Franklin Park Public Kick-off Meeting: Nov 7



The Franklin Park Public Kick-Off Meeting has been rescheduled forThursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Anyone with an interest in Franklin Park is invited to come share their ideas for how to improve and enhance the visitor experience of the park. Attendees will hear a project overview including an initial site analysis and conditions report, and the project team will hold a visioning and programming workshop with attendees to gain a deeper understanding of desired park uses and current issues.  OP and NPS are partnering with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation on this effort.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please register to help us properly plan for attendance.


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Historic Homeowner Grants Available

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office is now accepting Part I applications for the Historic Homeowner Grant Program. The grants are available to low- and moderate-income households living in specific historic districts. Grants may be up to a maximum of $25,000, except the Anacostia Historic District where the maximum is $35,000.

The application deadline for the Part I application is October 1, 2013.

The grant program is competitive and seeks projects that will make the biggest improvement to their neighborhood.  Grants can be awarded for exterior repairs and major structural work. The grant program is available only to the following historic districts: Anacostia, Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, Capitol Hill, Fourteenth Street, LeDroit Park, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon Square, Mount Vernon Triangle, Shaw, Strivers’ Section, U Street, and Takoma Park. Click here for maps of each district.

The Part I application takes about 30 minutes to complete. In it, homeowners provide photographs of their house and a general description of the repairs and restoration they propose to make. The Part I application is available for download here. Part I applicants who qualify for the program will receive a Part II application. For more details on the program and the full application process, refer to the attached FAQ document or view it here.

Projects selected for grants will be able to start construction in spring 2014.

Questions regarding the program and application process should be directed to Brendan Meyer at (202) 741-5248 or

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