May 3, 2013
Historic Congressional Cemetery is hosting two big events this weekend.
- On Saturday, May 4, the Cemetery is hosting Sousa Palooza, a tribute to the great American conductor and composer John Philip Sousa. Attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt, participate in a free docent-led tour and enjoy musical performances throughout the day. The event runs from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Should be a great time!
- On Sunday, May 5, the Cemetery will host another Notes from the Crypt chamber music concert at 4:00 pm at the Chapel. Tickets, which are $20 ($15 for students and seniors), can be purchased online or at the door. Proceeds go to the Association for the Preservation of the Historic Congressional Cemetery. I highly recommend attending this concert – its a great way to end a beautiful weekend.
Finally, Congressional Cemetery is competing with 24 local historic sites to win a $65,000 grant in the Partners in Preservation program. You can help the Cemetery win a grant by voting each day until May 10 at https://www.preservedmv.com/. You can also earn additional points for the Cemetery by using social media to encourage others to vote.
Thanks for supporting Congressional Cemetery!
March 20, 2013
A used car lot is currently located at 1550 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
A second, follow-up community meeting to discuss plans for an 80-84 unit residential building at 1550 Pennsylvania Avenue SE will take place Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Historic Congressional Cemetery Chapel (1800 E Street SE). Attendees can enter the cemetery via the 17th & G Street SE or 18th & E Street SE gates.
NOVO Development will share updates on their building plans and answer resident questions. In addition, representatives from the District Department of Transportation will be present to answer questions related to the variance requests and traffic flow around the site. My recap of the first community meeting on the plans has additional information about the project and the developer’s zoning requests.
ANC 6B will consider NOVO Developments variance and special exception requests in April. The commission’s planning & zoning committee will hear the case on Wednesday, April 3, 7 pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Avenue SE). The full commission will then consider the committee’s recommendation and take a final vote during its April 9 full commission meeting, 7 pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE).