While the ground may still be soaked with Saturday’s rain, ANC watchers know that we’ve been under a severe drought of boring ANC agendas since at least March.
Well there are rain clouds on the horizon.
The agenda for next week’s ANC meeting was released and among all the normal boring stuff it’s got three fascinating items on the menu. Check them out after the jump:
Streetcar Tracks: The streetcar tracks on O and P are the subject of much controversy. As the streets have aged the cobblestones have settled much lower than the tracks. The tracks now are a serious hazard.
Residents have been petitioning to remove the tracks for some time. However, the tracks have their fans who argue (often litigiously) that they are historically significant examples of DC’s unique conduit-powered streetcar system. DDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have been trying to develop a compromise for a long, long time.
It seems that they have finally developed a plan and will present it to the ANC at the meeting. While GM doesn’t live on those blocks and thus doesn’t have to live with the result, he nonetheless hopes that a compromise can be found to restore the streets to make the tracks flush with the cobblestones again. This would preserve the historic nature of the streets while greatly limiting the danger.
Hurt Home: While GM doesn’t live on O or P, he does live on R. And the biggest change to R that will happen in the near future is the likely conversion of the historic Hurt Home for the Blind to condos. Apparently a lead candidate has been identified for the city’s RFP. Argo/NV Commercial will present their plans for the building at the meeting.
Wait a Minute Mr. Postman: Speaking of the condoification of a historic building, reps from Anthony Lanier’s EastBanc will also be at the meeting to present their initial plans for the Georgetown Post Office. It’s GM sense that the community is extremely anxious about the project and are very worried that it could mar the historic building. However, EastBanc has a good track record so there is at least a chance that the community will be on board with the proposal.
All this, plus enough neighborly feuds to tie you over till December, can be yours if you come to next Monday’s meeting!