Bike Racks Installed at Petworth Safeway

Posted July 9, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Bikes and bike racks

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Some of the new bike racks in front of the Safeway.

Some of the new bike racks in front of the Safeway.

Last week, I inquired about plans for bike parking in front of the new Georgia Avenue Safeway. From that conversation, I learned that the plan is to install 11 permanent bike racks outside the stores entrance. Four racks were installed along Randolph Street on July 2nd and the remaining  seven were installed July 7th. This provides parking for a total of 22 bikes outside the Safeway. There are also plans for 8 interior bicycle spaces within the garage on the G1 level, and the residential garage on the G2 level will contain 72 interior bicycle spaces.

I’m glad bike parking wasn’t forgotten among all the details of this project. The only issue I’ve see with the new racks is their use for scooter parking (see below). I’ve alerted Safeway of this and the need to provide better support for scooter parking. Hopefully this will be sorted out quickly.

Bike Racks(Scooters parked in the Safeway bike racks)

Update & Survery on Plan to Redevelop Old Hebrew Home Property

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Development, Historic Landmarks, Housing

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Hebrew Home(The Hebrew Home for the Aged building, 1125 Spring Rd., NW)

The Department of General Services sent out an email on the evening of July 7th as a follow up to the surplus process for the Old Hebrew Home property. The message (in its entirety below), informed recipients that DGS has posted the Surplus Hearing presentation from June 17, the Meeting Minutes, and a copy of the Sign-In Sheet on their Web site, available here: http://dgs.dc.gov/page/1125-spring-road-project.

Equally important as a follow up from the meeting, DGS has also created a survey to get resident input on what should happen to the property, available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/1125springrd

The survey ends at the close of business on July 18th, so please share broadly and quickly. It asks which ward you live in, which neighborhood you identify with, and then gives several definitions of types of affordable housing and asks participants to select how much they would like at 1125 Spring Road.

In related news, and not mentioned in the email below, the DC Housing Authority issued an RFP on July 2nd with a closing date of July 9th seeking Real Estate Legal Services in relation to  potential development of 1125 Spring Road. The property is still owned by the District of Columbia and will need to get Council approval prior to being officially surplussed. This likely won’t happen until Fall as the Council will begin a two month summer recess starting July 15, 2014.

Below is the full email from DGS:

Dear 1125 Spring Road Community, 


Thank you for attending our, The Department of General Services (DGS) and DC Housing Authority (DCHA),  community meeting  concerning the redevelop of the 1125 Spring Road site. The Surplus Hearing was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and was the first step in the disposition process which allowed us engage residents and to receive public comments.  


We understand there are a number of concerns referencing this project to include the appropriate mix of income levels to include in this project.  It is important to note that once the surplus of the Hebrew Nursing Home and the Paul Robeson School is completed, the site will be made available for DCHA to develop.  


At this time, a Housing Development comprised of mixed income levels that include Workforce Development, Permanent Supportive, and likely Market Rate Housing as well as senior housing is being considered. The exact mix of housing has yet to be determined. As the project continues to develop there will be future opportunities for community members to provide additional input.

 

In the interim, DGS has developed a survey to gather residents feedback on the percentage of  mix income housing units residents would prefer be developed at the site.   We ask that you take the survey by the cob Friday, July 18, 2014 and please feel free to share this link with your family and neighbors https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/1125springrd

We have also posted on our DGS website the Surplus Hearing presentation from June 17, Meeting Minutes and a copy of the Sign-In Sheet.  http://dgs.dc.gov/page/1125-spring-road-project.

 

We continue to encourage constituents in both Wards 4 + 1 to forward any concerns they may have regarding this project to our attention.  

 

Redevelopment of 703-707 Newton Place Well Underway

Posted July 7, 2014 by Kent
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The houses nearly demolished on June 28, 2014.

The houses nearly demolished on June 28, 2014.

In December 2013 I was able to post details about the new development that was replacing the three modest row dwellings at 703-707 Newton Place, NW. The new building will contain nine new living units. According to the floorplans, two of them will be single bedroom units and seven will be two bedroom units.

Over that past few weeks I’ve been watching the old buildings come down, and currently they’re gone. It looks like the only thing left is to clean up the lot before work begins in earnest to build the new structure.

703-707 Newton(Row dwellings razed as seen on July 6, 2014)

Below is a rendering of what the new building is planned to look like.

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Happy Fourth of July Everyone

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kent
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Whether you are traveling, going to the mall, or spending the day at the Soldiers’ Home, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth everyone.

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Boese Will Run for Reelection to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A08 Seat

Posted July 3, 2014 by Kent
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BoeseforDCOver the past few months, I’ve been asked on a number of occasions if I would be running for reelection to the ANC this fall. The short answer is yes, I will run for reelection and hope to be fortunate enough to continue serving the community if elected (campaign website here). Nominating petitions for candidates interested in running for ANC seats will be available on July 7th, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up my petitions on Monday.

In making this decision, I reflected upon what has been accomplished in the past 3 1/2 years and thought ahead to the many challenges that are ahead of the commuity in the coming 2 years. These issues include the affordability of housing, redevelopment of the former Hebrew Home, balancing new development with the historic character of the neighborhood, and finding permanent solutions that will move the redevelopment of Park Morton and the Bruce-Monroe site forward. I’m also interested in finding ways to bring more trees to the community and supporting the arts and humanities.

There are also projects in process that I would like to see through — namely the renovation of the Park View Recreation Center’s field house and the continued modernization of the Park View School building. I’ve been extremely involved in both and expect to see progress on each of them before the year is out.

With this declaration, I officially join Rashida Brown as a candidate for ANC1A. Brown openly declared her intention to run for the ANC1A10 seat in May of this year.

I’ll keep the community informed about others running for ANC1A as candidates declare their candidacy or pick up nominating petitions.

 

 

3rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Soldiers’ Home is Friday

Posted July 2, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home, Holidays, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be open to the community as part of the Fourth of July celebration again this year. In addition to the information provided by the flier below, the Friends of the Soldiers Home blog includes a full list of events and its schedule.

July4flier

12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Gets Underway

Posted July 1, 2014 by Kent
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On Monday evening, June 30th, the 12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament got underway with The Bank tipping off against Team Ducci. The 2014 tournament is scheduled to run from June 30th until August 23rd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At an earlier meeting, DPR staff and tournament organizers stated that the lights will stay on later this year to facilitate post-game clean up. I was also informed that games will be moved to nearby Raymond Recreation Center in the event of rain or when the heat index is too high.

The tournament began in 2002 to honor the memory of Torron Hopkins. Hopkins’ life was cut short when he, along with Antone Ruffin, was shot while sitting in a parked vehicle on the 3600 block of Warder Street on the evening of May 5, 2002. Both young men were residents of Park View.

The weather was ideal for the tournament last night. It was also nice to see that in addition to the tournament there was some pick up soccer on the adjacent field and a number of smaller children in the tot lot.

Below are two photos from last night.

2014 Ty Hop Tournament

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