Meeting to Discuss Desires, Concerns for EMMP Parcel 4

Livable Community Task Force

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Detail of EMMP plan from DGS Design-Build Team March 6th presentation to CFA, showing Parcel 4 with elements identified. From 'Eastern Market Metro Plaza, Commision on Fine Arts Hearing,' available at: anc6b.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-03-06_CFA-Presentation_Final.pdf

Voice your opinion on the plans for the Eastern Market Metro Plaza (EMMP) Project. The Livable Community Task Force (LCTF) will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25 at the Southeast Library (403 Seventh St. SE) specifically to discuss elements of the section around the Eastern Market Metro entrance, known as Parcel 4.

The plans for Parcel 4 were last released by DGS when they shared their March 6 presentation to the Commission on Fine Arts (CFA) with ANC 6B. The plans include a bosque along D Street SE with movable furniture, a water feature near Seventh Street, public art at the center and an open viewshed to the library that facilitates a walkway along the line of South Carolina Avenue.

The meeting on Parcel 4 follows a March 11 meeting that focused discussion on the uses and concerns in regard to Parcel 1, the northeast section of EMMP that is the site of the George Didden Holiday Tree as well as the collection of discarded toys colloquially known as ‘plastic park’.

That meeting was held at The Corner Store gallery. Attended by about 70 community members, discussions lasted for more than two-and-a-half hours.

The meetings give residents a chance to discuss their concerns and desires for use of the space. The current design for Parcel 1 by the DGS team calls for a playground and a lawn area divided by a walkway following the line of South Carolina Avenue.  Residents expressed interest in facilities for dogs, such as a dog park or run and a community garden and also voiced concerns about how the design addressed security, especially during the evening and night time hours.

If you can’t make it to this meeting, but want to participate in specific issue groups or have questions or comments please reach out your ANC commissioner or contact LCTF Chair Steve Holtzman, Commissioner for 6B05 (6b05@anc.dc.gov)

The next community meeting held by the DGS Design Team on the EMMP Project is scheduled for April 3 in the North Hall of Eastern Market.