Lend Your Skills & Enthusiasm to a TNA Committee

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association has established six committees to help us improve our neighborhood and build community.

  • Membership, Fundraising & Development
    • The Membership, Fundraising and Development Committee’s purpose is to implement innovative ways to grow the TNA membership, strategically fundraise, and recommend long term development strategies to further the mission of the Association.
  • Communications & Outreach
    • The Communication committee is set to improve and expand external communication and relations among a diverse TNA membership and the greater Trinidad community. The committee focuses on informing residents of regular meetings, special events, and current affairs, promoting community building through social events, and building relationships with neighborhood schools, churches and businesses.
  • Health & Wellness
    • The Health & Wellness Committee will be dedicated to providing information and developing programs to improve the health and wellness of TNA members and the Trinidad community.  This includes disseminating information to improve access to quality health care; reducing health disparities; promoting prevention and wellness to give individuals and families more control over their own care; and encouraging everyone to live a long, healthy, and productive life.
  • Financial Capability
    • The Financial Capability Committee will determine the most appropriate and effective ways to raise awareness and develop programs to increase financial knowledge and provide skills that will help TNA members succeed.  Strategies for building financial capability must be responsive to the particular and diverse needs of the community and encompass the demographics of those represented.  The committee will identify promising approaches to encourage planning, saving, and investing, and provide a forum for workshops, lectures, and other resources that will enable members to achieve their desired financial goals.
  • Beautification
    • The Beautification committee seeks to improved the quality of life for all residents by making the neighborhood cleaner and greener. The committee focuses on promoting a litter-free Trinidad and general beautification, including community clean ups, seasonal plantings, an annual garden tour, and public arts projects.
  • Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center
    • The Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center Committee’s purpose is to bolster programming, beautify the building and grounds, engage community partners, and to raise funds to provide equipment for programs and classes. The TNA Friends of Trinidad is the only organization with a formal partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation focused on the Trinidad Recreation Center.

We need your help! Time commitment varies depending on what you have available. Just fill out the form below. It’s that easy.

Membership in TNA is required, so if you haven’t paid your $5 yearly dues, click on the Become a Member button on the right side of our homepage.

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Boat Tour

The Anacostia River is a scenic and historic river that passes close to our community and is part of the watershed for our storm drains. TNA has organized a free Members Only outing on the river. Please join us as we depart Bladensburg Waterfront Park and travel down to the Arboretum before returning to the departure dock. The pontoon boat trip will take approximately one hour and our captain will share information on the history and ecology of the river.Untitled

The boat can accommodate 35 people. If there is interest, we can organize another trip later in the summer. Please note that in case of severe weather, the trip will be cancelled or postponed.

Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Date: Sunday May 31, 2015

Time: 1:45 pm.

To sign up, please send an e-mail to trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com. Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and whether you will drive or will want to car pool with another driver.

Safe Sanctuary Saturday for Children & Teens

Safe Sanctuary

Every Saturday the Community United Methodist Church on Levis Street offers a day of activities for the youth in our community. Safe Sanctuary serves as a safe place to keep children and teens safe and engaged. The church welcomes all children as well as adults who want tutoring in math or reading. The program is free and has a capacity of 25 people.

Safe Sanctuary begins every Saturday with tutoring for Math/Reading from 7am – 10am, followed by life skills from 10am -11am. A snack is then provided from 11am – 12pm, followed by art/art therapy class from 12pm – 3pm. Finally, from 3pm – 5pm, there will be youth choir or liturgical dance rehearsal that is focused on enhancing church services. In the future there will be a ceramics class with a $10 registration fee.

Min. Lynda Parker and her team look forward to seeing your children and teens every Saturday from 7am – 5pm.

When Weekly from 7am to 5pm on Saturday
Where Community United Methodist Church, 1525 Levis Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, United States (map)

Open Arms Housing’s Owen House to Provide Permanent Home to Women In Need

 Transforming Buildings, Transforming Lives

IMG_4087Two years ago Open Arms Housing began a discussion of opening their second permanent supportive housing residence in Trinidad. The project was well received and TNA provided a letter of support. On Thursday, April 30th, TNA joined Open Arms for the ground-breaking ceremony for Owen House at 1256 Owen Pl NE.

Owen House will provide permanent housing for four homeless women with mental health issues and physical disabilities. Open Arms’ other residence, The Dunbar, was the first in Washington, DC to implement the “Housing First’’ approach to assisting homeless women in a single site building. The Dunbar Building has had a phenomenal success rate, with 95 percent of its residents remaining in housing since residing at the facility. Owen House will have large one-bedroom apartments for each resident.IMG_4084

Funding for the new facility comes from private and public entities including: the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the DC Department of Behavioral Health, the DC Department of Human Services, the DC Housing Authority, The Corporation for Supportive Housing, Cornerstone, Inc., and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. In-kind services have been provided by Seyfarth Shaw LLC, The Behrend Builders of the DC Jewish Community Center and the Homebuilders Care Foundation of the National Capital Area.

April Community Meeting

Tuesday April 28th  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress St. NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Agenda

ASL/English Interpretation provided by Access Interpreting, Inc.

For more information about the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, or to become/renew your membership please visit our website: trinidadneighborhood.org

Captain Trinidad

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IMG_1134The new playground at the Trinidad Recreation Center is open and waiting for residents. There is a skate area, a basketball court, a station for exercises, a younger kids play area (2 – 5 year olds) and a playground area for older kids (5 – 12 year olds).

The design for the play space started in the winter of 2014 and incorporates Trinidad’s kids’ wishes for the space. The theme is Captain Trinidad and allows kids to go “running, soaring through the air, climbing, and challenging the mind and body”.

The DC Parks and Recreation Department prohibits smoking, alcohol, and motorized vehicles. Dogs must be leashed. Please help protect the surfaces and equipment and keep the play areas clean by disposing of trash in the receptacles.

Be a neighborhood hero and enjoy the Captain Trinidad playground!

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Two New Bureau of Zoning Adjustment Applications

There are two new applications submitted and pending hearings by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). In previous posts on BZA cases, the owners have asked for relief from zoning requirements citing hardship in meeting requirements of permitted use. These two cases are special exceptions. A special exception is a permitted use under the zoning ordinance so long as the conditions for its availability stated in the ordinance are met and the proposed use does not seriously infringe the health, safety and welfare of the community.

The first is BZA Case 18995 for an expansion to an existing carriage house/garage in the alley between Florida Ave and Morse St (1254 Florida Ave).  The current one-story structure will be converted to a legal dwelling unit with the parking spaces in the garage maintained. The house and garage will be connected by a covered walkway.

A special exception is being sought as the existing house is non-conforming for lot occupancy (40% allowed by right as the house in semi-detached). The addition will increase lot occupancy to 4.7% over the allowed lot occupancy. The rear setback will no longer meet the required minimum once the carriage house is converted to a legal dwelling unit, even though the footprint will not change at the rear of the property.

The changes should have minimal impact on light, air access, and privacy of neighboring houses given the width of the alley and yard sizes. No impact on parking is expected as the carriage house will retain the two parking spaces it currently contains (one for each dwelling unit).

The hearing date for the carriage house expansion and related lot occupancy has been set for May 12, 2015 to review the special exception requested.

The second case is BZA Case 19004 for the exceptions to parking needed for the building at the corner of Bladensburg Rd and Oates St. This building will eventually house DaVita Dialysis. Both DaVita Dialysis and the property owners have presented to the ANC (Single Member District and full ANC) in the past to seek certificate of need to move the dialysis clinic from Capitol Hill to Bladensburg Road or for the need for parking exception. The most recent presentation was to the SMD on March 12, 2015 to discuss the request for parking exception.

The three parking exceptions being requested are:

1) To reduce the number of parking spaces from 25 required to 20.

2) Exception is also requested as the parking is not on the same lot as the clinic. Instead it will on the adjacent lot and separated by an alleyway.

3) The alleyway is 20 ft. wide and the regulations stipulate a 10 ft. separation between a parking lot and a medical office. Exception will be needed for the additional 10 ft. width in the alley.

No date has been set for the hearing on the parking exceptions but that will be communicated when available.

Documents and architectural drawings for both of these special exception cases can be found on the BZA website.

To learn more about BZA visit their website at: http://dcoz.dc.gov/bza/bza.shtm.

To search for specific cases going before BZA, go to The Interactive Zoning Information System website: http://app.dcoz.dc.gov/content/search/Search.aspx. Case numbers for these cases are 19004 and 18995. If you do not know a specific case number or wish to see what other cases are active, you can search by ANC area (click the ANC box in the “Search by” line and enter 5D in the “Search Term” line).

Brother’s Liquor to Reported to Close By the End of March

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-Photo: Google Maps

Brother’s Liquor (1140 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002) is reportedly closing by the end of this month to make way for a development project.  Little details are available about the possible development project, but the owner of the building is Thornton Development.  Thornton Development will be at the Trinidad Neighborhood Association’s March Community Meeting.

Date: Tuesday, March 24th 2015 7:00 PM
Location: W.S Jenks & Son Hardware Store – 910 Bladensburd Rd NE

Please join or renew your TNA membership for just $5/year.

March Community Meeting

Please join the Trinidad Neighborhood Association for our Monthly Community Meeting

Tuesday, March 24th 2015 7:00 PM
W.S Jenks & Son Hardware Store – 910 Bladensburd Rd NE

**note change from our usual meeting location**

On Agenda:

Please join or renew your TNA membership for just $5/year.

Update to 1124-1126 Florida Ave NE Property Development

The Bureau of Zoning Adjustment has scheduled the hearing for April 28, 2015. It will be held at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 220 South, Washington, DC 20001. There are several ways to have your views heard regarding this project:

1) Attend any SMD or ANC meetings called to discuss the project. ANC 5D must vote on this development and comment prior to the BZA case hearing and the ANC 5D06 SMD must meet prior to the ANC vote.

2) All interested persons in attendance will be given opportunity to express their views at the public hearing on April 28th. Hearings begin at 9:30 am. You can check the BZA schedule on their website to see how many and the order of cases being considered that day.

3) Written reviews may also be submitted for BZA consideration but must be received prior to conclusion of the case hearing. Written letters may be submitted via the Interactive Zoning Information System (IZIS) and documents may be accessed and submitted at http://app.dcoz.dc.gov. All written documents must reference BZA Case Number 18987.

4) Persons seeking party status (where interests are more significant or uniquely affected by the zoning action) should contact the Office of Zoning (dcoz@dc.gov or 202-727-6311) for additional information on submitting a party application. This would be particularly relevant to adjacent property owners.

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