Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A February 2020 Meeting Top Stories

February Meeting Highlights

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A held its February 2020 meeting Tuesday evening at the Metropolitan Police 4th District Headquarters. Here are the top stories.

Reports

Metropolitan Police Department

The takeaway from the police report is that there has been an uptick in Latino gang activity in recent weeks, centered around the Brightwood neighborhood. MPD has identified two rivals gangs and their offshoots. There have been several shootings and one fatality connected to these incidents.  The police are deploying every resource possible to try to quell the violence before it becomes a bigger issue.

Mayor’s Office – Gabrielle Priest

Ward 4 liaison Gabrielle Priest shared information about the upcoming Budget Engagement Forums. Join fellow DC residents to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration as the FY 2021 budget is developed.  See the Upcoming Events schedule below for details on times and locations.

Councilmember Todd’s Office – Sheryl Newman

Ms. Newman shared information about three bills that Councilmember Brandon introduced in today’s legislative session:

  • Adverse Childhood Experience Prevention Program – Would direct the Office of Neighborhood Safety to identify cases of children with various traumas (health, mental, physical) and guide them to solutions.
  • Social Emotional Learning Task Force – Would study best practices for the promotion of social and emotional learning in schools.
  • Income Contingent Hazardous Tree program – Would provide assistance to moderate and low-income homeowners to help remove hazardous (dead) trees from the owner’s property.

Hearings on these items will be coming up soon.

State Board of Education – Frazier O’Leary

Mr. O’Leary is continuing with his children’s book drive, which is now dubbed Mrs. O’Leary’s Books4Friends. He is accepting gently used children’s books to distribute to local Ward 4 elementary schools.  Call him directly to arrange a pickup at 202.236.2184 or email oman9@aol.com.

Walter Reed Development Update

Development principal Vicky Davis delivered an update on the construction progress at Walter Reed. She delivered the quarterly Certified Business Entity Report and addressed some recent questions about building heights in the development.

Certified Business Entity Report

For the third Quarter of 2019, the Parks at Walter Reed has awarded 69% of horizontal contract work (i.e. infrastructure) to DC Certified Business Entities (CBEs).  Six of those are headquartered within Ward 4.  20 horizontal “soft cost” (i.e. design, permitting, etc.) vendors have been contracted.  According to the report, the project is currently 100% First Source Compliant and 100% CBE/First Source Vertical Compliant, meaning all new hires for work on the project have been District residents.

Building Height Concerns?

Several neighbors, and even a few Commissioners, professed surprise at the height of the buildings that are under construction at the corner of Aspen Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW. This, despite the fact that the mixed-use buildings being built there were elements of the Walter Reed Small Area Plan that was developed by the community and approved by the DC City Council way back in 2013.

WR Small Area Plan 2012
Walter Reed Small Area Plan 2012

The Walter Reed Small Area Plan called for Moderate Density Commercial and Medium Density Residential use for that portion of the site. The technical definitions for these areas are below.

Moderate Density Commercial (CMOD):

Defines shopping and service areas that are somewhat more intense in scale and character then the low-density commercial areas. Retail, office, and service businesses are the predominant uses. Areas range from small business districts that draw primarily from the surrounding neighborhoods to larger business district uses that draw from a broader market area. Buildings are larger and/or taller than those in low density commercial area but generally do not exceed five stories in height. 

Medium Density Residential (RMED):

Defines neighborhoods or areas where midrise (4-7 stories) apartment buildings are the predominant use. Pockets of low and moderate density homes may exist within these areas. This designation also may apply to taller residential buildings surrounded by large areas of permanent open space.

Now, a pair of five story buildings are rising at that corner. It is difficult to understand the basis for the complaint.

Additionally, the discussion on this topic crossed the border from “productive agitation” to simple rudeness. If you’re going to publicly call someone a liar, you better be correct on your assertion.  Individual Commissioners should not instigate that behavior, either. Overall, it was not a good moment for the Commission or the audience.

Vale and Brooks

 

Upcoming Events

  • 8th Annual HBCU 5K Run & Walk – July 11, 2020, 8:00 am | Freedom Plaza | Register at dchbcu.org
  • Vote on DC Statehood in the House of Representatives – February 11, 2020, 10:00 am | Rayburn Building
  • Mayor Bowser’s “Continuing Conversations on Housing” event will take place on February 8th at noon at the Howard Theatre. Stop by to learn about the next steps in her plans to create 36,000 units of housing by 2025.
  • Budget Engagement Forums – Join Mayor Bowser and her staff in shaping our 2021 Fiscal year budget. Four public meetings are scheduled:
    • 2/10 – Senior Budget engagement Telephone Town Hall | To RSVP, please call 202.442.8150
    • 2/18 – 6:30 pm| Edgewood Recreation Center
    • 2/20 – 6:30 pm | UDC Student Center
    • 2/22 – 11:00 am | Kenilworth Recreation Center

About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4A represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights and Crestwood. An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to two-year terms and serve without pay.

The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government. Although they do not have to  follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.”

These are the members of ANC 4A:

Single Member District Commissioner Neighborhood Email
4A01 Phyllis Caudle Green Colonial Village 4A01@anc.dc.gov
4A02 Stacey Lincoln Shepherd Park 4A02@anc.dc.gov
4A03 Stephen A. Whatley Shepherd Park/Walter Reed/Brightwood 4A03@anc.dc.gov
4A04 Patience Singleton Brightwood 4A04@anc.dc.gov
4A05 Vacant Brightwood
4A06 Candace Tiana Nelson Brightwood/16th Street Heights 4A06@anc.dc.gov
4A07 Marlene Moss Brightwood/16th Street Heights 4A07@anc.dc.gov
4A08 Gale B. Black Crestwood 4A08@anc

Find your ANC here.

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