The Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Tuesday, moving forward with developing high-density mixed-income housing, retail stores and park space around the Braddock Metro Station.
Compromising for the good of the whole themed the night. Numerous citizens spoke at the hearing on myriad issues of concern, but members of the commission insisted the plans benefits outweighed some uncertain outcomes, namely the relocation sites for dispersed public housing and potentially high traffic volume in the neighborhood.
The plan, approved after a work session and public hearing, marks the next step in the development process, which is far from over. Specifics regarding public housing and traffic volume will be discussed during implementation planning, Chairman Eric Wagner said.
Weve listened to what people have to say, Wagner said. But were never going to be in 100 percent agreement. Wagner indicated that the neighborhood concept is part of the master plan, and details will be worked out over time.
It may not be perfect, Wagner said. But we cant let perfect be the enemy of the good.
Community input was a major concern for the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan, according to commission officials, who attended meetings alongside community stakeholders for many months leading up to the plans approval.
Its a difficult plan, because were working with an existing community, Planning Director Faroll Hamer said. Its a combination of new and old. Faroll added that the disparity of incomes in the area make the process even more complex.
Some citizens voiced concern at the public hearing, urging a deferral, though others pushed it forward.
Increased density and urbanization has worked in Clarendon and Ballston, two examples cited by the Planning Commission, and Faroll said the high-density growth and public housing dispersion is a local and national goal, calling the potentially affected neighborhoods an opportunity for the city.