October 2017 news

Tenleytown Mixed Use Building called “Broadcast”: 

Although we didn’t have much advanced-notice about the hearing, Ward3Vision managed to pull together a good showing in support of UIP’s mixed-use project proposed for 4620 Wisconsin Ave, in Tenleytown, to be called “Broadcast.” Nearly a year ago, John Wheeler applied for Ward3Vision to receive party status in the proceeding that was granted that evening. Ellen Bass prepared a first draft of the testimony, which was presented by Steering Committee Chair Susan Kimmel before the Zoning Commission on September 28. Ellen Bass and Neil Flannigan also testified with Neil arguing for the historical significance of the amenity, Chesapeake House, which is one of the surviving buildings of the post-Civil War Tenleytown. Roz Doggett submitted written comments to the ZC via their website. It is important that the pro-growth voices be heard just so the NIMBY’s are not the only ones in the record.

We pointed out that the new building, which would replace two mostly empty office buildings and described in earlier emails, is a great example of smart growth and transit-oriented development: close to public transit (two blocks from the Tenley Metro Station) and in a walkable, bikeable neighborhood. We also praised the amenities the developer pledged as part of this PUD, including environmentally efficient features, a sit-down restaurant, other retail, undergrounding utilities, a park, renovation of the abandoned Chesapeake House across the street, and more affordable apartments than required under Inclusionary Zoning regulations. See W3V testimony here. Cheryl Cort from the Coalition for Smarter Growth alsotestified in favor, stressing the affordable housing.

ANC 3E voted to support the project at its meeting on September 19. See its Resolution here.Ward3Vision Steering Committee members spoke in support at the ANC meeting.

Flexible Parking Benefits Bill:

John Wheeler, a Steering Committee member and mainstay of W3V’s Parking Committee, testified for Ward3Vision on September 25 before the DC Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee in support of the “Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2017,” for flexible parking benefits. The bill would require that employers that provide subsidized parking must also offer the employees the equivalent value in transit benefits or taxable cash instead of parking. Click here for more information.

We are busy and need your help! If you are interested in getting more involved withWard3Vision, please email us at info@ward3vision.org. We need you!

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

A DJ spins some discs at Tenley Main Street-sponsored “Art All Night” on September 23. Besides music, there were art displays by local artists (some pictured below) in one of the buildings at 4620 Wisconsin Ave slated for renewal in a project pending approval, discussed above. The plans for the project are seen posted behind the DJ. Photo by Ellen Bass

Upcoming community events and meetings

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

Coalition for Smarter Growth

Smart Growth Social and Fundraiser ($25 entry)
October 17 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Eastern Market – North Hall, 225 7th St SE
RSVP now >>

Tenleytown Main Street Events (TMS)

See events calendar here.

Van Ness Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Community Engagement Day for Van Ness Plaza revitalization
Oct. 28; additional detail TBD
Learn more >>


Reinventing the Home, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
October 23, 2017,  9:00am – 5:00pm
District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW
$25 to attend (includes coffee & lunch)
Scholarships available

Greater Greater Washington calendar

Farmers Markets

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

A display of some of the local artworks and a steel band at Tenley Main Street’s Art All Night on September 23. Photos 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)
October 12, 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)
October 16, 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 and 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 (ANC3D.org)
October 4, 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 (ANC3E.org)
October 12, 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 and one by Valor Development in Spring Valley called “Ladybird.”

ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
October 17, 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 (ANC3G.org)
October 10 and 23, 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 discussion above regarding Zoning Commission hearing on September 28.

Valor’s Ladybird PUD development in Spring Valley (Superfresh site)

Valor sought and received a postponement of a Zoning Commission hearing on its PUD proposal from October 2017 to January 2018. ANC 3E asked the developer to seek the postponement. Learn more >>

At the September Ward3Vision Steering Committee meeting, a representative of  Valor presented its scaled-down plan for the Ladybird mixed-use development at 48th & Yuma St, 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). Valor pointed out that if it cannot get approval for a PUD, which would allow it to build the grocery store, it could proceed with just apartments as a matter-of-right without Zoning Commission approval.

Trader Joe’s coming to Glover Park

Trader Joe’s is slated to open in the new mixed-use building being built at the site of a former hotel at 2101 Wisconsin AveLearn more >>

Hearst Pool

There has been some movement on the Hearst Pool with the first phase scheduled for build-out in 2018. Click here to see the September 12 presentation from DGS.

News that you may have missed

Paul Krugman: Why Can’t We Get Cities Right? New York Times

ANC 3G opposes cutting Chevy Chase Community Center hours, The Northwest Current

DC Circulator bus service escapes cuts, The Northwest Current

Van Ness Main Street gets AARP grant for plaza revitalization, The Northwest Current

Bike Share in DC, City Lab

Utrecht’s big bike garage, The Guardian