NEWS AND EVENTS – LONG TERM PROJECTS
(Last Update 03/7/14)
Pennsylvania & Minnesota Avenues Intersection Improvements - Submit Your Comments!
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in coordination with the National Park Service (NPS) are proposing improvements to the intersection at Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. Prior to moving the project through final design and construction, an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed action and its potential effects is being prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) , the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations(40 CFR 1500-1508), the FHWA’s Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (23 CFR 771); and NPS Director’s Order 12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and Decision Making. Additionally, the project will also include the assessment of historic resources in accordance with the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). FHWA and NPS are co-lead federal agencies for the project.
This project is part of the revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue SE from the foot of the Sousa Bridge to Southern Avenue SE, which is one of the corridors identified for improvement in the District of Columbia’s Greet Streets Initiative. Based on the program goals, the Great Streets Framework Plan , and input from the community, the following three conceptual designs were developed in the Great Streets Concept Design Report for reconfiguration of this intersection:
•Conventional Intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue
•Conventional Intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue (Conventional); and
•Square with Pennsylvania Avenue Bisecting (Modified Square) As a follow up to the Great Streets planning process, an additional concept design (Revised Traffic Square) was developed to avoid the taking of private property.
At this early stage of the EA, our efforts are focused on identifying important environmental, historical, and cultural constraints and other concerns relevant to the assessment and the Section 106 process. We would appreciate your input on the concept designs, your assistance in identifying any environmental or cultural resources within the project area, and any comments and suggestions you may have regarding important factors that should be considered in the assessment, including the purpose and need. We value your suggestion, which will allow us to comprehensively address all potential impacts as the process moves forward.
Penn/Minn Avenues Improvement Project
ATTN: Austina Casey, Project Manager
District Department of Transportation, IPMA/PDED
55 M Street SE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20003
Click on the Link below for the Proposed Designs for the Project:
Click on the Link below for the Project Website: DDOT Project Website
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), propose to reconstruct and reconfigure the interchange of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway and the Anacostia Freeway over the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC, a distance of approximately 1 mile.
Update: DDOT reports that on July 2, 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the 11th Street Bridges replacement project. This clears the way for design and construction to begin.
What is the Construction Timeline?
Reconstruction of the bridges and associated interchange improvements will begin in mid-2009 and continue for five years.
Skyland Town Center is an exciting mixed-use development planned for Southeast Washington, D.C. Bordered by Alabama Avenue, Naylor Road and Good Hope Road, the project will include 342,000 square feet of retail space anchored by Wal-Mart, 476 residential units and a beautiful town square. The project will be built in stages with ground breaking on Phase I scheduled for the Spring of 2014.
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development SKYLAND PROJECT Website
Project InformationSkyland Project Website
The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is one of the most ambitious development plans in the history of the District of Columbia. Spanning 30 years and comprising $10 billion worth of investment, the AWI pledges to restore and revitalize the Anacostia River. Led by the District of Columbia government, and embraced by 19 regional and federal agency partners through the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding, the AWI vision is to reconnect to the river, so that widespread access to the Anacostia River and its new parks, recreational, cultural, residential and commercial centers is possible. The following is a list of Neighborhood Projects which are part of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
Key projects and initiatives include:
Barry Farm Recreation
Diamond Teague Park
Kingman Island and Heritage Island Parks
Marvin Gaye Park
Matthews Memorial Terrace
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is developing (or has completed) the following projects in Ward 7.
2300 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE
400 – 414 Eastern Avenue and Dix Street, NE
4427 Hayes Street, NE (NCI - Lincoln Heights)
5201 Hayes Street, NE
Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue, NE Site Phase Two
Deanwood Recreation Center*
Fort Davis Shopping Center*
Kingman Island and Heritage Island Parks
Lincoln Heights Richardson Dwellings
The Nannie Helen at 4800 - 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE*
Skyland Town Center
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Ward 7 Real Estate Projects Ward 7 - Real Estate Projects
Office of Planning Ward 7 Development Summary September 2013 September 2013 Newsletter
LINKS TO NEWS ARTICLES AND MASTER PLAN:
HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS/HISTORY OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE REVITALIZATION PROJECT FOR REDEVELOPMENT
(Item #1) Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Land Development Plan
(Item #1) Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Land Development Plan- The Office of Planning is engaging area neighborhoods and businesses along the Pennsylvania Avenue SE corridor to create a Corridor Land Development Plan that seeks to transform and unify Pennsylvania Avenue SE into a world-class boulevard. This effort will include an existing conditions analysis, a redevelopment framework plan, a public outreach strategy, and a land development plan. The plan will provide a revitalization strategy for surrounding neighborhoods and a framework to guide future development. The study area for the Corridor Land Development Plan includes all properties fronting Pennsylvania Avenue SE from Southern Avenue to the intersection of 2nd Avenue SE and Independence Avenue.
There are six sub areas located along the study area including:
Southern Avenue to Alabama Avenue (Ward 7)
Alabama Avenue to Branch Avenue (Ward 7)
Branch Avenue to 28th Street (Ward 7)
28th Street to the Sousa Bridge (Ward 8)
Sousa Bridge to 11th Street (Ward 6)
11th Street to 2nd Avenue/Independence Avenue (Ward 6)
- Development Plan:
- Revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE For the Great Streets Initiative Concept Design Final Report Dated February 3, 2007: Final Draft Report
- DC Great Street Pennsylvania Avenue SE - Framework Plan: Great Streets Framework Plan Report
(Item #2) Great Streets Pennsylvania Avenue SE - From Bellevue to Deanwood to Shepherd Park, neighborhoods in the District of Columbia want vibrant and distinct neighborhood centers filled with proud merchants, well-maintained shops in attractive buildings, excited patrons, and supportive residents. These neighborhoods and others are linked by a series of major corridors that have significant potential to be "great streets" - places where people want to be.
The Great Streets Initiative is a multi-year, multiple-agency effort to transform under-invested corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers using public actions and tools as needed to leverage private investment. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is partnering with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to manage the program. More than $100 million have been made available for transportation, streetscape, and transit improvements along these corridors.
In late January 2008, the District made available an additional $95 million in targeted Tax Increment Financing for neighborhood economic development projects along six priority corridors.
The Department of Transportation will reconstruct Pennsylvania Avenue SE beginning 200 ft. west of 27th Street SE and ending at Southern Avenue SE.
Related Documents to the Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets:
- Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Status Update 8-29-09
- Link to the Great Streets Pennsylvania Ave 2010 1st Quarter Newsletter: January 2010 1st Quarter Pennsylvania Avenue Newsletter Newsletter
- Link to the Great Streets Pennsylvania Ave March 2010 Newsletter: March 2010 Pennsylvania Avenue Newsletter
- Link to The Avenue Fall 2011 Newsletter: The Aveunue Fall 2011
(Item #3) 2323 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE PROJECT
Situated at the foot of the Sousa Bridge and bordering Wards 7 and 8 sits 2300 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Formerly the site of a tattoo parlor, car dealership, and a hodge-podge of other businesses, developer Tim Chapman has constructed a mixed-use development of 118-units of work-force housing and ground floor retail.
- For more information about the area view the Washington DC Economic Partnership's fact sheet:
Fact Sheet of Development Plan
Link to the "The Grays on Pennsylvania": The Grays on Pennsylvania
(Item #4) OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS REGARDING REVITALIZATION OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
- Related Documents:
- Pennsylvania Avenue East of the River Taskforce, Report on Community Workshop, 12/8/2001
Link: Pennsylvania Avenue East of the River Taskforce, Report on Community Workshop Revitalization Taskforce
- East of Sousa Bridge Pennsylvania Avenue Revitalization Taskforce, Letter to Mayor Williams, Streetscape and Infrastructure Improvements to Penn. Ave., SE , 3/4/2002
Link: Revitalization Taskforce, Letter to Mayor Williams,Streetscape and Infrastructure Improvements to Pennsylvania Avenue SE
- Bolan Smart Associates, Inc. Letter to Mary Fitch, DC AIA, Pennsylvania Ave East - Retail Potential, 10/10/2002
Link: Bolan Smart Associates, Inc. Letter to Mary Fitch
- L'Enfant Square Market and Urban Design Analysis, Report Contributors: DC AIA, Washington Architectural Foundation, Bolan Smart Associates, Inc., Quinn Evans Architects, Marshall Heights CDO, DC Dept of Transportation, Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, DC Office of Planning, 10/2002
Link: L'Enfant Square Market and Urban Design Analysis
- National Capital Revitalization Corp (NCRC), L'Enfant Square Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenue,1/2003
Link: LEnfant Square Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenue
- Briefing on Penn Ave Implementation Plan,by Dan Tangherlini, 5/24/2004
Briefing on Penn Ave Implementation Plan,by Dan Tangherlini
- East of Sousa Bridge Pennsylvania Avenue Revitalization Taskforce, Letter to Tony Freeman, The Redevelopment of the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Ave SE, East of the Sousa Bridge, 8/21/2004
Link:Letter to Tony Freeman from The Redevelopment of the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Ave SE, East of the Sousa Bridge, 8/21/2004
- East of Sousa Bridge Pennsylvania Avenue Revitalization Taskforce, Letter to Mayor Williams and City Administrator Robert Bobb, The Redevelopment of Pennsylvania Ave SE, East of the Sousa Bridge, 8/21/2004
Link:Letter to Anthony Williams from The Redevelopment of the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Ave SE, East of the Sousa Bridge, 8/21/2004
(Item #5) Middle Anacostia Crossings Study – The Middle Anacostia River Crossings Study evaluated existing traffic conditions and assessed improvement options to enhance mobility in the area, including addressing missing interchange movements on the Anacostia Freeway at Pennsylvania Avenue and the Southeast Freeway at Barney Circle. The study also investigated alternative uses of existing lane capacity on the Southeast Freeway between 11th Street and Barney Circle, as well as the potential for increased pedestrian and bicycle access within the study area and along the Anacostia River. A number of short-term and long-term improvements have been developed in this study which include the completion of the 11th Street Bridge ramps to 295, reestablishment of Barney Circle as an actual circle, separation of the interstate (regional) traffic from the local traffic, riverfront access improvements, signage improvements, and pedestrian improvements.
Middle Anacostia River Crossings Transportation Study: Middle Anacostia River Crossings Transportation Study
(Item #6) Pennsylvania Avenue SE Transportation Study – The Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Transportation Study was conducted by the District of Columbia, Department of Transportation to investigate the automobile movements along the avenue, to document the volume of automobiles traveling along the avenue and to make recommendations for improvements to the existing conditions. The boundaries of the study are from the foot of the Sousa Bridge to the Maryland line at Southern Avenue, SE.
- Related Document:
- Pennsylvania Avenue SE Transportation StudyWebsite
(Item #7) Pennsylvania Aveue Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, Dated April 2006
Some of the primary objectives of the plan are to preserve, maintain, and enhance the resources that contribute to the intrinsic qualities of the corridor; stimulate desired economic development; create a framework that helps stakeholders define and implement appropriate imorovement projects within the byway corridor; and provide the necessary information and infrastructure improvements that help visitors and residents, have a pleasurable, meaningful, and safe experience.
- Related Documents:
- Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Land Development Plan, Study Area Conditions, Penn Branch Sub Area Penn Branch Framework Plan Dated January 2008
- DC Council Committee of the Whole Notice of Public Hearing PR 17-1782 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Development Plan Approval Resolution of 2008 Dated June 10, 2008
- ANC 7B letter to DCOP regarding language for Small Area Plan Penn Branch Shopping Center Site Dated June 10, 2008
-- Article dated March 27, 2009 from the Washington Business Journal "ICG Properties Moves Forward with Penn Branch Shopping Center Rehab" -- ICG Properties Moves Forward with Penn Branch Shopping Center Rehab
LINK TO THE ICG PROPERTIES, LLC 9/30/09 PRESENTATION AT THE COMMUNITY MEETING"
Link to ICG Properties Website:
Penn Branch Center Presentation
Link to ICG Properties Website: Penn Branch Center Presentation
UPDATE AS OF 5/29/13
05/01/2013 -Penn Branch Shopping Center headed to foreclosure News Article on Penn Branch Center
- Penn Branch Shopping Center Enters Foreclosure
News Article on Penn Branch Center
- Substitute Trustee's Sale: Shopping Center Known As The Penn Branch Center in SE, Washington, DC
3200 Pennsylvania Ave., SE., Washington, DC 20020
Location: To be held at The office of Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Inc., 5301 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Suite 750, Washington, DC
News Article on Penn Branch Center
DDOT’s Transportation Access Portal (DTAP) - BETA Version 2.0.
Welcome to DDOT’s Transportation Access Portal (DTAP). This exciting new initiative provides public access to an open, transparent, and accountable detail of DDOT’s projects and programs (over time more will be added). It was designed to be a new and innovative communication tool for informing residents, business owners, our own employees, and anyone else who has an interest in DDOT’s comprehensive transportation program.
The project tracking section of DTAP is organized by each Ward. In addition there are special sections for the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) and for projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA); also known as the Stimulus Bill. Navigate to projects by either clicking on the map to the right or the links under the Project Links area in the upper left.
Sharing information in this manner marks a new era at DDOT. Please bear with us as we improve these new tools. Send us your suggestions and feedback. Over time, we will improve the quantity and quality of information shared through this site. [This site is a BETA site and as such some materials may be unavailable – please check back as we will be updating information daily]. To send feedback or comments on the DTAP program please e-mail email@example.com. For information or questions about projects, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to the Website: DDOT'S TRANSPORTATION ACCESS PORTAL
Far Southeast II Livability Plan
WHAT IS LIVABILITY?
Livability is a term that refers to community quality of life as experienced by the people who live, work, and recreate there. Livability recognizes that strong communities rely on the interplay among key development areas including transportation, public health, housing, cultural resources, and the natural environment.
WHAT IS THE GOAL?
Livability sounds like a buzzword; but it is a big idea. DDOT is taking up the challenge and making it a goal to translate that idea into actual actions. Outcomes will be aimed at on the ground changes such as enhanced pedestrian crossings, more accessible bus stops, geometric adjustments that support intersection safety, increased green spaces, attractive streetscapes, signage for better driver information, updates to traffic signal timing, and speed controls in sensitive areas.
Goals and Objectives
► Devise a neighborhood-wide and comprehensive approach to implementing traffic calming and other safety measures;
► Identify specific issues, such as reducing vehicle speeds, and locations that impact the safety of pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, and transit riders;
► Design cost-effective and system-wide improvements, with measurable benchmarks for success;
► Study truck travel within the target area and recommend ways to mitigate its impact on neighborhoods;
► Emphasize safety measures and improve access near public facilities including: schools, churches, parks, recreational centers and others key community service providers.
The study area for the Far Southeast II Livability Plan consists of twelve distinct neighborhoods bounded by Massachusetts Avenue to the north; Good Hope Road and Naylor Road to the south; Anacostia Freeway to the west and Southern Avenue to the east.
The twelve neighborhoods are:
► Marbury Plaza
► Randle Highlands
► West Over View
► Good Hope
► Penn Branch
► Dupont Park
► Fort Davis
► Fairfax Village
► Naylor Gardens
This study was requested by the Dupont Park Civic Association.
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) engaged KLS Engineering (KLS) to investigate existing transportation conditions in the Penn Branch/Dupont Park neighborhood. In this report, the Study Team refers to KLS and DDOT staff.
The main goals of the study were to:
• Reduce speeding.
• Promote vehicular, mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
• Promote traffic-calming techniques.
The study area is located in southeast Washington, DC (Dupont Park neighborhood), and is bounded by:
• Massachusetts Avenue to the north.
• 38th Street to the east.
• Pennsylvania Avenue to the south.
• 30th Street to the west.
The report summarizes and presents assessment of existing conditions (completed June 2007), public feedback, potential traffic-calming recommendations, and implementation cost.
Bill 17-0915, the “Downtown Anacostia and Pennsylvania Avenue Eminent Domain Authorization Act of 2008” was submitted to the Committee on Economic Development on July 15, 2008 by Councilmember Marion Barry and Co-Sponsored by Council members Yvette Alexander and Jim Graham, Councilmember At-Large Kwame R. Brown, and Council Chair Vincent C. Gray. The purpose of the bill is to acquire property for revitalization projects.
DC Water has introduced an Impervious Surface Area billing charge that separates from the current sewer rate the cost of a massive construction project to reduce sewer overflows into local waterways. This charge, appearing on DC Water bills in April, 2009, is based on the impact that water runoff from individual properties has on the District's sewer system. The actual charge is calculated on the amount of impervious area on the property. Impervious areas are man-made surfaces that cannot be easily penetrated by water such as rooftops, paved driveways, patios, and parking lots.
Why is this happening? DC Water is under Federal mandate to reduce the combined sewer overflow in the Anacostia River and adjoining waterways.
Impervious Surface Area Additional Information:
Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act Introduced Written by Charles Allen, Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Councilmember Tommy wells was joined by 11 of his Council colleagues today in introducing the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009.
Each year, nearly 20,000 tons of trash enters the Anacostia River. We know from the first ever comprehensive study of trash in the River, conducted by the DC Department of the Environment, that nearly 50% of the trash in the tributaries like Watts Branch, and over 20% of the River’s main stem, is plastic bags.
To date, our city has focused on cleaning the trash from the River’s shore. Each year, DC WASA removes 477 tones of trash from the Anacostia and Anacostia Watershed Society volunteers have pulled another 536 tons of trash out of the River. These, along with a robust recycling program, are great efforts and shouldn’t be minimized. But despite those amazing efforts, we still have a polluted River. These efforts target the trash once it’s already been created. What we need is to reduce trash from its source.
Already, District residents are paying for this trash. Each bag that becomes litter costs us either with tax dollars dedicated to trash removal and recycling, or in the rates we pay in our water bills. In addition, the EPA is establishing new fines that the city will bear when we exceed the amount of allowable trash in the Anacostia River. The cost of doing nothing is simply too much.
This legislation puts a new focus on reducing the amount of trash that enters the Anacostia River and creates a new fund dedicated for cleanup and restoration bt placing a small 5-cent fee on all single-use plastic and paper carryout bags from Retail Food Establishment license holders and liquor stores; and require that the bags that are used be recyclable.
The bulk of the 5-cent fee will be deposited into a newly created Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund, with a small portion retained by the business to help cover the administrative costs of this initiative. The new Fund will target environmental cleanup, reclamation, and restoration efforts on the Anacostia River, as well as continue a public education campaign and provide free reusable bags to DC residents, in particular the elderly and low-income residents.
Press Release July 7, 2009, Mayor Fenty Signs Landmark Environmental Legislation, Continuing Green DC Agenda
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has signed a bill, introduced by Ward Six Councilmember Tommy Wells and passed unanimously by the DC Council, to create the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund. The District Department of the Environment will administer the fund, using the proceeds to educate the public about the impact of trash, to provide reusable bags to District residents, and to remove trash from the river.
District businesses will charge customers five cents for every disposable paper or plastic carryout bag beginning January 1, 2010, with the proceeds going to the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund. The legislation also requires that these bags be recyclable and carry a message encouraging recycling. The bag fee is the first of its kind in the nation, and will not apply to bags used for newspapers, produce, hardware, frozen foods, plants, bakery items or prescription drugs.
“The Anacostia is a river in crisis, and our team sees evidence of that crisis every day with what we pull out of the water.” said DDOE Director George S. Hawkins. “But this bill has given us an extraordinary opportunity. We will now begin a District-wide conversation about trash and its effects, while at the same time removing a major source of that trash.”
By October, DDOE will begin a public education campaign about the new law and establish a public-private partnership to distribute reusable bags to District residents.
The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009, Bill 18-150, passed the Council unanimously on June 16.
Click here for the Act:
Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009