The purpose of this RFP is to commission an artist, landscape architect, or design team to develop an artistic concept for a memorial park and to fabricate the artistic elements to be included in a permanent memorial. The memorial is intended to honor the remembrance of the nine victims, first respondents and others whose lives were altered by the 2009 D.C. Metrorail Red Line train collision. The selected artist, landscape architect, or design team will work in collaboration with the District Department of General Services (DGS) to install all artistic elements of the permanent memorial park.
The memorial park should allow for meditation, remembrance, reflection, hope and renewal. Accommodations are inclusive of an entrance marker, public artwork, seating, play area, pedestrian walk way, landscaping and solar lighting etc. along with other environmentally sustainable features.
The memorial will be located within the existing park land area, just beyond the corner of South Dakota and New Hampshire Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20011
This commission is open to Artists, Architects/Landscape Architects, and Design Professional teams. All members of the team must be practicing, professionals residing in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
The design and artwork fabrication budget is $200,000, which must include the site specific design honorarium (awarded to three semi-finalists), artists’ fees, and costs associated with the design, fabrication, transportation, insurance and documentation of the artwork.
“Small, 1-bedroom apartment in NE DC (a 10-min walk to the Brookland/CUA or Fort Totten Metro stations [red line]). The apartment is sized 430-450 SF, and it has great amenities (stainless steel fridge/dishwasher/stove/microwave, hardwood floors, washer/dryer in unit, marble tile in bathroom, jacuzzi tub, ADT security system provided by the landlord, ample off street parking. Owner may also be able to offer some basement storage. The unit is located on the first floor. Asking $1150/mo. Security Deposit equal to 1 month’s rent. Tenant is responsible for electric and cable (apartment is cable-ready). Very convenient to Catholic, Trinity, and Howard U, as well as access to downtown DC.
“This home is conveniently located close to shopping and within a 10 minute walk to the Fort Totten Metro. The home features:
- Brand New Appliances including a DISHWASHER
- Recently renovated Kitchen featuring a mosaic tile backsplash
- Gleaming “Hardwood” Floors
- Close to Metro and major bus routes
- Across from well maintained single-family housing
- Deposit Required
- $30 Application Fee
Bedrooms: 1 Plus Sunroom
Bathrooms: 1 Full
Located on Floor #: 2nd
Floors in Bldg: 2
Square Footage: 700
Parking Spaces: On Street
Pets Allowed: Cats”
Does $855 sound reasonable for this 1br + Sunroom?
“A short time ago there was a robbery at 5th Street and O Street, NW. A homeless victim was shot in the neck and received non-life threatening injuries. Officers deployed in the area made one arrest and recovered the handgun used in the offense.”
“At about 6:50 pm, a radio run was dispatched to Fourth District units for “The sounds of gunshots” in the area behind the 5000 block of 1st St., NW. Officers Burggraf & Gelsomino were the first to arrive in the area, assisted by other Fourth District officers. They canvassed the cemetery that abuts the dispatched location on foot. They located a male adult subject walking in the cemetery which is closed after dark. The officers’ ensuing investigation led to the recovery of two hand guns. The subject admitted to firing off a round in the cemetery. He was placed under arrest & charged with Carrying a Pistol without a License. Great job by the officers in doing a very thorough investigation resulting in the removal of this dangerous felon from our neighborhood!”
And more good news regarding one of the attacks from the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave, SE. From MPD Sunday morning:
“This morning a juvenile suspect was arrested for the assault of a female last week that occurred in the 1300blk of PA Ave SE
The victim sustained a fractured jaw as a result of this apparent unprovoked attack.
First District Detectives worked this case tirelessly and received help from our community until we were able to identify the juvenile suspect. He was arrested this morning at his residence without incident.
As this is a juvenile no additional information can be released.”
“Renting a 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment in the Brookland Neighborhood.
Apartment details (see below)
• Wonderful one-bedroom, one bath apartment in a garden condo community is available for rent as early as November 1.
• Located few blocks from Catholic University and H8 bus stop which takes you to Brookland-CUA Metro & Rhode Island Metro (RED LINE)
• Near the Brookland(RED LINE) and Fort Totten Metro( RED/GREEN LINE) Stations
• Completely renovated new appliances including: stainless steel refrigerator, central a/c, dish washer, microwave oven, secure keyless entry system
• Huge bedroom with lots of closet space and carpeted floors
* Spacious carpeted living area w/ an open floor plan
• Great access to natural light
* On site laundry facilities”
From the map this looks more like Ft. Totten than Brookland though Brookland isn’t too far away. Does $1100 sound reasonable for this 1 bedroom?
Prices range from $1200 for a studio to $1870 for a 2 bedroom. You can find more details on their Web site here.
The reader writes:
“Have you heard anything about the Fort Totten Station apartments? I am wondering if any of your readers have any thoughts on the complex… I do think their actual prices were a bit more inflated then what they are advertising on CL. I was looking at one of their 1 BR + Den and it was $1700.”
Anyone familiar with this complex? What do you guys think – do those prices sound reasonable?
Thanks to a number of readers for sending these updates. First for Ft. Totten from the Washington Post:
“The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation received final approval Monday night from the D.C. Zoning Commission to move forward with its plans to transform the landscape of a Northeast Washington neighborhood by building a multimillion-dollar, transit-oriented development in Fort Totten.
The foundation plans to build Art Place and Shops at Fort Totten — a project that will include housing, a grocery store, a children’s museum, a senior center, and cultural and arts space — on 17 acres it owns between the Fort Totten Metro station and South Dakota Avenue NE.”
“In the first solicitation, Fenty’s economic development team, headed by Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos, is seeking a consultant to help create a master plan for the site, including transportation, landscape architecture and historic preservation services.
Separately, the city is seeking a real estate development firm to provide a financial and technical analysis of redevelopment potential for the site. Both solicitations were issued Dec. 8 with a deadline of Jan. 8, 2010 and much of the work is expected to be done by the fall of 2010.”
Thanks to a reader for sending the above photo and news about Ft. Totten’s imminent arrival of a 7-11. “The address of the building is 5210 3rd Street NE, but the store is actually on Galloway St NE, right across from the Metro Station in the Ft. Totten Station Apartment building.”
“The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is driving the development on a 17-acre plot it owns between the Fort Totten Metro station and South Dakota Avenue NE. The project, which would be completed over eight years and has an estimated price tag of $425 million, would give a 21st century makeover, complete with sleek buildings of glass, slate and brick, to a 1950s-era neighborhood filled with three-story brick buildings and mature trees.”
“ART DECCO POST-WAR GARDEN COOPERATIVE, SITUATED WITHIN BLOCKS OF FORT TOTTEN METRO. COOP FEE OF $542.66 INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES AS WELL AS PROPERTY TAXES AND MAINTENANCE. FRESHLY PAINTED WITH NEW CARPET AND APPLIANCES. COMPARE AND YOU’LL SEE THIS A QUITE A VALUE! COOP FEE INCLUDES UTIL,COMMON AREA MAINTENANCE, WATER AND UNDERLYING MTGE PAYMENT.”
“I just got home (2 am) to find the alley behind my house roped off with police tape and two cops standing at each end, and another half dozen cops under a mobile light at the intersection of the east-west and north south alleys in the 5300 block of 1st/2nd Sts. NW. I asked the cops at my end of the alley what had happened, and he said someone had been gunned down in the alley and was dead. He wouldn’t tell me anything more than that.”