Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday period and that the year is off to a good start for you and your family. During 2018, working together, we made progress on some issues facing our neighborhood. But much work remains to be done -- especially around crime. Just today, we had another shooting at 20th Street NE and Rhode Island Ave, NE. This is scary. But the situation is not hopeless. Instead, we should use this incident as an incentive to redouble our efforts to work with MPD, the councilmember's office, various DC agencies, and other community organizations to keep our neighborhood safe. In 2019, I hope you will join me to continue to improve our neighborhood.

As always, please reach out to me to share your thoughts on any of the topics below, as well as information you’d like to share with your neighbors in a future update.

Yours in service,

Henri M

Around the SMD

  • 1736 Rhode Island Ave, NE: Despite protest from the ANC 5B, It seems the project at 1736 Rhode Island Ave, NE is moving forward. According to the developer, the building permit should be approved in the coming weeks, and they are hoping to break ground at the beginning of March. They are estimating roughly 14-15 months of construction and completion in the Summer of 2020. The original plan had 63-units and 10 parking spaces, but they have since reduced the number of units (now only 61) and have increased the number of parking spaces (from 10 to up to 16). I’ll look to set up a third meeting with the developer so they can present new plans to the community.

  • Brentwood Triangle: Right before the holidays, DPR assigned a project manager for the beautification on Brentwood Triangle. I had a kick-off call with him and Councilmember McDuffie’s office. We’ll aim to have a community meeting in late January so that community can provide input for the project. Be on the lookout for the meeting announcement.

  • Ward 5 Short-term Family Housing: The construction of the Ward 5 Short-term Family Housing is moving along. You can read the December construction update here. Also, the advisory team has worked with the City to come up with a draft good neighbor agreement. You can review the draft agreement and make suggestions at https://www.henriforanc.com/good_neighbor_agreement_feedback

Around Brookland

  • Monroe Street Bridge: While it doesn't feel like sometimes, DDOT is making progress on the reconstruction of the Monroe Street NE Bridge over the WMATA & CSX tracks. They started phase 2 of reconstruction and have shifted construction activity to the south side of the bridge. The next phase of improvements will require demolition work. Due to the bridge’s location over WMATA and CSX tracks, night work (12:00 AM - 5:00 AM) is unavoidable as they can not conduct this activity over the tracks during WMATA and CSX revenue hours. The project team promises to continue to work hard to minimize noise levels as much as possible and to complete the demolition phase as quickly as possible. For updates and more information, please visit the project website at http://www.monroestreetbridge.org.

  • Providence Hospital: Last Month DCHA confirmed that Providence Hospital’s Emergency Department will remain open to low acuity visits until April 30, 2019, and the hospital will maintain 10-15 inpatient beds to support emergency services. You can find more details about that here and here. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to keep Providence open and who took the time to testify at the hearing.

  • Christmas Tree Recycling: Between January 14 and February 2, you can put their trees and greenery out with trash and recycling. Trees placed out after February 2 will be picked up as space in trucks permits, but will not be composted. You can also bring their trees and greenery to either of the District’s transfer stations - the Fort Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE) or the Benning Road Transfer Station (3200 Benning Road, NE). Before disposing of a tree or greenery, all ornaments and lights should be removed. Residents are also asked not to bag their trees or greenery. For more information, visit the DPW website.

  • Stand up for Trees: On January 12th, Casey Trees is hosting an advocacy workshop Titled Advocacy in the District: Stand Up for Trees. It is free for DC residents and a great opportunity for Brooklanders to get involved with DC politics and Casey Trees. Lunch is provided, and the workshop is interactive for the volunteers. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

  • Winter BaseballThe 2019 Winter Indoor Baseball Clinic for the Senators Satchel Paige Little League will be held at Turkey Thicket starting on 01/12/2019 This clinic runs for 8 Saturdays, beginning January 12, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Turkey Thicket Recreational Center located at 1100 Michigan Avenue NE. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, contact Andre Lee at senatorsllfour@gmail.com or 202-906-9633

Around the Ward

  • MPD Re-alignment: MPD has conducted a comprehensive assessment of our patrol boundaries to ensure optimal operations. After a nine-month review of our current boundaries and taking into account current workload, anticipated population growth, economic development, and community needs, MPD is pleased to announce new district boundaries to all seven districts. MPD’s 4th District will cover all parts of Ward 5 north of Michigan Avenue, including Turkey Thicket Rec Center and the neighborhoods of Queens Chapel, North Michigan Park, Lamond-Riggs, Pleasant Hills, Fort Totten, Catholic University and parts of Michigan Park and Brookland. MPD’s 5th District will cover all the areas in Ward 5 south of Michigan Avenue and in the northeast quadrant, including Arboretum, Carver Terrace, Dakota Crossing, Eckington, Edgewood, Fort Lincoln, Gateway, Ivy City, Stronghold, Trinidad, Langston Terrace, Langdon, Woodridge, and most of Brookland. For more details, visit https://www.mpdc.dc.gov/realignment2019.

  • DDOT Repair Work: DDOT will begin repair work on New York Avenue NE from 9th Street to South Dakota Avenue NE on or about December 26, 2018. Construction is scheduled to be completed by January 26, 2019, if weather permits. The work includes repair to the sidewalks, curbs, gutter and wheelchair ramps. The contractor is authorized to work from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. During construction, at least one lane of the road will be open to the traffic, in each direction. However, curbside parking will not be allowed in some areas during the construction working days.

  • Vision Zero: Starting in February, DDOT will begin installing no right turn on red signs at approximately 100 signalized intersections across the District. All signs are expected to be installed by the end of July 2019. Ward 5 intersections are:
    • 14th Street NE & South Dakota Avenue NE & Webster Street NE
    • Monroe Street NE & 10th Street NE
    • 28th Street NE & Monroe Street NE & Rhode Island Avenue NE
    • New York Avenue NE & Bladensburg Road NE
    • 1st Street NE & Florida Avenue NE
    For more information about this, visit https://ddot.dc.gov/release/ddot-launches-new-safety-measures-support-mayor-bowsers-vision-zero-initiative

Around the City

  • #WinterReadyDC: Snow season is officially here! DPW has created a handy to help you get ready. As in previous years, the DC Snow Team will be in full effect. The DC Snow Team ensures the District is safe to navigate after a snowstorm. DPW created handy leaflet about snow removal in the City. You can download it here. For more information about the District's response to winter storms, please visit https://www.snow.dc.gov.

  • Get Covered: With 96 percent of Washingtonians insured, DC has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the nation. Now, the city’s goal is to get 100 percent of Washingtonians covered. DCHealthLink.com, the District’s state-based health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act, provides health insurance to more than 16,0000 residents through the individual marketplace and more than 77,000 people through the small business marketplace. Until January 31, 2019, you can go to DCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans.

  • School Fraud: AG Racine filed residency fraud lawsuits last week against six Maryland parents seeking nearly $700,000 in unpaid tuition and damages. It's illegal in the District for out-of-state parents to falsify District residency to avoid paying non-resident tuition and send their kids to D.C. schools for free. Residency fraud cheats District taxpayers and deprives our students of educational opportunities. Parents with questions about the non-resident tuition enforcement process can find answers here. You can also report residency fraud to OAG by emailing oag@dc.gov or to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education by calling (202) 719-6500 or submitting a tip online.

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