Category Archives: Ward 5

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Brookland’s Finest Thursday

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
Brookland’s Finest
3126 12th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 636-0050
6pm-8 pm

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

Langdon Park ANC Sues Over Lack Of Notification On Industrial City Projects

2424 Evarts Street  NE, one of the proposed sites, is about one block away from Langdon Park

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.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Design Meeting Wednesday

1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the site of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter.

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.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Steel Plate Thursday

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.

Ward 5 Tech Community Conversation – Bridging The Digital Divide

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.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To The Dew Drop Inn Thursday

The Dew Drop Inn
The Dew Drop Inn

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.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Returns To Brookland – Thursday At Menomale

Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour at Menomale.

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 @ward5happyhourMenomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Location Issue: Petition And Upcoming BNCA Meeting

1700 Rhode Island Ave. NE
1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the proposed site of the Ward 5 homeless shelter

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.

 

Ward 5 Happy Hour Comes To The Tavern At Ivy City Tonight

Happy Hour Art Enables Brookland NE Washinton DC
Previous Ward 5 Happy Hour

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!