Monthly Archives: April 2021

Garfield and “Spielberg” Parks Slated for Upgrades/New Equipment

Garfield and “Spielberg” Parks Slated for Upgrades/New Equipment

by Larry Janezich

The Department of Parks and Recreation hosted two virtual community meetings this week to solicit input on the planned upgrade of two Capitol Hill parks: Garfield Park at 3rd and New Jersey Avenue, SE, and “Spielberg” Park at 17th and Massachusetts Avenue, SE.  The latter was informally named by the community after movie director Steven Spielberg donated playground equipment for the park after shooting part of the film Minority Report in the neighborhood.

The project timelines for both parks are the same, with the kick-off community meetings having occurred on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  A survey to solicit additional community input will be distributed later this month.  Another community meeting will be held this summer to introduce the contractor to the community.

Construction is estimated to start in the fall of 2021 and be complete in the summer of 2022. 

Councilmember Charles Allen participated in the virtual meeting on Garfield Park on Tuesday night.  Allen provided funding for both park improvements in the current FY budget.  He said that DPR is working internally to find additional funding for Garfield.  “The park is a draw for numerous neighbors from all over Capitol Hill.  I go to Garfield Park.”   He said there isn’t enough money in the current budget item to do everything and he will be looking at doing more.  “I’m listening for what more needs to be done” Allen added, “and for the priorities”.

On Monday night, DPR landscape architect David Wooden told participants in the meeting on “Spielberg” Park that the budget for the project is $750,000.  Features DPR is focusing on for this park include:

  • ADA upgrades
  • Landscaping/turf building/sprucing up
  • New furnishings for the site – benches and seating area
  • Replacement of existing playground equipment and adding a shade feature
  • Lighting upgrades

The community voiced its interest in having part of the park devoted to a grownup needs and space for seniors.

Tuesday night, Wooden pegged the projected budget for Garfield Park at $900,000.  The scope of improvements for Garfield Park includes:

  • Landscape improvements
  • New site furnishings
  • Playground equipment and replace surface of the playground
  • Lighting improvements
  • ADA accessibility
  • Tennis court surface improvements
  • A site erosion study

Wooden said that if we don’t get everything the community wants, those requests will carry over to when funds are available. 

The well-attended meeting (50+) prompted lots of questions in the chat.  DPR responses provided additional information: 

  • There is no plan to do anything with the DDOT 395 underpass right now.
  • A dog park is not currently part of this project.
  • A proposed community fund raising effort is welcome.

Other questions showed that there is a lot of community interest in pickle ball courts, rehabilitation the basketball courts and skate park under the freeway, and about the homeless population in the park. 

With respect to the latter, Wooden cited the difficulties that the has pandemic brought with respect to housing for the homeless, and said his agency was trying to work with the Department of Human Resources to help get the homeless to a better place.

Allen raised a concern directly with the DPR and DGS reps at the meeting about funds intended for new improvements being used to repair existing features of parks – not just these parks, but in a lot of parks.  He pushed the agencies to commit to providing a budget for maintenance costs. 

The agencies responded that they recognized the need for more and better maintenance and the need to be more proactive. 

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Mayor Bowser’s Situational Update – New RPP Fees – Parking Enforcement Resumes

Mayor Bowser’s Situational Update – New RPP Fees – Parking Enforcement Resumes

by Larry Janezich

Mayor Bowser delivered a Situational Update today.  Here’s a link to the Mayor’s PowerPoint presentation:  https://bit.ly/32u49CY

Here’s a bullet point takeaway of the most important info:

  • 30% DC residents are fully or partially vaccinated.
  • 7% have been partly vaccinated.
  • Homebound residents can now call 1 – 855-363-0333 to register for an at-home COVIC-19 appointment. These appointments will begin on Monday, April 26.

Restarting Enforcement – June 1

  • All parking enforcement.
  • Towing of vehicles violating parking zones including appropriate fines.
  • Street sweeping and SWEEP enforcement.
  • Vehicles must display valid DC registration and inspection stickers.
    • DMV is scheduling expanded appointments for vehicle inspections beginning today.
  • The New Tiered Residential Parking Permit fee increases.
    • The new tiered Residential Parking Permit will involve an increase in fees and several tiers..
    • After June 1, fees for a RPP will increase to $50 for the first car associated with a household.
    • 2nd car will be $75.
    • 3rd car will be $100.
    • $150 for any other car over 3.
    • For those over 65, the fee will increase from $25 to $35 for the first vehicle.

Restarting enforcement – July 1

  • All DC driver license and ID Card holders must display a valid credential.
  • Renewal applications accepted for occupational and professional licenses.
  • DC medical cannabis program patient or caregiver registration cared must have a valid expiration date.
  • Booting of vehicles with two or more unsatisfied tickets that are 60 days old.

Expanded Library Operations start May 3

  • DC Public Library will add Saturday hours at its open locations.
  • The Deanwood and SE Libraries will begin providing limited in-person services.
  • Operating hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm.
  • The New SW Library will open May 6.

Free Test Yourself at Home COVID-19 Tests

  • Mayor Bowser announced the Test Yourself DC, offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits at locations around the District. The program offers the option to either take a COVID-19 test onsite at one of the 16 locations or to drop off their test sample at the closest DC Library drop box at no cost.
  • Approximately 8,000 Test Yourself DC kits will be available every week, and each site will be limited to 100-200 test kits per day. Individuals interested in participating can find a location at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testyourself – for Ward 6, it’s Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library  1630 7th Street, NW.
  • Between April 19-30, testing kits locations will be open for pickups Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm. Starting the week of May 3, the locations will be open for pickups Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 6 pm. Testing kits can be dropped off the locations no later than 8:00 pm seven days a week.

In the Q&A:

City Security vis a vis the Chauvin Trial

  • The Mayor said HLS and the Chief of Police are coordinating preparations to keep the city secure in the aftermath of the decision in the Derek Chauvin trial. She said there is a request pending for National Guard assistance with traffic, enhanced security at Metro stations, and a quick react force that could be deployed anywhere in the city.  She said that Guard personnel will not be armed, reminding that arming the Guard can only be done at the direction of the President and that had not been part of the DC request. 

Students Required to Return to In-person Class next Fall

  • Next fall, students will be required to return to in person classes. Any exceptions will be the subject of discussions with parents.

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Week Past

and the recently upgraded Virginia Avenue Park.

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Week Past

Monday, April 19

ANC6A Transportation & Public Space Committee holds a virtual meeting

Go here for info on how to join the meeting:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation from DDOT bike planner Greg Matlesky on potential bike lanes on segment of West Virginia Avenue, NE, in ANC6A.
  • Public Space Permit Application for new sidewalk cafe un-enclosed at 1500 East Capitol Street, NE.
  • Discussion of potential resolution or letter to DDOT and interested parties supporting dedicated parking for HIPS on H Street NE.
  • Discussion of Vision Zero budget decisions coming up at DC Council.
  • Review of outstanding requests to DDOT.

Spielberg Park (17th & C Streets, SE) Virtual Community Meeting at 6:30pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6b.org/event/spielberg-park-17th-c-virtual-community-meeting/?instance_id=139

Agenda: 

  • DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host a virtual community meeting to discuss upcoming improvements to Spielberg Park

Tuesday, April 20

Garfield Park Virtual Community Meeting at 6:30pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/j.php?MTID=ma65c8361842721afd122157a91d030fa          Attendee access code: 360 353 07

Agenda:

  • The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is hosting a community meeting regarding upcoming improvements to Garfield Park and playground.

A Virtual Conversation with the Chair of ANC6B Brian Ready 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6b.org/event/a-conversation-with-the-chair-of-anc-6b-2/?instance_id=138

Agenda:

  • ANC6B Chair Brian Ready holds a virtual conversation with residents of ANC6B.

Neighbors for Justice and Capitol Hill Village host a virtual “Community Conversations with Returning Citizens” at 6:30pm. 

For more info and to register, go here: https://neighborsforjusticedc.org/news/    

  • The goal is to better get to know our returning neighbors by learning about their experiences, hopes, and challenges as they transitioned back into society. Also participating will be the Deputy Chief of DC Public Defenders Service for a policy perspective.

Wednesday, April 21

CANCELED ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Go here for info on how to join the meeting:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Agenda not available at press time.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

Info on how to join the meeting will be released Monday or Tuesday and posted here.

Among items on the agenda:

  • Budget Review Status: Mayor will not release budget until May 18.
  • Report of the Market Manager
    • Strategic Plan Update
    • Budget update
    • Outdoor Covid operating procedures: any changes?
    • Status of drafting procedures – conflict resolution process
    • Signage and banner update
  • Capital Improvements Report: Monte Edwards
  • Tenant’s Council Report
  • Eastern Market Metro Plaza Update

Capitol Hill Business Interest Working Group will hold a virtual meeting at 6:00pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6b.org/event/capitol-hill-business-interest-working-group-meeting/?instance_id=137

Agenda not available at press time. 

Thursday, April 22

ANC6A Ad Hoc By-Laws Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Go here for info on how to join the meeting:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Agenda:

  • To consider revisions in the ANC6A By-Laws.

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Bodegon Spanish Tapas Coming to Barracks Row

Bodegon Spanish Tapas Coming to Barracks Row

by Larry Janezich

The owners of Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge in at 3116 M Street in Georgetown have leased the space at 518 8th Street formerly occupied by Medium Rare, and will open a Spanish Tapas restaurant in the coming weeks, according to co-owner Joe Idrissi. 

Brothers Joe and Moe Idrissi, in partnership with Ben Kirane, are long-time restaurateurs behind a number of Georgetown outlets, including Rialto, Maxime, and Thunder Burger and Bar.   

Idrissi says the menu of Bodegon on Barracks Row will be similar to that of Bodega in Georgetown.  You can take a look at it here:  http://www.bodegadc.com/

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ANC6B Slams DDOT’s Pedestrian/Bike Safety Plan for 11th Street & I-695 SE Intersection

ANC6B Slams DDOT’s Pedestrian/Bike Safety Plan for 11th Street & I-695 SE Intersection

by Larry Janezich

After a contentious April 7 meeting where ANC6B’s Transportation Committee was briefed by DDOT on proposed safety improvements for the 11th Street/I-695 off ramp intersection, the committee went behind closed doors to craft a critical response to the proposal.  A draft letter to DDOT, based on a number of recommendations by Commissioner Corey Holman – who also serves as chair of 6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee – was considered by the full ANC6B at its April meeting last Wednesday. 

After a brief and more civil discussion, the Commission voted 9-0 to approve a letter stating that the current design of 11th Street is “hostile to all modes of travel” except for automobiles, that the plans for improvement are “insufficient in scope and design”, and that DDOT must modify the plan “to meet the safety, mobility, and sustainability goals of the city”. 

DDOT’s original proposed improvements include:

1) Add an 8-foot wide two-way protected bike lane on the west side of 11th Street, SE, from I Street, SE, to O Street, SE.

2) Add a lane to the eastbound I-695 Exit Ramp to 11th Street, SE, to the existing three.

3) Reduce the 10 foot west side sidewalk width to 5 feet wide on 11th Street, SE, to accommodate protected bike lanes while maintaining up to eight car lanes in that stretch.

4) Shrink the width of the pedestrian refuge on the southern portion of the intersection of 11th Street, SE, and M Street, SE, from 18 feet to 6 feet to accommodate an extra north bound left turn lane onto westbound M Street, SE.

Striking a conciliatory note, the letter went on: “[We believe] the plans presented to the community on April 7, 2021 increase the safety of the corridor compared to the status quo, but we believe such projects should aim to maximize safety for all users of the roadway which this project so far fails to do.”

In order to reduce the focus on an auto-centric view of road use and to further the goals related to Vision Zero and Sustainable DC plans, “we believe the following should be incorporated into any plans for this 11th Street, SE, corridor. 

1) Widen the proposed bike line to 10 feet with a 3-foot buffer, instead of the proposed 8-footlane with a 2-foot buffer.

2) Reverse all plans to shrink sidewalks on 11th Street to less than 6 feet wide and instead remove extraneous lanes for vehicle traffic to accommodate the bike lanes.

3) Adjust the number of lanes ….of 11th Street to widen the crosswalk at the northwest corner of 11th Street, SE, and M Street, SE.

4) Expand the project scope along 11th Street, SE, north to Pennsylvania Avenue SE to include a protected two-way bike lane from O Street, SE, to Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

5) Seek to reduce the number of car lanes in general and expand sidewalks, bio-retention areas, and other non-road uses of the right of way.

6) Remove all double turn lanes to add usable pedestrian refuges along 11th Street, SE.

7) Implement vehicle speed reduction techniques … at the approaches to 11th Street, SE, and other traffic calming measures throughout the project area.

8) Remove the unnecessary left turn lanes onto N and O/Water Street from 11th Street, SE…and add pedestrian refuges or a larger median.

9) Continue to consider the impacts on the plans to bring Southeast Boulevard to the grade of L Street, SE, and any potential uses of the space under that raised Boulevard.

The letter – addressed the acting director of DDOT Everett Lott and copied to CM Charles Allen, concludes, “In sum, while ANC 6B believes the current plans are inadequate, we stand by to work collaboratively to ensure the city we all love and share does not fail at this generational opportunity to fix 11th Street SE.”

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Company Backs Off Plan for Helipad at 12th and Water Streets, SE

 

Company Backs Off Plan for Helipad at 12th and Water Streets, SE

by Larry Janezich

Posted April 15, 2021

Last night, at ANC6B’s April meeting, Planning and Zoning Committee Chair Corey Holman announced that city officials had informed him that Congressional Aviation had given up its efforts to relocate their helipad and fueling station to Water Street, SE, near the huge mixed use project at 1333 M Street and the Washington Boatyard.

The company’s lease on ground down river where they currently have a helipad for helicopters used by MPD and area hospitals is expiring and is not going to be renewed.

Nearby neighbor opposition to the project was strong and in support of the opposition, Holman was prepared to file a map amendment to zone the site, limiting its use to open space, park, and low density riverfront-oriented retail.  Currently, the property is not zoned.  Holman said he was not inclined to file the map amendment at this time, since the issue is likely to be more fruitfully addressed in the forthcoming Comprehensive Plan or a Small Area Plan. 

In a letter to City Administrator Kevin Donahue, ANC6B acknowledged the need for a helipad for the MPD Air Support Unit and encouraged the Office of the City Administrator to take the lead in locating the facility.  Here’s the text of the letter which went to City Administrator Donahue and other city officials. 

Over the past couple of years, Congressional Aviation has worked with stakeholders including ANC 6B in an effort to lease or acquire city-owned land roughly at 12th Street SE and Water Street SE to building a heliport and provide services to MPD’s Air Support Unit. In has come to the attention of ANC 6B that Congressional Aviation is no longer seeking build a heliport at this site.

While ANC 6B publicly and repeatedly opposed such a disposition for heliport use given past planning efforts for park or marina use, it has become clear to the Commission that there is an immediate need for short- and long-term certainty for the MPD Air Support Unit whether at the current site along South Capitol Street SW or elsewhere. Presuming OCA or MPD will need to move forward with seeking a home for the Air Support Unit, we encourage the executive to do so in a transparent process and engage early with any potential impacted community, whether that’s in ANC 6B or elsewhere. We believe executive leadership and community support are necessary components for a successful heliport operation in the city.

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New Steak House Coming to the former Aqua al 2 Space at Eastern Market

New Steak House Coming to the former Aqua al 2 Space at Eastern Market

by Larry Janezich

Harvest Tide Steak House is coming to 212 7th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Aqua al 2.  The restaurant will seat 150 inside plus 20 seats at the sidewalk café.  The venue hopes to open early summer. 

From Harvest Tide Steak House:

“We are excited to announce that we will be opening soon in Capitol Hill, Washington DC! Our executive chef/owner Danio Somoza has created a menu that will please every palate.  From our dry-aged prime steaks, freshly sourced seafood, and local produce, you will taste the passion in every bite. We are driven to provide the community with the finest family-owned and operated restaurant in DC.”

This will be the second restaurant for Somoza.  The original Harvest Tide Steak House is in downtown Lewes, Delaware. 

Somoza says of that location, “…our goal at Harvest Tide is to provide you with the finest quality food, as well as service that far exceeds your expectations.  Explore our expertly crafted menu, sip some of our unique signature cocktails and local draft beers, all while sitting back and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Our dry-aged, USDA prime steaks pair perfectly with our selection of the finest bourbons and wines…. Family owned, family operated, and family friendly!”

You can check out the menu for the Lewes restaurant here:  https://www.harvesttide.co/   

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The Week Ahead … ANC Highlights … Photos from the Past Week

Bike and Pedestrian safety issues at 11th Street Intersection with I-695 roil 6B Transportation Committee

Also on Wednesday night, the 6B Transportation Committee heard a presentation on the I-695 Ramp Traffic Study/11th Street Bridges Project/Bike and Pedestrian Improvements on 11th Street and Virginia Avenue Park.  The discussion turned rancorous over what some on the committee perceived as a failure of DDOT’s contractor to fully address pedestrian and bike safety issue out of deference to motor vehicle interests.  The meeting went long, and the consensus was that the committee would work on a draft letter to DDOT and other city officials to take before the full ANC Committee at its April meeting next Wednesday.

The Week Ahead … ANC Highlights … Photos from the Past Week

ANC Highlights: 

  • Monday – US Attorney’s Office for DC – Community Prosecution Update – Christopher Wade at ANC6D.
  • Monday – DDOT Interim Director Everett Lott takes questions at ANC6D.
  • Wednesday – Presentation: Office of Campaign Finance, Fair Elections Program at ANC6C.
  • Wednesday – Letter to DDOT, CM Charles Allen, et. al., regarding the 2020 I-695 Ramp Traffic Study Update to express concern regarding pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues at ANC6B.

Monday, April 12

ANC6D holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.  (Note early meeting date.)

For information on joining the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public safety report – First District MPD – Capt. Dorrough, Lt. Donigian.

US Attorney’s Office for DC – Community Prosecution Update – Christopher Wade.

  • Presentation: DDOT Interim Director, Everett Lott – Q&A.
  • Presentation: Capitol Riverfront BID – Quarterly Update, Michael Stevens.
  • Presentation: Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement – Alfred Duncan.
  • ABC Committee Report, Bistro Du Jour – The Wharf.
  • Brookfield Development – Zoning Application for Parcel H (The Urby) – Design Review.
  • Capitol Power Plant Pump House – Landmark Nomination.
  • DCHA Greenleaf Repairs Update.
  • DC Department of Housing and Community Development Letter to HHS.
  • Letter of ANC concerns re Audi Field Opening Day, April 17.

Wednesday, April 14

ANC6B holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.  (Note: The April Meeting Date Has Been Adjusted To Avoid Conflicts With Holidays/Religious Days.)

For information on joining the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6b.org/

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • Presentation: Emily Tatro and Casey Anderson, Council for Court Excellence – Briefing on District Task Force on Jails & Justice 10-Year Plan.
  • Select Whiskey, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Suite #2109. New Retailer’s Class “A” Internet License.  Internet sales only.
  • The Ugly Mug Dining Saloon/Valor Brew; 723 8th Street, S.E. Substantial Change. Application to add Sports Wagering and Game of Skill endorsements to their operations – to offer Sports Wagering through mobile app and offer physical consoles for the electronic game of skill Dragon’s Ascent.
  • 508 Seward Square SE. Historic Preservation Application for rear and third floor addition. 
  • 5th Street SE. Historic Preservation Application for new attic storage.
  • 602 E Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application to enclose balcony to add to living space on rear of house.
  • 420 11th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application for rear addition and change in front facade from stucco to wood siding.
  • 313 9th Street SE, Historic Preservation Application to expand existing two-bay garage with a second floor addition.
  • 106 13th Street SE. Zoning Adjustment Application for a use variance to expand an existing, nonconforming, restaurant use to the cellar and second story of a semi-detached, two-story commercial building. 
  • Consideration of a Text Amendment to add Inclusionary Zoning Requirements to NC-6 (Lower Barracks Row) Zone.
  • Report: PA Avenue Streetlights & Traffic Signals Upgrade Project, Construction. 
  • Letter to DDOT, CM Charles Allen, et. al., regarding the 2020 I-695 Ramp Traffic Study Update to express concern regarding pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues.

ANC6C will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For information on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation: Office of Campaign Finance, Fair Elections Program—Deloris K. Ramsey.
  • Presentation: Community support and need to help our restaurants—Lisa Banusiewicz.
  • Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street, NE. Settlement Agreement amendment request.
  • K Street NW/NE Bike lanes—Safety improvements discussion, bike lanes, K Street, 1st Street to 7th Street.
  • Union Station at 1st Street—Updating commercial vehicle loading zone signs.
  • Move DC comments.
  • 1165 3rd Street NE. Zoning Adjustment Application for special exception to construct a three-story rear addition.
  • 1173 3rd Street NE. Zoning Adjustment Application for special exceptions and variance to partially demolish the existing dwelling unit to construct a third story addition. 
  • Proposed letter to the Zoning Commission addressing latest OZA interpretation of 11-E DCMR 206 (roof top and upper floor additions).

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City Reverses Decision and Halts Crosswalk Removal at 8th and D Streets, SE

City Reverses Decision and Halts Crosswalk Removal at 8th and D Streets, SE

by Larry Janezich

Posted April 9, 2021.

ANC6B05 Commissioner Steve Holtzman announced late Friday afternoon that DGS has agreed to reverse themselves, replace the crosswalk removed earlier today and add the ADA compliant curb cut on the western side of 8th Street.

Holtzman said he received assurances from Councilmember Charles Allen, the DGS Project Manager, the DDOT Ward 6 Community Liaison that they will be replacing the crosswalk and ramps.  Holtzman applauded the decision and cited the roughly 130 separate complaints to city officials which the removal generated.

It is uncertain how soon the crosswalks will be restored but Holtzman hoped this would be clarified later in further communications with DGS and DDOT.  Also, Holtzman said, “In the short term, the crosswalk needs to be put back with added safety/visibility enhancements. Let’s be clear.  The (previously) existing crosswalk when it is put back is still, without added enhancements, as dicey for pedestrians as it has always been.  Putting it back (and adding the curb cut on the Western side) is still essential.  It is still the best and most appropriate path for pedestrians at this juncture. However, its visibility needs to be enhanced. I’ve discussed this with DGS this morning and they agree that they will look at this and see what can be done.”

Most importantly, he said, “There still needs to be a comprehensive multi-modal traffic safety assessment undertaken for this space – we need to find better solutions to how pedestrians (with special reference to children and residents with mobility issues), cyclists, buses, trucks and cars cohabit this nexus.”

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Neighbors North & East of Eastern Market Metro Vexed Over Sudden Removal of Cross Walk

Neighbors North & East of Eastern Market Metro Vexed Over Sudden Removal of Cross Walk

by Larry Janezich

More than 100 neighbors near 8th and D Street, SE, have written city officials to oppose the surprise removal by DDOT of the double crosswalk at the D Street intersection with 8th Street on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The so called “slip lane” – the extension of D Street at this location which allowed vehicles to merge with Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, in front of Trader Joe’s –  was recently eliminated as part of the renovation of Eastern Market Metro Plaza. 

ANC6B05 Commissioner Steve Holzman, alerted neighbors to the pending action last night, and again this morning after work to remove the cross walks had commenced. 

Holtzman said that yesterday he told the DGS Project Manager overseeing the renovation of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza that there had never been a community consultation regarding these crosswalks.  Holtzman said that he pressed for a delay in the removal but the project manager said via email:

“The east-west crosswalk markings are to be removed and the ADA ramp facing west will also be demi’d.  This work has been prioritized to start tomorrow to avoid further confusion at this location.” 

The crosswalks are used by pedestrian traffic travelling west on D Street to cross 8th Street for a straight shot to Trader Joe’s and the corner of 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue.  Foot traffic will now be required to cross 8th Street only at the streetlight at the intersection of Pennsylvania and 8th. 

Holtzman says that it has been known for years that the crossings at 8th and D have been a complicated problem and that he has asked DGS and DDOT to assess the intersection several times.  He said he was told repeatedly by DGS that they did not intend to include any treatment of the crosswalks in the renovation of the Plaza.  Although DGS claims they have had removal of the two crosswalks in their plans for two years, Holtzman and other ANC commissioners say this proposal was never presented publically. 

Holtzman has called on residents to share their views with CM Charles Allen and DDOT.  For more information, Holtzman can be reached at 6B05@anc.dc.gov

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