Meeting about Langdon Park and Horseshoe Pit

There has been a lot of talk about the horseshoe pit at Langdon Park at meetings over the last year. Neighbors are concerned – not so much about the actual playing of horseshoes – but the activity that can take place around the horseshoe pit, including the alley behind the old Woodridge Library building. Some neighbors have asked the horseshoe pit be moved to another location, and DC government is giving us the option of relocating the horseshoe pit within Langdon Park as part of the Chuck Brown Park renovations.

At this meeting we will have a DC Police Officer and DC Department of Parks and Recreation Park Ranger Representative and we will discuss if we would like to move the horseshoe pit and, if the community determines the horseshoe pit should be moved, to which of the 2 alternative locations do we prefer (the two alternatives are: down the hill from it’s current location, next to the swings OR next to the skateboarding bowl and dog park, by the pool). DPR has provided this map and information on what the relocation options are.

Also on the agenda: an update on the Casey Trees planting to take place in Langdon Park in April; Langdon Park Permitting Taskforce gets going in 2014.

The meeting will take place:

Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Langdon Recreation Center (2601 18th Street NE)

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Rhode Island Ave NE Streetscape Open House on March 12

The second of a series of community meetings about improving the streetscape of Rhode Island Avenue NE is being held:

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE

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SMD Meeting Scheduled for this week – POSTPONED!

I had planned on holding a Single Member District Meeting this Tuesday, but I have decided to postpone it. I will be looking to reschedule it for sometime in next couple weeks.

The reason I am postponing it is that I’m not prepared to hold a discussion on the one topic we really need to address as an SMD: the possible re-location of the horseshoe pit within Langdon Park. When I can get this information and people lined up to have a good discussion on this, I will call a meeting, hopefully within a week or two.

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Zoning Variance in Woodridge on the agenda before ANC 5C in February

There aren’t many vacant lots so we don’t get many brand new houses in Woodridge. Below is information on a proposed new house on Girard Place and Belair Place, by the end of Langdon Park with the ballfields and pool.

A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE. The long side of the house would go along Girard. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.

A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE. The long side of the house would go along Girard. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.

At the upcoming February ANC 5C meeting we will see a presentation from folks who want to build a house on the northwest corner of Belair Place NE and Girard Place NE:

Location of the proposed house on the northwest corner of Girard and Belair Place NE.

Location of the proposed house on the northwest corner of Girard and Belair Place NE.

 

The builder needs a variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustment because the lot is slightly smaller than the minimum to build in this zone (R-1-B). The lot is about 3,900 square feet and the minimum is ordinarily 5,000 square feet. Other than that, the house meets all the other requirements, including lot occupancy (how much of the lot is covered with the footprint of the house); parking (has a garage); rear and side setbacks; and maximum height.

The lot is the only one on the block that does not have a building. Based on reading the documents in the Board of Zoning Adjustment case (#18727), the lot seems to have been the last lot cut out in this block, so it is slightly smaller than the others.

A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE from the Belair Place side of the house. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.

A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE from the Belair Place side of the house. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.

The proposed house will be three stories (2 above ground + a basement). You’ll see a garage and two stories on Belair Place NE and the basement would be half exposed looking almost like three stories on the Girard Place side.

The ANC can vote to support or oppose the variance or not take a position at all. The determination of the ANC is not final, it only advises the final decision makers, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The BZA is required to give the ANC “great weight” when making its final decision.

The meeting where this will be considered is:

Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 7 PM
MPD 5th District, 1805 Bladensburg Rd

The footprint of the proposed house on the lot at Belair Pl NE and Girard Pl.

The footprint of the proposed house on the lot at Belair Pl NE and Girard Pl.

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Chuck Brown Park Meeting, this Thursday (1/30) at 6:30pm

The next Chuck Brown Park meeting is this Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 PM.

Date: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Washington Center for Aging, 2601 18th Street NE

The agenda for the meeting includes an update on the project, including an introduction of the selected construction contractor for the park, the tentative construction schedule and an update on the next steps for selecting an artist for the artwork/statue.

I hope to see folks out for this meeting on Thursday evening!

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