Single Member District 5D02
Saturday, July 25, 2015
11:00 am–1:00 pm
Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street, NE
- PSA 506 Public Safety Update:
Meet the New Fifth District Commander, William Fitzgerald. Come hear what MPD is doing to address the crime in the Trinidad neighborhood.
- New Tenants’ Bill of Rights
The Office of the Tenants’ Advocate will outline the new Bill of Rights for DC Tenants which includes leases, security deposit, disclosure of information, rent increases, building conditions, discrimination, right to organize, retaliation and eviction.
- Community Updates and Announcements
RSVP to Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire
Phone: (404) 245-6772
Facebook: Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire
Mr. Richard Gbolahan from Colombia, MD submitted a request for variance on 1609 Levis St NE to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) in DC’s Office of Zoning. The variance requested is for lot area and width requirements to build a new three-story, single-family dwelling on an empty lot. The property is on the south side of Levis and is one of two empty lots between the back of Mudrick’s and a row of single family town houses. The lot is zoned R-4, meaning that the building must meet the new requirements outlined to limit height and size of homes in neighborhoods like Trinidad.
Documents and architectural drawings submitted to BZA can be found on the website. The applicant is requesting an area variance of 531 feet in the minimum lot area (1,269 feet is proposed for the lot as is but 1,800 feet are allowable under zoning regulations adopted since the lot was drawn). In addition, the lot is 16.67 feet but up to 18 feet are allowable under current regulations. The applicant requests 1.33 feet width variance. The Office of Planning has stated that they are in agreement with the variance as the lot is nonconforming.
The case was discussed at the recent ANC5D meeting (Tuesday, July 12th) but the ANC could not vote on the issue as there had not been a prior meeting with the Single Member District 5D07, as is standard procedure for cases where zoning variance is being sought. The hearing before BZA was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 21st. The ANC passed a motion to request a delay until the community is given the opportunity to provide feedback through the ANC. Commissioner Lee should be preparing a meeting with the SMD to receive input in the coming weeks. Please be on the look out for notices about the meeting if you are in the SMD or are a close neighbor and are interested in attending to hear from the property owner/developer.
There have been a few cases requesting variance or special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in the past few months. Here is an update on two recent cases that completed their BZA approval process.
BZA Case 18995 at 1254 Florida Avenue NE
This request was to construct a second story on an existing carriage house in the alley between Morse and Florida Ave NE. The special exceptions were unanimously approved by BZA.
The case was before BZA on several times in June and July and after numerous meetings with the community. The applicant, Pierce Investments, submitted a final revised plan to BZA on July 7th. The final revisions, which can be viewed on the BZA site, include several changes to the variances requested:
- The request for height variance was dropped. Originally they asked for variance to build at 53 feet, 3 feet above the by right 50 feet. Instead of a higher ceiling commercial space, the developer may utilize the space for residential units if they cannot find a retailer that will rent a space with 10-foot ceilings.
- The fifth floor was set back 24.2 feet so that the height is not as visible and out of character with the neighboring town houses.
- Rear yard relief requested was reduced by 50%.
- The Floor to Area Ratio (FAR) requested was also reduced from 3.6% to 3.4%.
The BZA meeting on July 14th voted to approve the case. There were 3 votes in favor and one against relief requested.
We’ve all seen them — dirt bikes and ATVs racing through the neighborhood, often driving the wrong way on one-way streets. Most people consider them a dangerous menace that are inappropriate in a dense urban environment. Yet police are limited in what they can do to enforce the law. Chasing the violators only increases the danger to the community. At recent community meetings, MPD has encouraged residents to report where these bikes are stored so that they can work to impound them. Now, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has introduced legislation to bolster enforcement abilities and increase the penalties for illegal dirt bikes and ATVs. Read the press release and a selection of news articles below.
Councilmember McDuffie introduces bill that dramatically increases the penalties for illegal dirt bikes and ATVs
Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) introduced legislation to address the growing problem of illegal dirt bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (“ATVs”) in the District.
The “Enhanced Penalties for Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and Dirt Bikes Amendment Act of 2015” provides the Metropolitan Police Department (“MPD”) with additional “tools” to combat what many reside
nts have described as a terrifying increase in the prevalence of packs of dirt bike and ATV riders. The measure would allow MPD to tow any dirt bike or ATV parked on public property; requires registration of all ATVs and dirt bikes with the Department of Motor Vehicles so there is a record of each vehicle; and importantly, the bill creates the following enhanced penalties for offenders:
- For a first violation, the perpetrator will be fined up to 250.00 and/or imprisoned no more than 30 days.
- For a second violation, the Mayor or her designated agent shall suspend the individual’s provisional or operator’s permit for six months from the date of the conviction. The perpetrator will also be fined up to 500.00 and/or imprisoned no more than 90 days.
- For the third or subsequent violation, the Mayor or the designated agent of the Mayor shall suspend the individual’s provisional or operator’s permit for a year and the individual will be fined up to 1000.00 and/or imprisoned for no more than 180 days.
“I have heard from countless residents, and police officers about the illegal use of dirt bikes and ATVs,” said McDuffie. “Currently our laws just do not serve as a sufficient deterrent to the use of these machines. Dirt bikes and ATVs are not appropriate for use on our roads, are dangerous, and have been used completely irresponsibly on sidewalks and in packs to intimidate pedestrians and drivers.
“This bill will go a long way to serve as a warning to those who are thinking about using dirt bikes and ATVs on our streets, and also provide MPD with the ability to tow parked dirt bikes and ATVs.”
The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Allen and Nadeau.
Music In The Meadow With Mark G. Meadows And Somethin’ Good
Thursday, July 23 • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Come and picnic at the Arboretum; bring a blanket and your supper and relax on the lawn below the National Herb Garden. Award-winning jazz musician Mark G. Meadows and his quartet will perform. Free to Friends Of the National Arboretum members; $5 per person for non-members; children under 12 are free. Space is limited; reservations required.
The Arboretum is a beautiful place to relax in DC and an even better time to do it is in the evening on the lawn below the Capitol Columns, so join us for some great jazz. Check out Mark’s music here, pack a picnic, and grab your lawn chairs and come on by! The U.S. National Arboretum is located at 2400 R Street, NE Washington, DC 20002.
Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Many neighbors from Montello to Orren are reporting no power. Pepco’s Outage Map indicates power will be restored by 11pm tonight for most of the 2,000+ customers currently affected. Restoration time for a smaller number of customers in the northern section of Trinidad may not have power restored until 4am. Pepco states these times are conservative, so your power may be back on before then.