Come out to learn about the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force

Councilmember McDuffie invites everyone in Ward 5 and DC to come out to get a sneak peak at the work the Ward 5 Industrial Land Use Task Force has been doing all year. The full report won’t be done until December or January, but this is a chance for the public to see what they’ve been learning and discussing. I’m personally very excited to hear about this work, I hope to see you there!


Councilmember McDuffie’s Budget Priorities

This morning, Mayor Gray will be announcing his FY14 budget plan. In advance of that, last night Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released his budget priorities for the upcoming year. You can read CM McDuffie’s full report here, but several of these impact our area, so I’ll highlight those here:

Improvements for Rhode Island Avenue N.E. – The Rhode Island Avenue N.E. corridor has lacked the resources necessary to become a truly vibrate gateway into the city. In 2012 I introduced, and the Council passed, a bill formally designating Rhode Island Avenue as a Retail Priority Area. To realize Rhode Island Avenue’s full potential, my priority is to allocate funding for economic development incentives, walkable streetscape enhancements, a Main Streets program, and targeted assistance for small businesses along the corridor.

That is great news for our area and the revitalization of Rhode Island Avenue!

And Councilmember McDuffie will be working to modernize our neighborhood school as well:

Langdon Elementary School Modernization – As Langdon Elementary School prepares to absorb students from other schools, I have heard from many Ward 5 parents about the need to modernize the school in the FY 14 budget year. Therefore, I am advocating for improvements to the facilities over the summer, in advance of the upcoming school year. I am also requesting a FY14 modernization that includes a new gym, auditorium, and cafeteria.

The monies for Langdon Elementary are certainly welcome. My understanding is that Langdon has a great community of parents, students, teachers and administrators but lacks truly modern facilities. These improvements are necessary but we’ll have to also track them going forward. While a new gym, auditorium and cafeteria are GREAT, one of the concerns I’ve heard from parents is the lack of bathrooms inside the younger classrooms. Let’s make those classrooms modern along with the other facilities!


Hearing on Councilmember McDuffie’s “Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center and Dispensary Location Restriction Amendment Act of 2013″

Councilmember McDuffie would like the community to know about a hearing of the DC Council Committee on Health he is taking part in next Wednesday, March 20, 2013

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1 p.m.
Where: Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, DC

On March 20, the Committee on Health is holding a public hearing on Councilmember McDuffie’s Bill 20-30 the “Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center and Dispensary Location Restriction Amendment Act of 2013. (Link goes to PDF of the bill)”

The bill allows for five medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the city, which the Mayor may increase to eight and calls for a limit of no more than two dispensaries per ward.  In addition, the bill sets further limitation of no more than one dispensary in a ward where there are five cultivations centers registered to operate, and no more than six cultivation centers per ward.

Councilmember McDuffie would like residents from Ward 5 to testify in person or submit written testimony. Residents interested in testifying should contact Ronald King at the Committee on Health at or 202-741-0909. Please also inform Councilmember McDuffie’s staff that you plan to testify by contacting Stephanie Liotta Atkinson at or 202-724-8918.