CPCA Community Meeting – Save the Date!

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association is sponsoring a community meeting, “Toward Quieter, Cleaner Neighborhoods,” on Tuesday, April 19 from 7-9 PM in the District 2 Community Room,  3320 Idaho Ave.  Speakers will feature Council Member Mary Cheh, who has introduced a bill to ban the sale and use of gas-powered leaf blowers by January 2022; Jamie Banks, Executive Director of the national organization Quiet Communities; James Fallows, writer for The Atlantic and former presidential speech writer; and Morgan Stallard, who runs Four Feet to the Yard, a local lawn care company.

Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #13

Miraculously enough, the construction work on the Cathedral Commons development is all but over, and the Liaison Committee which has been meeting monthly for over three years [really!] to monitor and address issues as they arise has disbanded, passing responsibility for dealing with any concerns to the ANC.  The community is deeply indebted to the ANC Commissioners who have served on the committee (Nancy MacWood (Chair), Victor Pereira, Carl Roller, and Margaret Siegel) as well as to the representatives of the Chesterfield Cooperative, the Cathedral Heights neighborhood, Vaughan Place, and the members of the public who have regularly attended meetings.

The apartments in both the North and South Blocks are fully rented, as are seven of the eight townhouses on Idaho.  With arrangements for the rental of the “rotunda” space at the corner of Wisconsin and Newark to a “high-end beauty store” almost complete, all the commercial space in the South Block will be leased, except for some 850 square feet on the ground floor of the rotunda, facing the Giant.  On the North Block, the “flatiron” space at the corner of Wisconsin and Idaho has been leased to My Eye Doc, and a lease has been signed with Ah Love Oil, an olive-oil-and-vinegar emporium, leaving only three commercial spaces available.  The final restaurant, Grilled Oyster, on Newark, will be open by the time you read this.  And the lower parts of the windows on the second floor of the rotunda will be frosted, denying passers-by the heart-warming sight of young ballet dancers at work, but according them a greater degree of privacy.

The last remaining work, except for some minor punch list items, is completion of the paving on Wisconsin Avenue, which will involve some relatively brief closures of a lane of traffic.  Most of this work has to wait for warmer weather, but work on the concrete layer below the asphalt will proceed as weather permits.  Similarly, replacing dead trees and final touches to the landscaping will also have to await the early signs of spring.

It’s been a long and often-bumpy road, but it is quite gratifying to be arriving at the destination.  It’s wonderful to have a grocery store, a drug store, and a dry cleaner back on our stretch of Wisconsin, and it is a delight to have many new shops and restaurants, as well as new neighbors.  Welcome to Bozzuto and Cathedral Commons!  And farewell to the Cathedral Commons Construction Management Agreement Liaison Committee!

IMPORTANT – Meeting Date Changed Regarding the Pepco Exelon Merger Resolution

If you have already marked your calendars for the emergency vote on the Pepco/ Exelon acquision scheduled for Thursday, December 10th at 6:30p at the Cleveland Park Library, please note the date has been changed to WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th in the 1st floor meeting room at 6:30p.  We apologize for the change in plans and hope to see you there.

In addition to the vote on the proposed Pepco/Exelon acquisition, we have invited MPD 2D Commander Melvin Gresham to address some concerns voiced by local residents about poor treatment they’ve received when visiting the Second District (2D) seeking assistance. Additionally, the Washington Post released a poll indicating DC’s residents are concerned that crime has increased all across the city. Commander Melvin Gresham will speak to these issues at a Cleveland Park Citizen Association meeting on Wednesday, December 9th, in the FIRST FLOOR meeting room at the Library at 7PM. All are welcome. The meeting immediately follows a special CPCA membership meeting to act on a resolution about the proposed Exelon acquisition of Pepco (starting at 6:30PM).

You can view the proposal here.

Regarding the Pepco Exelon Merger Resolution

On Thursday, December 10th at 6:30pm at the Cleveland Park Library,  the CPCA will hold a meeting to vote on the Proposed Resolution on the Pepco Exelon Merger.

Dear CPCA Member,

The membership meeting on November 18th focused on a discussion of the pros and cons of the proposed Exelon acquisition of Pepco.  The arguments in favor of accepting the settlement agreement between Exelon and the city were presented by Tommy Wells, DC Director of Energy and Environment and chief negotiator for the City for the agreement. The arguments in opposition by Anya Schoolman, representing the community coalition Power DC.  Both speakers were persuasive and polished, and the discussion was lively, civil, and substantive…..

Please click here to read the full letter from our president regarding the Pepco Exelon Merger.  
Please click here to read the resolution.