Sunday, February 13, 2005

BZA Application No. 17298 -- re. 1507 4th Street, NW

via Jim Berry

Dear Residents of SMD 5C01,

I recently received notice of an application that has been filed before the Board of Zoning Adjustment concerning the above address. Specifically, the applicant wants the following:

"a variance from the lot occupancy requirements under section 403, a variance from the side yard requirements under section 405, a variance from the minimum lot area requirements under section 40l.1, a variance from the off-street parking requirements under sub-section 2101.1, to allow the conversion of an exiting apartment house from four (4) to six (6) units in the R-4 District at premises 1507 4th Street, NW (Square 521, Lot 835)."

In short, the applicant wants to convert this building into six condominium units, but requires a fair amount of consideration from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in order to do this. Like ANC 5C, residents who live within 200 feet of the site are required to receive notice in the mail about this application and are invited to make comments about the proposal, i.e., in support of or in opposition to. I plan to invite the applicant to the next meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc. (3/7/2005) to present his plans for this proposed development and the information that I receive their will likely best inform the recommendation I make to my colleagues on ANC 5C when the applicant is invited to appear before that body (most likely, on March 15, 2005). The actual BZA hearing of this application will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, in Suite 220, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, between 1:00 p.m. and 6 :00 p.m.

In the meantime, I invite you to share any preliminary thoughts that you might have concerning the proposal for this location -- whether it be comments, criticisms, questions or praise. Please know that I am particularly interested in hearing from those of you who live in closest proximity to the site.


Jim Berry

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

North Capitol Collaborative

via Jim Berry

I am advised that the Board of Directors of the North Capitol Collaborative will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2005, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at McKinley High School, 151 T Street, NE.
As you may know the Collaborative is principally responsible for working with abused and neglected children in our community, as well as their families.
The purpose of the town hall meeting is to give a progress report to the community on the work of the collaborative and the public is invited to come out in order to let their voices be heard about the group's work. For more information concerning this meeting, you may contact Ms. LaShawn Gantt @ 202-299-9802.


Jim Berry

Tree Pruning Workshop

Pruning Workshop for All Feb 26th!

Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, February 26th, 10 A.M.

Seaton Elementary School
(10th and P Streets, NW)

D.C. Greenworks will be leading a FREE training workshop for all of our
TreeKeepers in the Shaw community as well as other residents interested
in becoming TreeKeepers this spring.

Come learn how to prune young trees and identify the most common
species in the neighborhood. Then you can take your new skills back to your block
and prune your own trees.

Please contact us with any questions. We hope to see you there!
RSVP by phone at 518-6195 or email at

(Rain date: Sunday, Feb. 27th, 1 P.M.)

Bethie Miller
Community Outreach Organizer

D.C. Greenworks
2451 18th Street, NW 2nd floor
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-518-5507 fax

Monday, February 07, 2005



Featured Topics for the Evening Include:

The DC Comprehensive Plan
Public Safety in the Community
John F. Cook School Library Initiative
Mini-Grant Application for Garden Resources of Washington

Monday, February 7, 2005
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
3rd and Q Streets, N.W.
Rooms 1 and 2
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association,
contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520

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