s. Hopefully our friends at DDOT are making progress on our connection to the Anacostia River Trail because the apartments have a 1:1 parking ratio and the townhomes have 1-2 car garages.
Construction progress is in full effect in Fort Lincoln. We are getting closer to the opening of the much anticipated Shops at Dakota Crossing, the “almost” sold out Banneker Ridge Development and the start of the next large multi-family development in Fort Lincoln which consist of 123 town homes and 240 apartments.
Shops At Dakota Crossing
The Large parcels in the Shops at Dakota Crossing are expected to open 4th Quarter of 2016 with the remainder of the shopping center completing construction in the 1st Quarter of 2017. The Opening dates of the remaining shops have not been announced, however the buildings will be completed.
There appears to only be 8 Home sites remaining at the new Banneker Ridge residential development. If you want to claim your piece of the most expansive view of the DMV there’s still time. Granted you may have to wait a few years before you see services such as an adequate park & an unshuttered school catch up with the progress of the rest of community…Bazinga! We are actually making progress towards conducting a study for a more comprehensive park design & exploring options to expedite the opening of the school; more details forthcoming.
Fort Lincoln Multi-Family Development
Fort Lincoln continues its tradition of building family sized apartments, town homes & condos throughout the community. Although the new developments all have the required Inclusionary Zoning Units, there is still a lot of concern about the affordability of new construction residential developments. During the last SMD Meeting the developer announced that Fort Lincoln overall will be 60% affordable when development is complete, and that the affordable units were built earlier in the development. I’ve met with neighbors and we are planning a home buying seminar later this year to be sure that long time & current residents are taking advantage of all possible home-buying incentives to increase their chances of attaining home ownership in new developments in Fort Lincoln.
Join us as we explore bike lane & trail options through Fort Lincoln for our upcoming connection to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail on Saturday March 12, 2016 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. We are meeting at the corner of Bladensburg Road and South Dakota Ave.
Please bring your most innovative and creative ideas to engage in creating a safe and exciting transportation alternative!
Please note that this is a “walk-through” on foot, however feel free to bike to the meet-up location.
Register on Facebook at Fort Lincoln Bike Trails & Lanes to receive copies of handouts during the walk.
In January of 2015, I proposed resolution in support of connecting Fort Lincoln and the surrounding Gateway communities to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. This resolution was the culmination of years of problem solving and vision for connecting our communities to the city core without the use of cars. Most of the planning for this happened in 2013 & 2014 by introducing the idea to a group of neighbors who were also cyclist, however, the idea needed the support of the previous Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Knowing the amount of work it would take to pitch, plan and manage the development of the idea, I decided to run for the ANC position myself to ensure its implementation. During my campaign I pledged to help bring alternative transportation options to the community given the current traffic issues we faced and the future traffic issues the remaining development posed in Fort Lincoln. For example, the recently completed Villages at Dakota crossing development introduced close to 600 cars to Fort Lincoln alone; coupled with the Shops at Dakota Crossing and and 3 more dense residential developments the number of cars in for Lincoln will increase into the upper thousands without any change to the transportation infrastructure. Therefore, after a successful Fresh Start in Fort Lincoln, The City and one new DDOT Director later, i’m please to announce that the feasibility study for the trail connection is now complete. I exceptionally pleased with DDOT and its commitment to ANC Commission 5C’s concerns. We now have to find funding to make this a reality so that we can reduce the dependency on cars as well as safely connecting residents to the rest of the city. This bike trail represents the catalyst for a broader more comprehensive plan of connecting the outlying communities of the city to the city’s core with alternative and efficient transportation. There is a dearth of bike trail & Lane connections for more than 5000 residents in the Langdon, Woodridge, Gateway & Fort Lincoln Communities. My hope is that the City will see this connection as a priority as it continues to enhance other trails and lanes throughout the city. More information will be provided at the upcoming ANC 5C Meeting. Thanks to everyone who has participated in making this a success thus far.
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.
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.
Capital Bikeshare has a crowdsourced new location suggestion map. Using this link http://cabistations.com/ you can “like” a few locations near Fort Lincoln or add additional ones closer to our neighborhood. So take a break from work, “like” the location on 2441 Market Street ( at a minimum) & leave a comment stating why this would be the best location. Tell your neighbors and friends to do the same and let’s get our location on the map!
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!
As of December 3, 2014, I was officially elected the new ANC Commissioner of Fort Lincoln SMD 5C03. I have decided to maintain this site as the primary vehicle for dispersing information to the community in lieu of maintaining two sites.
I have updated the look of the site and made it easier to navigate. The menu bar is now on the top of the page to make it easier locate previous posts and features new tabs such as “Looper’s World” where I take my own ideas and visions and model them in 3D mostly for fun.
In closing, this site has and always will be privately paid for and maintained and any views or opinions expressed are my own. As always, thanks for all of your support and I look forward to an exciting 2015!