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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

 

Updated: Notice of Bus Cancellations (citywide)

WMATA has posted it’s notice of Public Hearings for BUS Cancelations  Please click the link below.  This includes the cancellation of the B8/B9 Bus Service from Fort Lincoln to Rhode Island Avenue Station.

The list of bus cancellations is below.  Please review for instructions on registering to speak during the hearing.  Fort Lincoln B8/B9 service is being cut prior to the construction of nearly 300 new apartments and townhomes in addition to a shopping center and access to key senior services.  The current route  does not properly service the community, for starters  the nearest bus route is  more than 1000′ from my home.  This is a premature action that we must strategically oppose from happening.

Click The Link below for the September 17, 2015 Hearing Notice.

Click to access B15-03%20Notice%20FINAL.pdf

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The previous B8/B9 revision above capitalized on upcoming development, however the new route is completely cancelled, disregarding the lack of service already to this community.  Nothing has been done to improve the service given the recent residential development until May of this year through the Single Member District  and  now it’s slated to be cut to provide service where bus service is already coupled with either metrorail, current bus service, street car, bicycle infrastructure and more walkable communities.  This is an injustice to residents given that, again, no enhancements to the service has been made to improve it before cutting it.  Not all decisions can be made by just looking at the numbers.

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Cutting the service undermines the current increase in density currently under construction in Fort Lincoln, as well as the ability for residents especially seniors from getting access to basic services given the changes in local retail. The Shops at Dakota Crossing once featured a Target & Shoppers Food Warehouse however, given changes in market conditions is now a Lowe’s & Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Cancelling the B8/B9 will now take away the nearest grocery and pharmacy option which is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, I might add,  for those most at risk.  Costco is a members only, wholesale distributor and should be confused with or compared to a grocery store.  Not everyone can pay $13.00 minimum per item or have the ability to waste food due to over-sized quantities expiring.

Proposed Route

Given the shear number of upcoming residential/retail developments, also with inaccessibility to major entertainment venues already in place, more emphasis should have gone towards, enhancing the service versus cutting it.  Be sure to attend the hearing and reach out to  City Council to prevent this from happening.

Potential Circulator Route – NY Avenue Gateway Market Place

Proposed Route

Very soon New York Avenue will provide DC residents and visitors access to retailers less than 10 minutes away from one another that would otherwise take an entire day to get to around the DMV. Costco, Dicks Sporting Goods, Planet Fitness, Nike Community Store, REI & Union Market can all be found along the same corridor in the city.  So how do we connect all of these retailers and adjacent communities to Metro?  Circulator!  A circulator route would not only make it more accessible to local residents without the need to drive, it also has the potential to become a tourist destination once the developments are complete.

Ideas proposed are my own and do not represent the ideas of all constituents or ANC Commissions.  These are just ideas for discussion.

Livable Place in Industrial Space

Phot courtesty of Google

Reimagining the Gateway To The City

Join me this Saturday in a discussion about enhancing the livability of neighborhoods in industrial areas.  This is part of “Eagle Fest” hosted by the Greater New York Ave. Group (GNYAGG).   My presentation topics  will include:

1. Creating cycle-centric hospitality by enhancing the use of the  Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

2. Realizing the true potential of the Anacostia River along route 50. New York Ave.

3. Overview of the Gateway Capitol Concept (Eco Capitol, Innovation Capitol & Arts Capitol)

4. Connecting the Gateway – Multi-modal options for optimal livability and accessibility.

The  presentation content is only an exercise in imagining the potential of the NY Avenue Gateway but is sure to be exciting.

For more information on Eagle Fest – Click the Link Below!

Eagle Fest Info

Proposed – Gateway Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

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For those of you who have been following my blog since 2013, you know how passionate I am about the lack of safe pedestrian connections from Fort Lincoln/Gateway to the rest of the city.   We also know that it’s not just a Fort Lincoln/Gateway issue but affects surrounding neighborhoods such as Woodridge, Brentwood & Langdon.  A year and a few months later, you have elected me as your ANC Commissioner and now we have the opportunity to push for the immediate connection of our rapidly developing communities to safe, pedestrian friendly, Walking & Biking Trails.

In our last ANC 5C Meeting, I introduced a resolution that would give the residents of the Gateway Neighborhoods of Ward 5 the opportunity to have a walking & biking connection to Kenilworth Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.  This connection is vital to making the rapidly developing, car-centric community (including NY Ave.) , safely accessible to the rest of the city by alternate means of travel.  With over 300 new young families in Fort Lincoln alone, this connection will provide multi-modal options for residents who could safely bike or walk to work, provide recreational opportunities to the river, and bridges the transportation gap between the Washington Gateway neighborhoods in an environmentally friendly manner.  This connection is also aligned with the MoveDC Multimodal Transportation Plan.

In addition, the funding to making this connection a reality would be minimal because:

1. The right-of-way is already leveled and will require minor cost to configure into a walking biking trail.

2. The right-of-way travels along power poles which will minimize excavation cost for safe lighting of the trail.

3. The bridge across the Anacostia River, the most significant cost , is eliminated by placing barriers along the shoulder of the Rt. 50 overpass, similar to the 14th street bridge. This can be accomplished for only a fraction of the cost.

This resolution passed unanimously by the ANC 5C Commission and was enthusiastically received by the Developer of Fort Lincoln.  We need your help to make this a reality by contacting DDOT and letting them know that it’s time to #maketheconnection!

The future of the Blog

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As of December 3, 2014, I was officially elected the new ANC Commissioner of Fort Lincoln SMD 5C03.  I have decided to maintain this site as the primary vehicle for dispersing information to the community in lieu of maintaining two sites.

I have updated the look of the site and made it easier to navigate.  The menu bar is now on the top of the page to make it easier locate previous posts and features new tabs such as  “Looper’s World” where I  take my own ideas and visions and model them in 3D mostly for fun.

In closing, this site has and always will be privately paid for and maintained and any views or opinions expressed are my own.   As always, thanks for all of your support and I look forward to an exciting 2015!

Sincerely,

Robert Looper III, ANC Commissioner-Elect 5C03

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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

What’s Next For The New York Ave. Site?

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The Site of the former Wal-Mart Development has been one of the most difficult to develop along the New York Ave. Corridor.  The site is now owned by Douglas Development who has been known to transform some of the least sough out properties and turning them into gems.  Below are the former plans for the site which consists of a multi-family development Arbor Place  and the most recent Point at Arboretum. Click the Washington Post Link below to learn more.

Washington Post Link

Arbor Place ( Photo Courtesy of WCP)

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Point at Arboretum ( Photo Courtesy of WCP)

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Construction Update – Cityscape at Dakota Crossing

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Site Clearing for Cityscape at Dakota Crossing has commenced.   The new townhome development previously known as the Banneker Site is directly across from Fort Lincoln Park and along Fort Lincoln Drive. As stated in my previous post, these are going to be high-end townhomes. After speaking with the developer today I was informed that these homes will set you back somewhere between $650,000 and $699-999 if you get in early (…Lesson Learned) .  Construction on the townhomes will start early 2015;  the Models Homes will be open in the spring of 2015.

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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