DC’s Flooding Fix Cuts Through Trinidad

DC Clean Rivers Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project aims to fix problems caused by the DistrictNE tunnel‘s too small sewer system. In times of heavy rain the system overflows, flooding streets and dumping waste water into the river. The NE Boundary Tunnel is one of several projects identified to provide a long term solution. It gives the excess water a place to go. In Trinidad, where Mt. Olivet Road and Montello Avenue experience chronic flooding, the project will go under Mt. Olivet Road. Construction is scheduled from June 2016 to April 2017. Prior to this, DC Water is conducting community outreach, presenting at TNA’s April community meeting, and surveying properties in the “zone of influence” — those buildings that may be impacted by the underground digging.  TNA has asked DC Water to provide more detailed information on what area is covered. Citizen participation is needed though the duration of the project to assure our quality of life is not negatively impacted by the effort to provide long-term flood relief. You can view the detailed presentation here:  NE Boundary Tunnel Presentation

Zoning Update on the Pierce Investments, LLC

1124-1126floridaBZA Case number 18987 was postponed until June 9, 2015. The reason for the postponement was to work with the community and the ANC. The developer was originally seeking variances from height requirements, the floor area ratio requirements, the rear yard requirements, and residential loading requirements to allow construction of a five-story multi-family building containing 52 units in the C-2-A District premises at 1124 Florida Avenue NE. In a subsequent meeting with the ANC Single Member District, the developer reduced the number of units to remove the residential loading requirement. They were still seeking height and other variances.

As meetings are scheduled, TNA will post notices so that community members can be aware of the variances requested. To date few community members have submitted letters with views in opposition or support of the project.

Read our original post on the case. 

Trinidad’s Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour Blooms on Sunday May 17th

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Trinidad’s Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour

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Join your neighbors for an afternoon garden social. Tour some of our local gardens, get tips and inspiration for your own gardens, make new friends and catch up with old ones.

10 am – pre-tour social & light brunch
Tony’s Garden 1130 Montello Ave NE
at the corner of Morse St NE

12 – 4pm – Walking Tour of Gardens

The tour mapgarden tour map shows the 8 stops along the tour. In  between stops the tour will pass by some fantastic front yard gardens. Late-comers can click through to get the approximate times the tour will be at each stop and catch up with the tour in progress. Refreshments, seed packets and flower bulbs will be shared along the way.

The tour is free and open to the community although donations to benefit TNA’s neighborhood beautification efforts are encouraged and appreciated. To get more involved email trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com.

TNA’s Annual Trinidad Garden Tour:

New Community Agreements for Rose’s Liquor and Staples Beer & Wine

SMD 5D06 Community Meetingphoto credit: Frozen Tropics

Thursday May 7th 

7:00 PM

W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware Store

910 Bladensburg Rd NE

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Yvonne Buggs holds a community meeting this Thursday to discuss community agreements with two local stores, Rose’s Liquor located at 830 Bladensburg Rd NE and Staples Beer and Wine  at 1364 Florida Ave NE (aka Saba One Stop). Liquor license for both establishments are up for renewal with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), which also gives the ANC, on behalf of the community, an opportunity to review and update their Settlement Agreements. The current agreements were made in 2009.

Per ABRA, “a settlement agreement (formerly known as a voluntary agreement) is a contract between an ABC licensee and most likely a protestant to a license. The agreement becomes a part of the ABC license. There are several enforceable and unenforceable items covered under the terms of an establishment’s settlement agreement.

Agreements typically cover items that impact the community and public safety such as noise, litter, parking and hours of operation. Mr. Yi Khen Ung from Rose’s and Mr. Jeff Jackson fro Staples are scheduled to be at the meeting, which begins at 7pm at Jenks Hardware Store. Community input is needed.

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Boat Tour

The Anacostia River is a scenic and historic river that passes close to our community and is part of the watershed for our storm drains. TNA has organized a free Members Only outing on the river. Please join us as we depart Bladensburg Waterfront Park and travel down to the Arboretum before returning to the departure dock. The pontoon boat trip will take approximately one hour and our captain will share information on the history and ecology of the river.Untitled

The boat can accommodate 35 people. If there is interest, we can organize another trip later in the summer. Please note that in case of severe weather, the trip will be cancelled or postponed.

Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Date: Sunday May 31, 2015

Time: 1:45 pm.

To sign up, please send an e-mail to trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com. Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and whether you will drive or will want to car pool with another driver.

Safe Sanctuary Saturday for Children & Teens

Safe Sanctuary

Every Saturday the Community United Methodist Church on Levis Street offers a day of activities for the youth in our community. Safe Sanctuary serves as a safe place to keep children and teens safe and engaged. The church welcomes all children as well as adults who want tutoring in math or reading. The program is free and has a capacity of 25 people.

Safe Sanctuary begins every Saturday with tutoring for Math/Reading from 7am – 10am, followed by life skills from 10am -11am. A snack is then provided from 11am – 12pm, followed by art/art therapy class from 12pm – 3pm. Finally, from 3pm – 5pm, there will be youth choir or liturgical dance rehearsal that is focused on enhancing church services. In the future there will be a ceramics class with a $10 registration fee.

Min. Lynda Parker and her team look forward to seeing your children and teens every Saturday from 7am – 5pm.

When Weekly from 7am to 5pm on Saturday
Where Community United Methodist Church, 1525 Levis Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, United States (map)

Open Arms Housing’s Owen House to Provide Permanent Home to Women In Need

 Transforming Buildings, Transforming Lives

IMG_4087Two years ago Open Arms Housing began a discussion of opening their second permanent supportive housing residence in Trinidad. The project was well received and TNA provided a letter of support. On Thursday, April 30th, TNA joined Open Arms for the ground-breaking ceremony for Owen House at 1256 Owen Pl NE.

Owen House will provide permanent housing for four homeless women with mental health issues and physical disabilities. Open Arms’ other residence, The Dunbar, was the first in Washington, DC to implement the “Housing First’’ approach to assisting homeless women in a single site building. The Dunbar Building has had a phenomenal success rate, with 95 percent of its residents remaining in housing since residing at the facility. Owen House will have large one-bedroom apartments for each resident.IMG_4084

Funding for the new facility comes from private and public entities including: the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the DC Department of Behavioral Health, the DC Department of Human Services, the DC Housing Authority, The Corporation for Supportive Housing, Cornerstone, Inc., and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. In-kind services have been provided by Seyfarth Shaw LLC, The Behrend Builders of the DC Jewish Community Center and the Homebuilders Care Foundation of the National Capital Area.

Lend Your Skills & Enthusiasm to a TNA Committee

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association has established six committees to help us improve our neighborhood and build community.  Read the rest of this entry

April Community Meeting

Tuesday April 28th  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress St. NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Agenda

ASL/English Interpretation provided by Access Interpreting, Inc.

For more information about the Trinidad Neighborhood Association, or to become/renew your membership please visit our website: trinidadneighborhood.org

Captain Trinidad

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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!

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