Join Us for a Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, April 15, 10am - 12pm!
My April 2023 office hours won't just be me sitting at a table! I'll be joining Eckington Parks & Arts and Eckington Civic Association for their April 15 neighborhood cleanup. Meet at Yang's, 138 U St NE, at 10am. See the flyer below for details!
March 28 Meeting Update
Trash cans! Brewery summer garden! Edgewood grocery store! Transportation safety improvements!
ANC 5F met on March 28, 2023, here are some of the action items that we covered!
TRASH CANS: I live just off 4th Street, and in March the last trash can was removed. It used to be a trash can on every corner! At three locations near me residents have put out their own trash can just so there's something preventing garbage from being thrown on the ground.
Councilmembers Lewis George and Parker have been pushing DPW to provide answers on their trash can removal policies, including proposed legislation to involve ANC input before they are removed. I'm pleased to learn that changes are now happening!
We heard from Ms. Rogers of DPW, who explained that trash can removal has been occurring due to conflicting 311 requests. Their new policy will be to get ANC input before adding or removing trash cans, after 311 submission. She noted that there's a 270 day backlog on additions. Ms. Rogers noted her list for trash can additions includes several spots in ANC5F06, including 4th & V (two corners), RI & V, 5th & RI, and 4th & W. ANCs will be notified of requests and for their input to be provided. I promised to support ANC support for trash can additions.
ALCOHOL LICENSES: We had presentations by two applicants. Lost Generation Brewing Company and Eckington Hall are both proposing outdoor service on their patios. Lost Generation is also seeking a modification to allow them to serve wine (in addition to beer).
ANC 5F will seek agreements with both establishments on hours, trash, and noise. If you have thoughts, please reach out to me! In the meantime, 5F voted to support Lost Generation's application to ABRA to open its summer garden patio until action on the full application occurs. I want to especially thank Commissioner Anderson for her help on these matters within 5F06. She served on our predecessor commission's Alcohol Licensing committee so I greatly value that experience in moving these matters forward!
EDGEWOOD GROCERY STORE: We heard from Pritzker Realty Group, which is proposing a zoning map amendment at its Monroe Street Market project in Edgewood. They propose shifting 99 parking spaces at 701 Monroe St NE from residential to a grocery store. They aren't revealing the name of the potential grocery store tenant yet while they're negotiating. But the use of the parking spaces is needed for that.
Many of the residents are college students at nearby Catholic University, so Pritzker estimates that few of those currently parking there will be affected by the time construction occurs. Commissioner Williams asked several questions about how many spaces are used and what options there are for residents. ANC 5F voted unanimously to support the amendment request.
Needless to say a grocery store west of the railroad tracks is an important priority for me! And I'm grateful to Commissioners Hurst and Sahni for their work on this project and working with the developer on these goals!
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS! I voted for several resolutions from Commissioner Galvan supporting traffic calming and safety improvements especially near schools. He and I co-sponsored a resolution supporting more bollards near the MBT to prevent auto entry.
We selected Commissioner Sahni to chair our Transportation and Public Space Committee. If you're in Eckington or Edgewood, and if you'd like to help out with that committee, or any of our other committees, please send in your information here! https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=8Unkj5SLt0-ZBm-Tnagtc3qWL9ZkXeZBuh3_RyAuINpUOFY4WFlTNjdGUldaREg4T1ZVU1hZTU5TUC4u
Thanks to everyone for a very productive meeting!
ANC Commissioner 5F06 Eckington
February 15, 2023 Update
On February 15, 20 officials from DDOT, DC Water, DC MPD, Councilmember Parker's office, and ANC 5F conducted a site visit on Rhode Island Avenue where the sidewalk was closed last week and Mr. Tarrants was struck by a car and killed on February 8. A temporary pedestrian sidewalk was re-established the day before, February 14.
I'm grateful that everyone was there to talk constructively about how to make sure it doesn't happen again. Commissioners Jennifer Anderson, Aru Sahni, and I were there to talk about long-term fixes and emphasize that in the meantime pedestrian access needs to remain.
While we were there, discussing DC Water's construction and pedestrian access, multiple people were using the temporary walkway. One woman even ended up walking in the median due to inadequate signage (Councilmember Parker's chief of staff rushed over to help her get to the sidewalk.)
It's 0.28 miles from the last crosswalk to the west and the next crosswalk to the east. In between are the Alamo theatre, Metrobar, numerous apartment buildings (and more coming), several bus stops, and RI Avenue metro station. We need another crosswalk on that stretch.
Thank you to everyone who spotted this issue last week, especially Friends of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. As I told the group, I'm grateful for the mitigation yesterday and the commitment to improve safety on this stretch of Rhode Island Ave. We can't go back in time but we can fix it going forward. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Tarrants and his loved ones.
ANC 5F Meeting: January 17, 2023
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5F, covering Eckington & Edgewood, #ANC5F will have a meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm to 8pm at the Edgewood Recreation Center, 300 Evarts Street NE. You can also attend virtually.
More details: http://anc5f.com/meetings
Agenda link: https://qr.link/QFLrjS
This is where we will:
Approve a bank account
Adopt a budget
Adopt a meeting calendar
Other actions as approved by the Commission
Please reach out to me or your commissioner if you have ideas or opinions on:
All ANC meetings are open to the public.
See you there!
MBT Access Update
Proposed 5F Bylaws & Rules
January 6, 2023
ANC 5F Planning Session
ANC 5F commissioners will have an administrative planning session, Sat., Jan. 7, 11am to 1pm, at Edgewood Recreation Center, 300 Evarts Street NE. The session will prepare logistics for our first meeting and no official actions will be taken. It is open to the public.
January 2, 2023
On January 2, I was sworn in and took office as ANC Commissioner for ANC 5F06!