Notes from the ANC 1A Meeting (11/11/09)
There were several items at last night’s ANC 1A meeting that are of particular interest to Park View.
Chief among them was a presentation by the Warrington Group, developer for Park Morton. A key item that came out of the presentation was that the developers have, in fact, secured the former Central Union Mission property at the southwest corner of Newton and Georgia Ave.
The property on Newton would be the first of four phases in the eventual replacement of Park Morton. It will also require a zoning review for the height of the proposed building, as the height limit is currently for a 50 foot building and the developers are currently interested in constructing an 8 story, 65 foot high structure. The building will also contain about 3,000 sq/ft of commercial space.
Park Morton currently has 174 public housing units. The new development estimates it will have about 510-520 housing units, with 174 dedicated for public housing and the rest for work force and market rate housing allocated on the third/third/third split.
The estimated start date for phase one is currently set for late 2010. The Newton site, once begun, will take about 14 months to complete. There was little to no information on what the City’s commitment to the redevelopment is at this time. Once that commitment is worked out, the developers hope the City will commit in the neighborhood of $30-$40 million.
Other items at the meeting included:
- Cecilia Jones, President of the Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association, spoke about the Community Criminal Justice Accountability Initiative (CCJAI) and the importance of community impact statements in sentencing repeat offenders in our neighborhoods;
- The public hearings on Pepco’s Rate Increase Bid was brought up, and citizens were encouraged to attend the hearings and speak to hardships the rate increase would cause;
- ANC 1A voted unanimously to send a letter of opposition to the current CapitalSpace Draft Plan that doesn’t identify any significant green space in Columbia Heights or Park View, doesn’t include access from 14th Street to Rock Creek Park, and doesn’t identify the AFRH as a potential of publicly accessible green space; and,
- The voluntary agreement with the Rock Creek Market was unanimously approved by the commissioners. It includes language addressing the Market’s desire to sell alcohol — but not singles — and outlines their responsibility should they get a deli license, which they are pursuing.