We thought readers would be happy to hear about the addition of a badly needed additional transportation option starting in March. The new express bus line, the G9, will run from Mt. Rainer to 14th Street NW along Rhode Island Avenue.
The G9 will run every 15 minutes and only during rush hours (from 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday).
Metro points out that service will run both directions during those hours, unlike some other routes that only run one direction during peak hours. The agency is in the process of developing printable timetables and maps.
The G9 is coming to Rhode Island Avenue in March 2017! We remain in close contact with WMATA on it and it remains on schedule for March 2017 pic.twitter.com/SsfH3eiMQi
This Thursday November 3rd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and the MPD will host the The State of the Metropolitan Police Department: Crime, Community Policing, and Selecting the Next Police Chief. Residents are invited to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns about MPD. The event will start at 5:00 pm and take place at Room 412, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. See the flier below and this announcement for more info.
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.
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.
Readers may remember our petition from January 2013 to bring a “green wall” to the Pepco Substation 133 building on the 3100 block of 12th Street, NE (between Irving and Jackson). Back in April we finally got word that the project was a go. Now we are happy to report that the trellis structure along the entire 12th Street length of the Substation wall has been installed, and portions of the sidewalk have been cut out for planter beds to hold the vines. Now we just have to wait for the vines to grow! Here are some pics:
We would like to thank the following folks who were instrumental in making this project possible:
Casey Trees Executive Director Mark Buscaino. Mark didn’t hesitate to represent the Brookland community to Pepco, offering his expertise and using the influence of his organization, which added more weight to our case.
Donna Cooper, President of Pepco. Donna heard our request to beautify the building in early 2013 and met with us on multiple occasions. All this despite her busy schedule and obviously, much larger issues to deal with, and in the end, she approved the plan.
Our 300 + readers who gave us overwhelming support for this idea via our petition. This encouraged us to not give up on this plan over the years, and of course showed Pepco that DC residents pay attention to what large corporations give back to the community.
Joe Barrios, former ANC 5B04 Commissioner and an involved and engaged neighbor. Joe’s legal expertise and advice helped us greatly at the negotiations table.
Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilmember. Mr. McDuffie was the catalyst in the very beginning of this process. He hosted the first meeting with us, Donna Cooper and her team.
Mary Pat Rowan of the Greater Brookland Garden Club who provided her expertise as a landscape architect.
The vines that were planted were Carolina Jessamine, which should look great year-round since they are evergreen and produce fragrant yellow flowers in spring. We are excited about this improvement for our community and hope that our neighbors are excited too!
We learned about an upcoming violent crime meeting from a press release from Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s office. Here is the info from the release:
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5), Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, announced that he will hold a public hearing on rising violent crime in the District of Columbia The hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 16, in the Council Chambers, Room 500, at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., at 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the 100th homicide of the year was committed in the District which represents a 36 percent increase, to date, over last year. “These homicides, and other violent crimes, have devastated families and communities across the city. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the steps that the city is taking to prevent and respond to violent crime, and to address the underlying causes,” McDuffie said.
The hearing will also consider Bill 21-0261, “The Sale of Synthetic Drugs Amendment Act of 2015”.
Councilmember McDuffie has been discussing strategies to combat crime in the District with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chief Cathy Lanier, residents, representatives from the Department of Justice, and national and local organizations. As a result of those discussions, and additional research by his office, Councilmember McDuffie will be introducing legislation to address the spike in violent crime when the Council reconvenes in September. More information on the legislation will be forthcoming.
Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie is hosting a meeting to address crime issues. Along with the usual summertime uptick in crimes like burglaries and car break-ins, there have been other high profile crimes lately, such as a teenager being stabbed at the Brookland Metro and robberies along the Met Branch Trail. For more information, see the flyer below.
Astrid and I have known Kenyan McDuffie since before he was the Ward 5 Councilmember and before gay marriage was legal in DC. We can attest that back then he was an ardent supporter of LGBT rights and continues to be an ally of the community. That’s why we are happy to post this flyer asking for volunteers to march in the 40th Annual Capital Pride Parade this Saturday with the McDuffie team. We have marched in the parade in the past, and it is an exhilarating feeling- why not give it a try? Check out the details below.
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