District Digest: Week of 2/13/19


Mockup of Georgetown Gateway signage on K Street, courtesy Georgetown BID

Georgetown plans new signage at neighborhood entrances

Georgetown, in an effort to define its commercial district, is planning to put signage up at five primary entrances to the neighborhood: K Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, M Street, Key Bridge, and Wisconsin Avenue.  Each “Gateway” sign, as yet to be developed, will include “combinations of design and public space elements, including entrance markers and signage, lighting, furniture and landscaping, way finding elements and historical information,” says a Georgetown BID release on the project, which emerged from the neighborhood’s 15-year action plan. 

Metrorail launches interactive virtual tours

Metro this month launched StationView, a new interactive feature that takes customers on a virtual tour inside Metrorail stations. The new tool is touted as a first-of-its-kind for any rail system in the U.S. and provides riders with better accessibility to navigate the system.  StationView allows customers, using Metro’s website or Google Maps, to virtually go from the street into the station. Take a ride down the escalator or elevator, go through the faregates and onto the mezzanine and platform just as if you were inside.  Currently available for six stations – Union Station, Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Metro Center, Archives and L’Enfant Plaza – Metro expects to complete all 91 stations by the end of the year.

“This feature will make it easier for visitors, occasional riders, and people with special mobility needs, to plan their trip on Metro,” says Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld, as customers with limited mobility can locate elevator entrances and see how to navigate between the upper and lower levels at transfer stations with multiple lines.

Target to hire more than 100 for new small-format DC stores

Target is opening small-format stores in Cleveland Park and at Georgia & Eastern, which will both celebrate grand openings on April 7.  The stores are currently hiring for a combined 100+ team members (interested candidates are encouraged to apply at Target.com/careers).  The Cleveland Park store is located at 3505 Connecticut Ave. NW, across from the Cleveland Park Metro stop.  The Georgia & Eastern store is located at 7828 Georgia Ave.

In addition to market competitive wages, Target also offers various education benefits, such as tuition and GED reimbursement, to support team members’ continuous learning as they build lifetime career skills.

Some areas inaccessible during Thomas Jefferson Memorial restoration

The National Park Service has begun a 15-month project to restore the roofs, repair the stone, and clean the marble at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The memorial will remain open for the duration of the project, although some areas will be inaccessible.

Access to the front of the memorial, including the steps, accessible route, chamber with the statue of Thomas Jefferson, exhibit area, restrooms and elevator will remain open to the public during the construction. The east side of the memorial will be closed for construction staging.