Establishment of a Mid City BID & Enhanced Parking

LCCA Partners with Local Businesses to Address Community Issues

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) has joined with local businesses to address two issues of significance in the neighborhood: the establishment of a greater 14th & U Business Improvement District (BID) and enhanced parking for local businesses and visitors. At last night’s ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) meeting, LCCA President Tim Christensen and JBG’s Ted Featherstone presented both proposals to the Committee. Click here for a PDF copy of the presentation.

Several D.C. neighborhoods have established BIDs to focus on safety, cleanliness, neighborhood and small business marketing, and events programming.  A 14th & U BID would address similar priorities. An informal planning group met last summer with D.C. officials to explore the feasibility of a BID and came away encouraged to proceed.

The parking issue for businesses and visitors was exacerbated with the establishment of the enhanced residential parking program in the neighborhood. While the program greatly expanded parking opportunities for holders of Zone 2 residential parking permits, it also cut by half the number of available spaces for businesses and visitors on the streets adjacent to the 14th Street corridor in Logan Circle. After months of research and planning under the leadership of JBG Companies, LCCA launched preliminary plans for a parking garage at the D.C. Parks and Recreation property at 1325 S Street, NW.

The CDC voted unanimously (10-0) to recommend that the full ANC endorse the exploration of public parking options by the City Council for the lot at 1325 S St, NW.

For more information about the BID, email midcityBID@gmail.com or visit www.midcityBID.org (coming soon). 

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2 comments to Establishment of a Mid City BID & Enhanced Parking

  • Austin

    I am glad to see these steps being taken to enhance the Logan Circle area! I hope that the growing neighborhoods along 7th and 9th Streets NW will also be included in this effort. Also, why is it tentatively called “Mid City” as opposed to something more descriptive about the areas being discussed?

  • Katie

    Let’s be clear: Clarendon, Bethesda, and Shirlington are NOT “great urban areas” — they are artificially created walkable destinations in suburban areas. That’s certainly an improvement for those areas, but it’s a farce to compare them to MidCity.

    Columbia Heights has an immense parking structure in the Target building, and it is regularly empty. I would hate to see something like that in our neighborhood. Whom is it serving? Businesses, not residents. There is plenty of public transportation that serves the 14th St area, including metro, metrobus, and circulator. The last thing residents need is additional incentive for this to be a tourist destination.