Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #10

September 21, 2014

As usual, the news is mixed. Lots of problems remain, but many are in the process of being resolved. These problems include the lack of access to Idaho Avenue, with paving and re-opening now promised for September 28th, and the premature no-parking restrictions on Macomb Street, which have been lifted temporarily. It is not yet clear whether Newark Street between the two parcels will continue to be three lanes, allowing separation of eastbound left-turn traffic from right-turn or going-straight traffic, as in the past, or whether the street will be narrowed by “bump-outs” to two lanes, to reduce the time required for pedestrian crossing. Finally, construction workers continue to park in the neighborhood, creating a problem for which there is little solution.

Some good news: The parking garage in the South (Giant) Parcel should soon be open, as should the 38th Street entrance and Newark Street. Several tenants are expected to begin fitting out their space, starting with CVS, which may even be open as soon as October 1st. Tree planting is scheduled to start on October 15th and to be finished by the end of the month, when the new Giant is expected to be open. Happily (optimistically), the disruptive water-line work on Wisconsin Avenue is projected to be complete by Thanksgiving. And, if all goes according to plan, we will soon have a neighborhood grocery store and other welcome merchants. Other confirmed tenants in the South Parcel include Barcelona Wine Bar, Raku Asian restaurant, Wells Fargo bank, and a second-floor suite of fitness studios.

The bad news: Wisconsin Avenue will continue to be a mess, at least until Thanksgiving. Idaho Avenue will continue to be a mess, at least until September 28th. Macomb Street will be a mess, starting soon because of paving and electrical work in the alley between 2 Amys and the Macomb Gardens apartment building and the installation of a major storm drain. The intersection of Wisconsin, Idaho, and Ordway will be a mess when work on traffic signalization finally gets underway.

For more details, see the minutes of the September 3rd meeting on the ANC3C website. The next Liaison Committee meeting is scheduled for October 1st at 6:30 pm at the police station. The public is welcome.

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction page, including previous updates.

September Candidates Forum Update

Our September Candidates Forum for candidates for Attorney General was standing room only with all 5 candidates (Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smitty Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zukerberg) in attendance.

The Attorney General of the District of Columbia is the chief legal officer in DC. Historically, appointed by the Mayor, DC voters approved a charter amendment in 2010 that will make the DC Attorney General an elected position after this year’s election on November 4, 2014. The 2014 elected Attorney General will be decided by and accountable to DC Voters.

Thank you to our guest moderator attorney William W. Taylor, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, and to the Cleveland Park Library for providing the facility for our forum.

Click here to listen to the September 18 Candidates Forum podcast.

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September Letter from the President

The September Letter from the President is now available. Click here to read the letter.

September Membership Meeting and Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum for Candidates for DC’s First Attorney General Election

When: Thursday, September 18, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
7:00 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:15 PM – Candidates Forum
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room

The CPCA Business Meeting will convene at 7:00 PM at which time we will share the 2014/15 work plan and budget. Both items will be considered and approved by the membership at the October 16 Membership Meeting.

At 7:15 PM, candidates for Attorney General of the District of Columbia, to be decided in the General Election on Tuesday, November 4, will participate in a CPCA Candidates Forum. All 5 candidates (Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smitty Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zukerberg) have confirmed their attendance.

Our forum’s guest moderator will be attorney William W. Taylor, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. What is the role of the Attorney General? To whom does he/she report? What criteria should voters evaluate to cast an informed vote? Not sure who to vote for in DC’s first Attorney General election? Come to this important and informative forum.

Cheh’s Waste Bills Pass Council

Composting Promoted/Styrofoam Banned/Zero Waste Goal

Council Member Mary Cheh’s solid waste bills passed the full DC Council on July 14th. Mayor Gray is expected to sign the bills. Here are highlights.

“Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013″
– Calls for a ban of the use of Styrofoam for food service businesses by January 1, 2016.
– Requires food service businesses to only use compostable or recyclable food service ware by January 1, 2017.

Major Zero Waste Provisions of the “Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014″
– Requires separation of waste into recyclables, compostables and trash.
– Requires the Executive to develop a zero waste plan that lays out the programs necessary to achieve Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC goal of 80% waste diversion and clears the way for a Pay as You Throw (PAYT) system that can help increase the District’s waste diversion rate.
– Prioritizes reuse and recycling over landfilling and incineration.

Click here to learn more about CPCA’s efforts to promote composting.

Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #9

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