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.
When I moved back to Fort Lincoln in 2013 I grew incredibly frustrated on the lack of coverage, engagement, and updates with community development. Even more concerning was the pace and amount of development which had no input from most existing and the majority of new residents. Today, we not only reach our community but communities across the world in 123 countries with over 90,000 views since 2013. While we still have a long way to go, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on where we started and where we are headed. Part of what will keep us relevant is our ability to be informed residents and I will continuously strive to allow Gatewaytothtecitydc.com to be a platform where residents can get information regarding activity in their community especially as it relates to Fort Lincoln. This is not an opinion blog, although sometimes it gets injected but it is simply a conduit of information for the community to consider and act upon.
Where do we go from here?
I now need input from you. What other types of news and updates would you like to see? Is it activity from other developments and communities, more information on meetings, TED Talk info, or more frequent post. Provide me your feedback and I will work with you to get us the information we need. Thanks for the support and I look forward to an exciting 2017!
Its of critical importance that all residents who live adjacent to New York Avenue come out to give their input on the Streetscape and trail plan. This plan needs to be resident driven and not developer driven and we must be sure to hold DDOT accountable to not only planting trees but addressing the timing of lights, safe access by existing residents, multi-modal infrastructure, and connectivity not only to new developments but to the adjacent existing communities. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, New York Ave belongs to all of us and its important that all of our voices are heard, considered and included. The announcement is below.
From the DDOT Website:
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to a public meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6 pm through 8 pm to discuss the New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Project.
A brief presentation about the project will be given by staff at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this project is to develop design solutions for a streetscape and trail that target multimodal, safety and aesthetic improvements along New York Avenue NE. DDOT will introduce the project and gather comments from the community at this public meeting.
What: New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Public Meeting
When: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6 pm to 8 pm (a brief presentation at 6:30 pm)
Where: Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan Student Academic Center – SAC, 800 Florida Avenue, NW
Transit: Metro – NoMa -Gallaudet Metro Station (Red Line); Metro Bus: 90, 92
Come party with Party with Petsmart on Saturday February 11, 2017!!!! There will be Adoptable dogs and cats from @City Dogs Rescue, games, prizes, raffles, SMOOCH A POOCH kissing photo booth, giveaways, free bark bar, human snacks, caricature drawings and much more. They will have a “bone guess” jar game! The pet parents who comes closest to guessing the number of cookies in the jar will get to take the treats home! Our bark bar will have a variety of doggie snacks so your pups will get to sample an assortment of snacks!!
Feel free to bring your leashed pets and two legged children are welcome as well!
A few lucky participants could even win a $5 or $10 gift card or our “doggie basket” raffle!!!
City Dogs/City Kitties will have adorable dogs and cats that are in need of a furrrever home! Come by for a great time and maybe even add a new addition to the family!
RSVP for the event using the link below. The store is located in the Shops at Dakota Crossing!
Finally, The shops at Dakota Crossing is nearing completion, however there are still two parcels to be constructed which includes the proposed “Upscale” TGI Friday’s site across from Costco and the planned bank parcel site across from Lowes. Neither are finalized at this time.
So let’s cut to the chase, below are the”planned”spring openings for the Shops At Dakota Crossing
T-Mobile – 3/1/2017
Five Below – 3/3/17
Visionworks – 4/1/2017
Starbucks – 4/24/2017
Panda Express – 4/24/2017
Jersey Mikes – 6/1/2017
This list only represents approximately 1/3 of the available community based retail offerings, there are more options to come. Please note that I can only report openings as the information becomes availble in relevance to updating the community on openings.
As requested I have attached my presentation from tonight’s ANC 5C Meeting titled, “What are community benefits.” It is intended to serve as a guide to identifying the elements of strong & weak community benefits when negotiating with Developers.