The December Ward Five Happy Hour will be held at Smith Public Trust on Thursday December 7th from 6 – 8 pm. It should be a great way to get out, hang with some neighbors and get in the holiday swing. Check out the event page here for more details. Smith Public Trust is located 3514 12th Street, NE.
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is hosting a Ward 5 Day on Saturday, September 16 from 1:00—5:00 PM at Langdon Park. Check out more information at flyer below and the event page. Langdon Park is located at 2901 20th St NE.
The organizers of the Ward 5 Happy Hour arebringing their next event to Brookland’s Finest. The happy hour is taking place Thursday September 7th between 6-8pm. These events are a great chance to connect or reconnect with friends and neighbors. Here are the details about the event from an email or you can visit the Ward 5 Happy Hour facebook page. See you there!
The September Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be
held at Brookland’s Finest! !
Come enjoy food and drinks
with your friends and neighbors, old and new on the patio!
Thursday, September 7, 2017
3126 12th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
There is some street parking on and around 12th Street. There are several nearby bus lines in addition to close proximity of both Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland Metro stations. Capital bike share and Uber or Lyft are other travel options.
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
For more information contact us via
email at ward5communityhappyhour@gma il.com
find us on Facebook Ward 5 Community Happy Hour or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour
We thought neighbors would be interested in a dispute going on between residents of nearby Langdon Park and the city. Legally, the city must notify the respective Councilmembers and ANC Commissioners 30 days prior to changing the usage of a city property or leasing/buying a property. In the case of a number of industrial projects in this area, the city admittedly failed to do so, resulting in lawsuits against Mayor Bowser, the Department of General Service and its director, and the owner of one of the properties. DCist did a thorough write up of the projects and the anticipated impacts, such as an increase in traffic from trucks and other heavy industrial vehicles in a residential neighborhood. From the DCist article:
Ward 5, and Langdon Park specifically, is home to much of the city’s remaining industrial land, including warehouses, marijuana cultivation centers, parking lots, junkyards, and two trash transfer stations interspersed among blocks of primarily single-family homes. The city quietly planned to add a fleet yard and offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation, a training center and parking for the D.C. Department of Corrections, and a facility D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to the mix.
We first started tracking developments regarding the future Ward 5 homeless shelter in February 2016. The last time we wrote about it, in April, the cities request for a zoning change at the location (1700 Rhode Island Avenue) was approved. Now that things are moving forward, the community is invited to a design meeting. From a community announcement:
Ward 5 Short-Term Family Housing Community Design Meeting Number 2
When: Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Brookland Middle School; 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE
Purpose: Share input on the building exterior design and landscaping, and learn how to stay involved as the project moves forward.
For more information, check out this link.
The Ward 5 Happy Hour will return to Brookland’s Steel Plate this Thursday June 1st. From an email:
Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be
upstairs at Steel Plate for our June Happy Hour.
Come enjoy delicious drinks and dinner
with your friends and neighbors, old and new!
Happy hour specials on food and beverages until 7pm.
Beverage specials will be extended just for us until 8pm.
Check out more information on the event page. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE.
On Tuesday, June 6th there will be a community discussion geared for the Brookland, Brentwood and Langdon neighborhoods about how to enable technology use by under-served populations in Ward 5. From the event page:
We are inviting residents and community leaders to share their thoughts about how they currently use technology and provide feedback on ways to get more people in their neighborhoods online. This community conversation will also give participants an opportunity to ask the Connect.DC team questions about current programs and join our efforts to bring tech training and access to all DC residents.
The event will be from 6:30 PM – 8:00 and you can RSVP here. The event will be held at the Woodridge Neighborhood Library 1801 Hamlin Street NE.
Spring has sprung and it’s time to get outside with your neighbors! What a better place to do that than one of our favorites, Dew Drop Inn. We’ll be on the patio and happy hour will be extended to 8 p.m. for our group. Hope to see you there!
The Dew Drop Inn is located at located at 2801 8th St. NE, near the entrance to the Met Branch Trail.
The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, April 6th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm located at Brookland’s own Menomale. These events are always lots of fun, come on out and meet some neighbors. Weather shouldn’t be an issue since Menomale will host the event in the (heated) outside patio.
For more information check out the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour Facebook event page, contact them via email at ward5communityhappyhour@gmail. com or on Twitter @ward5happyhour. Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE.
The location of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter has been a hot topic ever since Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans to replace DC General Family Shelter with homeless shelters in each Ward of DC. In February we wrote about issues a lot of folks had about the original shelter location proposed for Ward 5, because of its proximity to a trash transfer station, bus lots, a strip club, a night club, and limited access to mass transportation and amenities like a grocery store. Then Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie held a town hall meeting to discuss proposed locations on Friday, May 27, although it was announced that he supported the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE as the site for the shelter prior to the meeting. On the heels of that meeting, on May 31st, the DC City Council approved the 17th and RIA Ward 5 location, along with the other city-wide locations.
Now some residents are raising concerns about the location and are circulating a petition to ask for a hearing. You can view the petition here. Among the concerns are that the proposed homeless shelter is for 40 families, but the lot size is only 12,000 square feet, which would not house that many people. This is also a historic building, (check out some cool old pics here) and although there has been city-wide discussions about shelter locations for many months, neighbors who were not plugged in/aware to the hearings and meetings have been caught off guard. CM McDuffie’s meeting unfortunately was announced with only a few days’ notice, and held on the Friday evening before Memorial Day weekend, so not exactly ideal timing.
This topic will be discussed at this month’s Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meeting on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 pm at Brooks Mansion. Representatives from CM McDuffie’s office and DC Department of Human Services will be in attendance to talk more about the proposed homeless shelter, the general process, and what to expect next.
The meeting will cover a number of hot neighborhood topics in addition to the shelter, like the proposed alley closure at 901 Evarts and the Howard University Divinity School development. Brooks Mansion is located at 901 Newton St NE.