The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

The Rumsey renovation will include space for small businesses and vendors as well as seniors.  The DC budget which the City Council approved last Tuesday contained full funding for the renovation of Rumsey Aquatic Center to add a second floor for seniors and additional space on the ground floor to support Eastern Market vendors, DC makers, and small businesses.  The project will also include renovation of the pool.  According to CM Charles Allen, who pushed for the funding the Rumsey project, the Mayor has nixed the idea of pursuing senior housing at Rumsey but, he says, initial plans provide for significant space for an upstairs programming for senior services space that would also be able to utilize the pool for expanded services and activities.  The second and final vote on the budget will be on May 30.

There’s talk about reopening the Rumsey Center’s entrance on C Street.  Not many residents know that the entrance to the Rumsey Aquatic Court was once on C Street, SE.  Here’s a street view of the south side of the building.

The former Kenny’s BBQ takes on new life.  According to @BarredinDC, the Popal restaurateur clan who opened Lutece (Georgetown), Lapis (Adams Morgan), and the now –closed Berliner (Georgetown Waterfront) plans to reopen the former Kenny’s BBQ at 723 Maryland Avenue, NE, as a Mexican restaurant named Pascual.  Kenny’s BBQ closed suddenly without explanation in July of 2022.

Here’s a view of the on-going buildout. 

ICYMI Redevelopment of Union Station.  May 12, the Federal Railroad Administration released a revised concept for the $8.8 billion renovation.  Comments are welcome until July 6, after which a final review will occur and planning for construction will begin.  The FRA will hold two public hearings next month.  This will be the first renovation of the 115 year old station in thirty years.   The rendering of the new train hall is from U.S. Fine Arts Commission.

There’s some new paint on The Fridge.  But sadly, the gallery currently seems to be dormant.

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted May 21, 2023

Monday, May 22

ANC 6A Community Outreach Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to access the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Agenda:

  • CRYSP—a discussion of ideas for improving Lot 6 of RFK Campus with Anne Corbett CRYSP is an organization which advocates for recreational facilities for local residents and manages The Fields at RFK Campus forEvents, DC.  For more info, go here:  https://cryspdc.org/

ANC6B Southeast Library Task Force will hold an in-person meeting on Monday, May 22, 7:00pm, in Southeast Library, lower level.    

Agenda:

  • Discussion of prospects for interim library space and an update about the effect of renovation on nearby residents.

Tuesday, May 23

ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to access the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Agenda:

  • Discussion of application by Kitchencray H LLC t/a Kitchen Cray at 1301 H Street, NE, for Substantial Changes to its existing license.

ANC6B Parks and Public Space Taskforce will hold an in-person meeting at 7pm at 700 Pennsylvania Ave, SE; Conference Room 2074 (entry adjacent to Trader Joe’s). 

Agenda:

  • This initial meeting of the task force will involve identifying issues, problems and opportunities, establishing boundaries, and evaluating promising procedural strategies. Our meeting will necessarily consider also a brand new issue within our committee’s purview: a recent report that is highly critical of the actual service that the National Park Service provides for DC parks. See here:  https://go.gwu.edu/npsreport

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2 responses to “The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

  1. muskellunge

    Sounds like Rumsey will be a complete teardown rehab. Any idea of thtimeliness.e? Ed. Note: Have not heard teardown. And nothing yet on timeline.

  2. Gregory P Cavanaugh

    Billions to turn a classical structure ( Union Station) into futuristic LOBBY to wait for a train? We have lived here since 1976….the main Waste was the Visitor Center saluting the U.S….the failures over the years had to do with misbehaving jeuveniles and homeless folks inside and outside dominating the environment….not welcoming….just the facts, ma’am!

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