• Nick Cheolas

June Updates from Edgewood and Brookland

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

From no crosswalk to new crosswalk @ 7th and Franklin

Quick updates from our neighborhood, ward, and city. If you would like future updates delivered to your email, sign up here. Questions or comments? Email me at

1) Franklin Street: If you couldn't make the May 30 meeting on the Franklin Street traffic calming and bike lane plan, you can find the presentation here, video here, and a transcript of the meeting here. My summary of the meeting, and thoughts on next steps, is here. All other Franklin St. materials are here. If you sent me feedback, or posted thoughts on Nextdoor, Facebook, or Twitter, I have passed that feedback along to DDOT and tried to make sure it was included in the meeting presentation. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, your own ANC Commissioner, and/or Mike Goodno of DDOT ( with questions or comments. 

2) Edgewood Rec Center: still on track for late summer completion. You can find the latest update here, and an overview of the plans and building here. DPR plans to launch a survey on Rec Center programming soon.

3) Monroe Street Bridge: projected completion by the end of this year. In June, the project team has installed a new gas main and started pouring concrete on the south side of the bridge. Scattered overnight closures will continue, with a few more extensive closures (sundown - 9am-ish) for more complex work (concrete pouring; beam installation). The more significant closures should be few and far between. You can view the most recent updates here.

4) Bikeshare in Edgewood: the entire Edgewood neighborhood has a single bikeshare station (on Hamlin, west of 7th), despite the Metropolitan Branch Trail running through the neighborhood. DDOT plans to evaluate a few locations in our neighbohrood - (1) near Monroe and Michigan; (2) 7th and Franklin; and (3) 4th and Franklin - sometime this fall. You can see my tweets re: bikeshare here. Have other suggested locations? Contact me!

5) Microtransit around DC: DC has launched a service called "Microtransit." For $3, you can catch a ride to locations in, around, and near Brookland and Edgewood using the Microtranist app. More information is here

6) Benefits at the Monroe Farmers Market: you can stretch your SNAP, WIC, Senior Check, TANF, Grocery Plus, and disability dollars at the Monroe St. Farmers Market every Saturday. For more information, see the flyers in English and Spanish.

7) DC Water Lead Service Line Replacement Programs: DC recently passed a law to allocate $ to replace lead water service lines. Funds should become available this fall. Click here to view an informational flyer from the recent ANC 5E meeting. In the meantime, you can do a few things:

Order a free lead test kit.Check this interactive map to identify your water service pipe type. If you have any questions, contact John Deignan at DC Water (; feel free to copy me.

8) Community Feedback About Rayful Edmond Resentencing: DC Attorney General Karl Racine has been asked by a federal judge to collect feedback from District residents on whether the court should reduce the life sentence of Rayful Edmund. To learn more about Mr. Edmund, click here. For information on AG Racine's efforts and to provide feedback, go here

9) DC Community Health Needs Assessment Survey: The DC Department of Health and DC Hospital Association are collecting information on the health needs of the city and its residents. They are asking residents to fill out the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Survey (click on the link to access the survey). The survey is voluntary, and responses are anonymous. The information will be used to help DC plan future services, programs, and policies affecting community health needs. To learn more, click here.

10) Weigh in on DC's Comprehensive Plan. For the past three years, the DC government has been working to amend the Comprehensive Plan - the framework to guide DC's planning, growth, and development. As the DC Council considers amendments to the plan, the Office of Planning has released a survey to gather feedback on certain proposed changes. You can access that survey (about 10 minutes) here. To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan and the amendment process, click here.

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