Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #11

December 21, 2014

Work on the South (Giant) Block is nearly complete, but work on the remaining portion drags on. Construction continues on the 13 residential units above the Giant (where 1-bedroom units will rent for $2,500 a month, 2-bedroom units for $4,500, and 3-bedroom units for $7,500). The town houses on Idaho Ave. will not be finished before February. And work on the North (apartment) Block (including Starbucks) will also continue at least until February. No information is yet available on rental rates in that building, including rents on the 14 affordable housing units in the North Block.

There is reason to hope that the end of 2014 will see the end of the disruptive water-line work on Wisconsin Ave. and the signalization and related construction at the Idaho/Ordway/Wisconsin intersection.

There are several unresolved issues with regard to parking. It is intended that a raffle will be held to allocate 30 spaces every year to members of the community during specified hours (perhaps 9 pm to 8 am), but specifics remain to be worked out. The same is true for parking for residents of the 13 North Block loft units and the hours when parking validated by non-Cathedral-Commons retailers will be allowed (perhaps 7 pm to 1 am). A meeting including Bozzuto, Parking Management, Inc. (PMI), the ANC, and others will be scheduled as soon as the ANC hears from the Zoning Administrator in response to their request for information. It is also possible that parking meters may be installed on Idaho.

Information continues to dribble in about tenants in the development. New leases have been signed by Grilled Oyster, an upscale restaurant which has a restaurant in Potomac (http://thegrilledoystercompany.com/); Le Village Marché, a home goods boutique that has a shop in Shirlington (http://www.levillagemarche.com/); Core 72, a fitness clothing boutique (http://www.core72dc.com/); and Pure Barre, a fitness studio (http://purebarre.com/). The prime spaces in the South Block “rotunda” and the “flatiron” at the corner of Wisconsin and Idaho are being held back until the development is complete and more attractive to tenants.

For more details, see the minutes of the December 3rd meeting on the ANC3C website. The next Liaison Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 7th 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.

Annual Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House 2014

November Letter from the President

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

Rock Creek Conservancy Survey

Rock Creek Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizing Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. They are conducting a survey to obtain input from the general public on future work in the Park. They are planning to use this information to assist them in directing their resources as they celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park next year and in the years to come. The survey will run until the end of next week. Click here to visit the Conservancy’s website and take the survey.

Cleveland Park Library – Update #2

October 20, 2014

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.

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Cleveland Park Library page, including previous updates.

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 … [Continue reading]