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2016 Trail Symposium is Tomorrow!

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Join the Capital Trails Coalition on November 17 for the third annual Trails Symposium! We’ll learn about and discuss the progress of the Coalition’s first year, dig into current trail development topics, and look forward to the year ahead.

The Capital Trails Coalition seeks to create a world-class network of multi-use trails that are equitably distributed throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Over 20 agencies, non-profits, business improvement districts and organizations are part of the Capital Trails Coalition.  Learn more about the Coalition here.

The Coalition launched publicly on Oct. 13, with an outpouring of support from across the region. Read more about the Coalition’s launch here.

Agenda is forthcoming. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Katie Harris, Trails Coalition Coordinator, with additional questions (katie.harris@waba.org).

Event Location

Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
 
The link to RSVP is below:
http://org.salsalabs.com/o/451/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=98003

Marshalls Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow at 7:30AM in Fort Lincoln, Be there!

 

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Come and take part in this historical moment in Fort Lincoln history as we welcome our first clothing/furniture retailer to the community!  Marshalls will be the only store of its kind within a roughly 4 mile radius of Fort Lincoln.  Marshalls will bring the level of retail that will benefit the community on a day to day basis and is a much welcomed and needed community amenity.

The Ribbon Cutting is tomorrow 11/3/2016 at 7:30am.  There will door busters and giveaways so be sure to get there early!

$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!

 

 

 

Fort Lincoln Construction Updates

Construction progress is in full effect in Fort Lincoln. We are getting closer to the opening of the much anticipated Shops at Dakota Crossing, the “almost” sold out Banneker Ridge Development and the start of the next large multi-family development in Fort Lincoln which consist of 123 town homes and 240 apartments.


Shops At Dakota Crossing

The Large parcels in the Shops at Dakota Crossing are expected to open 4th Quarter of 2016 with the remainder of the shopping center completing construction in the 1st Quarter of 2017.  The Opening dates of the remaining shops have not been announced, however the buildings will be completed.

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View of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshall’s, 5 Below & Pet-smart – Shops At Dakota Crossing
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Foundations for the Remaining Shops which includes restaurants, cafe’s and other shops with outdoor seating.

 

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Large stone retaining wall has been installed which will feature a radius shaped building shown in the rendering above.
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Brick, Stone, & Precast Panels will be featured throughout the shopping center which will enhance the overall architectural aesthetic of the community.  It will have a very suburban community feel with the benefit of being in Washington, D.C.

Banneker Ridge

There appears to only be 8 Home sites remaining at the new Banneker Ridge residential development. If you want to claim your piece of the most expansive view of the DMV there’s still time.  Granted you may have to wait a few years before you see services such as an adequate park & an unshuttered school  catch up with the progress  of the rest of community…Bazinga!   We are actually making progress towards conducting  a study for a more comprehensive park design & exploring options to expedite the opening  of the school; more details forthcoming.

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The first of 3 rows that will face Fort Lincoln Drive in the Banneker Ridge Development.  The Monroe Place model is shown in the picture above the back of this model is shown below.

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Fort Lincoln Multi-Family Development

Fort Lincoln continues its tradition of building family sized apartments, town homes & condos throughout the community.  Although the new developments all have the required Inclusionary Zoning Units, there is still a lot of concern about the affordability of new construction residential developments.  During the last SMD Meeting the developer announced that Fort Lincoln overall will be 60% affordable when development is complete, and that the affordable units were built earlier in the development.  I’ve met with neighbors and we are planning a home buying seminar later this year to be sure that long time & current residents are taking advantage of all possible home-buying incentives to increase their chances of attaining home ownership in new developments in Fort Lincoln.

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View of the new Multifamily Development Site with the protected Wetlands in tack.
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A possible 3 Bedroom unit filled with Windows which will bring in lots of natural light.

 

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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)

Fort Lincoln Signage Master Plan

Fort Lincoln Signage Transportation Plan Draft

In our upcoming April 2016 SMD Meeting, we will discuss signage around Fort Lincoln to be submitted to DDOT & DPW.  The draft Plans are here ( Not Completed) for your review to prepare for the meeting.  I developed this initial plan to get the ball rolling, and is based on my observations and discussions with neighbors. Please feel free to add to the plans as needed and email it to me, if not you can bring your ideas to the meeting.  Thanks!

Fort Lincoln Signage Public Works Plan Draft

 

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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Potential Circulator Route – NY Avenue Gateway Market Place

Proposed Route

Very soon New York Avenue will provide DC residents and visitors access to retailers less than 10 minutes away from one another that would otherwise take an entire day to get to around the DMV. Costco, Dicks Sporting Goods, Planet Fitness, Nike Community Store, REI & Union Market can all be found along the same corridor in the city.  So how do we connect all of these retailers and adjacent communities to Metro?  Circulator!  A circulator route would not only make it more accessible to local residents without the need to drive, it also has the potential to become a tourist destination once the developments are complete.

Ideas proposed are my own and do not represent the ideas of all constituents or ANC Commissions.  These are just ideas for discussion.

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