Barracks Row Working Group – A Progress Report
by Larry Janezich
ANC6B’s Working Group on Barracks Row – formed to address the challenges facing commercial/retail outlets on Barracks Row and Chaired by Commissioner Brian Ready – met at Hill Center on Tuesday night. The major portion of the meeting was devoted to advancing a marketing plan to promote the Southeast Capitol Hill commercial corridors. Group co-chair Gaynor Jablonski (The Ugly Mug) reported initial support for such a plan from Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS), who indicated financial support might be available to supplement contributions from the business community. Jablonski said that a plan would be circulated to Working Group members later in the week, in anticipation of presentation to the BRMS Board of Directors.
With respect to other issues, Nichole Opkins from CM Charles Allen’s office explained an on-going effort by the Mayor’s office to bring city agencies to bear on solving some of the problems on the 400 block of 8th Street. Jennifer McCahill from the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture pledged cooperation of her office to help liaison the hospitality community with city agencies. Other ideas which emerged from the brainstorming session included Fridge owner Alex Goldstein’s suggestion to paint additional murals on Barracks Row as an attraction. There was considerable enthusiasm for seeking a special exemption to allow establishments serving alcohol to open early on July 4th, to accommodate parade goers. A representative from the Marine Barracks was on hand to participate in a discussion about how the business community could encourage attendees at the Marine’s Friday night Barracks parades to visit the hospitality venues after the event. And Chair Brian Ready pointed to the recent success of a Barracks Row alley clean up with volunteers from the business community. He suggested making this a regular occurrence and endorsed the suggestion of another participant to enlist the Marines to help the community during monthly cleanups of Barracks Row. He also reported that DDOT has scheduled early August as a start date for repairing the hazardous sidewalks on both sides of Barracks Row, from M Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Week Ahead…
by Larry Janezich
Tuesday, June 25
ANC6B Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm, Hill Center.
To set the agenda for the July 9 meeting of the full ANC.
CHRS Community Forum: Andrew Trueblood, the new director of DC Office of Planning. 7:00pm, at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.
Andrew Trueblood, the new director of DC’s Office of Planning, will discuss the framework that guides economic development, housing, environmental protection, historic preservation, transportation, etc. He holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is a resident of Ward 6.
The event is free and handicapped-accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. No reservations needed.
The presentation will begin at 7 pm and will be preceded, at 6:45 pm, by a brief CHRS membership meeting to announce the result of elections for the CHRS Board of Directors.
Wednesday, June 26
Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm, Eastern Market, North Hall.
Not available at press time.