Archive for the ‘Development’ category

Columbia Heights Farmers Market 2017 Season Underway

April 25, 2017

The 2017 season of the Columbia Heights Farmers Market kicked of on Saturday, April 24th. The market will be a regular feature at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.

Beginning on May 31st, 2017, the market will also be open on Wednesday evenings from 4-7 pm. You can see a list of this year’s vendors here, and a few photos from this year’s opening day below.

Breaking: Fire at Fish in the Hood Today, No Injuries

April 14, 2017

UPDATE: As reported by the Washington Post, the fire was rule accidental with two injuries, one a civilian with minor injuries treated on site and one by a fire fighter.

A short time ago it was reported that there was a fire at Fish in the Hood, aka Bill’s Seafood Kitchen, at Otis and Georgia Avenue. According to DC Fire and EMS there were no injuries.

I don’t know the extent of the fire at this time. I wish Bill all the best and hope that the damage is minor so that this great Park View business can reopen soon!

Progress on the Old Arcade Sunshine/Linens of the Week Housing Project

April 14, 2017

The project to convert the old industrial laundry plant is progressing well. As you can see from the photos below, the foundation is being poured and the forms are starting to go in for the first floor. To see photos from February showing the excavation work, go here.

New Housing Headed for Newton Place (Again)

April 7, 2017

Rendering of Newton Place infill development from BZA Case #18519.

After four years, it appears that the development proposed for the vacant lot on the north side of the 400 block of Newton Place will be moving forward. This is due to the property changing hands with the new owner wanting to move forward with the plans that were approved in March 2013.

I first posted about this project back in January 2013, at which time I outlined how the plans were for three 2-unit buildings that each would have one off-street parking space behind them. The development was by-right with the exception of one zoning variance. That variance that was request was to subdivide the lot for three buildings that were approximately 16.66 feet in with. The minimum width proscribed by zoning was 18 feet, or about 1.33 feet greater than what was being requested.

ANC 1A voted to support the project followed by approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (which met on March 26, 2013). According to the the plans, each living unit is configured to consist of two floors and contain three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

 

 

D.C.’s Comprehensive Plan Begins Accepting Formal Amendment Proposals

March 27, 2017

Over the past year, the DC Office of Planning has led an array of activities to engage residents in a citywide initiative to amend the District’s Comprehensive Plan. On March 24, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DC Office of Planning (OP), and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) launched an “Open Call” period, through May 26, 2017, to give all stakeholders an opportunity to formally propose Comprehensive Plan amendments.

The Comprehensive Plan is the 20-year plan the District government uses to guide future development within Washington, D.C. It contains the maps and policies that influence the neighborhoods where people live, work, shop, and play, as well as the investments the city makes in its services and infrastructure. Most importantly it is the primary tool that helps the District to manage change in a way that embraces progress while protecting the qualities that make DC a special place.

The Comprehensive Plan was initially adopted in 2006 and was last amended in 2011. Much has changed since that time, including a population increase of over 75,000. Having an up-to-date Comprehensive Plan is critical to achieving the long-term success of the District and realizing our collective vision for an inclusive city.

Those interested in making an amendment proposal can find a host of useful materials on the [PLAN]DC website, including:

  • an Amendment Submission Form;
  • a “Roadmap” of planning references;
  • a set of Frequently Asked Questions;
  • an Engagement Calendar; and
  • an Evaluation Framework, which OP will use to screen amendment proposals

During the Open Call period, OP will hold a series of 15 technical assistance workshops (called Office Hours) in locations across the city, where participants will be able to ask questions and receive support in preparing proposed amendments. As spring unfolds, OP will also post additional support materials on the website and host additional events continuing and deepening the dialogue around the District’s development.

Below is the calendar listing dates, times, and locations for the Comprehensive Plan Engagement Forums.

Park Morton Steering Committee Meeting Schedule for Tonight

March 23, 2017
Tonight’s scheduled Park Morton Steering Committee meeting is Open to the Public and designed to report out to the community where things are with the project. The meeting will be held at the Park View Recreation Center in the rear community room, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
Topics to be discussed include:
  1. The Park Morton and Bruce Monroe PUD process and status to date;
  2. Receive an update from the Park Morton Relocation and Re-occupancy sub-committee; and,
  3. The upcoming Bruce Monroe park planning process.

The Zoning Commission held a Public Meeting of March 13, 2017 for Final Action in both Zoning Commission Case No. 16-11 and No. 16-12. Those public meetings are available for viewing here.

(Buildings on Park Road belonging to Park Morton, which will be razed and replaced as part of the Park Morton redevelopment effort.)

Salvation Army Seeking Comments on Future for 3335 Sherman Avenue Facility

March 17, 2017

The Salvation Army is beginning planning for redevelopment and an upgrade of its Sherman Avenue Corps facility located at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW (southeast corner of Sherman and Morton). A representative of the Salvation Army was at the March meeting of ANC1A to share some information about this, and stressed that they are at the very beginning stages of this process. As such, they are seeking  comments and input from the community on the facility, its services, and programming for the updated Sherman Avenue Corps. They are also seeking general information on respondents’ knowledge of the Salvation Army.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Salvation Army and provide opinions on the future of their facility right here in the neighborhood (Survey available here).


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