Tree-lined Median to be built on Connecticut Ave. Golden Triangle BID Awarded Funds for Construction
Release Date: Tuesday, October 7th 2008
Tree-lined Median to be built on Connecticut Ave.
Golden Triangle BID Awarded Funds for Construction
Tree-lined Median to be built on Connecticut Ave. Golden Triangle BID Awarded Funds for ConstructionWashington, D.C. [October 7, 2008] – Area workers, visitors, and even the President’s motorcade will all be afforded a much more enticing view, as the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) was selected to receive $441,627 to build a tree-lined median along Connecticut Avenue between K and L Streets NW.
Located just a few of blocks from the White House and recognized as one of the District’s most important and bustling thoroughfares, the crossroads of Connecticut Avenue and K Street has some of the city’s highest vehicle, Metro, and pedestrian counts. A tree-lined median will substantially increase pedestrian safety along the corridor, have a positive environmental impact, and create a pleasing aesthetic environment at the heart of the Golden Triangle.
“Beyond the obvious benefits of the median itself, this is a crucial step towards an overall streetscape enhancement of the Connecticut Avenue corridor,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID. “Connecticut Avenue is an iconic avenue at the epicenter of the city. It deserves to look amazing.”
The median plays a major role in the Golden Triangle BID’s larger vision to make Connecticut Avenue between Lafayette Park and Dupont Circle the premier retail destination in the region. The corridor already boasts some of the most popular and high-end retailers in the area, such as Thomas Pink, Burberry, Ann Taylor, The Gap, Filene’s Basement, Brooks Brothers, and Godiva Chocolatier. A streetscape concept design, funded by the BID and developed through a unique public/private partnership, is being finalized and the construction of this median marks the first stage of development for the overarching enhancement project.
The median project funding stems from nearly $2 million that was available city-wide as part of the District Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program. Fourteen applications were received and nine projects received funding. As part of the application process, Golden Triangle BID staff gathered street-level data by counting illegal u-turns and pedestrian crossings along the corridor.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE BID
The Golden Triangle BID is a private organization that works to enhance DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street, NW to 21st Street, NW. The BID’s primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and friendly environment within its 42 blocks of public space for area workers and visitors.