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

July 11, 2014

Predictions about progress on the new Giant/Cathedral Commons project should be taken only with an extremely large grain of salt — perhaps an entire salt mine.

The latest chapter in our own local “Perils of Pauline” saga began on June 16th, when work finally got underway on the replacement of the 20″ water main on Wisconsin between Idaho and Macomb, already the subject of several delays. Although the ANC had urged DDOT to allow as much work as possible to be done during the day, outside of rush hour, DDOT’s concerns about the traffic impact had led them to issue permits for work only between 9pm and 4am. The all-night misery caused by jackhammers, back-up beepers, and other sleep-disrupting noise led to an outcry on the part of affected neighbors, especially the residents of Vaughan Place. Both DDOT and DCRA pulled their permits, and work stopped. In order to allow continued mobilization of the subcontractor’s crew and to avoid an extended delay in completion of the project, the ANC issued no objection to the continuation of night work during the short week of June 30 (but with no staging work on Idaho), leading up to the July 4th holiday. Although all concerned recognized that there are significant trade-offs between day and night work, in terms of disruption to commuters and residents, the problems of neighbors who had been unable to sleep for so long were rapidly becoming unmanageable. Any error should be on the side of the residents’ health and well-being, and night-time work would simply have to stop.

This point was made forcefully and repeatedly at a June 30 meeting of the Liaison Committee, attended by representatives of DDOT, Council Member Cheh’s office, and about 40 upset neighbors. All present recognized how difficult it would be to develop the necessary Traffic Control Plan and issue the necessary permits in the two or three days left before the long weekend, but — to the credit of everyone involved — it happened. Although night-time work will be required on occasion, requiring a separate permit and ample notice to the neighbors, the bulk of the work is now taking place during the day, between 9:30am and 3:30pm, and between 8am and 7pm on Saturdays. If you have tried to navigate Wisconsin Avenue, you have almost certainly noticed that. The bright(?) spot is that school is not in session, and many users of the Wisconsin corridor are on vacation, so it could be worse. (And probably will be. See below.)

Timing now becomes a real cliff-hanger. If all goes well and no unforeseen problems arise — a big ‘if’ — the main portion of the utility work should take 6 – 8 weeks, plus a few more weeks for tie-ins, signalization, and other work — taking us to early October at best. If Giant and CVS deem the proposed space ready for occupancy in time, then CVS is expected to move in in October, the Giant in November, and the first restaurants in December. These dates already represent significant slippage from earlier predictions. (See previous Updates.) If this schedule cannot be maintained, the openings may well be delayed until early 2015, since all tenants want to avoid opening over the holidays.

This also means that disruption due to construction will continue until the end of the year, but the noise will dissipate as the work moves further into the core of the building. No schedule is yet available for the North Block, since the focus is currently on the CVS and the Giant. Progress on the buildings themselves, especially the South Block and the Idaho townhouses, continues apace. Parking in the neighborhood by workmen continues to be a problem, one which Bozzuto intends to address.

Only one or two more leases have been signed since the last report — Solidcore Fitness and Park Fabricare (previously at the site). Since there has reportedly been a lot of Letter-of-Intent activity lately, there may be some additional news as the summer progresses.

The next Liaison Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for August 6th 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.

Cleveland Park Firehouse – Community Open House Update

June 27, 2014

With the conclusion of an important historical community project earlier this year, the CPCA worked with other Cleveland Park neighborhood organizations to host an open house for residents to stop in and tour the newly renovated firehouse. Working with Engine 28 Captain Robert Leland and other members of DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DC FEMS), the firehouse opened its doors to the community on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Firefighters turned on the grill and graciously cooked more than 200 hamburgers and hot dogs. Clowns Judy, Gary and Sarah greeted children with creative balloon creations and the fire trucks were available for those special parent photos ops of little ones.

DC FEMS Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Jones stopped by for a visit with neighbors, firefighters and EMS employees. The theme of community resonated in Captain Leland’s remarks indicating that he grew up in Cleveland Park and shared a few fond memories with residents. CPCA’s new President, Helen Chamberlin spoke briefly of her grandfather’s service as a Battalion Chief’s Aide assigned to Engine 28 and dying in the line of duty while responding to a fire at the lounge, Club Soda, in 1965. Others thanked firefighters for helping them in past years with fire and other emergency responses.

We would like to thank our partners, Cleveland Park Historical Society, Cleveland Park Business Association, Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, and DC FEMS for their support. A special thank you to the Open House Planning Committee and volunteers who made the community event a success: Helen Chamberlin – Chair, Martha Baron, Elizabeth Fox, Rhona Hartman, Danny Ince, Judy Kopff, Judy Levin, Susan Lihn, Suzanne Rooney, Barbara Stevens, Susie Taylor, and Jane Treacy. Additional volunteers included: Michael Goldstein, Bill Ince, Christopher Jordan, Karen Leven, Roberta Mathews, and Lois Orr.

Cleveland Park Firehouse Before and After
Cleveland Park Firehouse Before and After
Photograph courtesy of Elliot H. Stonehill

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Firehouse Renovation page for photographs from the Community Open House and the project history.

CPCA Annual Meeting and Community Reception

CPCA Annual Meeting and People You Need to Know if You Live in Cleveland Park

When: Thursday, June 19, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
6:30 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:15 PM – Reception
Where: Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW

Our June membership meeting is CPCA’s annual meeting. During the annual meeting the Board “grades” its performance for the past year and members share thoughts on accomplishments and disappointments. Additionally, members can suggest goals and objectives for the next season. Most importantly, members vote on a slate of new leadership. As announced in May, the 2014-2015 Board candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee are:

Officer Candidates:
President – Helen Chamberlin
1st Vice President – Gina Polidoro
2nd Vice President – Christopher Fioravante
Treasurer – John J. Korbel
Recording Secretary – Margaret Lenzner
Corresponding Secretary – Ann Hamilton
At-Large Candidates:
Ruth Caplan
Karen Lightfoot
Clark Madigan
Mark Rosenman
Andrew Sens
Ex-Officio
Susan Taylor

Click here to read the 2014-2015 Board candidates’ biographies.

At 7:15 PM we will host a reception with leadership of Cleveland Park organizations that contribute to the quality of life we are fortunate to enjoy. Such organizations include the 2nd District, Engine 28, ANC3C, CPHS, CPBA, the Village, Rosedale, Tregaron, John Eaton, and the City Council.

Cleveland Park Firehouse – Community Open House

On Sunday, June 8, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine), the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and its community partners* will host an Open House at Engine Co. 28 and Truck 14 – fire station. Take a tour of the new firehouse at 3522 Connecticut Avenue, NW, which completed its renovation earlier this year. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, balloon creations from Clown Judy and Clown Gary, other treats provided, and it’s free to community residents. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services will be on-hand to provide safety tips.

*Cleveland Park Business Association, Cleveland Park Historical Society, and Cleveland & Woodley Park Village.

Engine Co. 28 Open House Invite

Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #8

May 18, 2014 Progress continues on the South Block, which has now been turned over to the Giant. Their internal fit-out is expected to be complete by November 1st (formerly October 15th); when it is complete, the new grocery story we have all … [Continue reading]