Shepherd Park Citizens Association: May 10, 2017

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Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the officials attending an April 30 Walter Reed Dreams Community Block Party. (Susan Shinn/The Current/April 2017)

Planning for the future of the city and the Shepherd Park community is a topic of discussion and information-gathering on several fronts right now.

Last week members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A joined the ANC 4B Design Review Committee to respond to the Walter Reed developers’ concept plans for the property’s town center. (The two ANCs cover different parts of Shepherd Park.) Questions and concerns were raised about whether the main building is indeed “iconic” as architects at Torti Gallas describe it. Community members also expressed concerns about landscaping, parking and traffic patterns for both vehicles and pedestrians. The team of developers — Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden — wants to present its plans for historic preservation approval in June, but the design committee thinks that’s too soon. Additional meetings will be held as needed to gather maximum community input.

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Meanwhile, ANC 4A member Stacey Lincoln is encouraging Shepherd Park residents to study the D.C. Comprehensive Plan’s section for “Rock Creek East,” and to attend a meeting on these issues on Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

The Shepherd Park Citizens Association’s committee for planning, zoning and economic development has been working hard on matters of interest, especially north of the former Walter Reed property, and their impact on the growth and quality of life in the community.

— June Confer