Despite its proximity to Catholic University and its metro station, the Brookland community maintains a small town atmosphere with its numerous retail stores, local restaurants, and residential community. Volkert was contracted to study the corridors of Monroe Street, 12th Street and Michigan Avenue and additional intersections within the project area. The study focus was on comprehensive transportation and streetscape improvements that reduce traffic congestion; increase pedestrian safety; reduce truck traffic; and enhance public transit, bicycle access, and connectivity while enhancing the unique and diverse character of the community.
Public participation was a key element in the development of the Brookland plan. The Volkert team conducted a community walk, several community workshops and meetings with neighborhood groups and a Study Advisory Team comprised of ANC-5 representatives to solicit ideas for every phase of the study. The outreach program also involved targeted mailings, public announcements, outreach to community civic associations, as well as graphics and renderings to illustrate the problems and potential solutions.
The study included design alternatives and final recommendations for public realm and streetscape concept design. It also included a pedestrian and bike study addressing the condition, adequacy, and safety of pedestrian facilities, pedestrian and bike routes, access to transit, roadway and trail geometrics, lighting, and evaluated alternatives for safe and efficient movement of pedestrian and bicyclists.
2006 Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland/Potomac Chapter
Scope of Work: Public Outreach, Traffic Studies, Transportation Planning, Streetscape Design, Public Realm Planning