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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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Photo by RL3
Concrete placement for access roads.
Photo by RL3
Extension of Market Street, remaining parcels to be built ( Dicks, Petsmart, Marshals, and restaurants).
Photo by RL3
Trees Planted
Photo by RL3
Green Wall along South Dakota Ave

 

 

 

 

 

ANC 5C03 Elections (Petition for Nomination)

 

ANC 5C Map
After a lot of deliberation, I have decided to complete the Nomination Application for ANC Commissioner for Fort Lincoln! We need swift resolution to a plethora of issues as well as planning initiatives with several city departments. It takes a certain level of competence to work through the complex issues, passion for Fort Lincoln to bring closure to long standing problems and the willingness to listen and work with our residents whether you are a Senior, a long time resident or new to the community. I am ready to take this challenge head-on and start to bring the significant yet gradual change to residents of Fort Lincoln. We deserve the same level of Respect, Attentiveness, and Amenities as any other neighborhood in the city and I will demand it from our City Officials. I have what it takes to facilitate, organize, and execute these issues and I need your help to get it done. I will be going door to door in the next few days, respectfully requesting your signature to run for the next ANC Commissioner for Fort Lincoln ANC 5C03.

Together we can stop the cycle of prolonged excuses and make Fort Lincoln the example of what a great community should be!

Yours Truly,
Robert Looper III “RL3”

New Layout for the Shops @ Dakota Crossing? Before & After Proposals

 

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

Construction at The Shops at Dakota Crossing has yet to restart and the proposal below may be the key reason why.  I’ve always believed that opening Ft Lincoln Drive to the Shops next toLowes would not fix the traffic problem.  The volume of Costco traffic would easily congest that portion of the road .  The new Multi-Family Development shows a new and more functional layout for the Shops at Dakota Crossing.  I’m not sure if this will be the official design, however, I was informed 3 weeks ago that the DDOT permit was not yet approved and  this could be the reason why.


Previous Retail Proposal

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The previous (or current) layout for the shops features a main street with the smaller retail buildings on one side of the street.  It shows one large parking lot for Costco, and another large parking lot to serve the remaining shopping center.  Costco traffic currently creates congestion along the main street which will only worsen with the opening of Lowes and the other smaller retail.  Even with the second entrance from Ft Lincoln Drive,  Lowes would create its own congestion essentially bringing traffic to a halt.

Current Retail Proposal ( As shown in the BZA Application for the Multi-Family Development)

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The layout included with the BZA Application splits the smaller retail on two sides of the main street which is similar to proposals from 2006.  This new layout isolates  traffic for Costco, Lowes, and the other larger retail from the Main street.  It also creates smaller parking lots for the smaller retail making it more walkable.  In addition, it creates two  separate exits from Route 50; one to the “Costco” Gas station and the other to the Main Street, which would also alleviate traffic congestion.  I’m not sure if this is the official plan but I believe it is a much better layout than what’s currently designed.  Also putting shops on two sides of the main street creates a more natural street scape and doesn’t look like a staged movie set.


New Residential Development Changes

Previous Residential Proposal

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The previous Multi-Family Development Proposal is more of a juxtaposition than a revision to the current proposal and may leave some residents in the Villages feeling like they’ve been mislead when purchasing their home.  The previous proposal featured a significant tree buffer with mature trees which creates a more natural separation for the new development which was a selling point to many residents when purchasing on CJ. Barney Drive.  It also only featured 6 Apartment Buildings with 352 units and a awful parking lot around the perimeter.  The previous development is a bad design however, the natural tree buffer made it palatable because no one would have to see it.

Current Residential Proposal

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The current proposal indicates a much better traffic pattern and will now feature townhomes in addition to the apartments.  The townhomes appear to be a NV Product which is a luxury home builder and parent company to Ryan Homes.  They also feature both roof top and rear decks which would be a first in the community.  The apartment look to be a garden style edition of the two Towers on Fort Lincoln Drive.  They are horrid in my opinion and must be redesigned, they architecture is uninspired and is not of the same Architectural consistency of the townhomes.  It looks like government housing next to luxury homes and is situated in the most prominent location.  The natural tree buffer has been completely annihilated and will be replaced with new trees.  The Wetlands is protected so the retaining pond and wild vegetation growth will remain.  I’m sure the frogs, turtles and birds will be happy to know that. It also may worth noting that there is are no parks or open space associated with this development.  All things considered I think its a good improvement on the original proposal.

 

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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Apartment Floor Plans

 

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

 

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Fort Lincoln Development Update

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Banneker Site Town Homes – Permits are in for the 42 Townhomes at the Banneker site which borders Fort Lincoln Drive. According to sources at the Concordia Group the project is progressing as planned and site work is slated to start around mid-year 2014. During the  FLCA meeting last year, the Developers noted that these will be the premier homes of Fort Lincoln, featuring roof top decks, high-end exterior surfaces and interior finishes, as well as breath taking views of the city.  Prices were thought to be in the Upper $500,000 to Lower $600,000 range.

New Apartments? – During the heavy snow fall last week I did notice that drilling was taking in place in the wetlands Area along Hurston Lane.  This type drilling typically means that test bores are being taken to analyze the soil conditions for construction of a road or building structure.  It is possible that the construction of the Apartments is starting soon, I will need to research a little further.

Shops at Dakota Crossing – Lowes is apparently still on, however, due to the amount of remaining earthwork, will start once weather conditions improve.  Will keep my fingers crossed there.  Due to the recent grocery store saturation within proximity to the Shops at Dakota Crossing ( Costco, Shoppers, Wal-Mart, Giant, Whole Foods, &etc.) it’s not likely that the 3rd large retail space will be a grocery store.  The vendor selection is still not finalized however, it is likely to be a Fitness Center Tenant. I will get with Bob King (ANC Commissioner) to start posting polls for what types of smaller retail residents would  like to see to be able to influence the decisions for that retail.  However, as we all know the decision ultimately falls with the Developer and market conditions.

The map below shows the current master plan for Fort Lincoln.

Fort  Lincoln Master plan

Gateway Development – “The Hechts District” in Photos

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The construction of the new 1000 car parking structure and renovation of the original Historic structure by Douglas Development is well under way. According to the Washington City Paper, Mom’s Organic Market will anchor the 1st floor retail of the new parking structure facing New York Ave. Checkout earlier post for more details.

View looking New York Ave East
View looking New York Ave East
View looking West along New York Ave.
View looking West along New York Ave.
Future Entrance from New York Ave. East
Future Entrance from New York Ave. East
View looking West Along Okie Street
View looking West Along Okie Street
View looking East along Okie Street
View looking East along Okie Street
Window Mock Up
Window Mock Up
Old Thermometer Display...Hopefully  to be incorporated into the design.
Old Thermometer Display…Hopefully to be incorporated into the design.

Close up of Restoration work to be done.