Archive for September 2020

Redeveloping Park Morton: Where do things stand?

September 28, 2020

A lot has happened since the beginning of the year related to redeveloping Park Morton. Some of it is positive, some of it is disappointing, and much of it is causing confusion and angst throughout the community. As the overall redevelopment of Park Morton is complex, split over two sites, and is a mix of local and federal jurisdictions this post will attempt to provide an overview of where things stand and next steps.

The Bruce-Monroe Site

The development for the Bruce-Monroe Site as approved by the Zoning Commission.

As many may remember, the temporary park space that was once the site of the Bruce-Monroe Elementary School located on Georgia Avenue between Irving Street and Columbia Road was selected as the original “Build-First” site for the Park Morton redevelopment.

The Bruce Monroe portion of the project is particularly significant because it would provide 273 affordable units, including 189 in an apartment building, 76 in a senior building, and eight townhomes. Of the 273 units, 90 would be replacement apartments for Park Morton residents. The remaining 109 units would be affordable at 60 percent of the median family income, while 70 would be market-rate. The site would also create a permanent 1-acre park along Columbia Road. (more…)

Park View Athletic Field Closing Today for Replacement

September 21, 2020

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)


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