Monthly Archives: December 2015

Update on Liquor License Requests

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!

Ivy City Smokehouse

Ivy City Smokehouse, a “wholesale to the public” seafood market, is now open at 1356 Okie Street NE over in Ivy City. For Trinidad residents this will be a source for local seafood with a more direct connection to growers as the market operates as a version of a Community Supported Fishery.

They have smoked and fresh fish as well as fresh oysters. Today during a stop in to see the site they were preparing snakehead fish fillets for one customer and selling smoked fish to another.

There will be a tavern opening in the new year as well. Stop in or check their website for additional information.

It is great to see small businesses growing and expanding retail options so close to Trinidad.

Reminder: Meeting Tonight on Liquor License Requests

Trinidad Neighborhood Association will be holding a meeting this evening on some requests for new licenses or changes to existing liquor licenses held by businesses in Trinidad. The meeting will be at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress St NE at 7 pm.

Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Resource Officer at the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will be joining us and can answer questions from the community on licenses, laws, regulations, and community engagement in the process. Yvonne Buggs from ANC 5D06 will also be joining in the TNA meeting as licenses are being sought from businesses in her Single Member District.

Holidays are a busy time but there are deadlines for applications and protests associated with the license change requests and we would like to hear from you on whether you would support or not support these changes. Please join us and share what you want to see here in Trinidad.

 

Pollinator Plant Seed Giveaway Today

The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will be giving away pollinator plant seeds today (December 16th) between 9 am and 5 pm. They are available at the main lobby of the DOEE office at 1200 1st Street NE.

The native pollinator seeds make great holiday gifts and help create habitat for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators in our garden community. Pick some up and plant them in your Trinidad yard or tree boxes!

Special Meeting to Discuss Liquor License Applications

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.

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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.

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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.

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