Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday at the Pub!

See this tweet:

should DC Water start work at 7am (rather than at 9am) to end construction sooner?

See this NextDoor post from Teri Janine Quinn, president of the Bloomingdale Civic Association:

Should DC Water start work at 7am to end construction sooner??? Do you live near the DC Water construction (NEBT)? The BCA needs to hear from you! DC Water is considering whether to request permission to begin hauling materials to their worksite 2 hours earlier (@7am). DC Water has indicated that the proposed change would lead to shortening the completion time for the 3rd Street, NW worksite by 3 months and the Rhode Island Avenue, NW(N Cap-FLA) worksite by 1.5 months. We want to provide feedback with regard to residents’ preference. We will be discussing this issue at our February meeting tomorrow evening - the agenda was posted here last week. If the noise or vibrations from these 2 worksites impact your house, please attend the meeting. If you cannot attend but wish to provide your feedback please email us at

Saturday, February 22, 2020

DC Court of Appeals grants injunction that Friends of McMillan Park -- Wednesday, 02-19-2020

See this Friends of McMillan Park message:

From: On Behalf Of Kirby Vining
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2020 6:43 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashingtonDC] Court Grants Injunction Friends of McMillan Park Requested, Feb. 19

The following is information that the Friends of McMillan Park sent out Saturday, February 22 concerning the most recent court action on McMillan Park:

On Wednesday, February 19th, the D.C. Court of Appeals granted the injunction we requested to halt demolition activity at McMillan until our appeals case is decided. Recall that the Court issued an administrative injunction on January 16th stopping demolition activity to allow the Court time to review our request for an injunction, appealed from the Superior Court order of January 10th that denied our injunction request. In this Feb. 19th order, however, the Court has completed its initial review of the case and granted the injunction we requested and explained why it did so, all consistent with the grounds we presented.

BACKGROUND: Recall that the D.C. Court of Appeals' May 16, 2019 order affirmed the order of the Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation that would allow demolition, but imposed a condition on any demolition: "The applicants are not at liberty to begin demolition or subdivision, however, unless .... the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs independently determines that they possess the ((financial)) ability to complete the project."  The Court's Feb. 19th order says "Thus far the Deputy Mayor appears to have relied almost exclusively on a presumption that DCRA made the independent determination it was required to make, and the existing record is apparently bereft of any direct evidence that DCRA in fact did so."  This is precisely our argument and the Court clearly agrees with us.

The Court's Feb. 19th order is an interim order, not a final decision, and it states that there is one matter still outstanding: The Feb. 19th order states: "We note that there has been uncertainty about whether DCRA's issuance of the demolition permit is properly reviewable by the Office of Administrative Hearings or instead by the Superior Court.  We do not decide that question at this juncture."  The Court determined that this question does not prevent the issuance of the injunction, but instructed OAH to quickly complete its review to determine whether it regards the demolition permit as properly issued. DMPED argues that the OAH has the authority to review the permit.

The Court's order was silent on what it will do with the results of OAH's review, saying only that it could not answer the question about whether OAH or the Superior Court can properly review this matter.  So when OAH has completed its review, the Court of Appeals will continue its proceedings on our appeal. This is complicated stuff, but recall that our main argument is that the demolition order issued on August 16, 2019 was in defiance of the Appeals Court's instructions in its May 2019 decision. The Superior Court and thus far the Court of Appeals agree with our argument, but the Court says it cannot decide the question of whether OAH or the Superior Court have the authority to review the issuance of the permit. And that's where we are now.

The above information is available in URL form here: 

Kirby Vining

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for Sat 2/22 & Sun 2/23/2020

61 Rhode Island Ave NW is offered at $1,595,000.
The featured open house is an entire house plus basement apartment in Historic Bloomingdale. The agent representing the seller is Craig McCullough with Compass. See the link below for more details and open house times.

Weekend Open Houses

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in Bright MLS 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.

traffic calming update at this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association

See the agenda for this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting at St. George's Episcopal Church, 160 U Street NW, 7:00 pm.

annual Shrove Tuesday celebration and feast at St. George's Episcopal Church -- Tuesday, 02-25-2020

See this 02-13-2020 message from St. George's Episcopal Church:

Join us for our annual Shrove Tuesday celebration and feast, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” as we enter the fasting period of Lent. The Lenten season represents a time of abstinence and reflection, allowing for a deeper focus on our relationship with God.

come out for the kickoff planning meeting for this year's Bloomingdale Community Day at Crispus Attucks Park -- Wednesday, 02-26-2020

From: Crispus Attucks Park <>
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 11:43 AM
Subject: 🌳 Planning Meeting for Crispus Attucks Park Community Day: Next Wednesday 🌞
Join us to meet Bloomingdale neighbors and help us put on the best park fundraiser ever!

Planning kickoff meeting: Wednesday, February 26th, 7 pm 

Help plan the best neighborhood fundraiser ever! 

Hello Bloomingdale!

It's time to start planning for our neighborhood's BIGGEST EVENT--the Crispus Attucks Park Community Day 2020 (save the date: Saturday, May 16th)!

As you know, Crispus Attucks Park is not a DC Park and gets no funding or help from the city at all, so we rely on YOU to volunteer to keep our neighborhood gem going.We need lots of volunteer help to prep for the big day and on the day itself, so please join the CADC Board at our planning meeting to put your name down.

Where: 2015 1st Street NW
When: 7:00 pm
What: Community Day planning meeting. Below are just a few of the volunteer positions we will discuss at the meeting:


Signature Committee--> Permission from DCRA requires signatures!
Signage, Marketing, Promotions--> Any graphic designers in the neighborhood??
Taste of Bloomingdale--> Neighborhood restaurants sign up to donate food for the big event! YUM!!!
Sponsors--> Neighborhood (and greater) businesses donate funds for the Community Day event and to keep the Park running :)
CADC Table--> Don't have time to hold a yard sale? We'll do it for you! Bring us your stuff and we'll sell it for a good cause (the Park!)
Yard Sale Vendors--> Want to sell your yard sale items at the biggest event in the neighborhood? Buy a spot and sell on Community Day!
Other Activities--> Remember the Dog Show? Face painting? Kid's games? Yoga? So much fun! Put your name down to help organize!
Band--> Gotta have music :)

Dear Friends of Crispus Attucks Park,

Are you willing to be interviewed for a research study about the potential benefits of green space?  The research is in benefit of Nature Sacred, the foundation that gave CADC the grant that made it possible to build the Memory Garden and other park amenities.  They’re looking to talk to anyone in the community who uses and enjoys Crispus Attucks Park.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve only recently discovered the park. 

Interviews by phone are welcome and appreciated, but they’re also hoping to do a few of them in person. Either way it shouldn’t take long, maybe 30 minutes. 

If you’re interested, let me know (jacorea@gmail.comand I’ll share your email address (or phone number if you prefer) with the researcher, Francesca Richardson. This is a great way for the community to give back to an organization that has done so much for the park. Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Thank you!

John Corea

Copyright © 2020 Crispus Attucks Development Corporation, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you expressed interest in Crispus Attucks Park.

Our mailing address is:
Crispus Attucks Development Corporation
23 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

fundraiser at Boundary Stone for Langley Elementary -- "Make Some Noise" -- Saturday, 03-07-2020

Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:46 AM
Subject: "Make Some Noise" Langley Elementary Fundraiser at Boundary Stone 3/7/2020

Mark your calendars for "Make Some Noise" - on Saturday, March 7th from 3p-630p. **Three weeks from today** 

"Make Some Noise" is Langley Elementary's PTSA annual fundraiser at Boundary Stone (116 Rhode Island Ave NW).  We'll have a silent auction, a Parent-Teacher band, students will perform from 7DrumCity and 20% of the restaurant proceeds will go to Langley's PTSA.  

The silent auction will include camp vouchers, theater tickets, sports tickets, restaurant gift certificates, wine, and much more!

All are welcome (Langley families & those who go elsewhere)!  You won't want to miss it!  Tickets to enter are free but you may want to make a reservations for dinner at Boundary Stone (#202 621 6635) during the time of the event so you can be sure and have a seat to eat if your kids are hungry.


Christina Robbins (Langley Elementary PTSA President)  

Friday, February 21, 2020

18 Channing St NW on the HPRB agenda -- Thursday, 02-27-2020

From: On Behalf Of Yarnall, Bruce (OP)
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2020 4:31 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashingtonDC] HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar - February 27, 2020

Greetings:   This document and others related to the February 27  HPRB Meeting are posted on our website at:

Project Drawings for HPRB applications are now posted on the Office of Planning website. Please select the "HPRB & CFA Project Drawings" button and open the appropriate historic district folder. Drawings are filed by address and are in order of the date added to the website. Please send us an email if you are unable to locate specific project drawings.

Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting
February 27, 2020

The Historic Preservation Review Board will meet to consider the following items.  The meeting will be held at 441 4th Street NW in Room 220-South.  Applicants and those interested in testifying should arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the assigned time for the case.


A.            Slayton House, 3411 Ordway Street, NW HPA 20-178, concept/construct two-story garage accessory structure

B.            233 ½ 9th Street SE, HPA 19-388, concept/addition on garage

C.            4464 Greenwich Parkway NW, HPA 20-174, permit/remove rear porch and replace with rear projection

D.            2730 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, HPA 20-177, permit/raze Building 99

E.            2829 29th Street NW, HPA 20-135, concept/attic addition


1.   9:30-12:00          Tregaron, 3100 Macomb Street NW, HPA 20-095, concept/new construction, science/academic building, relocation of dacha, landscape rehabilitation on WIS campus

                12:00-1:00       LUNCH BREAK

2.   1:00-1:30       Charles Whitney Gilmore Residence, 451 Park Road NW, Case 15-09

3.   1:30-2:00       Tabard Inn, 1737-1741 N Street NW, Case 20-01

3.            2:00-2:45     1901 9th Street NW, HPA 20-117, concept/four-story plus penthouse setback addition

4.            2:45-3:30     411 New Jersey Avenue SE, HPA 20-180, concept/new construction, two houses

5.            3:30-4:00     710 E Street SE, HPA 20-134, permit/rear three-story addition

6.        4:00-4:45    18 Channing Street NW, HPA 20-172, concept/three-story addition

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

the windows have been tagged at the not-yet-opened corner store at 1st and U Street NW

See this tweet:

Ward 5 Report: Celebrating Ward 5's Black History

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2020 3:04 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Celebrating Ward 5's Black History


This Black History Month across social media we have been sharing stories of African American people with ties to Ward 5 who have made significant contributions to our society and culture. Many people already know about Charles Drew or Senator Edward Brooke, but do you know the story of Dwight Mosley, for whom the sports fields at South Dakota Avenue and Perry Street NE is named?

We have highlighted Paul Washington, for whom the 4600 block of 12th Street NE is ceremonially named. We explored the tragic and heroic history behind the namesake for the Penn Center Building (located at 3rd and R Street NE). We highlighted a Brookland resident who is pursuing an arts degree from the University of the District of Columbia in her retirement and talked about the amazing life of Alethia Tanner and groundbreaking contributions of trailblazing legal genius Charles Hamilton Houston.

Follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts as we continue to celebrate Ward 5 Black History through the end of the month. If you have an idea of someone to highlight, share them here, and you may just see it featured on #Ward5BlackHistory.

In service,


Budget Update

Thank you to all the residents who filled out Councilmember McDuffie's survey of budget engagement. We received hundreds of responses detailing your priorities for the District of Columbia government budget. The input from residents will be used to help inform the letter Councilmember McDuffie will release next week to the mayor outlining his budget priorities.

At the Council, Performance Oversight Hearings continue until March 6 in advance of receiving the Mayor's budget proposal on March 19. Then, Budget Oversight Hearings will be held between March 23, and April 9 and the first of two votes before the full Council on the budget will take place on May 13, 2020.

Legislative Update

Kenyan in the News

Kenyan in the Community

Small Business Spotlight: Ward 5's Great Streets Grantees

Last month, Councilmember McDuffie joined Mayor Bowser and District officials at Dudley Beauty College on Rhode Island Ave NE to announce the latest round of small businesses to receive Great Streets grants. The Great Streets program supports existing businesses, helps to attract new businesses, and creates jobs for residents while revitalizing retail corridors. Before Councilmember McDuffie took office in 2012, Ward 5 small businesses had not been a part of this program. Since that time over $5,000,000 in grants have been provided to over 80 Ward 5 small businesses.

The great streets grantees for this fiscal year are Fresh Dry Cleaners DC, Blue Print Barber Shop LLC, Bourn to Cut Inc., New Town Cleaners, The Family Laundromat, Mount Olivet Inc, Sequoia School, A Childcare Development Center, Patrick's Pet Care.

DC Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Registration Opens Next Week

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) operates a variety of affordable summer camps for young people and registration begins next week. Each day next week a new set of camps will open registration at noon. Check the DPR website for the schedule of registration and descriptions of camps.

Protect Yourself and Your Home From Fire

In the last year, at least two people have lost their lives in Ward 5 in fires where the home did not have working smoke detectors. The good news is that the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) is here to help. They will install smoke detectors in qualified DC homes and are also available to answer your general questions on fire safety. For additional information or to request the installation of smoke detectors, visit the FEMS website or call (202) 673-3331.

DC School Lottery Deadline - March 2

The deadline to enter the DC School Lottery for PK3 - grade 8 is March 2 for PK3 – grade 8. If you have questions or to review your options, visit or call 202-888-6336.

Black History Month Program at the Woodridge Library - February 22

In recognition of Black History Month, on Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, the Woodridge Library will host a series of programs honoring Black Veterans. Full details about the programs are available on the Woodridge Library website

Free Assistance with Tax Preparation

The District of Columbia Public Library has partnered with the AARP to provide income tax return preparation assistance for qualified residents at seven neighborhood libraries. In Ward 5, tax preparation is offered at the Woodridge Library on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Summer Youth Employment Applications Now Available