The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Monday, Oct. 17. The meeting was devoted to supporting a bevy of charitable marathons, races and walks that will take place in our community and hosting several presentations, including an introduction to the Southwest Heritage Project (SWHP), an overview of the DC Clean Rivers Project, and an update of the 200 I (Eye) St., SE Development Project.
Below are a list of dates and races so you can prepare ahead of time for street closings and traffic issues. The ANC requested ample signage marking all event areas. The race directors agreed to mark race paths and gathering areas to minimize any disruptions area residents may experience and encourage local participation in all events.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Heart Walk (American Heart Association)
Sunday, Nov. 6: 2011 Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K Race
Thursday, Nov. 24: SOME’s Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger
Sunday, Dec. 11: 7th Annual Jingle All the Way 8K Race
Sunday, Mar. 12: 24th St. Patrick’s 8K Race
The Southwest Heritage Project
We hope to hear much more about this new exciting project over the next few months. A fairly recent Southwest transplant, Cecille Chen Winstead, is Director of SWHP. She, along with other neighborhood resident volunteers, have begun an interactive digital archive of Southwest history from its earliest developments in the 1790’s through the urban renewal era up to the present day. The project is off to a great start, having received a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington DC and launched its website www.swdcheritage.org. The SWHP is sponsored by the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc.
The DC Clean Rivers Project
Because of D.C.’s population growth, aging infrastructure and environmental factors, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has begun implementing a plan for the capture of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The plan will create extra storage within the District’s existing tunnel system and direct water so it can be treated at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.
This project is just a part of DC Water’s $2.6 billion Long Term Control Plan (a 20-year project started in 2005 and ending in 2025), which in its entirety will reduce CSOs annually by 96 percent throughout the system and 98 percent for the Anacostia River. Additional benefits include reduced flooding and improved water quality.
The work is sectioned into divisions. The section that will affect ANC 6D most directly is Division E. This is the M Street Diversion Sewers, CSOs 015, 016 and 017. The work will occur on M Street, SE between Ninth Street, SE and Fourteenth Street, SE.
Construction is scheduled to begin April 2012 and end in March 2014. Residents will receive proper notification before construction starts. The project is being implemented under a Federal Consent Decree between the United States, District Government and DC Water.
200 I (Eye) St., SE Development Project
Representatives from real estate developers Stonebridge Associates and the District Department of Real Estate Services presented an update on the public-private partnership of the former Washington Post printing facility. Purchased in October of 2009, 225 Virginia Ave., SE is now know as 200 I (Eye) St., SE, because of the relocation of the main entrance. Construction began last December and the base building is expected to be complete by early February 2012.
The next step will be the interior of the building, with construction expected from December 2012 through July 2012.
Floors 1 through 5 of the redeveloped space will will house the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). Additionally, the building will include a gallery on the ground floor showcasing the large DCCAH art collection that is open to the public.