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Road Closures for Weekend Events

Posted in City Services with tags , on June 25, 2009 by Kent

DDOT has issued the following list of road closures due to several events scheduled this weekend:

(Washington, D.C.) Several special events are scheduled in District this weekend and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about related road closures and parking restrictions.

2009 17th Annual Caribbean Carnival

On Saturday, June 27, 2009 and Sunday, June 28, 2009, the District of Columbia will host the 2009 Caribbean Carnival. The parade portion of this event will utilize the entire roadway of Georgia Avenue between Missouri Avenue, NW, and Barry Place, NW. During the course of this parade no traffic will be permitted northbound or southbound on Georgia Avenue, NW, along the parade route. The times, routes and street closings of the parade and festival are listed below. Continue reading

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WASA Water Valve Replacement Nearing Completion

Posted in City Services, Petworth with tags , , on June 23, 2009 by Kent

About a month into the WASA project at 5th and Quincy, NW, I asked how long one of these projects is supposed to take. It looks like I finally have my answer. After about two months or so, it looks like the only thing left is new pavement.
WASA construction at 5th and QuincyAnd speaking of paving, the road roller was brought in this morning, so I’m expecting some serious progress by the time I get home tonight.road roller

Georgia Avenue Great Streets/O Street Market Among Possible Victims to Convention Center Hotel Deal

Posted in City Services, D.C. Government, Development with tags , , on June 23, 2009 by Kent

Northern Market aka O Street MarketThe Washington Business Journal reported on June 16th that the D.C. Council is considering withdrawing millions of dollars in subsidies from stalled city real estate projects to publicly finance the convention center hotel. You can read the entire article here>>

The article continues by stating that …

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi met with members of the D.C. Council on Monday and discussed the list of projects with $704 million in subsidies that have already been passed and could be diverted to the hotel. The list provided by the CFO’s office includes the Southwest waterfront, the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg residential development on the Capitol Riverfront, the mixed-use O Street Market in Shaw and seven other economic development incentives.

The entire list of already approved projects at risk includes:

  • Southwest waterfront, $198 million;
  • Housing Production Trust Fund, $190 million;
  • Great Streets retail priority area (neighborhood tax increment financing), $75 million;
  • Capper/Carrollsburg payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, $55 million;
  • O Street Market, $46.5 million;
  • Skyland Shopping Center, $40 million;
  • The Yards payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, $30 million;
  • Great Streets, $20 million;
  • Downtown retail priority area, $16.05 million;
  • Fort Lincoln retail priority area, $10 million;
  • Arena Stage, $10 million;
  • Rhode Island Place retail priority area, $7.2 million; and
  • Broadcast Center One, $6.4 million.

I’m particularly concerned about Georgia Avenue, as this would not be the first, but second time that funds allocated for its renewal have been redirected.

At the last ANC1A meeting, a representative from the Deputy Mayor’s office stood before the assembly and admitted that the money originally set aside for Georgia Avenue had be redirected to pay for H Street, NE, redevelopment. He continued that nearly all of the funding needed to replace that allocation had been secured so that Georgia Avenue could get back on track.

Now, it seems that those statements may have been premature. After contacting Councilmemeber Graham, he stated that he was unaware of any plans to redirect Georgia Avenue Great Streets money and that we would be opposed to any plan that did so.

Washington Roadwork, ca. 1920

Posted in City Services, Jobs, Employment, & Work with tags , , , on June 18, 2009 by Kent

With all the roadwork scheduled to begin this summer, its nice to see how far we’ve come.
Washington Road paving 1920s

Some Details on the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory

Posted in City Services, Crime with tags , , on June 12, 2009 by Kent

CFL designLast week, Mayor Fenty announce that the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL)  construction contract selection package was sent to the City Council for review and approval. At the ANC1A meeting last Wednesday, a representative of the CFL dropped off the May 2009 newsletter that provided a few more details, and you can read more at the CFL site. The following excerpts are from the Web site:

The CFL will be a state-of-the-art research facility for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Forensic Laboratory, the Department of Health (DOH) Public Health Laboratory and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). It will coordinate crime, public safety and health investigations to help law enforcement solve crimes quickly without having to rely on other laboratories with competing priorities. The total project cost will be about $220 million, including specialized equipment.

The CFL will be built on the site of the former MPD First District Headquarters, at 415 4th Street, SW in Ward 6.  The First District recently moved to the former Bowen School in southwest, paving the way for demolition. The firm-fixed price contract includes abatement and demolition of the old building as well as a 35 percent set-aside for Certified Business Enterprises (CBE).

CFL site

Another Safety Inspection at the DMV

Posted in City Services with tags , on June 12, 2009 by Kent

DMV Safety Inspection I can’t tell you how much I hate getting the inspections/tags renewed on my truck. It isn’t that DC makes it all that painful, I just hate it. Between having a root canal and going to the DMV, I’d choose the root canal every time.

I try to minimize my anxiouty by going for the two year cycle … but it doesn’t make me like it any more. I think it must be psychologial. Perhaps a fear that there is a chance of my vehicle getting rejected, and by transference, that I’m being rejected.

This year, I even did the tag renewal electronically and online … EARLY. And what to I have to show for it? My tags expire tomorrow, and the new sticker is still in the envelop on my dresser. I mean, that’s insane, right?

Vehicles waiting for inspectionSo, not wanting to take time off of work, and wanting to take advantage to the generous hours the inspection station is open (notice, I didn’t make an appointment), I woke up at 5:30 am, got there at 5:53, and they open at 6:00. Funny thing, I was there 7 minutes early, and cars were already in line … AND THEY WERE OPEN AND MOVING! I thought that was incredible.

Vehicles being inspectedAnother thing that amazed me is that the expiration date was taken into account when the DMV worker told people which line to go to. The two cars ahead of me had plenty of time and were told to wait over to the side. My tag expired in 3 days … go directly to line 2 … Sweet!

I know there’s been some scuttlebutt that safety inspections will cease, but until they do, I’m glad it was as painless as it could be … and that I wasn’t rejected.

DDOT Invites Residents on Urban Tree Walk

Posted in City Services with tags , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

Street treesI know trees are something that a lot of DC residents care about, so when I got this announcement from DDOT I knew I had to share it. I also think its a great opportunity to get to know both trees and neighbors better.  The Urban Forestry Administration lists the schedule here>>

Summer Series Kicks Off This Saturday in Palisades

(Washington, D.C.) Join the Department of Transportation’s Certified Arborists for an Urban Tree Walk every Saturday this summer.  Bring your children or a cup of coffee for an informal discussion with the experts from the Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) who care for all of the street trees in the District.  Continue reading