I would like NCPC to consider how demolishing the Forrestal Building (and constructing new buildings) is a green practice? The energy used in demolition and rebuilding will far outweigh any LEED rating a new building is given. Not to mention the amount of debris and greenhouse gases that will be generated. The Department of Energy recently did a study to figure out how the building could be renovated to achieve LEED ...more »
Why not have an audacious goal of generating enough energy in this area to power the area? Given that we have DOE headquarters in the area we have a lot of local expertise. Now that 4th street is included, the co-ops on 4th street could be included, so that they can do solar roofs. Federal buildings could use geothermal and wind.
1. All analyses of the current failure of the Promenade, and the proposals for its rehabilitation, development and/or repurposing begin with the removal of at least the northern, east-west portion (“elephant on giraffe's legs”) of the Forrestal Building. If plans for the redevelopment of Virginia Avenue with a through view to the Washington Monument are realized, the whole building will need to be removed. Given the ...more »
I realize that this is a connection that is out of the development zone, but you said to think out of the box. There should be a shuttle from L'Enfant Plaza and a bike share station on the other side of the bridge in East Potomac Park to make access to Hains Point's recreation and picnic areas more accessible to residents in SW as well as to tourists.
Please consider inclusion of one or more community gardens into the plan, whether along Maryland Avenue or 10th Street. This would compensate for the planned removal of the Independence Community Garden at 6th St. SW/Independence Ave/Maryland Ave, and it would help fill a crucial local need, as many (if not all) community gardens in the DC area have a multi-year wait-list. There is ample room along 10th Street SW and ...more »
Asking your forbearance (I'm not an engineer or architect), but imagine if the Forrestal Building were re-modeled into two cuboids (3-dimensional rectangles) or towers on either side of 10th Street. These two towers could be connected by an enclosed bridge/walkway (or bridges/walkways) whose walls would be largely glass. DOE would give up the office space that is elevated above 10th Street but they would regain it ...more »
If we are thinking as big as possibly decking I-395 in this area, why not also consider the possibility of highway deconstruction. Many urban areas have recently demolished stretches of highway in downtown areas to reconnect the urban fabric.
This may be completely infeasible, but no more extreme than decking the highway - and probably more beneficial and more in line with the L'Enfant plan.
Couldn't the new 9th Street bridge that goes under L'Enfant Plaza be modified to include a pedestrian access up to the shopping mall, food court, and hotel? It seems like SW residents are virtually barricaded from this complex.
I'm so pleased with the attention being paid to this part of the city. I wonder whether the proposed streetcar alignments will be revisited if all this redevelopment takes place: It may make more sense for a streetcar to somehow make its way up 10th, instead of up 7th as is planned now. This would also serve more of the proposed waterfront development sites. the circulator could still serve 7th street proper, and once ...more »
Since one of the main goals of the Ecodistrict project is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all possible energy sources should be evaluated. While geothermal is probably the most promising, there are a few places in the Ecodistrict that could might be able to produce modest amounts of energy with vertical wind turbines. In general average wind speeds in the Washington area are low but there are a few places where ...more »
The DC Fish Market is an important piece of local culture, a vibrant meeting-place for community socializing, and a commercial hub for local businesses. While the addition of retail food space might detract from the DC Fish Market's business, the plan could offset this impact and even enhance the Fish Market's role in the community by adding safer pedestrian access routes. Currently, pedestrians from 10th Street SW ...more »
The current owner of the land that the plaza part of L'Enfant Plaza occupies plans to replace it with yet another office block. A far higher use of this land and one in keeping with the objectives of this project would developing it as an extension of the Mall that would provide would provide a sheltered space for the sort of activities currently conducted on the Mall itself (festivals, etc). GSA: Get creative in working ...more »