Park View Fire Call Box Harps Get Spruced Up

Posted May 15, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Art, streetscape

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(Top of fire call box harp at Warder and Otis)

Recently, the three remaining fire call box harps in the neighborhood were spruced up. Each of them was painted black with gold accents. I especially like how the neighborhood name was added to the top of each.

While there are only three of these in the neighborhood presently, there were at least twelve fire call stations in Park View at one time. Over the past decade, I know of two harps that were taken out by cars, and the call box harp at Princeton and Georgia was nearly lost in 2011 when DDOT removed it during street construction. I successfully advocated for the harp’s return specifically with the idea that it could be part of an art project along with the other harps.

The recent improvements to the call boxes really enhance the streetscape where they are located. Perhaps, eventually, we’ll be able to incorporate some small art or images where the call boxes were once located as well.

(The call box harp at Warder and Otis is one of three in the neighborhood that have recently been repainted.)

Community Opportunity to Review Proposals for Redeveloping the old Hebrew Home on Spring Road

Posted May 11, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Following the community meetings on April 9, 2016, and June 2, 2016 as part of the OurRFP process to redevelopment the former Hebrew Home for the Aged at 1125 Spring Rd, it is finally time for the community to come out and learn about the progress that’s been made for this site. A community meeting has been set for the evening of May 25th regarding the 1125 Spring Road NW project.  At the meeting, development teams will be presenting their visions for the redevelopment of the site and the community will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

When: May 25th
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Raymond Recreation Center

Checking Out Pedestrian Safety in the Neighborhood

Posted May 10, 2017 by Kent
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Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an article that included a map showing the worst D.C. intersections for pedestrians. I found it interesting, particularly when looking at the intersections in our area. A glance at the map quickly shows that the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Park Road is a location with a high incident rate. In fact, in looking at the entire map, two of the worst intersections for pedestrians are located in Ward 1. In addition to the intersection of Georgia and Park Rd (ranked #8) is the intersection of 14th and U Street (ranked #4)

(Click on map for citywide interactive version).

One thing that is really useful in the map is how each intersection with a dot shows the related statistical data. So going back to the Georgia and Park Rd example, you can click on the dot and see the injuries, crashes, fatalities, and overall danger index.

(Detail from pedestrian safety map showing statistics for intersection of Georgia and Park Rd, NW)

The Good Silver Opens Tonight!

Posted May 9, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Development, Restaurants, Taverns

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(The Good Silver, located at 3410 11th Street, NW)

I’m happy to report that Columbia Height’s newest 11th Street destination — The Good Silver — is opening tonight at 5 pm. I got a chance to check them out last week and liked what I saw. For those that haven’t been following this transformation, The Good Silver is the next chapter in the story from the group that brought us Kangaroo Boxing Club (aka KBC). Check out the new menu here.

For full details, below is their press announcement:

The Good Silver, from Ivy and Coney Team, Opening Tuesday, May 9th

The team behind Ivy and Coney (Josh Saltzman, Chris Powers, and Adam Fry) and new partner, Carrie Dzwil, are excited to announce The Good Silver, at 3410 11th St. NW in Columbia Heights, will open Tuesday, May 9th at 5pm.

Remember when you were a kid, and mom would break out the “good” plates? It pays homage to a time when the everyday was elevated, simply by caring a little bit more. Don’t expect the finest forks or vintage China, but instead, a focus on quality food and drink in a casual atmosphere.

On the drinks side, Dzwil has incorporated some of her favorite seasonal flavors into a variety of shrub-based cocktails which bring out the best of local produce for some refreshing, tart and not too sweet offerings. A spring highlight is her Lemongrass Ice Pick, which combines lemongrass-infused Civic Vodka from local distillery Republic Restoratives, honey-ginger syrup, iced tea and fresh sage. It has kept everyone sane and hydrated after (or during) long, hot days of construction. The drink menu also includes a sparkling shrub punch for four, and a concise but excellent liquor and craft beer list that includes local distilleries and breweries.

Rounding out the team is Remi Gottheil, a graduate of Dartmouth, who ran off to join the circus (seriously, he taught trapeze classes) and worked under chef Danny Boylen. Gottheil has created a highly seasonal menu combining the best currently available produce (from farms such as Pleitez Farms and 76 Acres) with pickles, preserves and locally sourced proteins. Guests can choose from a selection of “handhelds,” starters and charcuterie. Highlights include the organic buttermilk-brined fried chicken sandwiches and a half smoke burger with pickled radish and sweet, tangy tomato jam. Read the rest of this post »

DDOT Changing Dumpster Requirements

Posted May 8, 2017 by Kent
Categories: parking, Streets and Trees

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On Thursday, May 4th, DDOT announced that they were making some changes to the requirements for use of dumpsters. The full news release with details is below. I’m happy to see that DDOT is incentivizing the use of smaller dumpsters and limiting the number of parking spaces that can be used per dumpster.  I still think that the District undercharges permit holders for the use of public space in high demand areas, a position I took as part of a resolution I introduced at ANC1A back in July 2015.

DDOT Announces New Requirements for Roll-off-Debris Containers

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Public Space Regulation Administration is revising requirements for the use of roll-off-debris containers. These requirements will appear in the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) effective May 19th, 2017.

The new TOPS module will include permit application requirements and the Public Inconvenience Fee (PIF) for larger roll off debris containers on roadways that are designated for Residential Parking Permits.

The new requirements offer an incentive to use smaller containers, which reduce the number of parking spaces affected by use of the containers. Under the new requirements one container will be approved for individual use.

Key enhancements in the new Roll-of-Debris Container module include:

  • Display Height, Length, and Width of containers on issued permits
  • Limit the number of parking spaces occupied by a roll-off-debris container to one (1) parking space for smaller containers and two (2) parking spaces for larger containers
  • Charging the PIF for larger containers that are in place longer than 30 calendar days
  • Additional application review if roll-off debris containers adversely impact parking in residential neighborhoods, or violate public space regulations

No new roll-off-debris container permit applications or renewals will be accepted after May 11, 2017 pending the roll-out of the new module. All roll-off-debris container applications or renewals submitted on or after May 19, 2017 will comply with the new permitting requirements and PIF charges.

DDOT’s new TOPS enhancement is designed to ensure that the impact of roll-off-debris containers in residential areas is reduced, while still allowing this necessary element of the construction process.

The new requirements address concerns raised by residents and reflect input from stakeholder engagement with the development and contracting communities.

For more information about DDOT’s Public Space Regulation Administration please contact (202) 442-4670 or click TOPS (www.tops.ddot.dc.gov) to access the online permitting system.

Reliable Tavern Opens Tonight in Park View

Posted May 5, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Small Businesses, Taverns

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Making new friends at Reliable Tavern.

After much anticipation, Reliable Tavern officially opens tonight. Reliable Tavern is the result of a collaboration between longtime barmen Joe Englert and Kyle Remissong as well as Langdon Hample, a local commercial real estate broker/investor — and is located just south of the Georgia Avenue Metro station at 3655 Georgia Avenue, NW. Longtime residents may recall that this is not Englert’s first enterprise in Park View,  having been involved in the old Temperance Hall (today’s Looking Glass Lounge).

Last night, I had the pleasure of checking out their months of hard work, which turned the former Capitol Locksmith into another great addition to Park View’s growing tavern community. The space features 15-foot ceilings on the first level and a well appointed basement level that includes two pools tables and a unique bar backdrop that showcases vintage 1920’s central boiler and steam pipes.

In exploring the spaces last night, I found the entire tavern to be attractive and inviting. Personally, I really like the addition to pool to the community. I also appreciated the incorporation of the old hardware cabinets into the first floor’s bar area.

As for food, it will be provided during operating hours from Chris Svetlik’s Republic Kolache. According to Reliable Tavern’s press release, “The ‘National Pastry of Texas’ will be served alongside a selection of Tex-Mex inspired bar snacks. In future months, Republic Kolache will expand its offerings to include a brunch on the weekends.”

Below are a few photos from last night:

(Above: Photos of Reliable Tavern’s main floor.)

(Below: Photos of the basement level’s bar back and one of the pool tables.)

First Friday Launches in Park View on May 5th

Posted May 4, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community, Small Businesses

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The lower Georgia Avenue businesses are launching First Friday tomorrow, on May 5th, from 6-8 pm. This will be a monthly recurring activity with a growing number of businesses offering specials, highlighting DC artists and musicians. Check out the First Friday Facebook page for more details and a list of participating businesses.

First Friday is organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, which is partnering with the Petworth Arts Collaborative on this with a vision for a vibrant First Friday from Upshur to Euclid in the hopefully not too distant future.


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