Raven Willoughby, Project Manager for the Ward 8 Parent
Operator Selection Team (POST), discussed a proposed new elementary school in
the ward that will be located on seven acres of land turned over by Joint Bolling Air Force Base. The location of the site will be at
South Capitol St and Firth Sterling Ave., SE.
Fifty percent of the seats will be reserved for military families and
50% of the seats will be open enrollment with a focus on Ward 8. She is
trying to constitute a panel of 12 parents--six Ward 8 parents/families and six
military parents/families--who will oversee the entire process including
deciding if the school will be DCPS or DCPCS. The school is looking to launch
in school year 2018-2019.
Lauren Oswalt McHale from L'Enfant Trust discussed pending legislation by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson that will save four, long-vacant, and blighted DHCD properties in Anacostia. The legislation will transfer ownership of the dilapidated homes from DHCD to L'Enfant Trust for renovation and sale with a focus on workforce candidates. A pubic hearing by the Council's Committee on Housing and Community Development is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. ANC 8A provided a letter of support for the legislation.
Donahue Peebles, III of the Peebles Corporation presented updated designs of the housing project at 2100 MLK Ave., SE. The development will now be for seniors only. The façade is all brick with four levels and a new green space between the building and the row house. There will be a social room, exterior garden, business center, computer work center, etc. There is also the potential for a rooftop amenity for building occupants. The project goes before the Historic Preservation Review Board on Oct. 27 for design approval. If approved, the project will move to the Office of Zoning for review. Peebles would like a letter of support for design of the building. The Commission voted to table that request for now as concerns raised from the community included wanting a breakdown of the number of units (how man will be studios verses one bedrooms) and what the AMI will be. Peebles said he will continue to reach out to the community on this project to get additional feedback to make the project right. In 2015, ANC 8A provided a letter of support for the overall project.
Yohance Fuller, Vice President, Menkiti Group discussed his group’s latest proposal for the Anacostia Gateway RFP. The updated designs include one with a five story commercial building set behind the historic properties along Good Hope Road while the other just focuses on activating the historic properties already there. A number of establishments have signed letters of intent to occupy the new development, including the Aspen Institute, a fitness center, a neighborhood grocery store, coffee shop and a local restaurant. The adjacent homeless shelter has also signed a letter of intent to work with the developer to be part of the new development. There were some who expressed concerns about the design saying it looks like a “big block” or it needs more thought. There were questions about parking and traffic. Their proposal, along with the others, are due in to DMPED on October 17, 2016. DMPED will then follow up with the Commission and community on what are the most desirable parts of all the proposals.
Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden discussed Mayor Bowser’s 18-month progress report and informed the community about new programs that will provide access to capitol for small businesses, including a new microloan program for Wards 7 and 8. There will be a program for returning citizens called Inspire to Entrepreneurship. The deputy mayor would like to come back to the ANC for a meeting in the future . The office is hiring go to mota.dc.gov.