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Ollie via Smithsonian’s National Zoo
In other Woodley Park wildlife news:
“We have not found Ollie yet. There were no sightings overnight. If you do spot her please call 202-633-7362.”
“The female bobcat, Ollie, who escaped from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo yesterday has not returned to her enclosure. The Zoo received several calls from the public overnight with consistent information indicating she may be in the Zoo’s adjacent Woodley/Cleveland Park neighborhoods. Early this morning, the Zoo dispatched a team comprised of zoo keepers, zoo Police and DC Humane Rescue Alliance who are currently searching in these areas.
No one should approach the bobcat if she is spotted. The public should note the time and exact location of the bobcat and call 202-633-7362. There is no imminent danger to the general public. Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans.
The approximately 25-pound bobcat likely climbed through a small opening in the mesh net that encloses her habitat. The industrial grade mesh measures 2 inches by 2 inches. During an inspection yesterday, keepers noticed that one piece of the mesh was broken forming a larger hole, approximately 5 inches by 5 inches. Ollie is an adept climber and would have been able to climb and crawl through the hole.”
Photo Credit: Barbara Statas, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
From the National Zoo:
“A female bobcat has escaped. Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to humans. Sighting call 202.633.7362
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo reports that a female bobcat, Ollie, has escaped her enclosure. The approximately 25 lb. bobcat was last counted at 7:30 a.m. this morning by a keeper. Keepers do routine checks of all animals at the Zoo first thing in the morning. At 10:40 a.m. keepers called the bobcats for their morning feeding and Ollie did not respond. Animal Care staff conducted an immediate search and have not located the bobcat. (more…)
BrewLights 2015 Credit: Friends of the National Zoo
From a press release:
“WHAT: Tickets are on sale now for Friends of the National Zoo’s (FONZ) 2nd annual BrewLights on Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy beer tastings from over a dozen breweries while sampling savory foods from top District restaurants while enjoying the 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights of ZooLights, powered by Pepco.
BrewLights is back for its second year at ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), BrewLights is a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event within ZooLights, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s holiday lights festival. (more…)
Since your publication has recently covered JBG’s development proposals for the Marriott Wardman Park hotel and the surrounding property, I thought you might be interested in the perspective of Woodley Park residents. This evening, I have sent this letter below to each of the officials addressed below, along with the attached position statement, supported by the signatures of 417 neighbors to-date.
Dear Mayor, Deputy Mayors, Members of the DC Council, Zoning Commission, Office of Zoning, Office of Planning, representatives of The JBG Companies, and others interested in the Woodley Park community:
We Woodley Park residents and neighbors of the property surrounding the Marriott Wardman Park hotel would like to register our opinions and concerns regarding the proposals for a change of zoning and development of that property submitted by its current owner, the JBG Companies, and by any successor owners if JBG should succeed in in its effort to sell the property.
In total, 417 neighbors (to-date) have signed a petition opposing the Planned Unit Development (PUD) to add a massive “North Lawn building” to a site that is already at its full density limit. (Any building on the site’s current open space, even if smaller in size than the currently proposed massive building, would require the DC Zoning Commission to approve a change to higher density zoning.) We neighbors also opposed the Stage 1 PUD for extensive re-development across the 16-acre site, which the developer recently withdrew. (more…)
Thanks to valuable feedback from the community, we’ve made some meaningful changes to our applications. First, we have decided to withdraw our Stage 1 PUD application. Based on our conversations with District agencies and your feedback, we’ve determined that there is more work to do to develop a long-term plan for the site.
Secondly, we plan to submit an amendment to our Consolidated PUD application for the North Lawn Building that will revise the height and overall mass of the project to be more consistent with the surrounding architectural context and the Future Land Use map designation.
Finally, to better understand and weigh all available options for Wardman Park, we are going to be engaging in an active marketing process to sell the property, including the Marriott hotel. While the Marriott hotel has a long-term operating agreement with JBG, putting the property on the market will provide JBG and the community with a better understanding of all potential options for the future of Wardman Park.
With our single market focus in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for over 50 years, we are committed to furthering a plan for Woodley Park that will adhere to zoning regulations, uphold the character of the neighborhood and incorporate the input of our neighbors. We will continue to work diligently with the community and government agencies to ensure that our plans for Wardman Park establish an inclusive and aesthetically pleasing space for everyone.”