Stadium-Armory Delays May End This Year, Metro Says — Metro’s assistant manager for infrastructure said repairs to the power substation that caught fire in September could finish by the end of the year, returning normal service to the station earlier than initially thought. [WTOP]
Assistant Police Chief Tries to Assure H Street NE Residents That Police are Addressing Crime — Assistant police Chief Diane Grooms told an ANC 6A meeting last night that police are working to address recent crime on the H Street corridor. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Events D.C. Hires 11th Street Bridge Park Architects to Design RFK Campus — Events DC, the organization that manages the RFK Stadium campus, hired the company that designed the future 11th Street Bridge park to draft design concepts for RFK’s grounds. [Washington Business Journal]
Councilman Allen Joins Eight Other Councilmembers in Opposing Private School Voucher Program Extension — Eight members of the D.C. Council, including Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6, sent a letter to Republican leaders in Congress opposing their plan to extend the District’s private school voucher program. [Roll Call]
Homebody Reopens at New Location Below Forecast — Former Barracks Row home goods store Homebody reopens today at its new location in the basement of Forecast at 218 7th St. SE with an opening party at 6 p.m. [The Hill is Home]
D.C. Still Hasn’t Made Deal With Lone D.C. United Stadium Land Holdout — The District still has not reached an agreement to purchase two acres at the site of the forthcoming D.C. United Stadium on Buzzard Point, making the District’s use of its eminent domain authority likely. Today is the last day for D.C. to secure all of the land under an agreement with the soccer team. [Washington Business Journal]
Developers Planning Four-Story, 150-Unit Apartment Building on Capitol Hill — A development group is in the early planning stages of building a new residential building at the site of Bowie’s Trash Facility and the Collision Body Shop on the 1300 block of E Street SE. [Urban Turf]
11th Street Bridge Park Gets $1.2 Million Grant — The non-profit developing a park along the unused 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River received its largest donation yet in the form of a $1.2 million grant from the Kresge Foundation. [Washington Business Journal]
Navy Yard Resident Discusses Leaving Congress to Join D.C. Council Staff — Keenan Austin, a Navy Yard resident who recently left her job as a congressional aide to become At-Large Councilman David Grosso’s chief of staff, said she looks forward to less gridlock and more hands-on policy work. [Roll Call]
Families of Navy Yard Shooting Victims Sue Shooter’s Employer — Six families of victims of the Navy Yard shooting in 2013 filed multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuits claiming that the defense contractor who hired Aaron Alexis, the shooter, should have known about his violent past. [WUSA9]
11th Street Bridge Park Plans to Open in 2019 — The 11th Street Bridge Park that will cross the Anacostia River is aiming to open in mid-2019, connecting Navy Yard and Anacostia. [Urban Turf]
Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project Plans for Extended Bike Lanes — The Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project aims to connect the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail with the National Mall with a bike lane and sidewalk along Virginia Avenue SE. [Greater Greater Washington]
In Hill East, Violent Crime Rises Slightly, Property Crime Falls — Over the past 30 days, violent crime in Hill East has increased slightly compared to the previous 30 days, while property crime has decreased sharply. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Senior Attacked in Metro Station Speaks — The 69-year-old man attacked in the Eastern Market Metro station last month said his assailant pushed him, said “Get out of the way, old man?” and then asked “Do you want to take this outside?” Victim Albert Langeberg told the attacker he was a “disgrace to the human race.” [NBC Washington]
How the 11th Street Bridge Park Will Benefit Anacostia — The group behind the 11th Street Bridge Park project is working with groups in Ward 8 to spur economic development on both sides of the river. Job training programs, opportunities for entrepreneurs and more public meetings are in the works. [Next City]
Pedestrian Safety Critique on Bike to School Day — Hill East resident and ex-Congressional candidate Tim Krepp praised the spirit of Bike to School Day in an editorial for The Hill Is Home but said the city hasn’t committed to keeping pedestrians and bikers safe. [The Hill Is Home]
Home Buyers’ Nightmare — A three-part series by WAMU tells the stories of home buyers who learned too late that their houses were shoddily renovated, leaving them dealing with sewage overflows, rotten wood and toxic mold. [WAMU]
The Best Tacos on the Hill — Local writer/photographer/taco correspondent María Helena Carey maps out where to eat tacos near Capitol Hill, including one stuffed with grasshoppers. [The Hill Is Home]
The Anacostia River Festival is looking for volunteers to help bicyclists navigate the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail this weekend.
Volunteers are asked to help with trail tours as “ride marshals” and provide D.C. biking information at a festival booth Sunday, according to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, a festival partner.
Ride marshals will “assist in keeping the group of bike riders together and ensuring all participants follow traffic laws and bike safely,” the group says. The volunteers must wear helmets.
Rides, which start at 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Anacostia Park, will last about 30 minutes as bicyclists travel around the Anacostia River’s banks and bridges on the east and west sides of the river.
Volunteers can sign up online to work from either 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 1:30 to 4 p.m. They should meet at Anacostia Park (Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Road SE).
In addition to the trail tours, the festival includes free canoeing and kayaking, live music, a “bird of prey demonstration” and a bike parade. The festival is an effort to promote natural resources and the soon-to-be-created 11th Street Bridge Park, which aims to connect Ward 6 and Anacostia residents.
Cherry blossom season starts soon, with several events in Southwest.
The flowering trees around the Tidal Basin are expected to be at their best April 11 through 14, National Park Service officials said this morning.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival will start March 20 and run through April 12. Much of the celebration will occur in or near Southwest. Here’s a sampling of the festivities:
- March 27, 7 p.m. to midnight: Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party, showcasing art and musical performances inspired by the blossoms at Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave. SW).
- April 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Lantern Making Family Day at Canal Park in the Navy Yard neighborhood.
- April 4, 1 to 9 p.m.: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, with food, music and activities for kids near 600 Water St. SW.
- April 12, 12 to 4 p.m.: Anacostia River Festival, celebrating the waterway with free canoeing and kayaking, live music, a “bird of prey demonstration” and a bike parade at Anacostia Park (Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Road SE). The National Park Service and the team behind the soon-to-be-created 11th Street Bridge Park will host the event.
Photos via Facebook/National Cherry Blossom Festival
The architects selected to design the 11th Street Bridge Park will speak tomorrow night about their plans.
Representatives of the Office for Metropolitan Architectures and Olin Studio will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the National Building Museum.
OMA Partner Jason Long, Olin Partner Hallie Boyce and others will talk about “the project, community involvement and the plans to create an engaging civic space,” an announcement says.
OMA, which has a headquarters in the Netherlands, and Olin, which is based in Philadelphia, were chosen in October to create the park that will connect Ward 6 and Anacostia.
The design sets out to turn unused piers into the base of a park with a central plaza, environmental center and cafe.
“Our design creates a literal intersection and a dynamic, multi-layered amenity for both sides of the river,” Long said in a statement when the design won the competition. “It simultaneously functions as a gateway to both sides of the river, a lookout point with expansive views, a canopy that can shelter programs and a public plaza where the two paths meet.”
The event costs $12 for members of the museum, $20 for non-members and $12 for students. Tickets are available online and will be sold at the door based on availability.
Images via BridgePark.org