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DDOT Reviewing Potential Bikeshare Station for Central Park View

March 5, 2019

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

March 1, 2019

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.

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook Off a Great Success

February 12, 2019

The 2nd annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili was a great success, with five different delicious chilis for people to choose from. Competition was stiff. The competition was organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges, and DSLBD.

As you can see from Commissioner Michael Wray’s tweet, the place was packed and we had a great panel of judges.

It was an honor to be among the judges and taste some great chili from The Looking Glass Lounge, DC Reynolds, The Midlands, Call Your Mother Deli, Timber Pizza Company, & NuVegan Café. Every chili was wonderful and it was a hard choice.

Much congratulations to all the contestants for highlighting the talent we have right here in the neighborhood, and to Midlands for getting the best overall award from the Judges & to DC Reynolds for winning the Peoples’ Choice award.

Reliable Tavern was packed and I’m already looking forward to next year.

(Three of the five chilis that tantalized the taste buds.)

Call Your Mother Applies for Alcohol License

February 11, 2019

(Call Your Mother at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street, NW)

The very popular Call Your Mother has applied for a license to serve alcohol between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm daily. The ABRA placard went up on Friday, February 8th, and a copy is below. This seems like a natural progression for the eatery and could result in longer operating hours in the future. Call Your Mother is currently open from 8 am to 2 pm daily.

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Ave Chili Cook-Off is This Sunday at Reliable Tavern

February 7, 2019

The 2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off will be at Reliable Tavern this Sunday from 2-4 pm. Come out, meet your neighbors, and enjoy FREE chili tasting from some of Lower Georgia Ave’s favorite restaurants’ chefs! These tasty dishes aren’t on the menu as each entry is prepared just for this one-time event! I’ve been informed that this is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.

Reliable Tavern will be hosting this event in their basement (stairway entry). Featured restaurants are DC ReynoldsThe MidlandsNuVegan CaféThe Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli.

This event is organized with the support of Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges’ Lower Georgia Ave Main Street, and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Sneak Peek at Sonny’s Pizza

February 6, 2019

During this past weekend’s Georgia Avenue walk with District Bridges, we were lucky enough to catch up with Max Zuckerman at Sonny’s Pizza. Max gave us a quick tour and I can honestly say is looks amazing. Sonnys is weeks away from opening so be on the look out for another food option in the neighborhood soon.

Below are a few photos I took to provide a hint of what to expect … however I’ll also say that I’m not sharing photos of the entire space to be prepared to be pleasantly surprised during your first visit.

(ANC1A Commissioners Michael Wray (1A09) and Rashida Brown (1A10) with Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges) outside of Sonny’s.)

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Left to right, Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges), Rashida Brown (1A10), Max Zuckerman (Sonny’s), Kent Boese (1A08).

Arcade Sunshine Transformation from Dry Cleaning Plant to 225 New Apartments is Amazing

February 5, 2019

Entrance to the new apartments at 713 Lamont Street, NW

It has been interesting to watch the transformation of converting the Alsco/Linen’s of the Week building into 225 new units of housing right off of Georgia Avenue. The community first learned about the proposal in 2014. Today, the property has progressed to the point where both the 713 and 733 Lamont Street buildings are now leasing. In visiting the Arcade Sunshine Web site, you can see both the floor plans for 713 Lamont as well as the floor plans for 733 Lamont.

While the conversion of the historic laundry plant is nearly complete, the owners still plan to construct a few more housing structures on the parking lot to the west, and they also own the land behind the building that connects to Morton Street.

From beginning to end, once ANC1A and the developer was able to agree upon saving the historic facades of the 713 Lamont building, this has been a class act with an exciting outcome. This is adaptive reuse at its best. It includes significant underground parking, adds 225 new apartments to the neighborhood on a property that has never supported housing in its long history, and has done so in a way that incorporates historic structures and facades to create a new outcome that is both exciting and enhancing the architectural fabric of the surrounding community. I’m a big fan of this project.

Below are a few more photos of the (nearly) completed project.


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