Monday, December 14, 2009

Agenda for Dec. 15th Community Meetings

Following is the Agenda for the third set of Community-wide Input Meetings that we will be on December 15th, 2009. Those people that attended the second round of meetings on November 17th will be interested in attending again as the conversation around a vision for Lower 8th Street will progress to looking at best practices and build out scenarios and what we hope will be a lively Q & A. We encourage you to tell interested colleagues and friends to attend as well.

For those that were unable to attend the second round of meetings, we will bring you up to speed by summarizing the key inputs right off the top of the upcoming meetings. You may also download the Minutes and Presentations from the first and second rounds of meetings right here from the DOWNLOAD section on the right hand side of this blog.

Lower 8th Street Vision Process
3rd Community Meeting
December 15, 2009 – 8:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.
The People's Church
535 8th Street, SE


I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Summary of 2nd Round of Community Meetings
A. What did we hear?
B. Issues & Impediments
C. Opportunities

III. Best Practices and Build Out Scenarios
A. Regional Examples
B. Mixed Use Projects

IV. Richard Lake - Roadside Development
A. What Makes a Successful Mixed-Use Project
B. Tenleytown Project
C. O Street Market Project

V. Wayne Dickson - Blake Real Estate
A. A Grocery Store as a Neighborhood Anchor - Fundamentals
B. Community Process/Partnership to bring Whole Foods to P Street
C. Resulting Spin-Off Development

VI. Community Center Example - THE ARC
A. The Need for a Community Center
B. Process/Partnerships to Create THE ARC
C. User Groups and Programs

VII. Conceptual Use Relationships

VIII. Questions & Answers


  1. An excellent meeting and very informative. I hope some of the presentations can be uploaded to benefit those who couldn't attend.

  2. This was another well organized meeting, and it seems that attendance, or interest on part of the community is growing. One theme that came out of the discussion is anchoring the area with a major retailer of some sort in the Blue Castle. My suggestion would be to approach this based on the actual needs of the community. For example, I think some kind of survey of the immediate area, including the Navy Yard and Capitol Hill would be important, in order to 1) get an idea of the demand, and 2) to create some community based organization. In my opinion, I believe a Trader Joe’s would fit the spot well. I would imagine the community would support the business, prices are reasonable, and it is not in direct competition with other grocery stores in the area, including Yes Organic Market, Eastern Market, and Harris Teeter. However, my hope would be that this anchor could then act as a catalyst to spur retail and other commercial businesses that are locally owned. As a community, we should focus on how we can support our local businesses, and not put them in direct competition with national retailers etc. The demand is there, we just need to organize the community, and work with the city, so that locally owned businesses can thrive. There are many ways of going about this including business plan competitions, grants and tax incentives etc. At the end of the day, only locally owned business will be able to maintain the unique characteristics of the neighborhood – this needs to be the central theme for development on Lower Eighth Street.
    -Cinar Akcin