Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top Posts of 2016

Now that 2016 has come to an end, let's take a look back and see which posts were the most read and commented on throughout the year. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of interest in The Bard, which was a contentious development proposal for the former Southeastern University site at 6th and I streets. Shakespeare Theatre had plans to build artist studio space, non-profit office space, and educational uses on the site, and partnered with Erkiletian to build actors' housing as well as market-rate apartments. Many neighbors were concerned about the scale and height of the project. A PUD was filed earlier in the year, but after it became clear that the developer was not going to get community buy-in for the project, it was withdrawn. At the time of the PUD withdrawal, the intention was to re-file in the fall, but as of yet, this has not happened. Three of the top 10 read posts were about this project. 

However, the most commented post of the year was about the plan for the District government to open the Ward 6 temporary housing facility for homeless families in Southwest. There was also controversy with this project. In an effort to close DC General for homeless families by 2018, the Bowser administration selected eight sites across the District (one in each Ward) to place smaller facilities. Originally, the Ward 6 facility was to be built on a privately owned parcel next door to Blind Whino at 700 Delaware Avenue. Once the DC Council became involved, they moved the location to a DC-owned site nearby at 850 Delaware Avenue, currently home to Unity Health Clinic. A new clinic will be built on the site as well as a 50-unit facility. 

There was some interest in what's going on in Buzzard Point, but surprisingly, no post specific to the D.C. United stadium made it to the top 10 read or top five commented lists. Two posts made both lists - one about retail at The Wharf and the other about the withdrawal of the PUD for The Bard. Below are the lists of top read and top commented posts of 2016!

Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2016 
  1. Breaking: STC and Erkiletian to Withdraw The Bard PUD Application 
  2. Homeless Shelter Site Shifted to Unity Health Clinic Parcel 
  3. Neighborhood Events
  4. Adios Z-Burger, Eliot Getting Closed Up 
  5. Buzzard Point Construction Activity 
  6. Historic Designation Sought for Buzzard Point Power Plant 
  7. Parcel 11 Update 
  8. Community Benefits Meeting for The Bard This Thursday 
  9. More Community Benefits Added to Bard PUD 
  10. Wharf Retail News 
Top 5 Most Commented Posts of 2016 
  1. Family Homeless Shelter Planned for Square 643 
  2. Construction Begins at The View at Waterfront 
  3. Wharf Retail News 
  4. Breaking: STC and Erkiletian to Withdraw The Bard PUD Application 
  5. Developers Behind The Bard Intend to File PUD Application
Renderings courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates and DC Government

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