February 2018 news


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SAVE THE DATE: We’re having a social on MARCH 13. Details to come.We’re back with this first email for 2018. You will feel like we haven’t missed a beat since before the holidays.

Comprehensive Plan amendments…✔check. On January 9, 2018, the DC Office of Planning (DCOP) released proposed amendments to the Framework Element. (DCOP promised to evaluate the rest of the Comprehensive Plan for possible amendments, having received 3,000 suggestions.) DCOP’s proposal must now be voted on by the DC Council. DCOP projects continued growth for DC, including in Ward 3 (Rock Creek West), and the agency discusses the need for more development. What’s most encouraging is that the proposal makes very clear that, through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process, there is flexibility to build more density than zoning would otherwise allow. The Future Land Use Map (FLUM) is not to be read to impede this flexibility, the proposal states, but rather is to be applied in conjunction with the principles of the Comprehensive Plan as a whole. Here are links to the DCOP proposal and an article in Greater Greater Washington: (See especially Section 227).

Support for proposed mixed-use development…✔check. On January 11, 2018, we testified as a party before the Zoning Commission to support the Valor Ladybird project (219 apartments, a downsized grocery store, and other retail) at the former Superfresh site off Massachusetts Avenue. John Wheeler handled our successfully party-status application, and Susan Kimmel presented the testimony. Read it here.

ANC 3E (where the project is located) and ANC 3D testified in support (with new Commissioner Troy Kravitz leading). The hearing continued on January 25 with opponents’ testimony.

Local business closings: Finally, we are sad to report several closings of long-existing, local businesses: Artisan Lamp (after 39 years in Cleveland Park, photo below); Terasol (French restaurant and artisan shop in Wakefield); Café Ole (to make way for redevelopment of the building at 4000 Wisconsin Ave); and Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown.

If you are interested in getting more involved with Ward3Vision, please email us at info@ward3vision.org. We need you!

Thank you,

Ward3Vision Steering Committee

Artisan Lamp store in Cleveland Park is closing after 39 years, one example of the vanishing local retail. Photo by Ellen Bass

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.

Van Ness Main Street events

See events calendar here.


Greater Greater Washington calendar

The Cleveland Park Library renovation is well underway, and the new building is taking shape. 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 (ANC3B.org)
February 8, 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 (ANC3C.org)
February 20, 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 commercial buildings on Wisconsin Ave. and a new family shelter on Idaho Ave., near the 2D police station.

ANC 3D meeting (ANC3D.org)
February 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 (ANC3E.org)
February 8, 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 considering whether to support or oppose a landmark application filed for the Harrison Street apartment buildings.

ANC 3F meeting (ANC3F.com)
February 20, 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 (ANC3G.org)
February 12 and 26, 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.

News that you may have missed

Rent control isn’t working, Greater Greater Washington

NIMBY anger directed at dockless bikeshare, CityLab

ADUs or granny flats are one housing solution, CityLab

Missing middle housing needed in cities, Washington Post

Opposition by single family homeowners to building more housing, New York Times

Entitled attitudes about neighborhoods, New York Times

Need for more housing in cities hurting economic growth, New York Times

City living is healthier, Next City

DC has more historic buildings than Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia combined. Why?, Greater Greater Washington