Historic Preservation Community Day is Saturday 9/22 at All Souls Church

Posted September 18, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Community Meetings, Historic Landmarks, Real Estate

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The DC Preservation League is hosting Historic Preservation Community Day this Saturday at All Souls Church from 10 am to 4 pm. You can register and find out more on their Web page and also check out the day’s agenda here. Its a good opportunity to learn more about historic preservation in the city as well as sort fact from misinformation that generally exists on this subject.

DC Protected Bike Lane Pop Up Event Schedule for Kenyon Street on Friday

Posted September 17, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Bikes, DDOT, Streets and Trees, Transportation

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As part of DDOT’s efforts to establish protected bike lanes in Park View, they have scheduled a Bike Lane Pop Up Event for the 400 block of Kenyon Street on Friday, September 21st. Below are the details and this is definitely worth checking out.

Meeting Info

On Friday, September 21st, 2018 from 7-9 AM and 4-7PM, the project team will be available to speak to the public about a full-scale model of the protected bike lane along the 400 block of Kenyon Street NW located between Park Place NW and Warder Street NW. The temporary bike lane will be along Kenyon Street NW from September 19 -September 22, 2018 as part of the Crosstown Protected Bike Lanes Project. The goal of the temporary installation is to demonstrate how the proposed bike lanes will function and to provide the public with an opportunity to speak with the project team about the Crosstown Protected Bicycle Lane Project.  www.dccycletrack.com/crosstown for more information on the project.

Project Background

The Crosstown protected bicycle lane designs along Irving Street NE/NW and the 400 block of Kenyon Street NW is Project Recommendation B.1 from the September 2016 Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study. In addition to the protected bicycle lane recommendations, the Crosstown Study recommended a variety of multimodal improvements throughout the corridor to enhance operations for motorists, transit, cyclists, and pedestrians. The study identified safe east and westbound biking connectivity as a priority to close a major gap in the existing bicycle network between Columbia Heights and Brookland. Bicycle lanes were installed on 5th Street NW/Park Place NW and 7th Street NW/Warder Street NW between 2006 and 2010. However, the community has requested protected bike lanes in this portion of the project. This project provides an opportunity to reassess the existing street design of Park Place NW, Warder Street NW, 7th Street NW, and 5th Street NW to examine design options for protected bicycle lanes.

Crosstown is one of the three (3) locations DDOT is looking to implement protected bike lanes as part of the Protected Bike Lanes Project to increase safety and mobility.

Fall Fun Fest at Armed Forces Retirement Home Scheduled for September 30th!

Posted September 14, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Celebrations, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The Friends of the Soldiers Home’s 2018 Fall Fun Fest is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th. It is a full day of events for the community, with more information on their website. Also, the flyers below include additional details.

Marrakech Restaurant Coming to Georgia Avenue

Posted September 13, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Bars, Small Businesses, Taverns

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(Marrakech Restaurant will be moving into the old Waters space at 3632 Georgia Avenue, NW)

According to an ABRA notice that will be placed at 3632 Georgia Avenue on September 14th, a new tavern called Marrakech is planning to open in the old Walters space between Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds. The description of the tavern is that it will be specializing in Moroccan cuisine with 62 seats inside and a 20 seat Summer Garden, for a total of 82 seats and a Total Occupancy of 100. The licensee is requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include Live Entertainment, Dancing, and Cover Charge.

Shooting on Lamont Last Night

Posted September 13, 2018 by Kent
Categories: MPD, Shootings

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About 8:15 pm last night, MPD sent out notice that the Third District was investigating a shooting in the 400 block of Lamont Street NW, where an adult male has been transported to an area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower extremities. A follow up alert when out that a second victim had been located at an area hospital. The second victim sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower leg. No more information is known at this time.

Park View Neighborhood Block Party This Saturday!

Posted September 11, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Celebrations, Community Involvement

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The 5th annual Park View United Neighborhood Block Party is this Saturday, September 15th, from 1-4 pm. This year it will be on the 600 block of Princeton Place. See the flyer below for more details.

Housing to Replace Former Church on Holmead Place, NW

Posted September 6, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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(Former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building at 3423 Holmead Place, NW)

On Wednesday, September 12th, ANC1A will review and consider a zoning case requesting support to convert the vacant church at 3423 Holmead Pl, NW, into a new building containing 7-units of family sized housing (see plan set here).

The proposal is requesting zoning relief in the following areas:

  1. The RF-1 Zone allows for a conversion of a property from a non-residential building to an apartment house by way of Special Exception for a project not meeting one or more of the matter of right criteria. This project as designed does not meet two of those criteria, which requires that the addition be limited to thirty-five feet in height and which prohibits the removal of architectural elements original to the structure (such as the steeple in this case);
  2. Relief from the criteria governing the front setbacks for residential dwellings in the RF-1 Zone. In this case, the existing structure currently does not conform with this criteria and the development is not proposing to change the existing setback of twenty-five feet;
  3. Relief from court and nonconforming structure: The existing building has an existing court on its northwest corner. The proposed addition will extend this nonconforming court and also create two new courts on the southwest and southeast corners of the building. As the building will be forty feet in height, the minimum open court width is eight-point-three feet. As the proposed courts are nonconforming, relief is required for the proposal to proceed; and,
  4. Relief from height and number of floors. In the RF-1 Zone, 35 feet in height is allowed as a matter of right, with 40 feet in height allowed with a special exception. The building is designed to be 40 feet in height (which is still shorter than the existing rowhouses to the north and south of the property). Additionally, as designed the new apartment building would be four-stories, yet the RF-1 Zone only allows three-stories by right. So zoning would need to approve the fourth story.

(Rendering of apartment building proposed for 3423 Holmead Pl., NW)

All in all, the proposal strikes me as being reasonable and beneficial to the community. The new structure is not seeking relief from parking requirements, maintains the current set back of the existing structure, and is shorter than the rowhouses on the block. It also proposes to create six 3-bedroom units ranging in size from 1,290-1,522 sq. ft. and one 4-bedroom unit with 2,805 sq. ft. of living space on the top floor. Family sized housing is rarely proposed by developers and a housing type and its something that many neighborhoods are loosing as rowhouses are converted into condos.


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