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ABRA Hearing: Moratorium for Queens Chapel/Bladensburg Road Corridor

This information was sent to TNA by the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) and may be of interest to Trinidad residents.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will conduct a hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to receive public comment on a proposal from the public to institute a new moratorium on certain liquor licenses along the Queens Chapel Road, NE and Bladensburg Road, NE corridor. Petitions were submitted by the following groups and can be reviewed on ABRA’s website:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C
Langdon Park Community Association
The Greater Woodridge-Gateway Leaders’ Group
Residents of Woodridge, Langdon Park, and Gateway Communities
Members of the public that want to comment on the petitions at the hearing should contact ABRA General Counsel Martha Jenkins by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016. Provide the full name, title and organization, if applicable, of the person(s) testifying.


Call (202) 442-4456
Those providing input should bring six copies of their testimony to the hearing. Testimony may be limited to five minutes in order to allow every person an opportunity to be heard.

Members of the public that are unable to testify in person can submit written statements to the Board until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. Written statements must include the full name, title, organization, if applicable, and signature(s) of the person(s) submitting comment. Written comment may be submitted by:


Mail: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009
The hearing will be held at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Hearing Room:

2000 14th St., NW
Suite 400 South, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009


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

5D07 ANC Commissioner Clarence Lee at (202) 550-2066 or”

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.

Synthetic Drug Crackdown Hits Bladensburg Road, Starburst Plaza

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The Bladensburg Market Dollar Plus at 1109 Bladensburg Road NE (on the Carver-Langston side of the street) is the first store to be temporarily shut down under DC’s new synthetic drug law. MPD also arrested two people charged with selling the synthetic drugs just down the road at the Starburst Plaza.

Earlier this month Mayor Bowser signed emergency legislation to prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs, marketed under names such as Scooby Snax and Bizzaro, and giving MPD power to shutter any offending business for four days and impose a $10,000 fine. Subsequent offenses may lead to loss of the establishment’s business license. Use of the drug leads to overdose and violent behavior, according to District officials.

Fox 5 reports: DC shuts down store for synthetic drugs; arrests made nearby

Anacostica Watershed Society’s June Watershed Wednesday Happy Hour at Bardo

Celebrate the Bald Eagles nesting at the Arboretum with the Anacostia Watershed Society!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Bardo Brewpub, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE Washington, DC 20002

Description: What’s it like to be a bird living in the Anacostia Watershed? Why is it such a big deal that Bald Eagles are nesting at the National Arboretum for the first time in 47 years? Do you have an interest in birding but don’t know where to start?

Come get some answers over a cold brew at AWS’s June Watershed Wednesday Happy Hour!  Discover and/or cultivate your love for birds and learn just how important these graceful creatures are to the watershed. Keep an eye on the sky, an eagle just might fly by!

For more information and to RSVP click here.

What’s the Future of Bladensburg Road?

Bladensburg Road Re-imagined!

bburg rd

Trinidad residents got a glimpse at what Bladensburg Road may look in the future. H Street Main Street is turning the corner to create a coordinated development strategy for the eastern edge of our neighborhood: Bladensburg Road from the Starburst Intersection to Mt. Olivet Road. Derrick Woody, a consultant with HSMS, gave a Bladensburg Road Re-Imagined presentation at the May TNA community meeting. You can view the presentation here BLADENSBURG ROAD PRESENTATION 

This is just a first step in the long-term planning process. Community input is essential throughout the process. Please direct any comments on the presentation or questions regarding the development strategy to Derrick at

In the meantime, expect to see more activity at the Starburst Plaza (where H St, Florida Ave, Benning Road and Bladensburg Road intersect). HSMS is planning for a farmers’ market, concerts and other activities this summer.

TNA’s May Community Meeting

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Tuesday May 26th at 7pm

Trinidad Recreation Center

1310 Childress St NE

On Agenda:

  • Draft Bladensburg Rd. Development Plan

  • DC Street Car Update

  • Metropolitan Police Department Update

ASL/English Interpreting provided by Access Interpreting.

ASL/English Interpreting provided by Access Interpreting.

TNA monthly community meeting: Tuesday, September 24

Please join us on September 24 at Trinidad Rec Center!

This month a representative from Sustainable DC will share details about the new, 20-year plan to make the District the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation.
Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street, will update us on the organization’s expansion into Ward 5 to include Bladensburg and Benning Roads.
KIPP DC will discuss their plans for the Hamilton School.

As always, we’d love for you to share your community announcements!

TNA September 2013 meeting notice

Great Streets Grant Info Session for Bladensburg Road: Wednesday, July 31

Click on the image to see full size

Click on the image to see full size

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development invites you to learn more about the newly launched Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant for funding of up to $85,000. Learn about the program and the application process at one of the upcoming information sessions from 6:30PM-8PM.

MPD-5D Police Station
1805 Bladensburg Road NE

Kennedy Recreation Center
1401 7th St NW

Additional information can be found here [PDF].

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