Meetings and fun stuff in the neighborhood this week!

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!


Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Annual Meeting
Date: Wed, May 13
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Rhode Island Row Community Room

(the condos & retail at Rhode Island Ave metro)


Friends of the Woodridge Library Fundraising Day
Date: Sat, May 16
Time: 10a-3p
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)

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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.

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Zoning Variance in Woodridge on the agenda before ANC 5C in February

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.

A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE. The long side of the house would go along Girard. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.
A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE. The long side of the house would go along Girard. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.

At the upcoming February ANC 5C meeting we will see a presentation from folks who want to build a house on the northwest corner of Belair Place NE and Girard Place NE:

Location of the proposed house on the northwest corner of Girard and Belair Place NE.
Location of the proposed house on the northwest corner of Girard and Belair Place NE.

 

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.

A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE from the Belair Place side of the house. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.
A rendering of 2840 Belair Place NE from the Belair Place side of the house. Rendering by Ram Design LLC.

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.

The meeting where this will be considered is:

Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 7 PM
MPD 5th District, 1805 Bladensburg Rd

The footprint of the proposed house on the lot at Belair Pl NE and Girard Pl.
The footprint of the proposed house on the lot at Belair Pl NE and Girard Pl.
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Woodridge Library Before the Board of Zoning Adjustment

This coming Wednesday, June 12, ANC 5C will consider a resolution to support a ‘Zoning Variance’ for the new Woodridge Library. I support the┬ávariance┬ábecause 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.

Photo courtesy of http://woodridgedclibrary.wordpress.com/
Photo courtesy of http://woodridgedclibrary.wordpress.com/

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