• Nick Cheolas

Neighborhood News & Notes: January 23, 2020

Hello Neighbors - Updates on all sorts of things going on in Edgewood, Brookland, Ward 5, and DC.

News & Updates

ANC 5E approved our letter to DDOT regarding safety improvements along Monroe and 7th St. NE. The approved letter is attached here. Notable items:

  • DDOT plans to start installing the "pick up/drop off" zone along the 600 block of Monroe "within 30 business days." You can learn more about these "PUDO" zones here:!AsHRVRpiaeBggVSfWh0ov1uqiO6G?e=wIr5TA.

  • I highlighted the neighborhood's request for an all-way stop at 7th and Hamlin. I have also asked DDOT to expedite the installation of the approved pedestrian-activated flashing beacon at the 6th and Franklin crosswalk.

  • This summer, I hosted a neighborhood meeting to discuss safety improvements along 8th St. NE. DDOT has since installed a 15mph school zone flashing beacon along the stretch. Based on feedback at that meeting, DDOT is studying converting 8th St. NE to a one-way, northbound street from Franklin to Monroe. This configuration could accommodate a protected bike lane on the west side of 8th St. NE, would facilitate school pick-up and drop-off, and would preserve most of the parking along 8th. DDOT hopes to have the results of this analysis in the first quarter of this year.

  • Also along 8th Street, construction will soon begin on the Hanover Development at 8th and Jackson. I have attached the "Construction Management Plan" for your reference. I am also seeking volunteers for a "Community Advisory Committee" for the 8th Street development. If you are interested, please reach out.

  • You can view information on developments and projects in the neighborhood by visiting my website at

  • ANC 5E will host a special Comp Plan Meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Details to follow. In the meantime, though, I am still accepting any and all comments on the Comp Plan. For your reference, I have attached portions of the plan most relevant to our neighborhood - the "Upper Northeast" element summary, and the draft of the Comp Plan chapter for "Upper Northeast." You can view additional information on the comp plan here.

  • The latest on a potential grocery store/market coming to the new Monroe Street Market building (7th and Monroe NE). In case you missed it, I wrote up things that I know, have heard, and think about a potential new grocery store for Edgewood and Brookland here:

  • ANC 5E approved a copy of the ANC 5E 2019 Annual Report at our January meeting. A copy of that report is attached.

Community Input: Budget Season and DC Council Hearings

Ward 5 Budget Feedback. We're entering budget season again, and Councilmember McDuffie wants to hear from the community on your priorities are and specific asks for this year’s budget. How can you do this?

  • Visit The online form allows you to use your mouse to drop and drag each item into the ranking order you wish to place it - just left click (and hold the click) on a specific item and move it up or down within the selections and then release it when it is above or below where you want it (you can change as much as you like until you submit the form).

  • Call Councilmember McDuffie's office at 202-724-8028.

DC Budget and Performance Oversight Hearings. Each year the DC Council conducts both Budget and Performance Oversight hearings to listen to testimony from members of the public to understand what works, what doesn't, and what needs improvement. All residents are welcome (and encouraged!) to testify at these hearings. You can find the schedule and instructions to sign up here:, and you can view a quick reference guide to the most popular agency hearing dates by clicking here.

Jobs, Upcoming Events, and Notes

  • Wharf Phase 2 Construction Job Fair. Friday, January 24 from 10am-12pm in Southwest. More information in the attached flyer, and here:

  • Election Day workers needed. For information, go here:

  • US Census Jobs. The US Census Bureau is seeking applicants for jobs related to the upcoming census. The jobs are part-time and temporary, and people work in their own neighborhoods.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 on 1-855-JOB-2020. You can also reach out to Patricia Nelson of the US Census Bureau at 720-224-5283 or for more information, or see the attached flyer.

  • DC Shelter Hotline. It's cold out there - if you see someone outside in need of shelter or a welfare check, call the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or dial 311. If there is an immediate risk to safety call 911.

  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT Open House). DDOT will host an Open House for residents in Ward 5 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12-2pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress St. NE). At the event, DDOT project managers and staff will be available to discuss safety and infrastructure projects in Ward 5, including Florida Ave project, Dave Thomas Circle project, MBT Brookland-Fort Totten project, among other improvements in the ward. This Open House is an opportunity for residents to engage directly with DDOT staff to facilitate one-on-one conversations and receive answers for specific questions. There will not be a formal presentation, so residents can come and go when they are able without missing any of the content. See the attached flyer for details.

  • Proposed North Capitol "deck-over" project. Come learn more about potential plans to construct a "deck" over North Capitol Ave (from V St. to Seaton PL) to better connect our Ward 5 neighborhoods. There will be a forum on Saturday, January 25, at St. Martin's Church - Pioneer Room, 7 T St. NW, 2 - 4 pm.  See the attached press release for more details.

  • Continuing Conversations on Housing. Join Mayor Bowser for the third event in a series of city-wide discussions on housing. At this event, we will discuss how policies affect the places we call home, and how we will meet Mayor Bowser’s goals for housing equity. Saturday, February 8, from 10am-noon at the Howard Theater. More information here.

  • Fifth District Court Report. I have attached a copy of the United States Attorney’s Office Court Report for December 2019.  This (lengthy) document contains updates on criminal cases from our district prosecuted in the D.C. Superior and District Courts, links, and resources. We are in "Police Service Area" (PSA) 502 - you can find this information on pages 20-22 of the document. For more information on arrests & prosecution, you can reach out to Monica Veney, Community Outreach Specialist, at or 202-698-0145.

  • Edgewood Recreation Center Winter Programs. Please see the attached, updated schedule for programs this winter at the Edgewood Rec Center. For all questions re: the Rec Center, you can reach out to Chris Tierney of DPR at You can also find these programs online:

  • 1) Go to 2) Click "Registration Portal" 3) Click "All Activity Types" 4) Filter ONLY by "Location" Edgewood Recreation Center 5) Click "Select" Questions? Comments? Please reach out.

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