Monday, March 30, 2020

here is today's CM McDuffie Coronavirus response: Mayor orders residents to stay-at-home and small biz, non-profit, & independent contractor grant deadline tomorrow

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 8:21 PM
Subject: March 30 Coronavirus Response - Mayor orders residents to stay-at-home and small biz, non-profit, & independent contractor grant deadline tomorrow

Below are today's updates on the District's response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the latest and most comprehensive information always visit

Small Businesses Microgrant Deadline: TOMORROW Tuesday, March 31

The deadline to apply for the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Program is 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Do not delay, apply today!

Mayor Bowser Issues Stay-At-Home Order

Today, due to an increasing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Washington, DC and across the region and the nation, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stay-at-home order for the District of Columbia. This order reinforces the Mayor’s direction to residents to stay at home except to perform essential activities.
“Our message remains the same: stay home,” said Mayor Bowser. “Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family, and our entire community from COVID-19. Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home.” The Mayor’s Order specifies that residents may only leave their residences to:
  • engage in essential activities, including obtaining medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth and obtaining food and essential household goods;
  • perform or access essential governmental functions;
  • work at essential businesses;
  • engage in essential travel; or
  • engage in allowable recreational activities, as defined by the Mayor’s Order.
Any individual who willfully violates the stay-at-home order may be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

The stay-at-home order goes into effect on April 1, 2020 at 12:01 am.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street Closures and Restrictions on Pedestrian and Bicycle Traffic Around the Tidal Basin Continues

As the District continues working to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser is extending road closures and taking additional measures to restrict access to the Tidal Basin. The Mayor has directed the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to work with the DC National Guard to enforce a restricted access zone around the Tidal Basin until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent further community transmission of COVID-19.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be restricted by the National Park Service and the United States Park Police, in the area of the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial. Members of the public will not be able to enter the park area south of Independence Avenue, SW.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

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Census 2020

If everyone participates in the 2020 Census, we can secure better public and private resources for our community.

Here’s how you can do your part to make sure we #GetCountedDC:

Remind your friends and family about the 2020 Census
Visit the DC Census website:
Like the @DC Census page for accurate, up-to-date, and DC-specific information
Fill out the Census on as early as possible!


here is the Bloomingdale Civic Association COVID-19 message > a curated guide to resources

See this 03-28-2020 message from the Bloomingdale Civic Association executive board:

Neighbors -

These are indeed trying (and strange) times. The Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) wants neighbors to know we are here and want to assist.

Your number one go-to resource for all things related to the COVID-19 virus and the District of Columbia is the Mayor's website for coronavirus.

Building off the solid work of our neighbors (thank you Brookland and Eckington Civic Associations!), please find a curated guide to resources HERE for Bloomingdale residents and the surrounding community. This is by no means an exhaustive reference, however we believe this quick reference guide touches on the main areas of interest for residents.

Information is fluid, so please feel free to contact us if there is additional or new information that may be helpful to neighbors.

Upcoming BCA meetings: Effective until mid-May 2020, our meeting location at Saint George’s Episcopal Church will not be available to hold our monthly meeting. The BCA Executive Board is currently exploring alternative means to convene a public meeting, to include video conferencing options. We will provide an update soonest...stay tuned.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy!

P.S. Since we’re staying home, this is a great time to remind everyone to check your mail for your US Census survey. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. This pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on our economy on both a national and local level. That will likely lead to some difficult decisions next budget season which makes it even more important for everyone in Bloomingdale to be counted.

Bloomingdale Civic Association
Executive Board

WBJ post on the entire DMV under stay-at-home orders

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal article:

Entire D.C. area, some 6 million people, now under stay-at-home orders

Managing Editor
Washington Business Journal
Mar 30, 2020, 5:01pm EDT Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 5:10pm EDT

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday issued an order directing District residents to remain in their homes except to perform essential activities, putting some 6 million citizens across Greater Washington under stay-at-home decrees to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Bowser issued her order at 4:30 p.m., two hours after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam did the same for all residents of the commonwealth. Earlier Monday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order — that one with the teeth of criminal penalties for violations.

Here is a link to the Mayor's message.

raze application report: roofless garage at 1706 1st Street NW in the Bloomingdale Historic District

From: On Behalf Of Bruce Yarnall (OP)
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 3:59 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashingtonDC]
Raze Application Report - March 30, 2020

Greetings: This report is also posted on our website at   . See Raze Permit Report – March 30, 2020.

The following raze applications were  recently filed at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA):

ANC Address

3E   4611 41st Street NW ( two story commercial building, PUD project area)

3E   4615 41st Street NW (one story commercial building, PUD project area)

5E   1706 1st Street NW (one story brick attached roofless garage – Bloomingdale HD)

8E    1309 Alabama Avenue SE (three story apartment building – previously noticed in 2018)

8E    1331-1333 Alabama Avenue SE (three story apartment building – previously noticed in 2018)

8E    3210 13th Street (three story apartment building – previously noticed  in 2018)


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) 442-8835, or by email at

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

Common Good City Farm: Join our 2020 CSA !

See this message from Common Good City Farm:

Click on the link to read the entire CGCF post.

Join our 2020 CSA!



For more information, see below.

Join our Plant CSA!


Our new plant of the month CSA is a great opportunity to turn your thumb green! Great for both experienced and new growers, members will receive a minimum of one plant per month to grow at home. Plants will be a combination of houseplants, herbs, flowers, and vegetables fit for a variety of types of sun exposure. As a member of the club, you get exclusive access to care information, including access to our expert farm manager’s plant care expertise. Along with an info sheet each month on care, history, and recipes for your plant, you’ll have the opportunity to attend members-only plant care clinics or mini-workshops at least 2 times per year.
Along with your membership, you have first-dibs on extra plants each month. We’ll always grow an excess, so if you love something you’ll have an opportunity to buy extra. Worried that you don’t have enough sunny space in your house, or that your patio won’t be big enough? Share your membership with a friend and take turns picking up your plants.
Plant CSA Pick-up Dates:
  1. Wednesday, March 25, 3 - 7 pm and Plant Clinic
  2. Wednesday, April 29, 3 - 7 pm 
  3. Wednesday, May 27, 3-7 pm 
  4. Wednesday, June 24, 3-7 pm
  5. Wednesday, July 29, 3 - 7 pm and Plant Clinic
  6. Wednesday, August 26, 3-7 pm
  7. Wednesday, September 30, 3-7 pm
  8. Wednesday, October 28, 3-7 pm
All of the Plant CSA pick-ups will be at Common Good City Farm