Posted tagged ‘restoration & renovation’

Sustained Advocacy Results in More Trees for Park View School Project

October 3, 2018

I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to get 10-13 new trees added to the landscaping plans for the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School project. But it took a lot of doggedness and refusing to take no for an answer for nearly a month.

While one would think that the landscaping plans would have been discussed at a School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting, of which I’m a member, they really weren’t. Furthermore, it has been a few months since the last SIT has met. This is an area that I’m extremely interested in as the school grounds have long been on my list of places where we could potentially get large shade trees to help address the tree desert in the middle of the neighborhood.

Site plan of the school showing location of new bioretention areas to be added at Bruce-Monroe @ Park View.

I was surprised when I inspected the school grounds in late August that bioretention areas were being added to the grounds at the front of the building, prompting me to request a copy of the landscaping plans on August 30th. After four requests, a copy of the plan set was finally shared with me on September 6th. A quick review of the plans showed that no trees were being added in the front of the building.

Immediately upon seeing the lack of trees on the site, I contacted the construction team, and later the DCPS project team, and asked about adding trees to the landscaping plan. The initial feedback I received was that trees would interfere with the bioretention areas, and that the bioretention areas were required by the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).

Refusing to give up, I also contacted DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration and requested a site visit. I also had a long conversation with DOEE which informed me that green infrastructure elements are required, but that bioretention areas were one of four ways that a project could meet that requirement. Another way was to plant trees, and that in many ways DOEE has a preference for trees but leaves the selection of which way to go to the project team.

Armed with this knowledge, I shared with DCPS that trees were an option and that if push came to shove trees would be the better choice on Warder Street.

Following DDOT’s site visit to the school, and after nearly a month of dedicated oversight, I was finally informed on September 21st that both the Warder and Newton Place sides of the building could accommodate trees without disturbing the bioretention areas already planned. This will include three trees on Warder Street and one on Newton that will mature between 60′ and 70′, helping expand the tree canopy. See the illustrations below for approximate locations and suggested species.

The illustration below also helps provide an idea of what each of the recommended trees will look like when mature.

New Street Work Temporarily Stalled

August 19, 2016
Newly paved Manor Place.

Newly paved Manor Place.

I was recently alerted that some of the new paving work that is occurring in the neighborhood hit a temporary setback. Some may have noticed that area streets like Manor Place have recently been repaved. To the west of the Park View School 6th Street is also mostly repaved. However, the 600 block of Newton Place (between 6th and Georgia) has been prepared for new paving but that work has not occurred.

After contacting DDOT, this is what I’ve learned. The installation of the new pavement on Newton has been stymied for the past few weeks due to the paving machine breaking down. The machine is currently being repaired with expectations that it will be repaired soon. Once the repairs are completed, the work on Newton Place will be completed.

Photos of the area around 6th and Newton below:

6th and Newton(Looking north on 6th Street from the intersection of Newton Place.)

IMG_1386(Looking west on Newton Place from 6th Street.)

Park View Field House Renovation Nearly Finished

August 7, 2015

This will probably be the final update on the Park View Field House at the recreation center before the project is completed. It is essentially completed now, and the majority of punch list items are expected to be completed by Wednesday, August 12, 2015, including removal of the temporary construction fence.

Below are photos of the (nearly) finished project.

Park View Field House

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Park View rec center interior

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Checking in on the Park View Field House Renovation

June 16, 2015

June Park View Field House(View of the field house from the southwest, showing new first floor windows.)

The renovation of the Park View Playground field house is coming along great. Anyone looking at the west elevation of the building will a good idea of what it will look like when work is completed, especially since the upper section has been painted and new windows have been installed.

Here are some completed/forecast project milestones for June:

  • June 10 – Gyp board was installed and prep for paint
  • June 12 – Exterior doors were installed
  • June 12 – Dormer windows on second floor installed
  • June 18 – Exterior paint will be complete
  • June 19 – Central air conditioning condensing unit will be installed
  • June 26 – New baseboard and flooring will be complete
  • July 6 – First floor windows will be installed

Below are two photos showing work in the loft area and the current state of the staircase.

20150603_113922_resized(New drywall in the loft area.)

IMG_0935a(The stripped stairway and new drywall in the east room.)

Sidewalks on Rock Creek Church Rd to be Restored

June 12, 2015
Flaking sidewalk on 600 b/o Rock Creek Church Road.

Flaking sidewalk on 600 b/o Rock Creek Church Road.

According to signs posted on the south side of the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road yesterday, parking along that side of the block will not be permitted from June 13 through June 27 (except Sundays) to allow for a sidewalk restoration project.

The sidewalks on this block were last restored in June 2010 along with street repaving. Yet, many of the sidewalks restored during that time have begun to flake, a problem DDOT has been working to correct as reported earlier.

IMG_8830[1](Emergency No Parking Signs on the 600 b/o Rock Creek Church Road, NW)

Park View Field House Project Progressing

April 29, 2015

The restoration of the old field house at Park View Recreation Center is coming along nicely. Among the many changes people will notice is that the porch is being opened up as it originally was and the areas that had been cut out of the original brick wall are being reconfigured to their original door and window openings. I was surprised to see the original supporting posts for the porch roof were buried withing the wall when the porch was enclosed. The entire project is aiming for a completion date of July 31st, 2015.

Park View field house

Park View field house

Restoration of Park View Playground Field House Begins

April 15, 2015

The work to renovate the historic Park View playground field house began on Monday, April 13, 2015, after the contract with KADCON was finalized at the end of March. The work that began on Monday encompasses hazardous abatement which will continue until April 24. Demolition work is scheduled to begin on April 27th. The entire project is aiming for a completion date of July 31st, 2015.

Park View field house


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