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Better WMATA Engagement Results in More Bus Options in Fort Lincoln

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.

The screenshot below describes the extent of the changes. The link to the entire document is here.  071416_3APublicHearing2016BusSOGO

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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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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.

New Multifamily Development in Fort Lincoln

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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.

Renderings of the development are below.

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Mom’s Organic Market Open’s Friday 11/14/14

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UPDATE: Drove by this morning and observed a NOW OPEN sign displayed at the store!

On Friday, we will have a closer grocery store option that will allow us to buy quality foods in normal quantities.  According to the store’s website, we can Celebrate the Grand Opening of MOM’s first Washington, DC store!  5% of Grand Opening sales will be donated to Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY), a youth shelter and services provider doing wonderful work in the city.  Stop by for local samples, kid’s activities, and a reusable MOM’s bag full of goodies (while supplies last), all while supporting SBY! Click the link below for further details.

Mom’s Organic Market Link

Construction Updates Along The Gateway

Construction is steadily progressing at some development sites and breaking ground at others, here’s the latest on the  Hecht Warehouse District:

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The Hecht District is moving full speed ahead with the structure of the 1000 Car parking Garage which appears to be nearing  substantial completion.  Updated renderings on Douglas Development’s Website suggest that a pet store  as well as other clothing retailers will join the confirmed Moms Organic Market.

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Construction Update May 2014

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Construction Update July 2014

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Rendering of Final Design(Courtesy of Douglas Development)

The conversion of the existing warehouse to loft apartments is also progressing with renderings  suggesting the Planet Fitness will occupy the Okie Street Entrance.

Construction Update May 2014 Looking West on Okie Street

 

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Construction Update July 2014 Looking West on  Okie Street

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Rendering of Final Design(Courtesy of Douglas Development) – Looking West on Okie Street