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.
Recently Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans to replace DC General Family Shelter with homeless shelters in each Ward of DC. The proposed shelter for Ward 5 is located at 2622 25th Place NE, which is an industrial area with limited access to mass transportation and amenities like a grocery store. Check out the Mayor’s Ward 5 plan here. From an email from the Langdon Park Community Association:
On Monday, February 22 at 6:30pm, neighborhood association leaders will host a Ward 5-wide community meeting with Council Member Kenyan McDuffie about the homeless shelter location. Residents will have an opportunity to share their concerns with the proposed location and participate in a transparent process to identify dignified and residential sites for the District’s homeless families. With this community input, we look forward to collaborating with Mayor Bowser to select a more suitable site for Ward 5.
RSVP for the meeting here. The meeting will be at New Canaan Baptist Church – 2826 Bladensburg Rd NE Washingon, DC 20018.
The February the Ward 5 Happy Hour will host two events, a pre-Happy Hour wine tasting at the newly opened Wardman Wines, and a happy hour across the street at Brookland Pint. From an email:
Wardman Wines is offering our group its own wine tasting. About the wine tasting: For just $5 you will have the opportunity to taste up to 10 wines, split between the public tasting bar and a private tasting table in the back classroom set up just for us. In addition, participants would get a 10% discount on their purchases that evening. Can’t get there right at 5p? That’s okay! The tasting is set up to accommodate you whenever you arrive. After the tasting come on over to Brookland Pint for more libations, delicious eats and of course, the company of good friends and neighbors.
Event 1: Wine Tasting
Date: Thursday, February 4
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 for up to 10 wine tastings and 10% discount on purchases that night
Place: Wardman Wines
625 Monroe Street, NE
Event 2: February Happy Hour
Date: Thursday, February 4
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Whatever you spend!
Place: Brookland Pint
716 Monroe Street, NE
Meet your neighbors, support local business, share a few laughs! Hope to see you at one or both of these great events!
The first Ward 5 Community Happy Hour of 2016 will take place on Thursday, January 7th at the newly opened CRISP (formerly Costa Brava) in Bloomingdale. From an email:
Crisp features $5 Happy Hour from 5PM until 8PM with awesome food prices!
Zagat says that – Crisp is a casual eatery that fires up hot, Nashville inspired chicken, fried catfish as well as other sides and items.
As I understand it their Hot Chicken is to die for and a quick sell out on any given night – so arrive on time!
Thursday, January 7, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
CRISP, 1837 1st Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
Street parking is available as well as multiple bus lines and Uber or Lyft! Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors! For more information contact us via email at ward5communityhappyhour(at)gmail(dot)com, find us on Facebook at Ward 5 Community Happy Hour, or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour
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