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ANC1A’s Bruce Monroe Long-term Use Survey Report Released

March 14, 2016

ANC1A’s Bruce Monroe long-term use survey report was officially accepted at their March 9, 2016, public meeting. A total of 814 community members participated in the survey. The survey report along with supporting documentation is publicly available on the ANC1A Web site at http://anc1a.org/library.html. While the survey was not without its limitations, there are a couple of generalizations that should help guide future discussions about the long-term use of the site.

Three themes that emerged were:

  • Those taking the survey value greenspace (it is important to note that there was no distinction in the survey as to the type of greenspace — i.e. park, recreation center, community garden, or farmers market);
  • Many of those taking the survey were supportive of a site that combined a park with some other use — provided they also agreed with the other type of use; and,
  • There was little support among participants in fully developing the entire site.

The chart below best sums this up.

Bruce Monroe site survey(Chart from ANC1A Bruce Monroe Site Community Survey Report)

When participants were allowed to select multiple categories with no limit on choices, again there were strong preferences for public uses, greenspace, and a mix of park and public uses. As with the chart above, the only use that participants were strongly opposed to were commercial/residential development when park space wasn’t present. The chart below illustrates these choices.

General Preferences Bruce Monroe Survey(Chart from ANC1A Bruce Monroe Site Community Survey Report)

As noted above, the survey was not without its limitations. The most notable challenge was that the “demographics of the survey respondents were dramatically different from the demographics of the target area (based on 2010 census data). Some 68.8 percent of the survey respondents were White/Caucasian and 21 percent of the respondents were Black/African American. Compare this to their representation in the population of the target area – 20.6 percent and 63.43 percent, respectively.”

None-the-less, the survey does provide some helpful insight into the communities’ desired uses for the site which should be helpful as ANC 1A considers the future of the site.

The full survey report is available here.

DDOT’s Been Busy in Park View this Month

March 11, 2016

DDOT has been doing a lot of work in the neighborhood in addition to their ongoing tree planting schedule. Most importantly, all the streetlights were out for four days on Luray Place at the beginning of this week, creating a significant public safety issue. After sustained involvement from ANC Commissioners Rashida Brown and myself, as well as assistance from Councilmember Nadeau’s office (in addition to all the residents who called 311 repeatedly), the lights were finally on again last night. This wasn’t a matter of out lights, but rather power wasn’t getting to poles #11492 (in front of 3400 Warder, St, NW), #11643 (in front of 438 Luray Place), #11642 (in front of 414 Luray Place), and #11644 (in front of 455 Luray Place).

Outside of Luray’s unexpected service disruption, DDOT has also been doing sidewalk work around the neighborhood. On Lamont Street east of Georgia Avenue, the sidewalks and granite curbs are being replaced (see below).

Lamont Street(New sidewalk and curbing on Lamont Street.)

While over on New Hampshire Avenue between Park Road and Princeton Place, all the crosswalks have been rebuilt and now meet DDOT’s current standards.

N. Hampshire crosswalk(Above and below, new crosswalks along New Hampshire Avenue, NW)
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Keeping Up With Park View School Building Improvements

February 26, 2016

NRHP Park View School(Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary, located on Warder Street.)

As a follow up to my January 21st post where I shared news that the school currently has a budget of roughly $5.7 Million to put towards design and construction for improvements, DCPS now has a Web site devoted to the project that you can find here. The Web site includes minutes and presentation materials from the School Improvement Team (SIT) meetings (a request is required for access). Currently, DCPS is evaluating a cafeteria kitchen expansion project that would increase the dining area for students and cooking space for staff. One of the questions before the team is whether $5.7 Million is enough for that project — although if the current funding is short I doubt it is by much and feel confident that this project will be successful.

The school was built in 1916 to designs by Snowden Ashford. The origin of the school can be traced back to the efforts of the Park View Citizens’ Association and their persistent appeal to Congress for funds to purchase the land and build the school. Ashford designed the school in his preferred style of Collegiate Gothic using red tapestry brick with trimmings of Bedford limestone and was built on some of the highest ground in the City. The interior is notable for the wooden truss that supports the auditorium roof. In 2012 the building received a Phase 1 modernization.

Bruce Monroe Site Surplus Meeting Scheduled for March 21st

February 22, 2016

On Friday the Commissioners of ANC1A and ANC1B received notice that a public meeting on the proposed surplus of the former Bruce Monroe school site has been scheduled for March 21st.  The notice states:

The District will conduct a public meeting to receive public comments on the proposed surplus of District property located at 3012 Georgia Avenue, NW (SQUARE: 2890, LOT: 0849). Please note that written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

The date, time and location of the meeting are below along with the official notification:

Date: Monday, March 21, 2016
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Bruce Monroe Elementary @ Park View, 3560 Warder Street, NW, 20010

BM Disposition Notice

Litter Cans Filling Up with Household Trash, Residents Informed Trash Collection May Resume by Thursday

January 27, 2016

IMG_0085(Litter can at Rock Creek Church Road and Ward Street, NW, full of household trash on January 26, 2016.)

The practice of using public litter cans to dispose of household trash has become a serious problem in Park View – and one that has become even more of a problem with the recent blizzard. Residents are requested to refrain from placing household trash in open litter cans and to hold on to trash until service begins later this week and next. In addition of household trash in public litter cans being unsightly and illegal, a major concern is its impact on the public health and its contribution to the neighborhood’s rat problems as food in open containers often provides rats with food.

To assist residents with planning and managing their household trash until regular collections resume, below is the announcement from the Department of Public Works (DPW) issued on the 25th.

DPW Announces Altered Trash Schedule
 
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Due to last week’s blizzard, DPW will suspend trash collection through Wednesday, January 27th.  DPW will attempt collection on Thursday, January 28 and operate on an altered schedule Thursday through the weekend. Normal trash collection is scheduled to resume on Monday, February 1.
 
DPW will hire private contractors to augment the work of their crews. 
 
The full trash collection schedule is as follows:
 
– Monday: Service resumes next week.
– Tuesday: Service resumes next week (Twice a week routes will be addressed this Thursday or Friday).
– Wednesday: Service resumes next week.
– Thursday: Service attempts will be made. 
– Friday: Service attempts will be made. 
– Saturday & Sunday: Possible service attempts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday routes.
– Monday: Regular service will resume.
 
For more information, please visit snow.dc.gov

Alfies Nearing Late January Opening Date on Georgia Avenue

January 19, 2016

3301 Georgia AveI know a lot of people are curious about the new restaurant that will be opening in the old Mothership space (3301 Georgia Avenue).  As people have noted who have recently walked past the business, the signage is up and everything looks ready to go.

Alfies is the latest venture from Chef Alex McCoy. The liquor license was approved on Wednesday, January 13th and McCoy is working toward a scheduled January 30th opening date. The location at 3301 Georgia is a temporary pop-up space with a permanent location planned for 845 Upshur Street.

For updates, you’ll want to check Alfies Web site as the opening date gets closer or follow Alfies on Twitter.

Alfies interior(Glimpse of Alfies’ interior from their Twitter feed.)

New Bookstore Coming to Park View

November 23, 2015
Wall of Books will be opening next to the Post Office on December 12th.

Wall of Books will be opening next to the Post Office on December 12th.

Thanks to Petworth News for alerting me that a new bookstore — Wall of Books — is coming to Park View and will open on December 12th! Wall of Books will be located next to the Post Office at 3325 Georgia Avenue.

According to their Web site, the store’s “mission is to support those reading and writing communities by providing a family friendly environment where people can attend culturally diverse events, participate in community centered programs, and buy and trade affordable books.”

The store will have 2,400 square feet of space and plans to offer more than 30,000 affordable books to the neighborhood as well as a “wide selection of Melissa & Doug® children’s toys.”

This all sounds great and I look forward to checking them out.

3rd Annual Park View Block Party Shines Despite Rain

September 14, 2015

IMG_9432Early morning rain couldn’t dampen community spirits on Princeton Place this past Saturday as the 3rd Annual Park View Block Party got underway. Despite competition from the neighboring Columbia Heights Day — occurring on the same day and time — and the loss of the bounce house due to the earlier rain, neighbors began to gather around 3:30 with quite a nice group of neighbors by the late afternoon.

There was plenty of food, good conversation, and a DJ providing tunes for the dancing.

Below are a few photos from the day.

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IMG_9434(Dancing on Princeton)

Expanded UPS Service in Park View

September 4, 2015
UPS Access Point Sign at Rock Creek Market.

UPS Access Point Sign at Rock Creek Market.

A couple weeks ago, I noticed that there was a new UPS Access Point sign at the Rock Creek Market, located on the corner of Rock Creek Church Road and Warder. In chatting with the owner, he confirmed that this was a recent service they’ve added. In checking around, I’ve also noticed that there are other nearby UPS Access Points in the community, including one at the Lamont Market (Lamont & Warder) and also at the 77 Market (Irving and Georgia Avenue). (You can locate UPS service locations via this Web site).

According to the UPS Access Point Web site, UPS describes the service this way:

UPS Access Point locations are convenient places–such as The UPS Store®, local grocery stores, or other local businesses–that offer easy package drop-off or collection. With locations offering weekend and evening hours, UPS Access Point locations are designed to make your life easier.

Here’s how you can take advantage of our network of delivery locations:

  • Collect packages from locations in our network, so you don’t have to worry about being home to receive your shipments. Note: We may redirect your packages to a nearby location if you’re not home at the time of delivery.*
  • Redirect your packages to your preferred location before or after we make a first delivery attempt to your home with a UPS My Choice® Membership.*
  • Drop off pre-paid UPS packages at any UPS Access Point location.

We preapprove all UPS Access Point locations and fully equip them with the latest technology, so you can be sure your package is safe and your pickup will be fast. Make sure you have an official form of identification or government-issued ID; you’ll need it to pick up your package.

Has anyone used one of these UPS access points? If so, what was your experience?

Brief Notes from the DC Water Ward 1 Town Hall Meeting

April 8, 2015
Participants of the Ward 1 DC Water town hall milling about prior to the meeting.

Participants of the Ward 1 DC Water town hall milling about prior to the meeting.

As part of DC Water’s citywide series of town hall meetings, they held their Ward 1 meeting at Harriet Tubman Elementary School last night. The meeting was held in the cafeteria, with roughly 70 in attendance (including everyone from DC Water). The meeting began shortly after 6:30 pm and was over around quarter past 8. The beginning of the meeting included a welcome and commentary by Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau before DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins began his presentation.

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Hawkins began by giving an overview of of DC Water, which is an independent authority of the DC Government established in 1996. It answers to an 11 member Board of Directors made of up 6 members from the District of Columbia and 5 members from the surrounding suburbs. It is a not-for-profit organization, which Hawkins stated was different from other local utilities.

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DC Water manages 1,350 miles of pipes and 1,900 miles of sewers. The reason that there are more miles of sewers than water mains is that there are parts of the city where the waste sewer system is separate than the storm sewer pipes … though in many areas of town this is one and the same, which is part of the problem during heavy down pours. The entire system of waste water feeds into the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats an average of 300 million gallons per day.

There were a couple of facts that were shared that were interesting. One was that tests for lead in our water has resulted in the lowest levels of lead in the water since DC Water began testing. Another was that our water infrastructure is aging, with the median age of water mains being 79 years old, half the mains installed before 1936, and the oldest mains — still in use — dating back to the Civil War.

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Finally, there was a great deal of discussion about the Clean Rivers Project, which is DC Water’s ongoing program to reduce combined sewer overflows into the District’s waterways — the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. The Project is a massive infrastructure and support program designed to capture and clean water during heavy rainfalls before it ever reaches our rivers. It is a $2.6 Billion project and upon its completion, it will capture 97% of the storm water runoff in heavy rains and keep them from entering out area waterways.

The importance of the Clean Rivers Project (federally mandated as part of the Clean Water Act) to the average District resident, is that it will impact local water bills via a rate increase. For example, a total bill of $85.17 in FY 2015 is proposed to be $96.53 in FY2016. But, if residents can reduce consumption to 4 Ccfs, the bill would decrease by 18% to $69.77. The portion of the handout related to rates is below.

DC Water rates(Click on image for larger version)

The proposed new rates also includes a Lifeline Rate, which steeply discounts the first 4 Ccfs of water consumption (approximately 3,000 gallons). Residential customers who can keep their water usage below 4 Ccfs could potentially see a reduction in their overall bill rather than and increase. Interestingly, 44% of residential households are already using 4 Ccfs or less.

DC Water also provided a handout with four ways residents can reduce their water bill (below). Following the presentation, Hawkins took questions from the assembly. Some of these focused on usage spikes, burst pipes in the winter, and issues related to the impervious area charge.

DC water 4 ways to save


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