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Most residents that have lived in Trinidad for longer than two years remember the old doctor’s office that stood on the corner of Montello Avenue NE and Oates Street NE. In 2013 the developer, IS Enterprises, began to work on the site and sought variance to build a larger structure with more residential units that are allowed on a lot of that size. They received stop work orders from the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for illegal construction and exceeding the scope of their issued permits. They did not have a permit to raze the structure but removed all but a few below grade walls.
There are three lots that comprise the now vacant site: 1326, 1328, and 1330 Montello Ave NE. They are fenced in but neighbors at a recent ANC5D06 meeting complained of illegal dumping, access to the site by youth, full portable toilets on site, and trash piled up along the sidewalks and in the alleyway. During the past two years neighbors have worked to clean along the fence line or reported it to the city for trash and weed removal when the sidewalks became impassable.
The Washington Business Journal reported today that permits were issued to begin construction of three two-family units on the lots. No additional information is available at this time but the units should fall within the new zoning regulations (limit of 35 feet; no more than 2 units per lot or 6 total). TNA will provide updates as construction begins if there are requests for variance through the Bureau of Zoning Adjustment.
To learn more about construction issues and housing in DC, there is a consumer protection forum on housing sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General this coming Monday evening at 6:30 pm. The location is the Benning Neighborhood Library at 3935 Benning Road NE.
Pop-ups. Flips. Illegal Construction Activity. These are things you may be seeing in Trinidad with so many changes in the real estate markets in the past few years.
Attorney General Karl A. Racine is holding a Consumer Protection Forum on Construction Violations, Foreclosure Scams, and Mortgage Regulations, which will take place on Monday, September 28, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Neighborhood Library located at 3935 Benning Rd. NE, Washington, D.C. 20019. The purpose of the Housing Forum is to educate the community on the most common types of housing scams in the District, particularly illegal construction and house flipping. Many neighborhoods are seeing a significant number of houses that are being bought, rehabilitated, and sold for large sums of money. Many residents may also be confused about foreclosure and mortgage regulations. So, Attorney General Racine wants to allow you to hear from and ask questions directly to the relevant local and federal agency experts.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more and how to protect your property or yourself from scams.
September 9, 2015
John A Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 506
The Ward 5 Report
As we continue the conversation on public safety, I encourage you to let your voice be heard on the issue. The Committee on Judiciary will hold a public hearing on rising violent crime in the District of Columbia on Wednesday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Room 500, at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
The 106th homicide of the year was committed in the District which represents a 45 percent increase, to date, over last year. These homicides, and other violent crimes, have devastated families and communities across the city. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the steps that the city is taking to prevent and respond to violent crime, and to develop long term solutions to combat and prevent crime. We need to treat this violence, particularly the homicides like a public health crisis and as a city, we have to dedicate the necessary resources to cure the violence to include the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. This is a multi-system approach to combating crime that takes the actionable steps that will not only mitigate the spikes in crime but also address the systemic issues that cause crime.
The hearing will also consider Bill 21-0261, “The Sale of Synthetic Drugs Amendment Act of 2015”.
I have been discussing strategies to combat crime in the District with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chief Cathy Lanier, residents, representatives from the Department of Justice, and national and local organizations. As a result of those discussions, and additional research by my office, I will be introducing legislation to address the spike in violent crime when the Council reconvenes.
Legislative & Committee Updates
DDOE Public Hearing on Ward 5 Paint Spray Booth Moratorium
The Council of the District of Columbia recently passed two laws that impact the quality of life for residents in Ward 5. Bill 21-0281 the “Ward 5 Paint Spray Booth Moratorium Emergency Act of 2015” and Bill 21-282 the “Ward 5 Paint Spray Booth Moratorium Temporary Act of 2015” prohibit the permitting of any additional automobile paint spray operations in Ward 5 as well as the issuance of permit renewals for facilities with permits expiring between July 23, 2015 and March 14, 2016.
The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will host a public outreach meeting on September 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m located at 1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor.
Examples of regulation revisions DDOE is considering and seeks input on are as follows:
1.) Adoption of more stringent volatile organic compound (VOC) paint content standards currently in place in California and some other states;
2.) Possible VOC emission control strategies such as the use of carbon filters, carbon cartridges, carbon beds, or other control methods;
3.) Emission stack parameters, such as height restrictions;
4.) Paint booth design parameters; or
5.) Any other emission or odor control strategies that might be suggested at the stakeholder meeting.
The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will conduct a comprehensive review of the spray booth permitting process and revise regulations to address the concerns raised by the legislation. All unpermitted facilities have been directed to cease operations. Any facility with a permit that expires during the moratorium period will be required to stop operations when their permit expires. If any auto body painting occurs at a facility operating without an active permit, they may be subject to fines or other penalties.
Those planning to attend the meeting must notify Mr. William Bolden at 202-535-2250 or email@example.com by September 28, 2015. Written suggestions may also be submitted by mail to Mr. Bolden at 1200 First Street N.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002 by September 28, 2015.
McDuffie Talks Solutions to Spike in Crime on NewsTalk
Councilmember McDuffie recently appeared on News Channel 8 News Talk with Bruce DePuyt to discuss the surge in crime, and his upcoming violent crime roundtable on Wednesday, September 16, the first day that the D.C. Council reconvenes after summer recess. See the full video here:
Kenyan in the Community
McDuffie Celebrates Two Rivers Opening in Langston Carver Community
On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Councilmember McDuffie joined Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, Councilmember Charles Allen, and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang to celebrate the re-opening of the Charles E. Young School for Two Rivers Public Charter School.
Two Rivers Public Charter School is an extraordinary institution that continues to attract families from all across our city. The school is known for its expeditionary learning approach, which instills in every student the importance of being brave, observant, active, and thoughtful in everything they do. Councilmember McDuffie is pleased that Two Rivers will begin to meet the demand with a new home in Ward 5, where they will have an opportunity to serve even more of our young people. Two Rivers will be a great addition to the Langston Carver neighborhood and to Ward 5 and will bring life and vitality to the Young School.
McDuffie Celebrates AJ Cooper III with a Day of Service
As you know, last year, D.C. lost AJ Cooper III, community leader and Councilmember McDuffie’s great friend. The D.C. Council passed a resolution declaring AJ’s birthday as a day of service. Councilmember McDuffie was honored to celebrate his life on August 17, at Browne Educational Campus for Martha’s Table Summer Market distributing healthy produce to DC residents.
Community Bulletin Board
McDuffie to Speak on CBC ALC Policing Reform Panel
Please join Councilmember McDuffie on Thursday, September 17, for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) policy session on police reform legislation at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, room 145B from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CBCF’s theme this year is “With Liberty and Justice for All?” The policy session co-hosted by the National Bar Association will focus on Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver’s policing reform legislation. Attendees will also be briefed on gun camera laws, the Fourth Amendment (search & seizure) of the Constitution, the legality of recording police activity and how citizens should respond if, and when, they interact with police officers. In addition, panelists will address issues of racial bias in policing and the criminal justice system.
DC Trust Announces Community Partnerships Mini-Grants Initiative
DC Trust Announced the Community Partnerships Mini-Grants Initiative to support programming in violence prevention, mentoring, youth enrichment and family supports in priority communities, including the Langston/Carver community.
DC Trust will hold information sessions for organizations and individuals interested in applying for Community Partnerships Mini-Grants on Wednesday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity located at 2235 Shannon Place SE, Suite 3040.
For more information, visit here.
DPR Announces Open Registration for 2015 Fall Programs
There’s Something for Everyone
DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275; firstname.lastname@example.org
(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announces registration is open for 2015 Fall Programs. New this season, DPR is offering “No Cook” Cooking, Kid Fit, Rugby, Young Men, Future Leaders, and Enrichment Zone. These will join the ever-popular programs such as Zumba, Water Aerobics, Afternoon Access, Young Ladies on the Rise and more. There are hundreds of options for DC residents across all eight wards and all ages to recreate, educate or just relax.
To see a full listing of programs, visit DPR’s Register for a 2015/2016 Program website page or go directly to the A to Z ASAP Program Index page for the entire list of summer programs, activities and classes offered. Feel free to browse the many programs that DPR offers without creating an account. However, in order to register for a program, an ASAP account must be created first for each program participant enrolled. Once an account has been created, please feel free to log in immediately. Frequent users are encouraged to log in first, before reviewing the A to Z Program Index, for faster service.
Visit http://dpr.dc.gov/service/register-program for aquatics registration.
Join TNA on Wednesday night at the Atlas Performing Arts Center for the final leg of our Mobilizing Our Community collaboration. Artist Kevin Reese has been working with folks from area neighborhoods to envision and create pieces for a series of 50+ mobiles to be displayed at the Atlas between the H Street Festival (9/19) and Art All Night (9/26). On Wednesday, we’ll help assemble and balance the pieces.
WHAT: Community Art Making
WHEN: Wednesday September 16th at 6pm
WHERE: Atlas PAC 1333 H St NE
Gallaudet University International Design Competition Community Event MondaySeptember 14th
Check out details at the competition website after you read the letter from our neighbor Hansel.
Have you ever walked by the corner of 6th Street and Florida Avenue on the Gallaudet side and wished it was a more open and inviting space? It soon will be- Gallaudet is pleased to announce that on September 2nd, 2015, an International Design Competition for Gallaudet University’s new 6th Street gateway will launch. This new gateway will physically open up the campus to our surrounding neighbors—you—and create opportunities for new relationships.
The International Design Competition will illuminate the exciting potential that Gallaudet University and its neighbors have to offer, and will bring in world-class designers and architects to collaborate with us to create a one-of-a-kind place. We want you to be a part of this transformation.
Our community-wide event for the launch of this competition will be on Monday, September 14th, 2015, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Peikoff Alumni House, Gallaudet University. Please come to learn more about the competition, the impact, and the various ways you can contribute.
Office of Campus Design and Planning
Community Meeting Notice
ANC Commissioner Yvonne Buggs
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Joseph Cole Recreation
1299 Neal Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
- Public Safety Report – PSA 506
- Melinda Bolling, Director DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
- Mr. Ivan Torres, Liaison DC Department of Health
- Mrs. Linda Grant, Liaison DC Department of Public Works
Join the team of volunteers led by the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) from 10 am to 1 pm today at the Wheatley Education Campus.
Original post about the clean up is here.