Category Archives: Ward 5

CM McDuffie’s Statement On Proposed Auto Body Spray Paint Booths

Ward 5 Business Washington DC
CM McDuffies greets Ward 5 Business Leaders at a Brookland event.

Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Office reached out to us to share this message about two potential auto body paint spray booths nearby.

Dear Residents,

Last night, I joined community leaders and residents at the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to testify against two proposed air quality permits to operate auto body paint spray booths in Ward 5’s Brookland and Woodridge neighborhoods. The first permit, #6963, to T&W Auto Company, Inc., is to locate at 1736 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and the second, #6962, to SMART Automotive, is to locate at 2615 Evarts Street, NE.

As I mentioned in my testimony, I have submitted seven letters opposing the issuance of paint spray booth permits in Ward 5 since taking office in 2012. In the letters, I speak to the environmental and health effects of the volatile organic compounds emitted by paint spray booths. Air quality has been a major policy focus of mine. I have successfully authored two laws, the “Air Quality Amendment Act of 2014” and the “Solid Waste Facility Permit Amendment Act of 2014”, in an effort to improve air quality for Ward 5 residents through the enhanced enforcement of existing laws, particularly with regard to emissions from industrial businesses. Even with our efforts through the legislative process, violators consider paying the new fines as part of the cost of doing business. This is why I am opposing the permit applications for these two businesses.

I am very concerned about the consequential effects of adding any additional spray booths to our ward. These businesses operate without the proper buffers, and given their proximity to residences, negatively impact the quality of air, water, and soil. Equally disturbing, the clustering of these types of businesses creates an unknown harm to associated neighborhoods with unidentified long-term effects. We all recognize the need for industrial-zoned businesses to sustain the development of our growing city; however, we must seek a balanced approach that does not jeopardize the safety of our residents who are most impacted by the location of these businesses.

I want to thank DDOE for its diligence in responding to residents’ complaints and citing bad actors. Above all, I want to recognize and give special thanks to Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Debbie Smith-Steiner, Nolan Treadway, Walter Deleon, and Michael Morrison, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association President Tom Bridge, Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos Davis, and all of the residents who came out to testify against the proposed permits.

Although we have laws on the books to address environmental nuisances, we must remain vigilant when similar cases arise. I look forward to working with you to improve the quality of life for every neighborhood in Ward 5 and across the District of Columbia.

In Service,

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5

Chairman Pro Tempore

Chair, Committee on the Judiciary

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506

Washington, DC 20004

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Costa Brava In Bloomingdale Thursday

Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour at Menomale.
Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour at Menomale.

This Thursday, January 8th the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will visit Bloomingdale’s newest hot spot, Costa Brava. Here is the info from a recent email:

Meet your neighbors — Support local — Share some laughs, Why not? Join your fellow Ward 5 Residents for the 1st Happy Hour of the New Year!
We’ll be at the new restaurant Costa Brava! Look for us UPSTAIRS

Thursday, January 8, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Costa Brava
1837 1st St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 680-8090

Their usual happy hour is from 5-7p, but they’ll extend HH specials until 8p for our group. You’ll find us upstairs!
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
For more information contact us via email at ward5communityhappyhour@gmail.com, find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Boundary Stone Thursday

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland
Boundary Stone Dining Area. (Photo Courtesy of Boundary Stone.)

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place this Thursday night. This time around it will be held at Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale. Here are the details from the Ward 5 Happy Hour crew. For more info check out the Happy Hour’s event page: Come on out, meet some neighbors and keep the good times going.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-6635
Their usual happy hour is from 4-7p, but they’ll extend HH specials until 8p for our group. You’ll find us up front! Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
 
For more information contact us via email at ward5communityhappyhour@gmail.com,
find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Brookland Pint This Thursday

Brookland Pint Dining Room
Brookland Pint Dining Room

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place this Thursday night. This time around the Happy Hour will visit one of  the area’s new hot spots, Brookland Pint. These events are always lots of fun. Come on out, check out this new establishment and meet some neighbors. Here are the details from the Ward 5 Happy Hour event page:

Join your fellow Ward 5 Residents for Happy Hour at Brookland Pint!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Brookland Pint
706 Monroe Street NE 20017
Washington, DC

Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!

For more information contact us via email at ward5communityhappyhour@gmail.com,
find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.

As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not?

Ward 5 Happy Hour Comes To Brookland’s Steele Plate This Thursday

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, October 2nd, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This time around the Happy Hour will visit one of  Brookland’s new hot spots, Steel Plate. These events are always lots of fun. Come on out, check out this new establishment and meet some neighbors. Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE . As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not? For more information, check out the Ward 5 Happy Hour Facebook event page.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Brookland’s Finest This Thursday

Brookland's Finest LogoThe organizers of the Ward 5 Happy Hour are checking out one of Brookland’s newest eateries, Brookland’s Finest, for this months event. The happy hour is taking place Thursday September 4th  between 6-8pm. These events are a great chance to connect or reconnect with friends and neighbors. Here are the details about the event or visit  the Ward 5 Happy Hour facebook page. See you there!

Ward 5 Community Happy Hour
Meet your neighbors — Support local — Share some laughs, why not?

Join your fellow Ward 5 Residents for Happy Hour at Brookland’s Finest!Thursday, September 4, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
BROOKLAND’S FINEST
3128 12th Street, NE, Washington, DC
(between Irving & Jackson Streets)

Weather permitting will allow our group the entire patio section for our happy hour!

Feel free to invite your neighbors!

For more information contact us via email at ward5communityhappyhour@gmail.com,

find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.
Transportation tips :If you’re driving … There is mix of free and paid street parking with no restrictions for Ward 5 residentsIf you’re taking the metro or bus get off at either Brookland or Rhode Island stations. The restaurant is walking distance from both stations conveniently located on 12th Street (between Irving and Jackson Streets)If you want to bike … the closest Capitol Bikeshare stations are at 12thand Newton St. NE AND 10th and Monroe St. NE

August Ward 5 Community Happy Hour At Bidwell In Union Market

union market dc opening 090912 1The organizers of the Ward 5 Happy Hour are turning to one of Union Market’s establishments the Bidwell Restaurant for this months event . This Thursday August 7 between 6-8pm you will have yet another chance to connect or reconnect with friends of neighbors.

You can see the details about the event on the Ward 5 Happy Hour facebook page.

bidwell
Photo courtesy of Bidwell Restaurant

 

Ward 5 Power Line Undergrounding – Less Is Going Underground Than You Think!

DC PLUG
Logo courtesy of DC Public Service Commission

In March, Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill that funds an ambitious project to bury a portion of the above ground power line system in the District (see this Washington Post article). The project has been named DC PLUG and is scheduled to be implemented over the course of the next 7-10 years. A big and long lasting project like this, with a budget of $1 Billion, needs public scrutiny, awareness, inclusion and feedback.

We wrote here last week that the DC Public Service Commission started a series of public hearings to give residents a chance to learn more details about the project and to testify to the commission with their concerns, ideas and suggestions.

I attended the Ward 5 hearing on August 24. I was disappointed that only very few Ward 5 residents took the opportunity to hear the presentation about details of the proposed project. LeRoy Hall (Brookland resident and activist), Mary Pat Rowan (President of the Greater Brookland Garden Club) and Tom Bridge (President of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association) were the only people other than me, who testified. Hearings like this are a great opportunity to interact with public representatives and decision makers.

 Caren Bacon (Pepco) and Keith Foxx (DDOT) gave a presentation about what to expect in the months and years to come regarding the construction to put selected power lines underground. On page 10 of the presentation you can see which streets construction is scheduled for and what lines in particular are being put underground. I was surprised to hear that not all lines (i.e. cable) are going to be buried once a trench has been dug up in the street. Ms. Bacon explained to me that cost is the reason for not burying all lines and connecting the households underground. With that said, unless a collective of DC residents convinces Pepco that we deserve the extra investment  funded by the profit that they are making of the rates we are paying them, none of the poles will disappear and our trees will have to continue to endure drastic pruning. BUT, I was told that once the primary feeder [which runs power of very high voltage] has been removed, the pruning can be much less aggressive around the remaining secondary power lines.

Image courtesy of Casey Trees

I am also very excited to report that our friends at Casey Trees have testified at the Ward 7 meeting to make their expertise heard. Maisie Hughes, the Director of Planing and Advocacy at Casey Trees, stressed the importance in her testimony to protect the existing trees during the construction process and to assure the best possible conditions to enhance the tree canopy in the District for decades to come.

Here is a link to the audio recording of that meeting on August 24. There is still the opportunity to submit written comments to the DC Public Service Commission until September 15 2014. On their website it reads:

Any person desiring to comment on the application may file comments with the Commission no later than September 15, 2014. All written comments should be sent to MS. Brinda Westbrook-Sedgwick, Commission Secretary, Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, 1333 H Street NW 2nd floor, West Tower, Washington D.C. 20005.

There are more hearings and meetings to come in the following months. Keep checking the Commission’s website to review all past and scheduled future events and meetings.

Public Service Commission of D.C. And Pepco Hold Community Hearing On Thursday About Plans To Underground Power Lines

In March of this year the Washington Post reported that the ambitious plan to underground main power lines in the District would go underway this year. Based on information from Pepco President and Chief Executive Joseph M. Rigby quoted in the article, some of Brookland’s “feeder” power lines are scheduled to be buried among the first of the three year plan:

In the first year, work is planned in the following neighborhoods: American University Park, Spring Valley and Chevy Chase in Ward 3; Brightwood, Crestwood and Takoma in Ward 4; Michigan Park and Brookland in Ward 5; Marshall Heights, Benning Heights and Hillcrest in Ward 7; and Anacostia, Fairlawn, Congress Heights and Washington Highlands in Ward 8.

PSC and Pepco have scheduled a community hearing for Ward 5 residents for this coming Thursday. See the following details:

July 24, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

UDC/Bertie Backus School

5171 South Dakota Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20017

(Ward 5)

Further details are available on the PSC website.

            

Those who wish to testify at the community hearings should contact the Commission Secretary by the close of business three (3) business days prior to the date of the hearing by calling (202) 626-5150.  Representatives of organizations shall be permitted a maximum of five (5) minutes for oral presentations.  Individuals shall be permitted a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentations.  If an organization or an individual is unable to offer comments at the community hearings, written statements may be submitted to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, 1333 H Street, NW, Suite 200, West Tower, Washington D.C. 20005.

Any person who is deaf or hearing-impaired, and cannot readily understand or communicate in spoken English, and persons with disabilities who need special accommodations in order to participate in the hearing, must contact the Commission Secretary by close of seven (7) business days prior to the date of the hearing.  Persons who wish to testify in Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, or Korean must also contact the Commission Secretary by close of business three (3) business days before the day of the hearing.  The number to call to request special accommodations and interpretation services is (202) 626-5150.

Bertie Backus: 5171 S. Dakota Ave. NE (near the Fort Totten Metro station on the Red, Yellow, and Green lines)
The first location provided by the DC Council in 2009 is the renovated Backus school – home to UDC-CC’s practical nursingnursing assistant, and home health aide programs and the architectural engineeringfashion merchandising andconstruction management degree programs. Continued expansion is planned.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Comes To Brookland’s Smith Public Trust Thursday

Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust
Courtesy of Smith Public Trust

The next Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, July 10th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This time around the Happy Hour will visit one of  Brookland’s new hot spots, Smith Public Trust. These events are always lots of fun. Come on out, check out this new establishment and meet some neighbors. Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street, NE . As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not? For more information, check out the Ward 5 Happy Hour Facebook event page.