Incorporating population counts from the 2010 Census the D.C. government was tasked to revise Ward boundaries to comply with district law. Wards are allowed to vary plus or minus 5 percent from the average derived from dividing the citywide population by eight. Under this criteria Ward 2 needed to shrink in size while Wards 7 & 8 needed to grow.
Last Thursday the Subcommittee on Ward Redistricting returned their recommendations. As Ward 6 is nested between Wards 2 and 7 its borders incurred the most change. I believe I read that 12% of the population of Ward 6 was affected in some way. While the eastern border of Ward 6 also changed substantially the western edge is in close proximity to our neighborhood and deserves a closer look on this blog. The changes
Dashed line=Proposed new boundaries; Grey=Current boundaries
The changes reunite Penn Quarter and Chinatown from fractured between Wards 2 and 6 to fully within Ward 2. Ward 2 punts Shaw to Ward 6 to facilitate the swap while making sure to keep the Convention Center in the process. The committee’s recommendations have elicited the term “Jackmandering” to bring attention to how the Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who was on the subcommittee, seemingly carved out all the large real estate assets along the border for his jurisdiction and pushed the higher crime areas to Ward 6 to deal with.
June’s ANC 6C Planning Zoning and the Environment Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday and includes a non-voting agenda item related to the Bennett Group’s proposed development at New Jersey and H Streets NW. That is the Walmart project – expect the discussion to be limited to planning and zoning considerations not the retailer…
Mount Vernon Triangle’s BicycleSPACE is hosting a Pit Stop at 459 Eye Street, NW from 7:00-9:00 a.m on Friday May 20th for this year’s Bike to Work Day. Drop by to see your fellow bicyclists, grab some coffee courtesy of Chinatown Tea & Coffee, and enter to win a new bike!
The facebook page for the event suggests NPR, a pasty chef and a massage therapist will have tables at the pit stop.
The commercial real estate website loopnet has a retail listing for 457 Massachusetts Ave NW. This address is a narrow rowhouse building between Buddha Bar and the turreted corner house occupied by the House of Ruth. The description offers a whole building opportunity for 1920 SF.
457 Mass Ave NW (outlined) from Loopnet
The property is narrow and not particularly deep. So the floorplates, as shown in the brochure from the Rappaport Co, have limited contiguous square footage. It might be best suited for service retail (salon?) or offices (law or dental?).
This month’s Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association (MVSNA) membership meeting will be held on Tuesday May 17th at 7:30pm in the community room of the Yale Loft condominiums (437 New York Ave NW). A main topic of the meeting will be a discussion around Ward redistricting. If you haven’t already, try the interactive redistricting tool the Greater Greater Washington blog created to crowdsource data on the redistricting.
What are your thoughts on redistricting? Do you prefer the Triangle to stay in Ward 6? Or should it be assigned to whatever Ward will keep it connected to Mount Vernon Square?
Washington Business Journal reporter Sarah Krouse obtained 3 renderings from Core Architects Group’s design for the old “Ledo” building renovation at 433 Mass Ave. The property was sold to a partnership of Zusin Development and Sivan Properties in March.
The proposed look places glass panels in front of the structures current facade. It may feature a roof deck as well.
Visit the WBJ article for the other two renderings.
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) installed a marketing banner earlier this week. The banner is located along the north fence of the Marc Parc lot – on New York Ave NW between 5th and 6th.