September 2017 news

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.

You in? If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision, please email us We need you!

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

New restaurant, Silver, at Cathedral Commons, flanked by a bike-share station, a great, walkable, bikeable amenity. It opened for lunch and dinner on August 29 and will serve breakfast and brunch starting on Sept. 12. Photo by Ellen Bass

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
Saturday, September 9, 10 am to noon — WAMU 4401 Connecticut Ave (no RSVP required)

Barks and Brews Festival
Sunday, September 17, 5 to 8 pm — parking lot of Calvert Woodley at Van Ness
Tickets: $30 in advance and $35 day of the event and include access to the event and complimentary beverages. TICKETS.

Jazz at Van Ness
Thursday, September 28, 5:30 pm — location TBD

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.

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Levine School Music Open House
Saturday, September 9, 10 am -12 pm

UDC Rooftop Garden Tour
Saturday, September 23, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Farmers Markets

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

New American University buildings surrounding new dormitories at Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. 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 (
September 14, 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 (
September 18, 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. The ANC includes planned redevelopments of the former Fannie Mae and other commercial buildings on Wisconsin Ave. and a new family shelter on Idaho Ave, near the 2D police station.

ANC 3D meeting (
September 6, 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.

ANC 3E meeting (
September 14, 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. Currently considering development proposals by UIP on Wisconsin Ave.

ANC 3F meeting (
September 19, 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. The ANC is considering a PUD for 3101 Albemarle St, proposing a townhouse complex to replace what was an embassy.

ANC 3G meeting (
September 11 and 25, 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’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 AveLearn 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.

  • The first meeting will take place at the Hearst Gym (3950 37th St NW, 20008) on September 12th from 6:30 to 8 pm. General information can be found here.
  • The second presentation will be part of the ANC 3F’s monthly meeting on September 19th. More info here.

News that you may have missed

Maryland to get $900-million federal full funding agreement for Purple Line, Washington Post

The 26-year fight over Klingle Road is the story of a changed and changing D.C., Washington Post

Wealthy D.C. residents blame wealthy D.C. residents for city’s spiking housing costs, poll finds, Washington Post

YouTube satire on the “War on Cars,” City Lab

Update on UIP plans for 4620 Wisconsin Avenue, DC UrbanTurf

Vision for the Fannie Mae Urban Village, DC UrbanTurf

Update on GDS plans, DC UrbanTurf and Current Newspaper

Van Ness Main Street on a Mission, DC UrbanTurf

DC Becomes World’s First Platinum LEED City, DCist