|The Rite-Aid as seen from across 13th Street|
The new building will have 130 apartments and brand-new retail space for the Rite-Aid, who have a 20-year lease on the spot.
In order to get Rite-Aid on board for the renovation, JBG reported, "we had to promise them the nicest Rite-Aid ever."
Temporarily moving the bikeshare station
There is a Capital Bikeshare station on the 13th Street side of the Rite-Aid. During the construction, it will have to move. The committee discussed possibilities for a temporary home for the station.
JBG proposed four destinations for the temporary move, which qualified by virtue of having wider-than-normal sidewalks:
- In front of the metro entrance on the south side of U Street
- On the southeast side of 12th Street
- On the northwest side of 11th Street
- On the southeast side of 11th Street
The committee unanimously recommended the first option above for the temporary location. ANC1B will probably vote on the recommendation at its next meeting, scheduled for July 10, 7pm, at the Reeves Center (14th and U Streets).
Permanently moving the bikeshare station
The fate of the bikeshare station after the construction is completed was the subject of some discussion. The design favored by JBG puts a small green space, with some trees, bushes, flowers, and grass, in the current bikeshare space. However, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) wants to move the bikeshare station back to the same spot.
"If you don't vote to support the garden, the bike share is staying there," JBG representatives told the committee.
JBG tried to sell the committee on the garden idea, but they could not guarantee they would be able to convince the DC government and/or neighboring property owners to permanently put the bikeshare station in a convenient nearby spot.
"This needs to be vetted by a wider swath of the community," said one committee member.
The motion to revisit the topic next meeting was passed unanimously.
ANC1B's Transportation Committee would like to hear community comment. Email the chair of the committee, Ben Klemens, at bklemens at gmail dot com.
Some of JBG's plans and drawings for the site, including the small green space, are available here.