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DC City Council Committees & Other Ward 5 Updates

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Is this end of the  Brentwood Trash Transfer Station? Click the link for the full article. – Post (Click This Link)


Ward 5 Councilman McDuffie is the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development , –  WBJ(Click This Link)


Ward 5 Happy Hour at Costa Brava  this Thursday @ 6:00pm  – Bloomingdale – (Click This Link)


The Washington Business Journal reports that the Hecht Warehouse District is expanding.  This development is shaping up to be a Washington Gateway landmark destination.  Below are some progress photos compared to renderings of what’s to come.   Click the link for the full story. –  WBJ ( Click This Link)

Photo by Robert Looper III
Progress Photo Of Hecht Warehouse Construction

Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering showing added Restaurant

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Aerial view of the Pappas Building between Okie & Fenwick Streets – The Red brick Warehouse

Photo Credit WBJ
Okie Street Rendering of the Pappas Building

Photo by Robert Looper III
Rail Tracks behind the Pappas Building

Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering of Rail tracks behind the Pappas Building

Whats Next for Thurgood Marshall

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With the influx of new residential development in Fort Lincoln, there seems to be a growing concern over the use of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School(TMES).  The school was closed officially in 2013 and according to the Fort Lincoln Civic Association Website will be closed for 5 years as a school.  Before the closing of the school in 2012 residents voiced their concerns over the new residential development and the need it will create, however it was closed nonetheless.

As most people know, there is interest from the developer to use the School as a community center with YMCA as the operator.  The following is a quick run down on the status of this project:

1 – The developer has filed to have Thurgood Marshall Elementary School zoned as a community center, which has the support from the Office of Planning.

2 – There is a $25,000 contribution that is to be made to the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center for renovations by the developer , which is part of the original Planned unit Development from 2007.  However, due to the size and low usage of the cultural center, the developer is requesting to have that contribution redirected from the Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility for its proposed reuse.

3. The YMCA has not been confirmed as the operator.  There is also another DC Agency that will occupy the space, which is also not confirmed.

4-  ANC Commissioner Bob King provided the letter of support redirecting the $25,000 from the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility.

4.  During the Zoning Hearing on June 10, 2013 the decision was deferred due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 would be used.  That decision prompted a tour of the facility with all interested parties on October 18, 2013.

6- During the last Zoning Hearing on July 17, 2014, the decision was once again deferred,  due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 will be used. The decision has been deferred until January of 2015.

 

 

 

 

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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Traffic Options From The Shops

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Our ANC Commissioner stated that there would be a meeting two weeks after the ANC Meeting to address traffic. I have not heard anything on that meeting (not surprised) so I will step up and get this information to the proper individuals at DDOT.
The map above represents potential options for diverting Route 50 traffic directly back to that interstate preventing congestion of neighborhood streets:

The RED represents a bridge that would cross over the South Dakota Avenue exit and ramp onto either 50 East or 50 West.

The YELLOW represents an exit from market street back to the South Dakota Ave. Exit with access back to 50 West or 50 East via V Street ( with an obvious street redesign) (Thanks to a neighbor for that idea)

The GREEN represents drivers turning left from Market Street onto Fort Lincoln Drive. Turning the Fort Lincoln Drive exit to a 2-direction street and having cars get back on to South Dakota Ave. and connect with the Yellow option.

These are just ideas, what are your thoughts?

 

Retail Forecast Along the New York Avenue Gateway

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In late May, The Washington Post reported that Mayor Vince Gray along with other Council Members, traveled to Las Vegas for meetings with retailers at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Annual Convention. The link below is a forecast of the types of Tenants being solicited to fill upcoming retail space throughout the city. For New York Ave.( primarily The Shops at Dakota Crossing & The Hecht District) some of the obvious retailers such as LA Fitness & Marshalls are indicated however, there were others such as Dicks Sporting Goods, Starbucks, & Bass Pro Shop that were on the list.  Click the links below for the full article and the schedule of retailers.

Washington Post – Link to Full Article

Click this link for the Schedule of Retailers

Renderings – Proposed Fort Lincoln Mutli-Family Development

The Developer has summited its BZA Application for the new Residential Development adjacent to the Villages at Dakota Crossing. Below are some of the renderings submitted. The townhome component of the proposal seems to be well thought out, however, the apartment component lacks the architectural consistency and quality of the surrounding residences. My assumption is that this is a very rough draft for the apartment component of the development.  All things considered, I think it’s great that the development is moving forward; with a few adjustments, I think it will be an awesome addition to the neighborhood.

 

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Part 3 of 13.Fort Lincoln Multi-Family BZA App. Plans 05.14.2014_Part3

 

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In-Depth Review – Proposed Mutli-Family Development

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I just returned from a long and well deserved vacation and was informed of the BZA Application for the Proposed Fort Lincoln Multi-Family Development.  Over the next couple of days, I will provide a quick summary of the Documents for those who are not well versed in plan reading and provide a more simplified explanation of what this means for the overall community aesthetic.  I encourage all residents to participate in the upcoming hearing on 7/22/14.  I will post more details as the date becomes more imminent.

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Park At Fort Lincoln

 

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Photo by RL3, Bandit waiting enthusiastically for a dog park.

 

So I reached out to Bob King, ANC Commissioner, to get the history on the Dog Park at Fort Lincoln Park and the information was not favorable.  I was informed that when this idea was proposed back in the early 2000’s, The Department of Parks and Recreation did not want to build a Dog park in Fort Lincoln because it would set a bad precedent for neighborhood specific Dog Parks throughout the city.   The compromise was to build a more centralized dog park in Langdon Park instead. So in 2011 the Dog park at Langdon park was opened to service the entire area.  It’s located 5 minutes from the Villages @ Dakota Crossing Driving, about 20-30 walking minutes.

Click Here For Langdon Dog Park Info

My opinion is that this is absurd and is reminiscent of the crooked DC politics of old ( They two councilmen who were against dog parks are now in prison). Demand for a dog park should be what drives the creation of one.   Mr. King stated that if we really want the park then he needs to see the interests. So if you are interested in getting signatures from not only your Community Cluster but from others in Fort Lincoln please let me know.  I would love a dog park but will not go into this fight alone ( I can easily just walk to Langdon park LOL ).

 

New District Gateway Renderings ( By RL3)

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Renderings by Robert Looper III – http://www.gatewaytothecitydc.com

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Renderings by Robert Looper III – http://www.gatewaytothecitydc.com

 

Against my better judgment, and due to the lack of development news, I have decided to share some of the renderings I am working on. My “sim city” of sorts depicts my vision for Fort Lincoln and the Washington Gateway as a true gateway (which it is) to the city.  The renderings above depict a mixed used retail, hospitality, and large meeting space development as an anchor to a revitalized Industrial/Office park (Industrial/Office park not shown).  It also features light rail with a dedicated parking garage which would serve portions of South Dakota and New York Avenues to help relieve traffic. In addition, the light rail will serve as a direct connection to the city center for visitors who have hotel accommodations at the District Gateway as well as access to other developments along the NY Ave Corridor. Let me know what your thoughts are?

Disclaimer: Please be advise that these renderings/ideas are just my hobby and are for fun. The renderings and ideas shown do not represent the intent of the current or future land owners, city officials, developers, architects, neither private nor public. I am also not an employee of any of the aforementioned entities.