In January we wrote that the DC government submitted a zoning application in order to move forward with the proposed Ward 5 homeless shelter. The proposed shelter location is the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE. We recently learned from this WAMU story that the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) approved the zoning changes requested, paving the way for the shelter to move forward, and a step closer to the closing of DC General, which has housed up to 270 families at a time. From the WAMU story:
At a 13-hour hearing last month on whether the city should be granted a zoning waiver to go ahead with construction, critics that argued that the proposed buildings would be too tall and would create additional traffic in surrounding neighborhoods. They also took issue with how the sites for the shelters were selected, saying the nearby residents had not been properly consulted.
On Wednesday morning, zoning board members shot down those arguments.
You can see the Zoning request here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Do you have a rising PK3-12th grader for the upcoming school year? Attend the #Ward5EdFair on Saturday, January 28th, from 11AM-3PM to meet with over 30 representatives from local schools in the neighborhood – including DCPS and public charter schools. Learn about the My School DC 2017-18 application process and the range of school options Ward 5 has to offer DC residents. The event is hosted by DC Prep at its Edgewood Elementary Campus, located at 707 Edgewood Street, NE. All families are welcome!
The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 20th by 6 pm for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Gallery show that runs from mid August through September. Check out this link for more details about submission requirements.
Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its Off Rhode Galleryshows.
Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events.
The Ward 5 Happy Hour happens tonight, June 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. From an email:
Come check out the amazing space at The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse in Ward 5’s Ivy City for our June Happy Hour.
They will host us on the spacious rooftop patio if the weather finally breaks or in the bar if it doesn’t. Also, don’t forget to check out their private event space where they will soon be hosting live bands.
The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Located just behind the Hecht Warehouse by Mom’s Organic, Planet Fitness & the old Love Nightclub. 2 mi from Brookland straight down 14th St/Montana Ave. Plenty of street parking right out front after 4pm. And an easy bike ride!
Porch Fest continues that tradition as local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of FREE PERFORMANCE – music, dance, poetry and more – that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!
They are looking for a few more porches to host performances. If you are along, or within walking distance of Rhode Island Ave NE, between 4th St NE and Eastern Ave NE and have a porch – residential or commercial – consider signing up. Here is the link to sign up. In any case, we are looking forward to this fun community event.
The next Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be held this Thursday August 6th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at one of the area’s newest hot spot, the Dew Drop Inn. Check out the event page for more details. The Dew Drop Inn is located at located at 2801 8th St. NE, near the entrance to the Met Branch Trail.
Their usual happy hour is from 5-7p, but they’ll extend HH specials until 8p for our group. Make sure you have a name tag on!
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors! For more information contact us via email at email@example.com, find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.
Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists. The submission deadline is Friday May 29th for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Studio show in July. Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows.
Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events. Go Ward 5!
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