Takoma Metro station and transit hub

WMATA Compact Public Hearing, June 18, 2014

WMATA docket materials, R14-01: Proposed Changes to WMATA Facilities at Takoma Metro Station

Site Concept Plan, May 14, 2014

Public officials'/organizations' testimony/letters

Join Us! (added Sept 27, 2013)

Takoma Metro development elevation, July 16 2013EYA-provided building design "concept," from the "EYA presentation" document. The face on the right would front on Eastern Ave NW.
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If you support transit-friendly development only if it is --

  1. Park-friendly: Preserve a Takoma Green as a Community Park.
  2. Pedestrian-friendly: Design the site so walkers, bikers, wheelchairs and strollers have metro and bus access that is better, not worse, than today. Ensure that there is adequate pedestrian access from the direction of Eastern Avenue. Make sure that it works for the elderly and people with disabilities.
  3. Neighborhood-friendly: Set back the building from Eastern Ave and preserve the green buffering the apartments next door. Keep the size compatible with the neighborhood. Ensure that traffic from this development -- together with traffic from other ongoing and planned developments -- does not overwhelm our neighborhood.
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Comparative diagramsThe revised plan (November 2013) shown in silhouette with the neighboring building at 7036 Eastern Avenue NW.
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Community resources

WMATA-EYA documents

Takoma Metro development site plan, July 16 2013WMATA-provided Takoma Metro station development site plan, from the "WMATA presentation" document.
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WMATA board vote to approve the Amended and Restated Takoma Joint Development Agreement, March 27, 2014

Hand-outs

WMATA traffic analysis, received November 22, 2013

Revised EYA building design, received November 4, 2013

Presentations from the July 16, 2013 community meeting

Posted July 8, 2013 by the WMATA Board's PPDRE Committee

Provided July 5, 2013 by Stan Wall, Director, Office of Real Estate and Station Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Takoma Park, Maryland documents

Washington DC documents

Other documents


Community meeting on proposed Takoma Metro site development, July 16, 2013

WMATA (Metro) and developer EYA are planning a 5-story, 255-apartment residential building at the Takoma Metro station site. Join us to learn more, at a community meeting for Takoma DC & MD neighbors.

Date: Tuesday, July 16

Time: 7:00 pm presentation & discussion (come as early as 6:30 p.m to view plans)

Location: Washington Theological Union building, 6896 Laurel St NW, Washington, DC, near Eastern Avenue NW

Presenting: Representatives of WMATA (Metro) and developer EYA

Q: Should Takoma residents and transit users be concerned about plans to locate 255 apartments at the Takoma Metro station site?

A: Yes! Let's work with WMATA and EYA to improve pedestrian and bike access to Takoma transit facilities, ensure future bus/transit capacity, manage congestion, preserve park space, and create great transit-oriented development that suits our wonderful neighborhood.

Also attending: Washington DC Ward 4 Council Member, and WMATA Board Member, Muriel Bowser

Look for detailed information soon -- copies of the Takoma Station Access Analysis Study and the Conceptual Plans when we have them -- at http://dc-mdneighborsfortakomatransit.org . For now, save the date.


Organized by ANC 4B Commissioners Sara Green and Faith Wheeler, and Takoma Park City Council Member Seth Grimes, with community assistance.


A joint DC-MD letter to the community --

June 6, 2013

Dear Takoma DC and Takoma Park, Maryland neighbors,

We are elected officials representing the area that includes and surrounds the Takoma Metro station. As officials, we reached out to WMATA (Metro) to understand the agency's intentions regarding development at the station. WMATA executives briefed us last Friday, May 31. We very much appreciate the executives' willingness to meet, and we feel community members also deserve to know about WMATA's plans.

Proposed New Building At Takoma Metro

WMATA is working with development partner EYA toward creating a 255-unit, five-story residential structure at the Takoma Metro site. The five stories include ground-level parking for transit users and a level of parking for residents with three stories of one- and two-bedroom apartments above the parking. There would be a step-back of the upper levels on the Eastern Avenue side to three stories.

The structure would replace the current paved parking area. The current set of bus bays would be preserved in place, with the addition of one bus bay and three bus layover spaces carved from the current park. WMATA would claim the right to place an additional bus loop or other transit functions in the park in the future. WMATA would also construct a bicycle-parking structure, for transit users, on the station grounds.

The revised design is at least a partial victory for community members, who had pointed out that EYA's previous design, over 80 townhouses with two-car garages and new surface streets to support them, was the antithesis of transit-oriented design.

But 255 residences are more than twice the 65-95 units called for in the District of Columbia's Small Area Plan for the site. And this would be the largest project by far in the area around the station. The planned 255 units, supported by nearly 200 residential parking spaces, would have a significant Takoma-area impact that must be thoroughly analyzed.

Timing

The WMATA Board is set to hold its first vote on the project in late July. They would hold a public hearing in mid to late September. The public may comment throughout the WMATA process. The project also needs approval from DC's Zoning Commission as a Planned Unit Development.

We thank WMATA for a proposal that preserves for the immediate future much of the existing park, includes a bicycle facility, adds connections to the Metropolitan Branch Trail, includes a station-planning study, and makes future transit services possible at the site. However, a project of this size at a mass transit facility calls for a comprehensive traffic study which would thoroughly analyze this project's likely impacts on vehicular traffic and pedestrian safety. We ask that it be completed prior to the WMATA public hearing.

We think that the community needs more time to analyze the proposal and will ask to modify the timetable.

Next Steps

We are working to quickly gather information about this development and determine the best ways that the Takoma DC and Maryland communities can have their voices heard. For cross-neighborhood discussions, we invite you to join a new TakomaMetro email list. Join via the Web site or by sending a message to TakomaMetro-subscribe@yahoogroups.com . If you have ideas, please share them on the Takoma Metro list - or email us directly. We will be back in touch ASAP as we have more information and suggestions on how to move forward.

We will use the list and a Web site to keep you informed.

Sincerely,

Sara Green, ANC 4B01 Commissioner and ANC 4B Chair (ancsaragreen@yahoo.com)

Faith Wheeler, ANC 4B02 Commissioner and ANC 4B Vice Chair (fewdcc@gmail.com)

Seth Grimes, Takoma Park City Council, Ward 1 (SethG@takomaparkmd.gov)




DC & MD Neighbors for Takoma Transit, Co-Chairs Pamela Ellison (DC) and Jacqueline Davison (MD) and members including Sara Green (DC), Faith Wheeler (DC), Joseph Radzievich (DC), Linda Gray (DC), Lorraine Pearsall (MD), Jim DiLuigi (MD), Sara Hayden (MD), Peter Kovar (MD), Peter Feiden (MD), Sabrina Eaton (MD), and Seth Grimes (MD). Our page from 2007-8.