March 2017 news


As we reported in January, Ward3Vision has signed onto a Priorities Statement to establish our requirements in the on-going amendment of the Comprehensive Plan. It was drafted by a coalition of organizations including Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth. The goal is an increase in available housing generally and in affordable housing in particular, as well as supporting other smart growth principles like development on commercial corridors near transit. Read the statement here and sign the petition here.

Unfortunately, The Committee of 100 published a retort misrepresenting the Priorities Statement as a developer effort that will “preempt” challenges to Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in the zoning review process. This is untrue. The Priorities Statement was drafted by a broad coalition of organizations and is now publicly supported by about 68 groups, including four ANCs, and many individuals. It does not make any reference to reducing public input in the zoning review process for PUDs but rather clarifies that consistent with zoning law, the PUD process may increase density beyond the comprehensive plan in exchange for community benefits

Make your voice heard by the Office of Planning by signing onto this Priorities Statement or sending your own statement about how the Comprehensive Plan can be improved to support smart growth.

If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision including outreach through social media, the comprehensive plan amendment process, or proposed development in Ward 3, please email us at We need you!

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

Richard Lake of Roadside Development giving a briefing to Ward3 Vision of their plans for the 10-acre Fannie Mae site on Wisconsin Ave.  Roadside envisions that this large area would be developed as a “village” with a variety of residences and destination amenities, including areas for cultural, educational and sports activities. Photo/Ellen Bass.

Upcoming community events and meetings

Get more involved in community affairs by attending one of these upcoming events or meetings.

Tenleytown Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Van Ness Main Street Events

For more information see www.facebook/vannessmainstreet.

See events calendar here.

UDC Arts Center at Van Ness

Washington Performing Arts Society is giving performances at UDC Arts Center at Van Ness while their space at the Kennedy Center is being renovated.

Soprano Lisette Oropesa
March 11, 7:30 pm

Pianist Richard Goode
March 12, 4:00 pm

Korean pianist Dasol Kim
March 14, 7:30 pm

JCT Trio
March 24, 8:00 pm

American University Community Liaison Committee Meeting

March 15, 6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm meeting
Abramson Family Founders’ Room, Lower Lever, School of International Service, Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, NW. Free parking is available in the School of International Service Parking Garage. The garage entrance is on Nebraska Avenue.

Theresa Cameron, Executive Director, Van Ness Main Street, welcomes attendees at the Jazz at Van Ness event on February 23 at Bread Furst on Connecticut Ave. Pictured with jazz musicians Wayne Wilentz (on keyboard) and Tommy Cecil-Bass (on bass). Photo/ Ellen Bass

Ward 3 ANC meetings

Get more involved in Ward 3 by attending one of these upcoming ANC meetings. Note that each meeting’s agenda may change between today and the actual meeting, so please check the ANC’s website for updates.

ANC 3B meeting (
March 9, 7:00 pm (meets monthly on the second Thursday)
Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center
4001 Calvert St NW 

This ANC covers Glover Park and Cathedral Heights.

ANC 3C meeting (
March 20, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the third Monday)
2D Police Station, Community Room
3320 Idaho Ave NW 

This ANC covers Cathedral Heights, Cleveland Park, Massachusetts Heights, McLean Gardens and Woodley Park. A proposal to redevelop the Fannie Mae site on Wisconsin Ave will be reviewed.

ANC 3D meeting (
March 1, 7:00 pm (per ANC 3D website, date may change. Usually it meets monthly on the first Wednesday)
Sibley Memorial Hospital
5255 Loughboro Rd NW 

The ANC covers AU, Berkley, Foxhall, Kent, New Mexico/Cathedral, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights. This ANC includes American University.

ANC 3E meeting (
March 9, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the second Thursday)
American University Law School
4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Ceremonial Classroom

Currently considering development proposals by UIP on Wisconsin Ave and one by Valor Development in Spring Valley called “Ladybird.”

ANC 3F meeting (
March 21, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the third Tuesday)
Forest Hills of DC
4901 Connecticut Ave NW 

This ANC covers the Van Ness area and along Connecticut Ave.

ANC 3G meeting (
March 13 and 27, 7:00 pm (meets monthly on second and the fourth Monday)
Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Ave NW 

This ANC covers the upper Connecticut Ave area in Ward 3.

Project Updates

Valor Development’s “Lady Bird”

This proposed development includes about 230 apartments and a grocery store at the former SuperFresh site in Spring Valley off Massachusetts Avenue. Valor Development notified ANC 3E that a hearing on its pending design review application before the Zoning Commission has been postponed from May to October 2017. The delay was said to be necessary to give the developer “ample time to incorporate design changes we are still studying, finalize transportation, circulate to you for review, and leave appropriate time to come back before the community to introduce and discuss changes.” The changes cited include:

  • reducing the proposed size of the full service grocery store, anticipating something in the 15,000-20,000 square foot store size;
  • changing the loading zone to the southernmost alley; and
  • changing and improving the grocery and residential entrances.

Urban Investment Partners (UIP) PUD development in Tenleytown

This proposed mixed-use building with 135 apartments would replace two office buildings in the 4600 block of Wisconsin Ave. Underground parking already exists, and 58 spaces would be for rent by residents. UIP presented its plans at the December ANC 3E meeting, proposing a number of amenities in exchange for permission to build an 85 foot building.  One such amenity would be to offer inclusionary zoning (IZ) units to tenants beyond that mandated by regulations. Also proposed is a green space between the project and the adjacent Tenley View building and a clean-up of the decrepit house at Chesapeake and Belt Road owned by the Park Service for use as a community space. The PUD application is pending before the Zoning Commission, and Ward3Vision is filing for party status.

Fannie Mae

Roadside Development made a presentation to a Ward3Vision meeting on February 27 about its plans for the 10-acres site on Wisconsin Ave (see photo above). They plan to preserve the colonial-style building and make the grassy area in the front open for public activities. They envision a multi-building, village-style development with residences and destination-type amenities. They are also exploring cultural, educational, and sports activity areas. The developer wants input from the community on what it should include there. You can also contact them at

News that you may have missed

Judge Rejects Developer’s Challenge to Inclusionary Zoning, Washington City Paper

Millenials priced out of the DC area housing market, Washington Post

Plan for Shared Housing in DC Upsets Neighbors, Washington Post

YIMBYs, Developers and the Affordable Housing Crisis, Quartz

Effect of NIMBYism on Housing  Affordability in Los Angeles, CityLab

Factors driving decline in transit ridership nationwide, CityLab