Updates From The February ANC 5B Meeting – Crime, Oxbridge Develoment, And More!

This past Wednesday our Advisory Neighborhood Commission had their February meeting. If you missed it, you’re in luck! We videotaped the whole thing. You can view the meeting in 16 segments at our You Tube page. Here are some highlights:

We got an update from Lieutenant Durand of Police Service Area 506. He assured us that there is no “crime wave” in Brookland. There is no news on the Silvestre’s armed robbery or the CVS “smash and grab” robbery. There is an uptick in car break-ins along 12th Street and burglaries. We asked the Lieutenant what coordination is taking place regarding the armed robberies by masked men using vans in Brookland and nearby such as the two robberies of a convenience store on the 300 Block of Hawaii Avenue and the attack on a Postal Worker. He responded that the Postal Service case is not theirs, and that he would not assume a connection between any of these crimes, and that they do coordinate along police district areas.

There were updates from all ANC Commissioners for their Single Member Districts, except for 5B02, Ursula Higgins, who was not present at the meeting. While that may seem insignificant on the surface, it was great news for those who would like to see Steel Plate, the new restaurant from the owners of Rustik, come as soon as possible. Because there was no vote on, or even mention of, the restaurant’s liquor license application, it looks like smooth sailing as the timeframe to protest the license will end before the March ANC meeting. Here are the updates from the other SMDs.

ANC Commissioner for 5B01, Shirley Rivens-Smith will be having SMD meetings every month. For the March meeting, there will be a viewing of a documentary of the history of South Africa and there will be information about new DC tax laws.

ANC Commissioner for 5B03, Michael Morrison, has not set up monthly SMD meetings yet. However, he is setting up a meeting in mid -March with representatives of DC’s Fire and EMS Department regarding the well publicized death of Mr. Medric Mills, who collapsed in the parking lot of a shopping center at 1309 Rhode Island Avenue in January.

ANC Commissioner for 5B04, Carolyn Steptoe, announced that she will no longer hold monthly SMD meetings because they “cause a ruckus among some people”. She mentioned a few developments in her SMD: 901 Monroe, Brookland’s Finest, Jackson Place Lofts and the Lock 7 condos, but didn’t offer any updates on them. She also encouraged the community to participate in a mentoring program at Luke C Moore Academy.

ANC Commissioner for 5B04, Janese Jones, announced that she will be holing meetings every other month. She gave an update on the construction of the Brookland Middle School.

We thought readers would be interested in this presentation about the development project from Oxbridge Development for the property they purchased on 9th street between Kearny and Lawrence, Streets NE. The project team is seeking a zoning change for the development and were hoping for a vote from the ANC, but none was taken.

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