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Senseless tree box hazard in Chinatown

The barren tree box pictured below is in front of 513 H Street NW. The combination of the iron steps from the rowhouse and the treebox effectively narrow the passable segment of sidewalk down to roughly 2 feet wide.

Barren treebox narrows sidewalk in front of 513 H Street NW

I’ve seen pedestrians trip in this area on numerous occasions as they weren’t expecting the sidewalk to inexplicably choke down to near nothingness. Last year during the National Night Out walk with MPD, Miles Groves tipped his segway and fell over trying to navigate this narrowing path. I’m failing to see how preserving this dirt box is worth the issues it causes.

The Downtown BID should brick off this tree box as it is a hazard with no redeeming value. If the BID want to ensure that there remains one tree box on this segment of streetscaping then shifting the box a few dozen feet east in front of Full Kee where sidewalk space isn’t competing with stairs makes more sense.

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Steuart Properties in MVT ** UPDATED **

UPDATED [4/28/10 4PM]: See bottom of post for reply from Guy Steuart.

Steuart Investment will be attending the May MVSNA meeting to discuss their plans for their properties within the Mount Vernon Triangle. It seemed appropriate to consolidate past coverage on the Steuart properties to ignite more discussion before that meeting. The map below shows the Steuart parcels on Square 483 and Square N-515.

RED=Square 483, GREEN=Square N-515

The Steuart properties are zoned DD-C3C and DD-C2C. Both codes allow for max height 130 foot tall buildings. As with all major new construction in Mount Vernon Triangle a minimum 50% threshold for residential is required. Each lot carries a mandate for substantial residential component. Steuart requested that the residential requirement be consolidated under the premise of combined lot development (ed note: see blog response from Steuart below for the exact residential requirements) as permitted by the DD overlay. Rather than have a 50/50 mix of commercial and residential on each property they would like to put all the residential on Square N-515 and all the commercial on Square 483. The request was initially denied by the Zoning board so Steuart has appealed and asked ANC6C for support.

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Streetcar to be showcased at 9th & H

DDOT to Host DC Streetcar Showcase May 5-8
First Opportunity for Public to Board One of DC’s Modern Vehicles

District residents, workers and visitors will soon get their first opportunity to step aboard one of the District’s new modern streetcars. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host the DC Streetcar Showcase from Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 8, 2010 at City Center DC, the site of the old convention center.

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WATTAGE at Fort Fringe

Wattage is a new performance series produced by Capital Fringe. Wattage features three different new works of theater that are examinations of the thread of self through explorations in global citizenship – tradition, environment, identity- these new works in theater are truly new plays of survival. Wattage takes place at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave NW. The three shows will run in repertory doing up to 19 performances each between April 14th and May 9th.

The Washington City Paper Arts Desk blog weighs in on the performance of one of the shows, The House With Two Doors, earlier this month.

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District Crossfit to Open May 3rd

While negotations may have gone sour with the vacant garage at 459 I Street, Andrew Killion remained determined to open District Crossfit in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Perseverance has paid off as District Crossfit secured a lease at 624 New York Avenue and will open on May 3rd.

624 New York Ave NW, new home of District Crossfit

Visit the District Crossfit website to find out more about what they are all about and see the schedule of the free classes they plan to initially offer.’

Hat Tip: Si

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