Thursday, March 23, 2017

WBJ: "Howard to offer dorms and parking lots to the development community" including Slowe and Carver Halls

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Howard to offer old dorms and parking lots to the development community
Karen Goff
Howard University is seeking to offload more than a half-dozen university properties that officials deem would be better served by mixed-use redevelopment.

Carver Hall, 211 Elm Street NW, and Slowe Hall, 1919 Third St. NW. Both are dorms built in 1942. Carver is empty and Slowe is slated to close this spring. The buildings are zoned RF-1, which would allow for rowhouses. Howard reps say both buildings are in poor physical condition and far from the campus core, and the university's housing needs are being addressed by two new dorms. Both buildings are most likely to be retained and converted to apartments.

DC for Reasonable Development invites the community to sign this letter to Karl Racine regarding McMillan

From Chris Otten of DC for Reasonable Development:

Feel free to share with the community the letter to Karl Racine.

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tonight: Zoning Commission hearing on McMillan zoning order that was remanded/vacated by the DC Court of Appeals

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The Unified Scene Theater: Our FREE Storytelling-For-Performance Graduation Show -- Sunday, 03-26-2017

Sunday, March 26th at The Unified Scene Theater: Our FREE Storytelling-For-Performance Graduation Show

The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW) is excited to put our first Storytelling for Performance class graduates on stage for their debut. Come see a brave bunch of students bare their hearts and souls in true-to-life stories that will make you cry, laugh, but, most of all, feel inspired.
Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m. And, yeah, it's free. More info here. 

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

only two days left to contribute to the Creative Grounds campaign

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DC Office of Planning: "Open Call" period to give all stakeholders an opportunity to formally propose Comprehensive Plan amendments

From: []
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:33 AM
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
D.C. Accepting Formal Comp Plan Amendment Proposals

Over the past year, the DC Office of Planning has led an array of activities to engage residents in [PLAN]DC, a citywide initiative to amend the District’s Comprehensive Plan.  Unprecedented public outreach has ranged from expert panels and industry roundtables in the community to social events, temporary design projects, and town hall meetings.

Now this week, on March 24, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DC Office of Planning (OP), and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will launch an “Open Call” period, through May 26, 2017, and give all stakeholders an opportunity to formally propose Comprehensive Plan amendments.

The Comprehensive Plan is the 20-year plan the District government uses to guide future development within Washington, D.C.  It contains the maps and policies that influence the neighborhoods where people live, work, shop, and play, as well as the investments the city makes in its services and infrastructure.  Most importantly it is the primary tool that helps the District to manage change in a way that embraces progress while protecting the qualities that make DC a special place.
“As Washington, DC, continues to develop as a model for inclusive prosperity, my Administration is committed to ensuring that residents have the opportunity to shape our city’s future,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Together, we will answer our growth challenges and turn them into positive opportunities for residents and businesses across all eight wards.”
The Comprehensive Plan was initially adopted in 2006 and was last amended in 2011.  Much has changed since that time, including a population increase of over 75,000.  Having an up-to-date Comprehensive Plan is critical to achieving the long-term success of the District and realizing our collective vision for an inclusive city.
The result of the current [PLAN]DC effort is not a new Plan, but a set of amendments to the existing Comprehensive Plan that will be submitted as legislation for DC Council approval in early 2018.
“The DC Office of Planning has focused its efforts over the past year hearing from residents and stakeholders in advance of the Open Call,” said OP Director Eric D. Shaw.  “We are managing the Open Call in a transparent manner, and providing the public with the resources and in person assistance to author substantive amendments.  Amending the plan ensures that the District has current and clear policies that guide development in a responsible, inclusive and resilient manner.”
Stakeholders interested in making an amendment proposal can find a host of useful materials on the [PLAN]DC website, including:
  • an Amendment Submission Form;
  • a “Roadmap” of planning references;
  • a set of Frequently Asked Questions;
  • an Engagement Calendar; and
  • an Evaluation Framework, which OP will use to screen amendment proposals
During the Open Call period, OP will hold a series of 15 technical assistance workshops (called Office Hours) in locations across the city, where participants will be able to ask questions and receive support in preparing proposed amendments.  As spring unfolds, OP will also post additional support materials on the website and host additional events continuing and deepening the dialogue around the District’s development.
Please visit to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan amendment process and to sign up for project alerts.
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Crisp Kitchen and Bar now has healthy options on the menu

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Bloomingdale Civic Association Health & Recreation Committee meeting at Crisp upstairs -- Monday, 03-27-2017

See this 03-22-2017 message:

Could you include in the newsletter that there is a Bloomingdale Health and Recreation Committee meeting this upcoming Monday the 27th at 6:30pm on 1st Street?  The meeting will be held at Crisp Kitchen and Bar upstairs.

All are welcome to come!

Thanks so much, 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Urban Turf: "Howard University to convert two dorms into apartment buildings"

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Howard University To Convert Two Dorms Into Apartment Buildings

  • by UrbanTurf Staff

  • Howard University is looking to convert two existing dormitories into apartment buildings, per documents filed recently with the Zoning Commission.
    The two dorms that would be converted are Carver Hall at 211 Elm Street NW (map) and Slowe Hall at 1919 Third Street NW (map), which the university describes as “functionally obsolete dorms” that were scheduled for closure in the campus plan.
    “The University has received interest from a number of qualified developers who are seeking to renovate both buildings for non-university residential use,” the documents state. “Both buildings are most likely to be retained and converted to apartment use subject to community input and approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment.”

    you are invited to St. Martin's 2017 Seder Supper with Rabbi Rain Zohav & Reverend Father Michael Kelley -- today, Wednesday, 03-22-2017

    St. Martin's welcomes you to attend our St. Martin's 2017 Seder Supper!

    This activity is a memorable collaboration of Jewish Tradition, African American History, and Christian Faith—bridging the gap between faith, religion, and race in a spirit-based unifying event for the past 20 years.  The Seder is at St. Martin's Church, located on North Capitol Street, NW—in the heart of Washington, DC's Ward 5.

    The celebration, held in the Church's Pioneer Room (7 T Street, NW), was started by Fr. Michael Kelley and his colleague/friend Rabbi Harold White from Georgetown University.  Since Rabbi White’s passing it has been continued by Rabbi Rain Zohav as Co-Lead with Fr. Kelley carrying on this wonderful annual tradition.  

    Please contact Fr. Michael Kelley, Reverend Pastor of St. Martin's Church, at 202-232-1144 for more information about the event.   


    Event: St. Martin's Catholic Church Annual Seder Supper
    Date:  Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Place: Pioneer Room (Lower Level of Church)/ 7 T Street NW
    Washington, DC  20002
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Attire: Casual
    Cost: $5.00
    Contact:  Fr. Michael Kelley=> 202-232-1144
    Rev. Fr. Kelley email:

     Rabbi Rain Zohav

    another realtor tweet: Coming soon 📍 stunning contemporary duplex condos in #BloomingdaleDC.

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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    DCist: family of slain DNC staffer now crowdsourcing to put conspiracy theories to rest

    See this @DCist tweet:

    realtor tweet: 32 W Street NW sold for $1,149,000

    Oh see this tweet from a realtor:

    of potential interest: CM Silveman's bill may affect two Bloomingdale Hofgard houses -- 36 Channing and 160 Adams St NW

    See these tweets:

    Howard University campus master plan update -- to convert Slowe and Carver Halls from dorms into market-rate rentals -- on the agenda of tonight's ANC5E meeting

    Slowe and Carver Halls are marked in yellow within the red circle.

    Posted at the Eckington list at Google Groups:

    "Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04)" <>: Mar 14 11:40PM

    Public Meeting Agenda - March 21, 2017 - 7:00-9:00 pm
    Friendship-Armstrong Public Charter School (Cafeteria) - 1400 1st Street NW

    Part I: Opening
    Call to Order Commissioner Thomas
    Roll Call Commissioner Barnes
    Approval of Agenda Commissioners

    Part II: Public Safety Reports/Q&A (5 minutes)
    MPD Public Safety Report PSA 501 & 502 Officers
    Community Comments Public

    Part III: Business Administration
    Approval of Meeting Minutes Commissioners
    Treasurer's Report Commissioner Powell
    Approval to Pay Bills/Reimbursements Commissioners

    Part IV: Community Concerns (2 minutes each)
    Ward 5 Liaison for Mayor's Office Lionel Gaines/Hakeem Rogers
    Councilmember McDuffie's Office Laisha Dougherty/Nolan Treadwell
    Ward 5 School Board Representative Mark Jones
    D.C. Solar United Neighbors DCSUN Representative
    Howard University Campus Plan Modification Maybelle Bennett

    Part V: Voting Support Requested (5 minutes each)
    SMD 08 Free Little Library Grant Application Commissioner Sierra
    RI Ave Shopping Center Mural Letter of Support Request Commissioner Williams
    77 U St NW/Crispus Attucks Park Mural Letter of Support Request Commissioner Sierra
    NY Avenue Playground Budget Request Resolution Commissioner Thomas
    Harry Thomas Recreation Center Budget Request Resolution Commissioner Pinkney

    ABRA Applications:
    No upcoming hearings this month

    BZA/ZC Commission Matters:
    ZC Case No. 16-21 Request for Zoning Map Amendment Commissioner Thomas
    Howard University Campus Master Plan Revision Presentation Commissioner Sierra
    Proposed Eckington Park PUD Presentation by Foulger-Pratt Commissioner Powell

    Part VI: Information Updates
    McMillan Project Update Commissioner Barnes



    one week from today: BKK Cookshop featuring Bloomingdale's Crispus Attucks Park for #TerrificTuesday

    See this NextDoor Bloomingdale post:

    BKK Cookshop is featuring Crispus Attucks Park for Terrific Tuesday on March 28th! Bring your family and friends and have a delicious dinner at BKK Cookshop.

    A portion of the evening proceeds will benefit Crispus Attucks Park--easy peasy!

    Come join in the fun for a yummy evening with perks for Crispus Attucks Park! It's a win-win-win scenario.
    Tue MAR 28 -- 5 PM
    BKK Cookshop
    1700 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Creative Grounds: "Please give -- four days left"

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    DC for Reasonable Development: Defend McMillan - it's on. Thursday, 03-23-2017

    From: []
    Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 3:12 AM
    To:; Yahoogroups ; Ward 5 Yahoo Group ;
    Subject: [WARD5] Defend McMillan: It's on! Thursday March 23 6:30pm

    Good McMillan Supporters,

    [please excuse cross posts & please share]

    On Monday night (3/20/17), the Zoning Commission largely ignored our call for due process regarding the rehearing on McMillan Park.

    Seeing that the Mayor and developers got together to drop 300 pages of documentation on the record about a week ago, they did a "gotcha" on us!  


    March 23, 2017, 6:30pm, DC Office of Zoning
    441 4th Street NW, Suite 200 South
    Judiciary Sqaure Metro (redline)

    Send in your testimony by email >>

    RSVP: Chris O. 202 810 2768

    For more info >>

    DC for Reasonable Development

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    tonight: Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting at 7:00 pm at St. George's Episcopal Church

    Below is the agenda of tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting, being held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd & U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

    MPD weekly firearm recovery: 200 block of Elm St NW on Saturday, 03-18-2017

    There is one neighborhood address that appears on the MPD report below.

    From: []
    Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:30 PM
    Subject: [MPD-5D] MPD’s Weekly Firearm Recoveries: March 13th to March 20th [1 Attachment]

    MPD’s Weekly Firearm Recoveries:
    March 13th to March 20th
    (Washington, DC) – Every day, the Metropolitan Police Department works to recover and investigate illegal firearms in Washington D.C.  In addition to our patrol officers, the Department has specialized units—such as the Gun Recovery Unit (GRU), Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU), and Crime Suppression Teams (CSTs)—who work tirelessly to safely and respectfully secure illegal firearms and get them off of our streets.  From Monday, March 13, 2017, through the morning of Monday, March 20, 2017, MPD detectives and officers recovered 28 illegal firearms in the District of Columbia. 

    Among the firearms recovered were:
    Saturday, March 18, 2017
    • A brown Remington 870 Magnum, 12 gauge shotgun and a black Llama 380PCP, .380 caliber handgun were recovered from the 200 block of Elm Street, Northwest.  CCN: 17-044-452
    It is one of MPD’s main goals to safely remove illegal firearms from DC streets to reduce crime and the fear of crime in the community.  The responsibility to recover firearms falls on the shoulders of all MPD officers.  We also thank members of the community for their help in creating safe neighborhoods.

    The Metropolitan Police Department also recovers firearms with the assistance of anonymous tips made through MPD’s anonymous tip line.  Anyone who has information regarding gun recoveries should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm hidden in the District of Columbia.

    "please help us meet our goal": Creative Grounds

    Another Instagram message from Creative Grounds, 1822 North Capitol Street NW:


    last day to vote for Crisp Kitchen and Bar

    Here is a Crisp Kitchen and Bar tweet for you.

    exclusive release @oskarblues Hotbox Coffee IPA at Boundary Stone tomorrow

    See this Boundary Stone tweet:

    the new G9 bus arrives in Bloomingdale at North Capitol Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW

    See this Instagram message from North Capitol Main Street:

    A post shared by North_Capitol_Main_Street (@northcapitoldc) on

    Councilmember McDuffie: Exciting to see the G9 arrivals listed alongside the chronically packed G8 bus

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    the first Truxton Inn teaser tweet

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    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 03-20-2017

    Below is the agenda of tomorrow's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting, being held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd & U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

    Bloomingdale Civic Association Meeting Agenda 2017 03 20 by Scott Roberts on Scribd

    REMINDER - MONDAY MORNING - MEDIA ADVISORY: McDuffie & Dignitaries Take 'Inaugural Ride' on First Day of New G9 Bus Route on Rhode Island Avenue

    From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
    Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:29 PM
    Subject: REMINDER - MONDAY MORNING - MEDIA ADVISORY: McDuffie & Dignitaries Take 'Inaugural Ride' on First Day of New G9 Bus Route on Rhode Island Avenue

    MEDIA ADVISORY: MONDAY MORNING - McDuffie and Dignitaries Celebrate First Day of New G9 Bus Route on Rhode Island Avenue with ‘Inaugural Ride’
    Monday, March 20
    8:00 AM


    Councilmember McDuffie and Dignitaries Celebrate First Day of New G9 Bus Route on Rhode Island Avenue with Inaugural Ride

    Washington, D.C. – On Monday, March 20, 2017, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) will join dignitaries, neighbors, and community leaders on an Inaugural Ride of the new G9 MetroExtra Bus Route. After a brief speaking program, the public is invited to board the bus and ride downtown with Councilmember McDuffie.

    The new G9 MetroExtra Bus Route begins service after Councilmember McDuffie secured the funds to start the route in the fiscal year 2017 District of Columbia budget that the Council approved in June 2016. After the funds became available on October 1, 2016, the G9 route was then approved by the WMATA Finance and Revenue Committee, and the full Board of Directors in January.

    This new bus route will – for the first time in memory – allow passengers to travel from one side of Ward 5 to the other along Rhode Island Avenue, without requiring a transfer. This new bus route will also help alleviate overcrowding on the current G8 line in Bloomingdale, Eckington, and Edgewood.

    The G9 MetroExtra Bus Route is expected to carry approximately 1,100 passengers per day while serving the Ward 5 neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, Brookland, Woodridge, and Langdon Park. The G9 will operate weekdays 6 - 9 AM, 3-7 PM.

    • Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
    • Councilmember Jack Evans, Ward 2; WMATA Board Chair
    • Paul Wiedefeld, WMATA
    • Leif Dormsjo, DC Department of Transportation
    • Kyle Todd, Rhode Island Avenue Main Street     
    • Monday, March 20, 8:00 AM
    • Woodridge Public Library, 18th Street Side
    • 1801 Hamlin Street NE, Washington, DC 20018
    • [Closest coffee: Zeke's Coffee, 2300 Rhode Island Ave NE, open at 7am]
    • Brief speaking program followed by G9 bus ride

    For Immediate Release: Sunday, March 19, 2017
    Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361;

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