the Neighborhood Design Center


February 17, 2023

Where Does Stormwater Go After Joe’s?

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We’ve had the privilege to work with Joe’s Movement Emporium on 12 different projects dating back to 2001! One of our most recent engagements with Joe’s secured a C3 grant for $150,000! 

Those funds will support planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, public art installation, and site improvement of exterior spaces to address storm water management needs, create outdoor program space, and protect natural resources. The building is close to the property line and located downhill from the mount of the City of Mount Rainier, causing rainwater to flow heavily through the property.

These issues create an unsafe environment for the community and take time away from staff, casting a shadow over a vibrant and creative space that is vital to the community. 

The project seeks to solve chronic storm water issues at Joe’s facility and in the community through innovative uses of public art and green design. 

We’ve assisted this project by supporting a community design process and providing a comprehensive design of storm water management practices to reuse and contain storm water in an urban area. 

Site improvements include a green roof, vertical rain garden, signage, lighting, parking lot resurfacing, native planting and outdoor program space.

This project will have a positive impact on the health of the Anacostia River watershed as well as the Chesapeake Bay.

Partner: @joesmovement
Design Volunteer: @designcollectv and @pomstudiodc