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In DC the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) is an independent, quasi-judicial body. It is empowered to grant relief from the strict application of the Zoning Regulations (variances), approve certain uses of land (special exceptions), and hear appeals of actions taken by the Zoning Administrator at DCRA. Developers or property owners that are seeking variances or special exceptions to zoning are required, among other things, to inform neighbors within a 200-foot radius of their upcoming hearings and to seek support from the relevant Advisory Neighborhood Commission prior to the hearing.
Currently there is a BZA case pending concerning a C2-A zoned commercial property at 1124 – 1126 Florida Ave NE submitted by Pierce Investments (BZA case number18987). No date has been communicated for the hearing before BZA but Pierce Investments will be renovating the former garage into a five story 52-unit multifamily residential building with 8 parking spaces in the rear and 19 in the garage (27 spaces total, all accessed through the alley). Anticipated plans call for 4 – 5 affordable housing units through the Inclusionary Zoning Program. Plans do not specify the level of Area Median Income for these units. There will be a green roof to the front of the structure and HVAC equipment on the back portion of the roof. The size(s) of the proposed 52 units are not specified, nor does it indicate if these are to be rental or condominium units.
While no date has been set for the hearing on the variances or exceptions requested, TNA encourages residents to review documents and to become engaged in the process, as citizen input is important. In addition to information that may be presented in future meetings on the proposed site, documents publically available on the BZA website include architectural site plans, environmental remediation plans, maps, photos, and applicant statements.
The developer is seeking three variances from BZA as conditions present “practicable difficulties” for the developer to meet zoning requirements. The variances requests are for building height, the rear yard space, and residential loading
- The first variance requested is for height and the builder requests permission to exceed allowable height limits by 3 feet. A C2-A property can be built up to 50 feet as a matter of right but the building wishes to construct a 53-foot tall building. The proposed building will also exceed the Floor Area Ration (FAR). In C2-A the maximum is 3.0 and the builder is requesting an increase to 3.5. Reasons given include the large lot size, the unusual shape of the lot, and the need for environmental remediation from the previous use as a gas/oil station and more recently as an automotive repair garage.
- The second variance is for the minimum rear yard space. In C2-A, the requirement is 15 feet. The proposed building will be at 9 feet and 6 inches but overall area would be equivalent, given the unusual shape of the lot.
- The final variance is for the loading berth. A building with more than 50 units should provide a loading dock of 55 feet in length, a 200 square foot platform, and a 20-foot deep loading space. The developer notes that environmental conditions are such that a 30-foot loading dock is proposed instead of 55 as required.
To learn more about the building use links below. TNA will list on the website and list serve any related hearing dates or ANC meetings announced during the review process.
Links and References:
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. If you do not know the specific case number, you can search by ANC area (click the ANC box in the “Search by” line and enter 5D in the “Search Term” line). This property has been assigned BZA Case Number 18987.
For additional information on DC’s Inclusionary Zoning Program, visit the website at: http://dhcd.dc.gov/service/inclusionary-zoning-affordable-housing-program.
Urban Turf article on the Pierce Investments property on Florida Avenue: http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/52_units_planned_for_site_of_auto_repair_shop_in_trinidad/9576.
To become a member of the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, visit the website at: http://trinidadneighborhood.org.
Trinidad Neighborhood Association
Tuesday, February 24th 2015 7:00 PM
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress St NE
- Edens Union Market Area Development
- Metropolitan Police Department Update
- Department of Public Works Update
Trinidad Neighborhood Association
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:00 PM
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress St NE
- DPR Spring Break & Summer Camps
- Trinidad’s New Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners
- 2015 INTERSECTIONS Festival
- TNA Board Elections
- Metropolitan Police Department Update
- Department of Public Works Update
A message from the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 20, 2015
DPR Announces Summer Camps 2015 Reduced Rate Information Fair and Camp Registration Dates
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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced two new “Summer Camps Reduced Rate Information Fairs,” as well as the registration and session dates for the upcoming 2015 DPR Summer Camps season.
Beginning on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, DPR will open the Reduced Rate Pre-Qualification Period for DC residents. Residents may either attend one of the two fairs being offered this year, or visit DPR’s Summer Camps Office at 1480 Girard Street, NW – 4th floor, to complete a reduced rate application. Please note that reduced rate applications must be submitted in person only. Qualification requirements can be found on DPR’s Summer Camp website – summercamps.dc.gov. The goal of the pre-qualification period is to assist residents with completing their reduced rate applications in advance, so that applicants can be prepared when camp registration opens on February 23, 2015. Please note that reduced rate applications will be accepted throughout the entire Summer 2015 season, however District residents interested in applying for a reduced rate must apply PRIOR to registering for camp. Non-District residents are not eligible for reduced rate.
DPR’s new summer camps reduced rate information fairs will take place this week on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Fort Stanton Recreation Center (1800 Erie Street, SE) and on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm at Hillcrest Recreation Center (3100 Denver Street, SE). The purpose of the fairs is to assist District residents with completing their reduced rate application. DPR offers a reduced rate for qualified, District residents to ensure that summer camps are available to everyone, regardless of one’s financial status or income level.
The DPR summer camp reduced rate program allows children of qualifying families to attend DPR summer camps with a discount of either 50% of 75% (depending on income and family size) per child, per camp session. Please note that these information fairs are specifically for applicants to submit their reduced rate applications for the 2015 summer camps season, however applicants may also visit the summer camp office, in person, to apply for reduced rate starting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Please note that these fairs will not cover summer camp registration, which will open on Monday, February 23, 2015.
For the 2015 summer camps season, DPR will continue to offer a rolling registration system starting on Monday, February 23rd for District residents. Registration for non-District residents will begin on Monday, March 23rd. Please visit DPR Summer Camps for the rolling registration schedule.
During the rolling registration period, a specific group of camp sites will open for online registration each day at 12 noon. Once the online registration is open for a particular camp, that camp’s registration will remain open until all the camp spaces are filled. Please make a note of the registration dates for the location(s) and/or camp(s) of your choice, to ensure that online registration is initiated on the correct date.
Camp session dates are as follows:
- Session 1: June 22 – July 2, 2015 (July 4th Holiday Observed on July 3rd)
- Session 2: July 6 – July 17, 2015
- Session 3: July 20 – July 31, 2015
- Session 4: August 3 – August 14, 2015
Most camps will operate Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm, with before care from 8 am – 9 am and after care from 5 pm – 6 pm. There is an additional charge for before and after care. Select DPR camp sites will offer the USDA DC Free Summer Meals Program. Children attending camps that do not offer the program must bring their own lunch and snacks. Please refer to the DPR Summer Camps Parent Guidebook for DPR’s food policies.
Summer camp registration may be completed online, or in person at the DPR summer camp office. Please note that for the SETLC tennis camp, Therapeutic Recreation (TR) camps and REC camps, registration must be completed at the specific site and in-person only. Registration for the SETLC tennis camp, TR camps and REC camps and cannot be completed online, nor at the camps office. Spaces fill on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is subject to availability and waiting lists are not available for DPR summer camps. It is recommended that parents create an online DPR account (for all campers) in the DPR registration system prior to the registration period. Should an applicant need to request a refund or a transfer, please note that DPR will not process any transfer requests or refund requests until after March 9, 2015.
DPR’s Summer Camp Office is located at the Columbia Heights Community Center at 1480 Girard Street, NW, 4th Floor – Washington, DC 20009. The Summer Camp office contact information is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org. Camp office hours of operation are Monday: 9:30 am – 7 pm and Tuesday through Friday: 9:30 am – 5 pm. The camp office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.(phone); (202) 671-2796 (fax); and
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The Trinidad Neighborhood Association was incorporated January 5th, 2009. During the last six years we have worked together to improve the quality of life in the Trinidad neighborhood. The following highlights some of our accomplishments over the last six years:
- Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center
- Joseph H. Cole Park Partnership
- American Planning Association (APA) Community Planning Workshop and Final Report
- Neighborhood Clean Ups
- Gardening Workshops
- Public Art Projects
- Trinidad Garden Tour
- Beautification Projects
- Informative Community Meetings
- Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club Annual Youth Program Fundraiser Fiscal Sponsorship
- Trinidad, Ivy City, Union Market History Project Fiscal Sponsorship
As we look ahead, we seek to continue the momentum, but we are only as strong as our membership. Please become a member. Membership expires at the end of the calendar year. Please renew your annual $5.00 membership for 2015.
We have an exciting year ahead of us, but we can’t do it without you.
That’s right—we can’t do this without you and the support of the community! At our January meeting, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, TNA will hold an election for a new Board of Directors. To vote, and/or to be eligible for the Board, you simply need to be a current TNA member, and that’s just $5 per year.
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected among the membership. Any member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a term of one year.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the general governance of TNA and to work towards the aim of developing, revising and executing a long-range strategic plan as well as annual goals and targets for TNA. Some board members may choose to serve as Officers. Officers of TNA and are elected among the members Board of Directors. Whether or not a Board member seeks an Officer position, all Board members are encouraged to take on projects towards improving the Trinidad Neighborhood. Each Board of Directors can determine the frequency of Board meetings. They’ve historically ranged from monthly to quarterly. It is expected that all Board members plan to attend, and fully participate in Board meetings. There can be up to 10 Members of the Board of Directors.
The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and is responsible to put into effect the decisions of the Board of Directors. The Chairman presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The Chairman has general supervision over the business and affairs of the Association, and executes all instruments requiring the signature of the Chairman; and performs all other such duties as are related to his or her office.
The Vice-Chairman advises and assists the Chairman and, in absence or disability of the Chairman, performs the duties and exercise the powers of that office.
The Secretary to the Association records all the proceedings of the meetings of the members or meetings of the Directors. He or she has custody of the seal of the Association, should one be created, and affixes the same to all instruments requiring it, when authorized by the Board of Directors, and attests the same.
The Treasurer has custody of all the funds and securities of the Association, and he or she keeps full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association. He or she deposits all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depository or depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer disburses the funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements. The Treasurer reports the financial status of the Association to the Board, including the status of all balances and of any budget that may have been adopted by the Board.
So be sure to become a member and attend our upcoming meeting—we’ve got some great ideas in store for 2015! And don’t forget to share this information with your friends and neighbors.
Trinidad Halloween Parade
Date: Friday, October 31st
Time: Gather at 6:00pm/Parade at 6:30pm
Where: The sidewalk in front of Joe Cole Recreation Center
1299 Neal Street, NE
All children, pets and adults are encouraged to be in costume and participate.
Decorate your bike, scooter or wagon too!
Snacks/Beverages will be available
Bring extra costume items to donate
LIVE MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY LOCAL MUSICIANS!
For more information join the Google Group: Tots of Trinidad DC
The Union Market Drive-in Movies are back and this Friday’s movie is Monster’s University, a popular Pixar animated movie that is fun for all ages. Gates open at 6:00pm and the films start at 8:30pm. Union Market’s vendors will be open inside the Market and the DC Roller Girls will be delivering burgers, drinks, and more car-side if you wish to grab a bite before the show. And next Friday they’ll be showing Rushmore, so please join us then too.
|Enjoy Homecoming themed movies with a retro vibe at Union Market’s Drive-In Summer Series! This Friday, October 10, the drive-in will feature Monster’s University at 8:30 PM as the first movie of the series.
Movies are free to attend, and parking is $10. Purchase a parking pass online, and be sure to get to the parking lot early to claim a good spot.
Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club’s Annual Fundraiser for Youth Programs will be held Thursday, October 2nd, from 7-10pm at 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002
Last year was a huge success. Thanks to your generosity we were able to supply everything from iPads to basketball uniforms for Trinidad youth.
The suggested donation is $20 and as a token of thanks for your donation you’ll receive free drinks (3 max), and Mother Rucker’s Subs catering. Every little bit helps, and please, tell your friends.
Donations will be accepted at the door, and donations can be made here:
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association serves as the fiscal sponsor for this event, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and therefore is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax deductibility of your gift.