Below are the permits applied for in Fort Lincoln as of last week.
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!
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!
Robert Looper III, ANC Commissioner-Elect 5C03
The Site of the former Wal-Mart Development has been one of the most difficult to develop along the New York Ave. Corridor. The site is now owned by Douglas Development who has been known to transform some of the least sough out properties and turning them into gems. Below are the former plans for the site which consists of a multi-family development Arbor Place and the most recent Point at Arboretum. Click the Washington Post Link below to learn more.
Arbor Place ( Photo Courtesy of WCP)
Point at Arboretum ( Photo Courtesy of WCP)
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.