CPHS Comments on DDOT’s Draft Cleveland Park Transportation Recommendations

November 2013

The Board of the Cleveland Park Historical Society has reviewed DDOT’s draft Cleveland Park Transportation Recommendations. We commend the plan’s draft Public Realm and Green Infrastructure recommendations. We further urge that the following recommendations, which are currently designated as “Mid-term” or “Long-term Recommendations,” be promoted to “Short-term Recommendations (0-2 years)”:

Macomb Street to Ordway Street:
15. Install historic district signage along the corridor
19. Inventory and remove faded or unnecessary signage to reduce sign clutter throughout corridor
20. Inventory existing underperforming shade trees
21. Consider additional plantings in wide sidewalks where space is currently underutilized
22. Fill tree boxes with planting palette for Cleveland Park
23. Add benches and bio-retention at edge of parking lot north of Newark in sidewalk on west side of Connecticut to collect runoff from lot and sidewalks
25. Replace bricks or concrete in service lane median, on sidewalks and at existing Bikeshare station with permeable paving

Ordway Street to Porter Street:
17. Create gathering area at northeast corner of Ordway St. and Connecticut Ave
18. Install historic district signage along the corridor
22. Inventory and remove faded or unnecessary signage
to reduce sign clutter throughout corridor
23. Inventory existing underperforming shade trees
24. Consider additional plantings in wide sidewalks where space is underutilized
25. Fill tree boxes with planting palette for Cleveland Park
27. Replace concrete with permeable paving between tree boxes and at new Capital Bikeshare station

The Cleveland Park Historical Society would be happy to consult with and assist DDOT in implementing these changes.

We understand that DDOT has tentatively recommended deferring any recommendations for changes to the service lane on the East side of Connecticut Avenue between Macomb and Ordway. We concur that further study, including data collection, is necessary to measure the effects of such changes on the businesses in that block, and we urge specifically that the study consider the impact of any changes on the “neighborhood serving” character of the commercial area as specified in the Department of the Interior’s designation of Cleveland Park as an Historic Area as well as the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Commercial Overlay and the Comprehensive Plan.