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Chick-Fil-a in Fort Lincoln: To Drive-thru, or not to Drive-thru, that is the variance.

Chick-Fil-a is slated to be the latest fast-casual franchise restaurant at the Shops at Dakota Crossing in Fort Lincoln.  The site is located in the grassy lot in front of Lowes as seen in the photos above.  Early reactions on social media from Fort Lincoln residents were mixed once word of the selection was made.  Some residents welcomed the chain while others are opposed; while some are for political reasons others are still concerned about the selection of restaurants hoping for healthier selections such as Panera Bread which have declined to take up residence at the Shops according to the Developers.  The site was initially slated to be a bank with drive up tellers, but according to the developers banks weren’t looking to expand.

According to the BZA Application the Developer would like special exception relief to allow a drive-thru.

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According to the application fast food establishments are  permitted as a matter-of-right and that the special exception is for the drive-thru.  Retailer aside, I’m concerned with the narrative of the application which in my opinion inaccurately details the true conditions of that location as well as the engagement and reaction with both the ANC directly and the community.  Some of the items that stick out to me are:

  1. “Given the excellent vehicular access to the property…” We all know that access in and out of the shopping center is still challenging, even with the center  being less than 100% leased and operational.
  2. “Far removed from any residential property…”  The entire shopping center is surrounded by residential development.
  3. “There will be no adverse impacts associated with the drive-through…”  There is no discussion of walkability and the ability of pedestrians to safety and comfortably access the shopping center.
  4. The Applicant has reached out to the affected ANC and community groups and there is strong support of this application.”; Complete Lie.  Receipt of the application by mail was on August 29, 2017; that was the first official notification to the ANC Commissioner.

Aside from the 4 items above, there is already concern from residents with the flow of traffic in the shopping center. Most pedestrians proceed at the mercy of courteous drives to access the majority of the pedestrian cross walks.  The walkability of the shopping center with a high volume drive-thru will impact how people can safely access the center and the community needs to be involved in the planning process for how and what is implemented.  Some of the obvious concerns are the following:

1. Existing infrastructure leaves pedestrians at the mercy of vehicles that are coming from Rt. 50/NY Ave. which have complete right of way and no required stops.

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2. Traffic flow along market street which has two pedestrian cross walks ( at this location) which has no required stops except when pedestrians are present.  (Cars decide whether not to stop at these signs.  Most times they do not.)

3. Where’s the traffic study to determine how the location of this drive-thru will contribute to back ups at the intersection of Market Street and Fort Lincoln Drive. As well as the on ramp onto the shopping center where one lane is often backed up for the Costco Gas station.

4. Trash along Fort Lincoln Drive between 33rd and 31st place as a result of cars which often park and throw trash out of the window.  (The city will not place trash cans in this location after multiple request)

5. The aesthetics of the building are counter intuitive to the work by the National Capital Planning Commission to ensure that the building is architecturally appropriate as the second building seen entering the city.  Chick-Fil-a has many concepts for their stores and for the store that serves as the gateway to the nations capital is generic and not neighborhood oriented.

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Overall, while a restaurant is consistent with the property use, a high capacity drive-thru in a shopping center with minimally regulated/enforced traffic infrastructure is not. The developer needs to officially address the concerns of the community and how to accommodate the adverse impacts to the community.  The meeting for the drive-thru variance is on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm.  The meeting will be held at Mount Horeb Baptist Church.


 

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Construction Job Fair Next Thursday for DC Residents. Returning Citizens Welcome to Apply!

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Next Thursday I am partnering with Corinthian Contractors & CSOSA (Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency) to host on -the-spot interviews for upcoming projects in the District of Columbia.  This event is aimed at bringing Job Opportunities to District Residents closer to where they live. The event will be held from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Arizona-Cousins conference room at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church and are held on a first come first serve basis.  Positions are ready to be filled immediately.

Corinthian Contractors is looking for dedicated and hard working individuals who are ready to develop themselves as tradesmen and committed to growing their construction careers. Prior construction experience is a plus but is not a requirement.  There are limited positions available and no one person is guaranteed employment solely based on their place of residence.

Returning Citizens are welcome to apply but must be cleared through CSOSA.  To find out if you are eligible please contact Trina Stewart at 240-882-6226.  Individuals who are looking to make a fresh start and have an opportunity to rebuild their careers are encouraged to apply.

Please bring your resume and any certificates of training you may have.  Also be ready to not only represent yourself but to be an ambassador for all D.C. Residents. Let’s show that we have what it takes to not only make it to work on time but set the standard on what hard work and dedication is!

Hope to see you next Thursday!

$250 Gift cards at Pet Smart Grand Opening in Fort Lincoln

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Pet Smart’s grand opening is set for this Saturday, October 29th 2016 at 9:00 am. in the Shops at Dakota Crossing in Fort Lincoln   There are lots of prizes and give-a-ways including:

A Raffle for (3) $250 Dollar Gift Cards (Dog Owner, Cat Owner, Other Pet Owner)

Tee Shirts

Door Busters for the First 50 Customers

Promotional Gift Cards and much more.

The store officially opens today with limited services and hours.  Pet Smart is the 4th retailer to open at the Shops at Dakota in large parcel shops.  See you this Saturday!

 

 

 

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