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.
The next Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be held Thursday May 4th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Dew Drop Inn. From the event page:
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.
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.
The Ward 5 Happy Hour happens tonight, June 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. From an email:
Come check out the amazing space at The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse in Ward 5’s Ivy City for our June Happy Hour.
They will host us on the spacious rooftop patio if the weather finally breaks or in the bar if it doesn’t. Also, don’t forget to check out their private event space where they will soon be hosting live bands.
The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Located just behind the Hecht Warehouse by Mom’s Organic, Planet Fitness & the old Love Nightclub. 2 mi from Brookland straight down 14th St/Montana Ave. Plenty of street parking right out front after 4pm. And an easy bike ride!
Recently 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 shelter location originally 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. Now, two new Ward 5 locations are proposed:
The former MPD Building at 17th and Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie will hold a town hall meeting to discuss these locations on Friday, May 27, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Israel Baptist Church, located at 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE. Those interested in this issue should be aware that CM McDuffie has stated that he prefers the 17th and RIA location for the shelter. Check out the Mayor’s Ward 5 plan here.