Monday, February 7, 2011

Eckington Civic Meeting Tonight

February meeting this Monday at 7pm
Harry Thomas Community Service Center
1741 Lincoln Rd NE
We will hear from Leila Batties regarding the Washington Gateway PUD modifications.
The planned changes would replace the hotel with apartments and a limited amout of retail. 
This is a outline of the plan from the Washington Gateway:
1.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled with the Zoning Commission.  We have submitted our prehearing statement and are hoping to go to hearing on March 7.

2.  Pursuant to ZC Order No. 06-14A, construction on the project must commence no later than June 29, 2012.

3.  The Applicant has made the following monetary contributions to the community in connection with the approval for the development of the site: (i) $50,000 to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for an arts-related project for the Florida Avenue underpass; (ii) $25,000 to City Year to cover the 5-year operating costs for the Young Hero Programs; (iii) $10,000 to Emery Elementary School Student Activity Fund for field trips, educational celebrations, audio/visual upgrades and technology upgrades; (iv) $10,000 to the Harry Thomas Community Service Center for the purchase and installation of a new scoreboard; (v) $5000 to North Capitol Main Street for the development of a database of the commercial/retail properties in the service area.

Additionally, the developer will make improvements to the New York and Florida Avenue sidewalks, provide retail uses, and make significant upgrades to the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

4. From a site development and design standpoint, the plan is very similar to the plan that was previously approved.  The developer is essentially trading hotel units for dwelling units. 
There will also be an update on the relocation of Emery Education Center across campus to the former Langley Jr. High building. DCPS plans to close the Shaed School in Edgewood and combining those student with the student from Emery.
We plan to talk about the up tick in shootings around the community and related safety issues.
There will be a community update from ANC Commissioner Pinkney. Ms Pinkney will also introduce Mr. Chickaro Martin, the founder of Project Fitness.
Pass the word and join us this Monday. The community you want is only as good as the community you build.

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