Wednesday, April 30, 2014

here is the ANC 5E draft McMillan Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) document dated 04-26-2014

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:01:57 -0700
Subject: Draft CBA


On Debbie's request, I am forwarding a copy of the draft CBA that she worked on.  She asked that you post.  Please see attachment.
Dianne Barnes
SMD 5E09 Commissioner 

Bloomingdame: bioretention cell at 1st & T St NW hard at work

See this tweet and pic:

bioretention cell on RIAve hard at work.
2:27 PM - 30 Apr 2014

Arcadia Mobile Market at 3rd & Elm St NW postponing its season opening from today, 04-30-2014, to Wednesday, 05-07-2014

From: Brian Footer
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:57:56 -0400
Subject: [LeDroitPark] IMPORTANT UPDATE: Mobile Market Opening Postponed

Due to possible thunderstorms today, Arcadia’s Mobile Market will postpone their season opening. The new opening date will be Wednesday, May 7 from 5 to 7pm at “The Park at LeDroit”.

Get more info about their 28 foot farm-stand-on-wheels and about their local, sustainably produced food at

Brian Footer
Communications Chair
LeDroit Park Civic Association

here is the Bloomingdale Civic Association McMillan Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) resolution

Here you go, Todd, and everyone else.

It is a resolution.

DSLBD In Your Ward 5 Community -- Wednesday, 04-30-2014

From: Amoruso, Cristina (DSLBD) 
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:29 PM
Cc: Adkins, Lauren (DSLBD); Wilson, Charles (DSLBD)
Subject: DSLBD in Your Ward 5 Community -7 pm on April 30 at Gallaudet University
Hi All,
DSLBD in Your Ward 5 Community will take place at 7 pm on April 30 at Gallaudet University (see attached flyer). This presentation will help business owners learn how to start and grow their business in DC. 
I would appreciate it if you would share this info with all the businesses located within your district and anyone else you think may be interested.
DC Main Streets Coordinator
Project Manager, Commercial Revitalization Division
DC Department of Small and Local Business Development
441 4th Street, NW | Suite 850N (NEW OFFICE LOCATION) | Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-741-8684 Fax: 202-724-3786 |
Twitter: @bizDC

Brookland resident Daniel Wolkoff's comment on the McMillan Transportation Impact Study (TIS)

From: Daniel Wolkoff <>
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 9:23 PM
Subject: [Brookland] Mcmillan traffic study
Vision McMillan Partners have had a community meeting to present their TIS , Traffic Impact Study for McMillan Development Plan. This is on a DC and National  Registered Historic Site, supposedly a site protected by our Historic Preservation Laws. You would think this is some kind of Parody or Horror Movie spoof. They will cross the site with more than 6 new streets, and leave two forlorn rows of historic structures peaking out from amid 50 buildings in the ultra modern "brutalist" style. An incredible and awful mismatch of architecture, offensive to the eye, and completely destructive to the historic preservation of the registered historic site. At this point in re-development the site is Vision McMillan Partners, no longer McMillan Park or Sand Filtration Plant, nor historic in any sense, really this will only be VMP Development site, not McMillan Sand Filtration Plant. How can anyone  legitimately include  3000 parking spaces and over six city streets in a protected historic site? That is "historic" abuse of our intentions , 3000 parking spaces will never be acceptable in a historic site, period? That is simply DISGUSTING! How much excessive traffic, and pollution, and noise, and congestion can we pile onto the DC and National Registered Historic Place?
This TIS, does not contain an analysis of impact on Emergency Vehicles, in a city with hundreds of thousands of emergency transport a year, and the world's busiest fire house  a short distance away. 
The TIS lists nearby " three hospitals". That is flatly wrong.  I don't trust a consultant who cannot count! Cause there is  Washington Medstar Hospital Complex, Children's National Medical Center, United States Veterans Hospital, National Rehabilitation Center, Providence Hospital, and Howard University Hospital and armed Forces Retirement Home ( basically a medical facility as well) In reality there are  at least 7 large medical facilities with emergency rooms and ambulance services, that share these streets to transport the critically injured, and specifically children!
I fault any so called Traffic Study that doesn't even include the full impact of thousnads of additional vehicles and the congestion and backups they cause, on the constant  emergency vehicle transport on our city streets, life saving emergency transport to critical medical facilities directly adjacent to the development. Where is the necessary analysis concerning the impact on constant medical emergency traffic which shares the very same streets and intersections as the thousands of additional vehicles generated by the development?

The TIS reports
 "No impact expected on Bryant street" that seems ridiculous. Bryant is now one lane, one way, with parking on both sides  between the two major thoroughfares, N. Capitol and First St. NW, a tiny narrow street, so how no impact? With the poorly timed traffic lights on both ends of the unit block of Bryant NW,  which are already a failure, it will be backed up end to end, and many streets already are in this neighborhood. They will all increase in congestion and the poorly timed traffic lights will result in gridlock in many areas. If  anyone has tried to drive west on Irving at 14th NW, you can see exactly how  streets adjacent to this Mega-urbanisation will all fail, and be backed up and delay al lour residents simply trying to go home, or shopping or anywhere at any time.
 Transit study does not concern air quality, even though the present number of cars on N. Capitol is at least 30,000 a day.
TIS does not recommend any traffic slowing improvements on First st. south of Channing,,,of course, VMP will cause so much congestion, they will not need anything to slow traffic. The issue is how will traffic move, or will it just back any worse than it does all day long, and practically stops during rush hours, like it does now?

The VMP TIS states "the McMillan Development will add 1 car every 9-10 seconds on First St South of Channing St." As if that isn't a gigantic increase in traffic!
That is so misleading,,, cause 1 every 10 seconds,, or even fewer off peak is like 5000 to 8640 more cars per day..Why should a TIS so diminish it's own statistics. Where are the simple extrapolations , so we see exactly what one car every nine seconds really means , thousands, and thousands each day, every day!

So add 10,000 cars to First street when a "box store" has a sale..or  the chinese franchise restaurant has an "all you can eat" buffet.
The traffic impact as described by this TIS is unacceptable , and destructive to the health and safety of our city, our community and our hospital networks. The DC FEMS should be responding to this clear endangerment of their safety and effectiveness saving lives and serving the sick and injured in this city. 
Department of Homeland Security have designated evacuation routes which include as primary evacuation from the inner downtown area, North Capitol Street and it is clear the development will negatively impact safe and timely automobile and bus evacuation  during emergencies in DC.
Each of these critical issues are glossed over  and given no importance in this TIS, and numerous more issues that this development creates, all compounded by planned and additional development at Washington Hospitol Center, just as the Veterans  Hospital was recently doubled in size and Children's National Medical Center was doubled only a few years ago and likely plans to increase in size again. Development equally excessive in size is also planned for Armed Forces Retirement Home, and more development at North Capitol for Catholic University as well. How far behind are many more developments, compounding each and every negative impact, already unacceptable and destructive to the community by the excessive Vision McMillan Partners Monstrosity? We have a right to expect our city zoning, and planning agencies to protect the interests of DC residents.
 evacuNorth Capitol which is the most impacted by the development. I
Daniel Goldon Wolkoff
Adams Morgan Stained Glass
1231 Randolph Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-232-8391 

Here is a follow-on comment from Daniel Wolkoff:

Vision McMillan Partners, 50 building, and highrise office and condo development at McMillan will have unacceptable traffic impact at N. Capitol and Michigan Ave effecting Brookland and surrounding communities. Specifically impacting Emergency Medical Transport negatively.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bloomingdale Civic Assn members are invited to support the BCA's Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) package -- 1st hearing is Thursday evening, 05-01-2014

Here are the zoning hearing dates for McMillan, case 13-14:

According to the Notice of Public Hearing, the meetings will take place Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 P.M.Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:30 P.M.Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 P.M.; and, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:30 P.M. (if needed) at Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room, 441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 220-South, Washington, D.C. 20001.
It should be noted that the zoning calendar also lists a hearing date for May 20, 2014; however, I cannot figure out what this particular date is for.  I would suspect that this is when the zoning commission will present their ruling on the case.
According to the notice, the hearing will cover the following topics on the following days:
  • May 1, 2014 6:30 p.m.: Master Plan, Open Spaces and Parks, and Community Center (Parcels 6 and 7)
  • May 5, 2014 6:30 p.m.: Multi-Family/Retail Building (Parcel 4) and Townhouses (Parcel 5)
  • May 8, 2014 6:30 p.m.: Healthcare Facility (Parcel 1)
  • May 13, 2014 6:30 p.m: Continuation hearing, as needed

response to today's Twitter tweets on VMP's community outreach efforts

See this 04-29-2014 message from Vision McMillan Partners's Tania Jackson:

I want to address a misconception that I am seeing discussed on Twitter. 
This past weekend,  members of Fontaine and Company – part of the Vision McMillan Partners team— canvassed door to door in Bloomingdale as they’ve done in the past to remind residents about the upcoming zoning hearings.  We felt that additional outreach about the hearings would be beneficial to everyone in the community, and are encouraging people to come out to the hearings, which start May 1st.
I am seeing that the Friends of McMillan are tweeting that there were canvassers being “paid to drum up support for McMillan” which is clearly untrue.  The people out in the neighborhood this past weekend, members of the VMP team, were out educating and notifying neighbors about the hearing schedule, and also helping people understand how they could participate in the hearings if they asked for information about that, as well.  
As I stated on Twitter, Im unsure where this is coming from when it comes to FOMs tweets. Im pretty sure everyone knows Im the neighborhood outreach coordinator for the team, and I know that people are familiar with Mike and the other folks from Fontaine & Co who have been at meetings over the past several months.  As we have in the past and will continue to do in the future, were working to ensure that people are aware of the upcoming opportunities to provide input for the process.  Do we want people to support us?  Absolutely. Are we aware that not everyone does?  Absolutely.  However, weve always outreached to the neighborhoods surrounding the site about ways to get involved in upcoming hearings and community meetings.  
Idisappointed about what seems to be a purposeful  mischaracterization of our actions.  
Thank you,
Tania Jackson

Strava map of where runners run shows that the McMillan reservoir and sand filtration site are popular routes for runners (who use the Strava app, that is)

See this post from Washington City Paper Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener:

This Is Where Washingtonians Bike and Run

His post includes two maps from Strava, an app to log runner's routes (among other features). 

Here is the second of the two supplied maps, which shows the routes that runners using Strava like to take.

Note that heavy red borders around the McMillan Sand Filtration site and the McMillan Reservoir site.

No surprise!

here is the Thursday, 04-24-2014, DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Forum meeting Powerpoint presentation -- focus on noise, vibration and air monitoring/controls

See this message posted to the Bloomingdale Action List:

Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:40:37 -0400
Subject: [BloomingdaleActionList] Fwd: First Street Tunnel-DC Water WEB -Page
From: Bloomingdame 
For those of you who are interested, attached is the Power Point from the April First Street Tunnel Forum. Someone from "Bloomingdale Concerned Citizens" has previously sent out some notes from the meeting.

Tom Lindberg says they hope to launch a new web page soon to post the tunnel information.

This is a sound level meter.

DC Central Kitchen Healthy Corners delivering to DC Mini Mart

See this tweet and pic:

Healthy Corners delivery to freshly painted DC Mini in

Nice to see DC Central Kitchen Healthy Corners back in Bloomingdale !

DCRA permit: 2108 1st St NW -- two condo units, rear extension, three-level rear deck

Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer spotted this Bloomingdale DCRA permit:

  • 2108 First St. NW: Separation of this rowhouse into two condo units. The third floor will get a rear extension and there will be a three-level rear deck added.

Robin Shuster: "Bloomingdale Farmers Market reopens this Sunday, 05-04-2014 for our 8th season"

See this message from Markets and More's Robin Shuster:

I will have more details throughout this week but I just wanted to get out the word that the Bloomingdale Farmers Market  reopens this SUNDAY May 4 for our 8th season.  Time flies.
Robin Shuster
14&U Farmers' Market 
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

why show a photo of the condo itself when you can show a photo of Bloomingdale Wine and Spirits? Ha ha

See this tweet -- click on the RedFin link below to see the first image that pops up -- of Bloomingdale Wine and Spirits!

This condo is marketed to a real drinker! 2108 1ST St NW #1, WASHINGTON, DC 20001 (MLS )

Horman Violin Studio: Sunday Spotlight on MCYO -- at the Strathmore -- Sunday, 05-04-2014

The message below is from Bloomingdale resident Amy Beth Horman:

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:52:52 -0400
Subject: Re: A performance at Strathmore featuring myself and students from the studio - Please mark your calendars!
Just a friendly reminder about this exciting event coming up next weekend for our studio!  Please come in support - we would love to see you there!

All best,
Amy Beth

On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM, Horman Violin Studio <> wrote:
Please join us for this performance representing our studio made possible by the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras MCYO.

We will be performing my Orpheus arrangement of Saint Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for solo violin and small string ensemble.  This performance will feature me as soloist with students from our studio. 

We are so grateful for this opportunity and hope to see many of you there to support us!  

Amy Beth

Monday, April 28, 2014

Friends of McMillan Park invite you to gather to demonstrate your support for the denial of VMP's request to have the McMillan site zoned for major development

Note that this event is scheduled for Tuesday, 04-29-2014.

Dear Bloomingdale Community:

I, the Friends of McMillan Park, and other concerned people from nearby communities will be gathering at the corner of Michigan and North Capitol St NW (at the NE corner of McMillan to demonstrate our support for the denial of VMP's request to have McMillan Park zoned for major development.  We recognize that the weather will be uncooperative tomorrow, but we plan to demonstrate anyway (bring rain ponchos and your McMillan signs). 
Come for 30 minutes or an hour or whatever amount of time is convenient for you from 8am til whenever. The cool part about demonstrating other than exercising your right to free speech, is the opportunity to educate commuters who are curious to know where McMillan is and how they will be impacted by this proposed development.

If you cannot come to demonstrate, maybe you are available to testify in person at the Zoning Commission hearings on May 1st, 5th, and 8th?  Here’s what you need to know:  The hearings will take place at 441 4th Street NW, Room 220 South (Metro: Red line, Judiciary Square station).  The zoning Case # is 13-14. Please bring printed copies of your testimony for the Commission if possible.  If you have any questions, please contact or 202.234.0427.   A fourth hearing could also take place on May 13th.

Before the hearings, though, you must submit your testimony. 

Here is how: Go to this web page to create an “IZIS Account” (necessary to submit any documents): . Then go to this page and log in with the login/password you created above: .  Click on “file documents in an existing case,” and then specify case number 13-14, and ‘select’ that case in the next window.   Click ‘choose file’ to select the document on your computer that you wish to submit as your written testimony, then select ‘document type.’ If you oppose the current development plan, you would select ‘Letter in Opposition.’   Your letter should explain your position and why you think McMillan Park should not be zoned to permit high-rise buildings.  Then hit ‘Submit’ and your document should soon be visible in the list of documents for case 13-14 (see instructions above for how to see all documents for these hearings).
Let your voice be heard!
Thanks from your neighbor,
Erin Fairbanks

draft McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) community benefits agreement (CBA) document -- feedback needed immediately

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:43:12 -0400
Hello everyone,
Home stretch!!!  Attached above is the final draft for the MAG CBA document.  Although by no means perfect, I think we can be proud that a 100% volunteer effort was able to pull together a document with significant community input, with accountability structures in place, and within the time frame under which we were forced to work.  Mat has put together a table summary that he will attach to the document (Attachment 2) -- thanks Mat!!!!
Please take a look for final edits and send feedback to me by noon Tuesday, April 29th.
Tomorrow afternoon, we will formally submit it to Zoning as we discussed.
Best to all for your input and efforts!
P.S.  Again, please forward as you see fit.  Mat will post on the MAG website as well.
Additional comments from Chris Leptak: 
  • Note that it is still draft and this is an opportunity for final comments. 
  • We need comments by noon Tuesday, April 29th. 

Samsara House 2023: An intro to waking down in mutuality -- how to enjoy a state of full-time relaxation you never knew was possible -- Thursday, 05-01-2014

Subject: THU 1 MAY: An Intro to Waking Down in Mutuality: How to enjoy a state of full-time relaxation you never knew was possible
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:57:03 -0400

An Introduction to Waking Down in Mutuality
at Samsara House 2023

How to enjoy a state of full-time relaxation you never knew was possible

Thursday, 5/01/14 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

So, you've heard about Waking Down and now you want to learn more about it?  It's also known as the White Hot Yoga of the Heart, and for good reason.


Watch This New Video: 
What is Waking Down in Mutuality? (4:10mn)

In addition to the event this Thursday May 1st, the monthly Waking Down in Mutuality "sitting" is also coming up this Saturday, May 3rd, 2-5pm.  If you would like to attend, please signup on the Meetup:

(RSVP Required)


Cost: At least a buck ($1)

Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023

McMillan TIS update: Gorove | Slade has changed its recommendation - now the recommendation is to retain the all-way stop at 1st & Channing St NW

Subject: FW: McM | First & Channing Stop
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:02:33 -0400


FYI...see below. Gorove Slade changed their recommendation to maintain the three-way stop at First and channing.

Anne L. Corbett
Project Director
EYA | JAIR LYNCH Development Partners | Trammell Crow Company
202.494.7523 | | @VisionMcMillan

-----Original Message-----
> From: Robert B. Schiesel [] 
> Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:00 PM
> To: Anne Corbett; Daniel B. VanPelt
> Subject: RE: McM | First & Channing Stop

> Anne, 

> Our supplemental memo to DDOT officially changed our recommendation to the
> First/Channing intersection. Did this information get shared with the
> community? That should address these concerns. I've re-attached so you can
> forward - the change is noted on page 3. At minimum the TIS Supplement needs
> to be submitted to the Zoning Hearing (and thus made a public document)
> since DDOT referenced it in their staff report. 

> -Rob

> Robert B. Schiesel, PE
> Project Manager
> Gorove/Slade Associates, Inc.
> direct: 202-540-1926  |  main: 202-296-8625

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Levesque []
> Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 4:39 PM
> To: Anne Corbett; Daniel B. VanPelt; Robert B. Schiesel
> Cc: Dianne Barnes anc;
> Subject: Re: McM | First & Channing Stop

> Dear Daniel and Robert and Anne,

> The loss of the all way stop sign at First and Channing ST NW is a troubling
> safety issue at McMillan.

> This matter was twice brought to up at the transportation meeting between
> Gorove/slade, VMP and neighborhood residents.

> In addition, traffic issues were the top priority for the Bloomingdale
> community benefits agreement.

> My understanding was that these traffic meetings were to flush out concerns
> residents had about McMillan and have VMP act on these concerns.

> The stop sign issue was discussed and was noted on a flip chart as a
> priority concern of the community. I am not aware of any correspondence or
> communication with Gorove/slade or VMP following this meeting to notify
> residents that the traffic report would not be "tweaked" to address this
> safety problem. Addressing community concerns was the purpose of these
> meetings.

> The removal of the all way stop sign will certainly create a safety risk and
> endanger peoples lives for the following reasons:

> 1) The pedestrian cross walks across First St will be removed at one of the
> four corners of the development. This intersection is where pedestrians and
> bikers on the west side of First St would want to cross First St to enter
> the park at the SW corner. Vehicles traveling north/south on First St would
> not be required to stop at that intersection, as they currently are required
> to. This will endanger the lives of both pedestrians, especially children,
> and bikers.

> Keeping the all way stop sign is critical at this intersection to ensure
> that children as well as adults can safely access the park at the south end
> of McMillan.

> 2) Vehicular traffic headed westbound on Channing St would not see traffic
> on First St for two reasons:
> a)There is a hill and parked cars on the south side of the intersection.
> Drivers would not be able to see these approaching vehicles, which would
> make entering First St dangerous and extremely difficult.
> b) There is a 15 foot sloping earthen berm on the north side of Channing St,
> and vehicles parked on First St would make it nearly impossible to see
> vehicles traveling southbound on First St.

> Safety is the primary concern at this intersection and removing the stop
> signs on First St will certainly imperil the safely of drivers, bicyclists
> and pedestrians.

> I ask you to make the necessary changes to the traffic study to keep the
> current all way stop at First St and Channing for the sole purpose of making
> this a safe intersection for all concerned.

> Thank You

> Joe Levesque

> On 4/24/2014 1:18 PM, Anne Corbett wrote:
> > Gorove Slade,
> >
> > Here's a community comment on the preferred maintenance of the 3-way 
> > stop at First and Channing and my response, for your record.
> >
> > Anne L. Corbett
> >
> > Project Director
> >
> >
> > *EYA | JAIR LYNCH Development Partners | Trammell Crow Company*
> >
> > 202.494.7523 | 
> > | @VisionMcMillan
> >
> > *From:*Anne Corbett []
> > *Sent:* Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:13 PM
> > *To:* ''
> > *Cc:* 'mark mueller'; ''
> > *Subject:* RE: questions
> >
> > I will relay your feedback about the intersection of First and 
> > Channing to Gorove Slade whom I believe has already relayed such to 
> > DDOT though I could find no comment about it in the DDOT report issued
> April 21,2014.
> > (attached here) VMP is open to responding the consensus request for 
> > this intersection. It's a matter of choosing efficiency in vehicular 
> > movement vs pedestrian safety. I would encourage you to voice this 
> > preference to DDOT directly.
> >
> > Anne L. Corbett
> >
> > Project Director
> >
> >
> > EYA | JAIR LYNCH Development Partners | Trammell Crow Company
> >
> > 202.494.7523 | 
> > | @VisionMcMillan
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Joe Levesque []
> > Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:50 AM
> > To: anne corbert VMP
> > Cc: mark mueller; Joe Levesque
> > Subject: questions
> >
> > Anne,
> >
> > I have a few question about McMillan.
> >
> > Could you tell me where the height of the medical buildings, 
> > particularly the one on the west side of the north service court near 
> > First St will be measured.( there are several levels, the west side of 
> > the service court, Michigan Ave west and east side of development, 
> > First St. All these locations are at different elevations.
> >
> > _____________________
> >
> > One of the bike share racks is in the middle of the south service 
> > court nested between two silos.
> >
> > Is there an alternate location this bike station could be installed so 
> > that it is not in a park or in the middle of the silos?
> >
> > __________________________
> >
> > The Slade/Grove traffic study proposed removing the current traffic 
> > stop sign at First and Channing St and replacing it with a one way 
> > stop on Channing St heading westbound.
> >
> > Traffic on First St was a top priority in Bloomingdale's CBA.
> >
> > I, along with several other residents, do not want VMP to remove the 
> > all way stop sign because it would have several detrimental 
> > consequences, such as:
> >
> > Two of the three pedestrian cross walks would be removed.
> >
> > The southbound vehicular traffic would not stop before it enters 
> > Bloomingdale, and there is a steep downhill slope just south of Channing.
> >
> > Additionally, it would be difficult and dangerous for westbound 
> > Channing St traffic to turn onto First St because First St traffic 
> > would no longer stop at that intersection.
> >
> > The lack of a stop sign on First street will certainly speed up 
> > traffic speeds near that intersection. Years ago, when Vicky Leonard 
> > was our ANC Commissioner, she worked to slow down the First Street 
> > traffic by having stop signs installed at all the open intersections. 
> > Currently, every intersection has a stop sign or traffic light. 
> > Removing this stop sign is moving in the wrong direction.
> >
> > Has Slade tweaked the traffic study to keep the existing 3 way stop 
> > sign at First and Channing?
> >
> > I look forward to the answers.
> >
> > Joe Levesque