Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
6856 Eastern Avenue, NW -
January 24, 2009
Ward 4 Neighborhood Planning Coordinator
DC Office of Planning
Dear Ms. Abernathy:
As you know, during our December 17, 2008 public meeting, requested on behalf of the developer, comments were made regarding the designs for the residential and retail development project at the Curtis Chevrolet site at Georgia and Peabody Streets, NW.
However, your office and the developer have not given the Commission and the community the information we need to comment in a timely manner. During our December 17, 2008 and January 22, 2009 public meetings, residents and Commissioners noted this.
On December 17, representatives from Foulger-Pratt, the project's developer, promised to provide copies of the plans that could be shared with the public at libraries and on the web well in advance of our January 22 public meeting. We were pleased that you agreed that this was important. Unfortunately, this did not happen. We received discs with the plans only a few days before the January 22 public meeting, and then only after a telephone call was made to request the information. Therefore, during our January 22 public meeting, in a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted the following resolution:
"ANC 4B asks the Office of Planning to delay their comment deadline until February 26 to give the affected community an opportunity to comment on the designs. We need a response to this request by January 26."
We do have some initial comments to share about the design. The following comments were detailed in a second resolution, adopted in a 7-0-1 show-of-hands vote:
Concerns about the impact of increased traffic in the area
Concerns about Stucco building materials used in construction. Consider brick.
Are the sidewalks wide enough to accommodate couples comfortably?
The project should be safe and attractive.
Is it possible for Barney Senior House to move there?
The Commission would like to establish an ad hoc group to meet monthly with developers/owners to track the progress of development.
Constituents want to give feedback on the types of stores located in the project and the ad-hoc committee can gather this information from the community.
The "low-income" rents are too high.
How is this project being funded and if the apartments/retail space is not filled to capacity (how will the lost income be made up)?
Are there any plans to invest in the surrounding neighborhood (i.e. road and green space improvements)?
What is the projected environmental impact due to increased residential, retail, and public transportation traffic?
How will property values and property taxes be affected?
Is 8% a large enough allocation for low income residents?
What is the estimated difference in pollution impact between transporting the new apartment residents to the Silver Spring Metro Station and transporting them to the Takoma Metro Station, given the added distance to the Silver Spring Metro Station?
What is the estimated difference in travel time during rush hours between transporting the new apartment residents to the Silver Spring Metro Station and transporting them to the Takoma Metro Station?
Can 20% of the units be allocated to screened city service employees (e.g., teachers, police, and firefighters)?
What is the plan for increased security and human services considering the massive increase in population?
These initial comments and our request for a delay are made to the Office of Planning in accordance with District of Columbia Code 1-309.10(d)(3)(A), 1-309.10(d)(3)(B), and 1-309.10(d)(3)(C), which require that our Commission receive "great weight" from government agencies, and that government agencies must articulate their decisions in writing with "particularity and precision," explaining "the reasons why the Commission does or does not offer persuasive advice under the circumstances."
realize that the Curtis Chevrolet project is a "matter of right"
development and that the city's zoning boards are not involved. However, the request for comments was made,
and we also understand that the project may receive benefits under several
We look forward to working with you during the next few months to ensure that this project offers the best design and the most needed retail development to the community. Please contact 4B-04 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner James Sydnor, at 202-421-3541 so that your office can meet with 4B-04 constituents on a regular basis to share ideas and concerns. We think this will improve the project for everyone.
Douglass Sloan, Chair
cc: Honorable Muriel Bowser
Curtis Dwarkin (check spelling)
Director of Office of Planning- FILL IN NAME HERE
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B