• Nick Cheolas

Neighborhood News & Notes: 12-10-19

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

Neighborhood updates for December 10, 2019:

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The ANC5E December meeting and Holiday Party will take place next Tuesday, 12/17 at 7pm at Friendship Armstrong Public Charter School (111 O St NW). Please see the attached agenda for details.

The Edgewood Recreation Center is now open! Most of it, at least. Details below, and attached:

The gym, fitness center, gathering space, and playground are open now. Other areas will follow, including the athletic field, which should open this spring.

  • Hours (for now): Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; Closed Sunday. DPR is aware of the demand for early morning hours and is looking into pushing those earlier. 

  • Programming will begin in early January. See the attached flyer for more details, and register here: DPR is still evaluating the programming, so these programs will expand & change over time.

  • Jobs: will be posted to the DCHR page, which you can find here: or (202) 442-9700.

  • Chris Tierney is the DPR Manager for the Edgewood location, and you can reach him at 202-256-7922 or

The Office of Planning recently hosted a forum for Ward 5 residents on the Comprehensive Plan. I've attached a summary of the 11/23 forum. More details below:

  • What is the Comp Plan? The Comprehensive Plan ("Comp Plan") is a high-level guiding document that sets a positive, long-term vision for the District, through the lens of its physical growth and change.

  • How can I learn more? Go to: the attached "OP - How To One Pager" to help guide your review.

  • How can I provide input? Email, call (202) 442-7600; or contact me at

The Office of Planning​ has issued its Order approving the Hanover development at 8th and Jackson St. NE. This will bring 370+ apartments - including 42 affordable units - to our neighborhood. On top of donations to local organizations - including Dance Place, Imagine Hope Charter School, and Beacon House - the project includes substantial streetscape improvements to the east side of 8th St. NE between Kearny and Hamlin, and a substantially greater amount of affordable units - at deeper levels of affordability - than would be required for a matter-of-right development. I have attached the Order for your convenience; for a shortcut, start reading at p. 38.

Pedestrian improvements coming to 6th and Franklin. Many residents have raised concerns about pedestrian safety at 6th & Franklin. DDOT plans to install a pedestrian-activated flashing beacon at this intersection soon (hopefully before the end of the year).  This will allow pedestrians to push a button to activate a flashing signal before crossing, and experience suggests substantial improvements in pedestrian safety associated with the beacons.

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson @ Busboys & Poets this Saturday. Join Chairman Mendelson at our neighborhood Busboys & Poets (625 Monroe St. NE) this Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10-11am.

Programs, events, and notes:

  • Councilmember McDuffie's Ward 5 Holiday Party: Thursday, December 12, 6-8:30pm @ Dock 5 Union Market (1309 Fifth St. NW)

  • Community Conversation on Public Safety: Mon 12/16, 7pm, Israel Baptist Church (1251 Saratoga Ave NE).  This facilitated conversation will be an opportunity to learn about initiatives currently in place and engage with neighbors about how we can all be part of the solution. Invited guests include Metropolitan Police Department, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and anti- violence advocacy groups.

  • DC Water Financial Assistance Programs: DC Water has a number of programs to help residents save on water bills. To learn more, visit, call 311, or call DC Water’s Customer Service at 202-612-3600For assistance with energy and utility bills, you can find more information here:

  • DC's Safe at Home program provides seniors and residents with disabilities with grab bars, railings, stair lifts and other in-home preventative adaptations to reduce risk of falls. Adaptations are free or at a much reduced cost depending on income. For more information, click here or call (202) 724-5626.

  • Jobs & hiring events:Census jobs: the US Census Bureau is looking to fill a number of part-time and temporary jobs. The application is online, and once an applicant is selected, s/he will be provided with the details of the job including number of hours (from 10-40 hours per week) and the rate of pay ($20-27.50 per hour). Additional information can be found at and by calling 1-855-JOB-2020.

  • Union Square Hospitality Group is hiring. Click here for details and positions.

Coming Soon: Because this is too long already: DDOT updates on Monroe Street, 7th Street, and 8th Street; Edgewood Triangle Park improvements; how to get involved with our neighborhood schools; and more!

All the best during the holiday season,


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