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Plans for DCFEMS Site Discussed at ANC 6D

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on March 11 via Zoom. Commissioners Bob Link (6DO1, vice chair), Gail Fast (6D03), Andrea Pawley (6D04), Fredrica (Rikki) Kramer (6D07, chair) and Rhonda Hamilton (6D08) were in attendance. Bruce Levine (6D06, secretary) and Ronald Collins (6D02, treasurer) were absent. Recently elected Commissioner Chearie Phelps-El (6D05) joined for her first meeting.

DC Fire and EMS Dept. (DCFEMS) Chief Communications Officer Noah Gray and DC Dept of General Services (DGS) Director of Public Safety Facilities Sean MacCarthy briefed the commission on plans for the current Engine 7 firehouse located at 1101 Half St. SW. The facility is located in the northern section of the DCFEMS fleet repair depot. The current Engine 7 firehouse is a two-bay facility with space for a brushfire unit, an ambulance and a pumper fire engine.

DCFEMS plans to move the repair depot to DC Village in Blue Plains and then demolish both it and the adjoining firehouse. A new facility for Engine 7 will then be built on the northern portion of the site, said MacCarthy. The new firehouse will house up to two engines, a ladder truck and a battalion management team, doubling the resources at the station. This reflects the increasing density of the surrounding area, particularly Buzzard Point, he said.

Currently, DCFEMS is in the midst of framing requirements, stated MacCarthy. Studio MB Principal Adam McGraw, the project’s architect, described the plans in more detail. The first step is to move DCFEMS fleet repair operations. The old depot will become a swing location for Engine 7. The old firehouse will then be demolished and a new one build in its place. Then the depot will be demolished and the land used by the city for other purposes. The project will commence in 2027, McGraw stated.

The new firehouse is being designed to facilitate future development on the southern section of the site, where the old depot is currently located, stated McGraw. It will feature a northern entrance designed with traffic safety in mind and underground parking for firefighters.

Commissioners emphasized the importance of developing affordable housing on the remainder of the site. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development (DMPED) will be developing plans for the southern end of the parcel, stated MacCarthy.

2024 TOPP

The letter to the DC Dept. of Transportation (DDOT) with the commission’s comments on the agency’s Transportation and Parking Plan (TOPP) for the two stadiums was not sent, Chair Kramer reported. It was based on the 2023 TOPP. In the interim, Kramer said, the commission had received the 2024 draft TOPP, which rendered some of the comments nonsensical. So, Kramer had decided not to send the earlier letter.

The commission voted to send a Google document of the 2024 TOPP with commissioner’s comments in the margin along with a cover letter to DDOT. Commissioner Fast voted in opposition. Commissioner Phelps-El abstained.

Committee Matters

ANC 6D Transportation Committee Chair Kirk Sander informed commissioners of DDOT’s for a temporary protected bike lane connecting the Wharf and Tidal Basin. Committee is working with DDOT on the issue, he stated.

ANC 6D ABCA Committee Chair Josh Perry reported completion of the Community Agreement with Lucky Buns, 675 Wharf St. SW. The commission approved it unanimously.

Perry recommended protesting the application for Good Company Donuts located at the intersection of Fourth and Maple Street SW. The commission voted to do so on the grounds of peace, order and quiet.

Other Matters

Metropolitan Police Dept. (MPD) Captain Kevin Harding briefed the commission on public safety. There were two robberies of Helly Hansen jackets from students walking home after school on I Street SW, Harding reported. MPD is shifting resources to protect students, he said. He also reported 12 incidents of unlawful gun shots. Lastly, Harding described gunfire on the 1200 block of Delaware Ave. SW. Two men shot at a vehicle. No one was injured.

Commission supported to:

• support the Race for Hope 5K;

• support the Marine Corps Marathon;

• appoint Judith Farley, ANC 6D07, to its Transportation Committee;

• appoint Laura DeAngelo, ANC 6D03, to its ABCA Committee.

ANC 6D meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The next meeting is April 8, 2024. For more information, visit www.anc6d.org.

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