Learn More About Redevelopment of the McMillan Filtration Site

Posted April 3, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Development

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Here’s an opportunity for Park View residents to learn more about the McMillan Sand Filtration Redevelopment plans, meet the developers and architects, and ask any questions that you may have. A happy hour has been set up for the community on April 7th at Mothership. Full announcement below:

You may be familiar with the redevelopment plans for the McMillan Sand Filtration Site (surrounding Michigan Ave and N. Capitol St). Rashida, Dianne, and I have organized a happy hour at Mothership (3301 Georgia Ave, NW WDC), April 7th @ 6:30-8:30pm for Park View residents to meet the developers and architects, ask questions, share your opinions and get updates.

The Vision McMillan plans call for acres of park space, a state of the art community center, retail, a grocery store and much more! We’re excited to have these amenities close to home. But we want to get your thoughts on the plans and share them with the developers. The plan is now moving forward to the Zoning Commission in less than two months, and later the Mayor’s Agent for final approvals.

We want to hear from you Park View! There will be lite fare and libations served.

RSVP by Thursday, April 3rd by emailing NeighborsForMcMillan@gmail.com

Vision McMillan rendering(Envision McMillan rendering)

Brianne Nadeau Prevails in Ward 1 Primary Race

Posted April 2, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Elections, Government, Politics

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With all voting precincts reporting in, mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser (with 44.24% of the vote) and Ward 1 candidate Brianne Nadeau (with 58.68% of the vote) won decisive victories in yesterday’s closely watched and hotly contested D.C. Primary elections. Voter turn-out was low, with only 22.50% of registered voters participating in either early voting or yesterday’s Primary, and played significant roles in several of the tight races.  You can view the election results for all races at the DC Board of Elections Web site.  I’ve also included the results of the Ward 1 primary below.

Results Ward 1 Primary 2014

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brianne Nadeau on her victory. Nadeau ran a well-organized and aggressive campaign and it paid off handsomely. Her youthful energy and intelligence — along with her growing knowledge of the residents and issues gained from months of canvasing every corner and neighborhood in Ward 1 — will serve her well and help her hit the ground running when she takes office next January.

Do You Think the Capital Fringe Festival Would Be a Good Fit on Georgia Avenue?

Posted April 1, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Art, Development

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Yesterday, a reader brought an article from the City Paper to my attention that focused on the future of the Capital Fringe Festival (Capital Fringe Web site here). The article is a follow up to one from last spring and collectively they focus on the Capital Fringe’s need to move from the Mount Vernon Square area and find new quarters elsewhere in the District. The article from last week includes Fringe’s “ambitious plans to procure a long-term lease of a 10,000- to 15,000-square-foot new space, which the organization will program year-round.”

The question that was put to me was essentially this: Do you think Capital Fringe would be a good fit on Georgia Avenue?

My initial reaction was sure, why wouldn’t it be? We have good transportation, past surveys of community wants and needs have identified arts as desirable, and (very important right now) our recent developments seem to fill the residential units quickly, but have difficulty filling the commercial spaces at this time. I also think that something like the Capital Fringe could also be an anchor, hub, or destination that would not only promote the arts, but help generate additional foot traffic that in turn would support our existing neighborhood small businesses.

I’ve already begun reaching out to the developers who I know have planned projects on Georgia Avenue to get a sense of their responses but don’t have any news to share on that front. I am interested in feedback from residents. Would this be a good fit for Georgia Avenue? If so, is there an existing building that would be ideal, or would this need to be a goal for a future development project?

Below is a rendering that the City Paper posted showing what the Fringe’s new space could look.


2nd Annual Spring Fling at the Soldiers’ Home Scheduled for May 3rd

Posted March 31, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Sports leisure and entertainment

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The Friends of the Soldiers Home has schedule their second annual Spring Fling for May 3rd this year. Last year’s event included an afternoon of games, food, and music, so you may want to mark your calendars if you want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home.  The flyer is below:

Spring Fling-page-001

U Street Flea Market Opening Saturday, March 29

Posted March 28, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Small Businesses, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The U Street Flea Market will open tomorrow on a parking lot near the intersection of U and 9th Streets, NW.  More information about this market can be found in the following text which is from a press release that was shared on Twitter:

U Street Flea MarketMarch 24, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) – Collaboration of the two oldest flea markets in the City in the opening of a new market, U Street Flea, was announced jointly today by Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management (DMM), operator of The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill, established in the early 1980s and Michael Sussman, founder of Georgetown Flea Market, opened in the mid 1970s.

Located at 912 U St. NW, a parking lot near the intersection of U and 9th Streets, NW, the market will feature a diverse mix of arts, crafts, imports, antiques and collectibles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, according to Berman, whose DMM will manage the market, on space licensed to Sussman by the City.

“We’re very excited to be working with the “Dean of D.C. Fleas’ for the first time,” exclaimed Berman. “And we hope this is just the beginning of a long term relationship” between the two management teams.

Sussman first opened U Street Flea at the beginning of March but decided “to ask DMM to help out” shortly thereafter. A previously-scheduled grand opening and ribbon cutting by Ward One Councilman Jim Graham will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, the first day under DMM management.

DMM Director Tom Rall, who began to manage The Flea Market at Eastern Market in 1984, was especially pleased with the new relationship with the Georgetown flea. “I actually got my start in the antiques business as a dealer at Georgetown in the late 1970s, so DMM is actually a business which incubated there.

“A decade or so ago Mike Sussman and I first discussed the possibility of promoting a joint market when we were approached about the possible availability of a prominent near Northeast D.C. location,” Rall continued, “and I regretted those negotiations fell through, as I always felt there’d be a lot of symmetry between our exhibitor bases.”

Berman said the market may also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, prepared food and beverages. Exhibitor application information is available here.

Diverse Markets Management, LLC is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Principals in the firm are experienced leaders in specialty vending and in managing relations with this unique group of small business entrepreneurs. To learn more about Diverse Markets Management, visit DiverseMarkets.net.


Small Preservation Win — Restoration of Historic Preservation Office Review of Charter School Projects in District Owned School Buildings

Posted March 27, 2014 by Kent
Categories: History, Schools

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Cesar Chavez Prep's new gymnasium -- Kenyon Street facade.

Cesar Chavez Prep’s new gymnasium — Kenyon Street facade.

Often times at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission level, resolutions are passed but no one knows if anything comes of them or not. Well, last week witnessed a change in District Law that began as an ANC 1A resolution back on June 12, 2013. The issue was identified during the onset of construction for the new gymnasium at Cesar Chavez Prep School located at 770 Kenyon Street, NW. The gymnasium was designed as an addition to the 1898 Bruce School building. The building was considered to have historic merit — though not officially a landmark structure — and as such, everyone expected that the addition to the District owned property would be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Office. However, unknown to the school or the community, a recent interpretation of the District Preservation law had determined that the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 did not apply to Charter Schools within District owned buildings because their construction projects were not considered to be “District of Columbia undertakings.” All-in-all, this interpretation seemed to be at odds with what was common practice prior to the interpretation and, for that matter, the whole reason for the District retaining ownership of the school properties to begin with.

With this in mind, I introduced a resolution urging that the DC Council revisit the law to ensure that construction projects involving District owned school properties in use by Charter Schools again be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Office in June 2013. The resolution was turned into a bill titled the “PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL HISTORIC PRESERVATION AMENDMENT ACT OF 2013″ and introduced on June 26, 2013. The first Council vote was on December 13, 2013, the final vote was on January 7, 2014, and Mayor Gray signed it on January 24, 2014. Law L20-0095 became effective on March 14, 2014. You can read a copy of the law’s language here.

For Those Who Didn’t Get Their Visitor Parking Pass This Year

Posted March 26, 2014 by Kent
Categories: parking, Streets and Trees

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If you didn't get a new Visitor Parking Pass this year, you can request one online from DDOT.

If you didn’t get a new Visitor Parking Pass this year, you can request one online from DDOT.

I’ve been hearing from a few residents — particularly those on streets that are not part of the Residential Parking Permit program — that they did not receive their Visitor Parking Pass this year. After contacting DDOT, here is what I learned.

If you did not get your visitor parking pass this year, you can go to DDOT’s online vpp system at: https://vpp.ddot.dc.gov/vpp/  and alert DDOT that you didn’t receive one.  By using the site, each registration will generate an automated email with confirmation number that residents can use to track the status of the pass until it is delivered.  If you know of a neighbor who needs one and does not have computer access, they can contact the DDOT Call Center at (202) 673-6813 where they will be happy to assist.



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