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Neighborhood Updates
*4th / Cedar / Blair Intersection
*Proposed Development at 308 Carroll St, NW
*Walter Reed Demolition


*4th / Cedar / Blair Intersection: Last week, ANC 4B01 Commissioner-Elect Evan Yeats provided an update (included below) regarding DDOT's proposed plans for the 4th / Cedar / Blair intersection. The plans are available here, and the Takoma Listserv contains additional community discussion regarding the plans. The project is scheduled to begin in January 2019, and we are working to schedule a community meeting for DDOT to present the plans in their current form. As a daily user of this intersection, I am looking forward to implementation of the plans and continuing to work with DDOT.

*Proposed Development at 308 Carroll St, NW: Last Tuesday, I attended a Single Member District 4B07 meeting regarding a proposed development by SGA Companies (www.sgacos.com/) at 300-308 Carroll St, NW, in Takoma. The project includes Hilltop Hostel, as well as the space previously occupied by La Mano and currently occupied by Takoma Station Barber Shop and Spicy Delight, and the adjoining dwelling. The developer plans to go before Historic Preservation Review Board in December. (I have attached a few pages from the Preliminary HPRB Design Package below.)

The proposed development would retain the facades of Hilltop Hostel and the dwelling behind the ground-floor retail, and restore the pre-existing front porches on the two dwellings. A new building behind both dwellings would consist of a cellar and five floors.

The proposed development would provide 79 rental units, including 4 two-bedroom units (1250-1290 SF) on the first and second floors of each dwelling, 14 one-bedroom units (510-660 SF), 8 Jr. one-bedroom units (390 SF), and 53 studios (300-340 SF). The developer said 10% of the units would be subject to inclusionary zoning (affordable), but no more. Zoning relief is being sought since the plans provide for zero parking spaces (although there will be long-term bike storage for 42 bikes and short-term bike storage for 6 bikes).

The plans provide for refurbished storefronts, as well as replaced roofs on the storefronts to make them flush with the adjoining property at 314 Carroll. The developer stated he does not expect the current retail (Takoma Station Barber Shop and Spicy Delight) to stay during construction or return after construction. The developer also stated he is considering five retail spaces to replace the existing three (for a total of 1,600 SF).

The developer has proposed an ADA entrance to the building that would be tucked under the porch of Hilltop Hostel, but he did not know whether the development would have a Carroll Street or Vine Street address.


A message from The Parks Master Development Team:

“Dear Neighbors of The Parks at Walter Reed,

In an effort to keep you abreast of onsite construction activities, we wanted to let you know that the contractor conducting tank removal activities on “Parcel VU” (corner of Georgia and Aspen) is currently breaking up concrete slabs that must be removed in order to remove the tanks. This concrete breaking work is anticipated to occur through Saturday of this week, and again Monday through Wednesday (11/19-11/21) of next week. Please be assured that all work is being and will be done within DCRA’s permitted work hours of 7 AM to 7 PM.

Sincerely,
The Parks Master Development Team”



ANC 4B November Meeting
Monday, November 26, 7 pm, 4th District Police Station


The Commission has not yet released the agenda for the November Meeting to the public. I hope to publish the ANC 4B meeting agenda in this space going forward.

I will be live-tweeting from the meeting. You can follow me at
@Erinfor4B02 for updates.


Ward 4 State Board of Education
Special Election: Tuesday, December 4th


Ward 4 will have a special election on December 4th to fill a vacant State Board of Education (SBoE) seat. Four candidates are running for the seat: You can learn more about the candidates during the Ward 4 Democrats Forum on Tuesday, November 27, 7-9 pm, at Kingsbury Center (5000 14th St, NW). You can submit questions by emailing ward4brogan@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on November 20th. And you can watch the video of the Ward 4 Education Alliance forum here.

Video interviews of Rhonda Henderson, Elani Lawrence, and Ryan Taurianen are available on the DC NorthStar Blog.


Legislative Updates


Check out these DC Council legislative updates.
  • A proposed campaign finance bill restricting pay-to-play contributions comes before the full Council on Tuesday, November 20th. More here and here.
  • A proposed bill to establish an independent education research collaborative is likely to come before the full Council on Tuesday, November 20th. More here.
  • A proposed bill to establish a working group of city agencies to consider public restrooms passed out of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment by a 4-1 vote. More here and here.
  • A proposed bill to allow 16- and 17-year-olds the rights to vote was postponed, killing its chances of passing before the year-end deadline. Hours before the first vote, two Councilmembers who co-introduced the proposed bill joined 5 other Councilmembers to table the bill. More here.
  • A proposed bill to decriminalize Metro fare evasion passed its first vote before the full Council 12-2. More here.
  • A proposed bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases passed its first vote before the full Council 12-1. More here.
Are you interested in or following pending legislation? Send me an email, and I will include updates in this newsletter.


Monthly Office Hours
Next Office Hours: Thursday, December 20th, 7-8 pm, 715 Van Buren St, NW


Let's chat about the neighborhood! Join me for monthly office hours for Single Member District 4B02 on the third Thursday of the month from 7-8 pm at 715 Van Buren St, NW. My next office hours will take place on December 20th.

If you would like to schedule another time to meet, please email me at
erinlouisepalmer@hotmail.com or call me at (202) 821-6333.


Upcoming Community Events


There's lots going on in the neighborhood! Check out the following events, including local shop small and holiday events: Know of other neighborhood events? Send notable events my way for inclusion in upcoming email newsletters. I am hoping to expand this practice to create a neighborhood-centered community calendar.
You can always contact me:
Phone: (202) 821-6333
Email: erinlouisepalmer@hotmail.com
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Twitter: @Erinfor4B02
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