Just a quick note to remind folks that I’ll be holding a meeting tomorrow morning (Saturday):
5C07 Single Member District Meeting
Saturday, November 23, 2013
King Soloman Grand Lodge
2245 Rhode Island Ave NE
(across Thayer St from the Family Dollar, next to the Post Office)
On the agenda:
- A representative from DC Health Link will be there to talk about how DC is implementing the Affordable Care Act. They will talk about getting health insurance, answer questions and help folks understand what changes are coming.
- Updates (some more substantial than others) on Chuck Brown Park, Woodridge Library, Taste Lounge Liquor License, Rhode Island Ave infrastructure improvements, and small businesses in our area that received grants for improvements.
- We’ll also hold a discussion of improvements coming to Langdon Park as part of Chuck Brown Park, such as benches, trash cans, lighting, etc. We’ll discuss the horseshoe pit as well, but that will surely take more than just this meeting to reach any kind of consensus.
- Community concerns/questions
Hope to see you there!
DC Department of General Services is holding a meeting this Thursday at the Woodridge Library to talk about the statue that is being commissioned to honor Chuck Brown. Direct from DGS:
Chuck Brown/Langdon Park Community Update meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm this Thursday, November 14th at Woodridge Library. The goal of this meeting is:
- Meet the Commission of Arts and Humanities (CAH) project team
- Meet three (3) Artists who will show their preliminary design concepts for the art/statue for the park
- View and provide feedback on the preliminary design concepts
- To request interested Community Members to sign a list to participate on the Panel to select the Final Artist and Design Concept (there will be 1 or 2 that are actually selected-everyone else will be a back-up)
- Provide a verbal update on where we are with the Construction procurement and provide date for December community meeting.
Thank you all for your patience and support of this project.
Hope to see you there Thursday!
Following up on meetings earlier this fall, WMATA has scheduled the next round of meetings on updating the Rhode Island Ave buses:
Public Meetings in November – You’re Invited!
Metro is holding a second round of public meetings to get input from riders about a set of service improvement options to Routes G8, T18, 81, 82, 83, 84, and 86.
The dates, times, and locations are:
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Watha T. Daniel / Shaw Neighborhood Library
Rhode Island Avenue & 7th Street NW
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
(Across the street from Shaw Metro Station and served directly by Metrobus Routes G8, 70, and 79.)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hyattsville City Hall, Municipal Building
1st Floor, Multipurpose Room
4310 Gallatin Street
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
(Served by Metrobus Routes 83 and F8)
The format of the meetings will be open house, which means that no presentation will be given. Instead, participants can arrive any time between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm to review the improvement options and talk with project team members. Metro would like to get feedback about the preliminary ideas for improvements from as many riders as possible before completing the final report and submitting the recommendations to the WMATA Board for approval.
All members of the public are invited and no RSVP is necessary. Please let your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow riders know about these public meetings!
The facilities are wheelchair accessible. A Spanish translator will be available upon request for those who prefer to communicate in Spanish.
Source: MetroBus Rhode Island Ave Bus Project
Please join me for a Single Member District meeting this Thursday:
Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE
First, a big thanks to Art Enables for hosting the meeting, they are a tremendous asset to our neighborhood and do great work!
For the meeting, I’ve invited a couple neighborhood businesses to come and tell us about their organizations, but we’ll probably spend most of the meeting talking about Taste Lounge’s liquor license renewal.
Taste Lounge is located across Rhode Island Avenue NE from the Woodridge library and the Golden Skillet take out. It’s between a liquor store (Hamlin Liquors) and the IATSE union office. The address is 1812 Hamlin St NE (though you might think the address would be Rhode Island Ave). You can view the basic information of their liquor license here.
Taste has applied to renew their liquor license with DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). I’ve been fielding complaints about noise and general late night rowdiness around Taste since before I was sworn in to office and this is an opportunity for the community to enter into what is called a “Settlement Agreement” (which they used to call a “Voluntary Agreement” until a year or two ago). That’s a written agreement between the community and the establishment that outlines how the establishment must conduct itself. The terms of a Settlement Agreement are most often around noise, trash, parking, and public safety/security. Below you can see a document ABRA put together that details the kinds of things can and can’t be addressed in a Settlement Agreement. (Or check out the ABRA website page on the topic)
I look forward to hearing how neighbors would like to move forward with Taste. Due to their history, I suspect we will want to protest this license.
I look forward to seeing you Thursday at Art Enables!
View this document on separate webpage
The latest on when the old library will come down and when the interim library will open:
UPDATE: I was just informed that the closing/construction schedule below has been put on hold (for unknown reasons). The Woodridge Library will remain operating after October 27. Check back here or the Woodridge Library Construction Website for a new timeline, when it’s available.
The old Woodridge Library will close its doors for the last time on Sunday, October 27 at 5:00 PM. The interim library will open on Tuesday, November 12 at 9:30 AM. The interim library will be located at 1790 Douglass St NE (approx 3-4 blocks south on 18th Street).
Also starting this week.. Expanded library hours:
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.