Thursday, September 28, 2006

NoMa stuff

From Jim

Mayor Anthony Williams is holding a public hearing this evening, Thursday, September 28, 2006, regarding the NoMa Draft Plan. In brief, the plan has six broad principles. First, in the area of "Land Use Mix," the plan seeks to provide a diverse mix of uses that creates a variety of options for living, working, shopping, recreation and culture. In the area of "Transportation and Infrastructure," the plan seeks to pursue a balance approach to transportation, creating a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with improved transit accessibility and vehicular circulation. With regard to "Public Realm and Open Space," the plan seeks to create a vibrant, highly walkable environment with landscaped streets and attractive open spaces, active ground floors and pedestrian links. Concerning the matter of "Identity and Building Design," the plan seeks to design a new standard of architecture and urban design to create a lasting, competitive identity. With respect to the issue of "Existing Neighborhoods," the plan seeks to preserve and enhance rowhouse neighborhoods and guide new development to address unmet community needs. Finally, in terms of "Environment and Sustainability," the plan seeks to address sustainability with high performance design and environmentally-friendly planning, design and construction.

If your busy schedule permits, you may be interested in hearing the details concerning the plan in connection with the above topic areas. In short, we are talking about a huge amount of development activity that will take a decade or more to accomplish, in my opinion. Upon completion, however, this development activity will have such a major impact upon our area that those who have been away from the city for a while may not recognize the area -- much like the radical change that has taken place in our downtown core.

For your information and future reference, the NoMa Draft Plan is posted online at


Jim Berry
Bates Area Civic Association, Inc.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Blagden Alley Assoc Meeting

| Blagden Alley Association |
| Monthly Meeting |
| |
| THURSDAY, September 28, 2006 |
| 7:30-9:00 pm |
| Breakwell's |
| Ninth and M Streets, NW |
| (Note fancy location) |

The newsletter is at

Three topics:
1. The Charter School (that one!) is still alive.
2. How to put a surveillance camera (outdoors) on your PC. We'll all
need it soon.
3. District Liquors. Update.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Meeting on Neighborhood Tax Increment Financing for Shaw

From Alex
Meeting on Neighborhood Tax Increment Financing for Shaw, 09/21/06

A public meeting on using Tax Increment Financing to assist in the
revitalization of Shaw's commercial district and Georgia Avenue will be held on
Thursday, September 21, 2006, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the DC Housing Finance
Agency, 815 Florida Avenue, NW. Community residents concerned about ensuring
funding for key initiatives like parking, commercial rent subsidies, clean and
green programs, new sidewalks and street lighting, etc., should attend this
meeting and advocate for their priorities.
The Great Streets Initiative within the Office of the Deputy Mayor for
Planning and Economic Development is convening this meeting, one of a series of
four, to discuss the potential for four Neighborhood Tax Increment Financing
(TIF) sub-districts along the designated Great Streets corridors, one of which
is 7th Street/Georgia Avenue. TIF involves earmarking certain real property
and sales taxes within an area to pay for public and private investments. This
public/private partnership tool allows the District to pledge future tax
revenues--revenues not already committed to meeting citywide operational needs
or debt service--to support private investment in key redevelopment projects
in addition to supplemental infrastructure and public space improvements.
An overview of TIF and how it works as well as technical analysis about the
estimated potential revenue streams for each respective proposed TIF
sub-district will be presented to the audience. Residents, property and business
owners, developers, and neighborhood and business associations are encouraged to
attend and provide input on how the District might prioritize spending
within their sub-districts.
The proposed 7th Street/Georgia Avenue Neighborhood TIF district is roughly
bounded by O Street at the south, 5th Street at the east, Howard Place at the
north, and 11th Street at the west, and could generate approximately $3
million per year. These boundaries leave out critical portions of Shaw's
commercial district, which extends south to K Street on the south side of Mount
Vernon Square. This will result in a failure to capture new taxes generated from
the proposed Convention Center Hotel for the benefit of the community
surrounding that major project, and ignores properties along 7th and 9th Street
that could house businesses that would benefit from amenities and services, such
as the new Green Team, that could be funded via the Neighborhood TIF. Be
sure to come to the meeting to advocate for extending the proposed Neighborhood
TIF to the south.
For more information on the Neighborhood TIF proposal and a map showing the
boundaries of the proposed Neighborhood TIF district, go to
http://dcbiz. frames.asp? doc=/dmped/ lib/dmped/ pdf/G-S_Nhood_ TIF_Flyer- Shaw-081106.pdf.
For more information on the Great Streets Initiative, visit
www.greatstreets. For more information in DC's TIF program, go to www.dcbiz.dc. gov.

Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
Voice: 202-518-3794
Email: PadroANC2C at aol. com
Website: www.members. 2C

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

School Board Forum


More on the School Board forum on Tuesday, September 26, 2006. See below!


Jim Berry

Premier Community Development Corporation
1309 Rhode Island Ave, NE, Suite B
Washington, DC 20018

(202) 832-2209 Fax (202) 832-3448

For Immediate Release Contact: Hazel Thomas

September 14, 2006 (202) 491-9245

Premier Community Development Corporation (CDC)
and the Ward 5 Council on Education will sponsor
A District III School Board Candidates’ Forum

On Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m., Premier CDC and the Ward 5 Council on Education will sponsor the second in a series of Forums to introduce the platforms of the candidates running for District III representative on the School Board. The District III winner will represent Wards 5 and 6.
Nikole Killion, WJLA/News Channel 8 Reporter and Anchor, will be the Guest Moderator once again for the School Board Candidates’ Forum. Parents, Community Activist and Residents of Wards 5 & 6 and the general public are invited to attend the Town Meeting and Forum at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, at the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church at 12th & Rhode Island Avenue, NE. (Isle of Patmos is handicap accessible.)

The candidates (Ward listed in parenthesis) who have been invited are:
Sunday Abraham (5) Stephane Baldi (6)
Robert Brannum (5) Marc Borbely (6)
Mary Currie (5) Lisa Raymond (6)
Terrance McMichael(5) Marvin Tucker (5)

Each candidate will be given 3-minutes to make an introductory statement followed by twenty minutes of questions and answers led by the Moderator, Nikole Killion. Premier CDC Advisory Board Member Idriys Adullah, will lead the 30-minute Q and A session with the general public. To conclude, each candidate will give a 1 ½ minute closeout statement. For questions or additional information, contact Stephanie Rones at (202) 832-3442 or Hazel Thomas (202) 491-9245.
PCDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, open membership organization. Our mission is to promote and improve housing, economic and community development for residents of Ward 5. Our objective is to enhance the overall quality of life throughout the Ward.

Monday, September 18, 2006



SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 202-671-2004


( Washington , DC ) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to launch rehabilitation work on Florida Avenue from Ninth Street to North Capitol Street, NW on September 25, 2006.

Wok will include the repair and replacement of sidewalks, milling and overlaying the street, upgrading drainage systems, streetlight upgrades and installation of ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps. The $4.8 million project makes use of federal and local funds.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times. Curbside parking will be restricted on Florida Avenue during some phases of the project. Proper notice will be posted at those points of construction alerting residents, visitors and local businesses.

Work hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.. The duration of the project is 15 months, weather permitting. Motorists should expect minor delays during work hours and should use caution when traveling through the work zone.

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