This year, the Covid-19 pandemic upended our lives and had drastic impacts on the real estate industry, and most importantly, people's personal housing situations. With that in mind, UrbanTurf is wrapping up 2020 with an abbreviated Year-in-Review series.
North Capitol Street is one of DC's highways, used as such by drivers even in areas where homes line each side of the thoroughfare.
Community organizations, with the support of residents, have been leading a grassroots effort for over a decade to deck over portions of the North Capitol underpasses between V Street and Seaton Place to create an at-grade park/promenade. That effort inched forward in 2020.
As designed by ZGF Architects, the promenade would have a variety of activated areas, including a "streetcar café" and incorporated streetcar tracks near the intersection with Rhode Island Avenue, lawn and seating areas, an amphitheater and a children's splash park near T Street, and timelines highlighting the histories of the abutting neighborhoods.
Perhaps most importantly, however, the deckover park would restore some connectivity between the neighborhoods on either side of North Capitol, which include Bloomingdale, Eckington, Stronghold, Truxton Circle, and Edgewood.
The project likely requires approval from the Federal Highway Administration, but in the meantime, its organizers are trying to drum up support and funding from the city to build momentum through the approval process. This year was less productive than the organizers hoped, although Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie requested, for the second consecutive year, a $40 million budget allotment for the deckover. Amid austerity measures brought on by the pandemic, the request was left out for the 2021 fiscal year.
However, both the Mayor and members of the DC Council have expressed interest in the project and Bloomingdale Village Square hopes to meet with them to present the concept in-person and in greater detail once it is safe to do so.
All renderings courtesy of ZGF Architects.
Other 2020 Year in Review Articles:
- The Best Listing of 2020 (For the Mere Mortal)
- The Little Change in 2020 That Could Have a Big Impact on DC Alleys
- The Wildest Attempt in 2020 to Give Some of Virginia Back to DC
- Bezos, Scherzer, Howard: The Year in Celebrity Real Estate in DC
- The Best Listing of 2020 (For the Well-Paid Lobbyist)
- The Bill Proposed in 2020 That Could Have the Biggest Impact on Housing in the DC Region
See other articles related to: year in review 2020
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-best-plan-to-deck-over-a-street-in-dc/17668
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
Approximately 16,550 units delivered in DC between January 2019 and August 2021.... read »
UrbanTurf has compiled virtual looks at large new developments around the DC region.... read »
The seven-bedroom home hit the market on Friday and was under contract by Sunday.... read »
This year will likely go down as the year that prices for houses in DC reached new he... read »
Dubbed OZMA, the 13-story project will include roughly 7,900 square feet of ground fl... read »
The preferred mortgage product among most home buyers is the fixed-rate mortgage. How... read »
STAY DC provides rental aid and utility payment grants to at-risk District residents ... read »
The planned 8-unit development would be located on K Street right along the Potomac R... read »
Landmark Theatres is in the final stages of negotiations that would have it operating... read »
The 12,000 square foot replica of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue went under contract last w... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro