July 2017 news

With the hard work of some VERY DEDICATED and SMART members of Ward3Vision, and the technical assistance of VERY HARD-WORKING and SKILLFUL members of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, we submitted a boatload of amendments (more than 58) for the Comprehensive Plan to the DC Office of Planning by the June 23 deadline, including a substantial revision of the Rock Creek West chapter and several map amendments for the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). Although other groups submitted amendments to the larger document, we wanted our voice on the record representing Ward 3 in order to encourage development, especially mixed-use, that will enhance our neighborhoods.

We also signed on to support the amendments submitted by a coalition of non-profits and developers including Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth.  Their proposal emphasized promotion of affordable housing and transit-oriented development on commercial corridors. As noted in our June email, we hope the amendments ultimately adopted by the DC Council will reaffirm that the Zoning Commission can approve more dense development, especially near transit, where it brings value to neighborhoods.

With the debate about the future Comprehensive Plan now in full swing, we found especially interesting a recent Washington Post article on restaurant closures in Cleveland Park due to falling patronage. One ANC 3C commissioner stated in the article that increased density is warranted to address the issue. We submitted a proposal to change the FLUM from moderate to medium density along Connecticut Ave just behind the commercial strip, which would support larger buildings.

This is just the start of the Comp Plan process that will culminate in a vote by the DC Council in about 2 – 3 years after many hearings and opportunities to testify. If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision, please email us at info@ward3vision.org. We need you!

Have a fabulous, safe and fun Fourth of July holiday!.

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

At the June ANC 3E meeting, a representative of developer UIP presents its updated plans for a mixed-use building in the 4600 block of Wisconsin Ave., next to Tenley View, to redevelop two existing office buildings. There will be 8 stories, 145 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail, including a full service restaurant. UIP reduced the height it had originally proposed. Although opposing views were voiced, there was substantial support expressed, including by Ward3Vision. The ANC has not yet voted on whether to support the proposal.
Photo by 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 (TMS)

See events calendar here.

Dine out to support TMS – 25% donated to TMS
July 13, 11 am to 10 pm — Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, 4940 Wisconsin Ave.

Van Ness Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Chef at the Farmers’ Market, cooking demonstration
July 22, 11 am — IFO 4340 Connecticut Ave.

Jazz at Van Ness
July 27, 5:30 pm — Soapstone Market, 4465 Connecticut Ave.

Fort Reno summer concerts

See the full schedule here.

Farmers Markets

Saturdays in Van Ness — IFO 4340 Connecticut Ave.
Cleveland Park (west side of Connecticut Ave.),
Palisades (Safeway parking lot) and more

Learn more hereAs part of June 21 Make Music Day sponsored by Tenley Main Street, the rock and oldies band “Deaf Dog and the Indictments,” made up of mostly DC Superior Court judges and magistrates, plays at Tenley Bar and Grill. The place was jammed and rocking! Photo by Ellen Bass

Spectators enjoy a steel band near the Tenleytown Metro Station as part of June 21 Make Music Day sponsored by Tenley Main Street on June 21. Photo Courtesy of Tenley Main Street

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 (ANC3B.org)
July 13, 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 (ANC3C.org)
July 17, 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 (ANC3D.org)
July 5, 7:00 pm
Wesley Theological Seminary, Kresge Bldg
4500 Massachusetts Ave. 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 (ANC3E.org)
July 13, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the second Thursday)
American University College of Law
Room NT08, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW

This ANC covers the Tenleytown area along Wisconsin Avenue and will be considering development proposals by UIP on Wisconsin Ave and one by Valor Development in Spring Valley called “Ladybird.”

ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
July 18, 7:30 pm (meets monthly on the third Tuesday)
University of the District of Columbia, Building 44, roof A03
4200 Connecticut Ave NW

This ANC covers the Van Ness area and along Connecticut Ave and is considering a PUD for 3101 Albemarle Street, proposing a townhouse complex to replace what was an embassy and options for a mini-park at 36th and Reno Road.

ANC 3G meeting (ANC3G.org)
July 10 and 24, 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

Urban Investment Partners (UIP) PUD development in Tenleytown

See our January and March emails for background. UIP updated its 8-story, mixed-use building proposal to redevelop two office buildings in the 4600 block of Wisconsin Ave. As presented to ANC 3E in June (see photo above), the developer noted that it had simplified the façade and cut the height by removing a penthouse floor. They envision a full-service, sit-down restaurant of 3500 square feet. The bulk of the apartments (70 percent) will be studios and one-bedroom units; most of the remaining 30 percent will be one-bedroom-with-den units. UIP is slated to return to the ANC in July for further discussion.

Donohoe Development 4000 Wisconsin Ave.

Donohoe plans to replace the existing commercial building at 4000 Wisconsin Ave with a mixed-use development including 720 apartments, of which 70 percent will be studios and one-bedroom units. They envision restaurants, a health club, and a grocery as part of the retail component. It would be a matter-of-right project, but would involve a large-track review. This is a separate project from that being undertaken at the former Fannie Mae site which is adjacent at 3900 Wisconsin Ave.

Georgetown Day School – Loss for the Neighborhood

Having withdrawn its PUD proposal to build retail and residential development along Wisconsin Avenue and 42nd Street and a public space on Davenport St along with its school expansion (see our June 2016 and February 2017 emails –photo– for background), GDS has now informed ANC 3E that it will proceed with just the school expansion on the former Safeway space. The school will present its school-only plan at the July ANC 3E meeting. Its Wisconsin Ave properties have been leased in existing space with their rear sides facing 42nd St. We think the neighborhood missed out on a much better development and now will have just a private school with the associated drop-off, pick-up traffic, and no compensating amenities.

News that you may have missed

Overcoming resistance to urban development, Vox

Metro financing proposal, Washington Post

DC needs 127,000 additional apartments in the next decade, Urban Turf

Klingle Valley Trail opens, Wash Cycle

Foundry Branch Bridge in Glover Archbold Park remains closed, Northwest Current

Chick-fil-A drive-thru restaurant, Forest Hills Connection and Fox 5 News

Five Guys withdraws application for Tenley location, Northwest Current

Neighborhood retail challenges affect even hip area of New York, New York Times