Marie Reed Modernization – Design Determination Schedule
The architects for the Marie Reed modernization have confirmed that they expect to have several design options ready for community review and feedback by Wednesday, June 10th. One option is likely to be based on a renovation of the existing building. Another option is likely to be based on proposed new buildings. Additional options may include adaptive re-use of parts of the existing building coupled with new construction.
Challengingly, the architects have been tasked with obtaining stakeholder feedback and narrowing down to a preferred design in a tight timeframe, approximately one month following the introduction of the design options. The schedule is driven by the need to produce fully elaborated building plans ready for construction to commence by the end of 2015. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2017, in time for students to begin using the modernized facilities that fall.
ANC1C is coordinating with the Principal and other service providers on the campus to facilitate robust community feedback on the design options. The objective is not necessarily to “pick” one of the options, but rather to identify positive and negative aspects of each of the options, so that the ultimate preferred design incorporates the best ideas available. The process will proceed as follows:
- The architects have just made some highly preliminary, brainstorming-level, building siting possibilities available for review. These can be viewed here
. Feedback on the pros and cons of any of these siting ideas are welcome, as are any alternative suggestions. For the time being, please email any comments to email@example.com.
- The Principal will hold a community workshop on Wednesday, June 10th at 6 pm. The architects will present the design options to the community, and community members will then break into small groups to discuss the design options. The meeting will be held at Marie Reed at 2201 18th Street NW.
- The Principal will post the design options in the main hallway of the school so that parents can review and leave comments when they drop their children off or pick their children up.
- ANC1C will post the design options at a public location (likely the Kalorama Recreation Center) so that any member of the community can walk in to review them and leave comments.
- ANC1C is working with one of the Envision Adams Morgan volunteers to develop a mechanism for gathering feedback electronically. More details to come.
- Commissioners will directly solicit feedback from their respective constituents.
- The other service providers on campus will be doing direct outreach to their respective stakeholders and sharing any feedback received.
- ANC1C’s Public Services and the Environment Committee will seek input at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, June 24th at 7 pm. The meeting is expected to be held at the Marie Reed Recreation Center at 2200 Champlain Street NW.
- At ANC1C’s regular meeting on Wednesday, July 8th at 7 pm, the Commission will take final community comments and vote out its recommendations concerning the design options. The meeting is expected to be held at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Again, our objective will not necessarily be to “pick” one of the options. Depending on feedback received, we may end up offering suggestions to improve upon one of the design options, or to combine elements of a couple of the design options, etc.
As we move forward from here, it needs to be emphasized that stakeholders need to be gearing up now in order to participate effectively. Don’t wait until June 10th. Rather, if you haven’t already, please take the time to read the resolution that ANC1C passed on April 20th, and to look over the supporting documentation
that is already available.
And as before, please spread the word to your neighbors. Marie Reed is the largest civic facility in Adams Morgan with its elementary school, early childhood learning center, multiple recreational spaces, and health and dental and other social services. The decisions that are made over the next couple of months will shape Adams Morgan for decades to come!
Finally, please note that the schedule is subject to adjustment if the need arises.
Envision Adams Morgan
Envision Adams Morgan came about in the spring of 2012 in response to the rapid changes in development in the Adams Morgan. A committed group began meeting regularly with the Public Services and Environment Committee of the ANC1C to develop an overall vision of Adams Morgan that would serve as a both a reference and a guide for understanding Adams Morgan’s present and its future. A baseline report was created by volunteer residents in 2013 with the support of an urban planning team from Catholic University.
In the first phase of Envision Adams Morgan, volunteer working groups developed a report detailing the current state of the neighborhood. Envision Adams Morgan then launched a survey to collect opinions and ideas from residents and local businesses in the areas of sustainability, housing, economy, transportation, community services, zoning, and historic preservation.
Between September 2014 and February 2015, Envision Adams Morgan collected 535 responses and over 900 written suggestions concerning the future of the neighborhood. Survey respondents were self-selecting and responses were not tracked or weighted by demographics. These results should be interpreted accordingly and considered reflective of the views of only those who participated in the survey. Nevertheless, those who did participate shared some excellent and constructive ideas.
The results of this survey have been passed along to the DC Office of Planning, which is conducting the next, more formal phase of this process. The DC Office of Planning has set up a website to run polls and collect even more ideas (http://adamsmorganvision.mindmixer.com/
), held a half-day community workshop on February 28th
at Marie Reed Elementary School to obtain additional community input, and developed a Neighborhood Profile
. The DC Office of Planning is now drafting a vision document, which will be posted here once it becomes available. Thank you for continuing to share your vision with us!