The last bit of construction related to the new narrow sidewalk on the 2800 block of Davenport Street is now complete – a beautiful brick retaining wall at 2801 Davenport.
According to Paul Hoffman of the District Department of Transportation, the wall cost $56,794 to install. Asked about the choice of brick, Mr. Hoffman said the material was consistent with brick steps leading to the home, and of another retaining wall just to the north on the same side of the street.
Neighbors for a long period had vigorously requested this sidewalk, including the owner of this residence. Dennis Blumer had made a very strong case to Councilmember Cheh and ANC Commissioner Mary Beth Ray about the need for a sidewalk on this stretch of Davenport.
The only problem is that the parking spaces carved out by the retaining wall do not appear able to contain the two cars parked there. The wheels of the cars encroach upon the very narrow area left for the sidewalk.
“Fitting the safety trail on Davenport Street between Linnean Avenue and Broad Branch was a challenge that balanced safety, available public space, tree preservation and costs,” DDOT’s Hoffman said. “We expected some compromises along the way at entrances and trust that residents will use caution when using the facility.”
What does the homeowner think? “I really have nothing to say about the work that is negative,” said Mr. Blumer in an e-mail. “I was very impressed with the DC folks who worked on our block. Nice, helpful folks, and I think my neighbors would agree.”