|Not only has the weather been hot, but this summer things have been heating up for proposed mixed-use developments in our area too. Developer UIP is now proposing a smaller version of its PUD on Wisconsin Ave in Tenleytown, close to the metro station there. Valor’s Ladybird project in Spring Valley is now slated to have a much smaller grocery store, less space for other retail and fewer housing units.
UIP’s project at 4620 Wisconsin Avenue will be considered by ANC 3E at its September 14 meeting. Despite both having been scaled down, we’re glad to get these new developments moving through the pipeline. The greatest disappointment, as we reported in July, has been Georgetown Day School’s abandoning its plan for retail, residential and public space development to be built alongside its new lower and middle school.
On the plus side, it’s hard to call it progress when it takes 13 years to see the light of day, but this month The Silver opened in Cathedral Commons on Wisconsin Ave, site of a hard-fought development battle. What’s more — it’s flanked by a bike-share station (see photo below).
Ward3Vision continues to support mixed-use projects in Ward 3 to promote walkable, bikeable, and amenity-rich neighborhoods and the use of public transit while fighting traffic congestion by commuters and environmental degradation. We also share the concerns voiced by the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Greater Greater Washington about the lack of affordable housing in DC, including in Ward 3.
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Ward3Vision Steering Committee
Upcoming community events and meetings
Get more involved in community affairs by attending one of these upcoming events or meetings.
Ward3Vision special meeting on the UIP proposed PUD development
Representatives of UIP will present an update on their plans in advance of the September 14 ANC 3E meeting where the PUD will be considered by the ANC.
Monday, September 11, 7:30 pm — Embassy Suites Hotel, Tenleytown II Room
Tenleytown Main Street Events (TMS)
See events calendar here.
Art All Night — Saturday, September 23, 7 pm to midnight
Van Ness Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Meeting with selected public artists to discuss ways to create a more vibrant and walkable Van Ness
Barks and Brews Festival
Jazz at Van Ness
Tenleytown: The Country Village That Grew
Trace the development of Tenleytown from a country village to the city neighborhood that now flourishes in DC. We’ll view hidden gems such as the Methodist Cemetery, an early estate house, and a charming 19th century country lane. We’ll also get a taste of Civil War history with a visit to Fort Reno Park, the highest natural point in the District of Columbia.
Sunday, September 24 — 1 pm.
Levine School Music Open House
UDC Rooftop Garden Tour
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)
Valor’s Ladybird PUD development in Spring Valley (Superfresh site)
At the July ANC 3E meeting, developers presented a scaled down plan for the Ladybird mixed-use development at 48th & Yuma St (formerly a Superfresh), including a less-than-full-size grocery story (15,000 to 16,000 square feet), smaller space for other retail, and fewer apartments (219, down from 230). Learn more >>
Donohoe Development 4000 Wisconsin Ave.
ANC 3C voted to support Donohoe Development’s plans to replace the existing commercial building at 4000 Wisconsin Ave with a mixed-use development including over 700 apartments. (For more details, see our July email). This is a separate project from that being undertaken at the former Fannie Mae site which is adjacent at 3900 Wisconsin Ave. Learn more >>
Hearst Park Renovations
DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) will be making two presentations open to the public regarding the renovation and possible additions to Hearst Park. There will be an opportunity to discuss the alternative proposals and make comments to the planners.
News that you may have missed
YouTube satire on the “War on Cars,” City Lab
Vision for the Fannie Mae Urban Village, DC UrbanTurf
Van Ness Main Street on a Mission, DC UrbanTurf