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Captain Trinidad


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!


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:

To search for specific cases going before BZA, go to The Interactive Zoning Information System website: 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


-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

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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:

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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 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 ( or 202-727-6311) for additional information on submitting a party application. This would be particularly relevant to adjacent property owners.

1124 – 1126 Florida Ave NE Property Development

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:

To search for specific cases going before BZA, go to The Interactive Zoning Information System website: 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:

Urban Turf article on the Pierce Investments property on Florida Avenue:

To become a member of the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, visit the website at:

February 24th 2015 Community Meeting

Trinidad Neighborhood Association

Community Meeting

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 7:00 PM
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress St NE

On Agenda:

Please become a member or renew your annual $5.00 membership for 2015.

TNA Community Meeting 27 JAN 7:00 PM

Trinidad Neighborhood Association

Community Meeting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:00 PM
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress St NE

On Agenda:

Please become a member or renew your annual $5.00 membership for 2015.

DC DPR: DPR Announces Summer Camps 2015 Reduced Rate Information Fair and Camp Registration Dates

A message from the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation:

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DPR Announces Summer Camps 2015 Reduced Rate Information Fair and Camp Registration Dates

DPR Customer Service:  (202) 673-7647
DPR Kids, Camps & Co-op Office:  (202) 671-0372,
DPR Media Contacts: 

Brian Armstead, (202) 746-2092,
Rachel Newman, (202) 340-2910,

(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 –  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: (202) 671-0372 (phone); (202) 671-2796 (fax); and  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.

For information on DPR events, facilities, programs & activities, be sure to follow DPR
on FacebookTwitterJoin our Mailing ListSign up for Text/Email Alerts,
Register for a Program or visit the DPR Website.

Our 6th Anniversary

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.


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