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DDOT Oversight Meeting At CUA Thursday; Give Input On Transportation/Environmental Issues

Do you have an ongoing issue that you feel is not being adequately addressed by DC’s Department of Transportation (DDOT)? Perhaps you have complained about a traffic pattern or the lack of care for street trees and have gotten no resolution.  If so, you here is a meeting for you. The DC City Council will be holding an oversight roundtable on the DDOT this Thursday at Catholic University. The public is invited to testify – see the instructions on how to testify below the flyer. Meeting info:

DATE: July 13, 2017
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A
620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064
 From Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s office:
The public is invited to testify and can sign up to do so by contacting Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at abenjamin@dccouncil.us. Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony. Witnesses should bring eight copies of their written testimony and should submit a copy of their testimony electronically to abenjamin@dccouncil.us. to Council and Resident Inquiries

The New G9 Bus Line Brings Much Needed Transportation Option Along Rhode Island Ave

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.

A map of the coming G9  by WMATA via Greater Greater Washington

According to this story in Greater Greater Washington:

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.

Here is a tweet from Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie who was instrumental in making the bus line a reality.

Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie To Host Roundtable Discussion On MPD And Crime Thursday

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.

mcduffie MPD Meeting Nov 2016

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Location Issue: Petition And Upcoming BNCA Meeting

1700 Rhode Island Ave. NE
1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the proposed site of the Ward 5 homeless shelter

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.


CM McDuffie To Host Town Hall On Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Location

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:

  1. The former MPD Building at 17th and Rhode Island Avenue, NE
  2. The Penn Center, located at 326 R Street, 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.

CM McDuffie Hosts Ward 5 Professionals Networking Mixer At Smith Public Trust

Logo Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust
Logo Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust

Ward 5 Councilmember  Kenyan McDuffie’s events are always a popular draw. From an email:

Please join me on Thursday, April 21 at Smith Public Trust from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for my second Ward 5 Professionals Networking Mixer.

Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE. You may access the Brookland-CUA red line train on the Metro.

There will be music, light appetizers, great conversation and more. Share with your neighbors. Please RSVP here and use the hashtag #Ward5PNMixer.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ward 5 Young Professionals Mixer Hosted By CM McDuffie

From an email from Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie‘s team:

Please join me on Thursday, February 25, at Union Social from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to kick off my Ward 5 Young Professionals Networking Mixer.

Union Social is located at 100 Florida Avenue N.E. You may access the NoMa-Gallaudet U red line train on Metro.

Come out and enjoy great food, conversation and more. Please spread the word.

Click here to RSVP and check out the flyer below for more info.

mcduffie mixer

Brookland’s “Green Wall” Project Finally Becomes Reality

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!

CM McDuffie To Host Violent Crime Roundtable Wednesday

Ward 5 Business Washington DC
CM McDuffies greets Ward 5 Business Leaders at a Brookland event.

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.