Plans for a mixed-use TOD on the Greenbelt Metro parking lots are the subject of legal disputes. Court documents revealed that the developer and WMATA have talked with the FBI about building a new HQ there, which would occupy the entire site. (Greenbelt News Review, Matt’) (Tip: Matt')Twitter
Barracks or community garden?
The Marines want to expand their Capitol Hill barracks, but their ideal site is a community garden that 60 families use and which has a long waiting list to join. The Marine plan would relocate the garden to a spot in the shadow of the SE/SW Freeway that would also be dug up by CSX’s Virginia Avenue tunnel project. Garden supporters are trying to persuade the Marines to pursue a different site. (ChewsWise, Lynda) (Tip: Lynda)Twitter
Adroit opposition keeps LeDroit static
A plan to renovate a large house and add some new townhouses in LeDroit Park is off after HPO staff recommended changes that would force zoning variances, plus neighborhood opposition. (Left for LeDroit) Twitter
The Washington Post art critic says the new sculptures on the 1200 block of New York Ave NW aren’t meaningful enough, calling them “plop art.” The Straight Line argues that “thoughtful” wouldn’t really work in a median strip, but prefers trees. Twitter
No Phone Zone
Oprah has declared today “No Phone Zone Day” in an effort to cut down on distracted driving, and Maryland will participate with messages on electronic highway signs. (Baltimore Sun) Twitter