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A few follow-ups from a recent entry:
* The Committee on Finance and Revenue held its hearing on Tuesday morning on B18-0299, the "Waterfront Park at the Yards Funding Act of 2009," which will create a fund to maintain and "program" the park from a special assessment on development at the Yards, plus sales tax revenues at the park's retail venues for five years, and proceeds from any "naming rights." The hearing wasn't exactly a barnburner--there were three three-minute statements by Jamison Weinbaum of the Office of the Deputy Mayor, Alex Nyhan of Forest City, and Michael Stevens of the Capitol Riverfront BID--Nyhan described the funding set-up as "taxing ourselves extra," and also mentioned that an $2 million for getting the park started has been secured from the USDOT PILOT funding.
Jack Evans really only had one question: how much will it cost the city? Weinbaum explained that the sales taxes from the retail pavilions that would normally go into the city's general fund will for five years go into this new maintenance fund, but since there is no income from the park's property now, there will be no net loss to the city, and then will be a gain after five years. Evans said that he likes this model of having the private sector taking care of the park (even though the park will be city-owned when it's completed).
If you want to see the testimonies and questions, watch the streaming video (you can skip ahead to the 1:09:00 mark, since it was a long hearing).
* The Twitter box at the top of my home page was out of commission on Tuesday, so those of you who don't suscribe to my Tweets either directly or on Facebook missed out on the flurry of updates about the natural gas smell at Third and Virginia. Reader MB (who had already called Washington Gas four times) talked to a cop who was parked at the intersection Tuesday morning, who called in the smell, and before long fire trucks had arrived, followed by Washington Gas. The southern part of the intersection was closed until nearly 9:30 that night, with two pretty deep holes dug and all sorts of work done. MB reports this morning that the smell appears to be gone (I didn't notice it when driving through this morning, unlike on Monday).
* Speaking of that stretch of Third Street, the new No Parking during rush hour signs have now been posted on both sides of Third Street beneath the SE Freeway. If you drive north out of Near Southeast during afternoon rush, let me know if traffic appears to be flowing better.
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Rick says: (6/26/09 5:19 AM)
Re parking restriction for 3rd street underpass: this will not be an improvement for those of us who live nearby. Results Gym's rush hour is the same as traffic rush hour. Its lot is full, its customers take up every empty street space, and overflow goes to the underpass and south of the freeway. All at the same time as residents are coming home from work and have no place to park. The north side of Virgina Ave between 5th and 6th (north of the freeway) used to be residential but was made paid parking as part of Tommy wells' "performance" parking plan. When is our ANC going to step in and help stop the city from making parking worse for our neighborhood? Why is traffic flow for commuters more important that the needs of residents?


Marc says: (6/26/09 9:55 PM)
Rick,

I was actually the one that requested the parking restrictions as there have been several times I been trying to get home coming from south of the freeway and have not been able to get through the light for 3 or more cycles b/c everyone is waiting to make a left and those of us that live north of the freeway (residents of the Hill) cannot go straight through the light. I agree the parking situation stinks (I live smack dab in the middle of 3rd st and Garfield park), but I don't think getting rid of 3 spots is going to make it so much worse for parking where as it will help those people who would like to go straight and not wait for all the people trying to get on the highway.

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