Non-Profit Org, First Time Computers, Is Leaving Brookland For Lower Rent

Brookland NonProfit NE Washington DC

Washington DC NE Non Profit OrganizationsWe were saddened to hear First Time Computers is leaving Brookland in search of cheaper rents, probably relocating in South East or South West DC. Located at the corner of 12th and Irving, they currently occupy the commercial space at  3101 12th Street NE. During the time we got to know them over the last 3 years, they have been great neighbors. For example, they have helped with neighborhood tree plantings, signed petitions to help get stop signs, and always take the time to say hello when you pass by. Their cause, to “empower low-income residents by building their computer resources and facilitating their Internet access” is one we believe in. It was great to see the positive, young people coming and going from their office. We wish them the best of luck at their new location!

 

Update On Noyes Playground Overhaul

Playground Brookland NE Washington DC
What Noyes Playground Looks Like Today

The community surrounding Brookland’s Noyes Elementary School has been clamoring for improvements to its playground for over 10 years. At the ANC 5B04 meeting last night, we found out that we are inching closer to realizing that goal. Since the last update meeting 3 months ago, the Request For Proposals (RFP) went out to potential contractors. (Read the RPF here.) The RFP sought a company to design and construct the playground based on community feedback gathered in early summer. By September, 11 proposals came back and by now the DC Department of General Services has finished their review. However, they cannot release the name of the contractor selected since the contract is still in negotiation. The good news is that the winning proposal came in under a million dollars, which means it will not have to go through City Council review. It is expected that the contract will be signed by the end of month. Then the design and permitting process starts and we will be able to see the concept picture below transformed into construction renderings. Bottom line, March 2013  the earliest we can expect construction to start. Check back here for updates, although it is unlikely that we will hear anything new till February or so.

Brookland Parks NE Washington DC

Arts Flex – The Awesome, Little Known Part Of The Catholic U Development

When I talk to people about the Catholic University development, the topic of retail and restaurants always comes to the forefront of the conversation. But there is more than that in store for our neighborhood.  One development that most people are unaware of is my favorite. It’s call the Arts Flex building and it will house approximately 3,000 square feet of open, flexible interior space for performances, community meeting space, and exhibits. There will also be a small catering kitchen and an exterior plaza. We were told at a meeting with a representative from one of the CUA developers, Abdo, that the Arts Flex building will be delivered by summer 2013. As someone who attends a lot of community meetings, I can attest that it is always difficult to find meeting space, so this is definitely welcome. Also, having a vibrant art-filled location will add value and quality of life to our neighborhood. I view it as yet another cornerstone of the arts district our neighborhood is turning into. Here is a rendering of where the Arts Flex will be located:

Catholic Development Monroe St. Market Brookland NE Washington DC
Rendering Courtesy of Bozzuto Development Company, Abdo Development, LLC

One of the great things about this location is that it is such a turn-around from what has been at this locations for years – nothing – but random garbage like discarded tires. Here are some renderings of the Arts Flex building. The rendering below is how the building will look when you are standing on Monroe and 8th St. NE looking east towards the bridge that goes over the Metro tracks.

Catholic u Development Brookland NE Washington DC
Rendering courtesy of Maurice Walters Architect, Inc.

The rendering below shows how the building will look with your back to the Metro tracks, looking west at the Arts Flex.

Catholic University Development Brookland NE Washington DC
Rendering courtesy of Maurice Walters Architect, Inc.

I checked in on the progress being made on this development the other day – here are some pics. Check back for updates on the Arts Flex as the months go by!

Catholic U Development Brookland NE Washington DC

Get The Latest On The Noyes Playground Overhaul At A Project Status Meeting Tomorrow

The “playground” across from Brookland’s Noyes Elementary School has been slated for an overhaul for a long time now.  As far as I know, the Request For Proposals has been released, responded to, and work should be well under by now. But it’s not. Those, like me, that are curious about the status of the playground should attend a project update meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place at Noyes Elementary School, 2701 10th Street NE.

Playground Brookland NE Washington DC
What Noyes Playground Looks Like Today

Here what the Playground looks like today and a partial rendering of what the Playground will look like in the future:

 Noyes Park Playground Brookland NE Washington DC

(Hat tip: Ward 5 Calendar)

Free Trees For Pepco Customers – Reserve Now Before They Are Gone!

Pepco has 2,300 free trees for distribution to their customers to promote energy conservation. They are working with the Arbor Day Foundation on this project, which will provide two free trees per applicant on a first-come, first served basis through November 5th. To request your trees visit this website. Once you reserve your trees online, the Arbor Day Foundation will ship the trees to you.

To be eligible, you must be a residential customer of Pepco, you are expected to plant the trees in a strategic location, and you must care for the trees once planted. The Arbor Day website linked above has an online tool that will help you plan where to plant the trees. Once you map where you will plant the trees, the tool will calculate your estimated benefits including energy savings, cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management. Yay trees!

Critical Exposure – Empowering Our Youth Through Photography

Youth Photography Critical Exposure Brookland NE Washington DC
Self Portrait of Tavish, a 9th grader at Brookland’s Luke C. Moore High School

I recently learned about Critical Exposure, a non-profit organization that teaches youth about photography and how they can use it to advocate for school reform and social change. Brookland’s own Luke C. Moore High School is one of the four partner schools in Critical Exposure’s program. The photo above was taken at an  exhibition of works by Critical Exposure students currently on display at the Children’s National Medical Center (111 Michigan Avenue, NW). From their website:

The policy changes required to ensure adequacy and equity in our schools and communities won’t happen without widespread recognition of injustice and a collective sense of responsibility to address it. Critical Exposure seeks to empower youth to provide this necessary light. Our students have documented inadequate school facilities, poor school nutrition, teen pregnancy, youth homelessness and unemployment, and the causes and consequences of dropping out of school, among other issues. Our youth have contributed their images and stories to successful campaigns for more than $400 million in additional funding for public schools.

They, of course, could use donations, but there are also a myriad of ways you could volunteer to support this organization and its good work.

Catholic University Homecoming Next Weekend – Tons of Events, Something For Everyone

Catholic University Brookland NE Washington DC
CUA Homecoming 2012 Homecoming Logo Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

One of the cool things about Brookland is the CUA alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held on Friday October 26 – Sunday October 28th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the full schedule here.  

Here are some highlights:

2012 CUA Athletics Golf Classic – Friday October 26th at 12:30 p.m.
Located at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Md. 21035.
To register for this event click here.

“Halfway Home” Happy Hour – Start the weekend of right with fellow Cardinals. Friday October 26th from 8 – 10 p.m at Clyde’s of Gallery Place 707 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Campus Tours – I am sure that this will be of interest for many alumni. The university is going through rapid change, and this will be a good way to get up to speed. Tours will be given on Saturday October 27th at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Meet at front entrance steps, McMahon Hall.

Pre-Game Tent Party –  On Saturday October 27th enjoy a pre-game picnic with food, music, and fun for all ages, including a moonbounce and face-painting for the kiddies. A ticket to the Homecoming football game is included with each picnic ticket. The picnic is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Homecoming tent, Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Field.

Homecoming Football Game – Of course, the highlight of any homecoming weekend is the football game. Cheer on the CUA Cardinals as they take on the Generals of Washington and Lee College. Saturday October 27th  at 1 p.m at Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Young Alumni Party – The young alumni party will be such good times, it needs two establishments to contain it. Starting at 8 p.m on Saturday October 27th at  My Brother’s Place (237 2nd St., Washington, D.C.) and  Kelly’s Irish Times (14 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

Real Estate Watch – Brookland’s Round House Names Its Price – $899,900

Historic Homes Brookland NE  Washington DC

Our readers need no introduction to Brookland’s Historic Round House. When we posted the website for this beauty earlier this week, readers kept asking me: “Great! So how much are they asking?” Well, now we know, check out the listing, with an asking price of a cool $899,900.  After touring the house during renovations, I think that is a fair asking price. So much work and careful thought and attention went into the renovation, not to mention its unique status, beautiful mature landscaping, and large lot (with a garage!). I expect we will see a lot of folks at the open house tomorrow.