Monday Quick Takes: Barney Circle, Potomac-Penn, Zoning Update, Hill East Task Force, Leaf Collection

  • This weekend, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that environmental planning studies are underway for the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard and the Pennsylvania-Potomac Avenue intersection projects. The studies will help DDOT determine how best to design these two projects to increase pedestrian safety and traffic connectivity. The Barney Circle project envisions the creation of a full traffic circle that would connect to the new Southeast Boulevard south of Pennsylvania Avenue. And DDOT is studying a number of alternatives to improve pedestrian safety around the Pennsylvania-Potomac Avenue intersection, the current location of the Potomac Avenue Metro plaza. DDOT’s press release  states that the agency will hold a public meeting to discuss the environmental analysis in the first quarter of 2013. I’ll post the meeting date as soon as it is announced. 
  • DDOT wasn’t the only agency with news this weekend. The DC Office of Planning announced that the agency is holding community meetings in each Ward to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning ordinance. The Ward 6 Zoning Update Community Meeting will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1100 4th Street SW, Second Floor (same building as Safeway). During the meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. ANCs across the city, including ANC 6B, will also have an opportunity to formally weigh in on the proposed changes over the coming months.
  • ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force will hear an update on the Request for Expressions of Interest for parcels F1 and G1 at Reservation 13 on Monday, November 26, 7 pm – 8:30 pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Avenue SE). The task force will also discuss topics for future meetings. Please plan to join us and bring your questions!
  • A reminder that the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) will be collecting leaves in our area starting today and ending on Friday, Dec. 1. Please be sure to rake leaves into the treebox or easement in front of your home. DPW will also collect leaves in our area between Dec. 17 and Dec. 29.

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