2nd Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team

October 6, 2016

CPCA overview

  • Purpose of meeting was to meet with the newly appointed architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG).
  • Since no specifics were available, including location of building on site, discussion was very general.
  • Separate meeting with District 2 police department is being planned.
  • Zeilinger clarified that tennis courts and Newark Street Garden were not part of potential site.
  • Issues raised by advisory committee members
    • need full traffic study
    • need zoning study
    • parking is major problem already
    • transportation for children to get to their schools
      • response: they will be taking public transportation
    • height of building and available green space
    • natural screening needed
    • design should blend in with community
    • what housing is available for families leaving the shelter?
    • what is planned for DC General property after families are moved out?

Other issues raised by Laura Zeilinger

  • Need to recognize tradeoffs re what will fit in footprint of site
    • Daycare will not be provided on site because continuity is important for children. Children will be given priority for highest quality daycare programs in city so children should not be moved from these programs to temporary shelter program and lose their slots.
    • Recreation space will be provided on site.
  • 3 meals/day will be provided via meal delivery service
    • DHS has experience with meal deliveries.
  • Issues identified as within the scope of advisory committee input
    • Listening and responding to concerns and questions raised by the community regarding quality of life issues during construction and during program operation including noise, parking, and coming/going of residents and staff.

Next Advisory Committee meeting will be scheduled when architectural renderings are available. Community meeting will also be scheduled by DHHS.