K Street Streetscape Funding

On the heels of yesterday’s posting that outlined the streetscape plans for K Street the natural questions are when will this happen and how will it be paid for?

The timeline is linked to the financing. The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) has been lobbying heavily for this project over the last year with the Mayor’s office and the DC Council to secure funding. Within the past two weeks the CID engaged new DDOT director Gabe Klein in discussions on this project.

The best opportunity to jumpstart these improvements is via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), also known as stimulus money. The District has been allocated roughly ~$120 million dollars in FHWA ARRA money for roads and highways. Mayor Fenty recently signed and submitted an act to request the funds for Phase I spending of this money ($57.7MM). Blogger TSARCHITECT has a comprehensive recap regarding which projects were included in this first phase of spending.

Of note is that the shovel ready Fourth Street improvements applied for funding but were not included. I believe DDOT had funds for Fourth Street in the 2009 budget and the upgrades will proceed this summer without the ARRA money. K Street however does not yet have a budget and ARRA funding could truly accelerate the time table (2010?) for these transformations to our community’s commercial corridor.

Let’s show our support for K Street Streetscape improvements to Deputy Mayor Neil Albert when he speaks at the DNA meeting on April 14th.

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    fourthandeye says

    @Anon 10:22 – if you read carefully this ARRA stimulus funding is allocated to FHWA projects. It is strictly to fund highways, roads and streetscape improvements. It can’t be directed to other areas unrelated to transportation…

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    si says

    i would also venture that the major malfunction with our schools is NOT money. we have the most expensive school system in the country.

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    Justin from ReadysetDC says


    In addition to education, open space is very high on the “quality of life” list. Those with and without children will enjoy this space, and it will become a world class amenity that will persuade future residents to choose to live here.

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    Anonymous says

    I agree with Si and Justin above; the problem with DC schools is not lack of money. While there are also many dedicated parents and good teachers, the problem is, by-in-large, the number of bad parents and the paucity of teachers motivated to (or able to) teach. The per capita expenditures dedicated to public and charter schools is much higher in DC than almost any other jurisdiction. Hopefully by improving the neighborhood, more responsible parents and teachers will be attracted to live in the area; attracting better parents and teachers will do more to improve the schools than dumping more money at the problem.

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    Matthew Yglesias says

    It’s not actually the most expensive school system in the country, but it is fairly generously funded as is.

    But beyond that, ARRA has separate funding streams for education and transportation projects. Congress has pegged this money for roads and highways, so it needs to be used for roads and highways.