Category Archives: Meetings

Technology Access and Change in Tuesday’s TNA Meeting

TNA will be joining with Connect.DC next Tuesday, September 27th for a conversation on technology needs and programs for Ward 5 residents. We will still be meeting at the Trinidad Recreation Center but the meeting will start at 6:30 pm (instead of the usual 7:00 pm start time).

We look forward to seeing you there and learning more about the Connected Communities Initiative and how we can increase internet access for residents, businesses and community institutions in our neighborhood.

There is an Event Brite link where you can register (Yes, we know that assumes internet access when we are going to a meeting on increasing access where it is limited. If you cannot access the link, please show up anyway!).



TNA Meeting July 25th

There will be two interesting and pertinent discussions at the Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, July 26th. The first will be with Dr. Roberta (Bobbi) Cordano from Gallaudet University on GU/Trinidad neighborhood relations. The second presentation will be on energy efficiency by the Washington, D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel.

The meeting will be at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress St NE) starting at 7:00 pm.

Please share with friends and neighbors and join us at the recreation center (there’s air conditioning!)



June ANC 5D Meeting

The next Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5D will be held next Tuesday, June 14th starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting will again be held in the police station at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE. Meetings have been held outside of ANC 5D boundaries for a number of years but there is an agenda item for “Meeting Location Change” on the agenda.

The full meeting agenda is posted on the ANC 5D website. There are a few other items of note for Trinidad. First, the agenda does include a presentation by the Department of Public Works. The person tasked with DPW issues in our neighborhood recently changed so this would be an opportunity to meet the DPW Director and make note of issues that need to be addressed by the new to Trinidad staff. Second, back in October 2015 there was a very positive community meeting held to discuss development of 1164 Bladensburg Road NE. There is a project being proposed to construct 75 affordable units on a long vacant lot and community input was solicited at the meeting. There was strong support for the affordable housing with suggestions for design changes and retail space provided by attendees. There have not been community discussions since that time but the ANC will be reviewing a resolution in support of the project. A third item of note is the resolution to adopt a community grants policy for the ANC. Other ANCs do make small community grants available for projects that will benefit the community and are within proscribed guidelines. Finally, the article on the large condo conversion proposed for 1167 Morse Street elicited strong reactions. That issue and other concerns can be raised by community members at the ANC meeting. This would help put neighbor concerns to the forefront as the project continues in the review process.

The ANCs represent constituent concerns and that is most effective when we, as residents, interact with our elected Commissioners. Attending the meetings is one way that can happen. To learn more about the ANCs, you can visit the general ANC website or the ANC 5D website.

TNA Meeting Tonight!

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting will be at 7 pm tonight (May 24th) at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress St NE. There will be ASL- English interpretation. The agenda items include:

  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Catholic Charities
  • Updates from MPD, TNA, Mayor’s Office and Ward 5 Councilmember’s Office

See you this evening!


Eleanor Holmes Norton at 5/24 TNA Meeting

Interested in hearing about DC budget autonomy? Wonder what is going on with the federal minimum wage? Want to learn more about Congressional oversight on our Metro system? Join us at the next Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday, May 24th at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE). The meeting starts at 7 pm and Access Interpreting will provide ASL – English interpretation.

220px-Eleanor_Holmes_NortonCongresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will join us at the meeting to address neighborhood concerns, answer constituent questions, and share information on topics above. Other items on the agenda include Catholic Charities new office/services available to residents in the area; updates and Q&A with the Metropolitan Police Department representative; updates from the Mayor’s office, Ward 5 Councilmember’s office, and Trinidad Neighborhood Association.

Not all of our neighbors are able to access the internet for the blog or other social media outlets and we cannot flyer every residence. Please share information on the meeting with friends and neighbors. All Trinidad residents are welcome at TNA meetings and we welcome your participation!

TNA Meeting Flyer May 2016


Meet and Greet with Chairman Mendelson

The District has 13 Councilmembers, one per Ward and five at large, elected to serve as the legislative body of the District government. The Council of the District of Columbia also provides oversight of the agencies, commissions, and other government bodies. Want to learn more? See the meeting notice below from Chairman Phil Mendelson’s office for an opportunity to meet the Chairman of the Council, speak up for Trinidad and Ward 5, and ask questions.


Chairman Mendelson is inviting you to Ward 5 this Saturday, March 12th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Peregrine Espresso (1309 5th St. NE-Union Market) to answer your questions about all things District! Have any concerns about District government services? An idea to improve your neighborhood? Or just want to say hi to the Chairman of the Council? Then come on by Saturday (3/12) to Peregrine Espresso to Meet up with Mendo!

Brittany Hughes

Chairman Phil Mendelson
Constituent Service Specialist
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004

Meeting Tonight re: 1264 Holbrook Terrace NE

Tonight at Trinidad Recreation Center there is a meeting about the development at 1264 Holbrook Terrace NE. Please see information below from Commissioner Shropshire.


Sending a friendly reminder about the meeting this evening with the BZA Applicant 19173 (1264 Holbrook Terrace NE) at Trinidad Rec Center at 7 pm. We are meeting with them so that they can share their proposed changes based on community feedback.

BZA Applicant 19168 will not meet with us this evening. This applicant indicated that they have interest in withdrawing their BZA application which requested special exemption for additional 4.2 feet, and they plan to renovate by right within the permissable 35 feet based on community feedback. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Keisha L Shropshire
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 5D02
Cell: 404-245-6772
Twitter: shropanc5d02

Remember that Florida Ave Multimodal Transportation Study?

Three years ago, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) started a multimodal transportation study of Florida Avenue, focusing on the stretch from North Capitol to H Street/Benning Road. study-area1-1024x614The study was to “evaluate safety, streetscape, and operational enhancements to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists while ensuring all users have safe access within and through this important corridor”. Ultimately outcomes would recommend ways to improve safety and balance transportation needs of all users (pedestrians, bikers, and vehicle drivers) of this corridor.

Community Outreach Advisors that participated in the report included, among many others, the former ANC 5D06 Commissioner, a former Trinidad resident and TNA board member, staff of Gallaudet University, and a representative of New Samaritan Baptist Church.

A website for the study was established to provide information to the public and houses reports from the initial meetings through the release of the final report. This includes meetings as far back as June 2013 with residents of Delta Towers. The final report, completed in February 2015, was released by DDOT on February 26, 2016. The report is available on the website and is in two .pdf files (Part 1 and Part 2). There are short-term recommendations that focus on the “virtual circle” where New York and Florida Avenues intersect.

The report, released a year after completion, will need to be reviewed for full context and understanding but the recommendations listed on pages 110-111 are included below:

“Some smaller scale changes to the study area can likely be implemented much sooner than changes to the roadway configuration. These include:

  • Changes to off-peak parking restrictions east of West Virginia Avenue to match the recommendation in Alternative 4 that parking only be restricted in the peak direction during each peak period.
  • Continued short-term refinement of the ongoing changes to 6th Street NE north of Florida Avenue. During the development of this report, this section of 6th Street was restriped to include a two-way cycle track on the east side of the roadway (consistent with Alternative 3) and curb extensions with flower pots at the Neal Place pedestrian crossing.
  • Possible bike lanes on West Virginia Avenue, contingent upon parking occupancy availability as determined through a parking study.
  • Pavement marking, signal timing changes, and signing modifications at the Virtual Circle.
  • Cutting back the curb at First Street NE/ Florida Avenue to allow eastbound buses to again travel through the Virtual Circle and onto Florida Avenue
  • Further dialogue with the COA will also help highlight locations for more fine-grained interventions such as collaboration with National Park Service regarding the use and maintenance of the small triangular parks under NPS ownership, and matters of access and driveways.

As some of these short-term recommendations come to fruition, DDOT will be working with design firms to develop a full design of Florida Avenue NE between 2nd Street NE and Holbrook Street. Pending funding availability, reconstruction of Florida Avenue could occur in 2021, or sooner, pending project readiness and funding availability. The District Department of Transportation expects and encourages ongoing dialogue about Florida Avenue and surrounding streets beyond this planning study. Project milestones and known next steps will continue to be shared with the Community Outreach Advisors group and regular check-ins with ANCs.”

For background on this project you can also read previous posts about public meetings on the TNA blog (links are: June 5, 2013October 7, 2013March 27, 2014).

We hope that you can take time to review the document and continue discussions on how to make our streets and sidewalks safe for all Trinidad residents. We will also be reading through the document in the coming days but did want to share that is was finally made available to the public for our review.

REMINDER: TNA Meeting Tonight

The February TNA meeting will be held at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress St NE) starting at 7 pm this evening. Join us for discussions on third party ambulance service in DC, BEST Kids Mentoring, DOES job training and apprentice programs, and more.


Budget Engagement Forums

Sharing for those interested in participating and voicing priorities for budget allocations.


February 18, 2015

LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011,

Mayor Bowser Announces Budget Engagement Forums
Input Used to Shape Administration Priorities and Investment Decisions

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser announced that she will host three Budget Engagement Forums throughout the District in February. The forums will be open to the press and the public. The purpose of the forums is to solicit public input, and then use that input to shape Bowser Administration priorities and investments.

“Starting next week, residents have another opportunity to have a seat at the table,” said Mayor Bowser. “At each forum, residents will have the opportunity to help my team make some tough choices. I will draw on the input from these forums to shape my priorities for the coming year, and determine where to invest our resources in the next fiscal year budget.”

This is the second year the Mayor will host the Budget Engagement Forums. Last year, based on input Mayor Bowser received at the forums (and through other kinds of resident engagement), she made historic investments in affordable housing and strategies to end homelessness.

The Budget Engagement Forums are scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at Roosevelt Senior High School, Saturday, February 27 at the Department of Employment Services, and Monday, February 29 at King Greenleaf Recreation Center.

At the forums, Mayor Bowser, City Administrator Rashad Young and Budget Director Matt Brown will present an overview of the current budget environment. Following the presentation, Administration Officials will facilitate small group discussion on specific budget priority topics.
WHEN: Thursday, February 25
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Senior High School
4301 13th Street, NW
*Near Georgia Ave – Petworth Metro Station*

WHEN: Saturday, February 27
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
*Near Minnesota Avenue Metro Station*
WHEN: Monday, February 29
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N Street, SW
*Near Waterfront and Navy Yard Metro Stations*

Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to


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