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Mayor Bowser Visits Park View, Announces Main Street, & Walks Community

October 17, 2017

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser visited the Park View neighborhood with two goals. The first was to announce that Georgia Avenue Thrive and their partner District Bridges have been selected to lead the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street program. DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts in the District of Columbia. The announcement was held at Walls of Books.

(Pablo Sierra, Brianne Dornbush, and Jennifer Kuiper with Mayor Bowser.)

Following the Main Street announcement, Mayor Bowser toured the neighborhood with community leaders and agency representatives. The route went north of Walls of Books along Georgia Avenue to Princeton Place, where it headed east to the Park View Recreation Center, wound past the school and then east on Newton Place ending at the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center. The Mayor was especially interested in talking to small businesses owners along Georgia Avenue, checking out vacant properties, getting details on the damaged playground at the Bruce Monroe at Park View school, and everything in between. Following the neighborhood walk, Mayor Bowser held office hours at the Senior Wellness Center.

Below are a few photos from the community walk.

Checking on Progress for Newton Place Houses

October 13, 2017

The new infill houses on the 400 block of Newton Place are coming along, as you can see from the photo below.

DMPED Signs Bruce Monroe Redevelopment Land Disposition Agreement

October 11, 2017

Here is some news from the October New Communities Initiative E-Newsletter that I thought people should be aware of. Last month, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) signed the Bruce Monroe Land Disposition Agreement (LDA).

Additionally, the newsletter stated that the community design process for the new park on the Bruce Monroe site will be co-lead by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS), which will kick off later this year.

(Rendering of approved building and park at the Bruce Monroe property.)

Demolition at 3619 Georgia Avenue Finished, Will Work begin Soon?

October 6, 2017

The razing of the structures at 3619 Georgia Avenue, at the corner with Princeton Place, appears to be finished with the debris carted away. It is unclear if work on the approved development for the site will continue immediately, though it is hoped to progress soon. I note that the building was originally constructed as a gas station in 1930. In looking at the site yesterday it looks like they underground tank has been removed without too much trouble.

Photos of progress below:

October First Friday Offers Much to Do — Check It Out!

October 5, 2017

It is once again First Friday time! Join your neighbors on Georgia Avenue from 6-9 on Friday evening and celebrate the small businesses of our neighborhood, enjoy their specials and special events. For a list of all participating businesses and a map check: http://bit.ly/2xH7JLN

A few of the high-lights are:

  • Live music galore: Listen to live piano music at Mom N’Pop Antiques (3534 Georgia Ave NW) as you peruse their eclectic furniture, art and home decor; dance and listen to live rock by Judge Smith at the Old Murray’s Parking Lot (corner of Morton & Georgia Ave NW); and head down to the Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave NW) for some jazz and funk by Three Man Soul Machine.
  • Love the Story District’s “gold standard” (Washington Post) shows in storytelling and have been wondering if you should give it a try? Friday is your day! Story District is offering a free flash course to let you get a taste. Register for free ahead of time as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2fNZTqe
  • Scavenger Hunt for young and old developed by Teaching for Change (http://www.teachingforchange.org/). Pick up the questions at our table on the Old Murray’s Parking Lot (corner of Morton & Georgia Ave NW) and look for the clues at 7 participating businesses on Georgia Ave NW. We have prizes for the first three entries.
  • Local author reading at Walls of Books. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2whHBDE
  • Halloween is just around the corner so we all gotta get some pumpkins and start carving. We will have pumpkins at the Old Murray’s Parking Lot for $5 a piece (proceeds benefiting Georgia Avenue Thrive).

… and last but not least, First Friday has an additional drop off spot for Halloween costumes for our Halloween Costume Drive for the kids of Park Morton. Just come on down the the Old Murray’s Parking Lot and drop off new or gently used costumes there. More details: http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx

Signs of Progress at 3619 Georgia Avenue

September 29, 2017

Last night I noticed that the buildings at 3619 Georgia Avenue appear to be in the process of coming down. The project approved for the site has been in the works since 2014. It is encouraging to see progress at Georgia and Princeton after all this time. However, the site was originally built as a gas station so I’m curious to see if any underground tanks still exist on the site.

ANC1A Supports Extention of PUD for 3321-3335 Georgia Avenue

September 27, 2017

The Vue as proposed for the southeast corner of Georgia and Morton.

On September 13, 2017, ANC1A voted unanimously (resolution here) to support a third extension of the approved Planned Unit Development that has been in the works for the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street since late 2010. The hold up on the project has been the removal of underground storage tanks that served the site when it was a Sunoco gas station. The tanks leaked and the parties are working with the Department of Energy and the Environment to establish an approved work plan for remediation.

As the amount of remediation has a direct impact on the construction of the building’s foundation, the owner has been unable to apply for the building permit — triggering the request for an extension. There has also been two owners of the property, the Neighborhood Development Company originally and Zuckerman Gravely following the first PUD extension.

At the ANC meeting, the conversation centered on three areas of concern, 1) the environmental issues, 2) the community benefits, and 3) the timeline of the project.

As the Commission considered the issues, there was quickly consensus that the shortest path to a new building would be an extension and that the environmental issues would be addressed by the construction process. Furthermore, the soil contamination is not currently a hazard to any of the businesses operating at the strip mall on the property.

It was also agreed by the ANC and property owner that the original community benefit approved for the PUD was no longer possible and agreed to enter into an agreement to renegotiate the benefits agreement prior to the start of construction or breaking of ground. As the project no longer has an approved amenity, it is in the best interest of the developer to begin working with the ANC to address this shortcoming. This is especially true as the building would be unable to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the building without delivering an appropriate community amenity.

With these issues considered and upon reviewing the materials relevant to the case, ANC1A believed that the environmental and remediation issues which have delayed this project and necessitated an extension request should be resolved in the coming months. Due to this the Commission voted to support the case but also decided that it would not favorably consider any future extension applications of this matter.


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