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Information Hub Presented to Restoration Board as Economic Development Piece – Implications for Redesign of Metro Plaza

Information Hub Presented to Restoration Board as Economic Development Piece -Implications for Redesign of Metro Plaza

by Larry Janezich

At Tuesday’s Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board meeting, Chuck Berger, speaking as a member of the ad-hoc “Sign Tigers” group developing the Hub concept, presented the final four choices for the Metro Plaza Information Hub.  It seems likely that only two will be seriously considered, both proposals from Catholic University School of Architecture.  Referring to one as “The Arch” and the other as “The Glass Cube” Berger explained that the choices had been narrowed from a field of some 20 designs based on criteria including design, functionality, and a $125,000 – $150,000 budget.  An additional criterion appears to be easy dismantling and relocate-ability.  “People have big plans for the Plaza.  Not much is likely to happen for the next five – or the next five, six, seven, or eight years, but in the interim the Hub will satisfy immediate and on-going needs”.  The “big plans” mentioned is apparently a reference to the controversial proposed redesign of the Plaza being pushed by Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS).  The time frame will coincide with the completion of the Hine School redevelopment project.

Berger stressed that the project is more than an information hub – that it is an economic development piece.  “If the area is to grow, it will have to develop an (entertainment) atmosphere” – a concept at odds with the vision of some of the nearby Barracks Row residential neighbors who are pushing for a ban on additional liquor licenses for 8th Street.

Funding for the project will come from the Performance Parking Fund – parking fees garnered as the result of additional metered parking associated with the impact of Nationals Stadium.  Berger noted that the city will own the structure but “we have to figure out how to get an operating budget for this.  We will be looking for heavy contributions.”

Berger’s mission is to solicit input from the community groups and government entities which have been part of the information hub process – CHAMPS, EMMCA, BRMS, Capitol Hill BID, DDOT, and the Office of Tommy Wells.  He elicited comments from the Board, and asked them to visit the website to express additional comments.

He suggested further discussion at next month’s Board meeting and while not necessarily asking for a vote on one of the designs, he hoped to get some sense of the Board’s preference that he could take to the DDOT Advisory Board.  In addition to Berger, other members of the Advisory Board include out-going ANC Chair Dave Garrison; BRMS Outreach Manager, Sharon Bosworth; and “representatives from SW and far SE”.  The Advisory Board will make a recommendation to DDOT and DDOT will decide what to do.

The public can also comment on the designs, and EMMCA members are urged to do so.  To view designs and comment go to:  easternmarketmetrohub.wordpress.com

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Important Community Meeting – Info Hub at Eastern Market Metro

CHAMPS Masthead

Capitol Hill Information Hub Project at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza
Hosted by Councilmember Tommy Wells 

Tuesday, December 14 | 6-7:30pm | North Hall at Eastern Market
7th and North Carolina Ave, SE


Capitol Hill residents are invited to view design concepts for a proposed Information Hub that may be stationed at Eastern Market Metro Plaza to provide a more efficient and serviceable center than the Capitol Hill BID’s pilot information table and tent now stationed there on weekends. 

On Tuesday, December 14, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, at a community meeting hosted by Councilmember Tommy Wells, designers and representatives from several community organizations will be in the North Hall of Eastern Market to present five proposed design concepts.  Feedback and suggestions from the entire Capitol Hill community will be welcome–and encouraged.

For nearly a year and a half, Ambassadors from the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) have been stationed under a small tent near the top of the Eastern Market Metro escalators on the weekends from 10 am – 3 pm, providing information and maps to visiting tourists and local residents alike about the neighborhood shops, restaurants and other attractions.  In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the information table has served over 7000 Capitol Hill residents, employees and visitors. (The table was not set up from December through February.) 

Representatives from several neighborhood and business organizations (CHAMPS | Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Hill BID, ANC 6B, Barracks Row Main Street, and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society) have been working with the DDOT (District Department of Transportation) and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, exploring this concept as a way to 

  • enhance the hospitality experience at Eastern Market Metro Plaza;
  • encourage increased patronage of neighborhood businesses; and
  • provide information about community events and organizations.

The Catholic University Architecture Department has provided designs for several of the concepts.

Stop by the North Hall on the 14th, discuss the project, review the concept proposals, and provide your comments for this community project.

promote.  educate.  advocate.  connect.

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