Dear Neighbors,

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
 
Thank you for re-electing me as your Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner! It is an honor to serve as your representative and I am so grateful for your partnership.
 
It was wonderful to talk with so many of you during the campaign. Thank you for sharing your ideas with me. For those of you in our neighborhood's newest buildings, I hope to host meetings at Dock 79, ORE82, the Bixby, and Park Chelsea early in the New Year. Please reach out to me anytime with your comments and suggestions. Together, we can make our community an even greater success.
 
Thanks, Meredith
 
I St. SE Redesign Meeting with DDOT - Please attend!
Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30PM at 70 Capitol Yards Lobby
Does I St. between NJ Ave. and S. Capitol St. drive you crazy? Are you frustrated with the unsafe pedestrian crosswalk, double-parked cars in the bike lanes, limited visibility from the garages, broken stop signs, lack of a traffic light, and more? This is your chance to review DDOT's proposed changes, give specific feedback, and make sure that your concerns are addressed. You walk, bike, and drive this street every day. It's vital that you attend and be a part of the solution.
 
Want to enjoy public art on New Jersey Ave? We need to hear from you!
Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30PM at Park Chelsea Lobby, 880 NJ Ave. 
Calling all public art aficionados! Canal Park, Inc. is developing a DC Commission on Arts & Humanities application to bring a public art, mostly likely sculpture, to the corner of New Jersey Ave. and (the new) H St. SE. Canal Park, Inc. and W.C. Smith have done the groundwork for the application, e.g. made major site improvements; determined technical parameters for the public art, such as size and weight; and compiled the application materials. Now it's time for the fun part...community input on the vision for the public art! I can't wait to hear your ideas! 
 
DDOT to Move Forward with New Design of the 4th & M St. SE Intersection
Thanks to all who attended the community meeting. DDOT's planned changes include: 1) creating a curb bulb out to improve pedestrian safety and 2) removing the street parking on 4th St. along US DOT into order to create three vehicular lanes. Implementation is expected in early Spring 2017. See Option 2 here. DDOT also expressed a willingness to evaluate adding a right turn signal for vehicles exiting The Yards concurrent with the existing protected left turn signal for vehicles turning left from M onto 4th St.

Square 767 Community Meeting Summary
Recently, the DC Housing Authority ("DCHA") and EYA hosted a public meeting on the development plans for Square 767. Square 767 is the northern most parking lot between Canal Park and the Capitol Quarter Townhomes. The proposal for this site calls for a market-rate condo building and an affordable housing rental building. For those who were not able to attend, I've provided a meeting summary and images here. In preparation for DCHA's PUD submission, I'm working on a list of improvements that I would like to see in the PUD submission and/or in a community benefits agreement. Please let me know the changes/additions that you think are important to making the redevelopment of Square 767 a success.  

Van Ness Elementary School Open Houses for Prospective Families
10AM on 12/6, 1/24, and 2/14 at Van Ness ES, 1150 5th St. SE
The My School DC Lottery opens on December 10th and closes on March 1st for PS3-8th grade. Come visit our amazing neighborhood elementary school and then complete your lottery application BEFORE the deadline.
 
South Capitol St. Walkway - What improvements would you like to see?
Do you walk to the US Capitol via the S. Capitol Street walkway under I-695? What changes would make this a safer, more appealing passageway? Please send me your ideas so that I can incorporate them into the planning for public space improvements along this route.
 
Capitol Riverfront BID Holiday Tree Decorating & Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 10th, 3PM-6PM in Canal Park. Free and open to the public. 
 
Interested in Jobs in Construction or Healthcare?
Register now for construction pre-apprenticeship programs or UDC's healthcare certification program. Classes are free and begin in January. Text (202-750-0295) or email me for more details.
 
In other important District news:
The DC Council will vote on a Paid Leave Bill that would provide eight weeks of paid leave for family care and 11 weeks paid parent leave. The wage replacement will be 90% for the lowest paid workers with a capped benefit of $1000 per week. Read DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's statement here .

Mayor Bowser announced that Antwan Wilson will serve as the new DC Public Schools Chancellor. Wilson joins DCPS from Oakland, CA, where he is the Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District. Wilson will begin his tenure as Chancellor on February 1st. Read the Mayor's full statement here .

The DC Council will be voting as early as next week on legislation that would allow the Nationals to install large scale electronic billboards outside the stadium. You can read the ANC's unanimous resolution of opposition. You can also read the Washington Post's article on the issue.