* The Southeast-Southwest Freeway, the 11th Street Bridges, and the South Capitol Street (Frederick Douglass) Bridge will be restricted to buses and authorized vehicles only.
* Although no streets in Near Southeast are specifically listed in the Secret Service's batch of street closings, that doesn't mean that they aren't going to be a whole bunch of closures. I mentioned a few days back
that much of Near Southeast will be bus-only parking, and apparently the specific streets have now been decided on. And, according to the city's web site on Inauguration Day Street Restrictions
, the Emergency No Parking Zones will be established starting at 3 pm Monday, Jan. 19, with the streets then being closed beginning at 12:01 am Tuesday Jan. 20, through 12:01 am Wednesday, Jan. 21 to vehicular traffic except for "charter buses, metro buses, taxis, postal vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and emergency vehicles, as well as residents with government issued identification or vehicle registration showing residency inside the restricted area
" (emphasis mine).
It would be great if they posted a map, because the lists of streets are pretty hard to work with. It looks like M Street and Virginia Avenue will be closed to Ninth Street, Half and First will be closed from I Street to N Street, New Jersey will be closed from I to M, and I, K, and L, will be closed to Sixth Street. So, this would mean that north/south streets from Third eastward will be open between M and the freeway.
* There's also this on the city street closure page, which I can't quite decipher: "The following access points have been identified as pedestrian-only routes to the National Mall: [...] East Capitol Street, NE to North Carolina, SE to New Jersey Avenue, SE to I Street, SE." I guess this means these streets will be closed to traffic and will be where pedestrians are funneled to? (But then, where to? Up South Capitol?) Like I said, I need a map!
More to come, I'm sure, especially once all the media's mapmakers get on the case.
My advice? Do what I'm going to do--pretend there's a snowstorm a'comin, get a week's worth of provisions ahead of time, and just hunker down until Wednesday, with no plans to go anywhere except on foot.
New Douglass Bridge Design - Coming Soon? (Post on Upcoming Meetings)
Jan 5, 2009 8:38 PM
New Year, New Meetings:
* ANC 6B
(mostly Capitol Hill, but also including the Eighth Street area of Near Southeast) has posted its January 13 meeting agenda, and one of the items on it is "South Capitol Street Draft Environmental Impact Statement." This draft EIS
, which envisions substantial changes to the section of South Capitol Street
from the Southeast Freeway across the Douglass Bridge
to Firth Sterling Avenue, was released last year, and at December's Anacostia Waterfront Fair it was announced
that the final EIS is expected to come this spring.
It may not sound like much to get excited about, but one of the cornerstones of the final EIS should be the unveiling of the chosen design for the new Douglass Bridge
. I wrote a long entry about the Draft EIS
when it was released, and on my Douglass Bridge page you can also see the four preliminary designs
. (And you can also relive 2007's Extreme Makeover
!) Feel free to sound off in the comments on which bridge design you want--but, please, no wagering.
Also on ANC 6B's agenda is "ZC # 03-12I/03-13I, Modification to the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg PUD," which I imagine is the series of deadline extensions and other zoning items that I've previously written about.
This has apparently been removed from the 6B agenda, at the Housing Authority's request.)
This meeting is at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, at 7 pm.
* ANC 6D's monthly meeting will be on the previous night, Jan. 12, at St. Augustine's Church at 6th and M Streets, SW. No agenda yet posted. (6B usually wins this race by a country mile.)
* This Thursday (Jan. 8), Metro's Customer Service, Safety and Operations Committee will be voting on whether to authorize a mid-February hearing on the discontinuation of the N22 bus
, which runs between the Union Station, Eastern Market, and the Navy Yard subway stations and which is expected to be replaced by DC Circulator route. I'm not sure why this is on the agenda again--my understanding was that they approved it in December
, as did the full board. Read my previous posts with more detail on this change here
Reminder: This Week's Flurry of Events
Dec 15, 2008 12:32 PM
Though I'm ready to give a stern talking-to to the folks who thought jam-packing the time just before the holidays with so many events was a good idea, here's a reminder of all that's happening Near Southeast-wise this week:
* On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
, the BID is putting on a Holiday Market
at 1100 New Jersey Avenue. It will run from 11:30 am to 6 pm
, and will feature "local artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, crafts, watercolors, photography, and more."
* On Tuesday at 6:30 pm
is a community meeting
on the planning process for Boathouse Row
, which I wrote about recently
. It's at Watkins Elementary, 420 12th Street, SE, and is being held by the Office of Planning
. There's a pile of information from the city on this Master Plan process
, if you want more information.
* Also on Tuesday, the city council will be having its final vote on the Taxation Without Representation Street bill
, along with a pile of other legislative items they'll be trying to get out of the way before the end of the year.
* On Wednesday at 6:30 pm
the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association is having its annual Boathouse Lighting and Community Awards Ceremony
. City Administrator Dan Tangherlini will be honored, and then will flip the switch to illuminate the boathouse's holiday lights. The boathouse is at 1115 O Street, SE (between the spans of the 11th Street Bridges).
* The Capitol Riverfront BID is having its Annual Meeting
and "State of the Capitol Riverfront"
at 11:30 am on Thursday
* The group of urban planning students at the University of Maryland who have been studying the lower part of Eighth Street will be presenting their "Connect Barracks Row
" findings at a public meeting on Thursday from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
at the Navy Yard Car Barn, better known as the Blue Castle, at 770 M Street, SE. You can see the presentation from their Oct. 29 community meeting
and read a little more about the project on their web site
These are all listed on my Events Calendar
. I wish I could live up to my normal obsessiveness and say that I'm going to be at every one of these, but real life is intervening all over the place.
City Paper on the 'Capitol Riverfront', and Other Links
Dec 10, 2008 1:10 PM
Piling a bunch of stuff together, again:
* Just posted
on its Housing Complex blog (and in this week's print edition), the City Paper takes a look at the "Capitol Riverfront," both in the attempts to brand the neighborhood and in how empty it currently is (the subhed for the piece says "Developing a Name for the Southeast Waterfront Is Easier Than Actually Developing It" ).
I should also mention that Housing Complex has also posted occupancy numbers
for the new buildings in Near Southeast: 70 and 100 I
are 18 and 14 percent leased, Onyx
is at 8 percent, Capitol Hill Tower
is at 75 percent, Capitol Quarter
Phase I is sold out, and Velocity
is 25 percent sold.
* Reader J. reported yesterday that interior work seems to have begun at the old dialysis building at 900 M Street
. They're rehabbing the interior and the exterior to create three retail storefronts, though no tenants have been announced yet.
* The Douglass Bridge is having another early-Sunday-morning-closure
on the 14th.
* Planners are trying to figure out where to put all the charter buses
coming to town for the inauguration. I'm guessing that the surface parking lots all around Near Southeast are going to be pretty enticing.
, Capitol Hill Tower
, M Street
, Douglass Bridge
, Square 743N
, Square 699n
, Nationals Park
, Velocity Condos
Taxation Without Representation Street Passes First City Council Vote
Dec 2, 2008 4:35 PM
Via a Kwame Brown press release
, confirmation that today the DC city council gave preliminary approval to the plan to rename the portion of South Capitol Street
that runs alongside Nationals Park
as "Taxation Without Representation Street." The bill includes the requirement that buildings along that stretch of South Capitol officially be given the address "Taxation Without Representation Street," which will no doubt leave the Nationals tickled pink.
Kwame's press release also says that "the location was chosen not only because of the baseball stadium but also because it is on a direct route to Congress."
For more details, read my coverage of the hearing on the bill
, as well as the bill itself
. There still needs to be a second vote on the bill before it can become law.
No word on when the tea dumping starts....
Post-Holiday Scraping-for-News Post (N22, Twitter)
Dec 1, 2008 10:22 AM
With not much news afoot, and with the holiday weekend weather not meshing properly with my schedule of family shindigs to allow for any photo excursions (my new camera is crying out to be used!), I only have the smallest of tidbits to report.
* On Thursday (Dec. 4) the WMATA Customer Service, Operations and Safety Committee
will be voting to approve a public hearing on the plan to end the N22 bus line
that runs between Union Station, Eastern Market, and the Navy Yard station entrance at New Jersey and M. The District is planning to replace this bus line with a new Circulator route covering the same route, and also adding in a stop at the new US Capitol Visitors Center. If approved, the hearing would be held in January, and the expectation is that the Circulator route would be in place by Opening Day 2009. Read my previous posts on this change here
And, here's two "Tweets" from Friday of terribly important breaking news items: (follow me on Twitter
to get these as soon as I post them, or be sure to check the Twitter box at the upper right of the JDLand home page)
* Not sure when this happened, but the Capitol Skyline Hotel at South Cap & I isn't a Best Western anymore.
* Holiday snowflakes hung from the streetlights on M Street. Festive!
Hearing on 'Taxation Without Representation' Street (Updated)
Nov 24, 2008 7:09 PM
Today the city council held its hearing
, the bill that seeks to rename the portion of South Capitol Street
that runs next to Nationals Park
as "Taxation Without Representation Street, SE." Four witnesses testified in favor of the bill, although the support of three of them (DC's two shadow senators and the head of DCVote) was not exactly a surprise.
The city is using this as an alternate approach to getting the taxation-without-representation word out at the ballpark, after its attempt to install at the ballpark a toteboard
showing much the city pays in taxes was thwarted by the Nationals (who have final say on all signage at the ballpark thanks to the stadium lease agreement).
It's expected that the bill will have its first vote in front of the council on
Dec. 2, with hopes that it can make it safely through the congressional oversight process in time to allow the signs to be posted by Opening Day. (Remember, not only do DC citizens not have a vote in Congress, their own legislation passed by their own elected representatives doesn't get to become law until after Congress has signed off.)
The Examiner covers the hearing
, with some additional details, mainly that "unlike other symbolic road name designations [it] would actually change the address of all buildings along that three-block stretch of South Capitol." Tommy Wells is quoted as saying: "What we want is for that to be the stadium's address. [...] We want people to have to write it." Also, 1345 South Capitol
's developer Camden Development submitted written testimony opposing this plan that would rename their block, saying that the name change will "negatively impact the residents of our building," cause "unnecessary confusion" and compromise "the spirit" of South Capitol.
Mini-Roundup: Metro Station Entrance Closed, Zoning News, Taxation w/out Representation Street Hearing
Nov 16, 2008 5:42 PM
A bunch of items to start the week with:
* Remember that the west entrance to the Navy Yard Metro station at Half and M is closed every evening this week from 8 pm until closing, thanks to work on 55 M Street
* On Monday (Nov. 13), the Zoning Commission gave final approval to moving 225 Virginia Avenue
into the Capitol South Receiving Zone, which will allow any construction on the block to have greater height and density than the 6.5 FAR/90-ft-height currently allowed. This was approved with two caveats: that there is Zoning Commission review of the design of the portions of a building proposed to rise higher than 90 feet to confirm that the building will be sufficiently setback from the eastern building face, and that any structure will provide a suitable northern focal point for the Canal Blocks Park
. Read my entry from the hearing a few weeks ago
for more information.
* On Nov. 24 at 2 pm, the city council will be having a hearing
, the "Taxation Without Representation Street Renaming Act of 2008," which would "designate the portion of South Capitol Street, SE that intersects with N Street SE and Potomac Avenue SE as 'Taxation Without Representation Street, SE." It just so happens that this is the portion of South Capitol Street
that runs alongside Nationals Park
, where the council was thwarted in earlier attempts to install an electronic tote board
showing the federal taxes that DC residents pay while still having no voting representation in the US Congress.
Mayor Talks About Progress Along the Anacostia; Status Updates on Parks, Bridges, and the River
Nov 14, 2008 2:56 PM
This morning Mayor Fenty held a press conference at Nationals Park
with various city officials to highlight tomorrow's Anacostia Waterfront Information Fair
, and also talk up the recent progress and near-term next steps for the more than $8 billion worth of economic development, transportation, and infrastructure projects in the pipeline along the Anacostia River (not only in Near Southeast, but from the Southwest Waterfront all the way up past RFK).
Having sworn off taking any more photos of The Mayor at the Microphone (unless he shows up in a Hawaiian shirt and swimtrunks or something), I decided to record the 20-minute event
instead, so that the five or six of you interested in hearing the remarks can do so. (It's a 2.6-mb MP3 file
; the first few seconds are rough, but then it settles in.)
If you listen, you'll hear how the mayor managed to cajole the notoriously camera-shy Stan Kasten
into saying a few words about what's happening along the river and in the neighborhood from the point of view of the area's largest tenant. Deputy Mayor Neil Albert, DDOT Director Frank Seales, Office of Planning head Harriet Tregoning, and the director of the city's Office of the Environment George Hawkins spoke as well. There was some discussion throughout (and especially at the end) about how the slowing economy might be impacting both the city's plans and developers' projects, but the mayor remains optimistic.
The press release from the mayor's office
sums up the main points of today's event, but here's the Near Southeast-specific highlights from both the remarks and some other chatter of the day. First up, news of the three big parks:
The city "will break ground at Diamond Teague Park
by the end of 2008." (And the guide for tomorrow's fair says that the park will be completed in spring 2009, which is the same date we've been hearing for a while.) The mayor also touted the operating agreement with Forest City Washington to build and maintain the $42 million, 5-acre Park at the Yards
(but you knew about this already
), as well as the the agreement with the Canal Park Development Corp. to build the $13.1 million, three-block-long park
. (No mention of school buses.)
Then there's the bridges: Reconstruction of the 11th Street Bridges
is scheduled to begin in mid-2009. (The shortlist of firms vying for the design-build contract was announced a few weeks ago
.) Whether we actually see heavy equipment moving in mid-2009, or whether this just marks the first part of the design-build project is not quite clear. I was also told that the contract to demolish the flyover ramps
to and from RFK could be completed soon, and that demolition would happen not long after the contract is signed.