• The Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Adams Morgan
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ANC1C consists of eight Commissioners who live in the community and are elected by their neighbors to serve without pay for two-year terms.  The Commissioners vote on local matters affecting Adams Morgan residents, and District government agencies are required to give “great weight” to votes taken by the Commission.  If you have a matter that you would like ANC1C to address, please contact your Commissioner or the Chair of the relevant Committee.  We encourage everyone to participate so that we can do the best possible job representing Adams Morgan.


Marie Reed Modernization – Community Meeting on October 22


ANC1C has been notified by the Department of General Services that they are planning to hold a community meeting concerning the Marie Reed modernization later this month.  The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm at Marie Reed Elementary School, 2201 18th Street NW.  At the meeting, the architects for the project will provide an update on the plans, and take questions and comments from the community.

As noted in previous postings, the Marie Reed Community Learning Center was built in 1977 as a combined elementary school, community center (with a swimming pool, recreational facilities, and an adult learning center), and public health clinic. These spaces are managed jointly by DC's Department of General Services (DGS), DC Public Schools (DCPS), the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and the Department of Health (DOH). The modernization will involve each of these components of Marie Reed.

For those who have been following this project, one of the biggest challenges has been the unreliability of construction cost data.  Initial, concept-level estimates of construction costs suggested that there would be a broad suite of options for the community to consider in connection with the modernization.  But subsequent estimates of construction costs came in much higher, causing options to be taken off the table before the community had an opportunity to fully express preferences.

So it has definitely been a frustrating process.  But even so, current indications appear to be that the modernization will entail a beautifully reconstructed elementary school, well updated recreational spaces (indoor and out), and significantly improved health and social service facilities.  Please attend on October 22nd to make your own assessments, and to provide your comments and feedback to the design team. 
Updated schematic design for Marie Reed modernization


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
On Wednesday, September 30th, the Office of Planning (OP) hosted a community open house for the Adams Morgan Vision Framework at Marie Reed Elementary School. The purpose of the open house was to provide an opportunity for the public to view the draft goals and recommendations and for OP to take any additional feedback before issuing a draft document. OP released the Adams Morgan Vision Framework document on Monday, November 9. The document can be viewed at http://planning.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/op/publication/attachments/DRAFT_AdamsMorganVisionFramework.pdf. Release of the Adams Morgan Vision Framework commences a 30-day public comment period for neighborhood stakeholders to provide feedback. All comments must be submitted via e-mail to joshua.silver@dc.gov by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The plan can also be read by visiting the DC Office of Planning website http://planning.dc.gov/publication/adams-morgan-vision-framework-
Thank you for continuing to share your vision with us!