It’s a busy week for neighborhood meetings and events, come on out!
Below is a quick list of meetings, events, etc coming up that would be of interest to folks in Woodridge and Langdon (and beyond!)
ANC Cmsr Walter Deleon (5C02) Townhall with Langdon Nightclubs Date: Tues, May 12 Time: 7:00-9:00 PM Location: Bliss Nightclub
2122 24th Place NE
Owners of the nightclubs in the area will be present to take your questions!
Friends of the Woodridge Library Fundraising Day
Date: Sat, May 16
Location: Front Lawn of Saint Francis de Sales
2015 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
BOOK SALE + CLOTHING DRIVE * HOUSE PLANT SALE *bring your bags of gently used clothing (No shoes, purses, household items. Clothes Only)
ANC 5C May Meeting Date: Wed, May 20
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 5th District Police HQ
1805 Bladensburg Road NE
ReCreative Spaces Presents: (Up)Rising Festival 2015 Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Location: ReCreative Spaces (1613 Rhode Island Ave) AND All Along Rhode Island Avenue In partnership with Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, Menkiti Group, Plaza Art Supply, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Department of Housing and Community Development, we invite you to celebrate community engagement through a participatory arts festival taking place at ReCreative Spaces and in local businesses along Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. Participants will engage with, or actively observe, curated art installations and multi-faceted performances. Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind, body, and ideals.
There aren’t many vacant lots so we don’t get many brand new houses in Woodridge. Below is information on a proposed new house on Girard Place and Belair Place, by the end of Langdon Park with the ballfields and pool.
The builder needs a variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustment because the lot is slightly smaller than the minimum to build in this zone (R-1-B). The lot is about 3,900 square feet and the minimum is ordinarily 5,000 square feet. Other than that, the house meets all the other requirements, including lot occupancy (how much of the lot is covered with the footprint of the house); parking (has a garage); rear and side setbacks; and maximum height.
The lot is the only one on the block that does not have a building. Based on reading the documents in the Board of Zoning Adjustment case (#18727), the lot seems to have been the last lot cut out in this block, so it is slightly smaller than the others.
The proposed house will be three stories (2 above ground + a basement). You’ll see a garage and two stories on Belair Place NE and the basement would be half exposed looking almost like three stories on the Girard Place side.
The ANC can vote to support or oppose the variance or not take a position at all. The determination of the ANC is not final, it only advises the final decision makers, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The BZA is required to give the ANC “great weight” when making its final decision.
This coming Wednesday, June 12, ANC 5C will consider a resolution to support a ‘Zoning Variance’ for the new Woodridge Library. I support the variance because it maintains the current amount of parking and if we demand more parking, we’ll get less library. I’ll explain in more detail below.