Councilmember Wells Solicits Community Input on Eastern Market METRO Park / Plaza Renovations

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How would you like to see the public space improved in the two-block area along Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, from 7th Street to 9th Streets?  This area, which includes the Eastern Market METRO Station, was intended by Pierre L’Enfant to be one of the city’s great community public spaces. Today, however, instead of a beautiful, exhilarating, green public space, the area is looking tired and in need of renewal and refurbishment, both aesthetically and functionally.

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells wants to hear from the community.  He will be holding two public meetings in order to solicit input from as wide a range of Capitol Hill residents and stakeholders as possible.  The first meeting will be on Monday evening, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. The second meeting will be on Saturday morning, July 13, from 10 to 12 noon. Both meetings will take place in the Lincoln Room at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The objective of these meetings is to gather community feedback on the types of changes you would like to see in the METRO park / plaza area.

More summer feedback sessions planned:

While Barracks Row Main Street has retained a team of expert planners and landscape architects, at this point no planning has begun. Gathering the community’s aspirations, its likes and dislikes, is the essential first step.

Among the questions that you might want to think about and discuss at the meetings are: “What do you wish you could do in this space that you can’t do now?” or “What would you like to see as you come up the escalator from METRO?” and “What is your favorite public space in
DC or another city and what are its appealing characteristics?” The comments and suggestions that are made at these meetings will be collected and made available on the project’s website -- www.easternmarketmetropark.com -- which will go live in mid-July.

If you’re going to be out of town on those dates, fear not. Further meetings will take place later in the summer. A map of the area will be displayed at Eastern Market’s North Hall during July with idea cards available to register your vision for the plaza. It is the goal of Councilmember Wells, the planners, and BRMS to hear everyone’s ideas before lifting a pencil to begin the planning process.