Dear Ecumenical Council, ANC 5E Commissioners, Neighborhood Civic Association Presidents, and Other Neighborhood Leaders:
I am writing to share good news! During the past six months, the North Capitol St. Deck Over Steering Committee (a multi-community grassroots coalition group focused on advocating for transforming North Capitol St. by decking over the underpasses of North Capitol St. and creating on that deck, a park with a neighborhood history theme. We believe doing so will increase safety, enhance the quality of life along the North Capitol corridor, and promote small business growth andm decking over advocacy in support of enhancing quality of life and small business l gusiness development in developing ,t After more than two dozen meetings with City elected and appointed leaders and their senior staff, presentations to seven area civic associations, consultation with other neighborhood organizations, promotion of community letter-writing and testimonies to various City Council Budget Committees, and a host of other efforts, the North Capitol Deck Over Steering Committee (a multi-community grassroots group) that is leading efforts to promote the decking over of North Capitol Street between approximately V St. and Seaton Pl, NW, $1 million dollars was placed in the DC FY22 Budget for "a feasibility study of a North Capitol Deck Over"! Plus -- DDOT has already identified a project director, and asked the Steering Committee to join DDOT staff in a 'pre-scope' walk-thru of the proposed North Capitol Deck Over and Streetscape site.
So it looks like the study is about to start. Bring out the horns, fly the flags, throw the confetti and join us on SEPTEMBER 25, ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH, 7 T ST. NW, 2 PM TO 4 PM FOR OUR FOURTH COMMUNITY-WIDE DECK OVER where we will celebrate by sharing the Deck Over's current and future status, address your related questions and concerns, and listen carefully to your suggestions. So join us in celebrating the forthcoming kick-off of the Feasibility Study of the North Capitol Deck Over by:
- hearing its Steering Committee's visions for the Deck Over and its abutting Streetscape area
- sharing YOUR vision of the whats, whys, and hows of this community-led could transform the Mid-City neighborhoods.
A Forum Flyer is attached. Persons can attend the forum in either a face-to-face format (using COVID protocols at St. Martin's church) or virtually. Please distribute the Forum Flyer to your members, constituents, and others who live in the Bates/Truxton, Bloomingdale, Eckington, Edgewood, Hanover, LeDroit Park and Stronghold neighborhoods. We want all in Mid-City East DC to learn about the Deck Over -- its history, its planning and purpose and proposed future.. And we hope ALL will share their ideas and input and BE PART OF THE JOURNEY!
Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Bloomingdale Civic Association's Bloomingdale Village Square Initiative