On Monday (May 7), DDOT is having a media briefing
to announce that construction has begun on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
. This is the first phase, and so doesn't actually include the planned portion of the trail through Near Southeast (from the 11th Street Bridges to the Frederick Douglass Bridge)--according to the AWC page and a meeting AWC held a few weeks back, I believe what's now being constructed is Phase I, the trail on the west side of the Anacostia from the Navy Yard to the National Arboretum. Phase 2 will be on the east side of the river, from Poplar Point to Pennsylvania Avenue, and Phase 3 (the Near Southeast portion) is probably looking at a 2010 date (when the Waterfront Park at the Yards
is completed, and they can build the pedestrian bridge to link that park to Diamond Teague Park
and Florida Rock
UPDATE, May 7:
A post-briefing press release
says that the section of the Riverwalk now under construction is a two-mile stretch that will run from the Navy Yard
east to Benning Road. There's also a link to a fact sheet on the trail
(albeit from June 2006) that has a map of the planned trail and other information. And here's a WTOP piece
on the new section.
BZA Hearing Tomorrow for 1111 New Jersey
May 7, 2007 12:12 PM
Donohoe's planned 146,000-sq-ft office building at 1111 New Jersey Ave.
(on the west side of New Jersey between L and M) takes a step forward tomorrow with a hearing
in front of the Board of Zoning Adjustment
--they're looking for a special exception for a waver of the rear yard requirement, which apparently would allow them to put up an 11-story building with higher ceilings as opposed to a 12-story building with lower ceilings if they have to keep the rear yard. ANC 6D voted in April
to oppose this application, but more because the developers are not providing a community benefits package than any issues with the application itself. The hearing should be webcast
, and I'd tell you what time it's scheduled for, but the Zoning Schedules and Agendas site
has been down for three days now, so I can't look it up to confirm.
The BZA site is back, so I can tell you that the hearing
is the third item on the agenda for the session that begins at 9:30 am.