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New York Ave. Streetscape & Trail Project Public Meeting 2/23/2017

View looking West along New York Ave.

Its of critical importance that all residents who live adjacent to New York Avenue come out to give their input on the Streetscape and trail plan.  This plan needs to be resident driven and not developer driven and we must be sure to hold DDOT accountable to not only planting trees but addressing the timing of lights, safe access by existing residents, multi-modal infrastructure, and connectivity not only to new developments but to the adjacent existing communities.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, New York Ave belongs to all of us and its important that all of our voices are heard, considered and included.  The announcement is below.


From the DDOT Website:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to a public meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6 pm through 8 pm to discuss the New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Project.

A brief presentation about the project will be given by staff at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this project is to develop design solutions for a streetscape and trail that target multimodal, safety and aesthetic improvements along New York Avenue NE. DDOT will introduce the project and gather comments from the community at this public meeting.

What: New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Public Meeting

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6 pm to 8 pm (a brief presentation at 6:30 pm)

Where: Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan Student Academic Center – SAC, 800 Florida Avenue, NW

Transit: Metro – NoMa -Gallaudet Metro Station (Red Line); Metro Bus: 90, 92

For more information about the public meeting, please contact Katherine Youngbluth atkatherine.youngbluth@dc.gov or Michael Alvino at michael.alvino@dc.gov.

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Fort Lincoln Bike Trail Connection Becoming A Reality

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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.

Link to – Riverwalk Gateway Segment Feasibility DRAFT to DDOT

 

City Neglect Causing Neighborhood Blight in Fort Lincoln

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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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Live electrical box was repaired after I called & tweeted the same day it was reported. Not sure how long it was open before I observed it.

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Door is open on the roof allowing access for graffiti now on the front of the building.
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Roofing has been pulled up causing significant damage. Almost as if it is intentional…

 

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Water damage to brick mortar

 

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Concrete chipping away

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New Layout for the Shops @ Dakota Crossing? Before & After Proposals

 

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Construction at The Shops at Dakota Crossing has yet to restart and the proposal below may be the key reason why.  I’ve always believed that opening Ft Lincoln Drive to the Shops next toLowes would not fix the traffic problem.  The volume of Costco traffic would easily congest that portion of the road .  The new Multi-Family Development shows a new and more functional layout for the Shops at Dakota Crossing.  I’m not sure if this will be the official design, however, I was informed 3 weeks ago that the DDOT permit was not yet approved and  this could be the reason why.


Previous Retail Proposal

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The previous (or current) layout for the shops features a main street with the smaller retail buildings on one side of the street.  It shows one large parking lot for Costco, and another large parking lot to serve the remaining shopping center.  Costco traffic currently creates congestion along the main street which will only worsen with the opening of Lowes and the other smaller retail.  Even with the second entrance from Ft Lincoln Drive,  Lowes would create its own congestion essentially bringing traffic to a halt.

Current Retail Proposal ( As shown in the BZA Application for the Multi-Family Development)

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The layout included with the BZA Application splits the smaller retail on two sides of the main street which is similar to proposals from 2006.  This new layout isolates  traffic for Costco, Lowes, and the other larger retail from the Main street.  It also creates smaller parking lots for the smaller retail making it more walkable.  In addition, it creates two  separate exits from Route 50; one to the “Costco” Gas station and the other to the Main Street, which would also alleviate traffic congestion.  I’m not sure if this is the official plan but I believe it is a much better layout than what’s currently designed.  Also putting shops on two sides of the main street creates a more natural street scape and doesn’t look like a staged movie set.


New Residential Development Changes

Previous Residential Proposal

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The previous Multi-Family Development Proposal is more of a juxtaposition than a revision to the current proposal and may leave some residents in the Villages feeling like they’ve been mislead when purchasing their home.  The previous proposal featured a significant tree buffer with mature trees which creates a more natural separation for the new development which was a selling point to many residents when purchasing on CJ. Barney Drive.  It also only featured 6 Apartment Buildings with 352 units and a awful parking lot around the perimeter.  The previous development is a bad design however, the natural tree buffer made it palatable because no one would have to see it.

Current Residential Proposal

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The current proposal indicates a much better traffic pattern and will now feature townhomes in addition to the apartments.  The townhomes appear to be a NV Product which is a luxury home builder and parent company to Ryan Homes.  They also feature both roof top and rear decks which would be a first in the community.  The apartment look to be a garden style edition of the two Towers on Fort Lincoln Drive.  They are horrid in my opinion and must be redesigned, they architecture is uninspired and is not of the same Architectural consistency of the townhomes.  It looks like government housing next to luxury homes and is situated in the most prominent location.  The natural tree buffer has been completely annihilated and will be replaced with new trees.  The Wetlands is protected so the retaining pond and wild vegetation growth will remain.  I’m sure the frogs, turtles and birds will be happy to know that. It also may worth noting that there is are no parks or open space associated with this development.  All things considered I think its a good improvement on the original proposal.