Wednesday, May 25, 2016

do you patronize the Wednesday afternoon Arcadia Mobile Market in LeDriot Park ?

See this tweet and image:

Scott Roberts@ScottRobertsDC                      Washington, DC
potatoes, sweet potatoes & apples here at today's in @ArcadiaFood
6:18 PM - 25 May 2016

The Arcadia Mobile Market visits 3rd and Elm Street NW on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm.

McMillan on Thursday's HPRB agenda

Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:03 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPRB Live Video Webcast - REVISED Agenda May 26 and June 2, 2016

Greetings:   Tomorrow's HPRB hearing will be webcast live at 9:00 AM. Please Citizens may view the hearing at this URL:   Please select "View Live Video".


May 26 Agenda


6.   3:00 – 4:30      Tregaron Estate, 3100 Macomb Street NW, HPA 16-053, concept/construction of new classroom building and site alterations  [deferred at request of the applicant]

June 2 Agenda  


11.    1:15 – 2:00    Duke Ellington School (Western High School), 35th and R Streets NW, HPA 14-133 and 14-322, revisions to approved concept [withdrawn by applicant]


The Revised  Agenda and Staff Reports are posted on our website at: . The Revised agenda is also copied below.





A.            U.S. Post Office Department Mail Equipment Shops, 2135 5th Street NE, Case 16-08


B.            3703 Reno Road NW, HPA 16-382, concept/rear addition

C.            3512 Rodman Street NW, HPA 16-345, concept/rear addition and front porch


D.            1510 and 1512 21st St NW, HPA 16-148, concept/renovation and four-story rear addition


E.            324 Aspen Street NW, HPA 16-372, concept/rear addition


F.            1909 9th Street NW, HPA 16-095, concept/roof addition



1.    9:10 – 10:00     Mount Vernon Seminary for Girls, 3801 Nebraska Avenue NW, Case 15-22


2.    10:00 – 10:45   1101-1111 16th Street NW, HPA 16-157, concept/façade alterations to non-contributing buildings


3.    10:45 – 11:45   2000 Florida Avenue NW, HPA 16-258, concept/exterior alteration to American Geophysical Union

                11:45     LUNCH BREAK


4.   12:45 – 1:45    St. Regis (formerly Carlton Hotel), 923 16th Street NW, HPA 16-293, concept/side and roof addition


5.   1:45 – 3:00      McMillan Reservoir Park, HPA 16-310, 2501 First Street NW, final concept/park, community center and north and south service courts

                3:00        ADJOURN


6.   Tregaron Estate, 3100 Macomb Street NW, HPA 16-053, concept/construction of new classroom building and site alterations  [deferred at request of the applicant]



7.  9:00 – 10:00      1336 8th Street, NW, HPA 16-353, concept/new construction


8.  10:00 – 11:00    1701-1711 14th Street, NW, HPA 16-379, concept/renovation and new construction of seven story retail and residential building


9.   11:00 – 11:45   3118-3120 16th Street NW, HPA 16-312, revised concept/side and roof additions to two buildings


10.   11:45 – 12:30  2161 Florida Avenue NW, HPA 16-377, concept/roof addition on two-story carriage house

                12:30     ADJOURN


11.   Duke Ellington School (Western High School), 35th and R Streets NW, HPA 14- 133 and 14-322, revisions to approved concept [withdrawn by applicant]


Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Update for today

From: Sharon Robinson
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:49 PM
Subject: FST Update

Bloomingdale Neighbors,

The First Street Tunnel team will be working until 7 PM at V St today with a concrete placement.   We will also be working at V St and potentially Adams St. on Saturday.  We will not be working on Sunday or Monday.

Please join us for the Tunnel Forum tomorrow at 7 PM at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Best regards,

Sharon Robinson-Goods, APR

Public Relations Lead, SKJD
DC Water Clean Rivers
First Street Tunnel
5000 Overlook Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20036

latest for McMillan: more concrete

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:00 PM
Subject: [WARD5] Latest for McMillan: More Concrete; HPRB hearing Thursday


Latest for McMillan: More Concrete
Thursday Hearing Before Historic Preservation Board 
The DC Historic Preservation Review Board this Thursday, tomorrow, to  consider revised plans for the 2-million-plus square feet development of the 25-acre McMillan Park.  The new plans show that the public amphitheater including a large stream and public pond, is to be replaced with concrete pavers. 



Most shocking is the complete disappearance of the central water wells and the central fountain that were originally proposed to be integrated into and around the existing McMillan sand silos. These too have been replaced with more concrete pavers and stone stairwells, without explanation for this change in design.

Original central water fountain:

These water features were among the few connections to McMillan’s clean-water history as a national and local landmark.

Despite widespread resident opposition and lawsuits, as well as fundamental District of Columbia planning documents showing that vast majority of the historic McMillan Park should remain as open public space, two years ago the DC Historic Preservation Review Board approved a project that destroys nearly 20 acres of historically significant underground water cells, and paves over more than two-thirds of the 25-acre park with 2+ million square feet of high-density commercial and residential redevelopment at the intersection of North Capitol and Michigan Avenues in Northwest DC.

The HPRB will meet to discuss changes to the plans from two years ago, this Thursday at 441 4th Street NW, Room 220 South; the schedule calls for McMillan to come up at 1:45 pm. 

Individuals and organization representatives are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and express their opposition to the new change in design.

HPRB agenda:

Envision McMillan Partners plans:


dirt bikes on Florida Avenue yesterday evening

See this 05-25-2016 message from a Florida Avenue NW resident:

                Last night, just after rush hour, those of us who live in the unit block of Florida Ave., NW were treated to a horde of dirt bikes and ATVs numbering about 20 which descended upon us from the East. The bikes and ATVs were operated by young men wearing ski masks covering all but their eyes. Traffic came to a standstill as the machines zipped up and down the street performing stunts (wheelies and crossovers) at great speeds. The noise was deafening and the maneuvering and speed on the sidewalks and through the alleys exhilarating. The machines were brightly colored and appeared to be brand-new. Adding to the excitement was the dirt and flowers flying from the tree boxes and the pedestrians cowering into the stairwells. The performance lasted about 5 minutes and rivaled scenes we typically see in an action movie depicting bad bikers terrorizing a community. Of course, this was reality and just a bunch of young guys out having fun, although it was a little disconcerting watching them pull down the masks over their faces. We thought it was so entertaining that we called 911 so that MPD could come and enjoy the show with us. They must have been busy because none appeared except the one that had been sitting in the gas station while all of this was going on (I wonder if the squad car got dirty when the bikes and ATVs dug up the gas station lawn spewing dirt everywhere). It must’ve been very exciting for that police officer to be so close to the action. Finally, the bikes left in the direction of U Street and we were able to get back to watching the Nats game. In hindsight, I wish I had recorded it and passed it on to the developers of all the new condos going up in the block. Perhaps a little lawlessness would be good for sales. Anyway, it sure sounds like the beginning of an exciting summer.

from Common Good City Farm: Come to our Farm Stand this Thursday from 4pm-7pm!

Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:43 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Come to our Farm Stand this Thursday from 4-7pm!

Hi Everyone!

Come out to our Farm Stand tomorrow from 4-7pm!

We will have:

Kale (Red Russian & Siberian)



Lettuce (Vulcan, Alkindus, Romaine)

Many thanks!

Josephine Chu
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)


Common Good City Farm's mission is to grow food, educate, and help
low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our programs
provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and
environmental sustainability.

Federal employee? Our CFC# is 74984.

Signup for our e-newsletter:

applications due in one week for the 2016 Bloomingdale Civic Association Scholarship !

The deadline for the 2016 Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) Scholarship applications is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

This year the BCA is awarding two $1,500 scholarships to students accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical program for the Fall 2016 semester.

Eligible applicants must:
-Reside within the District-recognized boundaries of Bloomingdale (see map) AND/OR be a student or alumni of McKinley or Dunbar H.S.;
-Have a 2.5 or above GPA for the most recently completed academic year; and,
Be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical program for the Fall 2015 semester.

**Applicants (or whose parent or guardian) who are members of the BCA at the time of application are eligible for additional points on their application** Click here to find out more about membership in the BCA.

Applications are due by June 1, 2016. Recipients will be announced at the June 20, 2015 BCA meeting.

Bloomingdale Civic Assn Scholarship Flyer 2016 by Scott Roberts

McMillan listed under DMPED development projects for Ward 5

Bloomingdale's McMillan Sand Filtration site is listed under the Ward 5 DMPED development projects -- "in the pipeline."

Here is the link to this data.

McMillan listed under DMPED affordable housing project in the pipeline for Ward 5

And more from

McMillan is listed in the chart below under Affordable Housing.

Once again, here is the link to all of this data.

Friendship PCS (formerly CAPCS) at 1st & P St NW: industrial revenue bond project in the neighborhood within Ward 5

More data from

The Friendship Public Charter School -- formerly the CAPCS -- at 1s & P St NW -- is an industrial revenue bond project for Ward 5.

And now you know this.

Great Street grant awardees in the neighborhood within Ward 5: Cultivate the City, Milk Cult, Rustik Tavern and Big Bear Cafe

More neighborhood data from this link.

This post is on the Great Streets grant awardees.

Note that 1516 North Capitol Street NW is now occupied by North Capitol Pharmacy, which has not yet opened (formerly London Bailey Studio).

Cultivate the City has a field on an empty lot on North Capitol Street NW.

Milk Cult has a warehouse on Hanover Place NW.

14 & 16 Florida Ave NW; 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 Q St NW - former vacant/abandoned residential properties in the neighborhood tracked by the DMPED Economic Intelligence Dashboard

See this info on DMPED's Property Acquisition and Disposition Division (PADD), which I have never heard of before.

Here is the link to this data.

See what's on the list for Ward 5:

Here is the link for Ward 5.

Spring Into Healthy Cooking Part 1 today at Common Good City Farm

Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:50 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Seed-to-Table Healthy Cooking workshop series at Common Good City Farm

Hi Everyone,

Come join us on the Farm for our Seed-to-Table Healthy Cooking Workshop Series!

We will harvest produce from the farm and use it to prepare a meal together for a farm-to-table dinner!

Spring into Healthy Cooking Pt. 1
Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Summer: Cooking Produce at its Peak Pt. 2
Wednesday, July 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Fall Forward Cooking Pt. 3
Wednesday, September 28, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Register for the 3- Part Healthy Cooking Workshop Series:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Many thanks!

Josephine Chu
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)


Common Good City Farm's mission is to grow food, educate, and help
low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our programs
provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and
environmental sustainability.

Federal employee? Our CFC# is 74984.

Signup for our e-newsletter:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

mother with 2-year-old child robbed at gunpoint this afternoon on the 1700 block of 4th St NW

See this Tuesday, 05-24-2016, message from a Bates Area resident:

I was robbed today! I thought that adults with helpless children has some sort of security, but no!  My son and I were robbed at gunpoint this afternoon — I was parked in front of my house (1700 block of 4th Street NW) unloading my car, he was in his car seat, and the guy ran over flashing his gun and yelling… I told him I had a child in the car and he still said “Just give me everything.” He then jumped in a minivan and sped away… luckily I got the license plate and used my Android Tracker to chase the phone around town, and the cops are on it, and we are both safe, so I’m feeling a lot of relief. but how hostile do you have to be to rob a mother with her 2-year-old who is unloading, of all things, begonias? The guy got my phone, wallet, 200 cheerios and some diapers.

See this subsequent MPD Email:

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:26 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] FW: Reminder - Listserv Postings
To the Fifth District Community:
On Tuesday May 24, 2016 at approximately 4:00PM, a Robbery (Hold-up Gun) occurred in the 1700 Block of  4th St., NW.  A suspect approached the complaint as they were unloading their car.   The suspect produced a silver colored handgun and demanded the complaint’s property.  The suspect fled in a blue/green colored mini van.
Lookout is for a black male, slim build, white, shirt with curly hair 18 – 22 years of age.
Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Fifth District Detectives’ Office at 202-698-0260, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.

Persons with information may also anonymously text via cell phone to 50411. Text, photo and video messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips on serious or violent crimes will be investigated by members of the department. If you would like a police response for any incident, please call 911. (Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message. The anonymous text tip line is not an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency that requires the police, please call 911.)

Thank You

Captain Judith Mack

sunshine and strawberries in Bloomingdale

See this tweet and image:

Tammar Berger@Canuckdc                      Bloomingdale, Washington

letter to DDOT re: North Capitol Street

See this message to DDOT from Eckingtonian Timothy Bennett:

Leif A. Dormsjo
Director, District Department of Transportation
55 M Street, SE, Suite 400,
Washington, DC 20003 

Director Dormsjo,

This is the first formal letter I have drafted to a District Official, which hopefully will highlight the importance of the subject. I have lived in the District of Colombia over the last 18 years, and the last 10 years, I have lived in close proximity to North Capitol Street.  In that time the volume of traffic has increased exponentially.  As the population of the District increases, particularly in Wards 5, 4 and 1, so has vehicular traffic.  I traverse this thoroughfare each day, and observe opportunity for improvement.  Perhaps, by highlighting some of these observations, you and your experienced Department colleagues might see cause for action.  It is my hope that improvements can be made to improve the flow of traffic on North Capitol Street. 

In my view, there are several problems that currently affect traffic flow: 
  • ·       Illegal parking during rush hour times which blocks car and bus traffic when volume is highest
  • ·       Vehicles attempting to turn left, where no left turns are permitted
  • ·       Legal left turns, with no dedicated turn arrow, which slow traffic
  • ·       Lack of proper signal coordination between M Street and H Street
  • ·       Long queues of cars and busses at North Capitol Street NW and New York Ave NW
  • ·       Frequent U-turns on North Capitol Street between K Street and Massachusetts Ave
  • ·       Unclear lane designations at H Street.  Drivers are illegally turning right on to H Street from middle lane.
Some of these problems were also identified in a 2013 Metrobus Study of the 80 Bus Line, and it appears those difficulties have only increased in the past three years.  I am neither an expert in city transportation but believe that there are some solutions that could be considered. For instance: 
  • ·       Increasing timely enforcement of rush hour parking ban on North Capitol Street
  • ·       Reducing or eliminating left hand turns from North Capitol Street unless there is a dedicated turn arrow (P Street, L Street, Mass Ave)
  • ·       Finding a way to accommodate pedestrians, busses, cars at North Capitol Street and New York Avenue to reduce multiple light cycles and backups on the access road
  • ·       Close median breaks between M St and Mass Ave to reduce U-turns.
  • ·       Improve signage at Florida Ave to discourage illegal left turns.  Add sign before Florida ave saying: “For Eastbound Florida Ave, please use P Street NE 2nd Light”
  • ·       Paint lane markers at H Street to discourage right-hand turns from center lane
Thank you for taking the time to review this letter, and perhaps this can start some planning and solutions to an ever worsening traffic situation in Ward 5. I would be happy to meet with you or your staff to discuss these ideas.


Timothy A. Bennett

Leif Dormsjo

"a typical bait and switch at McMillan"

See this 05-24-2016 message from an unhappy Bloomingdale resident:

The beautiful park water fall planned for McMillan Park has been scratched. It will NOT be built. Neither will the fountain that was planned. This was presented to the community as a selling point for the park, and now Vision McMillan is "pulling the plug"! UNACCEPTABLE!

There won't be any water features at McMillan Park!

Here is the Historic Preservation Office staff report about the water features:

"For budget and maintenance reasons, the pedestrian entrance into the south service court from North Capitol Street has been modified to eliminate the large water wall fountain but would retain a generous publicly-scaled stair into the site. For similar reasons, the fountain at the west entrance to the north service court has also been eliminated and converted to a tiered planted area that will incorporate several of the sculptural sand washers from elsewhere on the site".

petition for traffic calming at 1st & V St NW

Petition for Traffic Calming in Bloomingdale to Address Concerns on 1st St NW

Residents of Bloomingdale petition the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) to provide traffic calming measures at the intersection of First and V Streets, NW.  First Street NW experiences long distance commuter trips with low compliance at existing stop controlled intersections, and speeds inhospitable to community bicycling. 

DC Water is nearing completion of the First Street Tunnel (FST) project in Bloomingdale and will soon repave and reopen the streets that have been closed.  The Bloomingdale Civic Association, with support from the ANC, believe traffic calming measures – like a mini-roundabout - can be installed with minimal cost and disturbance if done as part of the street rebuilding. 

We have had a history of conversations with DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) representatives, and ask for your support by signing this petition to urge DDOT to design and implement traffic calming measures at First Street NW and V Street NW. The petition is in keeping with the District of Columbia, Office of Planning Mid City East study; will address the alarming rate of traffic volume and speed of commuting motorists; and will provide measures to mitigate the improper use of these streets by large overweight vehicles.

The opportunity to create traffic calming measures at 1st and V Streets NW is beneficial to many more residents than just those living along that intersection. Winning DDOT's support would be timely as the First Street Tunnel project nears an end and the street is reopened; and it could be the test site for expansion to other suitable intersections along 1st Street.

Please sign the paper petition that is being circulated or show your support via our online campaign at:  

Kindly forward the petition to other residents in the greater Bloomingdale, North Capital, and Eckington neighborhoods!

ANXO Cidery: "we're hiring" -- Friday, 05-27-2016

See this tweet and image:

We're hiring, and we want to meet you! Meet us at our new space with your resume- there will be on site interviews!
4:53 PM - 23 May 2016


Save McMillan Park folks: McMillan Park Legal Cases Reveal Startling Facts; Responses Due this Week

Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:58 AM To:;;;;; Subject: [WARD5] Fwd: McMillan Park Legal Cases Reveal Startling Facts; Responses Due this Week

McMillan Press Update May 22, 2016 :: SAVE MCMILLAN ACTION COALITION :: 202 344 5385 :: 

McMillan Park Legal Cases Reveal Startling Facts Not Considered by City Council or Planners During Park Giveaway Proceedings

Legal filings demonstrate overwhelming traffic conditions, millions of gallons of wasteful sewage and water use, and serious air pollution & displacement factors

May 23, 2016, Washington, D.C. -- District of Columbia residents and several DC citizen groups[1] have filed legal briefs with the DC Court of Appeals to save their historic McMillan Park. Their legal teams are awaiting responses this week from attorneys representing the city and a cadre of well-heeled developers, all paid for by DC tax dollars.  

The appeals seek to defend McMillan as a national historic landmark, to protect a key water-source feature (20-acre cistern) to help the  capital city resist increasing climate chaos, as well as to safeguard the surrounding working-class community from a myriad of adverse impacts.

Residents are challenging what they describe as "arbitrary" decisions made by DC zoning and historic preservation officials which show an "absolute disregard of fundamental planning protocols."  

For example, the filings show the Zoning Commission chose to upzone the site from a low-rise community to that allowing massive downtown-sized development to serve the developers interests in bringing online over 2 million square feet of dense commercial and residential buildings and paving over two-thirds of the open public space. This upzoning flies in the face of city planning documents that call for more limited moderate community-minded development that preserved most of the open park space. 

Evidence on the record shows that just on a Saturday alone, the proposed "McMillan Town Center" will generate nearly 25,000 vehicle trips, and 40,000 "person" trips to and from the site.  And, the project will push 3 million gallons of water plus an equal amount of sewage through aging city pipes on a daily basis. 

No analysis was done to determine if the city's infrastructure can even handle a project of this size, and who would pay for upgrades, nor did anyone take into account the more than 50,000+ vehicles already coursing around McMillan everyday and how adding thousands of more cars will affect the air quality and emergency services of the surrounding communities.

Moreover, local residents are deeply concerned that the amount of luxury housing proposed for the site (more than 500 market-rate units) will "accelerate gentrification pressures" in the surrounding community.  The staffers with DC's Office of Planning provided no evaluation of displacement effects brought on by this project.  

Local developers and architect design teams (Jair Lynch E.Y.A.; Trammel Crow; Perkins Eastman DC; Robert Silman Associates; EHT Traceries; and others) are getting cover from city officials who are eager to get started on the project.

These developers are anticipating a 2+ billion dollar windfall to come at the expense of DC taxpayers who are paying for the vast majority of pre-development costs, including a PR firm hired to discredit those in opposition, as well as paying for architects, designers, and for the legal help.

The city has recently released a Request for Proposals for the so-called horizontal development, which means the demolition of the site, as well are shopping preliminary plans for the “park” in spite of the legal battle unfolding in Court.  

This legal battle follows on from mounting public dissent to the project (More then 8,000 people have signed the petition to Save McMillan park; and DC's independent auditor, Kathy Patterson has asked that the McMillan project be competitively rebid because competition was minimized for these favored developers under the banner, Vision McMillan Partners. 

Holland and Knight, the lawyers for the developers who are being paid with DC taxpayer monies, may be submitting responses to the residents' initial legal claims this week.


[1]    Appeals of the DC Zoning Commission to destroy McMillan Park have been brought by Friends of McMillan Park (, the DC Preservation League (, the Committee of 100 (, DC for Reasonable Development ( and the McMillan Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture.  FMI: