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City Winery: An Exclusive Tour of Fort Lincoln’s nearby Winery in Ivy City.

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I had the opportunity to tour the new restaurant, winery, and music venue this week and left very excited about the prospect of having such a unique neighborhood amenity. It has the power to transform how we dine and entertain  in the neighborhood as well as becoming part of the community fabric versus  a byproduct of gentrification which is typical throughout the city.  It’s a rare opportunity to have such a unique destination in the community only a quick drive or bike ride away.  Regardless of your  pallet or  experience  with wine there is a place for you a City Winery.  The staff is very friendly and both the General Manager and the Beverage Director are excited to work with Us on hosting wine education classes as well as working on community events!  I will do my part to ensure that quality establishments such as this becomes and remains part of the fabric of the community for both long time and new residents.  City Winery DC, located on 1350 Okie Street NE is the largest of all other locations which includes New York, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta & Boston

City Winery is a combined culinary experience which caters to customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music and the culinary arts.  If you have ever been to this location it its former life as either Dream or Love Nightclubs, you wouldn’t understand just how large the 42,000sf building was unless you had VIP access.  The newly transformed building takes full advantage of the former nightclub’s size and with it has created an inviting, open and free flowing dining and entertainment experience.

The first level includes the restaurant, wine cellar, fermentation rooms, and private meeting space.  The upper levels include two music venues with a green room for the performers, additional dining areas as well as 3 roof top deck experiences(Opening Soon).  The goal according to the General Manager is to have multiple events happening simultaneously which will not interfere with one another, and given the use of space will soon become reality.

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City Winery DC has a daily Happy Hour M-F from 5-7pm as well as plenty of upcoming beverage events to familiarize yourself with the venue over the next two weeks. The success of City Winery DC and other upcoming retail offerings will serve as a catalyst for other major non-mass-transit oriented developments in the community which lately have been slow to progress but is essential to our community’s continued growth and multi-modal advancement.

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Find out more at their website https://citywinery.com/washingtondc/
Check it out and share your experience!

 

 

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Clean Team Services Coming To Fort Lincoln Starting October 2018

You ever wonder when you go to places like the Capital River Front and notice that they have a dedicated street cleaning team? Well those days are over thanks to legislation proposed by Councilman McDuffie and  funded by the Committee on Business & Economic Development in the 2019 Capital Budget.   We will now have a clean team dedicated to Fort Lincoln and the surrounding community.  Fort Lincoln in its self is a residential, retail & industrial mixed use community which sees  a lot of out-of-community traffic.  The Clean Team will add a new layer of maintenance which isn’t captured by current services given the growing retail and industrial market in the neighborhood.

So what is a clean Team?

Clean teams are funded through grants by the Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) and are executed by non-profit organizations.  While it would have been ideal to form a non-profit of community leaders the timing didn’t allow it for this funding cycle.  Regardless, the company selected is charged with hiring locally to maintain selected streets in the community which are impacted by growing businesses.  According to DSLBD The Basic Clean Team services include:

  • Removal of litter
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Removal of illegal posters/stickers
  • Removal of snow and ice
  • Recycling
  • Street tree mulching
  • Reporting public space defects
  • Landscaping (weeding and mowing) and
  • Business outreach.

What Streets are covered under the Pilot Program (In our area)

  1. Upper Bladensburg Road, NE, $100,000.00 (Grant Amount)
    • Bladensburg Road NE from Mt. Olivet Road NE to Eastern Avenue
    • New York Avenue a half block east and west from Bladensburg Road
  2. Fort Lincoln Drive Residential Clean Team, $100,000.00 (Grant Amount)
    • Fort Lincoln Drive, NE between Bladensburg Road, NE and 33rd Place, NE
    • 33rd Place NE between South Dakota Avenue, NE and New York Avenue, NE
    • Commodore Joshua Barney Drive, NE between Fort Lincoln Drive, NE and 33rd Place, NE

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The services associated with this grant will start in October of 2018 and is eligible to run through fiscal year 2020.  This service is a welcomed addition to the community, we have experienced dumping from both DC & Maryland residents and besides calling 311 do not receive routine street cleaning services.   So far only one organization has reached out and have enthusiastically shown their support in running this program the right way and involving Fort Lincoln residents in their planning.  We will continue our community clean ups and work with the selected company on a plan of action that will boost business and the livability of the community.

Construction Progress Photos at the Reserves at Dakota Crossing & Fort Lincoln Multifamily Apartments.

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.

More than 90,000 views since 2013. Fort Lincoln Has A Voice. Blog Stats 2013-2017

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!

 

Sincerely

Robert Looper III, Founder & Contriubutor

Gatewaytothecitydc.com

New York Ave. Streetscape & Trail Project Public Meeting 2/23/2017

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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

For more information about the public meeting, please contact Katherine Youngbluth atkatherine.youngbluth@dc.gov or Michael Alvino at michael.alvino@dc.gov.

Petsmart to Host First Puppy Love Party @ the Fort Lincoln Store!

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/814941825321284/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1485885147605388