ANC1A Votes to Oppose DC Council’s Small Business Parking Bill

Posted March 13, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Government, parking

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Enhanced parking sign limiting parking to area residents only.

On March 8, 2017, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) that represents Park View and northern Columbia Heights voted unanimously to oppose Council Bill 22-0125 that would expand access to the residential parking permit program (RPP) for small businesses having 10 employees or fewer that abut residential RPP blocks. Small business would pay the same annual $35 per pass rate that residents currently pay. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Robert White (at-large), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), and Brandon Todd (Ward 4) on February 21, 2017. The bill had no co-sponsors and has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

The resolution passed by ANC1A identified the following areas that the legislation does not address:

  • the high demand for parking on public residential streets that currently exists in Ward 1;
  • how small business parking permits would be managed within the context of Ward 1’s enhanced RPP program; and,
  • if small businesses would be permitted to participate in the RPP program if they are located in new buildings where residents have been denied participating in the RPP program through restrictive covenants.

More broadly, the bill raises questions of equity and fairness. Currently, large developments that are unable to provide off-street parking are restricting their future residents from participating in the RPP program, suggesting that local streets are already at capacity with no space remaining for new residents. If participation in the RPP program is extended to out-of-District employees of business, does this set a precedent to other out-of-District employees such as teachers, police officers, firemen, etc.. Lastly, there is not indication that there any consideration was given for limited use of metered parking space on commercial corridors for employees. In any case, there certainly was no outreach from the Council to ANC1A prior to the introduction of the bill.

ANC1A will continue to be engaged on this issue as it is reviewed by the Council. On Wednesday, the ANC voted to oppose the Small Business Parking Permit Act of 2017 as it found the bill as introduced to be lacking an equitable balance for both businesses and residents. The approved ANC resolution identified a number of areas of concern, some being that it:

  • promotes a greater overall reliance on automobiles;
  • offers no rational for extending parking benefits to non-District residents;
  • does not audit the current availability of on-street parking or require DDOT to perform a transportation impact study on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis throughout the District of Columbia; and,
  • does not take into account the deeply subsidized fee currently extended to District residents when setting the fee for small business parking.

The full resolution is below:

Two Bruce Monroe @ Park View Families Facing Deportation Proceedings — Assistance from Community Being Sought

Posted March 9, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Fundraisers, Immigration and Immigrants, Volunteerism

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I’ve been informed that two families with children enrolled at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School are currently facing deportation proceedings and are approaching the community for help. A fundraiser has been started to raise money to provide legal representation to the families who are currently in deportation proceedings. As of last night, 45% of the $10,000 goal had been raised.

Local charities are not taking new cases, but attorneys willing to represent the families for a reduced fee have been found. The organizers are asking for help from the community. Any money not spent representing these or other families in deportation proceedings will be donated to the CAIR coalition and CARECEN in equal parts.

Love March Planned for Georgia Avenue on Saturday, March 11th

Posted March 8, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement

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On Saturday, March 11th, a group of DC community members who are interested in celebrating and promoting diversity in our neighborhoods have scheduled a Love March that will run down Georgia Avenue from Emery Recreation Center to the African American Civil War Memorial.  You can learn more about the march on the Love March Website. Below are March details from the site.

March/Rally Date
Saturday, March 11

Starting Point Location
Emery Rec. Center, starting at 10:30am

Mid-Point Rally
Bruce Monroe Park, 12:30pm

Ending Rally
U Street/African Civil War Memorial, 1:30-2:30pm

Checking Out Story District’s Bright/Bold Storefront

Posted March 7, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Small Businesses

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Story District has been located on Georgia Avenue between Walls of Books and The Midlands since last fall, yet they really didn’t have much of a street presence that I recall until recently. When walking past their office over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that they now have a bold and inviting identity when you look at their storefront. I very much appreciate its colorfulness and inviting character.

DDOT to Address ADA Issues with Park Place Sidewalk

Posted March 3, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Sidewalk improvements

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img_1157***UPDATE – March 5***

Signs went up on Friday, March 3rd, showing that work may begin on fixing the section of sidewalk on Park Place between Otis and Princeton as early as March 6th and is expected to be completed by March 18, 2017. Minor delays may occur due to weather. As mentioned below, the project not only will level out the sidewalk in this area, but will also raise the curb. In speaking to DDOT, they do not anticipate that this will create any problem with doors opening from parked cars once completed.

[Original Post – March 3]

Section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Otis Place.

Section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Otis Place.

After sustained efforts by residents and me, DDOT has determined that they will rebuild the section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Otis Place. This sidewalk section was originally replaced back in June 2016 — not once, but twice. The first time it was poured the sidewalk was too low compared to the steps leading up to the houses, so it was raised creating a severe slop closer to the street so that the sidewalk could connect with the curb. It was quickly pointed out to DDOT that this created a safety hazard, yet they responded that they had to do this to make the sidewalk ADA compliant.

Yet, with sustained advocacy, DDOT’s ADA person finally visited the site and agreed that while the sidewalk was now ADA compliant the way it sloped to meet the curb was not. So, DDOT has decided to raise the curb to align with the existing compliant sidewalk.

While I have not yet received notification on when the work will start, it has been marked up to show what section needs to be rebuilt.

Project at Georgia and Otis Continues to Show Progress

Posted March 2, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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I checked in on the progress at 3557-3559 Georgia Avenue (southeast corner of Georgia and Otis) recently and am happy to report that the development still shows signs of progress. I last check at the beginning of January and found a pile driver on the site.  Now, much of the site has been excavated for the foundation and basement (see photos below). The project — named the “V” — received approval from the BZA in January 2013.

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Park View Cleanup Scheduled for Saturday, March 4th

Posted March 1, 2017 by Kent
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Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next neighborhood cleanup this Saturday March 4 at the corner of Georgia and Newton.

This is a really special clean-up  as its DC Thrive’s one-year anniversary of launching these cleanups.

Yoga Heights is giving a 10% discount to all volunteers. It’s fitting to have them as a sponsor this month as they sponsored the very first
cleanup a year ago.

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