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4th and Mass Bikeshare location relocated

DDOT has relocated the Capital Bikeshare station that was formerly at the northeast corner 4th & Massachusetts NW to a new location on 4th Street NW a few hundred feet south of H Street. The reason DDOT cited was construction related to the Capitol Crossing development over I-395. While the former bikeshare location seems a considerable distance from that future construction site apparently utilities need to be relocated on both the north and south sides of Mass Ave and the bikeshare station would have been in the way of that utility work.

Former 4th & Mass Bikeshare location in front of Papa Johns

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Another Residential project coming to 4th and L

The Urban Turf blog attended last night’s ANC6E meeting and has the scoop on the proposed mixed use residential building at 1031 4th Street NW. The developers were seeking, and received, support from the ANC for a zoning variance for their ten-story, 123-unit project at 4th & L Streets NW. They will soon go before the Board of Zoning Adjust (BZA) to formally petition for the zoning variances.

Rendering for proposed 1031 4th St NW development

Rendering for proposed 1031 4th St NW development


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Streetscape Pics

One of our brand new treeboxes from the recent Fourth Street streetscape project has been trampled. Perhaps there was an auto accident(?) or perhaps a large truck from the Steuart/Paradigm construction project a half block away did a very sloppy k-turn. A tree and a parking sign were also run over in the process.

Damaged treeboxes on 1000 block of 4th Street NW

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Revisiting ideas for 4th & L

Back in February this blog wondered aloud if a dog park could be the answer to transform the gravel lot at 4th & L from blight into a contributing use. Unfortunately shortly thereafter investigation of the deeds for the land by MVSNA officers showed that the land appeared to be under title to Bible Way church rather than the District.

While nothing has fundamentally changed on that front, the “Before and After” Community Garden concept rendering created by John Thompson is too slick not to share.



This 4th & L lot would be a great site to put temporary urbanism to practice. Rather than allow the eyesore to persist indefinitely it would be outstanding if a temporary use, such as a community garden, could be identified for the next 5+ years. Then once K Street blossoms and the streetcar arrives the lot could be developed.

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Fourth Street Construction Update

The Fourth Street reconfiguration construction has been ramping up since the last week of October. Today I noticed that the trees on the 1000 block that were destined to be casualties of the planned street widening were removed. Two other dead trees were also removed.


Top: Before image from Google Streetview; Bottom: Photo from today

When the work is complete the segment of road will accommodate two way traffic and street parking. The pavers will be replaced with brick and the cobrahead streetlights will be upgraded to the newer globe lights. I would also venture to guess new street trees will be planted.

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Fourth Street construction signs

We previously reported that Fourth Street construction would begin on October 26th and last up to 9 months. I’m not surprised that the 26th came and went with no visible sign of construction starting. Because this project has such a lengthy window we will likely see construction done in bursts where something happens, then nothing happens, then something happens again. That’s my impression of how the 11th Street NW project has gone…



In the last few days construction signage was erected on Eye Street so we may see construction begin soon.

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Fourth Street Construction to Start on October 26

An announcement on the MVT CID website declares Fourth Street construction will begin next week. I assume this means Sigal construction should stop commandeering a full lane of traffic in their renovations of 425 Eye.

The DC Department of Transportation has announced that the 4th Street NW streetscape construction will begin on October 26th. The project will widen 4th Street NW and accommodate two-way traffic from L Street, NW south to Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Capitol Paving, a DC firm, was awarded the contract by DDOT, and construction should last nine months. Fourth Street is Phase II of the streetscape construction that started with the L Street streetscape completed in 2008 for the opening of Safeway.

Below is the writeup of this project from a posting I originally wrote in June:

The plans for the upgrades to Fourth Street are outlined in the Final Report for the Mount Vernon Triangle Transportation and Public Realm Design Project.

click to enlarge; image from 2005 DDOT Studies

In the study, Fourth Street improvements include:

  • Restore two-way traffic from L Street to Mass Ave
  • New traffic light at Fourth and Eye
  • Removal of a traffic island on the NW corner of Fourth and Mass
  • Reconfiguration of the Fourth, Mass and H Street intersection
  • Redesign slip intersection of Third and H Streets

To accommodate these changes Fourth Street will be widened to support two way traffic. On street parking will be available on both sides of the street for the 900 and 1000 blocks. The widening on the west shoulder of 800 block will push back from the DuMont’s temporary yellow curb to the true sidewalk. On the east side of the 800 block DDOT will reclaim a few feet of the Madrigal Lofts sidewalk. This has always been the plan and is why the trees were planted off center in the tree boxes to be closer to the condo building than the street. The final configuration of the 800 block segment will feature two southbound lanes, one northbound lane and on-street parking on the east side of the street.

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MVSNA requests no parking zone on Fourth Street

The following is the body of a letter from the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association to DDOT’s Jeffrey Marootian and Melissa Byrd of the Office of Planning.

The Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association (MVSNA) requests that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) implement “no parking/no standing” restrictions along the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Fourth Street, NW, between K Street, NW and M Street, NW.

This area has long suffered from rampant prostitution, drug, loitering, vandalism, and other criminal activity. Some residents have lived with this crime for many years. Others who recently moved into the area, including units in City Vista, Madrigal Lofts, and Yale Steam Laundry, as well as many others who visit the area to shop at Safeway, Fifth Street Hardware, and Busboys & Poets, are shocked to experience the criminal activity firsthand on a daily basis.

The intent of the proposed no parking/standing restrictions is to reduce the prostitution and drug activity that frequently occurs in and through vehicles in this area. We suggest a 24-month approach for months 1-12, the restrictions would apply to all vehicles; for months 13-24, the restrictions would apply to all vehicles other than Zone 2/6 permit holders. At the end of this two-year period, DDOT would review the restrictions and determine their continued application after considering public comment. There would continue to be sufficient parking for neighborhood residents after implementation of the restrictions.

We have consulted with area residents and they overwhelmingly support the change. In addition, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C, in whose jurisdiction the block falls, has voted in support of the proposed restrictions. We have been advised by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department that these restrictions provide them with an additional tool to investigate this extensive criminal activity and enforce the laws that protect the neighborhood residents. We do not view the proposed restrictions as a silverbullet to eliminating illicit activity in the area, but a vital element of a comprehensive plan to foster a safer and more livable environment.

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Fourth Street upgrades to begin in June

Word is that upgrades to Fourth Street could begin as soon as June. The plans for the overhaul to Fourth Street are outlined in the Final Report for the Mount Vernon Triangle Transportation and Public Realm Design Project.

click to enlarge; image from 2005 DDOT Studies

In the study, Fourth Street improvements include:

  • Restore two-way traffic from L Street to Mass Ave
  • New traffic light at Fourth and Eye
  • Removal of a traffic island on the NW corner of Fourth and Mass
  • Reconfiguration of the Fourth, Mass and H Street intersection
  • Redesign slip intersection of Third and H Streets

To accommodate these changes Fourth Street will be widened to support two way traffic and curb parking on both sides of the street. The widening on the west shoulder of 800 block will push back from the DuMont’s temporary yellow curb to the true sidewalk. On the east side of the 800 block DDOT will reclaim a few feet of the Madrigal Lofts sidewalk. This has always been the plan and is why the trees were planted off center in the tree boxes to be closer to the condo building than the street.

I am less clear about widening plans for the 900 and 1000 blocks of Fourth Street. Several mature trees on these two blocks, of heights 40 feet and higher, are planted immediately next to the road and would be casualties in any widening. From a continuity perspective I expected these blocks would be widened but I cannot absolutely tell from the renderings. If parking was restricted to just one side on these two segments I suppose they would not need to be widened. But in the long run the infrastructure of the wider street segments will be in the neighborhoods best interest moreso than the downgrade from a mature tree to a younger one planted in reconfigured tree boxes.

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