On Friday, June 11, the always–challenging parking scene on Capitol Hill will become a little easier, especially if you are searching for a spot on 8th Street SE. The District Department of Transportation has just completed work on converting the area under Interstate 295-395 at 8th St. between Eye St. and Virginia Ave SE into a city parking lot with fifty-four spaces. Extra lighting has been installed, signs are posted, stripes have been painted on the cement and the new solar powered meter located at 8th and Eye St is running smoothly. The meter allows for two hour parking between 7 am and 6 pm and four hour segments after 6 pm.
Following remarks by Barracks Row board president, Tip Tipton, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will cut the ribbon, formally opening the lot on Friday, June 11 at 2:30 .m. A long–time resident of Capitol Hill, Tip Tipton noted, “It is rare for any urban area to increase its parking capacity. We are grateful to the members of District Department of Transportation for their efforts in making this additional parking available for visitors who support the shops and restaurants on Barracks Row.”
Bart Vandaele who opened Belga Café on Eighth Street in 2004, added, “We offer valet service but many who drive to our restaurant prefer to park their own cars. We hope this lot will bring great satisfaction to our customers who will now be able to find reliable parking. They will be able to park and get to their tables at Belga Café immediately, which is what they understandably expect and deserve. The new lot will make a big difference!”
After the ribbon cutting, lemonade and cookies (provided by Ted’s Bulletin) will be served in the triangle park on 8th and Eye Street located along side of the new parking lot.