Many Blooklanders know Jake Abbott and Shemaya Klar as the friendly neighbors who go above and beyond to make some of Brookland’s best traditions, like the Brookland House and Garden Tour, Brookland Community Picnic and the Brookland Ball happen. They also happen to be a great realtor team as well. This year they embarked on another community building activity – Bipeds of Brookland. These short stories highlight one amazing Brookland neighbor at a time, and collectively show what a great, diverse neighborhood we have. Check out the stories at the Abbott Klar blog or like them on Facebook to see new stories as they are written. Thanks Jake and Shemaya for all you do!
The Second Annual Brookland Community Picnic will take place at The Franciscan Monastery this Saturday June 18th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be a dunk tank, face painting, lawn games, magic shows, food, music and of course, a moon bounce. Checkout the event page here. Thanks to local real estate team Abbott Klar for hosting. The rain date is Sunday June 19th. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE.
With easy access to downtown via Metro or bike path, great variety in housing stock, large yards, the friendliest neighbors and ever increasing dining venues, Brookland continues to be one of the greatest places to live in DC. It also remains a bargain compared to many other neighborhoods in DC. Also, the large number of great DC charter schools in Ward 5 are significantly contributing to the desirability of Brookland.
We observe prices trending upward, with the best presented properties generating multiple offers and this will continue. While the 1 million dollar mark remains elusive, we are seeing more large houses sell in the 800’s and 900’s than ever before. But most importantly, Brookland remains a neighborhood where there are still many great options not just on the high end but also for the first time home buyers.
Our good friend Jake from Brookland-based Abbot Klar real estate group reached out to us to let us know about this fun event this Saturday. He said:
We are working on a community picnic with the Monastery. Food, Live Music, lawn games, moon bounce, face painting…etc. Should be fun!
Check out the flyer below for more details.
About a year ago, Astrid, one of our bloggers here at the Brookland Bridge started the application process to get a Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station installed in Brookland at the corner of 12th and Irving NE. It seemed like a great location, being just across the street from Casey Trees, where over 30 people work daily and volunteers come and go. Plus, she thought it was important to bring a bikeshare station deeper into our neighborhood. We finally got word today that all her hard work paid off, as CaBi announced 12th and Irving as part of their next wave of new stations. Way to go Astrid! I sat down with her and asked her some questions about how she got it done. New stations are also coming to the Chancellor’s Row development/St. Paul’s campus.
Why did you initiate the request for the bike share station at 12th and Irving?
I had been intrigued by the Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) system for quite some time. It is a wonderful alternative to other forms of transportation. It is environmentally friendly, fun, easily accessible, and an amenity that benefits local businesses and residents alike. I noticed that NE DC had very few stations and is not well-connected to the CaBi network yet. When I started the application process, the only NE CaBi stations were at Catholic University, the Brookland Metro, and the CVS on 12th Street. The station at 4th and Rhode Island was about to be installed as an amenity for the Mint condominium building. But the gap between these stations the rest of the network was quite big. I think it is important to have more stations installed in Brookland and NE in general, so many more DC residents have access to the Bikeshare system.
How did you go about getting the application together?
First I identified the department and team at DDOT that handles all matters related to CaBi. My primary contact was Chris Holben, who has been extremely supportive and helpful during the entire process. Once I knew where to submit my request, I started the ground work. I created a flyer which explained the CaBi program and membership, the benefits it would bring to our neighborhood, as well as a section for the name and contact information of potential supporters. I went house to house in a 3 block radius around 12th and Irving. I made sure neighbors understood that I am not with CaBi, but just a neighbor who thinks that it is a great program. In the address field I added an option where supporters could identify themselves as being interested in becoming CaBi members, if a station would be installed in their immediate neighborhood. This added additional weight to my application. I also reached out to local businesses and asked them to write a letter supporting the new CaBi location. Many thanks to Casey Trees, First Time Computers, The Menkiti Group, Abbott Klar Realtor Group, as well as the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) for their immediate response to my request. I completed my application package with pictures of the proposed location and I hand delivered it to Mr. Holben at his office.
How long did the process take?
I submitted my application on January 31, 2012. All location suggestions go through a lengthy selection process including a site visit of a DDOT team or representative. I learned that CaBi experienced a back-order situation for some of the equipment, and therefore had to delay the installation for a several months. According to the announcement, we should have the new station by March 2013.
Anything else you would like the readers to know?
Spread the word about the Capital Bike Share system, become a member if you think you will benefit from it, because the more demand we can show for it in NE DC, the more stations will be added in the future.