Report from First Bruce Monroe Permanent Park Meeting

Posted September 11, 2019 by Kent
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On the evening of September 10th, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) hosted a meeting to kick-off the community process to create a new, permanent 1-acre park at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Columbia Road. The meeting consisted of a brief overview of the Park Morton development (of which this is a part), and an overview of the site, the potential activities that could be programmed on the site, and a community activity to begin gathering information.

One process issue that arose was meeting location. Last night’s meeting was at the Bruce-Monroe at Park View School. DPR is working to schedule future meetings at the Cesar Chavez school on Kenyon Street.

(Neighbors in the cafeteria of the Park View School at the beginning of the park presentation.)

Following the presentation, neighbors were encouraged to review two park program boards and place stickers next to various programs to help guide the design process. To help gather greater input, DPR will also be distributing the survey electronically and plan to create paper versions for distribution. The goal is to get as much feedback as possible. Once collected, the information will be used to help prepare for the next meeting in the series.

Each person at the meeting got four stickers, one each of green, blue, yellow, and red. The colors indicated each persons first choice (green), second choice (blue), third choice (yellow), and least favorite (red). I’ve posted the results of that process below.

Thus far, two things pop out immediately. The first is that those who were at the meeting generally don’t want a tennis court. The second is that people either love or hate a dog park as most of the stickers were red or green.

It will be interesting to see how the input from the online and paper surveys add to these selections.

Heads Up! Kick Off Bruce Monroe Park Meeting is Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 pm!

Posted September 9, 2019 by Kent
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Tomorrow at 6:30 pm, the Department of Parks and Recreation will host their first community meeting to begin the conversation on what a permanent, 1-acre park could look like on the Bruce Monroe site located at Columbia Road and Georgia Avenue, NW. A 1-acre permanent park was one of the components agreed to as part of the overall effort to rebuild the Park Morton community which identified the Bruce Monroe site as the first phase of construction.

The build-first phase of Park Morton was challenged in court, and while the case was heard in February 2019, we are still waiting for a decision to be handed down. While that has delayed the timeline for construction of the build-first structure, other aspects of the project continue to move forward — like the permanent park.

See the flyer below for details, and I will post a report of the meeting later this week for those unable to attend.

Construction at 3622 Georgia Avenue will Result in More Housing and Commercial Space

Posted August 14, 2019 by Kent
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Here’s another long-vacant building on Georgia Avenue that is now actively under construction. 3622 Georgia, next to Lion’s Find Wines & Spirits, is an active construction site.

According to the building permit, issued in June 2019, the construction is for an addition and renovation of the existing two story and basement commercial building into a new R2 condominium with 8 dwelling units and a commercial/retail space on the first floor/basement level. The renovated building will be four stories above grade with a cellar and a mezzanine/equipment platform.

For a little history of the building, it was the office of Dr. Ephraim Edgar Ruebush, a successful veterinary surgeon, from 1925 until 1941.

The Sweet Mango Property Finally Headed for Re-development

Posted August 13, 2019 by Kent
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Four years after the neighborhood first learned of re-development plans for the former Sweet Mango property at 3701 New Hampshire Ave, NW, it seems those plans may finally be moving forward. Last week security fencing went up around the property. Based on a conversation with the developer a couple months ago, I initially thought this indicated that the structures would be raised and that the lot would be vacant pending a decision to move forward.

However, in connecting with the development team, I’ve learned that the current plan is to raze the buildings and then begin construction of the new building following the completion of the demolition. The development team is currently working with ANC4C and DCRA to get approved building permits.

Once construction begins, the schedule for completion of the new building will be 14 months.

Below is the rendering from 2015 on what the new building would look like.

Proposed 21-unit building at 3701 New Hampshire Ave, NW, from 2015

Park View Community Movie Night is this Friday at 7:30 pm!

Posted July 31, 2019 by Kent
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This Friday, August 2nd, at 7:30 pm there is a free outdoor movie night at the Park View Recreation Center. Come one, come all to this family friendly event with popcorn and sno-cones. The move is Aquaman!

Movie night is sponsored by the Park View UNC, DPR, and ANC1A.

Mr. Braxton is Open on Georgia Avenue: I Highly Recommend!

Posted July 26, 2019 by Kent
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One of Park View’s newest restaurants, Mr. Braxton, has been open for nearly a week at 3632 Georgia Avenue. Last night I finally had time to check it out and I’m happy to report all my expectations were exceeded. Its a beautiful space, had a good crowd from both the immediate neighborhood and some farther away (I saw a few folks arrive by Uber), and the staff were extremely attentive.

It is a comfortable space and the credit goes to owner Booker Parchment who has focused on many of the small details (hint: if you are looking for a an under counter hook for a purse or bag, you can find them under the tables as well as at the bar).

The Divers Scallops.

But I have to say, the real star of the night was the food. I had the black Angus slider with fries to start, followed by the beet salad and the Diver Scallops. My partner had the buffalo wings and the New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Everything was attractively plated and delicious … I’ll certainly be back.

The only area where some may be concerned is that the space has a lot of hard surfaces which results in a level of chatter that increases as the restaurant gets busier. That aside, it is a fairly intimate and welcoming space and my sense is that most visitors are going to love this new addition to the neighborhood.

Here is a photo of the menu I took so people can get a sense of the choices and pricing.

Battle of Fort Stevens 155th Anniversary Program is Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

Posted July 12, 2019 by Kent
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The annual program commemorating the Battle of Fort Stevens is this Saturday (7/13) from 10 am to 4 pm. Its a fun event and worth stopping by even if its only for a few hours (Check out their Facebook event page for details). Of particular interest, this year includes Cannon Firing events (Fort Stevens Field) scheduled for 12 pm and 2 pm.

This year’s theme focuses on the summer 1864 campaigns: Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington, the Federal pursuit of Early culminating in the Battle of Cool Springs, and the 1864 Valley Campaign.

Below is the draft program, which give a good idea of the types of events and scheduled times.


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