Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jazzy June @ 10th Street Park this Saturday June 17th Begins at 5:30 PM

Tenth Street Park Event

1119 10 th Street NW

Jazzy June in the Park
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A free Concert in the Park
Starts at 5:30 PM
Featuring: acclaimed jazz composer, pianist and vocalist, Mark G. Meadows
1119 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Sponsored by Friends of The Tenth Street Park

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

801 N Street proposed development

ANC Requests Parking Compromise For Planned 30-Unit Condo Development in Shaw (from Urban Turf)

Last night, representatives from Foundry Companies and Holladay Corporation presented a matter-of-right design for a 30-unit residential development to ANC 6E in hopes of garnering support prior to a hearing with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) later this month.
While many neighborhood commissions and constituents in the city — especially those in historic designations — rue planned-unit developments (PUDs) that request relief to add density and height to new buildings and would prefer something by-right (or, perhaps, smaller), last night’s discussion was in opposition to this narrative.
The development team presented a design by Cunningham Quill that would combine the five vacant parcels at 801 N Street NW (map) into a four-story, 30-unit condominium building with cellar and penthouse levels. The brick building with metal spandrels would require no zoning relief whatsoever and is on the HPRB docket for approval of design and concept.
The commissioners had almost no comments on the building’s design, however. The delivery of five surface parking spaces in the alley beside the development was the point of concern. The development site currently operates as a parking lot. 
Chairperson Alex Padro requested that the developers restrict buyers from obtaining residential parking permits, a limitation where the effectiveness is questionable and one that the developers were hesitant to commit to for a non-rental project.
The development team noted that they hoped to expedite the approval process and avoid contention with the community by providing the required amount of parking and requesting no relief via the PUD process, particularly for such a transit-accessible site. 
“You wouldn’t have push-back from the community because we would encourage the height, we’ve encouraged the zoning relief, we’ve supported the zoning relief and we’ve successfully gotten the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment to ignore the recommendations of the Office of Planning on parking,” Padro replied.
Another suggestion from the commission was that the developers negotiate with City Market at O or with those behind the planned 8th and O project to make additional parking spaces available to their buyers.
Ultimately, the commission voted 6-0 with one abstention to request that HPRB delay consideration of the project until the development team is able to return to the ANC with some sort of compromise or solution on parking.
In 2015, the same site, under different ownership, was poised to be developed as a 22-unit condominium project.
FYSA: note that parking is not an issue for HPRB consideration, IMHO if the project is matter of right ANC6E's comments should address only the project height and massing or detailed design elements not parking.  Parking requirements have already been set in the new zoning rules issued in Sept 2016.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Impact from Inaugural Events

The Inaugural plans are similar to past Inaugurals or the Nuclear summit.

Fencing will be going up.  There will be no parking Friday-Saturday from the area roughly bound by 6th/10th/Mt. Vernon Square/N Street and most of the roads inside that rectangle will be closed.
The metro will close at 10AM on Friday and reopen Saturday.
Anyone can walk most areas inside the perimeter.  Except for businesses physically in the Convention Center all the surrounding businesses can be open.
 If you park off street or inside a garage (within the perimeter) you might need to show ID (so this could impact guests trying to drive in).
The no parking signs have gone up already.
Restriction will ease sometime on Saturday and they expect the fencing and barriers to be gone by Sunday.

For more information, official maps, etc:

Contact either the Secret Service;
Contact number:  202-406-5708

Or DC Gov’t:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Party Dec 18 4-6PM @ the Bird

We are Having a party.

Come celebrate the holidays with you neighbors.

The Blagden Alley-Naylor Court Association will be hosting a Holiday Party on December 18, 2016 from 4 to 6 PM at the Bird, 1337 11th Street NW.  Appetizers, Free soft drinks and Cash bar.

Location information here:

See you there.

BANCA Holiday Party
Sunday, December 18, 2016 4-6 PM

BANCA Blog -

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Save the Date BANCA Holiday Party Sunday 18 December 4-6 PM

We will post the details here and send to both the Blagden Alley Naylor Court  and O Street Association Lists

Holiday Party will be @ the Bird on Sunday 18 December 4-6 PM.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Blagden Alley Naylor Court "Picnic" Changed to Happy Hour at Baby Wale 1124 9th 5PM

Due to the weather we are changing our venue today.

Instead we will meet at Baby Wale at 1124 9th Street.  We will be at the front of the bar and at the table in the window.  Start time is at 5PM when they open.

The association will provide some appetizers, cash bar.

We would like to ask current members to give Jim Loucks a contribution towards the food cost ($10 recommended).  If you aren't a member we'd like to ask you to join which is also $10 to Jim Loucks.

Hope to see you there!

Txt me if you have any questions. 202.713.0536.


This year the picnic will be a happy hour, appetizer, pot luck type event.  Saturday Oct 8, 4-8PM.

It will be held in the narrow part of Naylor Court across from my carriage house at 1330 Naylor Court, behind 932-930 O Street. This is the west side of Naylor Court, closer to 10th Street.  We'll use Paul Harrison's parking area back in the alley as the "beer garden" with some tables and chairs in the alley.  If you have a folding chair or two please bring them.

The Association will provide some beer, wine, sodas, water and some snacks (along with plates and forks, etc.)

We are asking everyone to bring some sort of food, appetizer, snack, dessert, whatever strikes your fancy.  Also please bring a beverage of your choice especially if you have something special in mind.

Also it could be a good time to join or renew your membership, just $10 see Jim Louchs.

Feel free to invite neighbors and friends, especially someone new who might not be on the list.

Hope to see you then and feel free to txt me if you have any questions.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10th Street Community Park's Fall Donation Drive Oct 15th from 10AM - 1PM

Summer is coming to an end so it's the perfect time to clean your closets! We're including a coat drive for adults and kids - coats will be given away onsite to the community. Community members and Neighbors are invited to donate gently-used clothing and small household items at 10th Street Community Park’s fall Donation Drive, to be held Sat. October 15th from 10 am – 1 pm at 10th Street Community Park on 10th St NW between L and M St’s NW in Washington, DC. Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, books, and small household items (no furniture).

The drive’s goal is to raise to support The Friends of the Tenth Street Park which ensures the park is well managed, and beautifully ornamented with various annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs. Raised funds also go towards several events during the spring, summer and fall months for the benefit of the local community – including Yoga in the Park, Outdoor Movies, Concerts and Children’s Activities.

All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers, the parent company to thrift stores like Value Village, Unique, and Savers. They pay us by the pound for every qualifying donation received. In turn, these items help keep their floors freshly stocked. You all helped us raise $500 at out first donation drive this past spring. 

Tax receipts for all donations will be provided on site. 

A limited number of tables will be available for rent at $10 for the yard sale. Contact for more information or if you'd like to reserve a table.

About The Tenth Street Community Park
The Tenth Street Community Park serves a diverse community located on 10th St NW between L and M St’s in downtown DC near Blagden Alley and the Convention Center. Open daily till sunset, the park is enjoyed by multi-story condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels and single-family homes that surround it. More info at: and