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New Crosswalks Being Installed on Georgia Avenue

March 12, 2013
New crosswalks and surrounding sidewalks outside of Mothership, Georgia & Lamont.

New crosswalks and surrounding sidewalks outside of Mothership, Georgia & Lamont.

In walking along Georgia Avenue over the weekend, I was happily surprised to see that sidewalk repairs and new ADA compliant crosswalk improvements were in progress at the intersections of Park Road and Lamont Street. While I still don’t know where things currently stand with the Lower Georgia Avenue Great Streets project, this can’t be a bad sign.

Below are a few additional photos.

New crosswalk at Park Road and Georgia.

New crosswalk at Park Road and Georgia.

Sidewalk along Georgia Avenue marked for future new crosswalk.

Sidewalk along Georgia Avenue marked for future new crosswalk.


Development at 3205 Georgia Avenue Moving Quickly

October 9, 2012

Trailer at 3205 Georgia

The new housing development at 3205 Georgia (ne corner of Kenyon and Georgia), is one of the faster moving development in the area we’ve had recently. The first we learned of it was at the September 12th ANC 1A meeting. This was followed with details at the September 26th Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force meeting.

Over the Columbus Day weekend, a construction trailer was added to aid in the supervision of the coming work at the site. All this speed is due to the project being 100% by-right with no outside financing required. The only hurdle for this project was the issuance of permits — which should be forthcoming.

I’m sure the new project here will be completed long before other projects in the area that we’ve known about for a while. A similar scenario may very well be in the works for the project being planned for the corner of Otis Place and Georgia to the north.


Pre-Construction Community Meeting This Saturday, June 9th

June 7, 2012

Construction on the Phase 1 Modernization project for the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School will begin in earnest on June 16th, after the last day of classes on June 15th. The construction contractor has already begun on selected preparatory activities, for example, dismantling and removal of the old boilers.

Construction activities are expected to be in full swing throughout the summer to ready the school for the start of the school year this fall. As construction in urban environments by their very nature can be disruptive, the Department of General Services has agreed that a meeting to provide ‘Construction Phase Information’ to the community is very timely.

The meeting has been set for this Saturday, June 9th, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the school’s auditorium. See flyer below:


At Long Last … Renovations at the Park View Recreation Center Get Underway

April 6, 2012

Start of the project, removing the tree at the tot lot

After many, many false starts, twists, and turns, the renovation and redesign of the open spaces at the Park View Recreation Center has finally begun. The current project was initially proposed in the late summer of 2009 and is only now moving forward. While there were many reasons for the on-again, off-again planning of this project, for many who live in the community it was seen as yet one more broken promise with little to no real intent to actually accomplish anything at Park View.

Fortunately, there were those in the community that were not willing to let this project fade into oblivion and kept the ball rolling by consistently working with Councilmember Graham and DPR Director Aguirre.

Below are some images of the work in progress, which started this week. You can also read more about the project and see the plan by going here.

Tot lot nearly dismantled

Removal of basketball court

Excavating the former athletic field


NDC’s Heights Project Set to Start in January 2012

December 29, 2011

Proposed facade for the Heights on Georgia Avenue

As was brought to my attention by a reader, the Washington Business Journal reported yesterday that the Neighborhood Development Company’s (NDC) long delayed Heights project has finally secured financing. In following up with NDC’s Adrian Washington, he confirmed that the development is set to begin in two to three weeks.

The joint NDC/MiCasa Inc. project was originally planned to start in the fourth quarter of 2010. As I wrote in August 2010, the property — located on the southwest corner of  Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street (between 3224 and 3234 Georgia Ave.) — will be a mixed use, mixed income development designed to contain 69 units with 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. At least 50 % of the units are planned to be market rate with the other 50% of the units being affordable at 60% to 80% of the Average Median Income.

Once ground breaks the project will take 16 months to complete, placing its finish at the beginning of 2013.


Green Roof Planned for The Avenue

November 22, 2011

Sketch of the green roof at the Avenue

I learned about the green roof at The Avenue project relatively recently and have only now been given a sketch and description of the roof. So, I’m sharing the drawing (above) and description (below) with you. The project is located at the intersection of Newton Place and Georgia Avenue, roughly at 3512 Georgia Avenue.

Green Roof Description

All roof surfaces of The Avenue will be an extensive green roof system. The roofing system will be constructed of a series of layers, beginning with tapered rigid insulation on top of the concrete deck. An EPDM roof membrane will be covered by a protection sheet that doubles as a root barrier, above which will be a drainage mat. The planting medium is a lightweight composition of vermiculite, peat, and other materials with a total thickness of 3 to 4 inches. Sedum plants will be planted by spreading cuttings in this medium.  Sedums are used because they are succulent plants that are drought-resistant and grow in a variety of conditions. Their hardy character is complemented by their varied form; several varieties will be used at this location. Some grow close to the ground, others mound during their growing season to a foot or foot-and-a-half tall. Their leaves are typically small but vary in size. They flower at different times of the year in colors ranging from red to gold.

On a portion of the roof, two separate areas of pavers will be provided to create gathering spaces for the residents, each with their own view. It is accessed via an elevator to the roof. Some container planters are anticipated to allow residents to grow their own vegetables.

A guardrail will be provided around the entire roof, so that one does not feel hemmed in to the plaza area. However, while green roof plantings are intended to absorb oxygen, retain moisture, filter stormwater, and provide visual interest – they are not a lawn or comfortable walking surface.


School’s Tot Lot Dismantled, New Wall Being Constructed

August 8, 2011

Workers have made quick work at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School’s tot lot. When I checked it out on Sunday the play equipment was completely dismantled and a crew was on site digging a trench behind the existing wall. I asked what the trench was for and was  told that they plan to build a new higher wall behind the existing one. Judging from the cinder blocks (below), it looks like the wall will achieve their aim but will not be inspired.

Textured cinder blocks on site for the school's new wall


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