BACA meeting 3/7/05

The BACA (Bates Area Civic Association) meeting was held last night in the basement of Mt Sinai Baptist Church at about 7pm. The meeting was led by Mr. Jim Berry.

First speaker was Mr. Tashir Lee bringing up his project BZA Case No. 17298 regarding 1507 4th Street, NW. Mr. Lee and the architectural firm he has hired, Studio 27, would like to turn the 4 unit apartment Lee has purchased into a 6 unit condo. He needs 4 variances and is seeking approval from the community. Concern was expressed about the look of the design which is more modern and urban than the neighboring Victorian buildings. Also there were questions about parking as the building has 2 on street allowances and with the 3rd level Lee would like to add, would need to be excused from having to create a 3rd parking spot.

Second speakers were Mr. Tommy Wells, the District 3 Representative of the DC Board of education and Ms. Kathleen Patterson, Councilmember and Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation. They spoke about the conditions of the DC school buildings, maintenance vs capital improvements and the budget. Apparently there needs to be greater political will on the part of the community to improve the interiors of the school buildings.

Councilmember Orange popped by quickly to make a few announcements and left.

Mr. Wendell Butler representing the Community Academy Public Charter School, which is going into the Armstrong building at 1st and P, threw out many national statistics about schools before speaking about the Armstrong school building they bought in 2004. It has taken them 4 months to clean out the debris and junk left by the homeless and criminal element and now the building is secure. If they are lucky the building might open for school September 2006 or 2007. There is a waiting list (if I heard right).
Meeting continued past 9:15 when I left to get a late dinner.

BZA Application No. 17298 — re. 1507 4th Street, NW

via Jim Berry

Dear Residents of SMD 5C01,

I recently received notice of an application that has been filed before the Board of Zoning Adjustment concerning the above address. Specifically, the applicant wants the following:

“a variance from the lot occupancy requirements under section 403, a variance from the side yard requirements under section 405, a variance from the minimum lot area requirements under section 40l.1, a variance from the off-street parking requirements under sub-section 2101.1, to allow the conversion of an exiting apartment house from four (4) to six (6) units in the R-4 District at premises 1507 4th Street, NW (Square 521, Lot 835).”

In short, the applicant wants to convert this building into six condominium units, but requires a fair amount of consideration from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in order to do this. Like ANC 5C, residents who live within 200 feet of the site are required to receive notice in the mail about this application and are invited to make comments about the proposal, i.e., in support of or in opposition to. I plan to invite the applicant to the next meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc. (3/7/2005) to present his plans for this proposed development and the information that I receive their will likely best inform the recommendation I make to my colleagues on ANC 5C when the applicant is invited to appear before that body (most likely, on March 15, 2005). The actual BZA hearing of this application will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, in Suite 220, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, between 1:00 p.m. and 6 :00 p.m.

In the meantime, I invite you to share any preliminary thoughts that you might have concerning the proposal for this location — whether it be comments, criticisms, questions or praise. Please know that I am particularly interested in hearing from those of you who live in closest proximity to the site.


Jim Berry

North Capitol Collaborative

via Jim Berry


I am advised that the Board of Directors of the North Capitol Collaborative will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2005, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at McKinley High School, 151 T Street, NE.

As you may know the Collaborative is principally responsible for working with abused and neglected children in our community, as well as their families.

The purpose of the town hall meeting is to give a progress report to the community on the work of the collaborative and the public is invited to come out in order to let their voices be heard about the group’s work. For more information concerning this meeting, you may contact Ms. LaShawn Gantt @ 202-299-9802.


Jim Berry


Tree Pruning Workshop

Pruning Workshop for All Feb 26th!

Tree Pruning Workshop

Saturday, February 26th, 10 A.M.

Seaton Elementary School

(10th and P Streets, NW)

D.C. Greenworks will be leading a FREE training workshop for all of our

TreeKeepers in the Shaw community as well as other residents interested

in becoming TreeKeepers this spring.

Come learn how to prune young trees and identify the most common

species in the neighborhood. Then you can take your new skills back to your block

and prune your own trees.

Please contact us with any questions. We hope to see you there!

RSVP by phone at 518-6195 or email at

(Rain date: Sunday, Feb. 27th, 1 P.M.)

Bethie Miller

Community Outreach Organizer

D.C. Greenworks

2451 18th Street, NW 2nd floor

Washington, D.C. 20009


202-518-5507 fax



Featured Topics for the Evening Include:

The DC Comprehensive Plan

Public Safety in the Community

John F. Cook School Library Initiative

Mini-Grant Application for Garden Resources of Washington

Monday, February 7, 2005

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association,

contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520

Closings and other annoying Inaugural things

Thursday, January 20th, DC government will be closed, as will the federal government.

Schools- Closed

Libraries- Closed

Sunday traffic regulations will be in effect and there will be street closings around the Convention Center. Also roads south of Shaw and some roads in Virginia will experience restrictions.

Trash collections will be picked up except on blocks that are closed off. BUT regular trash collection is off one day because of the Monday holiday.

BACA meeting correction


In a previous email sent to you concerning the postponement of this

month’s meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, the rescheduled date was

incorrectly listed as Monday, 1/8/2005. However, the meeting will be

held on Monday, January 10, 2005, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00

p.m., at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Please take due notice of this correction and govern yourselves



Jim Berry


No BACA meeting tonight

from a e-mail from Jim


Due to a last minute glitch in the availability of space at Mount Sinai

Baptist Church, the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc. is postponing

tonight’s meeting until Monday, January 8, 2005. Please note that this

departure from our first Monday of the month meeting schedule is for


2005 only. That is, we will return to this schedule on Monday,

February 7,


Please accept my apology for any disruption that this change may cause


your schedule this evening.


Jim Berry

Follow-up Public Notice of 12212004 Meeting of ANC 5C

From our great leader Jim.


Below please find a follow-up notice concerning the next meeting of ANC


Please share its contents with other neighbors and encourage them to



Jim Berry






TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966


Monthly Meeting Invited guests include representatives from the following


Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

re. Their desire to locates a two-story substation on Harry Thomas Way,


Office of the People’s Counsel

Metropolitan Police Department

Where: St. Martin’s Catholic Church

North Capitol & T Streets, NW

When: Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.