Updates, meetings, gatherings, proposals gossip
As we’ve already noted, David Franco of Level2 Development, and his architect Eric Colbert will be presenting their revised plans for a structure to sit at the corner of Wallach Place NW and 14th. Our neighborhoods have been blanketed with crisp notices of a meeting to discuss the proposal – 150 apartments and 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Height and variances (for height and parking) aren’t specifically addressed, nor are the average apartment sizes (although you can safely say tiny.)
The point is: unlike the previous go-around where it seemed there was an end run around us, this time Franco’s firm is doing everything right. Transparency about intent, intimate briefings and listening sessions for the community, and a laid out plan of who they will be seeking for approval from and when and where.
Putting to shame all those hyper-ventilating bed-wetters who tried to tar all of Wallach and the surrounding neighborhood as weathly, snooty, close-the-door NIMBYS, this proves to anyone with eyes that we mean what we say: we want that bunker that currently is home to Yums gone, and welcome anything that adds to our larger community. But we also want to do it right, and buildings that “…lack imagination” as the HPRB put it, are not that.
We’re really looking forward to the meeting this Wednesday @ 7pm.
While we’re on meetings, there are several of interest coming up:
- NC1B Monthly Meeting: Thursday, August 4, 7pm at the Reeves Center (14th and U), second floor. Items on the agenda include an Voluntary Agreement with Alero, Dukem’s application for a serious change to Retail Class C license, Habesha Market’s (1919 9th Street) application for a Retail Class DR Restaurant license, MMB LLC’s (913 U Street, this is the future “Matchbox”) application for Retail Class C Tavern license, Satellite Pizza’s (2047 9th street) application for Retail Class C Tavern license, and Lost Society’s (NW corner of 14 and U), renewal of Class C Restaurant license.
- Also on the agenda: an update on the Justice Park development project at Euclid, and a Raze permit application for 2221 14th street – this is the site that R2L and Douglas Development hope to build at the SE corner of Florida and U. Titled “The Floridian”, you may have seen the signs hanging from lampposts exhorting ‘now’s the time!’ to tie yourself into another U Street condo mortgage. Details for the building, slated to be 7 levels tall, can all be found here.
Not on the agenda, although we had requested, and will request again, is a comprehensive strategy for dealing with this summer’s exploding rat population. By which I don’t mean exploding rats, but a rapid increase in their number and aggressiveness.
Mo Meetings! Mo Meetings! Mo Meetings!
Next week on Thursday August 11, 7pm at the Source Theater’s upstairs room, the U-Street Neighborhood Association will hold a monthly meeting. They have not posted their agenda yet (as of August 1), which is something that should be brought to their attention; however we do know that Level2 will again be presenting their design to the USNA for their approval – likely specifically the several variances they are seeking. Again, we’ve tried to inquire about some discussion about controlling the vermin population – which is only growing with ever-more dense restaurants and taverns, and this is something the neighborhood is seriously needing to address. You can reach the USNA website here – contact them with anything you want on the agenda. And remember, there is an open period every meeting for short remarks from members on topics of their choice.
Beyond that, Level2 has several meetings on the books regarding the “Wallachzilla” proposal – which we may just have to drop following this Wednesday’s meeting. First, they will be presenting the design to the ANB1B Design Review Committee on Monday Aug. 15 at 6:30 at 1816 12th Street, conf. room 1 – that’s the Thurgood Marshall Center. Later, on Thursday Sept. 1 at 7pm, on the 2nd floor of the Reeves Center, they will be seeking full approval form the full ANC1B.
Rumor! Salacious Rumor!
We will later this week have several rumors about OTHER developments right in our little corner of DC. They’re coming fast a furious – and there’s an economic and political reason for that. But for now – let’s make these two meetings.
Also: MANY MANY THANKS to our neighbor Lisa for taking it on herself and help eradicate the rats from our alleys. We need coordinated effort, otherwise they just run from one yard to another. If there are chronic problem areas in the future, we may have to being those to the attention of the DC health authorities.