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This week the Marines held a third community workshop as part of their quest to find a new location for their Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ), to replace the aged and un-secure "Building 20" at Eighth and I, SE. This session centered on visions/possible layouts of the five locations that the Marines are zeroing in on, all of which are in Near Southeast, now that Tyler Elementary has been knocked off the list. The people running this planning process deserve a lot of props for being very good about posting their meeting materials online, mostly because it obviates the need for me to go on and on trying to describe them. (Yay!)
While the presentation slides are good for an overview of the process, the real meat to chew on is the new "Regions Forums." (Though, a hint to the folks running the web site: I'd turn off the "Interactive Map" scroll that is the link to these Options slides, and maybe rename the link, because it's easy to miss and contains such important information.) This is a series of very detailed drawings of possible layouts (and pros and cons) for the locations they're studying, which include four that have been previously discussed (the current Barracks site on Virginia Avenue between Fifth and Seventh, DCHA's Square 882 just to the south on L between Fifth and Seventh, the Exxon/Virginia Avenue Park site at 11th and M, and inside the walls of the Navy Yard), and a new location (Squares 929/930), which are the blocks between Eighth and Ninth and Virginia Avenue and M Street.
The 929/930 site seemed to get some interest from the sparse number of community members who attended the Wednesday night session I was at (I don't know about the response at Thursday's session), even though it would close L between Eighth and Ninth and would take a big bite of the Virginia Avenue Park (requiring the move of the community garden closer to the freeway). A representative of Madison Marquette--owners of the "Blue Castle" right across the street--said that they are very much in favor of this option, saying that it would help to "animate" lower Eighth Street. There was also some talk that perhaps the Navy Yard, in its quest for more space of its own, might then look at the Exxon site at 11th and M as an attractive location to expand to, giving that big stretch from Eighth to 11th south of the freeway a very military feel. There is of course a stretch of private homes along Potomac between Ninth and 10th where the homeowners might not be quite so interested in having military installations on three sides, and the Spay/Neuter Clinic at 10th and L might also end up needing to relocate. It would appear that the businesses along the east side of Eighth would get to stay (Port Cafe, Quizno's, Chicken Tortilla), but Dogma at Ninth and Virginia might lose out under this proposal.
As for Square 882, the Marines said that DCHA has said the location can remain on the "options" list even though the agency is actively working to secure funding for the apartment building they're planning for the site. It must be said that there does seem to continue to be a bit of a disconnect between how the Marines are characterizing the availability of this lot compared to what DCHA is indicating; also, Ward 6 planner Melissa Bird spoke up to say that the city continues to be very much opposed to Square 882 as a location for the Barracks.
But, blah blah blah, these few points are just a bit of atmosphere. Anyone who's interested in what the neighborhood may look like in a few years should be looking at all of the location options, as well as the "Potential Shared Community Projects" that the Marines see as what they can give back to the community in return for the land they will occupy. Readers should also make use of the "Comments" options that are available on each option page of the CIMP web site, as the Marines continue to stress that they truly have no plan at this point, and need the input of the community to help guide their final decisions. The next workshop, on "Consensus Elements," is scheduled for Saturday, May 22.
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Elliott says: (4/24/10 12:09 PM)
Not related to this post, but I was wondering if you know what the occasion was for the big fireworks show last night coming from Near Southeast? I assume it was for the Nationals' win, but I didn't realize they put on such a long display just for that. Can anyone confirm?


JD says: (4/24/10 12:13 PM)
After every Friday night home game there's a 10-minute fireworks show.


Mark says: (4/25/10 8:06 AM)
Elliott -

Welcome to NatsTown/ Near SE!


G Street says: (4/26/10 9:08 AM)
USMC = Use "Potomac Gardens" housing project -- crime on Hill would drop to next to nothing.


Mark says: (4/26/10 9:33 AM)
DCHA has already made clear that the Potomac Gardens project is not available.


canal park fan says: (4/26/10 5:31 PM)
fyi, updated renderings of canal park are available on the canal park website: canalparkdc.org

Included are 3D models of the buildings and a new layout for the central and southern block.

Very hip, very Dwell magazine - I'm very excited!



Carey says: (4/30/10 10:41 AM)
I don't understand why anyone would support taking away functional green space in the city. A community garden cannot be simply relocated as there are numerous permanent structures in place. I truly hope the developers are willing to listen to the needs and desires of the community in this process.


JD says: (4/30/10 10:49 AM)
Carey--

While not speaking specifically to the Square 929 notion, I will say that the "needs and desires of the community" are not at all uniform. Some portion of the community will be unhappy no matter which site is picked. If Square 882 is picked, people who would want L Street to remain open to the public would be unhappy (as would the Housing Authority, given their plans for the site). If the current barracks site on Virginia Avenue is chosen, people who want the ballfield to remain there would be unhappy. If Square 929 is chosen, the people who support the community garden would be unhappy (as would probably the homeowners along Potomac Avenue).

The only site that would not truly impact "the community" would be inside the walls of the Navy Yard, but then that would probably push more Navy Yard functions outside the walls, possibly into secure buildings that would make some in the community unhappy as well.

There will be no solution to this barracks search that will please everyone.


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