Early Results In From ANC6B Online Hine Development Survey
Twelve Broad Themes Emerge From Early, Initial Online Comments
by Thom and Anna Riehle
At the January 31 Subcommittee meeting at Brent School, partial results were reviewed on just one of the six areas of inquiry in the questionnaire. About 300 responses are already in on Q.1 (benefits and amenities) from 100 respondents (on average, 3 volunteered responses per completed questionnaire on the question of benefits/amenities).
· The greatest number of comments focus on providing public green space on the grounds of the development. Clearly respondents are not persuaded that the drawings they’ve seen so far match what they are looking for when it comes to open space the public can use.
· Next to the absence of appropriate public green space what matters most to respondents minds the most is retail, the retail mix, and from a few, a focus on nurturing retail establishments currently in the neighborhood.
· Perhaps surprisingly, the number who mentions retail is nearly matched by the number who says an educational or child-oriented function is required at a site that has been an active DC Public School location since the middle of the Civil War in what remains a child-oriented neighborhood.
· Those three major concerns – greenspace, retail, and child-oriented or educational functions – will dominate discussion throughout the PUD process.
· Seven other concerns were mentioned on many questionnaires under the topic of benefits and amenities: Parking, Height, the Flea Market, Housing, Restaurants, a community center/official office space, and a desire for much better architectural design. In addition to the three big items listed above, the ANC may be under pressure to win appropriate accommodations on all or most of these seven items.
· This partial report includes only those who raised issues as possible benefits or amenities the developer ought to provide, the first of six questions on the full questionnaire. Some issues raised above, such as retail, height, or architectural design, earned fuller and more frequent mention in response to other questions on the survey more directly aimed at those topics.
· Smaller numbers mentioned special inspirations: A hotel, a dog run, or the arts. Proponents of some of these kinds of special amenities may turn out to have many followers. As well, some responses to this first question on the survey focused on smart growth goals, such as greater density, bike accommodations and other walkability measures.
· These results are preliminary until more members of the community with an interest in Hine weigh in on the questionnaire website at: