Trinidad has started building Little Free Libraries (LFL) to bring books closer to the community. These were presented in the fall and spring at a TNA meeting and the first one up and running was built and installed by Trinidad resident Aaron Williams in the 1100 block of Staples Street. It is stocked with both children’s and adult books. Please stop by to drop off a book you have finished or pick up a new one to read!
This LFL is being registered and will soon be on the map at http://www.littlefreelibrary.org.
A little farther from Trinidad near the NoMa metro there is a pop-up book store. Carpe Librum opened a temporary used book, CD and DVD store at 140 M Street NE. They are open from 11 am – 7:30 pm on weekdays and 11:30 am – 6 pm on Saturdays (the shop will be there at least through the end of August). Prices for books, CDs, and DVDs are between $1 and $4. The pop-up is working with Turning The Page, an educational non-profit. Proceeds support family engagement programs in DC public schools. There is a display on Turning The Page programs or you can find more information at their website (www.turningthepage.org).
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is collaborating with the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Mobilizing Our Community, an arts project aiming to bring balance, beauty and connection to Trinidad and the Greater H Street Communities. You can be part of this hands-on project — help design, paint, and balance pieces for mobiles with kinetic artist and performer Kevin Reese of SchoolSculptures.
Mobilizing Our Community will culminate in an installation of 50+ mobiles at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, opening at the H Street Festival on Sept 19 and running through Art all Night on September 26th. The mobiles are being created now through early September in workshops involving diverse community members, both at the Atlas and off-site. Check out the video of a similar mobile project Kevin did with the community of Wausau Wisconsin. Sounds like fun, right??
We have three special opportunities for the Trinidad Community:
MAQUETTE MAKING Workshop
Saturday August 8th
12:30 – 2:00pm
At Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE
Meet Kinetic artist Kevin Reese, who will introduce how mobiles are made and balanced through the making of small mobiles (or maquettes). The theme of our project is “balance and connection in an evolving city.” Participants respond to that theme in the design, shapes and sizes of their model-mobile. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.
COMMUNITY MOBILE MAKING WORKSHOP – Trinidad Neighborhood Day
Saturday August 15th
1:00pm and 2:30pm sessions
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Register here via Atlas PAC.
During the workshop, participants are introduced to the project and to models of mobiles created by other community members. They each then envision their own pieces for the mobiles, working with the material brought by Kevin, and draw, cut out and sand the pieces. Kevin also brings completed pieces on wires and demonstrates, with the help of the participants, how a mobile is balanced and assembled. As people are working together to create their pieces, we facilitate conversation around the project’s theme. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.
MOBILE ASSEMBLY – Trinidad Neighborhood Night
Wednesday September 16th
5:30 – 8:30pm
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
In the week leading up to the unveiling, Kevin and community members will be assembling the full 50+ mobiles inside the Atlas. See how the earlier work comes together to create a final integrated piece of community art. There is limited space for this event, so please make sure you can attend before you RSVP.
During the TNA Social at Atlas Brew Works in June, our tour guide noted that another distillery was soon to open in Ivy City in the space above the brewery. There was little information at the time but now there are articles coming out in local publications as the date approaches for the Joseph A. Magnus Distilling Co. to open and start tours in August. One article in the Washington City Paper can be found here. Previous articles from March 2015 can be found here and here.
We look forward to adding a tour to our social outing calendar in the fall.
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National Night Out (NNO) enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. This is needed as across the country law enforcement and communities have been in less than positive interactions, as reported in too many recent news articles. NNO is held the first Tuesday each year as a community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. It was started by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a non-profit crime prevention program. This is the 32nd year of the night against crime and the Metropolitan Police Department has organized activities in Patrol Service Areas (PSA) across the city to participate in the national set of events.
In Ward 5, activities will center around the Starburst Intersection on Tuesday, August 4th.
Description: Join the Fifth District for an evening to celebrate community pride, unity, and most importantly our public safety partnerships. We will provide crime prevention tips/safety information, good food, great music and more. Residents will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with MPD Command staff, the CAC, and with your Neighbors. Pack up the Kids, put on your comfy dance shoes, come on out, and GET F.R.E.S.H. with MPD5D.
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: The Starburst Intersection // Maryland Avenue, Bladensburg Road, and H Streets, NE
Contact: Fayette Vaughn-Lee, email@example.com, (202) 497-0814
Mr. Alexander Hastings has submitted BZA Case 19074 for special exception from rear yard setback to construct a garage at the rear of the property with a two-story addition, and connect it to the existing house with a covered walkway. The addition will house an accessory apartment. While the process to review each are the same, a special exception is to approve certain uses of land whereas a variance is requesting relief from application of zoning regulations.
The proposed construction would be 24 feet high and there will be a larger than required side yard (5 feet required; lot will have 8 feet side yard). The lot occupancy with the new construction will also be smaller than the maximum. The special exception is requested for the rear yard setback. The required is 20 feet and with the proposed construction there will be a 2 feet setback from the alley. The construction will not be out of character with the alley as there are already several garages built to the same line. There are also multi-story apartment buildings across the street so the building will not exceed houses or apartments in size. The apartment will include a parking space so there should not be impact on street parking. Documents about the case can be found on the Interactive Zoning Information System (IZIS) website.
The hearing for this case will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 9:30 am. The public hearing will be in the Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 20 South. Prior to the hearing there should be a Single Member District (SMD) ANC 5D06 meeting with Commissioner Yvonne Buggs and Mr. Hastings to discuss the project. This will precede presentation at an ANC 5D meeting where there will be a vote on whether the ANC will support the project based on the community’s input at the SMD meeting.
Anyone that cannot attend meetings but wants to weigh in on the special exception can submit letters to the BZA for review. These can be submitted on-line. Directions for submission are on the BZA site.
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens will be partnering with the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for an evening event on biology, collection, and identification of local moth species. The event is free and open to the public and will be held this Sunday, July 26th from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Flashlights are recommended.
See the flier below or contact Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at 202-690-6080 for additional information.
TNA received a request to be on the look out for two bikes stolen from a nearby locked garage; one of the bikes has been spotted in Trinidad. If you see the bikes described in the following email, please contact 911 and/or the numbers or emails provided below.
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From: Brian Chamowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: July 23, 2015 at 9:23:07 PM EDT
To: Theresa Pangelinan <email@example.com>
Two of my friend’s bikes were stolen from her locked garage on Florida Ave right across the street from Gallaudet U., sometime this afternoon (7/23).
My roommate coincidentally spotted one of her bikes in the possession of a young black male at the corner of Montello and Oates NE at approximately 8pm tonight.
Please do us a favor and keep an eye out for the following bikes (photos attached), and contact the owner, Liz, and/ or me, if you hear or see anything suspicious or the bikes themselves.
*Description: orange road bike w/ black components and 3 stickers
*Make/Model: Surly Cross-Check
*Description: blue and orange full-suspension mountain bike
*Make/Model: Specialized Stump Jumper
We have seen changes taking place on the corner of Montello and Florida Avenues as Thornton Development turns the old parking lot by Eli’s Carryout into a condo building. There is more to come to that corner and there are two cases before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) requesting relief from zoning variances for the properties at 1106 and 1112 Montello Ave NE. Both of these properties are zoned C-2-A for mixed use commercial space and will be built to the maximum height allowed (50 feet).
Thornton Development submitted BZA Case 19061 for the lot at 1106 Montello Ave NE to request variances as they convert the two-story building into a four-story, seven-unit apartment house with renovated and reconfigured ground floor commercial space. This lot covers three addresses: 1140 Florida Ave NE, 1106 and 1108 Montello Ave NE. There are three variances and one special exception requested that the community can review and weigh in on as part of the BZA process.
- Floor Area Ration (FAR) requirements: The FAR maximum and current condition is 2.5. The proposed construction would be a 3.41 FAR, meaning a 0.91% variance
- Lot Occupancy requirements: The lot occupancy is currently 81% and the maximum allowed is 60%. Thornton is seeking to maintain the currently used 81%, for a 21% variance.
- Off-Street Parking requirements: A seven-unit building requires four parking space. Thornton Development is requesting that they do not provide any parking for the building. The variance is the four parking spaces.
- Special exception from the green area ration requirements: Reference was made to this special exception in the case summary but it was not described in the submitted documents available on-line.
Documents for this phase of the project can be found on the Interactive Zoning Information System (IZIS) website.
BZA Case 19062 relates to the building being constructed at 1112 Montello Ave NE, the former parking lot. Thornton Development is seeking variance from the size of the parking space requirements to allow the construction of a ninth dwelling unit to be included in the four-story, eight-unit apartment building. To include a ninth unit, there would need to be one additional parking space. Changing the size of the parking spaces would allow for five spaces total in the space available, 3 full-size (9’x19’) and 2 compact (8’x19’), instead of four. Documents related to this case can be found at the IZIS website.
The applications for both BZA Case 19601 and 19602 were filed on June 2, 2015 and the hearings will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 9:30 am. The hearings will be in the Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 20 South. The hearings are open to the public. Prior to the hearing there should be a Single Member District (SMD) ANC 5D06 meeting with Commissioner Yvonne Buggs to discuss both projects. This will precede presentation at an ANC 5D meeting where there will be a vote on whether the ANC will support the projects based on the community’s input at the SMD meeting.
Anyone that cannot attend meetings but wants to weigh in on the two variances can submit letters to the BZA for review. These can be submitted on-line. Directions for submission are on the BZA site.
You might have been hearing about DC’s new and temporary beach. The National Building Museum and a firm called Snarkitecture have teamed up to install a 10,000 sq ft artificial ocean with 750,000 translucent balls. The beach comes with chairs, paddleball, a snack bar, and a vast ball pit but sunscreen is not required.
While there is a fee for entry, the NBM is holding Ward Days at the Beach with free entry for residents. The Ward 5 Day at the Beach is on August 11th from 9 am to 11 am. Wards are determined by zip code so you need to take a valid form of identification to benefit from the free entry on August 11th. Check in at the admissions desk for a wristband to permit free entry.
Do you have questions or concerns about public safety in and around Trinidad?
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie will is hosting a Public Safety Summit here in our neighborhood. The event will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the New Samaritan Baptist Church, Lower Auditorium, 1100 Florida Avenue NE. Come learn what is being done for public safety in our neighborhood and how you can help protect our residents and local businesses.
Bring your questions and concerns for the panelists scheduled to attend including the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, MPD, the Attorney General, US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Offices of United Communications/HSEMA, CSOSA, the Fire Department, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. After dialogue with the panelists, there will be time for specific questions from the Patrol Service Areas (PSA) in attendance from the fourth and fifth districts. Trinidad falls under PSA 506.
The event is free and open to the public. There is an Eventbrite page for RSVPs to the event. Click here to register.