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City Winery: An Exclusive Tour of Fort Lincoln’s nearby Winery in Ivy City.

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I had the opportunity to tour the new restaurant, winery, and music venue this week and left very excited about the prospect of having such a unique neighborhood amenity. It has the power to transform how we dine and entertain  in the neighborhood as well as becoming part of the community fabric versus  a byproduct of gentrification which is typical throughout the city.  It’s a rare opportunity to have such a unique destination in the community only a quick drive or bike ride away.  Regardless of your  pallet or  experience  with wine there is a place for you a City Winery.  The staff is very friendly and both the General Manager and the Beverage Director are excited to work with Us on hosting wine education classes as well as working on community events!  I will do my part to ensure that quality establishments such as this becomes and remains part of the fabric of the community for both long time and new residents.  City Winery DC, located on 1350 Okie Street NE is the largest of all other locations which includes New York, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta & Boston

City Winery is a combined culinary experience which caters to customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music and the culinary arts.  If you have ever been to this location it its former life as either Dream or Love Nightclubs, you wouldn’t understand just how large the 42,000sf building was unless you had VIP access.  The newly transformed building takes full advantage of the former nightclub’s size and with it has created an inviting, open and free flowing dining and entertainment experience.

The first level includes the restaurant, wine cellar, fermentation rooms, and private meeting space.  The upper levels include two music venues with a green room for the performers, additional dining areas as well as 3 roof top deck experiences(Opening Soon).  The goal according to the General Manager is to have multiple events happening simultaneously which will not interfere with one another, and given the use of space will soon become reality.

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City Winery DC has a daily Happy Hour M-F from 5-7pm as well as plenty of upcoming beverage events to familiarize yourself with the venue over the next two weeks. The success of City Winery DC and other upcoming retail offerings will serve as a catalyst for other major non-mass-transit oriented developments in the community which lately have been slow to progress but is essential to our community’s continued growth and multi-modal advancement.

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Find out more at their website https://citywinery.com/washingtondc/
Check it out and share your experience!

 

 

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Clean Team Services Coming To Fort Lincoln Starting October 2018

You ever wonder when you go to places like the Capital River Front and notice that they have a dedicated street cleaning team? Well those days are over thanks to legislation proposed by Councilman McDuffie and  funded by the Committee on Business & Economic Development in the 2019 Capital Budget.   We will now have a clean team dedicated to Fort Lincoln and the surrounding community.  Fort Lincoln in its self is a residential, retail & industrial mixed use community which sees  a lot of out-of-community traffic.  The Clean Team will add a new layer of maintenance which isn’t captured by current services given the growing retail and industrial market in the neighborhood.

So what is a clean Team?

Clean teams are funded through grants by the Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) and are executed by non-profit organizations.  While it would have been ideal to form a non-profit of community leaders the timing didn’t allow it for this funding cycle.  Regardless, the company selected is charged with hiring locally to maintain selected streets in the community which are impacted by growing businesses.  According to DSLBD The Basic Clean Team services include:

  • Removal of litter
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Removal of illegal posters/stickers
  • Removal of snow and ice
  • Recycling
  • Street tree mulching
  • Reporting public space defects
  • Landscaping (weeding and mowing) and
  • Business outreach.

What Streets are covered under the Pilot Program (In our area)

  1. Upper Bladensburg Road, NE, $100,000.00 (Grant Amount)
    • Bladensburg Road NE from Mt. Olivet Road NE to Eastern Avenue
    • New York Avenue a half block east and west from Bladensburg Road
  2. Fort Lincoln Drive Residential Clean Team, $100,000.00 (Grant Amount)
    • Fort Lincoln Drive, NE between Bladensburg Road, NE and 33rd Place, NE
    • 33rd Place NE between South Dakota Avenue, NE and New York Avenue, NE
    • Commodore Joshua Barney Drive, NE between Fort Lincoln Drive, NE and 33rd Place, NE

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The services associated with this grant will start in October of 2018 and is eligible to run through fiscal year 2020.  This service is a welcomed addition to the community, we have experienced dumping from both DC & Maryland residents and besides calling 311 do not receive routine street cleaning services.   So far only one organization has reached out and have enthusiastically shown their support in running this program the right way and involving Fort Lincoln residents in their planning.  We will continue our community clean ups and work with the selected company on a plan of action that will boost business and the livability of the community.

Construction Progress Photos at the Reserves at Dakota Crossing & Fort Lincoln Multifamily Apartments.

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.

Chick-Fil-a in Fort Lincoln: To Drive-thru, or not to Drive-thru, that is the variance.

Chick-Fil-a is slated to be the latest fast-casual franchise restaurant at the Shops at Dakota Crossing in Fort Lincoln.  The site is located in the grassy lot in front of Lowes as seen in the photos above.  Early reactions on social media from Fort Lincoln residents were mixed once word of the selection was made.  Some residents welcomed the chain while others are opposed; while some are for political reasons others are still concerned about the selection of restaurants hoping for healthier selections such as Panera Bread which have declined to take up residence at the Shops according to the Developers.  The site was initially slated to be a bank with drive up tellers, but according to the developers banks weren’t looking to expand.

According to the BZA Application the Developer would like special exception relief to allow a drive-thru.

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According to the application fast food establishments are  permitted as a matter-of-right and that the special exception is for the drive-thru.  Retailer aside, I’m concerned with the narrative of the application which in my opinion inaccurately details the true conditions of that location as well as the engagement and reaction with both the ANC directly and the community.  Some of the items that stick out to me are:

  1. “Given the excellent vehicular access to the property…” We all know that access in and out of the shopping center is still challenging, even with the center  being less than 100% leased and operational.
  2. “Far removed from any residential property…”  The entire shopping center is surrounded by residential development.
  3. “There will be no adverse impacts associated with the drive-through…”  There is no discussion of walkability and the ability of pedestrians to safety and comfortably access the shopping center.
  4. The Applicant has reached out to the affected ANC and community groups and there is strong support of this application.”; Complete Lie.  Receipt of the application by mail was on August 29, 2017; that was the first official notification to the ANC Commissioner.

Aside from the 4 items above, there is already concern from residents with the flow of traffic in the shopping center. Most pedestrians proceed at the mercy of courteous drives to access the majority of the pedestrian cross walks.  The walkability of the shopping center with a high volume drive-thru will impact how people can safely access the center and the community needs to be involved in the planning process for how and what is implemented.  Some of the obvious concerns are the following:

1. Existing infrastructure leaves pedestrians at the mercy of vehicles that are coming from Rt. 50/NY Ave. which have complete right of way and no required stops.

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2. Traffic flow along market street which has two pedestrian cross walks ( at this location) which has no required stops except when pedestrians are present.  (Cars decide whether not to stop at these signs.  Most times they do not.)

3. Where’s the traffic study to determine how the location of this drive-thru will contribute to back ups at the intersection of Market Street and Fort Lincoln Drive. As well as the on ramp onto the shopping center where one lane is often backed up for the Costco Gas station.

4. Trash along Fort Lincoln Drive between 33rd and 31st place as a result of cars which often park and throw trash out of the window.  (The city will not place trash cans in this location after multiple request)

5. The aesthetics of the building are counter intuitive to the work by the National Capital Planning Commission to ensure that the building is architecturally appropriate as the second building seen entering the city.  Chick-Fil-a has many concepts for their stores and for the store that serves as the gateway to the nations capital is generic and not neighborhood oriented.

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Overall, while a restaurant is consistent with the property use, a high capacity drive-thru in a shopping center with minimally regulated/enforced traffic infrastructure is not. The developer needs to officially address the concerns of the community and how to accommodate the adverse impacts to the community.  The meeting for the drive-thru variance is on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm.  The meeting will be held at Mount Horeb Baptist Church.


 

Field Trip – Rescheduled. Details to come!

Proposed Alternative Alighnement

Due to an unfortunate death to someone close to me the field trip has been rescheduled.  Details of the new date coming soon.  Thank you.

Join ANC 5C03 along with the Capital Trails Coalition and WABA as we walk our proposed connection to the Anacostia River Trail.  This connection has been a “long time coming”and will provide a vital transportation alternative for residents of Ward 5.  I will post another article on the background of the project and how we got to where we are today.  DDOT under Mayor Bowser’s administration has done a tremendous job responding to the disparity of transit alternatives in the community.  DDOT has assigned a consultant for the environmental assessment which brings us another step closer to this becoming a reality.

Please note that this is a walking tour, and is not yet accessible by bicycle.  However, you can secure your bike at the meet up location.

Please register using the link below!

Register Here for the Field Trip!

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Easter Eggs & Chicken Biscuits: Events this weekend 4/15/17 in Fort Lincoln/Gateway!

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will open its doors to the public beginning this Saturday, April 15th at 9:00 AM with its fresh-fast restaurant. Eager diners and biscuit enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the new location in the Gateway Neighborhood on 2301 Bladensburg Road N.E. to fill their stomachs with a selection of crave-worthy biscuit sandwiches, juicy fried chicken, refreshing salads and creamy frozen “Cultshakes” by DC’s premier ice creamery, Milk Cult.

“The opening of Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. drive-thru marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our growing company,” states CEO Ayeshah Abuelhiga. “We want to extend a huge thank you to our Union Market customers as we end our pop-up tenure there. It is our hope that our closing provides another eager small business the same opportunity to gain exposure and build a dedicated following, just the way that we have.”

Complete with a large parking lot and family-friendly activities, the Grand Opening Weekend is an event not to be missed. To kick off the Grand Opening weekend, the first 100 purchasing customers will receive a card entitling them to one free breakfast sandwich every day for 90 days after opening. Additionally, guests can utilize a limited time Lyft promo code to receive 20% off rides to or from the Mason Dixie Drive-Thru.

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Our awesome neighbor Kellie Bengtson along with the Fort Lincoln Civic Association is hosting the First Annual Easter Event.  There are lots of activities planned for the community for the family even the leashed furry ones! Come out and join your neighbors for this fantastic event!