728 Park Road Project Taking Shape

Posted August 11, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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The conversion of a 1915 row house at 728 Park Road into a 3-story, 6-unit multifamily dwelling is finally far enough along to get a good sense of what it is going to look like. I really like how they saved the original facade on this one and took care to weave in new brick to match along the eastern side of the wall. You can see what the project looked like back in March and before construction started here.

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Seeking Feedback on Long-Term Uses for the Bruce Monroe Parcel

Posted August 10, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Planning, Public space

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The ANC 1A Task Force focused on the long-term use of the Bruce Monroe site is seeking public participation through a survey that is available online and will be distributed in print as well.

Bruce monroe site(The former Bruce Monroe site (shaded) showing area zoned commercial (east of blue line) and residential (west of blue line)).

For the past five years the Bruce Monroe parcel located at Georgia and Irving has been a temporary park. Despite modest improvements, the site continues to under-serve the community. Early development proposals in October 2010 in response to the city’s call for proposals went no where, and the property has mostly been a nearly three acre open space since that time with the exception of a fairly successful community garden located in the southwest corner of the property.

There have been many ideas over the years on what the future of the parcel could hold, including an idea I floated in November 2013 to use part of the land to help get the Park Morton redevelopment underway.

In an attempt to find a long-term solution to this parcel, ANC 1A passed a resolution to form a task force in February 2014, to begin working with community members and develop a better sense of where the community is on this issue. The result is a survey that is available online and will be distributed in print as well.

Below is the full announcement from  the area listservs. Please take a moment and send in your thoughts on the parcel.

The 1A Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s Bruce Monroe Task Force is soliciting community input to identify the desirable long-term use(s) for the former Bruce Monroe School site located at 3000 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20010 (between Irving St and Columbia Rd). The Government of the District of Columbia currently owns this parcel. This site was formally designated to establish the Bruce Monroe Elementary School, which was later demolished in 2009. Currently, the site is designated for temporary park use. We need your input to determine the potential permanent use(s) for this site.The survey link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BruceMonroe  This survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. The deadline to submit your response is September 9, 2015. Feel free to contact Commissioner Rashida Brown if you have any questions at 1a10(at)anc.dc.gov or (202) 903-4561.

Park View Field House Renovation Nearly Finished

Posted August 7, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Department of Parks and Recreation, Historic Landmarks, History, Restoration repair and maintenance

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This will probably be the final update on the Park View Field House at the recreation center before the project is completed. It is essentially completed now, and the majority of punch list items are expected to be completed by Wednesday, August 12, 2015, including removal of the temporary construction fence.

Below are photos of the (nearly) finished project.

Park View Field House

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Park View rec center interior

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New Sidewalks AND TREES for Otis Place

Posted August 6, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Streets and Trees

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At the end of June and beginning of July, I noticed that new sidewalks were going in on the section of Otis Place between Warder and Georgia Avenue. I also realized that this was one of the prime locations where there was an opportunity to add trees to the neighborhood … and that DDOT was missing it. I immediately contacted DDOT, and with the help of the Mayor’s office was able to meet with DDOT’s Deputy Director Greer Gillis and other DDOT folks on site to discuss the issue.

Commissioner Boese surveying sidewalks with DDOT Deputy Director Greer Gillis.

Commissioner Boese surveying sidewalks with DDOT Deputy Director Greer Gillis.

During the meeting we looked for ways to incorporate trees as part of the sidewalk work. The area in question is the section between the elementary school and the recreation center. DDOT’s original scope of work was to replace the old sidewalks with new concrete exactly in the same footprint. However, in working with DDOT and visiting the site, we identified that we could add trees to this section simply by pushing the sidewalks away from the streets and pulling the existing green areas away from the buildings.

In visiting the work site on August 4th, I was happy to see that work has already begun to rearrange the sidewalk and green spaces to make room for trees this fall.

Sidewalks at school(Section of sidewalk on the south side of Otis Place next to the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School on August 5th. The new sidewalk will be located along the brick wall and eventually trees will be located along the street.)

Rather than leave such easy enhancements to chance, or to engaged residents, I’m working to bring more community oversight to sidewalk projects. To this end I’ve also introduced a resolution seeking Council support for notification when DDOT commences sidewalk work. Upon receiving a copy of the resolution, Councilmember Mary Cheh responded positively, writing:

You make an excellent point. I’m copying Leif Dormsjo, DDOT Director so he can have appropriate personnel take up your idea.

Large improvement projects, such as sidewalk replacements, can have a tremendous impact on residents’ quality of life. Because of this I feel it is critical that residents have the opportunity to review them and work with DDOT to identify opportunities to improve their neighborhoods when such opportunities exist.

Recent Crime Focus of Tonight’s Park View UNC Meeting

Posted August 5, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Community Meetings, Crime, Public Safety

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Tonight’s Park View UNC meeting will focus on public safety with a discussion about crime with members of the police department. The details from the meeting announcement are below:

Park View Crime Meeting

New Cafe Opening Soon at 3657 Georgia Avenue in Park View

Posted August 4, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Restaurants, Small Businesses

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According to the sign at 3657 Georgia Avenue, the Petworth Cafe will be opening there soon. This is located on the block south of Rock Creek Church Road and next to the old hardware store, where Reliable Tavern and Hardware will be opening. I’ve heard little about this business, though what I’ve heard has been positive. Also, in checking with ABRA they have not applied for a liquor license so far.

Petworth Cafe

National Night Out is Tonight

Posted August 4, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Crime, MPD, Public Safety

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National Night Out is an annual event held on the first Tuesday in August that involves a collaboration of police departments around the nation and local community members. Various law enforcement, government agencies, non-profit organization, and community stakeholders will be present to share strategies for problem solving while social service providers share information; all while having good family fun. It is a night to celebrate community pride, unity, and most importantly public safety partnerships. In the Park View area, the nearest event will be held at Bruce Monroe Park.

This is one of several good opportunities to get to know our police officers better, especially with the growing need to focus on issues occurring on Georgia Avenue and throughout the neighborhood.

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