Category Archives: Development

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.

 

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.

Trinidad Market Request

Trinidad Market / Mike’s Market, at the corner of Florida and Trinidad Avenues NE, has submitted a request to the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to obtain a Class A Liquor License. This would allow them to begin selling liquor in addition to beer and wine. The request comes with a change in hours that would allow them to remain open for business from 7 am to midnight each day. The notification from ABRA is below.

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The community can be engaged in discussion on an ABRA application request during the review process. A business seeking a change in an existing license or a new license should present as a Single Member District (SMD) meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), at the larger ANC meeting, and at community meeting, if one is called, to discuss the license request. There can be a protest to stop a license change or to seek a settlement agreement with the community or group with standing to protest the license. You can learn more about ABRA laws and regulations and protest procedures on their website.

As with all development taking place in the neighborhood, we hope that Trinidad residents become involved and active in voicing their views on pending changes.

 

Redevelopment Views

This morning the Washington Post covered a poll they took about views on redevelopment. There were just over 1,000 people polled by phone from November 12 – 15. While there was agreement among those polled that the D.C. government is not doing well on affordable housing and ending homelessness, there were differences across race and class about how redevelopment is viewed. Decreasing crime is positive for a community but as housing prices and taxes increase there is increased economic pressure that forces many residents to consider moving.

The article is worth reading and discussing with neighbors as Trinidad faces a similar situation with dramatic increases in housing prices and redevelopment pressures.

Housing-First Units Open on Owen Place

A few of Trinidad’s newest residents moved to the neighborhood in October as Open Arms Housing, Inc. completed and opened their housing-first units on Owen Place. The units, their second project in Washington, DC, provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless women and are a model for ending chronic homelessness in the city. The project begins with providing permanent housing and then addressing other services based on individual need. Funding for the projects are from a mix a public and private entities. Construction was recognized back in April as Open Arms Housing and their construction partners moved forward with building plans.

A recent Washington Post covered the project on Owen Place and provides an introduction to some of our newest neighbors. Stop by and say hello to welcome them to our community!

Ivy City Development

The Washington Post ran an article about development taking place in Ivy City, our neighbor to the north. The link to the article is here. It is definitely worth a read.

News from Gallaudet University

Many of us contributed ideas to Gallaudet University’s (GU) design competition for the 6th Street NE development project. This feedback will be provided to the four finalists recently selected to continue with the second phase of the design competition. These four finalists will engage the project’s diverse community of stakeholders in a series of interactive workshops to be held at Gallaudet University the week of October 19 and will submit their final design proposals by January 2016. You can read more about the competition and the firms selected for the shortlist here.

Recently GU also announced that they selected a new president to lead the university. Roberta Cordano will assume leadership of the university as Alan Hurwitz retires at the end of the year. We welcome her to the neighborhood and trust that the process to open gates between the university and the surrounding neighborhoods will continue under her guidance.

75 Affordable Housing Units Proposed at 1164 Bladensburg Road NE

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.

1164 Bladensburg Rd photo dated 2004 from Property Information Verification System.

1164 Bladensburg Rd photo dated 2004 from Property Information Verification System.

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.”

Photo of 1164 Bladensburg Rd NE dated August 2014 from Google Maps Street View.

Photo of 1164 Bladensburg Rd NE dated August 2014 from Google Maps Street View.

Raze Permit Applications in Trinidad

To completely tear down a building in DC, the owner must have a raze permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and/or the Historic Preservation Office (HPO). Permits are posted each week on the DCRA website. There are two recent raze permits issued by DCRA for property in Trinidad.

The first is for the single family dwelling at 1108 Holbrook Street NE, right behind the BP Station. No permits have yet been issued for rebuilding on the site.

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The second is for the property at 920 Bladensburg Road NE. This property, located adjacent to W.S. Jenks Hardware, will become a DaVita Dialysis clinic. Previous posts on the property can be found here, here, and here.

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