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Weigh in on a proposed grocery store redevelopment and other projects tonight

Boundary of the ANC 3E, which encompasses parts of AU Park, Friendship Heights and Tenleytown (Office of the ANCs).

At tonight’s monthly Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, residents (that includes you, students) have a chance to weigh in on a half dozen issues that could bring changes to Tenleytown and the neighborhoods surrounding AU.

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at 4300 Military Road NW in the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Ballroom I. Here’s a look at some of what’s on the agenda (in descending order of likely controversy/importance):

Presentation by Valor Development regarding proposed mixed-use development at the Superfresh site, 4330 48th St. NW:

District Wire reported last week on developers’ plans to build a mixed-use development at a former grocery store spot behind the current Washington College of Law building. Here’s the brief: Residents like getting a grocery store back. But they’re unenthused about the project team’s proposal to build 200-250 residential units on top of the planned grocery store, totalling five stories, in the low rise neighborhood. Read the full story here.

Update by Georgetown Day School on plans for their expanded Tenley campus. Possible ANC vote on a letter to Georgetown Day “regarding proposed mix of housing units, including size and number of affordable units”:

The Tenleytown private school Georgetown Day plans to expand its campus footprint at 4200 Davenport Street NW by demolishing the adjacent Safeway and bringing its Palisades lower school over to the site. The second part of the school’s plan is more controversial: to build two eight-to-nine story residential buildings at the site of the former Martens car lot on 49th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Opponents say the buildings are too tall. Supporters argue the area needs more density. None of the ANC members take issue with the height, but they have lingering issues over parking and traffic.

Discussion and possible vote on resolution regarding proposed bike lanes on 44th Street, NW, between Jennifer and Harrison Streets and 39th Street, NW, between Van Ness and Albemarle Streets:

Bike lanes are usually controversial, particularly in Ward 3, with many old timers clashing with smart growth urbanist-types who welcome cycling. District Wire will be surprised if there isn’t lengthy discussion.

Presentation of and possible vote on grant request to support Tenley Winterfest 2015:

Tenley Winterfest is the annual festival featuring craft and food, live music, film screenings, restaurant specials, and other events. This year it will be held Nov. 27 – Dec. 5.

Discussion and possible vote on resolution supporting a D.C. Department of Transportation proposal to add Capital Bikeshare stations at Jenifer Street NW and Massachusetts and 48th Street NW.

Download the full agenda here.

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