|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We need you!
Have a fabulous, safe and fun Fourth of July holiday!.
Ward3Vision Steering Committee
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
Van Ness Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Chef at the Farmers’ Market, cooking demonstration
Jazz at Van Ness
Fort Reno summer concerts
See the full schedule here.
Saturdays in Van Ness — IFO 4340 Connecticut Ave.
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
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)
ANC 3C meeting (ANC3C.org)
ANC 3D meeting (ANC3D.org)
ANC 3E meeting (ANC3E.org)
ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
ANC 3G meeting (ANC3G.org)
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
Metro financing proposal, Washington Post
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