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New Park Morton Playground Opened

May 28, 2010

Mayor Fenty, Councilmember Graham, and Park Morton Community at ribbon cutting (Image from Web site)

With eyes on Bruce-Monroe, the DC budget, the future of Streetcars, and Morgan’s Seafood this week, the newly reconstructed playground at Park Morton was likely overlooked by many. The news release of Tuesday’s (5/25) ribbon cutting is below:

Swoosh: Fenty and Ward 1 Residents Score Big at Park Morton Ribbon Cutting

Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, DC Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Adrianne Todman and Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham joined Ward 1 residents and neighbors to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the newly reconstructed playground and resurfaced basketball court at Park Morton Housing Development.

The new playground includes modern equipment, swings, and benches in a secure fenced area as well as a resurfaced basketball court. Installing a new playground is the beginning of a comprehensive revitalization plan for the Park Morton Housing Development, which is a New Communities Initiative revitalization project administered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

“The New Communities revitalization of Park Morton has several exciting components and will benefit all neighborhood residents,” said Mayor Fenty. “Replacing the playground is just the start of all of the exciting things to come at Park Morton.”

The Park Morton New Communities revitalization project is expected to produce more than 500 mixed-income residential units, 10,000 square feet of green space and a 4,000 square foot community center. The first phase of the Park Morton New Communities project is expected to begin before the end of the year with the construction of 83 off-site housing units.

The Park Morton revitalization project benefits from close proximity to the Petworth Metro station and other public investment along Lower Georgia Avenue including the Fenty administration’s Great Streets Initiative.


Campaign Season: Fenty Stumping @ Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro

April 23, 2010

Area residents using the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro or traveling along the Georgia Ave. and New Hampshire Ave. corridors this morning (4/23/10) were greeted by Mayor Fenty and a large crew of supporters this morning. While Fenty was speaking with residents, his supporters were encouraging folks to register to vote, offering to deliver yard signs, and asking for their support.

Fenty Stumping on Georgia Avenue


Campaign Season Starts Early

November 19, 2009

With just under a year before the 2010 elections, it seems that campaign season has started early. Already this week, Mayor Fenty’s been out in Park View going door to door seeking support, meeting neighbors, and offering yard signs for those interested. You can find out more at the Fenty’s Web site.

Similarly, Jim Graham has also launched his efforts by sending out an email listing his supporters, linking to the Graham campaign Web site, and giving folks the opportunity to volunteer or donate toward his reelection drive.

CVS Breaks Ground

November 12, 2009

CVS Ground BreakingStarting shortly before 11 a.m. this morning, Mayor Fenty, Council members Graham and Bowser, developer Rob LaKritz, representatives from CVS and other ANC and city officials met at the corner of Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues to official break ground for the new CVS. The project is estimated to be completed by late spring/early summer of 2010.

This project was a long time coming and the best possible outcome for the property. The last business to be located there had been a gas station, and when development was first planned a gas station was once again proposed. Through the efforts of many, and the commitment of LaKritz working with Graham, Fenty, and others, a much-needed CVS is being constructed on the site instead.

Councilmember Graham had the following to say about the groundbreaking which he distributed on area listservs:

November 12, 2009

Dear Friends:

Today we broke ground on another new development in Ward One – CVS Pharmacy at Georgia and Princeton. This one will service our neighbors in Park View on Georgia Avenue.

This is a wonderful achievement for us. It took four years to come up with just the right project – from a gas station (which we rejected) to an ice cream store to a doughnut shop. But now with the new Senior Wellness Center coming, a pharmacy is just what the doctor ordered.

CVS is scheduled to open in May or June of 2010. Our seniors won’t have to go far to get their checkups and prescriptions. And new residents at Park-Morton and all around Park View can get a little shopping done on the way too and from work.

Oh, I forgot to mention, this entire project was significantly helped by $2 million in city money to remediate the site. And a little help from me from my Metro Board seat. We included land previously owned by Metro to complete the CVS parcel. This newest development joins the Senior Wellness Center, new mixed retail/residential at 3512 Georgia Ave. and a New Community for Park-Morton.

We are really on the move on Georgia Avenue!


Council Member Jim Graham

More photos after the jump (more…)

Mayor Fenty Visits Park Morton

November 3, 2009

Mayor Fenty and Jim GrahamYesterday, Mayor Fenty did his third walk-through of Park Morton. Even though the development is scheduled to be replaced during the next couple of years, this is not preventing Fenty from making positive changes in this section of the City.

This was Fenty’s third visit to Park Morton. Previous visits included the announcement of the developer to replace Park Morton and an assessment of what the community needed to support basic quality of life needs.

On this visit, the Mayor went down a list of 9 items that had been identified earlier as areas where the City needed to focus attention. Among the items on the list were band equipment, a refurbished basketball court, education, art, and craft activities for children, an education center for adult where basic business skills can be learned, and a food bank. The food bank will function with the Park View Rec Center being the staging area where food can be dropped off and distributed.

Basketball hoop supportAs the Mayor read the list and asked for status reports, most of the areas seemed to be well underway and nearing completion. The refurbished playground and basketball courts should be completed around December 8th. While the courts haven’t been resurfaced yet and the polls still do not have backboards or nets, (still being in setting concrete), there has been enough interest from the community that three teams have already formed.

Going under the name Park Morton Wild Katz, the teams break down by age into groups 13-15, 16-18, and 19 and above. The same name and categories are being applied to the forming football teams.

Among the other notables at the walk through were MPD Chief Lanier and Councilmember Graham. Lanier was happy to report that crime around Park Morton has seen a recent drop by about 50%.

Graham brought up the issue of bed bugs stating that he had recently attended a meeting where the issue was discussed. A resident of Park Morton said a couple of buildings are known to have problems and that the City is treating them. She also stated that as someone who personally has been dealing with them, that many may not speak up since the natural instinct is to feel shame. The conversation underscored that an infestation can occur in the cleanest of homes.

Fenty plans to visit Park Morton again in early December to once again assess the progress on the communities list.


Fenty’s Summer Youth Gone Astray

August 6, 2009

Summer Youth program damageMayor Fenty’s Summer Youth Jobs Program strikes again. Yesterday, at the corner of Park Place and Princeton Place, NW, for no apparent reason, youth in the program cut down a crape myrtle that was healthy and thriving in the area next to the road. That youth in the mayor’s job program are responsible is based on eye witness accounts.

This was one of two crape myrtles that had been in this location. The other one had been snapped off at the base sometime last week, perhaps also by the same individuals.

Had the youth mistaken them for wild brush needing to be cleared, it would have been reasonable to presume that the severed branches would have been removed. As it is, its nothing short of vandalism.Summer Youth program damage

Asphalt Alley Paving Narrowly Averted

July 23, 2009

No ParkingYesterday I mistakenly thought the No Parking signs posted in the alley of the 600 block of Quebec Place/Rock Creek Church Rd was for the heavy up Pepco is preparing for around the corner.

In fact, it was DDOT’s intention to pave the alley in asphalt. Fortunately, several of the neighbors were home and quickly put a stop to it. It isn’t that the neighbors don’t want the alley repaired, but it is an old brick alley and was supposed to be restored as a brick alley.

Last year the 700 block of Quebec Place/Princeton Place was restored as a brick alley. This year, the city is using the excuse that there isn’t enough money to stick to the original plan.

As it stands now, no work will be done to fix the alley in the immediate future. Mayor Fenty clarified this morning that brick alleys would be repaved with brick, and non-brick alleys would be repaved in non-brick materials (asphalt).
alley needing repair

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