Thursday, January 31, 2013

Agenda Announced for ANC6E Meeting on February 6, 2013

The agenda has been announced for the Wednesday, February 6, 2013, meeting of ANC 6E. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Shaw Library, 1630 7th Street, NW.

Agenda items for the meeting include two requests for relief from Sunday parking restrictions (including a request to allow parking in certain "No Parking" areas); a request for support of a public space plan for the planned condominium project at 460 New York Avenue, NW; and discussion of a proposed moratorium on the issuance of new liquor licenses within 1,800 feet of 1211 U Street, NW (generally spanning two to three blocks north and south of U Street from 15th Street to 6th Street).

The full agenda is after the jump.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lincoln Westmoreland II to Exit Section 8 Program in May

The Lincoln Westmoreland II (LW-II) apartment complex will end its participation in the project-based Section 8 program starting on May 1, 2013, according to a representative of the complex's owner. 

Under the Section 8 program, all of the LW-II apartment units were set aside for low-income households (generally those earning 50% or less of the area median income).  After May 1, the income restriction will end and units can be leased out at the market rate.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Groundbreaking Planned for Lincoln-Westmoreland Expansion

Plans for the expansion of the Lincoln-Westmoreland remain on track and groundbreaking is planned for later this year, according to a representative of the building's owner.

The Lincoln-Westmoreland is a 108-unit, ten-story apartment building at 1730 7th Street, NW, near the corner of R Street. The owner of the building plans to use a parcel of land to the south of the existing building — currently a single-story concrete parking shelter — to construct a new, 8-story apartment building with 56 residential units.  The building will have 3,100 square feet of ground-floor retail and approximately 35 underground parking spots.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Interactive Map of Historic Properties in Central Shaw

The Shaw neighborhood is home to a number of historic properties — the central portion of Shaw alone has over 20.  To provide more information on them, I put together a map of those properties in central Shaw that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It's Time to Redevelop the Shaw Junior High School Site

Freeing the Shaw Junior High School site for redevelopment would eliminate a large neighborhood eyesore, bring greater vitality to the 9th and 7th Street corridors, and help improve the adjacent recreation areas and dog park

As has been widely reported, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has proposed the closure and realignment of 20 schools throughout the District.

In the Shaw area, DCPS has proposed closing Garrison Elementary School (1200 S Street, NW) and transferring the current Garrison students to Seaton Elementary School (900 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NW).  DCPS has also proposed closing Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson (10th and U Streets, NW) and establishing a Shaw Middle School at Cardozo High School (1200 Clifton Street, NW).  Cardozo is is currently undergoing a full renovation, and it would house both a high school and a middle school after the renovation is complete.

This plan has one major flaw: the already-closed Shaw Junior High School building at 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, would remain mothballed, rather than being freed for redevelopment.