The Cleveland Park 3C05 Newsletter from Sauleh Siddiqui [May 4th]
Welcome to my eighth Newsletter!
Keeping you updated on what’s happening in the neighborhood
I hope to use this email newsletter as a way to keep everyone updated on what’s happening in the neighborhood. I promise not to spam you all and would love feedback on what to include!
Support Woodley House and Join me for the Woodley House 5K this Saturday!
Woodley House provides support and services to so many of our neighbors, and they have helped us many times when government agencies weren’t able to. The Woodley House 5K is a family-oriented event to encourage fitness while supporting Woodley House. You can join me by registering for the event here and if you can’t make it, please consider donating here.
Birding? Outdoor Yoga? Natural History Tour? Free Concert? Thank you Tregaron!
Tregaron will be having a number of outdoor events this month that everyone can enjoy as the weather gets better! Check out their events page. There’s something for everyone!
Save the date for the Uptown Shuffle on Sunday June 4th!
The Uptown Shuffle returns to the Sam's Park & Shop. Co-presented with the Cleveland Park Community Association, join for an afternoon of dancing, games, food and fun in the parking lot of Sam’s Park and Shop on June 4, 2023 from 12-4PM.
Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines Draft Posted
The DC Office of Planning (OP) has shared the Draft Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines for public review and comment. The public comment period on the draft runs from Friday, April 21, through Friday, May 26. You can download the draft here and submit your feedback here. OP also presented at our Planning, Zoning, Housing, and Economic Development committee meeting on May 1st. The slides are here and video recording is here. You can keep track of further ways to engage on the ANC Website and we will be voting on a resolution regarding these draft guidelines on May 22nd. I am preparing an FAQ document about these guidelines to help understand what’s in them so please send me your comments and questions!
Next ANC 3C Meeting May 22 at 7pm
Our next ANC 3C meeting will be on May 22nd and will have two items we would love input on:
Responding to the Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines will be released tomorrow on the website. There has been robust community engagement from the Office of Planning over the past year and now we get to weigh in on the plans.
The future of the Cleveland Park Service Lane. Please see an introduction at the YouTube link here (starting at the 53:00 mark) and the project website here. We also discussed this at the last Safe, Sustainable, and Equitable Transportation Committee meeting (around 20:10 here) and the Planning, Zoning, Housing, and Economic Development committee meeting on May 1st here. We are discussing whether or not we want to keep the service lane open to cars. We will have one more opportunity to discuss the service lane at the next transportation committee meeting before the vote on May 22nd. If you have an opinion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Provide your input on WMATA’s Better Bus Network
Better Bus is Metro's overarching initiative to improve Metrobus for the region. In the coming years, Better Bus will mean a lot of things for the region, including new facilities, bus electrification, improved bus communications, and more bus lanes and transit signals. Metro has launched the network redesign as a critical piece of Better Bus. You can use the planner to see how your favorite trip might change and provide feedback here. Commissioner Kripke and other members of the community have already identified that the 96 bus seems to not be included for its entire route, which we will be discussing at our next transportation committee meeting on May 10th. Please let me know if you find other critical routes missing and we will advocate for those as well.
This week’s super constituent!
I cannot do my work without your help, so I want to celebrate a constituent who helped make our neighborhood better. On Saturday, Anne S. noticed the appearance of a sinkhole in the grassy area next to the sidewalk on Ordway Street, which seemed to be getting bigger. Right away, she let me and Councilmember Frumin’s office know. Amy Sinnenberg, who I acknowledged in my last newsletter, got to work incredibly quickly and we identified who to reach out to. Our wonderful Cleveland Park Streetscape Team responded right away and by Monday the hole was filled. I am so grateful to Anne for letting us know about it and helping the community. Because of her, we all have a safer sidewalk.
Sauleh Siddiqui, Commissioner, ANC 3C05
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