ANC 4B March Meeting Highlights

ANC 4B held its March meeting last evening at the MPD Fourth District HQ building on Georgia Avenue.  Only commissioners Judi Jones, Scot Knickerbocker, Brenda Parks and Tischa Cockrell were present, which was not enough for a quorum, so no votes could take place.

Community Concerns

  • Paula Edwards from the Shepherd Park Christian Church came to introduce their Better Angels Skills Training Workshop which will take place on April 29th. This free workshop will teach participants to learn and practice skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. Workshop will involve role plays that give participants a chance to practice skills in a friendly and welcoming environment (including refreshments!)
  • Ms. Randi Williams from the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund came to share information about the upcoming Two Mile Fun Walk Fundraiser which will take place on April 21.  See the event calendar for more information.
  • Carolyne Kenney from Hines Urban Atlantic came to invite the community to the Walter Reed Easter Egg Roll this Saturday at 9 am.  See the event calendar for more information.
  • Commission Functionality
    • It is not secret that ANC 4B has been struggling throughout this cycle.  Among the issues that are hindering the commission are accusations that one commissioner does not actually live in her single member district, commissioners not attending meetings regularly and some commissioners’ desire to suspend the only two functioning committees (Design Review and Public Works) for opaque and barely explained reasons.  The community is growing really frustrated at the infighting.  We hope that ANC 4B resolves these issues soon and returns to being a productive body of our local government structure.

Report: Executive Office of the Mayor

2019 Budget

Phil McAuley came to share information from the Mayor’s office.  The highlight of his chat was the information he brought about the Mayor proposed FY2019 Budget.

Major features of the budget include $178 of dedicated funding for Metro, a 4% increasing in spending for public schools and $100 million for the Housing Preservation Trust Fund, including and additional $10 for the Home Purchase Assistance Program

You can read more about the budget here.

Report: Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd

Dolly Turner presented a bouquet of information from the Councilmember’s office.

  • This week, CM Todd introduced the “Warnings Before Citations Amendment Act of 2018” which requires the District Department of Public Works to issue a warning to residents before they write a $75 strict liability ticket related to residential trash cans.  Sudden enforcement of this rule has been a growing frustration for area homeowners.
  • There will be several Budget Oversight Hearings this week, including the Committee on Transportation & The Environment and the brandon toddCommittee on Education.  Please see the DC Council website for the complete schedule.
  • Councilmember Todd will host the inaugural Ward 4 Business Summit on Wednesday, April 11th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at People’s Congregational Church (4704 13th Street, NW) to provide information, resources, and support to the Ward 4 small business community.
  • Join CM Todd for the Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride on Sunday, April 22nd, 10:30 AM at 9th & Upshur Bikeshare
  • Finally, CM Todd is taking part in a series of discussions with constituents called “Councilmember in Your Living Room”.  If you would like to host an event in your home, please call the office.

 

 

Ft. Totten South Development

Ft. Totten SouthEvan Goldman, Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development for home builder EYA came to present an update on it townhouse project which will be built on the corner of Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue in the Lamond-Riggs community.  Currently, the plan calls for 163 mostly three bedroom townhomes, a portion of which will built on a platform above ground floor retail along Riggs Road.

Of the 163 units, 29 will be affordable housing (Half for residents who make below 50% of Area Median Income and half for those below 80% AMI). Prices for affordable units will begin around $250,000, while market rate homes will start in the $400s.

There is a small portion of the lot which has a mixed zone.  EYA is requesting ANC support for a variance to compensate for that.

The developer has worked closely with the Lamond-Riggs community and is offering a community benefits package that includes $200,000 for local public space improvement, a $50,000 education grant, a $40,000 community development grant and more.

DCPS Planning Team Presentation on Coolidge High School Modernization and New North Middle School

New North Middle School
An image of the entrance of the New North Middle School

Brian Alexander from the DCPS School Planning Team came to give an update on the Coolidge Modernization.  Coolidge will reopen for the 2019-20 school year.

The new middle school will open that same year and begin with a sixth grade only.  It will add a grade each year. Its feeder schools (LaSalle-Backus, Takoma and Whittier) will convert to elementary schools when the transition is complete.

Most of the information that they presented was covered in our previous article Coolidge Academic Plan Revealed

Learn more at dcpsplanning.wordpress.com

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