DDOT Improving Crosswalk Across New Hamsphire Avenue at Georgia

Posted March 6, 2019 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, Sidewalk improvements, streetscape

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(Newly reworked crosswalk on New Hampshire, work still in progress)

I’m very happy to report that work began yesterday to correct the poorly configured crosswalk across New Hampshire Avenue just east of Georgia Avenue — especially the location of the cut through in the median as it related to the other crosswalk ramps. The crosswalk was installed in 2011 as part of the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets project, and in 2015 I highlighted how the poor configuration of the median section actually made it impossible to cross the street in a straight line for those in wheelchairs, thus making me question if the crosswalk was ADA compliant.

(Illustration of crosswalk prior to work, showing location of crosswalk ramps and configuration of ramp in median.)

ANC1A is currently working with and supporting neighbors who have identified additional areas along lower Georgia Avenue where improvements are needed to improve pedestrian safety. I look forward to sharing news on those efforts soon.

DDOT Reviewing Potential Bikeshare Station for Central Park View

Posted March 5, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Bikes, DDOT, Transportation

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DDOT continues to review locations to expand their Capital Bikeshare program to meet growing community demands for the service. They have identified a new location that looks promising — the northeast corner of Morton Street and Georgia Avenue. Based on DDOT’s preliminary review, there are no parking or traffic impacts to installing a station at this location because it is not in the roadway. The sidewalk is 12 feet wide, so with the bikeshare station installed there would be a six foot pedestrian travel lane, which meets the standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I know that a location in central Park View has been something that many have wanted for years, so the location helps meet that demand as well. The station would be placed next to “Adventure Dental” on the Morton Street side. The following photos provide a better idea of where the station could go.

Notes from February Park Morton Steering Committee Meeting

Posted March 1, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Aimee McHale from the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development’s office sharing information with the Committee.

Last night’s community Park Morton Steering Committee Meeting offered and overview on where things stand regarding the plans to replace and rebuild Park Morton in three phases over two sites. The key information points that were shared centered around the following.

Bruce Monroe Zoning Appeal

As people may recall, the Park Morton redevelopment effort broke down into two zoning cases, one for the current Park Morton site (ZC 16-12) and one for the former Bruce Monroe site (ZC 16-11). Zoning Case 16-12 was not appealed, but Case 16-11 was. Oral arguments for the zoning appeal were heard before the Court of Appeals on February 14, 2019.

There was no decision following oral arguments and there is no required time by which the Court of Appeals must render a decision. Based on past cases, a decision could be between 2-18 month. It is estimated that construction could start 6-9 months after the appeal is resolved.

The primary issues challenging the zoning order shared at the meeting can be seen in the slide below:

Interim Control Funding

The second significant update that was presented was the DMPED funding assistance to the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to perform interim controls. In 2018, DCHA did environmental studies at its properties throughout DC. At Park Morton, they discovered lead which required remediation. Due to the expense and with redevelopment looming, DCHA initially indicated that it wanted to move residents out and just replace existing buildings. This would have resulted in displacing families which the ANCs, Council, DMPED, and New Communities Initiative are all dedicated to preventing. The current plan is for a phased replacement that does not displace our neighbors.

In order to keep the promise of a development that is constructed in phases without displacement, DMPED agreed to assist DCHA with $4.5M in funding to address the lead and other maintenance issues present at Park Morton that must be addressed between now and the start of the redevelopment.

Housing Mix Review

Another focus area of the meeting concerned the number of units, the affordability of the units, and how many bedrooms each unit had. This was largely a review, but emphasis was made that families living at Park Morton would move into new units once constructed that were appropriate to their needs. Currently, every Park Morton apartment is a  two-bedroom apartment. Some families only need a one-bedroom apartment and others need apartments that are three- or four-bedrooms.

To determine the right size apartment for each family, DMPED has been conducting household surveys and using data from DCHA to identify the various apartment sizes that are necessary to meet the needs of families living at Park Morton. At a very high level, the slide below shows how many housing units will be produced during each phase and where.


The meeting closed out with a Q & A session where questions were asked about job training programs and neighborhood investment in addition to additional information in the areas from the presentation.

Community Update on the Hebrew Home Redevelopment (1125 Spring Road) Scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th

Posted February 28, 2019 by Kent
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Here’s a chance to get caught up on where things are with the redevelopment of the Hebrew Home project!

The Development Team for Spring Flats (1125 Spring Road NW) will be providing community members with an update on their progress on both the senior-only housing building (the former Hebrew Home) as well as the new construction (single-family condos and multifamily building on site of former Robeson School) next month on Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Petworth Library in the large meeting room downstairs. Since the team has now submitted their building permit and public space permits applications for approval from the District, they will be presenting updated renderings of what the development will look like — and provide neighbors with an updated timeline for construction.

City agencies, including the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), will also be attending the meeting in order to provide the community with an update on the ongoing work that various city agencies (DPR, DCPS, DDOT, and DGS) are making on looking at existing traffic and parking issues related to Raymond Elementary and Raymond Recreation Center and coming up with strategies for mitigating the impact that the development will have on issues in the neighborhood.

Site plan showing location of non-historic structures to be removed during renovations.

Public Park Morton Steering Committee Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, February 28th

Posted February 27, 2019 by Kent
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Curious about where things stand with the redevelopment of Park Morton? Then join the Park Morton Steering Committee on Thursday, February 28th to learn about recent events and updates to the redevelopment effort. See the flyer below.

Damaged and Missing Heritage Trail Signs Continue to Dot Community

Posted February 24, 2019 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, Restoration repair and maintenance, streetscape

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The Heritage Trail sign at Georgia and Morton is loose and in need of repair.

Since 2015, I’ve continued to ask why we have Heritage Trails and Markers in our neighborhoods if DDOT has no funds or staff to keep them in good repair. In order to bring attention to this issue, in March 2018 I introduced a resolution that was unanimously passed by ANC1A urging the Mayor and DDOT to address this growing issue. At that time I listed four known heritage trail signs that were missing.

Today, I personally visited the four sites of the missing signs as well as a few others to see if any progress had been made over the past year. Sadly, the four signs are still missing. I’ve also noticed two more that are loose and in need of repair.

The signs in question are:

  • Sign #16: Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. Damaged sign reported nearly 6 years ago, sign missing (Location: Georgia and Kenyon);
  • Sign #17: Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail. Sign is loose in base. (Location: Georgia and Morton);
  • Sign #4: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 5 years, since at least May 2014 (Location: 14th and Monroe);
  • Sign #6: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 2 ½ years, since at least November 2016 (Location: 13th and Monroe);
  • Sign #7: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign is loose in base. (Location: 11th and Kenyon); and,
  • Sign #17: Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. Sign missing for nearly 3 ½ years, since at least July 2015 (Location: 16th and Harvard).

Tomorrow, I’m signed up to testify before the Committee on Transportation & the Environment at the Council’s Performance Oversight Hearing. I’ll be adding the issue of the heritage trail signs to my list of items that I need to address.

(The sign at 14th and Monroe has been missing for nearly 4 years.)

DGS to Repair Basketball Courts at Bruce Monroe Site Beginning February 26th

Posted February 23, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Restoration repair and maintenance, Sports leisure and entertainment

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Maintenance of the basketball courts at the Bruce Monroe site has been an ongoing issue for at least a year, and as you can see from the photos above and below one of the courts in particular is completely unusable.

To address this, beginning on Tuesday, February 26th, the Department of General Services will be taking the basketball courts off-line for approximately four weeks in order to repair them. DGS’s contractor will install protective fencing around the work areas while work is in progress.

DGS does not anticipate that other area of the site will be affected during this work.


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