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Virginia plans to de-rail Development in Union Market & Ivy City

 

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The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter rail service linking the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia and has plans to expand/relocate it’s rail-car storage capacity as an apparent result of the Union Station Expansion. VRE plans to do this by  reactivating abandoned railroad through Union Market and creating a new storage yard on New York Ave. from 4th street to  16th street.  See pictures below:

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VRE 1 Summary

VRE’s plan would expand into a developing community absent of considering the obvious impact not only to the residents of this community but to the community development efforts and livability factor of such a facility.  These rails have been abandoned for decades and New York Ave. is becoming a residential and retail destination which will connect many of the communities from NOMA to Fort Lincoln. Today, there is an  existing 70 foot buffer between Amtrak Trains & New York Ave, which is used in part by Douglas Development as well as the planned trail connection along New York Ave. which will bring safe multimodal infrastructure to the community. Removing that buffer and storing idling diesel powered trains up to the curb is infuriating and is clearly a lack of engagement and care for the lives of people who live in this community.  Moreover, Virginia has much more space to store trains within its own state lines and close Proximity of D.C. but of coarse they wouldn’t dare dump on their own development projects.  VRE could easily store their  trains at the proposed Long Bridge Park Pool Site which still hasn’t broken ground or in Potomac Yards where they have decommissioned that entire rail yard and is redeveloping.

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In addition to the numerous and obvious environmental & health issues that stem from  idling trains within close proximity to District residents, this plan would significantly alter, or even in some cases halt or eliminate projects that are driving economic development for the overall community and addressing livability concerns along New York Ave which includes:

Market Terminal in Union Market

Ivy City

The planned N.Y. Ave. Trail Project

Hecht’s Warehouse District Development

The planned New City DC Development

Future Transportation Plans Along NY Ave.

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As you can see in the picture below, the The proposed train storage yard extends beyond Montana Avenue.

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Where is VRE in the Process?

In May of this year, VRE released it’s solicitation to establish a Contract with one (1) qualified and experienced firm to provide environmental documentation, public outreach and participation, real estate acquisition, urban design, survey, geotechnical investigation and engineering design services for a midday storage facility for rolling stock operated by Virginia Railway Express (VRE).  Proposals were due on the 13th of June.  It is important that as more information about this project becomes available that we align ourselves with the residents and leadership of the  impacted areas and do our part to make light of this potential travesty.   The link to the Conceptual Engineering Documents by VRE is below.

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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

 

NY Avenue Gateway Transit Alternatives

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Potential transit alternatives. Ideas are my own and do not reflect any decisions by the D.C. Government or WMATA.

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.

Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan 2015-2016 – Draft

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Dear Fort Lincoln Residents,

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.

Clink the link below:

Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft

Capital Bikeshare in Fort Lincoln

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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! 

DC City Council Committees & Other Ward 5 Updates

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Is this end of the  Brentwood Trash Transfer Station? Click the link for the full article. – Post (Click This Link)


Ward 5 Councilman McDuffie is the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development , –  WBJ(Click This Link)


Ward 5 Happy Hour at Costa Brava  this Thursday @ 6:00pm  – Bloomingdale – (Click This Link)


The Washington Business Journal reports that the Hecht Warehouse District is expanding.  This development is shaping up to be a Washington Gateway landmark destination.  Below are some progress photos compared to renderings of what’s to come.   Click the link for the full story. –  WBJ ( Click This Link)

Photo by Robert Looper III
Progress Photo Of Hecht Warehouse Construction
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering showing added Restaurant
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Aerial view of the Pappas Building between Okie & Fenwick Streets – The Red brick Warehouse
Photo Credit WBJ
Okie Street Rendering of the Pappas Building
Photo by Robert Looper III
Rail Tracks behind the Pappas Building
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering of Rail tracks behind the Pappas Building