The tower crane, a symbol most associated with developments downtown D.C. has made its way to Fort Lincoln, one of the fastest growing and most amazing communities in Northeast D.C. Once this final phase of construction is completed on Commodore Joshua Barney Drive it will bring nearly 600 new residents to the Fort Lincoln Community. The apartments are 85% market-rate and the townhomes are starting in the upper 500’s. Hopefully our friends at DDOT are making progress on our connection to the Anacostia River Trail because the apartments have a 1:1 parking ratio and the townhomes have 1-2 car garages.
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.
2016 will be a focus on transit alternatives for the NY Ave corridor. The goal is to create a much deserved livable place in industrial space for the residents of the community by prioritizing access to retail, points of interests, and smart transit growth through new developments. It’s time to update our antiquated bus network to ensure routes aren’t being discontinued for low ridership when the routes are really no longer aligned with the community’s needs. Lets start the discussion! More information to come.
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.
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.
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