Park View Athletic Field Closing Today for Replacement

Posted September 21, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Parks and Green spaces, Restoration repair and maintenance

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The DC Department of Parks and Recreation closed the Park View Recreation Athletic Fields on September 21 for the planned replacement of its artificial turf. Originally, DPR’s plan was to replace the artificial turf in kind, which had many in the neighborhood concerned due to safety concerns.

Since the meetings with the community late last year, DPR has since decided to use an organic infill system called Brockfill. This infill system is an organic product, made with tree fibers, that provides a safe surface for both active adults and children in organized sports activities and unstructured play. According to DPR, the Brockfill infill system also absorbs rainwater and condensation, slowly releasing moisture over time for extended cooling properties.

It is hoped that the new field will be completed and back online by November 30th (weather permitting). The field was originally planned to be replace in the Spring of 2020, putting this replacement about six month later than planned.

The athletic field was closed on June 20, 2019, and unavailable for use following notice that DGS sent out that it was one of 13 fields that had failed their annual G-MAX testing. Over the past several months neighbors have slowly begun to use the field again.

 

(The Park View Athletic field is scheduled to be closed from September 21-November 30 for replacement)

Heads Up: Two Minor Power Outages Planned for Tonight and Tomorrow

Posted May 21, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Pepco

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Pepco shared the following about two overnight power outages that will occur as part of their Harvard Conversion Project. Please plan accordingly.

Start of Pepco notice:

“As part of the Harvard Conversion Project, a multi-phased reliability project, Pepco has made upgrades to distribution feeders in the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods in Ward 1. For the safety of residents and our employees as we perform this work, we must temporarily stop service to the following neighborhoods during these times:

  • May 21, Thursday at 11p.m. – 5a.m.: 500 and 600 blocks of Park Road NW; 3000 and 3100 blocks of Park Place NW; 400 block of Irving Street NW; 700 block of Lamont NW; 600 block of Morton Street NW
  • May 26, Tuesday at 11p.m. – 6a.m.: 400, 500, and 600 blocks Kenyon Street NW; 3100 & 3200 block of Warder Street NW

Both outages will be approximately 6 hours in duration. We have sent notices to the customers who will experience an outage on May 21. Customers on Kenyon Street and Warder Street area will receive notices on Thursday, May 21 to alert them of the outage on May 26. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our system to continue to provide you with reliable service.”

Update on the Irving/Kenyon Crosstown Protect Bike Lane Project

Posted May 4, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Bikes, DDOT, Streets and Trees, Transportation

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Milling and paving work on Kenyon Street, looking west from Irving Street intersection.

For people who may not be out and about due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Stay-at-Home Order currently in place, you may not be aware of the progress that DDOT is making on the Crosstown Protected Bike Lane project that will connect Brookland and Park View along Irving Street to the north of the Washington Hospital Center.

Those who live near Wangari Gardens or have traveled past the hospitals recently will have noticed that Irving and Kenyon streets east of Park Place have seen a lot of activity with crews milling and paving the streets. This work was in preparation for the crosstown protected bike lanes and appears to be nearly completed.

Due to this progress, DDOT reports that the project to construct the protected bike lanes is on schedule to begin this week. The section where implementation will occur is from Michigan Avenue on the east to Warder Street on the west.

Click here to see the plans from DDOT for the Irving and Kenyon street protected bike lane.

I am also including images below on the Kenyon Street sections as they are the areas neighbors in Park View will be most interested in.

(Paving work on Irving Street)

DC Census Participation Lagging, Participation Critical for COVID-19 Recoveray Assistance

Posted April 27, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Demographics, Uncategorized

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National Census Day was on April 1st, yet many residents in DC still have not taken the Census. In fact, the percentage of households that have taken the Census as of April 24, 2020, is 49.9%, which is behind the national count of 52.8%.

Map of DC showing Census response rates by Census Tract.

In Ward 1, while the response in some census tracts is above the citywide average (especially true for neighborhoods west of 16th Street), several census tract counts are significantly behind. It is important for every single resident to be counted for many reason – significant reasons being that the Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year for roads, schools, hospitals, fire departments, and school lunch programs – including federal spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.

Ward 1 Census response as of April 24, 2020

Below is the data for Ward 1 census tracts. I have bolded the response rates below the citywide average. I have also indicated tracts by ANC and neighborhood to help identify where these tracts are located. The following map will also help.

Map showing the location of census tracts in Ward 1.

The current citywide response rate is 49.9%

  • Tract 27.02 – 54.7% (ANC1D) – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tract 27.03 – 57.1% (ANC1D) – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tract 27.04 – 44.4% (ANC1D) – Mt. Pleasant
  • Tract 28.01 – 52.3% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 28.02 – 46.6% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 29 – 50.3% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 30 – 50.3% (ANC1A) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 31 – 54.8% (ANC1A) – Park View/Pleasant Plains
  • Tract 32 – 49.6% (ANC1A) – Park View
  • Tract 34 – 44.5% (ANC1B) – Howard University/LeDroit Park
  • Tract 35 – 39.6% (ANC1B) – Pleasant Plains
  • Tract 36 – 53.0% (ANC1B) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 37.01 – 51.6% (ANC1B) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 37.02 – 41.1% (ANC1B) – Columbia Heights
  • Tract 38.01 – 61.6% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan
  • Tract 38.02 – 54.0% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan
  • Tract 39.01 – 58.1% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights
  • Tract 39.02 – 60.4% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights
  • Tract 40.01 – 58.1% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Kalorama
  • Tract 40.02 – 55.7% (ANC1C) – Adams Morgan/Washington Heights
  • Tract 44.01 – 60.5% (ANC1B) — Shaw

How You can Participate

To take the census online, all you have to do is go to https://2020census.gov/en.html and answer a few questions related to the people living at your address on April 1, 2020. The list of 17 phone numbers to respond by phone (for multiple languages and TDD) can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html

Here are some important things to know before you get started.

  • EVERYONE can respond now via online or phone. You don’t need your invitation letter or unique ID code. Just put in you address at 2020census.gov
  • Hit “next” twice to skip the origin/ethnicity question if you don’t want to answer it
  • Self-response is more critical than ever during this time of social distancing
  • It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet someone in person or leave your house
  • Even if a person misplaces their invitation with the unique ID, they can still self-respond by providing their address online or over the phone
  • Accurate population data will help in recovery efforts post-COVID-19
  • Filling out the 2020 Census will not impact whether you receive a stimulus check. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package.

How do I follow the response rate for my neighborhood?

It is easy to get updates on how the Census is going. Here’s how:

Thank you to everyone for your participating in the Census. The few minutes you dedicate to the Census today will result in support and funding critical to our community both in the immediate future and for the next ten years!

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday

Posted February 11, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Small Businesses

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Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday, February 16th, from 2-4 pm. Come out to this FREE family-friendly event featuring 9 restaurants from the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street neighborhoods and vote for your favorite! There are veggie and vegan options as well. Here are the details:

DATE: Sunday, February 16, 2020
TIME: 2-4pm (while supplies last)
LOCATIONThe Midlands Beer Garden, 3333 Georgia Ave NW, Park View

This event is sponsored by The Midlands Beer Garden, DC’s Department of Small and Local Business Development’s DC Main Street grant, Park View neighbor Peter Fortner of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, and Guinness (which will be offering for-purchase tasting flights and a raffle prize tour of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore).

Changes Coming to the 3500 b/o New Hampshire Avenue this Spring/Summer

Posted January 31, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Streets and Trees, traffic

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DDOT is planing to implement some changes to the section of New Hampshire Avenue between Rock Creek Church/Otis Place on the north and Park Road on the south. As the majority of the work will be bollards and stripping, these changes won’t be implemented until the weather gets warmer … meaning that implementation is targeted for Spring/Summer of 2020.

The plans below reflect what DDOT intends to implement and shows locations of bollards, stripping, and new signage that will installed in the area.

Next Park View Cleanup Scheduled for This Saturday, February 1, 2020

Posted January 30, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement

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Join Park View’s award-winning cleanups
Next cleanup scheduled for Saturday
February 1 at 10 a.m.
Meet at Warder & Otis

Updated Park Morton Plan Could Begin by End of 2020

Posted January 28, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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(Rendering of the final phase of Park Morton’s development on Morton Street)

Based on information shared at the January 23, 2020, Park Morton Steering Committee Meeting, the plan to redevelop Park Morton is being adjusted to allow redevelopment to move forward while the DC Court of Appeals considers the challenges to the approved Zoning Order for the development’s first phase at the Bruce Monroe site.

The most significant change from the original development plan is that original Phase 2 of the development plan is now targeted as Phase 1 of the plan (see the area outlined in orange below). This area is the location of the planned larger apartment building on Park Road which would replace the currently empty Park Morton Park Road buildings. The construction timeline for this area is currently scheduled for the end of 2020 or the very beginning of 2021 with completion by the end of 2022.

In order to keep the Park Morton redevelopment moving forward, the area of Park Morton along Park Road (outlined in orange), will now be the first phase of development

In order for construction to begin, housing needs to be coordinated for some current Park Morton residents who live in other buildings impacted by the construction and a new city street needs to be approved and constructed. The street is necessary both to support the development and to ensure the safety of the residents remaining on site.

The original Phase 1 of Park Morton – at the Bruce Monroe site – has been held up in court following the challenge filed against the approved zoning order by four parties from the 700 blocks of Irving Street and Columbia Rd, NW. In reviewing the docket for the case in December 2019, all materials appear to have been filed and the only outstanding item is a ruling from the judge. It is expected that a ruling could happen in the coming weeks, though appeals cases have no timetable.

Presuming the Court upholds the original Zoning Order, the Bruce Monroe site phase can move forward. It would no longer be considered a separate phase of development, but rather could move forward concurrently with the new Park Road Phase 1 which would speed up the timeline. If, instead, the Court identifies any issues those would have to be addressed prior to construction.

The proposed changes to the phasing of the Park Morton development does not alter the overall plan and will not have an impact on the number of housing units produced. The development still plans to replace the 174 units at Park Morton with 545 mixed-income units. Park Morton residents have a guaranteed right to continue living at Park Morton in a new replacement apartment. There are also plans being reviewed to make homeownership an opportunity for Park Morton residents to pursue – though the exact number has not yet been determined.

(This article also cross-posted on New Columbia Heights)

Park View Farmers Market Opens at Hook Hall this Sunday

Posted January 8, 2020 by Kent
Categories: Commerce and Businesses, Community Markets

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DC’s newest farmer’s market will open in Hook Hall (corner of Georgia and Morton Street) on January 12, 2020. The Park View Farmers Market will be an indoor market which will be open year-round, every Sunday from 9am – 2pm.

According to the announcement on the Hook Hall Website, the mission of the Park View Farmers Market is to connect local farmers, growers and producers to local consumers in the Park View and surrounding neighborhoods.

The market features:

  • An indoor, year-round market, rain or shine;
  • Will be every Sunday from 9am-2pm;
  • The largest meat and seafood counter in Northwest DC; and,
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, seafood, meat, honey, bread, pastries, donuts and prepared foods that are both plant-based and meat-based.

DDOT Hosting Ward 1 Transportation Meeting on Saturday!

Posted November 13, 2019 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, Transportation

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DDOT is hosting a public event to let residents engage directly with the agency to learn more about its projects in Ward 1. Relevant information is listed below

Who: Ward 1 residents and The District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
What: DDOT’s Ward 1 Open House
When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 12:00PM-2:00PM
Where: Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard Street NW)
Why: To educate, engage and inform residents of what’s happening in the community

Residents may be particularly interested in the 14th Street Bus information that was discussed at ANC Transportation Committee meetings.


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