Sunday, December 31, 2017

Onwards to 2018! McMillan Park 2017 holiday gathering report

From: []
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2017 2:40 PM
To:;;;; Ward 5 Yahoo Group ;
Subject: [WARD5] Onwards to 2018! McMillan Park 2017 holiday gathering report

Dear Good McMillan Park Supporters and SMAC participating members!

On December 20, 2017, more than 50 McMillan Park supporters came out to enjoy the holidays and celebrate our park, and we raised almost $1000 for our cause. See video and pics here >>

"I believe this case [the McMillan project] represents the continuation and modernization of... the history and heritage of Bloomingdale's racial segregation... and really needs to be questioned very seriously." ~Bertha Holliday, Ward 5 ANC Commissioner and Bloomingdale Resident.

In the new year, we will continue to defend our park from privatization and destruction.  Will you defend McMillan Park with us?


  • January 24, 2018 -- McMillan Park Legal hearing at the highest Court in DC regarding the appeal of Jair Lynch's "poor door" in the proposed segregation of the senior building on Parcel 4.  1/24/18, Gather at 430 E Street, NW, WDC 20001, at 8:30am.  Please RSVP:
  • February 14, 2018 -- Hearts for Parks at McMillan Park (stay tuned!)

2017 in review

In 2017, we defended our McMillan Park again.  We went to the zoning hearings and preservation hearings, outnumbering those in support 10:1.  Experts testified on behalf of our public park and in defense of much better civic planning.  We wrote hundreds of letters to the Council and about 10,000 supporters have signed petitions.

"This may be the right project somewhere, but certainly not at crossroads of a major east-west, north-south throughway in the District of Columbia." -- Eddie Johnson, longtime Ward 5 planner and architect.

In 2018, we will transform the Mayor's gargantuan mistake (the proposed downtown sized project with 120+ foot tall buildings that have poor doors) into a positive plan for the future of Wards 1 & 5, let alone the city and nation.

Get involved & DEFEND MCMILLAN!
Thank you for all of your efforts, energies, and love for our park!

Chris O.,DC for Reasonable Development

MPD missing person: Dejouanna Woods, last seen on the 300 block of Elm Street NW; update on 01-02-2018 -- Dejouanna Woods located

From: []
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:40 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] Critical Missing Person: Dejouanna Woods

The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Dejouanna Woods, who was last seen in the 300 block of Elm Street, Northwest, on Friday,

December 29, 2017. The incident was reported on December 29, 2017.

Dejouanna Woods is described as a black female, with a medium brown complexion, 5’2” in height, 110 pounds, brown eyes, and long burgundy braids.  Clothing description is unknown.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dejouanna Woods is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth and Family Services Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 10:57 AM
Subject: [MPD-5D] Missing Person Located: Dejouanna Woods

January 2, 2018, 

Missing Person Located: Dejouanna Woods

(Washington, DC) - The critical missing person identified as 15-year-old Dejouanna Woods has been located safely. 
She was last seen in the 300 block of Elm Street, Northwest, on Friday, December 29, 2017.   

The Metropolitan Police Department would like to thank both our community and media partners for their assistance in publicizing this case.

ANC5E07 Commissioner Holliday advises about the 01-24-2018 McMillan project E-shaped residential building housing segregation lawsuit court hearing (watch the YouTube video)

See this tweet:

Which points to this Save McMillan Park Facebook post:

And here is the YouTube video with ANC5E07 Commissioner Bertha Holliday:

In the video above, ANC5E07  Commissioner Bertha Holliday announces the hearing on Wednesday, 01-24-2018.

soil boring permit filed for #TheDenizen location -- 1634 North Capitol Street NW

Recall the 12-27-2017 Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog post suggesting that there was no action going on regarding #TheDenizen project?

Looks like I spoke too soon.

See this 12-18-2017 DCRA permit for soil boring:

Here is an architectural rendering from a year ago in the Washingtonian magazine of the proposed #TheDenizen  development:

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Old Engine 12 to change hands on Jan 1, 2018 -- to be renamed "Spark" -- but note the firehouse property is still up for lease at CityFeet, so who knows?

Click on the link to read the entire Eater DC post:

Eat Avocado Beignets at Bloomingdale’s Evolving Firehouse Restaurant

Caribbean food is the focus of forthcoming Spark at Engine Co. 12

Bloomingdale’s Old Engine 12 restaurant, under new ownership effective next month, is trading comfort food for Caribbean cuisine as well as carving out room for expanded activities in the new year.
The century-old firehouse (1626 North Capitol Street NW) was converted into a restaurant space in 2013. Jenna Mack of Event Emissary, a local events industry vet, is assuming control of the property in order to “open a restaurant I’d love to eat at in a space I’d love to do events in,” she says. She plans to rename the neighborhood eatery Spark at Engine Co. 12.

To fit more people inside, the main floor will lose a brick oven used to make pizza and the second floor bar will be removed. Existing marble features and furniture will disappear to make way for warmer accents like lounge seating and reclaimed wood. Original nineteenth century wood flooring and exposed brick are staying put.

And see this associated CityFeet post.

The firehouse is an active listing for lease.

consider Crispus Attucks Park as part of Your Year-End Giving!

From: Will Gomaa
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:57 AM
Subject: Consider Crispus Attucks Park as Part of Your Year-End Giving!

Consider Crispus Attucks Park as Part of Your Year-End Giving!
Dear Bloomingdale neighbors,

As we near the end of 2017, I ask that you consider Crispus Attucks Park as part of your year-end giving!
Crispus Attucks Park is one of the very few green spaces in Bloomingdale, and a tranquil spot to walk your dog, play with your kids, read a book, lay out in the sun, and spend time with friends.  The park gets no financial support from the DC Government.  The park is run by a neighborhood nonprofit, supported by entirely by the generosity and volunteer work of the Bloomingdale community.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation!
Happy Holidays!

Will Gomaa
President, CADC

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 12/31/2017

The Lexicon at 50 Florida Ave NE is open for visitors Sunday
The featured listing is the large still under construction condo building at 50 Florida Ave NE.  Pricing ranges from $426,100. to $818,450. and is represented by McWilliams/Ballard 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

*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 compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Friday, December 29, 2017

see the schedule of New Year's masses at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church

From: David Kuhl 
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2017 12:42 PM
Subject: New Year's Mass Schedule Post

St. Martin’s Catholic Church invites you to join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus during this Christmas season!!

New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017
New Year’s Eve Mass: 9:00PM

New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018
New Year’s Day Mass: 10:00AM

one more night of half-price wines at Tyber Creek

See this tweet:

The Plate Scrapers returning to Boundary Stone on Friday, 01-05-2018

See this tweet:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Alex Cooper auctioning off two DHCD former Hofgard houses in Bloomingdale: 36 Channing St NW and 160 Adams St NW - with an affordable housing covenant

See this tweet:

Bidding notes: Online bidding opens Thursday, January 18th @ 1:00pm and closes Tuesday, January 23rd @ 1:00pm.  Please note bids placed under the two-minute mark will reset the auction countdown clock back to two minutes.

Sold Subject to Covenants: The properties in this auction are being sold subject to an affordable housing covenant as well as a construction covenant. Failure to abide by these terms will result in the forfeiture of your deposit before closing or potentially the property itself once you have taken title. Please review the documents section for the full terms.

Description: 1,680+/- square feet unimproved lot zoned RF-1.  Square 3121 Lot 0057.

Diligence Package: Purchase agreement with addenda and covenants are located in the documents section. In order to gain access, you must create a free account as well as accept a non-disclosure agreement.

Marcella Kriebel invites to purchase her 2018 calendar -- all proceeds go to Puerto Rico hurricane relief

See this tweet from Bloomingdalian Marcella Kriebel:

Ward 5 Report: Best of 2017

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:56 AM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Best of 2017

In the closing days of 2017, we reflect on what has been a year of progress in Ward 5 and the District of Columbia. We have been inspired by our young people and senior citizens alike, we have stood together in the face of tragedy, and we have continued to move Ward 5 and the District forward. I invite you to review all that we achieved together in my 2017 Year End Report:

There are many distinct elements of my role as Councilmember: introducing and passing legislation, hosting and taking part in community events, and engaging stakeholders. Below have a look at just some of the highlights in these areas from this year.
In Service,


Introduced the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act and became Chairman of the newly-constituted Council Committee on Business and Economic Development.

Presented Ceremonial Resolutions honoring Ward 5 resident and former Tuskegee Airman William T. Fauntroy, as well as Ward 5 civic leader Shirley Rivens Smith. Rallied outside the U.S. House of Representatives to tell Congress to keep their #HandsOffDC!

Brought the Mayor and the Police Chief to Ward 5 for a public safety town hall. Saw the launch of a new bus route along Rhode Island Avenue, the G9.

Introduced the Managing Outdoor Work for Seniors Act, or the M.O.W.S. act, which creates a program to help seniors with outdoor yardwork. Ceremonially renamed 100 block of Rhode Island Ave NW for William H. Jackson.

Joined seniors at Seabury Resources Ward 5 Senior Day at the North Michigan Park Recreation Center. Championed and funded program to provide lawyers to low-income tenants facing eviction.

Introduced a bill to authorize a statue in each ward recognizing native Washingtonians who are people of color or women. Joined partners to host the NXG Leaders Youth Town Hall at Brookland Middle School w/ Jermaine Dupri.

Brought District Department of Transportation to a Council Roundtable in the community at Catholic University.

Another successful Chuck Brown Day! Over the course of the Council summer recess, hosted over 52 community office hour sessions throughout 14 neighborhoods, totaling over 100 community office hours.

Hosted a Community Peace Walk & Sleep Out for Solutions. Brought back the tradition of Ward 5 Day. Hosted Mayor Bowser for a community walk-through of Brookland.

Opening of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, a key component of the NEAR Act. Hosted Ward 5 Senior Bingo at North Michigan Park Recreation Center. Successfully fought to restore service to Transport D.C. program for seniors and residents with disabilities.

Hosted a turkey drive that provided turkeys to each senior building in the Ward, as well as many seniors in their homes. Honored by the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth for leadership in juvenile justice.

Hosted the Ward 5 Holiday Party, and collected toys that were donated to worthy organizations around the Ward and the District. Introduced legislation to protect senior citizens from deceptive mailers.