Updates: Brookland Capital Bike Share and Pepco Green Wall Projects

I am sure many of you are wondering what ever happened with two projects I solicited support for: the Capital Bike Share (CaBi) station on Irving Street and 12th and the Pepco Green Wall Project.

Capital Bike Share:

Capitol Bikeshare Station in Brookland near CVS at 12th and Newton Streets NE. Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes via Flikr.
Capitol Bikeshare Station in Brookland near CVS at 12th and Newton Streets NE. Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes via Flikr.

As we reported on December 17, the CaBi station on 12th and Irving Street NE was supposed to be installed with a long list of other locations by March 31. Obviously that didn’t happen. I have been bugging my contact at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) over and over again to get some more information from him, but all responses are very vague. The most recent email from April 30 said:

“Hi Astrid, while other stations are going in around the city, we are waiting to install yours when we have a permit for the CaBi station at the Rhode Island Ave Metro station. Metro is working on it and should have it in the next couple of weeks.”

Well, that is the official version. Through the grapevine I heard though that since New York City has apparently contracted the same company for their new bike share stations, new DC stations have been delayed. So let’s just keep our fingers crossed, that we do not have to wait so much longer.

Pepco Green Wall:

Green Wall

Since meeting with Pepco in person in February, I have been in contact with VP of Pepco Donna Cooper via email. Although it sounds like the Pepco Team is working hard on our proposal, I can’t help but wonder what takes so long. Here are the most recent updates from Ms. Cooper:

March 8:   Astrid, How are you? I hope that all is well. We are reviewing your most recent proposal and plan to have our review concluded by the end of next week. We will then have an internal meeting to review the results and will schedule a meeting with you; thereafter.

April 9:   Astrid, We have been working on a conceptual planter box idea (design), as proposed in your e-mail. There is final review being conducted concerning vegetation options, related to the building integrity issues we referenced earlier. In addition, final reviews are underway concerning stormwater collection. The Civil & Structural Engineering Division is working to close out these two items and schedule a meeting; thereafter. The vegetation item is being addressed by the end of this week. I will update you after that meeting (internal).

April 22:   Astrid, I am awaiting the final analysis and upon receipt, I will update you. It is underway (the two areas referenced earlier).

Well, we are now in the second week of May and I yet have to hear from Ms. Cooper about their decision/offer. I will continue to respectfully press the issue with Pepco, and I will inform you about any updates.

For all those of you who are reading about this for the first time, please feel free to sign our petition in support of our efforts to make the large wall of the Pepco substation on 12th Street more appealing, more environmentally friendly and a little bit of a sound buffer. Thank you in advance for your support.

One thought on “Updates: Brookland Capital Bike Share and Pepco Green Wall Projects”

  1. Thanks for getting the ball rolling on these two projects both of which will make our neighborhood better.

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