Come party with Party with Petsmart on Saturday February 11, 2017!!!! There will be Adoptable dogs and cats from @City Dogs Rescue, games, prizes, raffles, SMOOCH A POOCH kissing photo booth, giveaways, free bark bar, human snacks, caricature drawings and much more. They will have a “bone guess” jar game! The pet parents who comes closest to guessing the number of cookies in the jar will get to take the treats home! Our bark bar will have a variety of doggie snacks so your pups will get to sample an assortment of snacks!!
Feel free to bring your leashed pets and two legged children are welcome as well!
A few lucky participants could even win a $5 or $10 gift card or our “doggie basket” raffle!!!
City Dogs/City Kitties will have adorable dogs and cats that are in need of a furrrever home! Come by for a great time and maybe even add a new addition to the family!
RSVP for the event using the link below. The store is located in the Shops at Dakota Crossing!
Dick’s Sporting Goods is now hiring for positions at it’s new store in the Shops @ Dakota Crossing Shopping Center in Fort Lincoln.
Come out this Friday to the Hiring Information Session and hear first hand from the Store’s General Manager on what positions are available, apply online for open job positions and schedule your interview.
Computers will be available to complete applications at this event for two hours. Please come early and prepared. You can also complete applications online from anywhere and schedule your interview at: dicksSportingGoods.jobs/newstores. The hiring information session is not required but recommended.
Need help with your resume or need interview preparations? The DC Department of Employment Services may be able to help. Visit their website at DOES.dc.gov
Last year I testified at WMATA’s Public Hearing mostly in disbelief that the only options for fixing our bus ridership was to cut the B8/B9 and re-route the H6 to service the shopping center. There was no consideration for upcoming development, changing community demographics or proximity to basic services; just a focus on return on investment which for Fort Lincoln can’t be the determining factor with the large concentration of senior residents.
However, this year was different, there was better coordination with WMATA and more residents from the community at the table to discuss their riding habits. Although the B8/B9 is proposed to be cut again, there are a few new options which may increase ridership, continue service to Colmar Manor and finally gain access to Ivy City.
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 next Tuesday and learn what it takes to gain employment at D.C’s first and only Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Fort Lincoln. The purpose of this Job Information Session is to 1.)prepare applicants to accurately complete the application and assessment, & 2.) gain an understanding of the employment process for Lowe’s.The presentation will be conducted by the Lowe’s Human Resources Manager for this region. There are approximately 20 positions available, both Seasonal & Long Term, and we want them to be occupied by residents of Fort Lincoln, the greater Ward 5 Community and the city at large. There are no preference points given for D.C. Residents, however, Lowe’s is committed to engaging with the community and giving D.C. residents a fair chance at employment.
The Department of Employment Services will also be on-site to assist with providing computers for applicants to complete the on-line application from 4:00pm-6:00pm and will provide information on other Job Opportunities in the City.
Also at this event you will also be able to sign-up for email notifications on other Job Information Sessions as well as Hiring Events for other upcoming retail in Fort Lincoln at the Shops at Dakota Crossing.
There are no interviews being held at this particular event.
In our upcoming April 2016 SMD Meeting, we will discuss signage around Fort Lincoln to be submitted to DDOT & DPW. The draft Plans are here ( Not Completed) for your review to prepare for the meeting. I developed this initial plan to get the ball rolling, and is based on my observations and discussions with neighbors. Please feel free to add to the plans as needed and email it to me, if not you can bring your ideas to the meeting. Thanks!
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.
For many of you who are new to the community you may be wondering why there are construction materials stored on the wooded side of Commodore Joshua Barney Drive. As noted in the Fort Lincoln Community Newsletter, site clearing activities are slated to begin the 1st quarter 2016 for the construction 123 Townhouses and 240 Apartments. Please note that the bridge shown in the renderings will across the wetlands as an extension of Huston Lane. It’s important to note that the design is not yet completed so there will be further enhancements. In addition, the construction of the homes will take place first, the apartments will then follow.
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.