1167 Morse Street Next on the Block for Condo Conversion

A developer is seeking special variance to convert the single family home at 1167 Morse Street NE into an apartment home with three units. The structure proposed would rise to 34 feet, just under the 35 feet allowed, but with the penthouse roof shown in plans the building would be nearly 40 feet in height. The building will also be extended back significantly but the plans do not indicate how many feet beyond the neighboring single family homes this will extend.

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 7.47.16 AMWhile the regulations are that the dormers, which are architecturally significant to the existing building, be retained the developer is seeking special variance to remove those from the roof line. This would be a break in the uniformity of buildings on the block. The developer also cites that the third story addition will not have an impact on light, air, or privacy of neighboring homes.

The application also notes that the developer would extend the chimney at the neighboring house at 1165 Morse Street. One parking space will be provided for the three units.

Trinidad residents can access all plans and documents submitted for this project on the Board of Zoning Adjustment website. The case number 19326 has been assigned to this project and will be needed to search for information or to include in any letters written to the BZA concerning this project. Details on how to submit written or oral testimony about a project can also be found on the BZA website.

To request variance the developer should appear before the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D06 to seek input and explain the project to neighbors. They also need to appear before the full ANC 5D to present the project. Neighbors have opportunity to weigh in at these meetings, may submit written testimony about the project, and/or can attend the hearing at the BZA once a date has been set for the case to be reviewed.

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It’s Almost Here!

 

There will be a second Saturday of the month neighborhood wide community clean-up this coming Saturday, June 11th.

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you can’t make the whole time, that’s fine. Every little bit helps and you can check in the meeting point at any time during the two hours to collect trash bags.

Meeting point: Joe Cole Rec Center (Neal Street side)

Trash bags will be provided; consider bringing your own garden gloves. Dress for the weather but hopefully we will have a break from rains!

Please use the sign up registration on the Sign Up Genius page or check the Facebook page. That helps us plan for the event and a pizza party afterwards. It also sends email reminders prior to the event.

See you on Saturday!

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Trinidad Crafting Salon with Demos

What is paper marbling? How do you make books? Join the third Trinidad Crafting Salon on Monday, June 13th at 7:00 pm to explore these crafts, work on portable projects you have started, or converse with creative neighbors. Two of our community members will be holding demonstrations of paper marbling and book making at this event so you can observe and/or try at hand at the process.

paper marbling 2Trinidad Crafting Salon at the Logan Fringe Arts Space (1358 Florida Avenue NE) is an open creative space whether you are interested in paper crafts including card making, stamping or scrapbooking; fiber arts like knitting, crocheting, or sewing; painting; drawing; making collages; photography or film-making; woodworking; writing; or any other craft. Join a group of like-minded creative neighbors at series of Craft Salons to nurture your creative side.

All are welcome and the events are free and open to the public. There book making 2are beverages available for purchase at the Fringe bar. Please share and invite your neighbors and anyone else interested in a creative space for an informal gathering to exchange ideas. See the Capital Fringe website for additional
details or the Facebook events page.

This is the third event in this series and the last scheduled one before Capital Fringe undertakes the month long theater festival.

 

 

 

 

Temporary Jobs During Fringe Festival

Capital Fringe at 1358 Florida Avenue NE will be hiring short-term staff for their theater festival, which will run from July 7 – 31. Open jobs include bartenders, bar-backs, security, and build/load-in crews. Please see their website for additional details including job descriptions and application instructions.

 

Zoning Case Updates

Do you remember the ongoing development projects on Holbrook Terrace NE? There were hearing at the Board of Zoning Adjustment on May 17th. Summaries of discussions are below for those that have been following the projects.

The first is BZA Case Number 19168 at 1258 Holbrook Terrace NE for conversion to an eight-unit apartment building. The hearing has been postponed to July 12th. The Board noted that this applicant has requested extensions on 3 previous occasions as they needed more time to work through issues with neighbors and ANC. For this case hearing the applicant waited until after earlier vote on the same day to submit paperwork for extension and did not show at hearing. They noted that this will be last extension and the case will be dismissed if they fail to appear again.

The second is BZA Case Number 19173 at 1264 Holbrook Terrace NE and covers conversion to an apartment building. There have been numerous meetings with the community about this project and several hearings before the BZA. At this hearing the two sides were given time to meet as they had not finalized agreements in the time provided at the last hearing. Once the hearing started, they moved to agreement on the project. 

Highlights of the agreement, many of which focused on construction management, include:

 

  1. Request to have housing accommodation for adjoining neighbor (up to 30 days at $100 per day).
  2. Install barriers to contain/prevent dust/debris from contaminating neighboring properties.
  3. Liability of damages to be spelled out with neighboring properties. This includes a walk through to assess current and unintended damages.
  4. The immediate neighbors’ roof will be replaced by the developer.
  5. There were some set back concessions for an adjoining neighbor and no windows will be placed along the adjoining property.
  6. The Inclusionary Zoning lower-income housing units were lost with the changes to the project, which has a smaller footprint than the one originally proposed that included 3 IZ units.

The Holbrook Terrace Alliance representative noted that special exception the developer is seeking is better for community than the by-right option that they could build. They had hired an attorney to work with the developer on the final negotiations and withdrew their party status to protest the project with concessions made by the developer.

DDOT had no objection and no one else attended the hearing in support or opposition of the project. There was some discussion on the status of the ANC and whether or not the Board could issue a final ruling without and official letter from the full 5D ANC. The Board decided to proceed with a vote for a summary order given the time to hear the case and lengths the developer has taken to work with the community to modify plans. The motion passed 4-0-1 (one member was not present).

All orders and documents on the cases can be found the BZA website.

 

 

Hundred And One Pieces :: Fringe Art in Trinidad

From the Miss Pixie’s website there is news of a new art exhibit with original art by local artists, children and others. The notice is copied below as well. Deadline for submission is June 8th.

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!
The final Miss Pixie’s at Capital Fringe event is upon us! We are in search of local artists to participate in

HUNDRED AND ONE PIECES :: FRINGE ART.

The Logan Fringe Arts Space will be filled from floor to ceiling with a collection curated by Pixie Windsor consisting of original art by children, local artists and ‘outsider artists” with the theme “Hi, How are you?” – Importance of real time human connection.

All work is available for sale with 20% of the proceeds going directly to Capital Fringe.

No size requirements but all pieces must be framed and ready to hang on drywall – so be mindful of weight. Any medium is welcome as long as it is hangable. Feel free to submit as many pieces as you’d like! Preference to artwork that has not been previously shown.

Email images of art to PIXIE@MISSPIXIES.COM by June 8th.
DO NOT BRING PIECES IN! JUST SUBMIT HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS VIA EMAIL.

Submit ASAP to have work considered for social media, advertising and web purposes! Must be revived before June 1st.

Juried decision will be made by 5pm June 10th.

If chosen you will receive an email including installation details.

Please join us for the opening night at Logan Fringe Arts Space – Friday July 7th 6:00pm-8:00pm!! This evening will also kick off the start to this summer’s Capital Fringe Festival! Not to be missed!

Please feel free to email with any questions!
PIXIE@MISSPIXIES.COM

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!

 

A Successful but Rainy Garden Tour!

“Out of gardens grow fleeting flowers but lasting friendships.”
– Beverly Rose Hopper

The Trinidad Garden Tour was a wonderful day spent in the company of neighbors from here in Trinidad and from Carver-Langston, Atlas District and Brookland. Despite the rain and chilly weather about 35 people joined the tour today. We saw lovely flowers, garden beds, worm composting systems, bee hives, garden oasis with movie screen set ups, a library, some home renovations, and much more to spark conversation and new ideas for how to continue to transform our yards and build our community. This is the 7th or 8th garden tour and we are blessed to live in a vibrant community where long time and new residents can come together and celebrate our neighborhood and each other. 

A special thank you to Laura Casperson for taking on much of the work to organize the day. Thank you to our many gracious and generous hosts including Tony, Chris, Elise, Julie, Liz, Aaron, Tiffany, Niraj, Cultivate the City and W.S. Jenks, Andy, Greg, Timothy, Rodolfo, and Rosetta. 

A few photos from the garden tour are below. Anyone that wishes to share photos can either post them to the Trinidad Neighborhood Association Facebook page or send them to trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com. We will do another blog post with photos later in the week if we receive them to share.

Thank you again everyone and we hope that community networks and connections made or strengthened during the garden tour will continue to grow! See you again next year on the tour.

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Cultivate the City garden.

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We had a lot of umbrellas in some garden oasis.

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Raised garden beds

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Worm composting

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Home brewed beer

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Bee keeping

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Cultivate the City back yard gardening

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Enjoy the Little Things. Backyard Staples St.

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A Little Free Library

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Cultivate the City wall gardening system

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Cultivate the City on W.S. Jenks rooftop.

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Rain Boots and Umbrellas!

The garden tour is still happening despite the drizzly rain. Wear rain boots or water resistant shoes, grab your coat and umbrella, and join us at the corner of Morse and Montello. We will gather to socialize from noon to 1 pm. The tour starts at 1 pm.

Garden Tour Update!

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association Garden Tour is this Sunday, May 22nd. It is looking like it will be a nice day on Sunday but there will be plenty of rain on Saturday before we meet to socialize and walk around our neighborhood to enjoy local gardens.

We will meet between noon and 1 pm at Tony’s Secret Garden at the corner of Morse and Montello. Join us for refreshments and time to meet new neighbors or catch up with old friends. We will start walking at 1 pm and have 7 or 8 stops at gardens in the neighborhood as well as a visit to the rooftop at W.S. Jenks to see the Cultivate the City space and plants there. We will end the walk at 1708 Montello Ave NE, chez Rosetta.

We have a route map at this link so you can join the tour at any time. We will be a fairly large group and hopefully easy to find. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

 

 

 

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