Category Archives: Meetings

October ANC Meeting

The next 5D Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting will be held on October 13, 2015 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the 5th District Police Station located at 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE. While the meeting has been announced, the agenda has not been conveyed by the Chair. We will provide information on the agenda if that is  available from the ANC prior to the meeting.

Minutes from the September 8, 2015 meeting were distributed via neighborhood list serves with the meeting announcement.  The minutes can be accessed from the link below. Please note that the email referenced in the minutes (see link below) under the Treasurer’s Report section was from the Auditor’s office concerning a Commissioner, not named in the message, that was visiting bank branches to try and move funds from the ANC account. The Auditor’s Office noted that they froze the bank account and would keep the ANC checkbook until the matter is resolved. This potential theft, abuse, or misuse of ANC funds should be of concern to all 5D residents. Per the email read in the meeting, the banks would not allow the transfer of these public funds as the account cannot be accessed by one individual (two signatures required for transactions) nor can they be moved by one individual. The Chair noted in the meeting that this information came to light in an abuse of power by the Office of the ANC and she has filed charges with the Attorney General as a result but she was not concerned that someone tried to access and move funds as noted by the bank. Hopefully at the meeting on October 13th there will be discussion on resolution of this troubling incident or series of events.


ANC5D September meeting video can be accessed here. The section on the attempt to move funds from the account begins at around minute 21. This is in the 3rd video of the meeting. You can watch the entire meeting (five total videos) if interested. Part 4 of the meeting includes discussion of an ongoing issue with past due phone bills. ANC5D pays for phone bills on at least two unpublished phone numbers for certain Commissioners. Bills from January to present, for over $2,000, have not been shared with the Treasurer.

A previous version of this was published during editing. Apologies for the inconvenience.

West Virginia Ave Public Works Campus Master Plan Public Open House

The Department of Public Works has been having meetings to solicit input on the redevelopment of land they own and use in Ivy City. They will be holding an open house on October 15th and sent the invitation below. To find more information on the project there is a one-page handout or you can look on-line at the Office of Planning website for additional postings. We hope that you can attend to give your voice to this development that will be on the north edge of Trinidad.

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Dear Community Stakeholders,

You are invited to a public open house on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Department of Public Works offices at 1831 Fenwick Street NE to discuss the proposed improvements for the Public Works Campus at West Virginia Avenue NE.
The District initiated the Public Works Campus Master Plan to explore the transformation of the Public Works Campus at West Virginia Avenue NE into a model of sustainable public works operations and a catalyst for community development. Over the past six months, the DC Office of Planning (OP) and the Department of General Services (DGS) have engaged Ward 5 residents and key stakeholders in Ivy City and Trinidad to create a blueprint for a new Public Works Campus with connections to the surrounding community. A variety of meetings were held during this time including a public open house, drop-in office hours, and a focus group, to collect community ideas and comments.

Come learn more about the plan’s recommendations and find out how the proposed project responded to public feedback received at previous meetings. Please share this invitation (and the attached flyer) with your neighbors and other people or groups who you think would be interested in attending.

West Virginia Avenue Public Works Campus Master Plan Public Open House
Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm
DPW Offices (1831 Fenwick Street NE, Washington, DC 20002)

§ 6:30 – Registration

§ 6:45 – District Government Presentation

§ 7:00 – Gallery Walk / Community Input on Master Plan Concepts

If you would like any additional information on the project or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Andrea Limauro in the Office of Planning at 202.442.7600 or email

If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be posted on the Office of Planning website within 48 hours of the meeting:

75 Affordable Housing Units Proposed at 1164 Bladensburg Road NE

Bladensburg Road NE is ripe for development as property values in neighboring areas rise and developers/businesses seek new locations. In May TNA held a meeting to discuss some of the plans along the Bladensburg Road corridor with H Street Main Street and consultant Derrick Woody (see link above for access to the presentation). There is also a significant amount of vacant property that the city has been working to address by fining owners and/or placing blighted property in higher tax brackets to spur putting land and buildings back into productive use. As well there is a lack of affordable housing as prices and rents rise across the city.

The property at 1164 Bladensburg Road NE was formerly a Southern Fried Chicken and Pizza and then Nationals Pizza and retail grocery/car sales before being abandoned. In January 2015 the owners of the lot were cited for issues related to compliance/housing/vacant property.

1164 Bladensburg Rd photo dated 2004 from Property Information Verification System.

1164 Bladensburg Rd photo dated 2004 from Property Information Verification System.

ANC 5D02 Commissioner Keisha Shropshire posted the following notice about a meeting to be held on October 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at W.S. Jenks Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road NE). Hopefully you can attend and provide community input on the future of this long-vacant site.

“We need your input regarding a future development project! Neighborhood Development Company and its affiliates are planning to develop approximately 75 affordable housing units at 1164 Bladensburg Road, NE on the corner of Meigs Place and Bladensburg Road NE. The building is currently boarded up and serves little purpose to the surrounding community. This newly proposed development will help spur further development along Bladensburg Road NE which will help bring more retail and more general business to this part of Trinidad DC.

Please join us for a community discussion on October 7, 2015 at W.S. Jenks, 910 Bladensburg Road NE from 7-8 pm.

Please RSVP to:
5D02 ANC Commissioner Keisha Shropshire at (404) 245-6772 or

5D07 ANC Commissioner Clarence Lee at (202) 550-2066 or”

Photo of 1164 Bladensburg Rd NE dated August 2014 from Google Maps Street View.

Photo of 1164 Bladensburg Rd NE dated August 2014 from Google Maps Street View.

5D Citizen’s Advisory Council Meeting TONIGHT

The Metropolitan Police Department works with an advisory panel in each police district. These councils are called the  Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) and each provide the district commander with information and recommendations from the community on the public’s safety problems and police service needs. Regular monthly CAC meetings in each district allow residents to meet and discuss police-related issues with the commander. The meetings also provide an opportunity for police officials to assess the impact of their crime-fighting efforts on the community.

The 5th District CAC meeting will be held tonight (September 24th) starting at 7 pm. The meetings are at the 5th District Police Station at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.

The guest speaker this month is Attorney General Karl A. Racine. He will cover topics ranging from prisoner early release programs, crime reduction initiatives, and synthetic drugs.

The CAC meetings are open to all DC residents and are a place where you can take security concerns to discuss with the Police Commander.

REMINDER: TNA Meeting Tonight (9/22)

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting will begin at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Did you Miss the ANC5D Meeting this Week?

COan6oeUYAA1YEg.jpg-largeYou can catch up on what you missed at the ANC5D meeting this week as it was all caught on video. Check out Edward Milton’s ANC5D 9-8-15 Meeting playlist on YouTube. The video is broken down into 5 parts.
Trinidad residents @FrozenTropics and @ker_dc also live-tweeted from the meeting so take a look at their feed from Tuesday night.

There is some good stuff here so grab some popcorn.

Here is the agenda:


Public Meeting

September 8, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE


1.      Greetings                                             Chairperson Kathy Henderson
2.      Roll Call                                              Secretary Yvonne Buggs
3.      Citizen’s Concerns                              All
4.      Public Safety Report                           Commander William Fitzgerald/Team
5.      Bladensburg Road Development        Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden
6.      Administrative Matters:

a)      Approval of Minutes
b)      Treasurer’s Report
c)      Motion to Pay Phone Bill

7.      Garage Addition: BZA #19061          Alex Hastings, Homeowner
8.      Announcements:

a)      Tommie Jones                               Executive Office of the Mayor
b)      Laisha Dougherty                         Ward 5 Councilmember
c)      Citizen Announcements

9.      Adjournment


Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02                                Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04                                 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05                                 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06                                     Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07                                        Vice Chairperson


Who Was Alexander Crummell?

The Crummell School has been in the forefront of Ivy City development news as the site is considered for development. Many of us have seen the building but may not know much about the Rev. Alexander Crummell, an abolitionist and Pan-African nationalist after whom the school was named. There will be an event at the school site (1900 Gallaudet Street NE) on Thursday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm to celebrate his life and view the school grounds.

The event is sponsored by Friends of Crummell School, Empower DC, DC Preservation League, dog & pony dc, and ANC 5D01. You can learn more about Rev. Crummell or RSVP for the event at the Empower DC website.

ANC 5D September Meeting

The agenda for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting tonight at 7 pm at the 5th District Police Substation has been published. It is copied below as distributed by email.



Public Meeting

September 8, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE


1. Greetings Chairperson Kathy Henderson

2. Roll Call Secretary Yvonne Buggs

3. Citizen’s Concerns All

4. Public Safety Report Commander William Fitzgerald/Team

5. Bladensburg Road Development Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden

6. Administrative Matters:
a) Approval of Minutes
b) Treasurer’s Report
c) Motion to Pay Phone Bill

7. Garage Addition: BZA #19061 Alex Hastings, Homeowner

8. Announcements:

a) Tommie Jones Executive Office of the Mayor
b) Laisha Dougherty Ward 5 Councilmember
c) Citizen Announcements

9. Adjournment

Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02 Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06 Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07 Vice Chairperson


Video of the August ANC 5D Meeting

Miss the recent ANC meeting on August 11th?

A resident of Carver-Langston takes video of our ANC meetings, as they are public forums. The videos are available to watch on YouTube if you want to keep up with events in ANC 5D. The links below are to the Twitter notices of the videos and a link to the videos on YouTube. The videos are in sections to facilitate taping and uploading/downloading files.

Video Part 1 notice:

Part 1 YouTube:

Video Part 2 notice:

Part 2 YouTube:  

Video Part 3 notice:

Part 3 YouTube:

Video Part 4 notice:

Part 4 YouTube:

Trinidad Public Safety Summit

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.

Public Safety Summit Flyers 2015


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