R-4 Zoning Changes in Effect

Concerned about a large addition planned next door? Designing plans for an extension or a roof deck? Then you may want to read up on the new regulations regarding pop-ups in DC. The DC Zoning Commission voted on new regulations in early June following an extensive comment and review period. The regulations have been posted in the DC Register and are, therefore, effective as of June 26.

Trinidad is a neighborhood that primarily has housing zoned as R-4 with some commercial (C-2-A) areas along Florida, Bladensburg and in the 1600 block of Montello Ave. The regulations are intended to preserve the character of row house neighborhoods that are zoned R-4 and maintain housing that is sufficiently large for families with children. Developers have pushed limits up and back (pop-ups) to provide condos on former sites of single-family dwellings, leaving many neighbors overshadowed with little access to air and light in their yards. The new regulations are in large part in reaction to the impact on neighborhoods.

What are some of the changes you should know about?

  • R-4 buildings will be limited as a matter of right to 35 feet (down from 40 feet). The Bureau of Zoning Adjustment can grant an exception to this matter of right limit.
  • Conversions to multi-family dwellings require BZA exception for more than two units. Two units are a matter of right.
  • A rear addition cannot extend more than 10 feet beyond the limit of an adjacent neighbor’s house.
  • The number of stories is limited to three. Previously a mezzanine was not considered a story and some development plans listed a mezzanine to add height. Under the new regulations a mezzanine counts as a floor.
  • Any addition built onto a house (penthouse, roof structure) cannot interfere with solar energy panels/systems on neighboring homes.
  • Additions must not interfere with access to light and air or adversely affect the use and enjoyment of neighboring properties.

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has prepared a FAQ sheet regarding the new regulations. You can read a copy at this link: http://dcra.dc.gov/page/faqs-how-zoning-commissions-vote-case-14-11-affects-permits-and-permit-applications.

There have been extensive articles written about the new regulations as well and those can be located through Internet searches.

More on Qualia Coffee Shop Coming to Edge of Trinidad

The Washington Post shares more information on the Qualia Coffee shop planned for 1240 Mt. Olivet Rd NE. Part of a larger rock climbing and beer garden complex visioned by H St icon Joe Englert, the shop will be Qualia’s second location in DC.quail coffee logo

Current plans include two coffee bars with space for educational workshops, likely focused on coffee. We hope that means Qualia will replicate the monthly coffee tastings currently offered at its Petworth location and help us explore the difference in coffee beans grown in different parts of the world.

The 3500 square feet of the new project dedicated to Qualia will provide much more space for small-batch roasting of the single-origin bean Qualia is known for. Expect a mid-2016 opening since the Strauss Photo building that currently sits on the lot needs to be demolished.

Connect with Neighbors Nextdoor

NextdoorAre you on Nextdoor Trinidad?
What do you think? 

Nextdoor.com is a relatively new social network aimed at connecting actual people who live in the same neighborhood. Nextdoor Trinidad currently has 257 members. Users must sign up with a real name — no anonymous trolls — and a verified address within the neighborhood. You can also choose to widen any post’s range to include nearby neighborhoods, like Carver-Langston and Hill East. It functions much like a Yahoo or Google Group list serve, where information can be shared about such items of interest as community gatherings or bike thefts.

The Washington Post discussed the start-up service in 2013’s Won’t You Be in My Nextdoor Network?, the Huffington Post recommends the neighbor-network after being “won over by the verification process” while the New York Times takes a look at how the founders see the app producing a revenue stream.

You can sign up for Nextdoor Trinidad here.

Breaking News: Victim Identified in Holbrook Terrace Homicide

MPD has identified the body found in a burning trash can on Holbrook Terrace on the morning of June 23rd as 19 year-old Heineken McNeil, of Southeast DC. Washington Post, WUSA 9 and Fox5 News report on this news. Our condolences to the victim’s family.

The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and thus the case is being investigated as a homicide. Any information on the case can be shared with MPD by calling 202-727-9099 or texting 50411.

NoMa July 4th Bash

Looking for an event close to home before the fireworks displays on the 4th of July?

The NoMa Business Improvement District and Storey Park will be hosting a July 4th Bash with a live blue grass band, moon bounces, face painting, and more. The free and public event runs from 4 pm – 7 pm at 1005 First Street NE in Storey Park. The NoMa Harris Teeter will also be supporting the event with hot dogs, hamburgers, and watermelon for the first 200 people.

See the NoMa BID website for additional information.

Traffic Concerns for Vision Zero

Are there areas where you feel unsafe crossing streets in and out of Trinidad by foot, bike, or car?

The DC Department of Transportation is working towards Vision Zero. Their objective is that “by the year 2024, Washington, DC will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system, through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering.”

The DC Department of Transportation has a map where residents can click on sites trouble spots for pedestrians, bicycle riders, or drivers. You can register where you have safety concerns on the interactive map. If an intersection is already marked on the map, you can click to open the text box and provide additional comments.

The Mayor’s Office is responding to a call for safer streets with Vision Zero. This initiative is in response to the US Department of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, which aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety by showcasing effective local actions, empowering local leaders to take action, and promoting partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety.

To learn more about Vision Zero, you can visit the DDOT website.

Every Hero Has a Story: Summer Reading with DCPL

This year, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Nationals in a summer reading program. All kids and teens who reach their summer reading goal win two tickets to catch a Nationals baseball game. Kids, teens and adults who complete will win free Chipotle too. There are different guidelines and prizes based on age (birth to 5 years; 6 to 12 years; 13 to 19 years; and adults).

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The program started in late May and runs through the end of August.

You can learn more about the program and sign up on line at http://dclibrary.org/summerreading or you can visit a library to sign up.

The closest DCPL locations to Trinidad are:

  • Woodridge Library at 1790 Douglas St NE
  • Rosedale Library at 1701 Gales St NE
  • Northeast Library at 330 7th St NE

Ongoing Homicide Investigations

There still is not a lot of information on last Tuesday’s gruesome crime on Holbrook Terrace and only speculation about it being connected to the July 17 shooting of 25-year-old Larry Michael Lockhart on Orren St or Friday night’s shooting of 23-year-old Jeffery Cortez Johnson on Raum St, both of which have been ruled homicides.

MPD announced that the death of the unidentified victim found in a burning trash can behind a long-vacant home  in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE has been ruled a homicide. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide. It was also determined that the decedent is a black male. The investigation is ongoing.

MPD has shared that they are getting a lot of tips from the community and that even small bits of information help them piece together the larger puzzle. At a recent TNA meeting, Commander Fitzgerald indicated MPD was close to closing the Larry Lockhart homicide investigation. Please contact MPD with any information you may have.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.  Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break – DC Free Summer Meals Program

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

Kids and teens (18 and under) eat free through the DC Free Summer Meal Program. The program runs June through August with most sites opening June 22 and closing August 22. Meal times and dates vary by location. You can find sites by texting FOOD to 877877 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY between 8 am and 8 pm Monday through Friday.

Program Details:

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free SummerMeals_WebImageSummer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

The Free Summer Meals Program has served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia in the past three summers. Sponsoring organizations included:

  • Public or private local education agencies;
  • Entities of state, local, or municipal government;
  • Residential camps; and
  • Private non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status.

See http://osse.dc.gov/service/dc-free-summer-meals-program for additional information.

Special ANC 5D Meeting Set for Thursday July 2nd

THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Per DC Code § 1–309.11.3.c and ANC 5D Bylaws § V.4, Commissioners Blacknell, Buggs, Lee, Roberts and Shropshire have requested a Special Meeting of ANC 5D to address the below agenda items. Per the bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order, only the below items may be discussed at this Special Meeting.


1. Roll Call 7:00 – 7:05

2. Letter of Support for Zoning Variances 7:05 – 7:25

Pierce Investments, LLC (1124 Florida Ave NE)

3. Approval of Minutes 7:25 – Close

a. January 13, 2015 monthly meeting
b. January 23, 2015 special meeting
c. February 10, 2015 monthly meeting
d. March 10, 2015 monthly meeting
e. April 14, 2015 monthly meeting
f. May 12, 2015 monthly meeting
g. May 22, 2015 special meeting

4. Adjourn


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