ANC 6D Public Business Meeting with Mayor Muriel Bowser - Pls. attend!
Monday, November 13th at 7PM
Capitol Quarters Community Center, 1000 5th St. SE, 2nd Floor
My colleagues and I are hosting Mayor Bowser at the ANC meeting next week. The Mayor will speak and take questions. Please come and bring your questions! This is our chance to get answers on important neighborhood issues including DCHA's management of the Community Center, options to increase facility capacity at Van Ness Elementary School, transportation planning, public safety, neighborhood development, and affordable housing. Stay for the duration of the ANC meeting to learn more about what's going on in the neighborhood. And, check out our neighborhood community center while you're in the building.
Community Office Hours at Dock 79
I want to hear your ideas, questions, and feedback about the neighborhood. Please join me for my upcoming community office hours. I'll be at Dock 79 on Tuesday, November 14th from 5:30PM-7PM.
Do you have feedback on DDOT's Traffic Operations during the Nationals 2017 Season?
In early spring, DDOT, MPD, the Nationals, and other stakeholders will develop a Nationals Park Traffic Operations and Parking Plan ("Nats TOPP") for 2018. (You can find the 2017 Nats TOPP here.) This plan governs the street closures, parking restrictions, pedestrian routes, placement of DDOT's traffic control officers, meter rates, etc. for the upcoming baseball season. The plan also changes from year to year. For example, in 2017, DDOT applied higher meter rates for the entire day, rather than just two hours before and after stadium events. I want your input to inform the planning for next year's Nats TOPP. What changes do you want to see in 2018? Please email me your comments so that I can prepare for the meetings.
Unity Health Clinic to relocate temporarily to the Therapeutic Recreation Building in Joy Evans Park
In 2016, Mayor Bowser announced her "Homeward DC" plan that called for the closure of the homeless shelter at DC General and the creation of eight smaller transitional family housing facilities. The new facility in Ward 6 will be located at 850 Delaware Ave. SW and should be completed by summer 2019. It will include 50 units and a ground floor health clinic. During construction, Unity Health Clinic, the prior occupant of the site, will need a temporary location in order to continue to provide health care to neighborhood residents.
Recently, DGS decided to relocate the clinic to the vacant therapeutic recreation building in Joy Evans Park. I would have strongly preferred it had DGS worked with me, the community, and DCPS before making this decision. That said, it's very important that Unity's relocation move forward so that residents do not lose access to affordable health care during the construction process. And, upon Unity's return to Southwest, our neighborhood will gain a modernized building that can be much more easily transitioned to other uses. Please stay tuned for more information on Unity's operations and discussions of future uses of the building.
Are you interested in joining the ANC's Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee?
ANC 6D has an outstanding group of community volunteers who serve on our Alcoholic Beverage Control ("ABC") Committee. The ABC Committee works with applicants for alcohol licenses to develop settlement agreements that incorporate community input in the planning and operations of neighborhood restaurants and bars. Email me to learn how to get involved.
Neighborhood Development Updates
Amazon recently announced a competitive site selection process for its second corporate headquarters. DC's proposal included an Anacostia Riverfront site that encompasses parts of the Capitol Riverfront, Poplar Point, and Columbian Quarter. I think the Anacostia Riverfront site would be a fantastic choice for Amazon! You can learn more here:
The Wharf in the Southwest Waterfront
has opened! It's a gorgeous new waterfront area with public spaces, amenities, bars and restaurants, market-rate and affordable housing, and more. The second phase of The Wharf should begin construction in 2018. Are you interested in working at The Wharf? Information on employment opportunities is available here
2 I St. SE has closed the adjacent sidewalk along S. Capitol St.
for the next 5-6 months for construction activities including demolition and reconstruction of the sidewalk; masonry work; waterproofing; and lighting, drainage, soil, and fencing installation. Upon completion, a covered walkway will be constructed over the new sidewalk to protect pedestrians for the remainder of the construction of the residential building.
The new owners of 100 K St. SE are applying for a rear yard exception so that they can build a multifamily residential building up to the property line. ANC 6D opposes the exception because we believe that the application does not meet the Board of Zoning Adjustment's requirements and that granting the exception will adversely affect the use of 909 New Jersey Ave. The BZA has a second hearing on the case in December. Even without the exception, the developer retains the option to build according to the existing zoning at the site.
Tishman Speyer is planning a multifamily residential building at 88 K St. SE. Construction is expected to begin in the next few months. Similarly, MRP Riverfront Phase II (located next to Dock 79) is expected to begin construction in early 2018. Stay tuned for pre-construction meetings for these sites. Two sites in the neighborhood are currently for sale. GSA is auctioning its vacant warehouse at 49 L St. SE with bids accepted through December 4th. And CSX has announced the sale of its 861 New Jersey Ave. SE property.