DDOT Hosting Ward 1 Projects Meeting at Columbia Heights Community Center

Posted October 24, 2014 by Kent
Categories: DDOT


As you can see from the flyer below, DDOT has scheduled a Ward 1 Community meeting for Monday, October 27th, to update the community on several of their projects, including the DC Streetcar and dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Avenue. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm with an update on the projects at 6:30 pm at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW.

DDOT Ward 1 meeting

Book Talk & Signing on Saturday of Interest to Petworth, Park View History Buffs

Posted October 23, 2014 by Kent
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There is a book talk and signing on Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library that may be of interest to those who like genealogy or neighborhood history. According to  co-author Linda White, part of the story has roots in Park View … and the other co-author, Marietta Crichlow, is a 65 year resident of Petworth who moved there in 1950.

I recall speaking with Linda after a Humanities event at Room and Board a few years ago, and found her very interesting and engaged. If you happen to be in the area of the library you may want to check it out.

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Process Restarted for Development of Armed Forces Retirement Home’s Zone A

Posted October 23, 2014 by Kent
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From Washington Business Journal, The Armed Forces Retirement Home is planning to seek developers to remake part of the Old Soldiers Home in Northwest D.C.

From Washington Business Journal, The Armed Forces Retirement Home is planning to seek developers to remake part of the Old Soldiers Home in Northwest D.C.

According to an article published in the Washington Business Journal on October 21st, the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) could be ready to select a team in 2015 to redevelop the southeastern area of its campus near the intersection of Irving and North Capital Street.

The AFRH has been interested in developing this area of their campus for about a decade. Despite a few false starts, it seems the AFRH is now in a good position to get things moving again. The area open for development is about 80 square acres and the original concept was to develop it with a mix of residential, retail and public park space.


It’s Beginning to Look Like Halloween

Posted October 23, 2014 by Kent
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Below are some signs that Halloween is around the corner. These examples are from Rock Creek Church Road.




Early Voting Has Begun, Voting at Columbia Heights Community Center Begins Oct. 25th

Posted October 22, 2014 by Kent
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On Monday, October 20th, early voting began in Washington for the offices of Mayor, several councilmember seats, members of the school board, and several others races. This week, early voting began at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St, NW) and will continue through November 1st from from 8:30am to 7pm, (Closed on Sunday).

All DCBOEE early voting locations will operate starting on Saturday, October 25, 2014 through Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 8:30 am to 7 pm; excluding Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Early voting locations at DPR sites are as follows:

Ward 1 – Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard St., NW)

Ward 3 – Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave., NW)

Ward 4 – Takoma Community Center (300 Van Buren St., NW)

Ward 5 – Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave., NE)

Ward 6 – King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St., SW)
– Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St., NE)

A sample Ward 1 ballot is below.

Ward 1 Sample ballot

Late 19th Century Stereoview Offers Rare View of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Rock Creek Cemetery

Posted October 21, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Cemeteries, Churches, History

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Here’s another great 19th century photograph I was able to get of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (aka the Rock Creek Church). This photo likely dates to the 1870s or 1880s and is a good companion to the snapshot I posted on September 4, 2014, which dates to around 1899. But whereas that photo shows the church’s south elevation, this image shows the north elevation, or rear of the building.

As I noted in the earlier post, the church largely burned in 1921 and was rebuilt. While the new structure was able to keep and incorporate three of the original walls, the church that visitors are familiar with today is markedly different than the one that was familiar to visitors a century ago.

Rock Creek Church

Pepco Planning Harvard Substation Upgrade

Posted October 20, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Pepco, Restoration repair and maintenance

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Pepco Substation No. 13, at Harvard and Sherman Avenue, with 2914 Sherman in the background.

Pepco Substation No. 13, at Harvard and Sherman Avenue, with 2914 Sherman in the background.

Here’s some interesting news. Recently, Pepco purchased the property at 2914 Sherman Avenue, NW. This purchase is part of Pepco’s ongoing efforts to provide safe and reliable electric service to residents. As part of their efforts to do this, they identified the need to upgrade the Harvard Substation located at Sherman Avenue and Harvard Street, NW. This substation is an early substation in the Pepco system (it’s no. 13) and was built in five stages. The original 1907 building was designed by architect Frederick B. Pyle. This was followed by additions designed by Arthur B. Heaton in 1920 and 1921. Further additions were added in 1929 and finally in 1944.

According to an email from Pepco,”they have determined that the Harvard Substation needs to be upgraded for several important reasons, including the age of the existing infrastructure and capacity requirements, and to ensure [that they] continue to provide safe and reliable electric service to … customers. The equipment and building itself is aged and needs to be upgraded.  In addition, electrical demand in the area has increased and improvements are needed in order to meet forecasted loads.”

2914 Sherman Avenue will be razed as part of the substation project.

2914 Sherman Avenue will be razed as part of the substation project.

Upgrades to the Harvard Substation must be complete by 2021. To facilitate these upgrades, Pepco purchased the abutting property at 2914 Sherman Avenue. As recently as January 2013, there were plans to renovate the building into 20 market-rate condos. After the developer gutted the building, work seemed to grind to a halt.

Pepco plans to demolish the existing multi-unit building and use it temporarily to complete the renovations and upgrades to the substation. While the project details have not been finalized, Pepco anticipates that the substation improvements will likely proceed in five phases, which they have outlined below:

  • Establish a temporary substation. Before Pepco begins replacing existing infrastructure at the substation, they will first establish a temporary substation on the property adjacent to the substation.  They will need to create a temporary substation so that they can continue to provide electric service in the area while the existing substation is out of service.  Work to construct the temporary substation will likely start in 2018.
  • Transfer electric load to temporary substation site. Once Pepco has established the temporary site, they will transfer the load from the Harvard substation to the temporary substation.
  • Rebuild Harvard Substation. Pepco anticipates the rebuilding work at the Harvard Substation to begin immediately following the electric load transfer to the temporary substation. Plans for the rebuild have not been completed; however, Pepco intends to work with the community to ensure the design is harmonious with neighboring architectural themes and the property use is appropriate for continued operation.
  • Transfer electric load back to Harvard Substation. After the upgrades are completed, the electric load will be transferred back from the temporary substation and the Harvard Substation will resume providing electric service in 2021.
  • Disassemble the temporary substation. Following the load transfers, the temporary substation will be disassembled.

Pepco has determined that upgrading substation no. 13 is essential to maintain and improve the overall reliability and electric service for residents in the communities surrounding the substation.

I’ll share more information about this project as it moves forward and more information is known.


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