Cleveland Park Library – Update #2

The results of the Cleveland Park Site Analysis have been published. Click here to read the executive summary.

The Project Team had a choice in front of them when considering the future of the CP library: either tear it down and rebuild a new structure, or renovate the existing structure. Both options would increase the square footage of the library from its current square footage of approximately 18,000 sq feet to approximately 22,000 sq feet, and rectify the numerous code violations existing in the building as it currently stands (roofing, heating, piping, electrical, to name a few).

In order to make the decision, they conducted a site analysis, which included an investigation of the existing building and property. After the site analysis had been conducted, the Project Team recommended a complete tear down of the existing structure and a new build. The reasons given were: flexibility in space planning, the possibility of adding underground parking, improving accessibility, and creating a “net zero” building (which is a building with net zero energy consumption). Renovation of the existing structure would not allow for parking, would only adjust current accessibility (as opposed to carrying it through the design), and would not accommodate a net zero design. Also, the costs of renovation exceeded 70% of the cost of rebuilding, which was another guideline for the decision-making process. The overall cost of a new building is around 11 million dollars.

The recommendation by the Project Team is not binding; it is only a recommendation for the decision-making. A future meeting inviting community input will be announced by DCPL soon. The Cleveland Park Historical Society will be involved in any design process as well.

No word on an interim library location yet.

October Membership and Community Meeting Update

At our October Membership Meeting, the Membership unanimously approved the CPCA’s Work Plan and Budget for 2014-15. Click here to view the Work Plan and Budget for 2014-15.

At our Community Meeting we heard updates from various DC public safety officials and community leaders on important topics such as the Cleveland Park firehouse’s truck out for repair, local crime statistics and safety tips, the Cathedral Commons development, and the Cleveland Park Library renovation.

Thank you to all of our guest speakers:
– Captain Leland, Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite, and Deputy Fire Chief David Foust, Fire and EMS Department;
– Captain Gresham, Sergeant Firehock, Sergeant Johnson, and Officer Kiley, Metropolitan Police Department; and
– Commissioner Nancy MacWood, ANC3C SMD09

Click here to listen to the October 16 Membership and Community Meeting podcast.

October Letter from the President

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

October Membership and Community Meeting

Updates on Public Safety and Community Projects

When: Thursday, October 16, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
6:30 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:00 PM – Community Meeting
Where: Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room

During our CPCA Business Meeting we will discuss and vote on the 2014-15 Work Plan and Budget.

Click here to view the Proposed Work Plan for 2014-15.
Click here to view the Proposed Budget for FY2015.

At our Community Meeting we will hear updates from and be able to ask questions of various DC public safety officials and community leaders on topics such as the recent Quebec Street and Woodley Road robberies, FEMS truck repairs, Cathedral Commons development, and Cleveland Park Library renovation. Join us for an informative session.

Speakers (all confirmed as of 10/9/2014):
– Lieutenant Neal, Metropolitan Police Department, Second District
– Captain Leland, Fire and EMS Department, Engine Company 28
– Commissioner Nancy MacWood, ANC3C SMD09
– Gina Polidoro, CPCA 1st Vice President and Chair of Library Committee

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

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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 … [Continue reading]