Thursday, November 5, 2009

Agenda for Nov 17th Community-wide Input Meetings

Following is the Agenda for the second set of Community-wide Input Meetings that we will be holding on November 17th, 2009. Those people that attended the first round of meetings on October 20th will be interested in attending again as the conversation around a vision for Lower 8th Street will progress to reviewing Existing Conditions/Proposed Development by Right and Future Form Determinants before moving on to a Summary of Needs and Opportunities for a Community Vision of the area 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 first round of meetings, we will bring you up to speed by summarizing the key inputs and learnings right off the top of the upcoming meetings. You may also download the Minutes and Presentations from the first round of meetings right here from the DOWNLOAD section on the right hand side of this blog.

Lower 8th Street Vision Process
2nd Community Meeting
November 17, 2009 – 8:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.
The People's Church
535 8th Street, SE


I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Summary of 1st Round of Community Meetings
A. Vision for Area – what did we hear?
B. Issues & Impediments
C. Future Form Determinants
D. Opportunities

III. Existing Conditions/Allowed Development by Right
A. SQ 906: Miles Glass Site
B. SQ 929: 801 Virginia Avenue, SE – the Admiral
C. SQ 907: Blue Castle
D. SQ 930: Quizno’s, Port CafĂ©, etc.
E. SQ 952: Virginia Avenue Park
F. SQ 952S: 901 M Street, SE – Domino’s, other retail bays
G. SQ 976: Former Exxon site
H. Development Totals for Study Area

IV. Future Form Determinants
A. CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project
B. Marine Barracks Campus Master Plan
C. Proposed Street Car Lines

V. Community Vision – Summary of Needs & Opportunities
A. Housing
B. Neighborhood Support Retail
C. Restaurants
D. Hotel & Meeting Facilities
E. Office Space
F. Parks, Street Trees & Connecting Sidewalks
G. Underpass Connectivity & Treatment

VI. Questions & Answers

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Oct 20th, 2009 Community-wide Input Meetings

The first two of eight Community-wide input meetings for the Lower 8th St. SE Visioning Process was held on October 20th at The Peoples' Church, 535 8th Street, SE. Over 75 people total attended the morning and evening sessions where they heard presentations that provided an Overview of the Vision Process, Historical Narrative and Summary of Existing Conditions, then moved on to a discussion of how we could Move Beyond the Status Quo and finished up with an interactive Q & A.

Community Meeting minutes are available here.
See the historical presentation by the Weinstein Group here.
View the Lower 8th Street Visioning Process presentation here.

Please post any comments here or email us at Your questions, concerns and suggestions will be reviewed by the Advisory Group.

Please stay tuned for an upcoming post that outlines our agenda for the next set of Community-wide input meetings scheduled for November 17, 2009.