April Community Workshop

Composting Made Easy: Hands-on Teaching by Meredith Shepherd, owner of Love & Carrots

When: Sunday, April 27, 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Where: 3301 Highland Place NW (enter driveway across from Cleveland Park Club)

RSVP to CPCA President, Susie Taylor at appreciated, but not required.

Building on the success of our February community meeting on composting, CPCA’s Greening Committee will host a community workshop on do-it-yourself home composting on Sunday, April 27. Come join CPCA and learn hands-on tips on how to compost in your own backyard, including visits to 2 nearby compost sites. Bring your friends — all are welcome to attend!

New “Hot Topic” – Cleveland Park Library Renewal

The Cleveland Park Library is slated for renewal (renovation or reconstruction—to be determined). CPCA has added Cleveland Park Library Renewal as a new “Hot Topic” that we will monitor and update you on, similar to the Giant/Cathedral Commons construction project. CPCA is your way to be informed.

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Cleveland Park Library Renewal page, including the first update.

Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #7

April 10, 2014

You can see the light at the end of the tunnel (if you squint)! Work on the South Block — which will house the Giant, CVS, restaurants, apartments, and fitness studios — is moving fast, and external masonry and roofing are expected to be complete by the end of April. The interior is ready for Giant to begin the major work of fitting it out, and the store is scheduled to open by October 15. (That’s almost exactly six months from now!) And the CVS is expected to open a couple of weeks earlier.

Foundation work has begun on the eight (rental) townhouses on Idaho. They should be ready for occupancy in September. The North Block has encountered many more challenges (soil, water, etc.) and project completion is expected by December 1. There is no news about commercial tenants for either block, just the old familiar names we’ve known about for months — Starbucks, SunTrust, CVS, Raku, Barcelona Wine Bar, and a pet boutique. An optometrist can perhaps soon be added to the list, as well as one or more second-floor fitness studios.

In the meanwhile, however, life inside the tunnel will continue to be disrupted. Idaho is now closed between Newark and Wisconsin, and is sure to remain so for at least a month. Night work on Wisconsin will soon be underway in earnest, and will last for several months. At least it will bring us the long-awaited traffic signal at the Wisconsin/Idaho/Ordway intersection, when Idaho will become two ways. On the down side, one of the Idaho lanes will be closed for a while for electrical work, and the west side of Wisconsin will be closed to pedestrians from time to time.

In consultation with the Urban Forestry Administration, it has been decided to plant smaller trees — 4″ caliper (trunk diameter) instead of 8″ — in the public space adjacent to the project site, because these will take root better and grow faster. The developers will provide the balance of the “tree-inches owed” by planting trees elsewhere in the neighborhood.

For now, the glass is half full.

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

March Candidates Forum Update

Our March Candidates Forum for candidates in the contested April 1st Mayoral primary was a success. Over 200 people were in attendance. Thank you to our guest moderator, Mark Plotkin, and to John Eaton Elementary School for providing the facility for our forum.

Click here to listen to the March 20 Candidates Forum podcast.

March 20 Candidates Forum

March Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum for Candidates in the Contested April 1st Mayoral Primary

When: Thursday, March 20, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
6:30 PM – CPCA Business Meeting
7:00 PM – Candidates Forum
Where: John Eaton Elementary School, Auditorium
3301 Lowell Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Update 3/14/2014: The April 1 Mayoral primary is heating up and the demand for forum attendance is strong. To that end, we have changed our forum’s location. Our forum will begin promptly at 7:00 PM at John Eaton Elementary School.

Our forum’s guest moderator will be well-known political commentator Mark Plotkin. Not sure who to vote for? Come to this important and informative forum.

Living With Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #6

February 26, 2014 Idaho Ave. The fence has been pushed away from Macomb St. toward the upper entrance to the police station, leaving only a small portion of Idaho now closed. This work was originally to have been completed by Thanksgiving (!!), … [Continue reading]