In Happier Kennedy Street News – Major Revitalization Project Kicks Off Plus ANXO Progress


From a press release:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, District Department of Transportation Director (DDOT) Leif Dormsjo and DC Water Clean Rivers Project Director Carlton Ray to kick off a multimillion dollar revitalization project in a historic section of Kennedy Street, NW. The revitalization is a collaborative project that will improve traffic and pedestrian safety and increase green infrastructure. The project will span Kennedy Street from Georgia Avenue to North Capitol Street in the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Brightwood and South Manor Park.

“When this project is complete, residents and businesses along the Kennedy Street corridor in Ward 4 will have all new infrastructure,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “This is a project that I have cared about for a long time, and my Administration pledged to get the work done. The revitalization of Kennedy Street represents another significant investment in our neighborhoods.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017 and represents a total investment of $10 million. Additional elements of the planned revitalization include:

· 13,000 square feet of green space;

· three bioretention ponds;

· 10 bus shelters;

· 280 boxed parking spaces;

· 69,000 square feet of new brick paver sidewalk;

· 60 new bike lockers;

· 20 park benches; and

· 112 new trees.

DC Water has committed more than $2 million to the project for its Green Infrastructure Challenge – a challenge designed to encourage innovative green practices that absorb rainwater. DC Water’s $2 million commitment to the Kennedy Street project allows for the re-engineering of the 100 block of Kennedy Street with permeable parking, bioretention areas, and new street trees.

DDOT will conduct most of the construction during off-peak hours, and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work zone.

“We’re going to work very closely with residents and businesses to keep them informed of our progress, and we’re confident the community will be pleased with the end result,” said DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo.

Updates and progress on construction can be found at the Kennedy Street project website:”

Ed. Note: Also this brief update about Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar’s Kennedy Street plans – a liquor license placard at 711 Kennedy Street, NW says “Applicant requests a Wine Pub Endorsement.”

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  • I’m having a hard time picturing where all this green space will be located- that whole strip is developed, isn’t it? Also, what is a bioretention pond and where will it be? And will it increase the number of mosquitoes in the area? I have so many questions…

  • Just to be clear, the cidery is not going to be at the Target Liquors featured in the photo…it’s going to be a couple of blocks west, on the other side of the street, in a currently vacant building.

  • I thought of another question: what does a request for a wine/pub endorsement mean? Is that before or after getting a liquor license? Is it on a different track entirely, since they’re producing the cider there?

  • I’m not sure that twenty park benches is a good idea, considering that all of the benches had to be removed from Chinatown Park.

  • This is ironic that this post is just above the one detailing how bullets flew through a house on Kennedy over the weekend

  • Is this related to the guys who I see on Kennedy Street sweeping up trash? They’re often there in the mornings and they do a great job. I’m wondering if they’re funded by the city…

    Either way, this is great news and long overdue.

    • samanda_bynes

      agreed! always happy to hear news like this – even if it is followed by gunshots in an apartment building :/

  • This is great news. Kennedy Street has so much potential. Here’s hoping they can out-Upshur Upshur Street.

  • But where will all the drug dealers go?

  • Glad to hear they are moving forward with this. I moved to Manor Park just north of Kennedy a few months ago and I have tried to patronize neighborhood businesses, but there isn’t very much to do and it is not a very nice place to walk. There are a lot of people living nearby who currently go down to Petworth or up to Takoma Park to spend their money but they would be very happy to have some closer options.

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