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DICK’s Now Hiring for new D.C. Store in Fort Lincoln!

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Dick’s Sporting Goods is now hiring for positions at it’s new store in the Shops @ Dakota Crossing Shopping Center in Fort Lincoln.

Come out this Friday to the Hiring Information Session and hear first hand from the Store’s General Manager on what positions are available, apply online  for open job positions and schedule your interview.

Computers will be available to complete applications at this event for two hours.  Please come early and prepared.  You can also complete applications online from anywhere and schedule your interview at: dicksSportingGoods.jobs/newstores.  The hiring information session is not required but recommended.

Need help with your resume or need interview preparations?  The DC Department of Employment Services may be able to help. Visit their website at DOES.dc.gov

Jobs Available At Lowe’s in Fort Lincoln

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Join us next Tuesday and learn what it takes to gain employment at D.C’s first and only Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Fort Lincoln.  The purpose of this Job Information Session is to 1.)prepare applicants to accurately complete the application and assessment, & 2.) gain an understanding of the employment process for Lowe’s.The presentation will be conducted by the  Lowe’s Human Resources Manager for this region. There are approximately 20 positions available, both Seasonal & Long Term, and we want them to be occupied by residents of Fort Lincoln, the greater Ward 5 Community and the city  at large.  There are no preference points given for D.C. Residents, however, Lowe’s is committed to engaging with the community and giving D.C. residents a fair chance at employment.

The Department of Employment Services will also be on-site to assist with providing computers for applicants to complete the on-line application from 4:00pm-6:00pm and will provide information on other Job Opportunities in the City.

Also at this event you will also be able to sign-up for email notifications on other Job Information Sessions as well as Hiring Events for other upcoming retail in Fort Lincoln at the Shops at Dakota Crossing.

There are no interviews being held at this particular event.


 

The  event will be held at:

Mount Horeb Baptist Church

2914 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington DC 20018.

3:00pm-4:00pm Information Session

4:00pm-6:00pm On-Site  Applications & Assessments (on-line)

BRT Along New York Ave. – Upcoming Options for Community Review

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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.

Circulator Route

 

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

 

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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City Neglect Causing Neighborhood Blight in Fort Lincoln

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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.

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Live electrical box was repaired after I called & tweeted the same day it was reported. Not sure how long it was open before I observed it.

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Door is open on the roof allowing access for graffiti now on the front of the building.
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Roofing has been pulled up causing significant damage. Almost as if it is intentional…

 

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Water damage to brick mortar

 

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Concrete chipping away

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Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan 2015-2016 – Draft

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Dear Fort Lincoln Residents,

I have drafted the comprehensive plan based on the first 6 months of service to the community. I have been working diligently to address the major concerns of the community and am now ready for the city to provide resources to fund them. Below is the Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft to be considered for the upcoming budget proposal 2016 to the Mayor.  Additional comments are welcomed  however, please note that not all comments will be added at this time however, as we resolve the items listed in the plan we will add the new ones.  Thanks again for electing me to work for you.

Clink the link below:

Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft

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.

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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.

Shops at Dakota Crossing – Lowes Photo Update

The outline of the  building  pad for the construction  of Lowes (which is a large one I might add) can now be clearly identified.  Concrete is being placed for the access roads around the site and the asphalt base coat for the extension of market street appears to substantially complete (by my definition lol).  A lot of the trees have been planted and the green wall appears to be ready to receive plantings.  As noted previously the store is slated to open 3rd or 4th quarter this year.  I’m working on finding out how large this store is compared to others in the country.

Thanks to my awesome neighbor for allowing me to use your balcony!  #luvmyseniors

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Concrete placement for access roads.
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Extension of Market Street, remaining parcels to be built ( Dicks, Petsmart, Marshals, and restaurants).
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Trees Planted
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Green Wall along South Dakota Ave

 

 

 

 

 

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!