Friday Updates: Playtime Project, Vote, Eastern Branch, Barney Circle, 17th & 19th

  • As Metropolitan Police Department and FBI continue their search for missing 8-year old Relisha Rudd and her apparent abductor, you can help the other homeless children at DC General by supporting The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. Relisha is one of the many children living at DC General that benefit from the activities of the Playtime Project, a wonderful nonprofit organization that works to brighten the lives of homeless kids. Consider a donation or purchase a gift off their Amazon wishlist.
  • Next Tuesday, April 1 is primary day in the District of Columbia. If you have a party affiliation, make sure you get out and vote either on April 1 or today and tomorrow at one of the 13 early voting centers. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on April 1. I’m supporting Tommy Wells for Mayor and Charles Allen for Ward 6 Councilmember in the Democratic primary.
  • ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force will be holding two community meetings to discuss plans by the DC Department of General Services to issue a Request for Offers for the Eastern Branch Building (261 17th Street SE). The meetings will take place on:
    • Wed., April 9, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Avenue SE)
    • Wed., April 30, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Payne Elementary School (1445 C Street SE)
  • The owners of New York Pizza, located at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, plan to expand their business into the vacant commercial space across the street at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. To do so, they will need a “fast food” special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment. ANC 6B will likely consider the special exception request in May.
  • On Monday, March 31, ANC 6B’s Transportation Committee will discuss the DC Office of Planning’s rapid response planning effort on DDOT’s Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard Project. The goal of the 3-4 month effort is to take a holistic view of potential uses within and surrounding the proposed Southeast Boulevard right of way. The meeting is from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE).
  • Speaking of DDOT, I have some good news to share on the delayed 17th & 19th Streets Safety Improvement Project. According to the agency, construction on both streets will take place this year beginning with 19th Street in May. DDOT expects construction on the 17th Street portion of the project to begin in September.
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3 Responses to Friday Updates: Playtime Project, Vote, Eastern Branch, Barney Circle, 17th & 19th

  1. MCN says:

    1. Thank you for supporting the Playtime Project, it is an extremely powerful local organization run with very little overhead, good value for your donation dollar.

    2. Do we have confirmation NY Pizza is expanding its business rather than downsizing/replacing the current location? Do you have any more details, bc it doesn’t seem like they are utilizing much of their very large current space and parking lot, and it seems curious they would expand across the street rather than to a new neighborhood.

    • bflahaven says:

      Thanks for the comment. Regarding your second question, the NY Pizza BZA application indicates they plan to operate at both locations. I certainly will ask about their long term plans when they come before the commission in May.

  2. Erinn says:

    How disappointing that a subpar pizza place is now going to take up even more space than it currently does. Don’t we want to encourage some diversity in businesses, especially along this burgeoning corridor? Progress is finally being made on the 1400 and 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. I’d hate to see this little spot be used for this purpose…

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