Category Archives: Meetings
TNA held a community meeting on December 17th to hear from two businesses that are in process of requesting changes to liquor licenses. Approximately 25 people attended, including Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Relations Officer at ABRA, the owner of Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market, a representative of Rose’s Queen Liquor, and three of the ANC 5D Commissioners including Commission Yvonne Buggs, Keisha Shropshire, and Adam Roberts.
There was a lengthy discussion with questions from the community on the process to obtain a liquor license, community input/concerns/protests, community settlement agreements, and laws and regulations. Ms. Fashbaugh provided the number for the ABRA complaint hotline (202-329-6347). This number should be used for issues that ABRA can address by law or to enforce a specific settlement agreement such as sales of ice cups, single sales if prohibited by a specific business, sales to minors, opening or closing times different than approved hours, trash outside the business, etc. Other issues may fall under the purview of the DC Police Department or city services, such as trash and persons blocking the sidewalk, and should be reported to 911 or 311 accordingly. Additional information on ABRA can be found on their website.
Both businesses presented to the community what they request to change in their license. In the case of Mike’s Market or Trinidad Market, they are seeking a new Class A Liquor License. Rose’s Queen was requesting to add Sunday hours (9 am to 7 pm) and to open two hours earlier and close two hours later Monday through Saturday. Community members at the meeting expressed opposition and/or strong reservation about both changes for a number of reasons including but not limited to noise and security issues as well as trash from patrons of the establishments.
On December 18th, the ANC 5D Commission met in a special session to review and vote on these licenses prior to the filing deadline for protests. They unanimously voted to protest both licenses. The representative from Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market was not at the meeting for discussion. The representative of Rose’s Queen Liquors noted that they were retracting their request and would resubmit a revised one to ABRA with a request for Sunday hours but not for extended hours during the week as in the previous request. It was noted during the meeting that the 5th District Police Commander may also be submitting a protest in the case of Rose’s Queen request for extended hours or additional days of liquor sales. This special meeting can be viewed on YouTube.
Any adjacent neighbor to a business or group of five citizens can also submit a protest letter per guidelines on the ABRA website. Residents can also contact Council Members to request that issues with loitering be addressed by the City Council. Currently there are no anti-loitering laws and that is cited by residents, police, and business owners as a factor in trash, police calls for service to address disturbances, and crime.
TNA hosts and sponsors discussions and activities aimed at:
· Building community;
· Promoting harmony among all cultural, racial, and economic groups;
· Maintaining cleaner streets, sidewalks, and alleys;
· Improving utilization of public and private properties within the neighborhood;
· Reducing neighborhood crime and increasing individuals’ sense of security; and
· Helping neighbors represent their interests in front of DC government agencies.
We appreciate the lively discussion at our meeting and the interest in issues related to these businesses in our community. We hope for more of the same in 2016!
Did you know that community members may protest a liquor license and/or seek a settlement agreement with a business before a license is granted? You can learn more about the process on the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) website or learn more in person at a special meeting organized by the Trinidad Neighborhood Association.
TNA will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center to discuss two new liquor license applications. Business owners are invited to present their plans before community members and TNA will seek community input on the requests.
The businesses are:
Trinidad Market/Mike’s Market at 1322 Florida Avenue NE (corner of Trinidad and Florida Avenues). They are requesting a new Class A Liquor Store license from ABRA.
Proposed Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: 7 am to 12 am Sunday through Saturday.
This would be a new license for the location. The deadline to submit a petition for protest is January 4, 2016 and the hearing date before ABRA is January 19, 2016.
Roses Queen Liquors at 830 Bladensburg Road NE. They are seeking a substantial change of hours to extend hours of operation and alcoholic beverage sales.
Current Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Sunday-Closed; Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 10:00pm
Proposed Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Sunday 9:00am to 10pm; Monday through Saturday 7:00am to 12:00am
The petition deadline to protest or seek a settlement agreement between the community and the business is January 19, 2016. The hearing date at ABRA is February 1, 2016.
Roses just recently completed a Settlement Agreement on July 1, 2015 to renew their license. This represents a substantial change and provides opportunity for community re-engagement with the business.
Join us on December 17th to learn more about the process and voice your opinion on the liquor license changes requested.
The Advisory Neighborhood Commission will meet this evening at 7 pm at the Police Substation at 1805 Bladensburg Road. There are two agendas: one published a week ago (see link) and one published today on the Ward 5 List Serve (copied below).
If you are able to attend the meeting, please do so.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT
ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISION (sic) 5D
November 10, 2015
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE
1. Greetings/Call to Order Chairperson Kathy Henderson
2. Roll Call Secretary Yvonne Buggs
3. Public Safety Report Sergeant Dustin Bellavance
4. Development Project: ANC 5D01 411 New York Ave. LLC
5. Hecht’s Warehouse Development Paul Milstein and Team
6. Proposed Pepco/Exelon Settlement People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous Frye
7. Administrative Matters:
a) Motion to Pay Phone Bill
b) Treasurer’s Report
c) Approval of Minutes
8. Citizen’s Concerns All
9. Announcements: All
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
ALL MEETINGS CONDUCTED ACCORDING TO ROBERT’S RULES of ORDER
The Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting will be next Tuesday. Details, agenda, and minutes from the October meeting are posted below. This agenda looks very different from past meetings and outstanding business issues have been moved to the earlier part of the meeting.
ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 5D
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
1805 BLADENSBURG ROAD, N.E.
WASHINGTON, DC 20002
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015
Neighborhood Watch is a community-based crime prevention program where neighbors look out for each other’s safety, property and homes in a systematic and sustained way. It is based on the idea that when residents, businesses, clergy, police and other partners look out for the safety of the neighborhood, establish and maintain open lines of communication, and collaborate to resolve problems of crime and disorder, they create safer, friendlier and healthier neighborhoods.You can learn more about the overall program or download the training manual on the MPD website.
There will be a free neighborhood watch training session at the Trinidad Recreation Center on November 21st at 11 am. We encourage you to attend. This will be a good resource for the community and a way we can all help reduce crime of opportunity in our neighborhood. See the message from Neighborhood Watch Trainer below for additional information and where to register for the training.
Message from Neighborhood Watch Trainer:
Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Training will be conducted at the following locations on the dates and times noted. They are free trainings open to anyone interested in reducing crime. Please let me know if you are coming though as hand-outs are prepared based on the number of participants, and space is limited.
If you want to learn ways to prevent crime and reduce your likelihood of becoming a crime victim, please attend the training. You will see pictures of actual crime scenes and learn how to avoid becoming a victim of the crimes. More than 80% of crime in DC is preventable (Crime of Opportunity). By reducing these crimes, the police can concentrate on preventing and solving more violent crimes. You will also learn how to become a block captain, and how to start Neighborhood Watch on your block.
If you would like to attend the training, please contact me by email at NolanTutor@yahoo.com.
I hope to see you at a training. Remember to email me if you would like to attend.
Citywide Neighborhood Watch Trainer
November 9, 2015//7:00 pm
Parkview Recreation Center
693 Otis Place NE
Washington, DC 20018
November 10, 2015//7:00 pm
Friendship Public Charter School
1345 Potomac Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
November 14, 2015//11:00 am
Hillcrest Citizens Association
Location To Be Announced
November 16, 2015//6:30 pm
Cedar Heights Apts.
1510 Butler Street SE
Washington, DC 20020
November 19, 2015//6:30 pm
Meadowbrook Run Apt.
3635 6th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20032
November 21, 2015//11:00 am
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
December 19, 2015//11:00 am
Hemingway Temple AME Church
501 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
What does the Office of the Attorney General do for DC residents? What is going on with crime in the neighborhood?
Come to the next Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting to get answers to those questions.
The next TNA Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm in the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress St NE). Agenda items include:
- MPD 5th District Public Safety Update
- Robert White Jr. Esq, Office for the Attorney General
- Community Clean Up
ASL/English Interpretation will be provided by Access Interpreting, Inc.
Did you miss the A5D Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting yesterday?
You can catch up on local politics and watch it on YouTube. There are four videos with sections of the meeting. The agenda is posted below so you can identify specific segments that may be of interest to you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LM5xVzXa9Q Starts at the beginning of the agenda with call to order and roll call.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-usCeAFQxNM Continues with presentation in process by Thornton Development.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDUlLHRxEHA Continues with presentation in process by Pepco on the merger with Exelon at the beginning of this section and concludes with brief discussion on minutes and treasurer’s report (which were not addressed or voted upon).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49FBhS5AExk This starts with discussion on the past due phone bills (over $2,000) and the meeting devolves into fighting and abrupt adjournment while the Council Member’s Office representative and Mayor’s Office representative try to convey information to the public. Citizen Concerns and Announcements were not addressed.
The outstanding issue of the Chair attempting to move funds from the bank account was not addressed at the meeting. That is unfortunate as the Office of the ANC representatives were present at the meeting to observe the process and procedures and could have addressed citizen questions on this topic.
Agenda for the October 10th meeting and minutes from the September 2015 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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: http://planning.dc.gov/public-works-campus.
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.
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 5D02@anc.dc.gov.
5D07 ANC Commissioner Clarence Lee at (202) 550-2066 or 5D07@anc.dc.gov.”