Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MPD firearm recovery on the 1900 block of 1st Street NW on Friday, 01-26-2018

From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 5:06 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] MPD Recovers 29 Firearms in Past Week

MPD’s Weekly Firearm Recoveries:

January 22, 2018 to January 29, 2018

(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, January 22, 2018, through Monday, January 29, 2018, MPD detectives and officers recovered 29 firearms in the District of Columbia. 

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all guns recovered in the District of Columbia. 

Among the firearms recovered were:

Friday, January 26, 2018

·         A black .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun was recovered from the 1900 block of 1st Street, Northwest.  CCN: 18-014-235

District Trivia tonight at Boundary Stone -- and the State of the Union!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Bloomingdale resident Raul Del Moral at Capo -- Thursday, 02-01-2018

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Here is a brief video of Raul (not at Capo):

Washingtonian profiles soon-to-open Spark at 12

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Urban Turf: 36 Channing St NW sold for $808,500, 160 Adams St NW sold for $546,000 -- each property was sold subject to affordability covenants and will have rental or sale amount caps upon completion

Click on the link to read the entire Urban Turf post:

A few weeks ago, UrbanTurf reported on the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Vacant to Vibrant DC initiative, which included an auction of more than 30 vacant houses and lots throughout the city. Now, the gavel has sounded and the properties are on the way to becoming up to fifty units of workforce housing.


Vacant Houses/Buildings:

  • 4326-4338 Halley Terrace SE (includes three buildings + adjacent lot) (map): $987,000
  • 905 R Street NW (map): $913,500
  • 1132 Columbia Road NW (map): $903,000
  • 36 Channing Street NW (map): $808,500
  • 1422 Shepherd Street NW (map): $766,500
  • 523 Kennedy Street NW (map): $703,500
  • 160 Adams Street NW (map): $546,000

clear your mind from any distractions with candles from Bloomingdale-based JSquared Candle Co.

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Boundary Stone invites you to vote for your favorite neighborhood pub in Washington City Paper's "Best of DC"

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grand opening of Spark at 12 approaching

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

so why is this a "why?

Who can answer?

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Showtime Lounge's Soul Call Paul on NPR !

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Pat Mitchell: "The Question of Historic Designation in Bloomingdale"

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Pat Mitchell:

#IotaPhiLambda Sorority volunteered with St. George's Epsicopal Church's Kwanzaa Kitchen

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Spark at 12 prepping for its grand opening

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did you know that Bacio Pizzeria serves Illy coffee drinks ?

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this sounds like an improvement in DCRA Land

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have you signed up to test the Big Bear Cafe Skip the Line app ?

Good morning!

Since we get so busy in the summer we've developed a mobile ordering app so our regular customers can order ahead and skip the line...


You can order espresso drinks, coffee, tea, and a few breakfast and pastry items. You pay in advance, and everything will be ready under your name at the counter.

Hope this makes your morning a little nicer.

If you have any feedback or requests let me know!


Friday, January 26, 2018

at The Unified Scene Theater tonight: NIXON and Gravid Water

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DC Preservation League mentions the landmark filing of Bloomingdale's St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church South at 2nd and S Street NW - in its Jan 2018 e-Advocate newsletter

The DC Preservation League produced its January 2018 E-Advocate newsletter.  

See the DC Preservation Landmarks Update from this newsletter below.  

See the item that mentions Bloomingdale's church at 2nd and Street NW -- St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church South:

monthly FREE Improv Workshop this Sunday, 01-28-2018, at The Unified Scene Theater

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

whoa! a fence around the National Park Service small triangular green space at North Capitol St NW and Florida Ave NW

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music at Boundary Stone: Paul Shepard's old World folk music tonight; Lee, Blackwood & Graham this Friday night

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from Bertha Holliday: "Moms" Mabley video

From: Bertha Holliday  
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:39 AM
Subject: For Posting; "Moms " Mabley Video

The BCA 2017 House Tour Program Book featured the late comedienne Jackie "Moms" Mabley as one of the 'Ancestors' of the Arts & Letters' in Bloomingdale. I just ran across a video of a 1969 performance of Moms on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM880a92rgo  and an audio of her 1968 Album - The Best of Moms Mabley:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd2F8N_xf6Q 

Also, in case you didn't attend the House Tour, attached is the House Tour write-up on 'Moms'.

Have a laugh!
Bertha Holliday

Bertha G., Holliday, PhD & Associates, LLC
Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation)
49 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Co- Director
Bloomingdale Village Square Project
"Building Community Identity & Sense of Place"

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

Fellow, American Psychological Association

meet new PSA 501 Lieutenant Frenzel at tonight's PSA 501 meeting

From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 5:48 PM
To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MPD-5D] PSA 501 Meeting

The monthly PSA 501 meeting will be held this Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St George's located at 160 U St NW.

Event: PSA 501 Community Meeting
Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: St. George's 160 U St NW
Agenda: Meet and Greet with new PSA 501 Lieutenant

Monthly Crime Stats presented by Lt. Frenzel

Question and Answer session

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lieutenant Peter J. Frenzel
Metropolitan Police Department
PSN Fifth District PSA 501
1805 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone# 202-698-0150
"We are here to help!"

join DC Capital Striders at Boundary Stone every Wednesday evening for a group run

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the garage at 121 W St NW on the raze applications list

From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com [mailto:HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 5:14 PM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
Raze Applications Filed at DCRA: December 27 - January 22

Greetings: This report is also posted on our website at http://tinyurl.com/h9nn5nf  .  See Raze Permit Report –  January 23, 2018.
The following raze applications were filed at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) between December 27, 2017 – January 22, 2018: 
ANC          Address                                                                                                                                               

2C             1334-1336 G Street NW ( 6 story commercial building) 
2E             3800 Reservoir Road NW ( 6 story building) 
3D             5304 Dorsett Place NW (dwelling)  
4B             917 Sheridan Street NW (dwelling) 
5D           500 Morse Street NW ( 2 story commercial building) 
5E        121 W Street NW (garage) 
7B             3233 Ely Place SE (SF dwelling) 
8E             3906 Wheeler Road SE (dwelling) 
8A            1212 Talbert Street SE ( two story apartment building) 
8D            3424 A  Travis Way SW (accessory structure) 

Historic Preservation Clearance of Raze Permit Applications
All raze permit applications in the District of Columbia are submitted to the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for clearance. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) gives applicants a blank clearance letter to submit to HPO for this purpose.

Why does HPO review all raze permit applications?
HPO clearance of raze applications safeguards against demolition of historic properties by accident or without proper public notice. HPO also ensures that raze applications subject to review under the DC historic preservation law are processed appropriately.

Why is public notice of raze applications important?
District law requires public notice of raze permit applications for both historic and non-historic property. This is because building demolition is often a matter of interest to affected residents and communities. In addition, the DC historic preservation law allows community groups to seek temporary and permanent protection for any property that may meet the criteria for historic landmark designation.

What is the public notice requirement?
Two types of public notice are required for raze applications before a permit is issued:
  • The DC Building Code requires the permit applicant to post and maintain a notice of the application on the property for 30 days (12A DCMR § 105.7.1).
  • The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Act requires DCRA to give ANCs a notice of 30 working days, which is usually about 45 days (D.C. Official Code § 1-309.10(c)). DCRA sends this notice by email.
The public notice of raze permit applications establishes a review period during which communities may seek information and consider historic preservation concerns about a property proposed for demolition.

How can I determine when the public review period ends?
HPO posts copies of pending raze permit applications on the Office of Planning website . This posting includes a copy of the DCRA notice to ANCs. The public review period expires 30 working days after the date of the DCRA notice.

How long does the HPO review take?
HPO reviews raze applications promptly and in accordance with public notice requirements. The procedures and timing are different for historic and non-historic property.
For non-historic property, HPO typically holds applications for the length of the required ANC notice period. HPO may also request photographs to confirm posting of the notice placard on the property. If an application clearly raises no historic preservation concerns, HPO may use its discretion to sign off on the application before the notice period expires.
For historic property, HPO reviews the application according to the procedures required in the DC historic preservation law. The law discourages demolition of historic landmarks and properties contributing to the character of historic districts. Typically, an application to raze a historic property must be referred to the Historic Preservation Review Board for a recommendation, and to the Mayor’s Agent for a public hearing.

What if applications to raze and designate a property as historic are on file at the same time?
The DC historic preservation law allows ANCs and community groups with a demonstrated interest in historic preservation to file applications for historic designation at any time. Once an application to designate a historic landmark is filed with HPO, the property is protected by law for 90 days to allow HPRB time to determine whether the property meets historic landmark designation criteria. This protection does not apply to properties covered by historic district applications.
During this 90-day temporary protection period, the District may not issue the raze permit for the property. If HPRB determines after a public hearing that the property meets the designation criteria, it becomes a historic landmark and receives permanent protection under the preservation law. If HPRB determines that the property does not meet the criteria, HPO completes the preservation review by clearing the raze application.

How does HPO clear raze applications?
HPO clears the raze application by signing the DCRA clearance letter attached to the application. The clearance means either the property is not subject to the preservation law, or the demolition has been authorized under the preservation law.
HPO notifies the raze permit applicant once the HPO clearance letter is signed. Cleared applications are available for pick-up at the front reception desk in the Office of Planning during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm).

For More Information
Contact HPO by telephone at (202) 442-7600, or by email at historic.preservation@dc.gov

Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bertha Holliday invites you to comment on HPO 2020 Historic Preservation Plan

See this 01-23-3018 message from Bertha Holliday:


HPO is releasing the 2020 District of Columbia Historic Preservation Plan by January 15 for a 45-day public comment period lasting until March 1, 2018. The Plan sets forth the vision and goals that will guide preservation efforts in the District, and is the result of public engagement led by HPO and the Office of Planning (OP) in coordination with the Comprehensive Plan update. Upon release, a copy of the plan will be posted on the OP website at www.planning.dc.gov.

Bertha Holliday
Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Treasurer, ANC 5E
"Serving Bloomingdale -- Building community"