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So, Where Are All the District’s Construction Cranes

March 20, 2013

At nearly every major speaking opportunity, like the Mayor’s recent State of the District address, the number of construction cranes is mentioned as an indicator of a vibrant, growing Washington. That got me wondering just where all these cranes are. So I reached out to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development and learned the following.

Currently there are 50 active tower cranes in D.C. at 29 construction sites. While most sites only have one tower crane, a few have two or three cranes. The Blue Plains construction site, however, has twelve. I created the map below to graphically show tower crane distribution in D.C. Locations are approximate (based on address) and I’ve color coded the sites based on the number of cranes — yellow (1), green (2) and purple (3).

Depending on the rate of development, I plan to revisit this map in six to twelve months.


DCRA Reviewing Sweet Mango Building Permit History

October 17, 2012

If you’ve been waiting for Sweet Mango to reopen it looks like you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

Due to resident concerns about unpermitted construction at Sweet Mango over the years, DCRA construction inspections supervisor Garret Whitescarver was in attendance at the monthly ANC 4C08 meeting hosted by Commissioner Timothy Jones. Renewed interest in construction and safety at Sweet Mango arose after the recent August 4th fire. The restaurant has been closed since that time.

Based on what was learned at the meeting, it appears that Sweet Mango may be closed for a while longer.  Before DCRA issues a certificate of occupancy for Sweet Mango they are reviewing all discernible work at the building and comparing it with known permits. The intent is to review unpermitted work, like that of the second story addition (enclosed in 2009), and make sure it is safe and meets current building codes. While its likely that most if not all of the work would have been allowable as a matter of right, that doesn’t negate the requirement of permits or inspections. Should anything not comply with current building codes, Sweet Mango will either have to remove it or go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a variance.

The long and the short of it is that this may take a little time, and until the review, inspections, and permits are issued the restaurant will not get the occupancy permit required to reopen.


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


Great Streets Project Brings New Street Lights to Northern Park View

May 17, 2011

The Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets project is finally beginning to show a positive impact on the portion of Park View that is included in the project. New street light bases and poles have been installed between Princeton Place and New Hampshire Avenue. Hopefully it won’t be too long before they can continue them down to Otis Place, the projects southern terminus.

The length of the project is between Webster Street to the north and Otis Place to the south. DDOT estimates that it is approximately 58% completed with an end date of November 2011. The construction contract amount for the project is $7,906,624.05.


Construction Notice for Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project

April 5, 2011

Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project

Otis Place to Webster Street, NW

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: 4/4/11 through 4/9/11

Work hours, including parking and sidewalk closures, are from 7:00am-5:00pm Monday – Saturday

Travel lane closures occur from 9:30am-3:30pm Monday – Saturday

Georgia Avenue between Taylor Street and Upshur Street:
TYPE OF WORK: Streetlight installation.
CLOSURES: SIDEWALK – Temporary closures and detours. PARKING LANE- Temporary closures.

Access to residences and businesses will continue to be maintained while sidewalks are temporarily closed or pedestrian traffic is detoured.

Georgia Avenue between Kansas Avenue and Varnum Street:
TYPE OF WORK: Streetlight installation and traffic signal pole installation at the island.
CLOSURES: SIDEWALK- Temporary closures and detours.

Access to residences and businesses will continue to be maintained while sidewalks are temporarily closed or pedestrian traffic is detoured.

Upshur Street between 8th Street & 9th Street:
TYPE OF WORK: Milling and Paving. Install laterals to all pendant poles and repair any broken laterals. Splices on all manholes.
CLOSURES: TRAVEL LANES: Temporary closures on Upshur Street. PARKING LANE – All.

9th Street between Taylor & Kansas Avenue:
TYPE OF WORK: Milling and Paving.
CLOSURES: TRAVEL LANE– Temporary closures on 9th Street. PARKING LANE – All.

Georgia Avenue between Randolph Street to Shepherd Street:
TYPE OF WORK: Install permeable pavers, granite curb and gutter. Install Light Pole foundations. Install streetlights at Shepherd Street.
CLOSURES: TRAVEL LANE – Temporary closures Georgia Avenue. PARKING LANE – All

Advanced door-to-door notices have been distributed and “Emergency No-Parking Signs” have been posted. Please be advised that any cars parked during construction hours along the streets with planned milling and paving activities will be towed.


Middle Georgia Avenue Construction Nears Park View, DDOT to Give Presentation at ANC 1A Meeting

February 9, 2011

Construction on Georgia Avenue just north of New Hampshire Avenue

The Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets construction has finally reached the proverbial gates of the Park View section of the project (as can be seen to the right). The project is approximately 30% completed and DDOT’s goals with the project are:

  1. Improve the quality of life in neighborhoods along the corridors, including public safety, physical appearance, and personal opportunity;
  2. Support local demand for goods and services through economic development;
  3. Expand mobility choices and improve safety and efficiency of all modes of travel; and,
  4. Attract private investment through the demonstration of a public commitment to Great Streets communities.

As construction will soon become a reality for residents between the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station and Otis Place, DDOT has agreed to come to the ANC 1A meeting tonight (February 9th), give an overview of the project, and answer community questions. You can see the full agenda for the ANC 1A meeting by going to its Web site.


Sherman Avenue Streetscaping to Begin October 18th

October 8, 2010

Sherman Avenue at Park Road

Yesterday, Councilmember Graham sent out the following message about the streetscaping of Sherman Avenue and its imminent start:

Dear Friends: I am pleased to announce that DDOT has informed me that the contract for the reconstruction of Sherman Avenue has been awarded. As you may know, I had worked with the Mayor to insure funding for this important project in this fiscal year.

There was a pre-construction meeting with the contractor this week. The contractor is scheduled to start construction on October 18th.

There have been ongoing community meetings culminating in a final design of the streetscape. Thanks for that essential contribution!

This will provide further substantial revitalization for Ward 1, here in our east side neighborhoods.

Please pass this along to others. Bests, CM Jim Graham

You can follow the progress of the project  and learn more information on the DDOT Web page, which you can access here.


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