|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 email@example.com. We need 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.
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)
Tenley WinterFest: food, shopping, entertainment
Van Ness Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Music at the Market: jazz combo
Greater Greater Washington calendar
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
Expressways that cut through cities under attack, New York Times