TramStore21: building sustainable light rail/streetcar depots
Is a European community initiative which brings together those municipalities and regional governments from across Europe that are building tram systems, to share best practices and to work to limit the use of fossil fuels in the creation and maintenance of support facilities. (E.g., the depot in Lyon has solar powered electrical generation from the roof and is using a kind of geothermal system to heat the facility, but using treated wastewater, which has a constant temperature).
-- Program brochure in English
Video from the 2011 conference
TramStore21 Annual Movie 2011 by TramStore21
This is particularly interesting given Ward 7 opposition to the placement of a streetcar depot nearby neighborhoods south of Benning Road. See "D.C. trolley car barn angers Kingman Park residents" from the Washington Post.
But also because Washington, DC has many examples of streetcar depots still extant, although all but one are now used for other purposes, while the 14th Street NW facility is a bus garage, although the DC Office of Planning believes it can be repurposed for real estate development.
- Blue Castle at 8th and M Streets SE (DC Mud article)
- Trolley barn converted into housing on the 1400 block of E. Capitol St. NE
- Georgetown Park Mall
- "Trolley Barn" building in Georgetown (owned by Douglas Development, rented out in part to Georgetown U)
- Upper 14th Street bus garage (Upper 14th Street NW Revitalization Study)
Interestingly, if you look at Census enumeration sheets from the 1890s to the 1920s, a significant number of Greater H Street residents were employed by the streetcar system (or the railroad), because 15th and H was a major staging point for streetcars, including a trolley barn that was extant into the 1970s (the location of the current Pentacle Apartments).
There is no reason why presence of the streetcar garage couldn't be leveraged as a jobs initiative for people in the area as well, with a nice building.
The Car Barn Condominiums (historically known as the East Capitol Street Car Barn or Metropolitan Railroad Company Car Barn) located at 1400 East Capitol Street, NE in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Designed by local architect Waddy Butler Wood in 1896, the building is an example of Romanesque architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wikipedia photo by AgnosticPreachersKid.