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Enhancing our commerical Corridor

The Cleveland Park commercial corridor is a hub of activity and commerce for neighborhood residents and visitors alike. And while we are lucky to have many basic amenities and a number of wonderful restaurants and gathering places, there are clear signs of the challenges that we face. Along the corridor, we are now faced with at least six vacant storefronts, four of which have been empty for almost two years and three of which are prime restaurant space. Restaurants are cropping up across the city and Bon Apétit magazine recently dubbed Washington, DC the “Restaurant City of the Year,” so why are we having a difficult time filling these spaces -- and what can be done about it? 

  • Vacant Properties: First and foremost, we must increase enforcement of the "vacancy rate tax," a levy imposed on landlords whose properties sit vacant for XXX amount of time. Stronger enforcement of this tax would serve as a disincentive for perpetual vacancy and an incentive for landlords to reduce exorbitant rents that have priced out many prior tenants. Additionally, we have an interesting opporutnity to, as a community, explore creative use of vacant spaces. Cleveland Park is home to a tremendous number of residents who work from home -- many of whom either rent desk space outside of the neighborhood and/or are interested in renting such space in the community. Now is a great time to explore the possibility of opening a co-working space where residents would have communal use of meeting rooms, office equipment, etc.
  • Service Lane Redesign: The present layout of the service (or slip) lane is such that cars, bikes, and pedestrians are in dangerously close proximity, vying for limited parking and walking space. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) initiated a study and kicked off the Cleveland Park Streetscape and Drainage Improvement Project in July 2016. Through this project, the community has the opportunity to weigh in on this important redesign. In order to increase safety of the path for pedestrians and utility of the lane for drivers, I propose the following:
    • Level the ground between parking spots, driving lane, and sidewalk to increase utility such that the lane could be temporarily closed for street festivals, farmers markets, and other community-centered events to increase civic engagement.
    • Narrow the XXX between Connecticut Avenue and the service lane and widen the sidewalk along the storefront to increase walkability and pedestrian safety. 
    • Division of parking spaces between those that are short-term (30-minutes maximum to increase parking spot turnover) and long-term (two hours). 
  • Enhance Sense of Community: 

Public safety

Across the District, and in our great neighborhood in particular, we are facing an increasing number of cars, buses, bikes, and pedestrians that share the transportation corridors. With the diversity in modes of transportation, we must ensure that we are sharing the streets and sidewalks with safety in mind. The Cleveland Park Streetscape and Drainage Improvement Project will similarly address many public safety challenges. It's imperative that we take advantage of this opportunity to:

  • Address sidewalks in need of repair and thus increase safety and accessibility particularly for youth, elderly, and those with disabilities;
  • Widen the heavily trafficked sidewalk along the service lane;
  • Increase on-road biking accommodations to allow bikers, drivers, and pedestrians to travel safety; and
  • Sync pedestrian crossings with traffic light timing. 



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