ANC6b Supports Community Information Hub Project on Eastern Market Metro Plaz
Adopts Language Urging Landscaping Upgrade
by Larry Janezich
Last night at ANC6b’s regular monthly meeting the commission voted to send a letter of support to DDOT supporting the construction of the new Info Hub. The concept is the brain child of Chuck Burger and the so-called “Sign Tigers,” a group representing BRMS and CHAMPS who distribute information to visitors to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza most weekends. The all weather Info Hub would replace the tent under which personnel have been operating. An image of the structure is available elsewhere on this blog (click the “Metro Plaza” tag).
Burger told a group of residents on Monday night that the project could be completed by this coming October.
There was some discussion at last night’s meeting regarding language proposed by Commissioner Ivan Frishberg, supporting upgraded landscaping for the plaza to take place in conjunction with the Info Hub project. The landscaping language met opposition from Commissioners Garrison, Oldenburg, and Metzger who urged that the community be consulted before any landscaping changes are made.
Underlying this discussion was the now-dormant and misnomered “Town Square” plan to create a new traffic pattern through and around Metro Plaza. The issue is controversial in the community. Supporters and opponents seem to take the view that any change in the current Plaza has implications for the resurrection of the plan which has been pushed by Barracks Row Main Street and Capitol Hill Restoration Society, among others.
The Commission eventually voted for the language by a five to three vote.
Those voting for: Glick, Frishberg, Green, Pate, Critchfield.
Those opposed: Garrison, Oldenburg, Metzger
Absent: Campbell, Flahavin
The text of the letter is below.
April 13, 2011
Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration
2000 – 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B at a properly noticed, regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, voted X –Y to support the proposed Community Information Hub to be constructed on the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.
The Commission authorized this letter to the DC Department of Transportation to express ANC 6B’s support for allocating $180,000 for project from the Performance Parking Pilot fund and for the proposed management of the operations of the facility by the Capitol Hill BID. The Commission also wishes to express its support for the proposed “Mutatio” design for the information center.
In addition to support for this project, ANC 6B also asks DDOT to give serious consideration to much needed upgrading of the landscaping on the Eastern Market Metro. Timing such improvements so that they are done when the new information center is completed would enhance the success of the new facility.
Thank you for DDOT’s encouragement of this important project for the Capitol Hill community.