Eastern Market Metro Park Project
Before August 6, please visit http://easternmarketmetropark.org to share what you like and don’t like about the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, SE, which includes six parcels: the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, the residential park, the medians, and the small triangles in front of Dunkin’ Donuts and in front of the Hine auditorium. There also is a suggestion box in Eastern Market’s North Hall, but it has been a less reliable way to leave comments simply because of activity in the market. Or you may call Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) at 202.544.3188 to share your thoughts and suggestions.
(From the website) Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) is initiating a new design study and transportation management plan to improve the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, between 7th and 9th Streets, including the area around the Eastern Market Metro Station. Unlike previous planning efforts, this study will not consider re-routing traffic in the Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way. The overall goal of the Park / Plaza design study will be to renew and upgrade, both functionally and aesthetically, the publicly owned land in the 700 and 800 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells
recently held two public meetings in order to solicit input from the community about the Eastern Market METRO park/plaza area which is looking tired and in need of renewal and refurbishment, both aesthetically and functionally. The objective of these meetings was to gather community ideas on the types of changes Hill residents would like to see in the METRO park/plaza area. Many great ideas were discussed. If you missed the meetings, please feel free to add comments or suggestion on this website’s blog. Or if you’d prefer, please visit Eastern Market’s North Hall during for the month of July, where we’ll be displaying a map of the study area and have suggestion cards available to submit your thoughts, ideas and recommendations.
Much of the website is a work in progress. Comments left on the Blog or on the Interactive Map will be used to develop two draft designs which will be made available on the website and may be presented to the community in a “Town Hall” style meeting. Many of you will remember that EMMCA got its start in 2008 as a result of an effort by BRMS to create a “Town Square” in this same area by rerouting Pennsylvania Avenue around an awkward ellipse. This time, there are no plans to reroute traffic. Instead, this may be a chance to enhance wonderful elements of the park and plaza and make improvements. I hope you’ll take time to share your thoughts at http://easternmarketmetropark.org. You may read more about the meetings with CM Wells at http://capitolhillcorner.org/2013/07/14/tommy-wells-kicks-off-500000-planning-effort-to-redesign-market-metro-plaza.