If you are one of the more than 235,000 D.C. residents who already voted, great! Skip to the next section!
If you haven’t voted, today might be the best day to vote! There are lingering sprinkles, but there are no wait times at the majority of Early Vote Centers across D.C. If you’re able to vote today, the nearest Early Vote Center for most of us is the Prince Hall Center for the Performing Arts on 11th and U and it is open until 7:00 p.m. If you still have your mail-in ballot, do not mail it. Drop it off at an Early Vote Center or at a drop box such as the one at Stead Recreation Center. Early Vote Centers are open tomorrow as well. If you are planning on voting on Tuesday, Election Day, the nearest vote center is Foundry United Methodist Church on 16th and P.
If you normally vote at 15th Street Presbyterian Church, do not go there! It is not a Vote Center this year. Go to Foundry United Methodist Church or any other Vote Center on Election Day, or go to any of the Early Vote Centers today or tomorrow.
If you are still making decisions on who to vote for, I linked to a some voter guides and endorsements (including my picks) in my prior newsletter.
16th Street NW Bus Lanes
The 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project, which has been in discussion for over a decade and has had years of public meetings, has finally reached final design and will start construction before the end of the year. You can view the final design plans (PDF), read a brief pamphlet (PDF), or hear a presentation from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) at the upcoming ANC 2B meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. If you’d like to hear from DDOT early, they are also giving a presentation to the Adams Morgan ANC (ANC 1C) on November 4.
Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee Items
There are three items before the ANC 2B this month that will also be before the Zoning Preservation and Development (ZPD) Committee on Wednesday, November 4, all of them within walking distance.
- 1536 16th Street NW – Application by the Foundation to Support Animal Protection for special exceptions under the lodging use requirements to renovate the interior of the building to accommodate space for 10 guests in the existing office building (BZA #20319)
- 1725 Church Street NW – Application for a special exception from the lot occupancy requirements to construct a new porch addition with entry stairs to an existing attached principal dwelling unit (BZA #20367)
- 1328 16th Street NW – Application by the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C. for demolishing the 1980 annex of First Baptist Church and building a 7-story and penthouse mixed-used building in its place. A secondary project consists of facade alterations to a small portion of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Drake apartment building, which is part of the complex. (HPRB #21-051)
On 1536 16th Street NW, I have solicited and received much feedback; with 1725 Church Street NW the owner of the property is a life-long active member of the community who has already engaged with neighbors; with 1328 16th Street NW the adjacent properties are non-residential (businesses and embassies) with the exception of the Drake, which is on the same property (pictured above). An overview of 1328 16th Street NW was featured in Urban Turf.
If you have any interest of feedback on any of these cases, even if it’s neutral, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-747-2217.
16th and Corcoran
A few days ago, DDOT replaced the signs at 16th and Corcoran again. This intersection has frequently come up in conversations in the last two years and neighbors worked with me and DDOT to have a Traffic Safety Assessment conducted. If you see signs that are knocked down or in need of repair, report them to 311.
Vacuum Leaf Program
The Department of Public Works (DPW) today revised their leaf collection campaign and will no longer require paper bags. I believe leaf collection for most neighbors will be between November 16-21. Visit DPW’s Leaf Collection page for more details.
Connecticut Avenue Streetscape and Deck-Over Project
The presentation from the last ANC 2B meeting is available online, and includes a survey for feedback. Feedback is being accepted until November 6.
moveDC 2021 Update
If you want to chime in on the District’s long-term transportation plan, you can still fill out their survey.
1801 18th St NW
Pupatella was recently featured, glowingly, in the Washington Post. Remember to support our local restaurants and merchants! They are a large part of why many of us live here and they need your patronage to stay alive. Many D.C. establishments are going into “pandemic winter hibernation.”
ANC 2B ZPD Committee: Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.
ANC 2B Meeting: Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Keep in touch, and if you have any spare time, call a friend or neighbor and find out if they’ve voted yet. If they haven’t, help them get to the polls!