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Ban Ki-moon Visited Brookland Middle School

Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC
Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC

Brookland has seen it’s share of high-profile visitors lately. First Lady Michelle Obama visited in March, then Yo-yo Ma stopped by Noyes School in April, and now, last Thursday Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations visited Brookland Middle School. According to this press release from Mayor Bowser’s office:

Brookland Middle School is home to a green outdoor classroom, a solar learning station, geothermal heating and cooling system, exterior green wall, underground cisterns, rooftop solar array, pervious pavers, and more.

DC officials will hold a briefing for the Secretary-General on building sustainable schools, which will cover green construction, data driven efficiency, renewable energy, as well as waste reduction, recycling and composting.

Wow! How great for those kids. Brookland Middle School is located at 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE.

Community Meetings This Week – Development, Metro Parking Garage, Etc.

We thought readers would like to know about three ANC meetings this week covering topics important to the future of our neighborhood.

ANC 5B05

The April 5B05 Single Member District (SMD) will be on Monday, April 13 , at 6:30 PM at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. Agenda items are:

  • The massive 1492 space garage we wrote about here. Representatives from Douglas Development will respond to community input on the project and a resolution may be taken up.
  • The community liaison for the Brookland Middle School, will present a public art project associated with the school.
  • Current issues in the single member district, including zoning, development and liquor license applications.

ANC 5B03/5B04

Site plan for the future Brookland Manor from Mid-City Financial. Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.
Site plan for the future Brookland Manor from Mid-City Financial. Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

There will be a joint 5B03/5B04 community SMD meeting  Wednesday April 15th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Brooks Mansion, Brooks Room, 901 Newton Street NE.

The main agenda item is the Brookland Manor development were wrote about here. This is the development project coming south of Rhode Island Avenue at/around 14th Street NE. The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and  will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. The developer and his architect will be in attendance. ANC 5B will be considering a resolution that addresses tenant relocation issues, traffic, and community amenities at the April meeting so this will be an opportunity to provide feedback on those or other issues too.

 ANC 5E01

ANC 5E01 is the SMD just over the bridge that covers the area including Monroe Street Market. The next 5E01 meeting will be on Wednesday, April 15th at the Edgewood Arts Center (3415 8th Street NE) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

The main agenda item is the  new development on 8th Street NE we wrote about here. This phase of the Monroe Street Market development is bordered by Lawrence, Kearney and 7th Street NE and will be 45 Town homes with 2 parking spots each. 

Brookland Middle School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony This Coming Saturday

On Saturday, December 13th there will be  a ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Brookland Middle School. The ribbon cutting will start at 11:00 am and will be followed by tours of the school from 12:00- 12:30 pm. The school is located on Michigan Ave NE and 12th St. NE and adjacent to the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this animated rendering of the school to get an idea of what it is  like. Also, check out the school’s blog for lots of photos of the nearly completed school.

Brookland Middle School Community Meeting Tuesday

Many thanks to Andrew from DC Public Schools for letting us know about an upcoming meeting about the Brookland Middle School. Here’s what he had to say:

We have a location set for a community meeting about Brookland Middle School. The purpose is to give interested community members an opportunity to get updates, ask questions, and give feedback on the planning process.

The meeting will be Tuesday November 18th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Luke C Moore auditorium. See the flyer below for more details. As a reminder, the school is slated to be completed ahead of the 2015 -2016 school year. If you are interested in keeping up with the school, you should check out the school’s blog for regular updates.

Brookland Middle School  Meeting Flyer

Brookland Middle School Construction Update This Wednesday

BMS Update Summer 2014It’s been a while since we have had an update on the new Brookland Middle School. The school is slated to be completed ahead of the 2015 -2016 school year. Many thanks to Jackie Stanley, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Department of General Services (DGS) for passing along this flyer about the next community meeting about the school. It will be held on Wednesday July 16 at 7:00 pm. For those of you that have missed it, here is a pretty cool animation of what the school will be like:

Brookland Middle School Update Meeting Thursday March 18th

Brookland Middle School

It’s been a while since we have had an update on the new Brookland Middle School. Last we heard, the school is slated to be completed in 2015, ahead of the 2015 -2016 school year. Many thanks to Jackie Stanley, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Department of General Services (DGS) for passing along this flyer about the next community meeting about the school. It will be held on Thursday March 18 at 6:30. For those of you that have missed it, here is a pretty cool animation of what the school will be like:

Brookland Middle School Opening Delayed Till 2015 – Regular Construction Hours Resume

We have been writing about the construction of the new Brookland Middle School (BMS) for over a year now. The latest twist in the sometimes controversial project played out over the weekend at an emergency meeting hosted by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. This time around, the issue was some extreme construction hours sought by the Department of General Services (DGS) so that the project would stay on schedule and the school would open by August 2014.

The end result of the meeting is that DGS will stick to standard construction hours (7 AM – 7 PM, Monday through Saturday) and not pursue extended construction hours. On this time-table, the school should be completed in January 2015, ahead of the 2015-2016 school year. Here is the presentation from the meeting, held on Saturday, November 16th:

There has been a long fight to get quality middle schools in Ward 5, so this decision surely disappointed BMS supporters. Clearly, strong middle school options are needed to complete the elementary to high school bridge that keeps young families from having to leave the public school system or move out of DC altogether. However, a point that was reinforced at the meeting is that the delay will allow the DC Public School system time to market the school and hopefully that will result in a stronger enrollment. (Currently, nearby McKinley Tech Middle School is only 60% enrolled.) The next community meeting about the school will be held in February of 2014. For those of you that have missed it, here is a pretty cool animation of what the school will be like:

CM McDuffie Calls Emergency Meeting About Brookland Middle School Construction

Arial view of the Brookland School and Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.
Arial view of the Brookland School and Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.

You may recall that in mid October we posted about a petition that your Brookland neighbors started in order to push back on some extreme proposed construction hours for the new Brookland Middle School. The Department of General Services (DGS) requested the hours so that the project can stay on schedule and open the school by August 2014.  Although there has been some dialogue, no compromise has been reached. Because of this, our Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is hosting an emergency meeting on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 pm to resolve concerns about the construction schedule. DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and representatives from DGS will be there as well. The meeting will take place at Luke C. Moore High School Auditorium, 1001 Monroe Street NE. From CM McDuffie’s meeting invite:

I recently met with Director Hanlon of the Department of General Services (DGS) and Chancellor Henderson of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) regarding the proposed extended construction hours for Brookland Middle School. We discussed the need for a stand-alone middle school in Ward 5, the impact of a condensed construction schedule on the surrounding neighborhood, as well as the budget constraints resulting from overtime costs necessary to meet an expedited schedule.

 As a result of this conversation, and my numerous conversations with residents and education stakeholders, I am hosting an emergency meeting on Saturday, November 16 to resolve concerns about the expedited construction schedule.

Brookland Residents Petition To Deny DGS Extended Construction Hours At Brookland Middle School

Arial view of the Brookland School and Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.
Arial view of the Brookland School and Turkey Thicket Recreation Center.

You may recall that in late September we posted an update on the new Brookland Middle School, to be built next to the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. Recently this project has generated a bit of controversy because the Department of General Services (DGS) is requesting Extended Work Hours Permits so that the project can stay on schedule and open the school by August 2014. (It turns out that a gas pipe needs to be moved unexpectedly, which will delay construction.)  According to a presentation, below, from a meeting DGS had with the public, they would like construction hours from 5:00 am – 12:00 am (midnight) for the October 16 – Dec 31 timeframe. As you can imagine, asking immediate neighbors to endure two and a half months of construction noise with only 5 quiet hours a day is a tough sell. In addition, DGS is also requesting 24 hours-a-day construction permits for interior work from January 1 – August 14th 2014. Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff, who lives next to the Brookland Middle School construction site reached out to us to ask the following:

As someone who lives next door to the construction site and is already dealing with the major problems of noise, dust and vibrations that may or may not be causing damage to my house’s structural integrity, I ask simply that you stand me and my fellow neighbors who live on 12th, Shepherd and 10th Streets, in opposing this extended work permit by the signing the google petition below. Thank you for your time.
You can sign the petition here.
 

The DGS presentation: