If you haven't been watching the crime reports feed
on my home page, and if you're someone who parks in Near Southeast on a regular basis, you might want to know that there's been a wave of car thefts
reported--eight attempts have resulted in six successful thefts in the past two weeks
, compared to approximately 19 attempts and 18 thefts over the first 10 months of the year.
If you're wanting to comment either positively or negatively on the Final Environmental Impact Statement
for the 11th Street Bridges
(which has identified a "preferred alternative" for a new design
for the bridges and their interchanges) tomorrow (Nov. 20) is the deadline to do so, though you'd better use fax or e-mail
at this point.
Three quick items:
* I've received word that the Commission on Fine Arts
approved the revised design
for Diamond Teague Park
at its meeting last week. This follows on the heels of a favorable response from the National Capital Planning Commission back on Nov. 1
. Next steps are continuing through the permitting process with first the Army Corps of Engineers (because of the piers and water access) and then eventually local permits. Hopefully I can get a copy of the revised site plan for the park in the near future.
* There's a Zoning Commission hearing now scheduled for Jan. 10, 2008 on a series of changes to the zoning rules
that govern the redevelopment of The Yards. These changes are spelled out in the hearing notice
, and are described as text amendments that "clarify requirements of the SEFC Overlay District
and correct technical errors." There's also a request to readjust the SFC's property line between it and the Navy Yard
and also change a few of the zone district boundaries as part of the realignment of Water Street within the Federal Center.
Monday (Nov. 19) is the monthly Zoning Commission
meeting, and Florida Rock
(or, "RiverFront on the Anacostia") is one of the agenda items. I *believe* it's going to be a request for a new hearing on the project's revised design, which I first posted here in June
, and which received favorable comments
from the Zoning Commission in July. (This is a modification to the second-stage PUD, for those In The Know.) The meeting is at 6:30 pm, and will be shown via live webcast
As always, this monthly zoning meeting overlaps with ANC 6D
's monthly meeting; I haven't yet seen an agenda for that meeting, so at this point, I'm going to commit myself to finding out what's up with Florida Rock. (I knew I shouldn't have given the entire JDLand staff the week off at Thanksgiving.)
If you're arriving late and don't know what Florida Rock
is, the project page will give you most of the scoop. But the short version is that it's the nearly six acres of land directly south of the ballpark
, on the Anacostia River. The developers have been working for nearly 10 years to get this property transitioned away from the concrete business currently there to a 1.1 million square foot mixed-use waterfront destination.
At the February meeting where approval of the design was expected, the Zoning Commission unexpectedly sent the architects back to the drawing board
, wanting a greater amount of residential space in the project, better views to and from the ballpark, and a better "expression of place." And now the developers are hoping to get this project moving forward, so that perhaps the first phase--an office-building with ground-floor retail and a public plaza on the easternmost end of the site, next to Diamond Teague Park
--could get underway in 2008. The rest of the project, with a hotel, residential building, office building, public spaces, retail, and the riverwalk along the Anacostia, could take a while to be completed, especially given that the western portion of the site is probably not going to be ready until the current Douglass Bridge
is demolished and the new new Douglass Bridge
You can see the latest renderings, along with some watercolors and much more detailed descriptions of the revised design, on the project page