Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Section 106 Consultation Meeting for the proposed redevelopment of the Carnegie Library

Dear Consulting Parties –

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), in coordination with Events DC, invite you to attend a Section 106 consultation meeting for the proposed redevelopment of the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The location of the meeting is:
Washington Convention Center
Ballroom Pre-Function Space
3rd Floor
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

*   Mt. Vernon Entrance: Enter building, make a left towards Starbucks. Take the bank of elevators behind Starbucks to the 3rd floor and make a left into the Ballroom pre-function area.

*   Mt Vernon Sq. 7th St-Convention Center Metro Entrance: Enter building, proceed along the hallway to L Street. Walk thru the under pass into the main building. When you reach the grand lobby, make a right towards Starbucks. Take the bank of elevators behind Starbucks to the 3rd floor and make a left into the Ballroom pre-function Area.

Events DC, representing the District of Columbia, and in partnership with the Spy Museum, proposes to rehabilitate the public space of Mount Vernon Square and renovate and expand the Carnegie Library building. The proposed project would improve the circulation patterns of Mount Vernon Square; provide green space for play areas and outdoor gatherings; add retail and café uses; incorporate a new, state of the art Visitor Center for the District of Columbia; provide new, renovated headquarters for the Historical Society of Washington, DC; and provide museum exhibit space to accommodate the relocation of the International Spy Museum to the Carnegie Library.
The proposed project will be reviewed by NCPC under the National Capital Planning Act as a District of Columbia project located in the Central Area. NCPC’s review and action on the project is an Undertaking subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. NCPC is also preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The first Section 106 meeting was held in conjunction with a public scoping meeting for the EA at the Carnegie Library on November 20, 2013. During the joint NEPA/Section 106 public scoping meeting, a draft area of potential effect (APE) was defined for the Undertaking and the potentially affected historic properties identified in accordance with the Section 106 regulations (36 CFR 800).

The purpose of this Section 106 consultation meeting is to:
*   review the significance and contributing features of the Carnegie Library and other historic properties within the project’s APE;
*   present the action alternatives for the project; and
*   discuss impacts to historic properties in the APE resulting from the proposed action alternatives in order to apply the criteria of adverse effect as required under the Section 106 regulations.

If you have questions regarding this process or the meeting, or if you wish to update the contact information for your organization, please contact me at 202.482.7239 or via email at<>.

Please indicate your intention to attend the Section 106 meeting by replying to this e-mail.

Free Exercises Classes at City Center DC in April

Free Exercise Classes in April at CityCenterDC!

The Park at CityCenter
Corner of 10th and I Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Every Tuesday in April
6:00 p.m.

Time to chase the winter blues away and tone up for summer. For the entire month of April, instructors from 
VIDA Fitness will lead free exercise classes every Tuesday evening in the newly opened Park at CityCenter starting at 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting). The Toned Up Tuesdays program is free and open to the public in an effort to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Participants will receive fitness gear from 
CityCenterDC and City Sports as well as healthy snacks, shakes and special offers fromProtein BarJrink Juicery and Healthy Bites.

Class Schedule
April 1 – Conditioning 
(45 minutes)

Fast-paced class with a variety of cardio combinations, calisthenics, and plyometrics. Conditioning utilizes interval training to combine a series of high intensity spurts to increase power with lower intensity active exercises to continue burning calories and improve cardiovascular endurance. This class is an excellent training tool for athletes, runners, or anyone looking to obtain a high level of personal fitness.
April 8 – Power Yoga 
(45 minutes)

Designed to build strength while increasing balance, flexibility, and endurance. Expands on the sequences of Vinyasa to incorporate more challenging arm balances, inversions, and twists in conjunction with deep breath to detoxify the body.
April 15 – Boot Camp 
(45 minutes)

VIDA Boot Camp is an intense calorie burning program providing fun, creative, and challenging moves that keeps participants focused, empowered, and constantly moving towards their fitness goals. Workouts include a wide variety of constantly changing circuits including drills, games, obstacles, plyometrics, relays, weighted supersets, and partner training.
April 22 – VIDA M.I.T. 
(45 minutes)

Discover your inner athlete with this fusion of cardio, strength, balance & flexibility. VIDA M.I.T. increases strength and heart/lung function, improves posture and increases flexibility. Varied intensity levels allow beginners to successfully work alongside high-level athletes.
April 29 – Zumba 
(1 hour)

Combines Latin dance moves with interval and resistance training for a full-body, rhythmic workout. You'll move through salsa, mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, merengue, hip-hop, and belly dancing on your way to one of the most satisfying cardio workouts you've had in years.
Toned up Tuesdays is sponsored by VIDA FitnessCity SportsProtein BarJrink JuiceryHealthy Bites, andCityCenterDC

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BANCA Meeting in February

We discussed a vision for how to manage Blagden Alley as all of the businesses open and new residences are constructed.  Here are my notes in take away.  This needs more refinement and input but a good starting point.

ANC2F06 Concept for Blagden Alley; modified by inputs from Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association Meetings – a work in progress

General concept is that Blagden Alley becomes a “Walk – In” alley

There will be no parking in Blagden Alley except for those with off street parking (all residential – see map).  Driving into Blagden Alley will be discouraged.
Alley will be accessed one way south from N to M Street.  This will accommodate deliver trucks, Taxis, Uber, or for Valet Parking.  Business will collaborate on a valet stand at the main intersection and a destination parking location (Giant garage?)

Truck deliver will be restricted to certain day time hours and will follow the established North/South route and hand truck into businesses.  We will examine a delivery zone on 9th Street also for this purpose.  Trash trucks are included and will encourage the grouping of businesses and the use of trash compactor technology.  Goal also to keep dumpsters/compactors off of public space.

Speed limit established of 10 MPH, do not enter signs (except for residents with off street parking) placed at 9th, 10th, and M Streets (always do not enter).

Security & Traffic: work with residents and businesses to establish a Blagden Alley BID type arrangement to hire an off duty police officer to manage traffic, provide security, assure orderly behavior of restaurant and bar customers, control noise.

Potential use of public space to establish brick alley café’s, limited events in the alley, bicycle parking, etc.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Visitor Parking Program in ANC 2F? Wed night at the CDC

ANC 2F Receives New Info About Visitor Parking Program Eligibility

As part of the Commission’s  ongoing effort to implement a Visitor Parking Program (VPP) for ANC 2F, DDOT recently  informed Commissioner Cain that ANC 2F is eligible to opt into (and participate in) the city’s existing VPP program. As such, the Community Development Committee (CDC) will be considering this option at its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:00pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW). If approved by the CDC, the proposal will be considered by the full ANC on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

An updated draft agenda for the Mar. 26th CDC meeting is available here, with newly added items (since the original publication of the draft agenda) highlighted in red text.

Click here for detailed information about the proposed VPP program for ANC 2F and the Commission’s consideration schedule of the program.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BANCA Meeting Thursday 20 March at Nanny O'Briens

Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association Meeting
Thursday 20 March 7:30-8:30 PM
Location:  Nanny O'Briens  3319 Connecticut Avenue NW (by the Cleveland Park Metro - 1 block south of the Station across from the Uptown Theater).

Geoff Dawson, Owner of Bedrock Bars proposes to establish a new Bar (CR) at 1240 9th Street to be called Lost and Found.  He has invited BANCA to one of his current establishments, Nanny O'Briens (  Geoff and his team will introduce themselves, give a brief history with a printed bio and describe their vision for Lost & Found. After that they will answer any questions and concerns.

Given its convenient location on the red line I plan to take the metro.  Hope to see you there.

Future meetings will focus on the next steps for Blagden Alley building on last month's discussion - managing the multiple construction projects while also developing an operational concept when the resident and businesses are built out.  We will also have a meeting in the near future with the developer of 917 M Street and the vacant lot on the 1200 block of 9th Street.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Status update on 1337 11th Street NW - Building at the South East corner of 11th and O Streets

You may have noticed that construction work has commenced on the building.  I reached out to the owner, David Dale, of Dale Management and Development who owns this row of historic victorians on 11th Street (that is 1329-1337 11th Street).  Here is what he had to say:

As you are aware, we were finally able to begin construction on 1337 11th St NW last week. Thus far, the progress has been great and I am confident that this project will proceed efficiently and in a manner as low impact to the neighboring area as possible.

The construction company is AllenBuilt Inc. (, which has extensive experience in commercial and mixed-use construction around town: The Diner and Tryst in Adams Morgan; Cake Love, The Coupe and Open City, just to name a few more. I've been extremely impressed with their team from the start of their involvement with the project more than a year ago and their performance on site over the last week and a half has reaffirmed my confidence in their abilities.

The 1337 project will ultimately be a mixed-use development comprised of two large residential rental units on the top two floors of the building and a restaurant space on the ground level and first floor above. 

The residential units will be 2BR+2 Baths per unit, with each unit occupying an entire 1,100 sq ft floor. Our construction schedule has these two units delivering in early October.  [these units will be leased]

The restaurant space has approximately 3,500 sq ft of indoor space across the two floors as well as an additional 2,200 sq ft of outdoor space, the majority of which we hope to utilize as outdoor seating - with, of course, the input and blessing of the surrounding community.

In my dialogue with David he is targeting a restaurant use that the community will fully support and will of course bring this plan before the ANC for approval (there are no zoning or historic issues to resolve, what he is doing is a matter of right - this will be to get the ABC license for the restaurant).

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rock and Roll Marathon will impact traffic tomorrow AM, Sat 15 March, details below

For those of you that live in and around the city, the Rock n Roll Marathon will take tomorrow.  Please review the details below or at their website  Note there is a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon.

The participants will gather at 0600 hours at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.  The runners are expected to start at approximately 0730 hours  Finish line is at RFK Stadium for both the 1/2 and full marathon.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Status of trash pick up this week/next and street sweeping delay start to March 10

Due to the snow and resulting ice, 
DPW wasn’t able to collect the recycling from our neighborhood,
and may have missed some trash as well. 
Trash will be collected on Friday,
but recycling will not be collected until next Tuesday. 
They are having issues collecting everything and 
there is not a crew able to go out to places that were missed.  
Residents need to bring in their trash cans, 
or you could be fined for leaving them out—
which would add insult to injury!  
Also, trash left out tends to fall out and mess up our neighborhood,
so please pull the cans back in until Friday/Tuesday.  
Thank you.  
In a bit of good news- street sweeping (and tickets that could be issued)  
have been delayed for another week, so won’t be enforced until March 10.  
Any questions, you are welcome to contact me at 202-724-8058.  
Sherri Kimbel
Director of Constituent Services
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, #106
Washington DC 20004