Complete Survey on Pennsylvania Ave Revitalization

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The Riverwalk Trail over the CSX bridge above Pennsylvania Avenue in Anacostia. Photo: Bill Matuszeski

A group of concerned Ward 7 Community Leaders have been working together to promote the Revitalization of the Pennsylvania Avenue East Corridor.  The group has organized a Survey to collect information on the concerns of Ward 7 residents.

The purpose of this Survey is to give those living in Ward 7 the opportunity to provide input on what and how the Pennsylvania Avenue East Corridor should be revitalized and also provide input on Transportation, Education, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, and Affordable Housing issues.

The Survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. The results will be presented to DC Government Officials to support the concern for equitable revitalization in the area.

The first presentation will take place at the monthly meeting of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association Tuesday, March 10 at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church (3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Lower Level). from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

You are invited and encouraged to attend.  During that presentation, representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Budget & Planning will address the FY21 Budget Submission and there will be the opportunity to voice disappointment and concern about the lack of improvements to this part of DC.

Collectively, the group has:

  • Supported a Petition to establish a Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street that garnered over 1000 signatures.
  • Sent letters to Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray (D) requesting that he add a budget line item to his FY 2021 Budget Submission for funding in the amount of $200,000 for a Main Street Program and $10 million to support revitalization efforts along Pennsylvania Avenue East.
  • Sent letters to DC Councilmembers and DC Government Officials in support of the petition, main street, and revitalization funding.
  • Obtained a Resolution in Support of the Main Street and revitalization funding from ANC7B.

Take the time to complete the Survey and provide your comments. The survey will close on March 8, 2020 at 12 Noon so that a summary report can be developed for presentation at the March 10th meeting.

The community has been waiting a long time for revitalization.  It is important that neighborhoods along the Pennsylvania Avenue Corridor continue to collaborate and collectively demand economic development.

The group thanks you in advance for completing the Survey.  This Survey is being forwarded to various listservs and groups in Ward 7. Feel free to forward it to your neighbors and other Ward 7 residents. Summary results will be published at a later date.

Involved Organizations include

  • Dupont Park Civic Association
  • Fairlawn Citizens Association
  • Fairfax Village Community Association
  • Hillcrest Community Civic Association
  • Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association
  • Randle Highlands Citizens Civic Association
  • DC Citizens Federation
  • Marshal Heights Community Development Organization
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church
  • Pennsylvania Avenue East Economic Development Committee (PAEEDC) http://pennaveeast.org/ 
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Corridor East (PACE)

Complete the survey at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/