Housing and Home Ownership

Tax Assessments Public Meeting: Sposored by Councilmember Phil Mendelson’s Office

Community Meeting on Property Tax Assessments, sponsored by At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson’s office.

Date: Thursday March 25, 2004

Time: 7:00 PM

RE: Tax Assessments & understanding the Appeals Process

Location: Watha T. Daniel Library, 1701 8th St. NW @ RI Avenue, for residents of Shaw, LeDroit Park, and Eckington.

Questions, contact the Councilmember’s office at: 202.727.8274.

SHAW ECO VILLAGE NEEDS SPACE

Hello!

Shaw EcoVillage (SEV), a 501©3 non-profit, operating in the Shaw

neighborhood, is looking for space and we need your help!

Shaw EcoVillage trains youth to be catalysts for sustainable change in

Washington, DC’s urban neighborhoods. We do this through two programs,

EcoDesign Corps and Chain Reaction. EcoDesign Corps empowers youth by

engaging them in hands-on community based projects and providing them with

the design and organizing skills necessary to create sustainable economic,

environmental, and social change in DC. Chain Reaction educates youth about

the role of the bicycle in sustainable communities, equips youth with job

skills, and provides residents of Washington, DC, with safe, affordable, and

pollution-free transportation.

If you know of any space available, within the boundaries of Shaw, meeting

the following specifications, please contact Noel Petrie at 202.265.2019, or

sev.noelpetrie@verizon.net.

1. Rent: SEV cannot afford more than $2,200 a month for any new property.

Our current rent is $1460 per month.

2. Retail Space: The new location must have at least 1500 square feet of

1st floor retail and storage space.

3. Program and Education Space: A new location must have adequate space for

onsite Chain Reaction Programs and School Year EDC Programming. This means

400 square feet for Chain Reaction classroom space and 400 square feet of

EDC classroom space. Totaling 800 square feet.

4. Office Space: 600 square feet of office space is needed.

5. Outdoor Space: 400 square feet of parking / outdoor work space is needed

6. Utilities to Code: All utilities must be to code and able to handle the

demands of the retail and office equipment.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to

contribute to our efforts, please do not hesitate to call.

Thanks for your time, attention, and support!

Best,

Noel

Noel Petrie

Outreach and Development Coordinator

Shaw EcoVillage

202.265.2019

1701 6th St., NW

Washington, DC 20001

sev.noelpetrie@verizon.net

www.shawecovillage.com

Brief Notes from PSA 312 Community Coalition Meeting 3/10/2004

Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 21:09:10 -0500

Neighbors,

I attended the PSA 312 Community Coalition Meeting last night. In

brief,

Lt. Dennis gave us an overview of the “Operation Fight Back” plans that

she

is implementing in the PSA, along with DPW, DCRA, DOT and other members

of

the Ward Five Neighborhood Services Programs Core Team.

A lot of attention was focussed on the persistent problem of “open air”

drug

activity along Q Street, N.W. and I reiterated my request for the more

frequent use of the Drug Free Zone strategy to assist in the MPD’s

ongoing

efforts to abate this problem.

The need to supplement the efforts of the Office of Property Management

to

keep the building that formerly housed the Armstrong Adult Education

Center

secure and free from the destruction of vandals, is also a goal that I

asked

Lt. Dennis to give some special priority to.

With respect to the ever-increasing sound of gun shots in the

neighborhood,

Lt. Dennis advises that we contact the police every tme we think that

we

hear gun shots so that the volume of calls that we place, can bump our

concerns up to a higher priority for the police who cover our area. I

know

that the coming of the summer months will further complicate this

situation

(what with the constant sound of fire crackers, cherry bombs, and other

minor explosive devices that we begin to hear from May through August).

However, we must continue to call to make our record as well as to

justiy

our need for more police coverage for our area.

Finally, it seems that Lt. Dennis is having a measure of success in

getting

the city to come by to pick up abandoned cars; hence, please email her

when

you discover abandoned vehicles on our blocks. And, please include in

that

email as much relevant informtation about the color, make, model, year

and

current location of the abandoned vehicle as you can compile. Lt.

Dennis’

email address is ADENNIS@MPDC.ORG.

Best,

Jim Berry

ANC 5C

Neighbors,

Please help us to spread the word concerning the next two meetings of

ANC

5C.

Best,

Jim Berry

ANC 5C

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 5C

POST OFFICE BOX 77761

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20013

TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966

www.anc5c.org

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICES

Monthly Meeting

Issues to be discussed include:

North Capitol Main Streets

New York Avenue Corridor Study

MPD Public Safety Report(s)

Where: Franklin P. Nash

United Methodist Church

2001 Lincoln Road, N.E

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2004

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

__________________

Monthly Forum

Where: St. George’s Episcopal Church

2nd and U Streets, N.W.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2004

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

For today only

Neighbors,

This is to remind you that the DC Department of Health’s Mobil Unit

will be located in the parking lot of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 1st Street and

Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00

p.m., on Tuesday, March 9, 2004, to test DC residents for possible excessive

levels of lead in their blood. The populations that will be primarily

focussed upon during this effort are (1) expectant mothers and (2) children

under six years of age. However, I am told that no one who presents themselves

for testing will be turned away.

A second opportunity to get your blood tested for lead will take place

this coming Friday, March 12, 2004, also between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and

4:00 p.m., at the Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Road, N.E.

Again, expectant mothers and small children are being targeted for this

effort; and, no one is suppose to be turned away who presents himself/herself

for testing.

If you have the slightest concern about your level of exposure to lead,

I hope you will find the time to get your blood tested during one of the

abovementioned time periods.

Best,

Jim Berry

ANC 5C

Neighbors,

I received a call from Ward Five Council Member VIncent Orange’s office

today, informing me that Council Member Jim Graham is going to hold a

public

hearing regarding the “Disposition of Square 553, Lot 844, also know as

the

Armstrong Adult Educaton Center, Approval Resolution of 2003.” As it

was

explained to me, the purpose of the hearing is to receive guidance as

to

whether Armstrong should be declared a surplus property in the

District’s

inventory. If it is declared a surplus property, then the District of

Columbia Government would be free to sell it, presumably, to the

highest

bidder or to dispose of it in some other way.

I am told that the hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2004,

in

Room 123 of the John WIlson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,

commencing at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to sign up to testify at the

hearing or would like to submit a written statement concerning your

point of

view on the matter, the contact person for making those arrangements is

Steven Hernández, Legislative Counsel Sub-Committee on Human Rights,

Asian-PI and Latino Affairs, and Property Management; Office of Ward

One

Councilmember Jim Graham, 202-724-8107.

Although the specific issue before the Sub-Committee concerns the

determination as to whether the city should give Armstrong a surplus

designation, I am certain that Mr. Graham would also be interested in

hearing the many different opinions that neighborhood residents have

with

respect to its next use, i.e., from luxury condos to charter school to

community center.

Best,

Jim Berry

ANC 5C

MONTHLY Meeting Notice

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Invited Guests Include Representatives from the Following:

Third District, Metropolitan Police Department

Department of PublicWorks

North Capitol Healthy Families Collaborative

Monday, March 1, 2004

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

J. Berry at (202) 387-8520

Important Follow-up Session to Citizen Summit III

Neighbors,

Please be reminded that a follow-up session to Citizen Summit II will

be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at Trinity College, 125

Michigan Avenue, N.E., O’Connor Auditorium. This sessions is for residents of

Ward Five. Mayor Anthony Williams is scheduled to be present to tell us

what he learned at Citizen Summit III, as well as to respond to any questions

that residents might have with respect to neighborhood priorities. The

doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the session is planned to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

State of the District

Today 7pm Lincoln Theatre, near Ben’s Chili Bowl

Mayor Anthony A. Williams will present the 2004 State of the District Address on Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, NW. Admission is free, and no tickets or reservations

are required. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

The theater is across the street from the Green Line METRO’s U Street/Cardozo/African American Civil War Memorial station’s 13th and U Streets entrance.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Outreach at 202-442-8150.

If you experience a power outage in the morning.

Neighbors,

Please find below a message from Pepco’s Ted Trabue re. possible power

outages.

Jim Berry

ANC 5C

“As you know the District of Columbia is expecting inclement weather tomorrow morning. In the event that the weather causes power outages please call our outage line 1(877) 737-2662. This is an automated line that can accept up to 100,000 calls per hour. Customer Service Representatives

can also be reached by calling this number. ”

Best Regards,

Ted Trabue, Pepco