Mid City East Small Area Plan Draft for Public Comment

Map courtesy Mid City East

From the DC Office of Planning:

“I am very pleased to present the Draft Mid City East Small Area Plan, a framework for conservation, development and connectivity in the neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Eckington, LeDroit Park , Bates/ Truxton Circle, Hanover, Sursum Corda and portions of Edgewood and Stronghold. The plan is downloadable here. Please let me know if you would like me to send you a hard copy for your review.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Advisory Committee, for your thoughtful approach and feedback throughout this process – you have been integral to shaping this plan. Over the past year, a team of city planners, consultants, agency representatives and community leaders led a comprehensive planning effort that thoroughly examined the study area and engaged its residents in a robust public engagement process that incorporated both traditional and unconventional methods of outreach. The resulting plan is evidence of the impact of teamwork and citizen involvement in generating ideas and setting priorities to achieve the shared goal of making the District of Columbia a more inclusive city and a better place to live. As you’ll note, the plan places a premium on preserving and enhancing neighborhood character and enhancing corridors, especially North Capitol Street.

The Office of Planning will be accepting formal feedback from constituents until Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Public comments will be accepted in writing via email, U.S. mail, or in person at the Mid City East Mayoral Hearing on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm @ The Summit located on 116 T Street, NE. All comments in writing should be directed to:

c/o Chelsea Liedstrand
Mid City East Small Area Plan
1100 4th Street, SW Suite 650
Washington DC 20024
[email protected]

Prior to the hearing, the Office of Planning will host Office Hours on Wednesday, July 16 from 9-10:30am at the Big Bear Café located at 1700 1st Street NW and on Thursday, July 24th from 4:00-6:00PM at the Rustic Tavern located at 84 T Street, NW. This will be an additional opportunity for the community to view the plan and provide formal feedback via Public Comment form, which will be provided and collected on site. If you would also like OP to come to your organization’s meeting to present draft plan recommendations, please let me know.

As noted, the plan is available online at www.midcityeast.com and at the various locations listed below:

Harry Thomas Recreation Center:
1743 Lincoln Rd NE,
Washington, DC 20002

Walker Jones Library:
155 L St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Martin Luther King Jr. Library:
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Office of Planning:
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024


Chelsea M. Liedstrand
Citywide Planner
DC Office of Planning

Summary: The Mid City East Small Area Plan (“Draft Plan”) is a framework plan- the result of an intensive 18-month long community-based planning process. The Draft Plan provides a framework for conservation, development, sustainability and connectivity in Mid City East, which includes the neighborhoods of Bates/Truxton Circle, Bloomingdale, Eckington, Hanover, LeDroit Park, and Sursum Corda, as well as sections of Edgewood and Stronghold. Further, the 2006 DC Comprehensive Plan “Action MC-2.7.A: North Capitol Revitalization Strategy” specifies the preparation of a small area plan for the North Capitol/Florida Avenue business district.

The vision for the Mid City East Small Area Plan is to improve quality of life and enhance neighborhood amenities and character while supporting a community of culturally, economically, and generationally diverse residents. The Draft Plan incorporates the goals from the Comprehensive Plan as well as the goals developed through the community and stakeholder process.

The Small Area Plan was also informed by technical analyses including an Existing Conditions analysis, a Historic and Cultural Resources report, and a Market Study. The plan also incorporates recommendations from the District Department of Transportation’s Mid City East Livability Study, which was conducted in collaboration with the Office of Planning (OP) and was completed in October 2013.

The Office of Planning (DCOP) has published for public review and comment the Draft Plan for Mid City East. The DCOP is providing a 30-day public comment period on the Mid City East Plan. Comments must be submitted to the office by the closing date, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The Draft Plan conveys a shared vision, records the guiding principles that were developed through the community-based planning process, and includes key recommendations for neighborhood character, commercial revitalization, redevelopment, public realm, parks/green space and connectivity. It includes an implementation strategy to serve as a roadmap for implementing plan recommendations including projected timeframe and responsible entity. The Draft Plan provides residents, land owners, developers, city officials and District agencies with a framework to guide future development in the study area.

The DCOP, working in collaboration with the cooperating agencies, will consider all public comments on the Draft Plan and make its final recommendations on the project to the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Subsequently, the Mayor will submit to the District of Columbia City Council for consideration a Revised Draft Plan. The Council will provide additional opportunities for public comments, and will make its final decision regarding this project and any modifications and conditions it might impose on the plan. The Mayor, through the cooperating agencies will implement the plan.

Public Comment

Written comments on the Draft Plan must be submitted by September 2, 2014. Comments must include a name, address and any organization for which the comments represent. Please send all comments to:

Chelsea Liedstrand,Citywide Planner, 1100 4th Street SW., Suite E650,Washington, DC 20024(202) 442-7600 (p), (202) 442-7638 (f), [email protected]

Mayoral Hearing

In addition to receiving written comments on the Draft Plan, DC Office of Planning will host a Mayoral Hearing on July 29, 2014, from 6:30-8:30pm at The Summit at St. Martin’s located at 116 T Street, N.E., Second Floor, Washington, DC 20002. Please note that comments can be submitted until September 2, 2014. At the hearing, DC Office of Planning will provide boards with visual representation pertaining to the recommendations set forth within the Draft Plan and respond to any questions relative to the graphic displays. Following this, members of the public will have an opportunity to offer comments for the public record.”

11 Comment

  • this document is long, does anyone know if regulating pop-ups is part of this plan?

    • It better not be. What needs to be in there is dealing with the corner park at Florida/North Cap, Cleaning up the sidewalks to promote more pedestrian usage as North Cap develops, and finding ways to stem the violence near New York Ave.

      • My proximity to that corner is hands down my least favorite thing about the neighborhood. But generally I love where I live 🙂

    • I attended some of the community meetings, and ideas about preserving the historic look and feel of neighborhoods, the pretty facade of the rowhouses, etc did come up. I don’t know how pop ups may be specifically addressed, but it might be worth a read for you.

      @kbloomingdale, those items came up, too. One frustrating this is that DDOT’s livability study stopped at NY Ave, so the way the roads and sidewalks there are unpleasant and/or foster some of that violence was likely addressed less that I personally would like to see…..

  • I was happy to see they still have the decking over North Capital Street Park listed in there, now just need money to pay for it. Come on Kenyan, reach out and grab your boys some of the loot! If Dupont can do it you can do it!

  • The money part is on page 98: close S St between NJ and FL! Then you can redevelop that tiny post office into something that knits the neighborhood together. Lots of other excellent recommendations in there. But not enough on how to redevelop the gas stations and UPO sites at Rhode Island and Florida.

  • Oh gee–how about let’s start by not destroying 100 year old homes and everyone’s quality of life on 1st Street with one of the largest tunneling project ever done in a residential neighborhood. It’s not about the flooding–they fixed that by finally doing maintenance–it’s about developing McMillan. And on that note, the revised traffic plans drive thousands of cars down 1st Street into a parking lot. The neighborhood has tried to organize around this, but without more than lipservice from Kenyon McDuffie (who of course has been funded by the McMillian developers)–they’ve been able to ram this tunneling project forward despite intense community concern for our houses, our safety and our ability to live in the neighborhood.

    A Mid City East Plan? If this is an example of how DC cares about people who actually live here rather than line developers and contractors (like Skanska on the tunnel project) pockets, who cares because it is impossible to believe anyone in power in DC government really cares other than grandstanding about quality of life here–better to let capital forces just drive things. If I sound cynical, than you should have attended a meeting from well over 100 concerned citizens about the 1st Street Tunnel project and seen the lack of response from Kenyon, DC Water and the contactors. It was unreal.

    And pop-ups–sheesh. The housing in the surrounding neighborhoods is beautiful and has historic merit–it is unbelievable that DC government has cared so little and moved so slowly to protect historically significant neighborhoods.

    But right now, I’m looking at orange barrels and dealing with the noise from construction that is going to be going on for 18 months. When DC Water buys a corner row house for $800K+ because it is now compromised and videoed our homes to document “pre-construction” condition to document damage–you know this is not going to be pretty. Call DC Water if you are interested in that “plan” and ask Tom Lindberg for their 64 page powerpoint on the “First Street Tunnel” briefing.

    • Your tinfoil hat is beautiful! Where ever did you get it?

      • The comment is about holding local legislators responsible for protecting the interests of their constituents. That’s supposed to be the primary function of their job… Not much conspiracy in pointing out that people aren’t doing what they were hired, and are paid quite well, to do.

      • There’s a run on them now on First Street, come on over and take a look in person–and I can get you one too.

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