The Pennsylvania Avenue East Small Area Plan (SAP) is led by the Office of Planning (OP) and with community input and visioning, will develop recommendations to meet the project goals.

​During the visioning phase of this planning process, you shared your vision for the future of the corridor. Building on your vision for the corridor, we are developing draft plan recommendations. Your feedback and input on recommendations will help ensure the plan meets your vision for the future of the corridor. 

Project Goals:

Penn Ave Project Goals

Draft Vision Statements

Based on your feedback, the following draft vision statements have been developed. These vision statements will help guide recommendation development. Please share your reflections on each vision statement below.  

Penn Ave Youth Visioning

Vibrant Public Realm: Highlight Pennsylvania Avenue as a destination where all residents can live, work, eat, play, and meaningfully connect with neighbors through investments in high-quality and well-maintained community serving public spaces that incorporate park features, art, commemorations, and respond to local culture.

Updated 10/18/2021

Question title

Does the Vibrant Public Realm draft vision statement fit your vision for the future of the corridor?

Yes
54%
No
42%
No comment
4%
Closed to responses | 24 Responses

Question title

If no, what do you want the vision statement to capture?

Closed for Comments

Transportation Access and Connectivity: Establish Pennsylvania Avenue as a multimodal gateway that incorporates easily accessible transit options, vehicular safety, and comfortable pedestrian and bicycle access to all users while providing efficient connections to employment, retail, parks and open spaces, services, and other neighborhoods.   

Updated 10/18/2021

Question title

Does the Transportation Access and Connectivity draft vision statement fit your vision for the future of the corridor?

Yes
63%
No
25%
No comment
13%
Closed to responses | 16 Responses

Question title

If no, what do you want the vision statement to capture?

Closed for Comments

Housing Opportunities and Affordability: Encourage homeownership and rental opportunities for households across the income spectrum by taking advantage of mixed-used redevelopment opportunities to retain long-time residents, support first time homebuyers, families, and households on fixed incomes to foster a thriving, diverse community.

Updated 10/18/2021

Question title

Does the Housing Opportunities and Affordability draft vision statement fit your vision for the future of the corridor?

Yes
55%
No
36%
No comment
9%
Closed to responses | 11 Responses

Question title

If no, what do you want the vision statement to capture?

Closed for Comments

Economic Development and Retail Opportunities: Strive towards a culturally healthy and wealthy economy by encouraging mixed-use redevelopment that supports a vibrant retail destination and meets the shopping needs of residents by attracting and retaining new businesses and creating opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Updated 10/18/2021

Question title

Does the Economic Development and Retail Opportunities draft vision statement fit your vision for the future of the corridor?

Yes
64%
No
27%
No comment
9%
Closed to responses | 11 Responses

Question title

If no, what do you want the vision statement to capture?

Closed for Comments

Urban Desgin

What is urban design: the relationship between buildings, streets, and open spaces that collectively defines our experience in neighborhoods and communities.
What can an urban design strategy achieve: develop guidance for future development that can encourage thoughtful infill and new construction.

What is our goal: develop design strategies that can meet the community’s goals of increasing retail diversity, encouraging a thriving public realm, developing pedestrian friendly streetscapes, and anchoring the gateway as a destination.

Why focus on the lower node: improvements to the lower node can build momentum for the rest of the corridor; offer the greatest opportunity for new and infill development; provides transferable and scalable solutions for the length of the corridor; captures the most vehicular and pedestrian traffic; and brands Pennsylvania Avenue not only as a residential asset, but retail destination.

The following proposed recommendations can improve the Urban Design within the Pennsylvania Avenue East study area