Attend Our Public Meeting
To Help Transform Southwest Washington
Interested in helping shape Southwest DC into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly, and sustainable destination? Then join us on Thursday, February 17 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. as we co-host a public scoping meeting for the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative.
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NCPC, in coordination with the District Office of Planning and other local and federal agencies, is working to transform the 10th Street and Maryland Avenue corridors in Southwest Washington into a national model for sustainability and livability. As envisioned, the area will be an active, multi-modal, mixed-use neighborhood featuring cultural attractions, green space, offices, residences, and amenities. As the first ecodistrict in the nation's capital, the area will serve as a showcase for innovative technologies and sustainable urban development practices.
Can't wait till the public meeting? Consider joining us during a LIVE CHAT with the Washington City Paper's Lydia DePillis on February 16 at 1:00 p.m. Details >>
NCPC Comments on Eisenhower Memorial Designs
At its February 3 meeting, the Commission provided comments on three preliminary concept designs for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. NCPC voiced its support of a memorial that uses modern and innovative ways to honor Eisenhower, including the possible use of woven stainless steel tapestries as a memorial element.
Staff will continue to work with the applicant to ensure the project will meet the Commission's 2006 site selection design principles.The Eisenhower Memorial is planned for a four-acre site on Maryland Avenue across from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It is slated to return to the Commission for both preliminary and final design review.
During the meeting the Commission also approved final site development plans for Phase III of the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Members voted to allow the National Park Service to use an alternative Sycamore tree, or another species of comparable size, providing funding is identified.
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Do You Know RIC?
Regional Innovation Clusters (RICs) are geographic concentrations of firms and industries that do business with each other and have common needs for talent, technology, and infrastructure. This new framework for economic development is the focus of a new multi-agency initiative supported by the Obama Administration.
As part of its ongoing Speaker Series, NCPC plans to bring together economic development experts and federal agency leaders to discuss how RICs can spur regional economic growth. The forum will focus on the opportunity presented by the development of the new Department of Homeland Security Headquarters at the St. Elizabeths campus in Southeast DC. Stay tuned for more details.