Monday, February 20, 2017

Bloomingdale Civic Association 2017 House Tour Committee meeting -- Wednesday, 02-22-2017

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 2:59 AM




WED, 2/22/2017, 7 PM AT 49 T ST., NW

It is not too late to join the BCA 2017 House Tour Committee!

We are especially in need of volunteer members who can:

  • Help us develop a marketing/promotion/PR strategy 
  • Write grant applications for corporate & foundation funding
  • Help us make effective use of social/print/electronic media
  • Conduct research or provide information on Bloomingdale's Arts & Letters history
  • Help organize Tour's Art Show
  • Put YOUR  house on Tour
RSVP by email or 202-491-3996

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 02-27-2017

The next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW at 7:00 pm, on Monday, 02-27-2017.

Since today is President's Day, the February 2017 BCA meeting has been advanced from tonight to a week from tonight.

See you there!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Boundary Stone's Colin McDonough & Gareth Croke quoted in this Washington Post article: "Restaurants show diners what a day without immigrants tastes like — or doesn’t"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article.

Restaurants show diners what a day without immigrants tastes like — or doesn’t


unit block of Michigan Avenue NW: arrest for possession of a realistic looking BB pistol, recovery of a loaded 9mm pistol

From: []
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:46 AM
To: ''
Subject: [MPD-5D] 5D Crime Suppression gun arrests


On February 18, 2017, at about 8pm, Members of the 5d Crime Suppression Team made an arrest for possession of a realistic looking BB pistol in the unit block of Michigan Ave NW.

On February 18, 2017, at about 1140 pm, members of the 5D Crime Suppression Team interrupted an illegal gambling game, and recovered a loaded 9mm pistol along the path of flight of numerous subjects.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

MPD: Gun arrest and recovery on the 1600 block of Lincoln Road NE

From: []
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:24 PM
To: '' <>
Subject: [MPD-5D] 5D gun recovery
Members of the 5D Crime Suppression Team made a gun arrest and recovery in the 1600 block Lincoln Rd NE.  Recovered was a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

three weeks from today: Run Rock and Roll Marathon - through Bloomingdale!

Are your calendars marked for the Saturday, 03-11-2017, Run Rock 'n' Roll Marathon?

Here is the map of this year's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.

The race route includes Bloomingdale's Bryant NW and North Capitol Street, as in prior years.

Creative Grounds thanks its early supporters for their contributions

Here are a few of the Creative Grounds Instagram posts, thinking donors for their contributions:


bluegrass fans! Only Lonesome at Boundary Stone today, 02-1-2017

See this tweet from Boundary Stone Public House:


Friday, February 17, 2017

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 02/19/2017

1906-1908 5th St NW is listed for $1,375,000. and will be ope Sunday from 1-4pm
The featured listing is a 2 unit property and is located at 1906-1908 5th St NW. It will be open Sunday from 1-4pm and is listed for $1,375,000..  The listing is represented by Melinda Estridge and Scott Sachs with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here. The same info can be seen in a map format here. Printed copies of the list and the map will be available at Big Bear Cafe at the corner of 1st and R St NW, on the bulletin board, after 10am Saturday.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday. If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments. Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at bediz dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

The Unified Scene Theater presents The First Annual Faux-Cademy Awards -- Sunday, 02-19-2017

The Unified Scene Theater Presents The First Annual Faux-Cademy Awards, Sunday, February 19th, 8:00 p.m

The Academy Awards: an overhyped, overwrought, meaningless opportunity that Hollywood and its army of celebrities take every year to remind you of how telegenically gorgeous they are and how preternaturally beautiful they can look when the world’s foremost designers and makeup artists spend hours making them look good. Everyone gathers in a huge hall in LA to find out which studio’s PR machine won that year as they read stiltedly from teleprompters. And they go to big parties afterward where people ask them what they’re wearing.

Well, this year, The Unified Scene Theater isn’t having any of that crap. That’s why, a week prior to the Academy Awards, we’re hosting our own Faux-Cademy Awards Show. And it’s a show where *you*, the audience, gets to decide who or what gets nominated, who wins, who loses, and who walks away with the lifetime achievement award. We’ll get suggestions from the audience — names of movies, actors and actress -- and then perform "clips” from those movies featuring those suggestions, improvising an entire Academy Awards broadcast right before your very eyes: more fun, more laughter, more snark. It will be intentionally disastrous as the Academy Awards are unintentionally disastrous — though much, much shorter. 

Show starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15)

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

three weeks from today: Mayor's Agent public hearing to address the DC Court of Appeals McMillan remand issues

A reminder about the public hearing on Friday, 03-10-2017, to allow the Applicants an opportunity to respond to the four issues listed below.

Here is the text:


HPA Nos. 14-393 and 15-133

In the Matter of:

Applications of Vision McMillan Partners LLC and
the District of  Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (“Applicants”)  

2501 (2507) First Street NW
(McMillan Sand Filtration Site)
Square 3128, Lot 800


In response to the remand of this proceeding by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in its opinion Friends of McMillan Park v. District of Columbia Zoning Commission (Nos. 15-AA0493, 15-AA-0525, 15-AA-0536, 15-AA-0572 and 15-AA-1008) (“the Appeal”), issued on December 8, 2016, the Mayor’s Agent Hearing Officer hereby gives notice of an additional public hearing to be held on March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at 1100 4th Street SW, Room 650, the scope of which will be limited to following issues:

1)  Do the proposed project’s historic preservation benefits taken as a whole outweigh its historic preservation harms? Slip op. at 28.  In addressing this question, the applicants are requested to provide legal analysis as to how such an inquiry should be conducted consistent with the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act, D.C. Code §§ 6-1102 (10), 1101 (b), 1104 (e), and 1106 (e). 

2)  What are the specific architecture, land planning, and\or community benefits that individually or collectively make this a project of special merit within the meaning of D.C. Code § 61102(11)? 

3)  Is the proposed demolition and subdivision necessary to obtain the special merit benefits identified?  Could an economically viable mixed-use development meeting the goals of the comprehensive plan be constructed on the site with less demolition and no subdivision?

4)  Are there reasonable alternatives that would achieve the same special merit benefits that would avoid or reduce the need demolition or subdivision

The parties in this remand proceeding are the Applicants and the petitioners in the Appeal, namely Friends of McMillan Park, McMillan Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture, and DC for Reasonable Development.  The Applicants have the burden of proof as to all issues.  All parties may present testimony and evidence supplementary to the existing record and legal argument and in doing so are enjoined to coordinate presentations and remain within the scope of the additional hearing as stated above.

Date: January 11, 2017                                           Confirmed:        

J. Peter Byrne                                                          Eric D. Shaw
Mayor’s Agent Hearing Officer                              Director, D.C. Office of Planning

funeral of Cheval Reid, who shot the Jam Doung business owner on 01-25-2017 and was subsequently found murdered on 02-07-2017, to be held at Bloomingdale's Taylor Funeral Home -- down the block from Jam Doung

Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 8:54 AM
Subject: in case of interest

Street justice? Here is the poster for the Jam Doung Style alleged shooter and now-victim, Cheval Reid: Apparently, he was hit 40 times by gun shots (could it be 10 times each for each of the 4 shots that he landed on her?)  His funeral arrangements are planned for this Saturday -- the biggest irony of all is that it will be undertaken by the very place in front of which the original attacked happened, Taylor's Funeral Home: .   Ah the irony...

McMillan listed as a big DC development project "aiming to create a sense of place"

The cover story of this week's Washington Business Journal print edition centers upon the redevelopment of the FBI headquarters location on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

At the end of the article, there is a list of other big DC development project "aiming to create a sense of place."  One of the listed projects is McMillan.

Cover story

Blank slate: How today's FBI fortress will become tomorrow's hottest development


MPD video of a Person of Interest in an Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW

See this MPD tweet:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

a LeDroit Park open house this evening -- with valet parking

I passed by a house that has been under renovation for a while on the 200 block of Elm Street NW in LeDroit Park, just down from Parker Flats.

The renovations are done, the house is now staged and there appears to have been a broker's open house this evening as I strolled by.

McMillan-related: "how can I fight against taking away the rights of residents to challenge development decisions in the courts?" (Comprehensive Plan)

From: []
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:19 PM
Subject: Re: [HistoricWashington] Developers Take Aim at the Comprehensive Plan
"Clarify zoning authority.  Through the Comprehensive Plan, the District should affirm that the Zoning Commission has the purview to allow increased density for Planned Unit Developments that supersedes the levels in the Comprehensive Plan's maps in exchange for community benefits."

Several people have asked, "What can I do to help fight this?"  Here are some ideas:

1.  The first step is to make others aware that DC developers and their "smart growth" supporters (who receive substantial funding from developers) are pushing to enact this significant change to the Comprehensive Plan and take away the rights of residents to challenge development decisions in the courts.  Share the Committee of 100 press release and/or the information within it with your friends, neighbors, and other networks.

2.  Contact:

Mayor Muriel Bowser --

Eric Shaw, Director of DC's Office of Planning --

Tanya Stern, Deputy Director, Planning, Engagement and Design, DC's Office of Planning --

Your representatives on the Council of the District of Columbia -- Councilmembers
Let them know that the Comprehensive Plan amendment process should not be used to undermine the rights of DC residents in city growth and planning decisions.

3.  Get involved in the DC Office of Planning Comprehensive Plan amendment process.  As one former ANC Commissioner put it: "This document is not shelfware."  This document will help shape city policies on future growth and development, housing, housing services, environmental protection, transportation, historic preservation and a range of other city policies and choices.  If you want your interests represented and reflected in the Plan, then you need to be involved.  Check out OP's website for more information and to get email updates.  Comprehensiveplan | Comprehensive Plan


Caroline Petti

Bacio Pizzeria only open for carryout today in honor of #DayWithoutImmigrants"; profits to be gifted to families of our employees

See this Bacio Pizzeria tweet:

Crisp Kitchen and Bar: Opening tonight at 5 pm, donating 10% of its entire sale to "Kids in Need Defense Fund"

See this tweet from Crips Kitchen and Bar:

sign up today for DC Council Chair Mendelson's 02-21-2017 roundtable on DCRA

For those Bloomingdale residents with kudos and concerns on DCRA -- you can testify at the DCRA Oversight Roundtable:

Washington Times article on Bloomingdale resident Robert Brannum, DNC chair candidate

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Times post:

By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A candidate running for chair of the Democratic National Committee said veterans organizations that have not supported D.C. statehood have turned their backs on those who served in the military and call the District home.

Robert Vinson Brannum, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and District resident, said the push for statehood deserves the support of major veterans groups.

“If these national organizations, business organizations, cannot support the veterans in the District of Columbia on statehood, then they are not supporting veterans,” Mr. Brannum said at a candidates forum at the Woman’s National Democratic Club. “You cannot say you support veterans and oppose and not stand up for D.C. statehood.”

Pub and the People participating in #DayWithoutImmmigrants: 100% of today's profits to be donated to pro bono immigration legal services

See this Pub and the People tweet:

Red Hen closed for dinner today in solidarity with #DayWithoutImmigrants

See this Red Hen tweet from yesterday:

McMillan related: "developers take aim at the Comprehensive Plan"

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: [HistoricWashington] Developers Take Aim at the Comprehensive Plan

As one of the petitioners in the McMillan, Court of Appeals Case, we agree totally with these comments and sentiment.  The revision of the Comprehensive Plan will be the undoing of any sense of proportion we may yet be able to wrest from the Growth Machine as it is fueled by the power grab from  DC Council.  Those of us who see that need to develop our legal strategy *now* ... as they plan *must* be challenged as soon as possible.

Jerome Peloquin

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 6:32 PM, [HistoricWashington] <> wrote:
Some developers are taking aim at DC’s Comprehensive Plan— a key planning document that provides a framework for future city growth and development— in hopes of expediting projects by avoiding legal challenges by residents.  Specifically, they are hoping to modify the Plan to preempt the ability of residents to challenge Planned Unit Developments (PUD).  A PUD is a Zoning Commission action that permits a project to exceed “by-right” allowances that are within the established zoning regulations for a site.

Last year, the DC Court of Appeals overturned the Zoning Commission’s approval of two projects: 901 Monroe Street, NE (“Colonel Brooks”) and the McMillan Reservoir project because these projects exceeded the density that is permitted under the Plan.  In a response to these rulings,  a coalition of DC-area developers and organizations recently issued a “Priorities Statement” of proposed revisions to the Comprehensive Plan. Most of the proposed changes concern increasing access to affordable housing, but one calls for empowering the Zoning Commission to be able to ignore the Comprehensive Plan:

“Clarify zoning authority.  Through the Comprehensive Plan, the District should affirm that the Zoning Commission has the purview to allow increased density for Planned Unit Developments that supersedes the levels in the Comprehensive Plan’s maps in exchange for community benefits.”

The Comprehensive Plan is currently going through a revision cycle and if such language is adopted in the Plan, it would empower the Zoning Commission to approve development projects that exceed density and other limits set by the Plan.  The Zoning Commission currently does not have that authority, and residents are able to challenge their decisions through legal recourse. 

“Residents and developers rely on the Comprehensive Plan for the appropriate size of developments,“ said Stephen Hansen, Chair of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City.  “It’s outrageous that some developers are seeking to upend the certainty offered by the Plan so that they can have an unchecked shot at development at such sites as McMillan, the 901 Monroe Street site, and sites across the city. The Committee of 100 calls on Mayor Bowser, city planners, and the Council of the District of Columbia to reject this misguided attempt to tilt the playing field even further against residents and their concerns.” 

Contact: Caroline Petti, email:

Stephen A. Hansen, Chair
Committee of 100

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DCRA launches Safe & Simple Initiative

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) []
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:39 PM
Subject: FW: DCRA Launches Safe & Simple Initiative

Community Awareness:  Please review and share.

 Respectfully Submitted By,
 C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
 Cell: 202-409-7155

From: DC Government <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:41 PM
To: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09)
Subject: DCRA Launches Safe & Simple Initiative

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Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs 

February 15, 2017


DCRA Launches Safe & Simple Initiative 

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Today, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) unveiled ‘Safe & Simple,’ a new initiative aimed at improving the way we serve District residents and businesses. As part of the initiative, DCRA announced three new services that the agency will begin offering immediately: online scheduling for appointments at the agency’s Permit and Licensing Centers, a new how-to guide for obtaining a deck permit, and online scheduling for permit-based inspections. 

“DCRA does a lot of different things from licensing to permitting to inspections. But improving the way we serve the public really comes down to making processes simpler and District residents and businesses safer,” said DCRA Director Melinda Bolling. “Ultimately, to continue to be a full-service city, we must make doing business with the District safe and simple.” 

The three new services announced today add to a growing list of improvements—such as the DC Business Center Portal—offered by DCRA to customers. DCRA will be releasing additional service enhancements connected to this new initiative in the coming weeks and months.  

Learn more about our new initiative and services here. To view pictures from the Safe & Simple press conference this morning, visit DCRA's Flickr page.

Safe & Simple Pic Collage

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A Day Without Immigrants update from El Camino

From: Mel Gold
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:24 PM
Subject: A Day Without Immigrants update from El Camino

From the owners of El Camino in Bloomingdale:

We stand behind our staff & colleagues who chose to exercise their right to protest recent actions taken by the administration regarding US immigration policies during A Day Without Immigrants. Our kitchen will be closed on Thursday, but the bar is open with some limited snacks (chips, salsa, guacamole, and a cold salad based on a family recipe from our chef who will be participating in the protest with his crew). Patrons are welcome to bring their own food, as well. The monthly neighborhood Velvet Thursday late night LGBT happy hour will go on as planned starting at 9pm. 


Melissa Gold
Head PR Chick, Gold Standard PR
p: 703.599.1643
f: 703.940.9146
t: @goldstandardpr