|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.
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Upcoming community events and meetings
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Coalition for Smarter Growth
Tenleytown Main Street Events (TMS)
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Van Ness Main Street Events
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Community Engagement Day for Van Ness Plaza revitalization
Reinventing the Home, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Greater Greater Washington calendar
Ward 3 ANC meetings
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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 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
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