BRMS Press Release re: Eastern Market Metro Park / Plaza

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May 13, 2013

Contact: Sharon Bosworth

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Barracks Row Main Street to Initiate Design Study and Transportation Management Plan for Eastern Market Metro Park / Plaza

Pennsylvania Avenue Area Between 7th and 9th Streets SE Up For Improvement

WASHINGTON, DC – Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) today announced it is initiating a new design study and transportation management plan to improve the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, between 7th and 9th Streets, including the area around the Eastern Market Metro Station. Unlike previous planning efforts, this study will not consider re-routing traffic in the Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way.

The overall goal of the Park / Plaza design study will be to renew and upgrade, both functionally and aesthetically, the publicly owned land in the 700 and 800 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Recognizing that pedestrians and many forms of public and private transportation -- Metrobuses, bicyclists, taxis, the DC Circulator, automobiles, and emergency vehicles – converge at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, the study will examine the best way to accommodate all modes of transportation in the safest manner possible.  Among the transportation and safety issues that may be addressed: improving pedestrian access to the Metro Station, enhancing signalization to reduce pedestrian/vehicular conflicts, reassessing the location of the Capitol Bikeshare station and the Metrobus stops, and delineating clearer pedestrian pathways.  In addition to preparing two alternative master plan concepts for the public parcels within the two-block area, more detailed designs will be developed for the portion of the study area north of Pennsylvania Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets, SE, including construction documents for a permanent children’s play area in this parcel.

In response to a suggestion from the city’s Office of Planning, BRMS also will explore the possibility of creating an innovative storm water retention system as part of the effort to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia River.

BRMS Chairman Tip Tipton noted that the area around the Metro Station was envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for Washington D.C. as one of the city’s great community public spaces linked to others by the Plan’s broad diagonal avenues.  “Working with our community partners, our vision is to create a green, beautiful space that will benefit everyone living, visiting, or working on the Hill and that is more in keeping with the grace, elegance, and beauty that the founders intended.”

The master planning effort will be led by Washington architect Amy Weinstein (Esocoff & Associates).  Ms. Weinstein has designed a number of award-winning projects on Capitol Hill including the Townhomes on Capitol Hill and several commercial projects that are within view of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Other members of the team include the nationally celebrated landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, whose offices are located on Barracks Row, and the traffic and transportation planning firm of Kittelson & Associates.  Among its tasks, the consulting team will meet regularly with the various District and federal agencies that have oversight for the study area.

The BRMS Board will establish a local advisory group, comprised of representatives from Capitol Hill organizations and members of the community, to provide input and guidance.  Regular community updates about the project, including interactive plans with feedback mechanisms, will be available via the BRMS website:


Barracks Row Main Street

For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community.  The group’s focus includes the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E. Barracks Row is located eight blocks east of the U.S. Capitol.

Taste of 8th

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Thanks for attending this year's Taste. We hope to see you again next year!

The 2015 Taste of 8th is here! This year's taste will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 1PM - 4PM. 

Our Barracks Row restaurants will serve appetizer sized samples of their best-known or newest dishes.

Restaurants participating: Banana Cafe, Belga, Cafe Kimchi, Capital Teas, Chats, DCanter,

District Doughnut, Lavagna, Lola's, Matchbox, Medium Rare, Molly Malone's,

Spring Mill Bread Company, Trattoria Alberto, Ugly Mug, Zest, and more!

Tickets are $5.00 for a single taste (equivalent to a small appetizer or tapas portion), 
and $20.00 for a 5 pack(90% of all people buy the 5 pack to sample the most restaurants).
 Ticket sales benefit Barracks Row Main Street's year-round work to maintain a clean, 
safe and beautiful community for residents and businesses.

Alternatively, you can also volunteer to receive free tickets! Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.


Tickets will not be mailed to you. All advance-purchase tickets will be available for pickup at the Will Call desk on the southwest corner of 8th and G Streets, SEin front of Spring Mill Bread on Saturday, beginning at 12:55pmTickets that are not picked up by 3:00pm will be released for re-sale. Ticket purchases are non-refundable; the event will take place rain or shine. 

Saturday May 2, 2015

1PM – 4PM

We will have 25+ restaurants this year!

Each restaurant serves “appetizer size” samples in exchange for one Taste of Eighth tasting ticket.

We hope to see you Saturday!

Watch our website, , or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information about the Taste

and announcements about which restaurants will participate. See you on the 2nd!

And of course, THANK YOU to our 2015 Event Sponsors! 

2015 Garden Party

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Wednesday, June 3rd   6:00pm-8:00pm

Located at "The Amway House" 419 New Jersey Ave. SE

To order online or become an event sponsor, please use the PayPal link below:

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Note: Physical tickets to the Garden Party will not be mailed. Your name will be included on the guest list at the door the day of the event.

                                                              Garden Party Sponsorship Options

To order by mail, please send a check for the ticket package you choose made payable to "Barracks Row Main Street" and your name, address, and the names of your guests (if any) to:

Barracks Row Main Street
731 8th Street, SE, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20003
Please note: This event will happen rain or shine. The Amway House can happily fit everyone even if it rains, so don't let a rainy day force you to miss out on the fun!

Your support directly improves the neighborhood!
Funds directly support Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization bringing to the community:

• New restaurants and shops – Economic development efforts to bring new businesses to Barracks Row, and monitoring “quality of life” issues such as parking and noise.
• A better community – Working to retain property values and improve “livability” by balancing retail, development, and
residential needs.
• Clean streets – Significant support of the “men in blue” or the Business Improvement District (BID) Clean Litter Team.
• Beautiful streets – Planting trees, bulbs, improving or restoring facades and creating murals.
• Safe streets – Improving lighting, increasing walk-through traffic resulting from added restaurants, retail and other businesses.
• Historic preservation – Murals, facades and other historic treasures in 8th Street buildings.

Our 2015 sponsors include:

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Egg Hunt on Barracks Row

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Barracks Row Annual Meeting 3-13-13

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Join us this Wednesday, 3-13-13 for our Annual Meeting Celebration. We are celebrating the opening of Twelve In '12 - twelve new businesses joined our Row in 2012. One of the Twelve In '12 was tabula rasa, 731 8th Street, SE, Barracks Row's boutique event and pop-up retail space, where the Annual Meeting party will take place. Be our guests, toast another year of growth and evolution for Barracks Row, and enjoy an all- 8th Street Appetizer Bar provided by our superb restaurants.

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