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!
Join us as we explore bike lane & trail options through Fort Lincoln for our upcoming connection to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail on Saturday March 12, 2016 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. We are meeting at the corner of Bladensburg Road and South Dakota Ave.
Please bring your most innovative and creative ideas to engage in creating a safe and exciting transportation alternative!
Please note that this is a “walk-through” on foot, however feel free to bike to the meet-up location.
Register on Facebook at Fort Lincoln Bike Trails & Lanes to receive copies of handouts during the walk.
Site work at The shops At Dakota Crossing is progressing and last week we received updates on some of the prospective tenants to make Fort Lincoln their home. The retailers include:
TGI Fridays “New Upscale Concept ”
These stores would join Dicks Sporting Goods, Marshalls, 5 Below, & Petsmart which are slated to open within the next 12 months. Some residents were expecting a healthier restaurant anchor or more of a craft or specialty concept in lieu of TGI Fridays. There was also the discussion of Panera Bread and a dry cleaners that was proposed by residents. The response was that there were no negotiations with a dry cleaners at this time and nothing formalized with Panera Bread. What are your thoughts on the upcoming retail options?
Arboretum Community Retail Updates:
Just a 5 minute drive away WBJ posted an update on the New City DC Development by Douglas Development Corp. Its dramatic architectural aesthetic will transform the intersection of N.Y. Ave. & Bladensburg Road. The renderings also allude to such retail options as a cinema, Target, and Wegmans but does not call it out specifically. The link to the WBJ article is below. There will be more information on New City DC in the March ANC 5C Meeting.
New York Avenue, between the Anacostia River and the Brentwood Parkway will increase the number of residential developments upwards of 300o units. The New York Avenue Corridor has scores of planned big box retail, industrial building reuse, new hotels, and potential Municipal office realignment which will add to the traffic density. Earlier this month I proposed the possibility of using a portion of the Amtrak Right-of-Way, running parallel to the proposed bike trail along a portion of New York Ave, and designed to move people to the places they need to go along New York Ave and adjacent neighborhoods. The majority of the route would avoid congestion by running adjacent New York Ave but off the main road. The idea is in its infancy and will need extensive modification with upcoming developments and has not received any level of approval. This is part of a broader plan to provide a comprehensive transportation network to the residents of this community who’s homes are divided by rail road, major arterial roads and industrial land use. This route is suggested to work in connection with the Circulator and traditional Metro Bus Service. It is time that we update and modify the bus routes for the changing needs of residents and visitors, especially our streamlining and reducing travel time for Seniors. I believe this will encourage increased ridership,as well as the dependency and efficiency of our mass transportation infrastructure.
All diagrams are options for the community to weigh-in and comment on in upcoming meetings.
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.
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.
The 46 premier townhouses of the Banneker Ridge development are moving fast. Most homes feature unobstructed views from the national harbor , the U.S. Capital, Catholic Unoversity & Silver Spring. The Monroe Place model is currently selling in the 700’s and the Willard model in the 800’s. For more info, the link to the website is below. Affordable housing options may still be available.
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.