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Public Meeting #2 for DDOT’s Connecticut Avenue Streetscape and Deck-Over Project

When:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presentation starts at 6:15 pm

Where:

The Dupont Circle Hotel
Glover Park Ballroom
(1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Residents, business owners, and any other interested parties are invited to the upcoming public meeting.

Meeting Info:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host the second public meeting to show the public the preferred alternatives design of the Connecticut Avenue Streetscape and Deck-Over project on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.  Meetings will be held with the communities, businesses, agency representatives and all project stakeholders to generate public comment and feedback that will be incorporated into the project design to develop a plan that best meets the needs of the community. At Public Meeting #1 in April 2018, DDOT presented several concepts for the corridor and plaza. The comments DDOT received from the public were incorporated into a preferred alternative.

Please visit www.ctavestreetscapeplaza.com for more information on the project.

Project Background:

This project aims to enhance the vitality, economic opportunities, and quality of life for local business and residential communities in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Improvements to the streetscape and pedestrian infrastructure will create a new public space and improve multi-modal access along Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle to California Street NW.  A new deck-over plaza will be constructed over Connecticut Avenue between Dupont Circle and Q Street NW to provide a public space for everyday activities, as a well as a space for special events such as a farmer’s market, movies, music, plays, and art and cultural events. The Connecticut Avenue underpass will remain in use for vehicle travel.

Study Area:

The study area covers Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle to California Street NW.

NEWS: May 2014 Agenda – Regular Meeting and Overflow (Special) Meeting

The agenda for the ANC’s May REGULAR & OVERFLOW meeting has been posted and can be viewed at the following link:

May Regular Meeting

May Over-Flow Meeting Meeting

The REGULAR meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of the month — on the 14th of this month — at 7pm in the Brookings Institution building at 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

The OVER FLOW meting will take place on Monday, May 19th, 2014 – at 7pm in the Berstein Building (SAIS) at 1717 Mass. Ave Room 500.

NEWS: April 2014 “Votes of the ANC”

This new blog, “Votes of the ANC” will be posted on the next day after our meeting to explain the votes that took place the night before. The language in resolutions will still be up to final review and some change may be made.  Last night at our monthly ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

Meeting Minutes & Work Calender

1. Approval of March 2014 regular meeting minutes subject to technical changes. Passed 8-0.

Public Announcements 

2. Stonewall Kickball All-Star Event letter of support, 4/26/14 @ Stead park. Passed 8-0.

3. Pride Parade, 6/7/14. Passed 8-0.

Alcohol Applications 

4. Renewal Application 1819 Club, 1918 M Street NW for CN (nightclub) license. Protest on the grounds of peace, order, and quit. Passed 7-0.

5. License for G Street Food. Passed 7-0.

Public Space Applications 

6. Application by Glen’s Garden Market. Passed 8-0.

7. Object Kabin Group ‘s Application. Passed 8-0.

8. Doi Moi sidewalk cafe seats. Passed 7-0.

9. 1145 19th Street unenclosed sidewalk cafe. Passed 8-0.

General

10. Proposed Changes to bylaws. Passed 8-0.

Committee & Liaison Reports

11. Voting on membership of new Transportation & Public Infrastructure Committee. Passed 8-0.

Current Members:

Commissioner Noah Smith, 2B09, Chair

Commissioner Kevin O’Connor, 2B02

Commissioner Kishan Putta, 2B04

Commissioner Mike Silverstein, 2B06

Commissioner Will Stephens , 2B08

Proposed Additional Members:

Rudi Riet, 2B02

Susan Volman, 2B04

Tom Hay, 2B09

David Suls, Golden Triangle BID

 

 

BLOG: Report on quarterly ANC Chairs meeting with Mayor Gray: FY 2015 budget

Cross-posted at www.willstephensanc.com

On Monday, April 7th, Mayor Gray hosted his quarterly meeting with ANC Chairs and agency heads.  This is an initiative that the Mayor started about 3 years ago.  The meeting usually begins with introductions, and then a presentation or two from various city agency representatives, followed by questions and open discussion.  These sessions can be very useful because the Mayor includes all of the agency heads at the meetings.  This way, there is always someone to answer any question that arises, and the Mayor can direct an agency head to follow up on concerns or issues raised during the discussion.  I hope whoever is the next mayor will continue this new tradition.

Monday night’s meeting focused almost exclusively on the budget.  The session began with a presentation on the Mayor’s proposed FY 2015 budget by Eric Goulet, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Budget and Finance.  Full budget information is available here.

Some overall highlights of the budget overview included the following:

  • Increases the District’s fund balance to $1.75 billion (the highest ever) to improve the city’s bond rating;
  • No new taxes or fees;
  • Represents a 4.5% total increase over the approved FY 2014 budget;
  • Human services and education make up over 60% of the total budget; and
  • 71% of the budget is generated from local taxes and fees (with the rest coming from federal grants, payments, and Medicaid).

With respect to the ANC and our part of the city in particular, some highlights of the budget presentation included the following:

  • $38 million for renovation of Garrison Elementary School;
  • Property tax relief for seniors (based on the recent legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Anita Bonds);
  • Creation of a “One City Business Portal” for unified licensing and permitting;
  • Fully funds a force of 4,000 police officers; and
  • $114 million for sidewalk repairs, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements (including eliminating the current $18 million backlog of outstanding sidewalk repairs).

This is the third year that the Mayor has discussed the budget with ANC Chairs, followed by town hall meetings around the city.  I thanked the Mayor for respecting the intelligence of ANC Commissioners and residents by hosting these sessions.  The budget is probably the most important piece of legislation that the Council passes each year, but at the same also the hardest for individual residents and stakeholders to understand, because it is so large and dense.  The budget puts hard dollars toward priority items and thus reflects our values as a city — how we want to improve the quality of life and help people.  I appreciate that the Mayor is willing to explain clearly the priorities reflected in the budget proposal, package it in a way that is understandable, answer difficult questions about it, and solicit feedback on it.

With regard to specific budget items that we discussed at the quarterly meeting, I thanked the Mayor on behalf of our ANC for the Garrison School funding, as well as for funding the backlog of sidewalk repairs, given the heavy pedestrian traffic in our area.  I suggest that ANC Commissioners host walk-throughs of their Single Member Districts to make sure any necessary sidewalk repairs are noted and logged in the District Department of Transportation’s list in order to get repaired between now and the end of FY 2015.  I’ll be doing a sidewalk repair walk-through in 2B08 with DDOT representatives in May.

The Mayor, Mr. Goulet, and others will be holding town hall meetings in each ward to discuss the budget proposal.  The Ward 2 Budget town hall meeting will take place at the Sumner School (17th and M) at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 24th.  Community members are encouraged to attend.

NEWS: March 2014 ABRA Policy Committee Meeting Agenda

Agenda for the March 19, 2014 Meeting of the ABRA Policy Committee

  • Debrief: Thoughts/Next Steps from the March 10, 2014 Public Safety Meeting
  • Discussion of Councilmember Graham’s “ABC Establishment Promoter Licensing Act of 2014”
  • Protest Updates
    • Bistro Bistro (2B01)
    • Midtown (2B05)
    • Dirty Martini (2B05)
    • Rose Bar (2B05)
    • Public Bar (2B06)
    • 18th St Lounge (2B06)
    • Bar Code (2B05)
    • Chi-Cha Lounge (2B08)