Development Plan Open for Public Input

Posted January 15, 2008 at 4:25pm

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a public hearing at the Randle Highlands Elementary School at 6 p.m. Thursday night to discuss the Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Corridor Land Development Plan.

According to the Office of Planning’s Web site, “A vibrant, residential, commercial and retail mix exists in some areas along the Corridor on Capitol Hill while other areas further south along Pennsylvania Avenue and east of the Anacostia River suffer from a lack of diversity in retail offerings and basic neighborhood services.” The office could not be reached for comment by press time.

The meeting will take public opinion into account as the city moves ahead with a plan to develop the road into a “world-class boulevard.” Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast from Southern Avenue to the intersection of Second Avenue Southeast and Independence Avenue will be studied for the Corridor Land Development Plan.

The following six subareas will also be included in the study: Southern Avenue to Alabama Avenue (Ward 7), Alabama Avenue to Branch Avenue (Ward 7), Branch Avenue to 28th Street (Ward 7), 28th Street to the Sousa Bridge (Ward 8), Sousa Bridge to 11th Street (Ward 6) and 11th Street to 2nd Avenue/Independence Avenue (Ward 6).

A draft of the current plan can be found on the Office of Planning’s Web site,

— Alison McSherry