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Big Plans For South Capitol Street

It's anticipated that Akridge will redevelop the garage site, but no plans have been announced.

Hearing on Surface Parking

The Zoning Commission is having a public hearing today on a proposal to allow temporary surface parking lots on eight blocks in Southwest, south of P Street. A temporary version of this text amendment was passed with little discussion in October; tonight's hearing is about making it valid for five years.

A similar amendment covering about 10 blocks on the east side of South Capitol Street was passed in July, and four of those blocks have surface lots under construction. No more than 3,775 parking spaces can be built on all the blocks covered in both amendments without additional zoning approvals, and the zoning rules state that traffic to these lots may not be routed on any Southwest streets other than I, P and Fourth.

At its Feb. 12 meeting, ANC 6D unanimously passed a resolution opposing this new amendment, citing the "threat to the health, safety and well-being" of Southwest residents as a result of increased traffic. The resolution also decries the lack of any traffic management plans to prevent stadium-going drivers from using streets in Southwest other than the routes approved in the zoning amendments.

The hearing is at 6:30 p.m. at 441 Fourth Street NW, Suite 220 South, and can be watched on a live webcast at

Nationals Job Fair Is Today

The second job fair for part-time and seasonal positions at the new ballpark is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW. Employers are looking to fill positions in sales, hospitality, food service, security, guest services and other areas. Applicants must be 18 or older.

Dupree, a Post staff member, has been tracking the neighborhood's changes since 2003. For additional information and photos, visit

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