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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Casey Trees' Stand Up for Trees Class

Casey Trees' Stand Up for Trees Class

What: Stand Up For Trees class
When: Saturday, January 31 at 9am
Where: Casey Trees Headquarters at 3030 12 Street, NE DC
Details: The class is free, open to everyone and lunch will be provided.  All of the information is available here.   (or same info here: )

Learn how to advocate for trees in your neighborhood!  At Casey Trees’ Stand Up For Trees class, you will learn about the state of D.C.’s trees and who the key decision-makers are that help manage trees in public spaces. Then, you will learn effective strategies to engage District officials and agencies in order to help protect (or even increase!) the tree canopy in your neighborhood and across the city.


DC School Applications

Deadlines to apply:
  • February 2, 2015: Grades 9-12
  • March 2, 2015: Grades PK3-8

Get your SY15-16 My School DC School Directories today!
Don’t delay! Submit your request today for SY15-16 My School DC School Directories HERE. It’s free! Directories are available in English and Spanish and contain school profiles for each school participating in the lottery.

Please contact Aryan Bocquet, Parent Engagement Manager, with any questions at (202) 727-9306 or

Check out our new School Finder tool
Families can now search for schools by address, grade or program type. Families can also find their new DCPS in-boundary schools with this tool. Check out the School Finder HERE. Families can email and print their search when complete. The School Finder is available in English and Spanish.

Application assistance available!
We are here to support families through the application process. Families can connect with a My School DC representative for application assistance in the following ways:
  • My School DC Hotline: The Hotline is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Staff is on hand to answer questions and help families apply. We are able to assist callers in multiple languages through bilingual staff and telephonic interpreters. Call us at (202) 888-6336. You can also email us at
  • In-person assistance at our Ward 7 Field Office: Visit us at 4025 Minnesota Ave NE Mondays and Thursdays from 5-8PM for application workshops or walk in Monday-Friday. We’re available from 11AM-8PM!
  • In-person assistance at our Columbia Heights satellite office: Visit us at CentroNĂ­a located at 1420 Columbia Rd NW on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-9:30PM for 1x1 application assistance. Spanish language assistance available!
  • Check out our Calendar of Events for additional locations where you can find My School DC throughout the city for application assistance, including neighborhood libraries and rec centers!
Outreach materials in multiple languages
Download our fact sheets and worksheet HERE to help your families navigate the My School DC application process. All are available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French.
  • Who Should Apply: This fact sheet explains who needs to submit a My School DC application and who does not.
  • What You Need to Apply: This fact sheet contains important information about what is needed to begin and complete the My School DC application process.
  • Select Your School Worksheet: Families can apply to up to 12 schools on the My School DC application. They will first select their schools and then rank them in their preferred order. The Select Your Schools worksheet helps families organize priorities as they choose schools and helps maintain a list of their preferred schools, in order.

Looking for a job?

The DC Office on Aging shared the following job announcement.  Please forward to any neighbors you feel may be interested.

The D.C. Department of Human Resources has posted the position of Program Evaluator/Statistician, Requisition Number: JO-1412-786 for the District of Columbia Office on Aging. The incumbent initiates and implements plans to strengthen data collection, data analysis and data reporting activities of DCOA.

Incumbent's primary responsibilities for DCOA reporting include: ensuring completeness, accuracy and timeliness.  Develops approaches and prepares analytical reports using SAS and/or SPSS on performance measures, core indicators and program benchmarks.

Conducts program evaluation for various components of the DCOA, clients' satisfaction surveys and provide professional development assessments, social and small media activities and council hearings, including preparing data collection instruments, keying, analyzing and reporting on evaluation data.

Prepares comprehensive annual DCOA data analysis report of program results and disseminates results in a wide range of venues including publications, dashboards, summaries and special reports for DCOA, its stakeholders, our government liaisons and sister agencies and members of the public.

For complete details or to apply visit and click employment opportunities.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

SMD 5E10 Meeting TONIGHT and Newsletter

Hi Neighbors!  I wanted to send a reminder about tonight's SMD meeting at the Shaed School building from 7-8:30 p.m.  I look forward to see everyone there as there is lots to discuss- Edgewood Recreation Center and Field renovations, retail, zoning, neighborhood watch and more!

I also hope that everyone has had a chance to read their SMD 5E10 newsletter that was delivered yesterday and the day before that.  Many thanks to Mary, Michael, Silas, Jessica, Tom, Sarah, Monique and Adeline for helping to distribute them!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Development Update

Just a glance around Edgewood and you can see all the ongoing construction with developments completing and new neighbors and businesses moving into the neighborhood. I feel like a broken record trying to get these developments to acknowledge that they are in Edgewood! So below are the updates of the developments ongoing in the Edgewood neighborhood for your reading pleasure.

Chancellor's Row (3015 4th Street NE) - 10-acre residential development on St. Paul's campus which began construction Fall 2010. They sold out last year and only ones on the market are being sold by owners. They added a ZipCar and a Capital Bikeshare Station to this location. The remodeling of the triangle park at 4th, Franklin and Lincoln NE has been completed from the community benefits of this project.

Monroe Street Market (7th Street and Michigan Ave NE) - mixed use development that includes approximately 720 housing units, 45 townhouses, and a public square with a college main street with 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artists' studio space and 850 below-grade parking spaces. They started demolition on the CUA buildings in 2010 and broke ground on November 9, 2011. Right now they are getting close to completion with their 3 buildings renting and the Arts Walk is full.  They have retail open- &Pizza, Potbelly, Brookland Pint, , Halsa, Barnes &Noble, Busboys and Poets and more is coming.  Filter Coffeehouse and The Bike Rack are scheduled to open soon. They will start construction of the townhome section of the project soon. They have a future phase that is still to be planned and developed and they will neither confirm nor deny that it could hold a Whole Foods in the future when it is developed.

Pizza Mart Development (4th Street and Adams Street NE) - last year the building that housed the Pizza Mart was demolished and they have started construction on a new building that will include 17 condominiums.

H Street Development Corporation (2321 4th Street NE) - this development broke ground on December 10, 2014 and will be affordable housing apartments with ground floor retail.  There will be 116 apartments and a little over 5000 SF of retail space with a completion date of May 2016.  The building will also include a fitness center, community room, and 32 off-street parking spaces.  The rental ranges from $1038 for a studio to $1638 for a 3 bedroom.  There will be some units at lower rates as subsidized by DCHA.
The pedestrian bridge from the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the Rhode Island Avenue metro station which opened for use on December 31, 2014. The bridge still has some finishing touches to be completed but already looks great and is a long-awaited addition to our neighborhood.

Trinity Washington University is adding a new Trinity Academic Center building and they broke ground in May 2014 and is expected to be completed by Summer 2016. 

Mess Hall (703 Edgewood Street NE) is a culinary incubator that opened in the Fall of 2014.

Holy Redeemer College (3112 7th Street NE) has a plans for adding 41 townhouses to the property and this is currently in the planning stages.

Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th Street NE) plans to open restaurant in Spring/Summer 2015.

Developments Surrounding Edgewood

Rhode Island Row (919 Rhode Island Ave NE) - This project is completed but still filling up the remaining empty retail slots. They have posted the rents and they range from $1740 for a 1 bed/bath to $3465 for a 3 bed/bath. The following retailers are open: CVS, Chipotle, Sprint, T-Mobile, DC Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Carolina Kitchen, TK Burger, D’Arte Nail Spa Salon, Jersey Mike's, Bergami's Pizza, Phenix Salon and Suites and Sala Thai. I am hoping that they will fill the last remaining spots soon!!

901 Monroe Street NE - This project was approved by the zoning commission across the street in Brookland and looks promising. The plans are after demolishing the current buildings to build 212 Apartments, 16 units at below market rents, and 13,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood-serving retail including a restaurant. Groundbreaking occurred the end of 2012, but there have not been many updates since then. It was supposed to be done by Fall of 2013, so seems to be a bit behind schedule.

Washington Gateway (Intersection of New York Ave and Florida Ave NE) - This project which has been recently revived and modified to include more residential instead of a hotel will connect NoMa with the Eckington neighborhood. The groundbreaking happened the end of 2013 for Phase One which is a building with 400 residential units and 5,200 sq. ft. of retail and is well on its way to being completed with a restaurant taking the retail space.  The next two phases of this project will be office buildings. This project will also connect to the Met Branch Trail which will be great.  There is currently a temporary connection to the trail and an unofficial dog park.

McMillan Sand Filtration (North Capitol Street, Michigan Ave, 1 Street NW) - This huge 25 acre site has been the focus of many meetings and plans over the years and I'll put its timeline as I'll believe it when I see it. The site is now being used to storm excess storm water to help reduce flooding in the area. There are many sites and posts about this development as everyone seems to have an opinion as to what should happen with this piece of land. They have recently had meetings with the zoning board and historic preservation and there have been more meetings so I am sticking to my last update that I will believe it when I see it.  That said there have been a number of approvals by the council and different boards so it may be moving forward.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Zoning Update and Popups

While we do not have the same number of popups in Edgewood that many other neighborhoods in DC have that does not mean it will always be that way.  Please see the following hearing information for the Zoning Commission and their new rules.  Please feel free to testify yourself if you feel strongly.  Please let me know your thoughts as well.  ANC 5E has not currently taken a stance on this issue.

Here is a website all about the zoning in DC:

Here is the link to the items being changed:

Here is the calendar of the hearings:

Power Outage NE DC

Just received the message below from Pepco:

Good morning ANC Commissioners, 

We are currently experiencing an outage in the vicinity of the 100 block of V St., NE affecting approximately 700 customers.  Our crews are on site now, and we have an estimated time of restoration of 1pm.  I will continue to update you with any additional information.



Marc K. Battle, Esq. | Vice President 

Potomac Electric Power Company | Government Affairs & Public Policy