Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WBJ: Big Bear Cafe to go before ABRA on Monday, 12-01-2014, for an expanded patio

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal post from reporter Rebecca Cooper. 

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal
Some new restaurant news but more existing restaurant updates in this edition of the restaurant roundup:


Big Bear Cafe: Bloomingdale residents will have a lot more room on Big Bear Cafe's patio come spring if the restaurant's application for a larger summer garden is approved. The neighborhood restaurant and cafe has requested to expand its patio from 38 to 99 seats. The proposal will go before the ABC Board Dec. 1.

snowing in Bloomingdale

See these tweets and pics:

snow in
11:10 AM - 26 Nov 2014 
(our first embedded Vine movie)

: Snow starting in Bloomingdale!
11:14 AM - 26 Nov 2014

St. Martin's Catholic Church's Father Kelley invites everyone to a Thanksgiving Day Mass, followed by a FREE Thanksgiving Day dinner

St. Martin's Church, Bloomingdale's Catholic Church since 1901, invites everyone to Thanksgiving mass at 9:00AM followed by a FREE Thanksgiving Day dinner between 11:00AM to 1:00 PM.  All are welcome to the dinner and there will be a warm weather clothing give-away for those in need.
We are also looking for volunteers to help with the serving the dinner, giving away the clothing and taking meals to those people in the community who are unable to leave their houses.  If you are interested volunteering please talk with me, Fr. Mike Kelley, after the Thanksgiving morning mass.  We are also (always) in need of more donations of clothing (especially warm sweaters and heavy coats) or food (canned or non-perishable) which can be left at the back of the church Thanksgiving morning.
St. Martin's Catholic Church serves the Bloomingdale community and is on the corner of North Capitol and T Street NW.  If you can't make the Thanksgiving festivities, then please join us for Advent starting this Sunday December 1st.
We hope everyone in Bloomingdale has a blessed holiday season.
Fr. Mike Kelley

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DC Water: Nighttime work at 1st & V St NW until midnight -- tonight, Tuesday. 11-25-2014

CC: others
Subject: First Street Tunnel Nighttime Work and Holiday Schedule
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:05:19 +0000

NIGHTTIME WORK-Tonight, Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
UPDATE on DC Water’s First Street Tunnel work on First Street NW at the intersection of V Street NW.
PEPCO/ Anchor Construction has been relocating high voltage lines across First Street. The emergency work must continue until midnight tonight , Wednesday, November 25th.  There will be two crews with the associated lights and construction noise. The sidewalk will remained closed and flaggers and MPD will be present to direct pedestrians around the work through the east alleyway. The relocation work is being performed more slowly than normal  to prevent any local power outages. Work will resume tomorrow morning. The sidewalk will be open for the Holiday weekend. After the holiday, the sidewalk will be restored. We apologize for this disruption.
There will be no First Street Tunnel construction activities at any of the four construction staging areas on Thursday-Thanksgiving Day, Friday, Saturday or Sunday (11/27-11/30). 
Please call the 24/7 First Street Tunnel Hotline (844) FST-INFO/ (844) 378-4636 with questions or concerns.
Best Wishes for a healthy and safe holiday weekend,
Tom Lindberg, DCCR First Street Tunnel - Public Outreach DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20032 t (202) 787-4738 f (202) 787-4478 | Email: | FST web page:

DC Council Committee on Economic Development passes three LDA resolutions for McMillan; vote on Tuesday, 12-02-2014

1) Okay, here are a bunch of tweets from this afternoon.

Thanks to Bloomingdame, Michael Neibauer and Mike DeBonis.

. Com on Econ Dev passed three resolutions for - no discussion of details, no concerns expressed

“It is a world-class project and I’m looking forward to supporting it,” says of McMillan, now moving to the full council.

. Comm on EconDev to consider LDAs. Chair present
McMillan redevelopment plan has cleared council committees and will get initial vote Dec. 2.

: McMillan redevelopment plan has cleared council committees and will get initial vote Dec. 2.”
Initial vote or only vote? They are resolutions.
You're right. Only vote.
passed unanimously out of committee

2) Plus this brief Email from Truxton Circle resident Eric Jones:
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:00:10 -0500
Subject: McMillan Project

PR 20-1082, 20-1083 & 20-1084 were just marked up and voted out of the Committee on Economic Development 4-0.  Our Counciman provided comments and 3 of the 4 Council members present were Ward 5 Residents.
3) Here is the tail end of a post from Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer:

Council committees approve D.C. United, McMillan bills

Nov 25, 2014, 4:49pm EST UPDATED: Nov 25, 2014, 5:00pm EST

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal


Also on Tuesday, both panels unanimously approved the surplus and disposition of the 25-acre McMillan Sand Filtration Site for redevelopment by Trammell Crow, EYA and Jair Lynch Development Partners. Like D.C. United, McMillan now heads to the full council, where it is expected to pass. Bowser said that she is "pleased it is moving forward."  
"It is a world-class project and I'm looking forward to supporting it," said Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, D-Ward 5, government operations chairman.

DDOT, Bloomingdale Court NW and alley restoration

To: Toni Codinas and Austin Pearl
CC:  a bunch of Email addresses
Subject: RE: Alley restoration
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:27:58 +0000

Dear Bloomingdale Court NW Stakeholders
DDOT would like to acknowledge the on-going community concerns regarding the various surface treatments in Bloomingdale Court NW. We want to take this opportunity to assure the community that we are working with DC Water.  DDOT will move forward on plans to totally re-brick the alley shown in RED in Spring 2015. 
Please note that the North South alley, shown in BLUE cannot be completely restored in brick until after DC Water completes the First Street Tunnel (FST) Project. This is due to the need to remove the temporary utility line currently installed underneath a portion of the alley.  Once the FST project is finally completed in the spring of 2016, DDOT/DC Water will install brick pavers for all disturbed areas.


...and see this subsequent reply:

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:11:32 -0500
Subject: Re: Alley restoration
From:  Toni Codinas
Dear Mr. Ganvir,
I really appreciate your prompt response to my earlier email and the detailed information you supplied. I am particularly glad to have your word and DDOT's commitment to re-brick the north, east and south segments of Bloomingdale Ct. in spring of 2015. Thank you for stating it this clearly.
Nevertheless, I remain puzzled by the contradictory information that neighbors are receiving about what will happen to the temporary utility lines. So far, the latest official plan from the First Street Tunnel project that has been presented to the community contemplates the utility lines to be "abandoned in place" and not removed at the end of the project. In an email to this same email chain, John Lisle from DC Water stated that they were working with DDOT to determine what to finally do with the temporary utilities. 
Should I interpret from your email, Mr Ganvir, that a final decision has been made? Is this decision to remove the temporary utility line at the end of the project all along the west side alley of First Street, from McMillan all the way to Thomas St? Does this mean that all the "work that these able craftsmen have completed" (quote from Mr. Lindberg) re-bricking more than a mile of alley surface will go to waste?
Once again, this demonstrates the lack of coordination and a "designing while doing"/improvising mentality from DC Water and DDOT in regard to the First Street Tunnel project. This attitude from the responsible parties in this project is extremely scary given the magnitude and complexity of a project that is literally happening around and underneath our homes.
This is the reason why, once again, I plead to DC Water, DDOT, elected officials and all the other parties involved in this project, to strengthen the coordination, communication and planning before something goes really wrong with this huge infrastructure project. If DC Water and DDOT can not have a simple plan to restore an alley, it is unlikely that they will be prepared to respond to the much more challenging situations that can potentially emerge from building an enormous tunnel underneath an entire neighborhood.
I look forward to learning more about coordination and planning across agencies in regards of the First Street Tunnel in the next Tunnel Forum.

Toni Codinas

Ward 5 Holiday Party -- Thursday, 12-11-2014

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:22:58 -0500
Subject: [WARD5] Ward 5 Holiday Party [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Dougherty, Laisha (Council) included below]                         
Ward 5 Community,
Councilmember McDuffie would like to invite you to the Ward 5 Holiday Party on December 11, 2014. The party will be held at Gallaudet University’s Sorenson Language and Communications Center located at 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Parking will be available at the Field House parking lot or in the Hanson Plaza garage. In the spirit of giving, we are asking that you bring an unwrapped toy for a child age 5-12 to give away during our December toy drive. ASL interpreters will be present.
I have included a copy of the official invitation below and have attached a copy for you to pass along to your constituents/neighbors.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Laisha T. Dougherty, MPP
Constituent Services Coordinator
Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
Chairman Pro Tempore
Chair, Committee on Government Operations
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004
202.727.8274 Direct
202.355.4257 Cell
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see this Urban Turf post on MiCasa's proposal for the DHCD-owned site at Florida & Q St NW

Click on the link to read the * entire * Urban Turf post.

An All-Affordable Proposal for Florida and Q

by Lark Turner

Mi Casa has submitted an all-affordable residential proposal for a parcel at Florida Avenue and Q Street NW (map). The proposal is one of at least three vying for the coveted city property owned by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
The seven-lot parcel is just off North Capitol Street near NoMa, Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale. Developer Maedwell and a third company, Evergreen Urban, have also submitted bids on the site.

McMillan parcels disposition on the agenda of today's DC Council Committee on Economic Development meeting

Another DC Council Committee has McMillan on its agenda for today

Agenda for today's Comm on Econ Dev mtg includes 3 LDA for
7:37 AM - 25 Nov 2014 ·

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Room 120
The Committee on Economic Development will meet to consider the following measures:
  • PR20-0847 - Barnaby Road Parcel 238/40 Disposition Approval Resolution of 2014
  • PR20-0906 - Rental Housing Commission Peter Szegedy-Maszak Confirmation Resolution of 2014 
  • PR20-0917 - Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors Derek Ford Confirmation Resolution of 2014
  • PR20-1082 - McMillan – Residential Townhomes Parcel Disposition Approval Resolution of 2014
  • PR20-1083 - McMillan – Residential Multifamily Parcels Disposition Approval Resolution of 2014
  • PR20-1084 - McMillan – Commercial Parcels Disposition Approval Resolution of 2014
  • PR20-1093 - Housing Production Trust Fund Board Oramenta Newsome Confirmation Resolution of 2014 
  • PR20-1094 - Housing Production Trust Fund Board David J. Roodberg Confirmation Resolution of 2014
  • PR20-1095 - Housing Production Trust Fund Board Sue Ann Marshall Confirmation Resolution of 2014 
  • B20-0294 - St. Elizabeths East Redevelopment Support Act of 2014  
  • B20-0721 - U Street/14th Street NW Great Streets Neighborhood Retail Priority Amendment Act of 2014
  • B20-0805 - District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014  

Monday, November 24, 2014

DC Council Committee on Government Operations will meet to consider the markup of: McMillan Surplus Declaration and Approval Resolution of 2014 -- Tuesday, 11-25-2014

1) See this tweet:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Room 120
The Committee on Government Operations will meet to consider the mark-up of following:
2) And see these subsequent tweets:
Tomorrow's Economic Development Committee mark-up scheduled for 3:30 pm and Stevens School is not on it. McMillan is, as is DC United.
8:00 PM - 24 Nov 2014 ·
Where do you see a notice of this meeting? Don't see it on
8:13 PM - 24 Nov 2014 
It was sent to me. Hasn't been posted yet, but they had to provide a day's notice.
8:20 PM - 24 Nov 2014 

Tomorrow-12:30PM-Rm 120-Gov Ops Cttee markup on: soccer stadium, McMillan plan, IG qualifications, election date, etc
10:24 PM - 24 Nov 2014