|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 March, May, September, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We need you!
Ward3Vision Steering Committee
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)
Tenley WinterFest: food, shopping, entertainment
Van Ness Main Street Events
See events calendar here.
Holiday Pop-Up Store featuring local items
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.
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 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
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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