December 2017 news

Here’s our last email for 2017. It’s been a busy year. We are gratified that Ward3Vision has become a leading spokes-group for Smart Growth in Ward 3, and we are a needed counter-weight to those who oppose all development here no matter what.

This year, we devoted a great deal of effort to drafting proposals for amendment of the Comprehensive Plan, including text changes for the Rock Creek West Area Element to reflect our commitment to accommodating growth in an environmentally and socially responsible fashion. We also submitted proposed changes to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) to encourage more density near transit. (See our June and July emails.) The Office of Planning has not issued its proposals, and we are monitoring their actions and are ready to testify before the DC Council if and when amendments are proposed.

Also this year we weighed in to support transit-oriented development proposals, like our testimony and participation as a party before the Zoning Commission last month in favor of the proposed mixed-use development (a PUD) at 4620 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. (See our November email.) We expressed support to ANC3E for the Ladybird mixed-use proposal for the Superfresh site off Massachusetts Avenue. (See, our March and Octoberemails.)

We look forward to the upcoming redevelopment of the site at 3900 and 4000 Wisconsin Ave ​and adjacent Fannie Mae, where there’s a Wegman’s grocery slated to open. We also look forward to a mixed-use building in Glover Park with a Trader Joe’s planned at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. (See MarchMaySeptember, and October emails.)

In November, Susan Kimmel testified for Ward3Vision before the Historic Preservation Review Board against landmarking the PEPCO substation cover structure on Wisconsin Ave and Harrison St (photo below). You can see her testimony here. ANC 3E also objected to the landmark. Unfortunately, the HPRB did not agree and voted to landmark the entire structure noting that only the facade contributed to its historic designation.​ We fear this will interfere with development at this Metro-accessible site.

Also in November, John Wheeler testified before the Zoning Commission for Ward3Vision as a member the Community Liaison Committee with American University in support of amending the campus plan to allow construction of a new science building. The crux of our testimony involved a more collaborative relationship between AU and the community. You can read his testimony here.

Our main asset is our volunteer supporters. And we can always use more ideas, voices, worker bees and energy. If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision, please email us at We need you!

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

PEPCO substation cover with murals over the windows on Wisconsin Ave. and Harrison St, which the HPRC voted to landmark. Ward3Vision testified in opposition. Photo from The Northwest Current, by Kent Boese.

Upcoming community events and meetings

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

Tenleytown Main Street Events (TMS)

See events calendar here.

Tenley WinterFest: food, shopping, entertainment
November 24 – December 2
Learn more >>

Van Ness Main Street Events

See events calendar here.

Holiday Pop-Up Store featuring local items
4340 Connecticut Ave, December 1 – 3; 8 – 10, 15 – 17 (check website for times)


Greater Greater Washington calendar

Left — Tenleytown Main Street Executive Director Leigh Catherine Miles (l) with Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh (r) at the window decoration competition during Winterfest. Photo by Susan Kimmel.
Right — At the Van Ness Main Street Social Club event Oct. 28 in the 4200 block of Connecticut Ave., Executive Director Theresa Cameron poses with the Mayor’s Ward 3 representatives Ian Maggard (l) and Phil Thomas (r). 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 (
December 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 (
December 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 nearby commercial buildings on Wisconsin Ave. and a new family shelter on Idaho Avenue, near the 2D police station.

ANC 3D meeting (
December 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 (
December 147:30 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 a mixed-use development proposal by Valor Development in Spring Valley.

ANC 3F meeting (
December 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. A special election was held November 21 for district 3F06. Bill Sittig won.

ANC 3G meeting (
December 11, 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 will vote on whether to support this mixed-use project (apartments, grocery store, other retail) at its December meeting.

News that you may have missed

History of Fort Reno’s removal of African-American community, Washington City Paper

Additional public funds for affordable housing preservation, Washington Post

DC Council proposes limits on Airbnb rentals in debate on housing availability, Washington Post

Affordable housing is expensive in NYC, New York Times

Public-private partnerships often used in urban projects like bike share programs, City Lab

Too much parking is detrimental to cities, Greater Greater Washington

Some Metro improvements are good, some not so much, Greater Greater Washington