Category Archives: Public Hearings

The Transformation of West Virginia Ave?

wva public worksOn June 4th, the Office of Planning held an open house introducing the public to the West Virginia Avenue Public Works Campus Master Plan project. The District’s vehicle maintenance, re-fueling and parking facilities along West Virginia Ave between Mt. Olivet Road and New York Avenue is set to be transformed “into a model of sustainable public works operations and a catalyst for community development.” Over the next 6 months there will be various opportunities for the public to contribute to the process, including open office hours, focus group visioning sessions and another open house in the fall.

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Controversial Florida Ave Development Project before BZA Tomorrow!

Pierce Investments, LLC (1124 Florida Ave NE) to Appear Before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday, June 9th

Pierce Investments, LLC (1124 Florida Ave NE) to Appear Before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:30 am in Suite 220 South of 441 4th Street NW. There have been at least two ANC Single Member District Meetings regarding this development. Those have been contentious and not addressed all issues/questions raised by community members. Pierce Investments, LLC is scheduled to appear before the full ANC on June 9th at 7:00 pm, after their BZA hearing.

The BZA Calendar lists the hearing as one of nine scheduled. Hearing notes on the calendar are:

Case Number : 18987
Case Name : Application of Pierce Investments, LLC
Case Summary : (Area Variance) Request pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3103.2, for variances from the height requirements under § 770, the floor area ratio requirements under § 771, the rear yard requirements under § 774, and the residential loading requirements under § 2201, to allow the construction of a five-story multi-family building containing 52 units in the C-2-A District at premises 1124 Florida Avenue N.E. (Square 4070, Lot 808).
ANC : 5D
Result :

Pierce Investments has submitted a Pre-hearing letter with additional information and design changes. While they have reduced the number of dwelling units from 52 to 44, they maintain need for a variance in height requirements and rear yard set back. Please refer to the attached Prehearing Statement.

To date, only one letter of opposition has been submitted and the BZA hearing is being held prior to the ANC vote. Anyone that wants to weigh in on the decision should attend the hearing tomorrow or submit a letter to the BZA. Detailed instructions for submission of testimony can be located at:

Bodega Market Seeks to Add Spirits to Beer/Wine Sales

Bodega Market

The Bodega Market has applied to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a substantial change to its license, from a Class B to a Class A. That means it would expand to sell spirits as well as the beer and wine already offered in the store. The Bodega has reportedly purchased the liquor license from Brothers Liquor, which earlier this year closed their store located next to the Bodega.

Expect the owners to come before the ANC to ask for community support. The ANC can vote to support or protest the application. ABRA also enables residents to protest a liquor license application: How To File a Protest.



Posting Date:                    May 15, 2015

Petition Date:                    June 29, 2015

Hearing Date:                    July 13, 2015

License No.:                      ABRA-094621

Licensee:                           Bodega Market, LLC

Trade Name:                     Bodega Market

License Class:                  Retailer’s B

Address:                            1136 Florida Avenue, N.E.

Contact Information:        Yared Demissie: 202-494-6237

WARD 5                     ANC 5D                    SMD 5D06

Notice is hereby given that this licensee who has applied for a substantial change to his license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such on the hearing date at 10:00 am, 2000 14th Street, N.W., 400 South, Washington, DC 20009. A petition or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the petition date.


Class Change from a Retailer B to a Retailer A.


Sunday through Saturday 7am-12am

ALERT: WMATA proposal to eliminate D3 bus – your testimony needed!

Recent news coverage has failed to point out that WMATA is proposing elimination of the D3 bus line as a part of its latest restructuring, and little time remains to voice your concerns about this proposal. The D3 currently provides a direct connection from Ivy City, through Trinidad, to downtown, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown. It provides a convenient way to access Metrorail’s Green and Yellow lines, by disembarking at 7th and E Streets NW.

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Metro’s rationale for eliminating the D3 is “duplication with other routes” and “low productivity.” We haven’t found anything quantifying “productivity” on WMATA’s website, so we don’t quite know how it is defined. Perhaps one thing causing “low productivity” would be a low farebox recovery rate on the line. A number of riders in the neighborhood have noted that the fareboxes on the buses are not frequently working – it means a free ride, but that clearly hurts the system financially in the long run. Additionally, we’d guess those free rides aren’t counted in the overall ridership totals for the line.

Other bus routes certainly run through Trinidad, but nothing provides a direct connection from our neighborhood to the other side of the central business district in the morning. WMATA does not clearly state whether they will increase bus frequency on the other lines that run on Montello and Trinidad Avenues (D4 and D8) to make up for the lost capacity.

Speaking of the D4, it will be changing as well.

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The D4 route, which currently runs between Ivy City and Franklin Square, will more than double in length when it’s extended north from Ivy City to the Fort Totten Metro Station. It will be taking over the easternmost part of the E2, E3, and E4 lines, which currently run from from Friendship Heights through Fort Totten to Ivy City.

Longer routes can lead to more opportunities for buses to fall off schedule, as well as “bunching,” which is when many buses on one route arrive at a stop at once. This can lead to very long waits between buses instead of the expected even spacing.

Metro originally announced a hearing for the changes happening in Northeast DC for October 30, but the impact of Hurricane Sandy meant that it was rescheduled to November 26, the Monday that just passed.

A heading says “Routes seeing improvements in this bus service change proposal” on the page with the public hearing schedule, but the list does not mention the elimination of the D3. Certainly, one could argue that the elimination of a route is not an improvement, so WMATA was under no obligation to list the removal of the route on that list. We would argue the total elimination of a route is something that should be prominently noted, regardless of whether this is an “improvement” or not.

An additional problem is that we have seen no signs at the bus stops along the route alerting people to these changes. Certainly people who ride the D3 would be interested to know their bus is going away, and wouldn’t the best place to reach those people be on the bus itself?

There’s still time to let WMATA know what you think (though not much time). Written testimony can be emailed or faxed to WMATA, but you must do so by 9:00 am on Monday, December 3. From WMATA’s website:

Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Please reference the hearing number. [The hearing in NE DC was number 579, and the Docket number for all the proposed changes is B12-03.]

[From what we understand, the date for submissions was changed due to the hurricane as well, though the original press release does not indicate that.]. Please note that any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy, available at

Let WMATA know what you think about the changes to the D3, D4, or any other route that they plan to change in the new year.

Your testimony needed ASAP on Webb E.S. surplus property

Webb Elementary School

Webb Elementary, Mt. Olivet Road, Washington, DC. Photo by rllayman on Flickr.

***UPDATE: DGS has extended the dealine for testimony to Friday, June 15, at 5:00 pm. Please send your written testimony to Brian Hanlon, Acting Director of DC Department of General Services, at, cc’ing Althea O. Holford, Realty Specialist, at***

Though it appears that a good majority of the community was unaware, the Department of General Services (DGS) held another public meeting on the disposition of Webb E.S. as a surplus property.

Webb was taken off the February public meeting agenda at the last minute, and DGS conducted an analysis of the property to identify whether or not it was suitable for a District agency use. Ultimately, such a use was not identified, and DGS held another meeting on May 17 to explain why the school is being surplused, to explain what the next steps are in the disposition process, and to solicit input from the community. You can review the presentation slides from that meeting here.

TNA was not notified of the May 17 meeting – when we found out about it this week, we contacted DGS for more information. We received  the presentation slides and confirmation that the public record is open until Monday, June 11. We have requested a week extension to this deadline, and will update this post if that extension is granted.

In the meantime, please submit your written testimony, which will be added to the record of the public hearing, by 5:00 pm on Monday, June 11 to Brian Hanlon, Acting Director of DC Department of General Services, at, cc’ing Althea O. Holford, Realty Specialist, at

Your input needed on Ward 5 economic development

The upcoming roundtable on economic development projects and programs in Ward 5 is an opportunity for Trinidad to have a voice!

There are two ways to do this:

1. Testify as an individual resident of Ward 5 (see instructions below)

2. Contribute to Trinidad Neighborhood Association’s official testimony by sharing your thoughts with us. Send us your top three concerns/recommendations for economic development in the area by Friday, February 17, and we’ll incorporate everyone’s thoughts the best we can into TNA’s testimony.

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Public meeting on proposed surplus of Webb E.S. property: February 27

Department of General Services



Webb Elementary School

Webb Elementary, Mt. Olivet Road, Washington, DC. Photo by rllayman on Flickr.

The District will conduct a public hearing to receive public comments on the proposed surplus of the following District properties. The date, time and location shall be as follows:

Parcel No: 01410047 at 1375 Mount Olivet Road, (“Webb School Building”)
Parcel No: 01600045 at 820 26th Street NE, (“Young School Building”)
Monday, February 27, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Althea O. Holford, Real Estate Specialist
Department of General Services
202.478.2428 or

February 2012 events in Trinidad

Thursday, February 2nd  


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Community Room, 5th District Police Station, 1805 Bladensburg Rd. NE

Agenda: Presentations by medical marijuana cultivation center applicants with proposed facilities in 5B

Made up of the residents of the neighborhoods that are directly affected by government action, the ANC is the body of government with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood. ANC 5B meets the 1st Thursday of the month

Saturday, February 4th


6:00 – 8:00 pm, 1300 block of Florida Ave. NE

Connor Contemporary Art and G Fine Art will host opening night receptions for new exhibits with the artists in attendance. If you haven’t visited Trinidad’s art galleries, this is a great opportunity.

Wednesday, February 15th  


6:00 pm, DHCD 1st Floor Conference Room, 1800 Martin Luther King Ave. SE

DC Department of Housing and Community Development is holding this public hearing in order to assure that citizens are informed about the selling of the properties (1214 Staples St. NE, 1214 Montello Ave. NE, 1612 Montello Ave. NE, 1663 Montello Ave. NE & 1259 Holbrook Ter. NE) to Horizon Hill Ventures LLC, and to ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to present publicly their views concerning such sale. More information at

Thursday, February 16th


7:00 pm, Community Room, 5th District Police Station, 1805 Bladensburg Rd. NE

Agenda: First meeting since realignment of PSAs will gauge interest for scheduling of future meetings

PSA officials work with area residents to address & resolve concerns to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods.

Tuesday, February 21st


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE

The public oversight roundtable has two purposes: to allow the District government witnesses to inform Ward 5 residents about the economic development projects and programs occurring in their neighborhoods and to provide an opportunity for Ward 5 residents to testify on economic development matters and recommend areas for improvement.  To register to testify contact Priscilla McIver, Administrative Assistant to the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196 or  by February 20th

Thursday, February 23rd


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Fifth District Station, 1805 Bladensburg Rd. NE

Will include meeting of all the 5th District PSAs
The CAC is an advisory panel in each police district that provides the District Commander with information and recommendations from the community on public safety problems and police service needs. All Fifth District residents are invited to the monthly CAC meeting.

Monday, February 27th


6:00 pm, Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE

The District will conduct a public hearing to receive public comments on the proposed surplus of the former Webb School Building (1374 Mt. Olivet Rd.) and the former Young School Building (820 26th St. NE)

Tuesday, February 28th


7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE

Agenda: Meet new board members and hear about TNA’s plans for 2012, how you can get involved and what we all can do to improve the quality of life in Trinidad.

Stay informed about the efforts of the Trinidad Neighborhood Association and happenings in the neighborhood.

Join the Trinidad-DC email list at

Public oversight roundtable on economic development in Ward 5: February 21

Council of the District of Columbia

Committee of the Whole

Notice of Public Oversight Roundtable

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

DHCD public hearing on disposition of Trinidad properties: February 15



Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the requirements of D.C. Official Code Section 42-3171.03 (a)(1), the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at DHCD 1st Floor Conference Room, 1800 Martin Luther King Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020, to consider the proposed disposition of the following properties.

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