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Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.

Brookland Development Panel Discussion This Friday

There will be a panel discussion and a question and answer session about the various development projects happening around Brookland. This is a rare opportunity to interact with the major players in Brookland’s future including:

  • The Bozzuto Group and ABDO Development (Catholic U Development/Monroe Street Market)
  • EYA (Chancellor’s Row)
  • The Menkiti Group (901 Monroe Street)
  • Carla Perlo, Founding Director of Dance Place (Moving Forward Campaign)

The event will be August 17, 6.30pm – 8:30 at  the 12th Street Gallery, 3500 12th Street NE, Washington DC 20017. For more information click here

Can’t make it? No worries! We will be there and will bring you coverage.

Brookland In Photos: The Sheds Of Brookland Part 1

One of the great things about Brookland is our ample, lush backyards. In addition to the vegetation, I  just love the unique, colorful sheds found in our neighbor’s yards. So, I decided to start a photo series of them – let’s see how many great ones I can find. If you know of any – by all means let me know. I have passed the pair of sheds below a million times as I have walked the stretch of 12th st between Jackson and Kearney. Admiring  them as I walk transports me momentarily to a country road.

FoRIA To Give Langdon Elementary School A Face-Lift

The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) are seeking volunteers to help beautify Langdon Elementary School (located at 1900 Evarts Street NE, south of RIA). Help get the school ready for the new school year by landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, setting up classrooms, creating leveled book rooms, etc. DCPS will provide the supplies, water and a t-shirt. RSVP for this event here.

More RIA Development?

The City Paper and the Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider are reporting that Douglas Development maybe preparing to develop the rather dilapidated warehouse properties they own just off Rhode Island Avenue along the Metro.

Photo Credit: City Paper

 If I remember correctly, the first I heard of this development was via some chatter on the Brookland Yahoo! listserv in May and June. I believe this development was also discussed at an ANC 5B04 meeting recently. The photo to the left was taken from the City Paper article. While I am certainly not against transforming blighted buildings into housing, I am not exactly enthusiastic about this development yet.

First, why apartments? Between the recently completed Rhode Island Row development and the recently approved 901 Monroe development, it seems like our corner of the city is getting a lot of new apartment space as opposed to condominiums, rowhouses and single family homes. Secondly, it appears that the plan calls for an awful lot of flat parking lot and really no green space to speak of. The City Paper article indicates that Douglas is in the very early stages of planning, so there should be time for the community to address these issues.

Community Tree Care Event On The MBT

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is hosting a Community Tree Care Event this Saturday, August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Met Branch Trail (MBT). Last spring Casey Trees and Rails-to-Trails planted several trees along the Trail. They are now asking for volunteers to help weed and water those trees. Meet the group at the S Street Entrance of the MBT. A few things to note:

  • Lunch will be provided but they ask that you bring your own water bottle.
  • Each volunteer must turn in a signed Volunteer Waiver Form. You can complete one in advance or on-site. Those under 18 years of age must turn in a Volunteer Waiver form signed by their parent or legal guardian, and be supervised at all times.
  • Dress comfortably and for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required. Casey Trees will provide safety gloves and vests.
  • They will meet rain or shine!

In addition, attendees will also learn basic tree care information that they can apply to their own backyard. As we all know, this summer has been a scorcher, please help ensure all the trees in the greater Brookland area continue to thrive by watering those thirsty trees!

To register for the event or for more information, contact Juliana Villabona at juliana@railstotrails.org or202.974.5129

Brookland In Photos – CUA Artswalk Development

If you have been near the Brookland Metro lately, it is pretty hard to miss the construction going up at a rapid pace. Still, it has been a little difficult for me to visualize how the end product of the CUA/ABDO development would look, until today. As I was driving north on 8th St. NE I snapped this picture of the future Artswalk. For me, it was a turning point. Check it out in comparison to the ABDO drawing below. More drawings of the future development here.

CUA / Abdo Arts Walk Construction

5th District Police National Night Out

National Night Out is an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that takes place annually in August. This Tuesday, August 7, DC residents will join neighbors, police officers and other community leaders to celebrate National Night Out across the city. The Fifth District police will be having their event at the Metropolitan Branch Trail from 5:00 8:00 PM  at the S & 4th Streets, NE entrance to the trail. The following is a description of the event:

5D Community Walk, Ride, Skate 

  • Celebrating Walkers, Riders and Skaters & Community Safety
  • Food, Fun and Entertainment
  • Free Giveaways
  • Court Reports- US Attorney’s Office
  • Crime Safety Material
  • Bike Ride with MPD Bike Patrol Unit
  • Free Bike Registration with National Bike Registry (first 25 attendees with bikes & proof of ownership)
  • Registration of Stolen Bike Search with National Bike Registry (must have police report)

For further information contact:

Fayette Vaughn-Lee
fayette.vaughn-lee@dc.gov
(202) 497-0814