Back in July we wrote about how some neighbors have raised concerns about the proposed location of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter. (The proposed loaction is the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.) Incoming commissioner for ANC 5B03. Henri Makembe, asked us to pass along information about a meeting Monday to discuss plans for the shelter. From the invite:
Join us to:
· View draft plans for the new buildings
· Provide input on the designs
· Learn more about family homelessness
Short-Term Family Housing facilities will be small, safe and dignified – with the services and supports that help families experiencing homelessness get back on their feet. These facilities will replace the oversized and outdated DC General Emergency Family Shelter. Each site will house no more than 50 families and include wrap-around services and supports including 24-hour staff to help families overcome barriers and move quickly into permanent housing.
For more detailed information on Short-term Family Housing, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: www.mayor.dc.gov/homewarddc
The meeting will be Monday, December 12 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy, located at 1404 Jackson Street NE. For more information and to register for the meeting, check out the event page here.
When Brooklanders headed to the polls last Tuesday, ANC Commissioners from the 5 Single Member Districts that make up Brookland and the immediate surrounidng area, 5B, were on the ballot. Thanks to Ward 5 Commissioner McDuffie for tweeting out the ANC election results. Congrats to the winners. To see where you live in the ANC 5B boundaries, see the map below.
Joe Barrios, the ANC Commissioner for Single Member District 5B04 (from Monroe Street NE to Rhode Island Ave NE, and from 13th Street NE to the Metro tracks), has stepped down. He let constituents know via the following email:
Dear ANC 5B04 community,
It is with great regret that I inform you that I have made the difficult decision to step down as ANC 5B04 commissioner, effective Friday September 4th. This decision is due to a change in my employment situation that will require more of my time than I’m able to provide while functioning as commissioner. ANC work is a full-time volunteer commitment, and 5B04’s residents deserve someone who can continue providing the necessary time.
I will continue working on Brookland and 5B04 issues with neighbors as a private citizen, as time and career allows.
It has been my privilege and pleasure serving as ANC 5B04 commissioner for my constituents, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.
The next ANC 5B meeting will be held on May 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School (1800 Perry St NE). The Howard University President will be there, and it is expected he will speak to widespread rumors about development at the Howard Divinity School at 1400 Shepherd St NE. (We haven’t seen any development plans, but we have heard that the Divinity School building will be renovated.) For more info about the meeting, see the flyer below.
We thought readers would like to know about three ANC meetings this week covering topics important to the future of our neighborhood.
The April 5B05 Single Member District (SMD) will be on Monday, April 13 , at 6:30 PM at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. Agenda items are:
The massive 1492 space garage we wrote about here. Representatives from Douglas Development will respond to community input on the project and a resolution may be taken up.
The community liaison for the Brookland Middle School, will present a public art project associated with the school.
Current issues in the single member district, including zoning, development and liquor license applications.
There will be a joint 5B03/5B04 community SMD meeting Wednesday April 15th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Brooks Mansion, Brooks Room, 901 Newton Street NE.
The main agenda item is the Brookland Manor development were wrote about here. This is the development project coming south of Rhode Island Avenue at/around 14th Street NE. The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. The developer and his architect will be in attendance. ANC 5B will be considering a resolution that addresses tenant relocation issues, traffic, and community amenities at the April meeting so this will be an opportunity to provide feedback on those or other issues too.
ANC 5E01 is the SMD just over the bridge that covers the area including Monroe Street Market. The next 5E01 meeting will be on Wednesday, April 15th at the Edgewood Arts Center (3415 8th Street NE) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The main agenda item is the new development on 8th Street NE we wrote about here.This phase of the Monroe Street Market development is bordered by Lawrence, Kearney and 7th Street NE and will be 45 Town homes with 2 parking spots each.
ANC 5B will have its first meeting of the new year. Check out the agenda below. The meeting will take place on January 28th, 2015 at John Burroughs Education Campus, 1820 Monroe St NE, from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
For many readers following the ins and outs of Single Member Distric 5B04, the recent election was a welcome break from the past. Now it’s time to look ahead to the future of this important section of the neighborhood that includes 12th Street NE commercial corridor from Monroe Street to Rhode Island Ave. Come out and meet your new ANC Commissioner Joe Barrios.
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