Posted tagged ‘Park View’

Earth Day Park View Beautification Event Scheduled This Saturday

April 18, 2017

The Park View Welcome sign at Irving and Georgia shortly after it was installed in 2012.

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) and Georgia Avenue Thrive are co-sponsoring an Earth Day cleanup in the neighborhood on Saturday April 22nd.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Park View Recreation Center on the corner of Warder St. and Otis Pl. and fan out across the neighborhood to plant flowers and clean up neighborhood streets. Pizza will be served at noon at the rec center.

This is a great way to work with neighbors in this annual event and meet new people as we beautify Park View. For more details, contact Chris Waldmann at parkviewunc(at)gmail(dot)com.

Breaking: Fire at Fish in the Hood Today, No Injuries

April 14, 2017

UPDATE: As reported by the Washington Post, the fire was rule accidental with two injuries, one a civilian with minor injuries treated on site and one by a fire fighter.

A short time ago it was reported that there was a fire at Fish in the Hood, aka Bill’s Seafood Kitchen, at Otis and Georgia Avenue. According to DC Fire and EMS there were no injuries.

I don’t know the extent of the fire at this time. I wish Bill all the best and hope that the damage is minor so that this great Park View business can reopen soon!

Progress on the Old Arcade Sunshine/Linens of the Week Housing Project

April 14, 2017

The project to convert the old industrial laundry plant is progressing well. As you can see from the photos below, the foundation is being poured and the forms are starting to go in for the first floor. To see photos from February showing the excavation work, go here.

In Observance of National Poetry Month: A Poem About Park View

April 13, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and with that in mind, here is a poem with a Park View perspective by Kim Roberts, one of our neighbors.

 

Poem by Kim Roberts
Quebec Place NW, Park View Neighborhood

“See the new Kennedy Homes. Remarkable values for the price. Eight rooms, finished in oak and mahogany. Overlooking prettiest part of Solder’s Home Park.” –Washington Post advertisement, 1917

A two-block strip of road ends with a view
between black iron bars of an expanse
of sculpted green we’re not invited to.

A hundred years exactly have elapsed
since these two-story houses with their porches
leapt in three dimensions from their plans:

solid brick, gas lighting, attic dormers,
ice box, indoor plumbing, a garage
special-built for autos, not for horses.

A streetcar ride away from downtown jobs
but at an open, healthy elevation:
a neighborhood built to defy the odds

of Federal clerks with backbone and ambition.
On summer nights they’d pour in through the gate
(before these houses became air-conditioned),

a blanket staking out each family’s place
on the cooler grasses of the Soldier’s Home
to eat their picnic dinners, stay up late,

then in safekeeping of the distant dome
of the Capitol in fading purple light,
they fell asleep in tousled knots, still clothed,

women in their crinolines and tights,
in corsets. One communal sleep: how brave!
Who would choose that now on summer nights?

The Park Road Gate, in 1955,
was closed off. At some later unknown year,
they topped the iron fences with barbed wire.

Reprinted from The Scientific Method by Kim Roberts (WordTech Editions, 2017), with permission from the author.

Kim Roberts is a long-time resident of the Park View neighborhood, from 1990 to 1997, then again from 2002 to the present. The Scientific Method is her fifth book of poems.

New Housing Headed for Newton Place (Again)

April 7, 2017

Rendering of Newton Place infill development from BZA Case #18519.

After four years, it appears that the development proposed for the vacant lot on the north side of the 400 block of Newton Place will be moving forward. This is due to the property changing hands with the new owner wanting to move forward with the plans that were approved in March 2013.

I first posted about this project back in January 2013, at which time I outlined how the plans were for three 2-unit buildings that each would have one off-street parking space behind them. The development was by-right with the exception of one zoning variance. That variance that was request was to subdivide the lot for three buildings that were approximately 16.66 feet in with. The minimum width proscribed by zoning was 18 feet, or about 1.33 feet greater than what was being requested.

ANC 1A voted to support the project followed by approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (which met on March 26, 2013). According to the the plans, each living unit is configured to consist of two floors and contain three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

 

 

New Mural in the Works for 3124 Georgia Avenue

March 20, 2017

A new mural is being planned for this vacant wall at 3124 Georgia Avenue, NW.

A new mural is in the planning stages for the large vacant wall on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A approved a letter in support of the mural at their March 8, 2017, meeting.

Prior to the approval, Commissioner Rashida Brown had meet with the property’s owner and with Words, Beats & Life with is the organization that has selected the site for the mural. Words, Beats & Life will work closely with the ANC and the community during the mural process. The organization partners with local artists and community members to replace graffiti with art and will provide the supplies and instruction necessary to complete the project.

No design has been shared for this specific site to date.

Work Continues with Park Road Church Project

March 15, 2017

Rowhouse at 633 Park Rd in process of being razed.

The project to redevelop the old church at 625 Park Road, the surface parking lot, and the rowhouse at 633 Park Road appears to be moving again. While work appeared to stall in mid-February, by the end of the month new fencing went up and over the past week the rowhouse at 633 has been razed. The approved plans are for new construction connected to the historic church to create 38 new housing units in the neighborhood.

Below are views of the property with the house razed.

 


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