November 2017 news

A bunch of Ward3Vision Steering Committee members and supporters attended the October 17 Smart Growth Social put on by the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), a group with which we are associated, at Eastern Market. While supporting CSG, which raised money at the event for its operations, we ate and drank and socialized with others from around the region who are of like mind about the importance of transit-oriented development, walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, environmentally responsible development, and more housing and more affordable housing. Some pictures are below.

On October 23, a group of organizations including the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), the DC ADU Workgroup, AIA/DC, and ULI Washington sponsored a conference Reinventing the Home: How accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be a bigger part of DC’s housing solution. CSG’s Cheryl Cort and former Director of DC’s Office of Planning, Harriet Tregoning, played major roles in organizing the workshop. Ward3Vision Steering Committee Chair, Susan Kimmel, attended to learn more about how ADUs can address the housing shortage and provide more affordable alternatives in some of the high-priced neighborhoods as well as enable some seniors to age in place. The 2016 revision of the DC zoning regulations allow ADUs as a matter of right to nearly all residential zones. (Georgetown being the exception.) Ward3 Vision supported making ADUs more available in the zoning regulation re-write, as one method to address the housing shortage. For more information on ADUs, click here.

The conference included presentations about the zoning regulations in DC as well as what’s being done in other parts of the country. The examples from Portland, OR, were most impressive as to the architectural variety and ingenuity in fitting dwellings onto existing lots to create some shared housing opportunities. Eli Spevak, from Portland for Everyone, spoke about how he conducted bike tours of ADU’s that planted the seed for creativity and the boom took off. It might be something to consider for Ward 3 where infill sites are hard to find.

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

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

Steering committee members (left to right) John Wheeler, Allison Feeney, Tad Baldwin, Steve Seelig, and Ellen Bass at CSG’s Smart Growth Social at Eastern Market. Photos by Bill Feeney and Susan Kimmel 

Upcoming community events and meetings

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

Historic Preservation Review Board

Meeting to review the PEPCO substation on Wisconsin and the apartment buildings on Garrison Street.
November 16 —  441 4th Street, NW in Room 220 South.

The timed agenda and staff reports are released by the end of the day on the Friday before the regular meeting. HPRB schedules a continuation meeting if required by the number of cases.

Tenleytown Main Street Events (TMS)

See events calendar here.

Tenley WinterFest: food, shopping, entertainment
November 24 – December 2
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Van Ness Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Music at the Market: jazz combo
November 18 — 11 am – 1 pm
430 Connecticut Avenue NW


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.

Parking Day in Tenleytown: Two parking spaces on Brandywine Street were transformed into a temporary park in September by Tenleytown Main Street. Neil Flanagan, a Ward3Vision supporter, was instrumental in the project. 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 (
November 2, 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 (
November 13, 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 nearby commercial buildings on Wisconsin Ave. and a new family shelter on Idaho Avenue, near the 2D police station.

ANC 3D meeting (
November 1, 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 (
November 9, 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. The ANC is expected to vote on the PUD proposal for apartments and a grocery by Valor Development in Spring Valley called “Ladybird.”

ANC 3F meeting (
November 21, 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.

ANC 3G meeting (
November 13 and 27, 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)

ANC 3E is expected to vote on this PUD proposal to build apartments and a grocery store at its November meeting.

Fannie Mae Site at 3900 Wisconsin Ave.

ANC 3C voted on October 16 to support the developers’ bid to landmark a part of the former Fannie Mae property, including the colonial-style building. Roadside Development is proposing to redevelop the large site into a mixed-use project involving multiple buildings. Wegmans grocery is slated to open in the existing building.

Learn more >>
Not everyone is supportive about landmark status >>

Dancing Crab site in Tenleytown

At the October ANC 3E meeting, property owners presented early plans for redevelopment of this site just off Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown into a six or seven stories mixed-use building with 41 apartments.

Learn more >>

Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church/Sunrise Senior Living

In September, Sunrise Senior Living and the senior pastor of the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church (Wisconsin Ave. and Alton Place at Tenley Circle) presented to the Steering Committee preliminary plans to redevelop the site into a combination church and assisted- living facility. They also presented their plans to ANC 3E at its October meeting. The project would be 4 stories for the Sunrise portion and taller for the church portion and occupy about 69 percent of the lot. It would require a Special Exception from the Zoning Commission.

Learn more >>

News that you may have missed

Why everyone should want walkable streets, Fast Company

New DDOT and Clean City officials appointed, Greater Greater Washington

Application filed to landmark Pepco substation on Wisconsin Ave, Greater Greater Washington

City considers extending Circulator Bus to Zoo, Northwest Current

Restrictive zoning, though harmful, may decrease inequality between regions, CityLab

Dupont Circle swaps parking for ride pick-up & drop-off space, CityLab

Expressways that cut through cities under attack, New York Times