Shepherd Park Citizens Association: June 21, 2017

Developers of the Walter Reed campus hope a grocery store will anchor the stretch of Georgia Avenue between Dahlia and Elder streets NW, as shown in this early rendering. (rendering courtesy of Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden]

Shepherd Park, Rock Creek East, Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue corridor — these are just some of the designations that have been the focus of three separate meetings held over the past month by our association’s Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee. Members have gone through the D.C. Comprehensive Plan section by section. Following a presentation at a recent meeting, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association voiced its approval of the committee’s recommendations for the latest update to the Comprehensive Plan. The committee also sought the approval of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A at its meeting on Monday.

The guiding principle of the recommendations is increased citizen participation in the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan addresses environmental concerns such as “effective resilience measures” and neighborhood transition questions that deal with gentrification. Maintaining the residential, low-density character of Shepherd Park with housing development that includes moderate-cost housing for families is a priority. Urban design that is unique and compatible with the community means focusing on style, material, coloring, density and usage. The committee’s recommendations also call for a more robust art fund with contributions from developers that enhance the spaces.

All the recommendations will be submitted by June 23. Plaudits are in order for all those who have worked so hard to become informed and to share their ideas with Shepherd Park residents.

Next, put your pencils and ideas on hold and come enjoy the 15th annual Shepherd Park picnic on Sunday, June 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lowell School’s lower field. Play games, get your face painted, listen to music, watch the fire department demonstration, visit with neighbors, and eat. There will be a kosher grill, chicken, burgers, sides, drinks, cobbler, and three flavors of ice cream from Moorenko’s. Volunteers will get free T-shirts. Even if you haven’t signed up, consider staying to help clean up!

— June Confer