05 Oct 2017


Updates from your ANC Commissioners

We periodically share updates from your ANC commissioners, edited for brevity and clarity. Although these are most pertinent to particular single member districts (SMDs), we feel the information shared can be of interest to the whole Capitol Hill community. Are you an ANC commissioner who shares regular updates? Add thehillishome@gmail.com to your distribution list, please! –María Helena Carey

The DC flag. Photo by María Helena Carey, via Instagram.

From Kirsten Oldenburg, ANC 6B04

KIPLING HOUSE (900 11th Street SE)
This 4-floor condo building is nearing the end of construction. So, the 49 units are actively being offered by the McWilliams/Ballard firm. During a recent tour, I learned that the one and two bedroom units range in price from $450K to $900K but individual prices could change depending on the market. The building has a roof top deck with BBQ, surrounded by a green roof. There are spectacular views of the neighborhood and beyond from the roof and many of the units. The 27 parking spaces below the building are for sale at $35K each. For more info, contact Craig Souza, 202-368-7229 or csouza@mcwilliamsballard.com. (McWilliams/Ballard is also the agent for Buchanan Park townhomes and Buchanan School condos at 13th and E Streets SE)

The clanging auger is gone, the piles are in, and excavation has begun. This means trucks hauling away dirt from the site. This means trucks hauling away dirt from the site.  Thanks to Capitol Hill resident Byron Buck for his super excavation photo, which I have uploaded onto the Penn11 article on my blog.  I look forward to more of his photos; he is a much better photographer than am I with my iPhone.

Last week PEPCO contractors showed up to start the process of repaving the 1000 block of E Street SE, the 11th & Pennsylvania Avenue intersection, and the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. It resulted in the closure of all but one eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue lane from 10th to 12th Street. The good news is that the current Pepco work signals the near end of its power upgrades in the immediate area. The bad news is that once again contractors left behind unsecured steel plates for vehicles to noisily roll over all night long. Poor residents! My call to the Pepco supervisor the next day eliminated a repetition that night. The repaving did not conclude last week so there might be major lane reductions this week.

The afternoon “pickups” at Tyler Elementary are out of control. Between 3:10 and 3:30 p.m. weekdays, parents can pick up their kids through either a 10th or 11th Street gate but those in vehicles seem to favor narrow 10th Street. With cars parked on both sides, there is barely one lane left. Parents double-park, make U-turns, park in the alley entrance; all creating an unsafe environment for everyone and a problem of access for residents of that 700 block. (Editor note: These are issues near most elementary schools and we’d like to see more MPD presence near all schools.)

After Principal Brunson and I working together could not rectify the situation, I asked MPD to help. Captain Knutsen (1D Sector 2) came by last week to witness the congestion. He readily agreed that the chaotic situation needed attention. I suggested an officer be stationed there off and on for several weeks. Tickets might send a message. I’m not sure what he will come up with but I will be at the street several times this week to check it out.

In a sign that the Virgina Avenue Tunnel project is going to end one day, CSX is now posting extensive information about its upcoming work to restore Virginia Avenue SE from 2nd Street to 9th Street. If you tend to travel north/south on any of the affected cross streets, I suggest that you sign up for the email alerts or check the Construction Updates on the VAT website regularly. The first intersection to be affected is 3rd Street, starting in “early” October. For more information, attend the next Open House on Thu 19 Oct (6pm at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 150 L Street SE) or “Coffee with Chuck” on Wed 15 Nov (8am at 861 New Jersey Ave SE) where you can discuss the details with CSX officials.

COLUMBUS DAY, Monday October 9
Metro has announced rail, bus and MetroAccess schedules for the holiday. Looks like Saturday service will be in place but the nitty gritty details are here.
I haven’t seen the notice yet but surely DPW won’t pick up trash or recycling on the holiday. This means all regular pick up days “slide” to the next day. Thus, Monday is Tuesday and Thursday is Friday. DPW’s “slide guide” is here.
All DMV offices will be closed on both Sat 7 Oct and Mon 9 Oct. Many DMV services are available online, though.
OTHER THINGS: Capitol Riverfront BID has announced a free lecture series to celebrate its 10th Anniversary; first one is Thursday October 5 at 8 a.m. The Hill Center’s Annual Pottery on the Hill show commences on October 25. DPW will let you know when your car is towed away if you sign up in advance.

From Dr. Aimee Grace, ANC 6B07

1) CHANGE from THURS to WED re: Meeting on the Southeast Boulevard project: We will no longer have the Thursday (Oct 5) meeting at Kelly Waud’s home, as we encourage interested neighbors to come instead to ANC 6B’s Transportation Committee meeting tomorrow (Wed, Oct 4) at 7pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennslyvania Ave SE) in the Drummond Room on the 1st floor.  The SE Blvd project manager will be in attendance at that meeting.  For more information on this project, please see http://www.SEboulevard.com.

2) LOCATION CHANGE for ANC 6B07 community safety meeting: Given ongoing crime and violence in our single member district (ANC 6B07), I have invited MPD Commander Morgan Kane, DC Housing Police Deputy Chief Michael Reese, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and a representative from the DC Housing Authority to discuss issues facing our area and possible solutions on Thursday, October 19 at 7pm at [LOCATION CHANGE] CQ Community Center (1000 5th Street SE).  We will no longer be meeting at St. Coletta of Greater Washington.

3) Given the recent shooting resulting in a death at Potomac Gardens, please see below and attached to see if you can help MPD find more leads in this case.

4) ANC 6B Hill East Task Force meeting on Reservation 13: Led by Commissioner Dan Ridge, this meeting will explore the permit delays and ongoing public-private partnership conversations around the redevelopment of the current DC jail site, with impacts on the state of development of Reservation 13.  It will be held on October 11 at 7pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave SE).

5) Community potluck park event: Fall Festival & Costume Parade: Saturday, October 28 from 1-4pm at the 12th St/K St/Potomac Ave park.  More info below- please let our neighbor Alli know if you can help. Just email: allisonsarahmcgill [at] gmail.com


6) Save the date re: Potomac Ave SE parks: We plan to have our first community meeting about designs for the Potomac Ave SE parks on Thurs, November 9 at 7pm.  Location TBD.

MORE INFO Regarding the fatal shooting on I Street SE: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of I Street, Southeast, on Sunday, September 10, 2017.At approximately 5:56 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

On Sunday, October 1, 2017 the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.  The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Carl Hardy, of Northeast, DC.

A nearby surveillance camera captured several persons of interest and a vehicle of interest in this case. They can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/8mxctHkEa6o



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