Brookland & Turkey Thicket Community Meeting (03 23-13)

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Brookland & Turkey Thicket Community Meeting (03 23-13)

  1. 1. Turkey Thicket “Play DC Initiative” and the new Brookland Middle School Community Meeting March 23, 2013BROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  2. 2. AGENDA • Introductions • Rules of the Road • Meeting Goals • Project History • What We Considered • Current Project Status • Site Options • Next StepsBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  3. 3. COMMUNITY MEETING GOALS • Where is the school situated on the site • What is the status of the playground construction project • What is the timeline for the school and playground initiatives • What is the budget for the school and playground initiatives • How is the school and recreation center parking going to be addressed • Who makes the final decisions • How will information regarding the projects be communicated more effectivelyBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  4. 4. PROJECT HISTORY Turkey Thicket Park • Included in DPR “Play-DC” Initiative for outdoor space upgrades during 2013. • Design concept by Studio 39 developed in December 2012 based on community input. Brookland Middle School • Site selected for arts-focused middle school through efforts of DCPS and Ward 5 Council on Education. • SIT created to guide school development and share information. • Educational Specifications developed in mid-2012 – Program includes 23 classrooms, performance space and gymnasium. • Hartman-Cox/Grimm+Parker architectural team selected in December 2012 to begin concept designs.BROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  5. 5. WHAT WE HAVE CONSIDERED • Achieving a World Class Middle School • Playground Development Plan and Timeline • Stand-Alone or Co-Located School and Recreation Center • Tennis Courts and Exterior Park Amenities • Park Site Access • Recreation Center and School Facility Access • Pick-up and Drop-off • Traffic • ParkingBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  6. 6. CURRENT PROJECT STATUS • MISSION CRITICAL: Find the Solution that Best Balances the Needs, Wants, Logistics, Budget & Timelines of All Parties • DGS, DPR, DCPS and the Community Working Together to Best Address the Neighborhood’s Needs • A Collaborative Effort to Create the Most Efficient and Useful Space for Both Turkey Thicket and Brookland Middle School • Brookland Middle School Budget = $50 million • Turkey Thicket Budget = Determined Based on Final Concept • DGS Will Oversee Project and Lead Communications Effort with Community Once Designs and Timeline are Finalized • DCPS and DPR are DGS’ Clients • Consistent Interaction with SIT Team, ANC, Playground Group, Community Groups and Neighborhood ResidentsBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  7. 7. Aerial View of Current School Site NBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  8. 8. CO-LOCATION OPTION WITH RECREATION CENTER PROS: • Potentially more space for surface parking • School has closer and easier access to playing fields • Shifting of park amenities provides a more flexible design • School has proper classroom orientation for natural light and energy efficiency • Shared school facilities provides for “expansion” of recreation center through shared use of amenitiesCONS:• DPR 2013 “Play DC” park upgrades delayed until 2014• Potential increase in traffic along 10th St• Park areas will be closed at times for school building construction• Secure access point required between school population and rec center population• Increased project budget due to demolition and rebuild of interior and exterior rec center amenities• Areas within rec center will require temporary closure to construct N reconfiguration & connection to schoolBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  9. 9. STAND ALONE SCHOOL AT 10th Street PROS: • School in close proximity to rec center to provide access to amenities • Provides physical separation between school and rec center • Students have easy access to playing fields • School has better access to light and views • School entrance on less active streetCONS:• Less green space available for park use• Additional exterior park facilities are involved in large construction project requiring extensive periods of closure for construction• Project budget must be increased to demolish and rebuild outdoor rec areas and N address site topographyBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  10. 10. STAND-ALONE SCHOOL AT SOUTH POINT OF PARK PROS: • School located at civic end of site • School has ideal classroom orientation for natural light and energy efficiency • Parking lots centrally located for possible shared use during non-school hours • Provides physical separation between school and rec center • School location is closer to MetroCONS:• Outdoor park space is reduced with less flexibility for outdoor space design and layout• North end of site has topography changes which poses issues and additional costs for constructing playing fields• All exterior park facilities are involved in the construction project, requiring extensive periods of closure for construction• Project budget must be increased to demolish and rebuild outdoor rec areas and N address site topographyBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  11. 11. STAND-ALONE SCHOOL ON EXPANDED EXISTING SCHOOL SITE PROS: • Additional open space added between school and tennis courts • Provides physical separation between school and rec center • Additional space available for parking or play-space • Minimal impact to 2013 “Play-DC” upgrades • School has civic presence on Michigan AveCONS:• No Drop-off to offset street traffic on Mich. Ave.• School constructed in close proximity to smaller scale houses• Potentially reduces tennis courts and delays Play-DC upgrades• Accessing fields from school requires crossing drive aisle and moderate walk N• Classroom orientation is not optimal for natural light and energy efficiencyBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  12. 12. STAND-ALONE SCHOOL ON EXISTING SCHOOL SITE PROS: • DPR 2013 “Play-DC” upgrades can continue for 2013 completion • School pickup and drop off drive helps alleviate traffic problems on streets • Rec center would not experience any construction related closures • School construction will have little impact on park and rec center • Provides separation between school and rec center • School has civic presence on Michigan Ave • School can be built with budgeted fundsCONS:• Limited site area available for surface parking• School building abuts tennis courts and enclosure fence• School constructed in close proximity to smaller scale houses• Accessing fields from school requires crossing drive aisle and moderate walk N• Classroom orientation is not optimal for natural light and energy efficiencyBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  13. 13. Next Steps • Posting of the presentation on the DGS website • Collect additional comments from this presentation • DGS to make recommendation to DPR and DCPS • DGS, DPR and DCPS make final decision • Next community meeting (Notification of Decision) • Site Investigations and Traffic Study will continue • Additional SIT team and community meetings schedule will be announced (announcement of “Play DC” construction schedule, site enhancements and parking will be discussed)BROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  14. 14. Questions & Answers Timeline and next steps are next….BROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
  15. 15. COMMUNITY MEETING GOALS • Where is the school situated on the site • What is the status of the playground construction project • What is the timeline for the school and playground initiatives • What is the budget for the school and playground initiatives • How is the school and recreation center parking going to be addressed • Who makes the final decisions • How will information regarding the projects be communicated more effectivelyBROOKLAND COMMUNITY MEETING – MARCH 23, 2013
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