Community Meeting – September 19, 2017, 7:00 PM
- Dan Schramm – President
- Brian Stevens – Vice President
- Teresa Fleming – Membership Director
- Clyde Blassengale – Treasurer
- Lamont Bessicks – Recording Secretary
- Elise Scott – Corresponding Secretary
- Ian McFarlane – At-Large Member
Dan opened the meeting at approximately 7:11 PM.
Item 1: Treasurer’s Report & Membership Report
- Balance beginning July 1, 2017: $3,736.82
- Income (Memberships): $110.00
- Income (Solar Solutions): $200.00
- Income (Paypal): $3.64
- Expenses: $77.04
- Balance ending August 31, 2017: $3,973.42
- New Members: 11
- Renewing Members: 0
- Treasurer’s Report accepted.
Item 2: Dance Place Announcements – Amanda Blythe
- RFP for artist applications to assist with painting and artwork. Deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017.
- Last Thursday evening for summer performances is Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 4:30 – 5:30, PM. Held throughout each summer.
Item 3: Resolution on Low-Intensity LED Street Lighting – DC Street Light Task Force – Deloris Bushong
- Asking DC Government to replace existing street lights with low-intensity LED lighting.
- The group desires lighting that emits 2,700 kelvins, as opposed to the 4,500 kelvins that DC is proposing to use.
- The group is hoping to garner community support from the BNCA to get DDOT to change to lighting at the lower kelvin levels.
- Other ANC’s and community associations have agreed to provide support of this initiative.
- Task Force met with new Director of DDOT to discuss the issue.
- RFP for installation with be released in early Spring, 2018.
- Dan presented a motion to support. The motion was seconded, with no exceptions. A quorum took a vote with all “I’s” received; no opposition or abstentions.
Item 4: Tastemakers Food Incubator – Kirk Francis (owner of “Captain Cookie”)
- New location at corner of 10th & Franklin Street, NE.
- Kirk is a new BNCA member.
- Commissary kitchen to host 15-30 small businesses.
- Retail side and cooking side.
- Cooking classes will be held.
- Six businesses have already committed to renting space.
- Fifty solar panels to be installed
- Long-term commitment to the venture.
- License to serve liquor is in hand.
- 12 to 15 parking spaces onsite, dedicated to employees and business delivery trucks.
- Customers directed to use Metro, public transportation, or park off-site.
Item 5: Development at Rhode Island Avenue, NE & 4th Street, NE – Michael Skena (MRP Realty)
- By-Right development project at Forman Mill Shopping Center.
- Proposing 9 new buildings; existing access points to be maintained. Six-stories, with retail on the ground level. Approximately 1,450 residential units, with an average size of approximately 750 square feet, built over a ten-year period. Overall, 8% of housing units will have rent levels at 60% AMI.
- One building will be leased to a cinema draft house. Another building is planned to maintain a grocery store.
- Connecting with existing Metro-Brach Trail at grade level.
- Initial PUD approval process begun and approved in 2015, but appealed.
- Redesigned to reduce density, but all community benefits from the original PUD to be maintained.
- Infrastructure costs financed through Tax-Increment Financing (TIF).
- Initial ground breaking in September, 2018.
- Parking ratio at 0.5 spaces/unit.
- Aside – “The Green” at Brookland Metro Station
- Following WMATA’s lead on changes to the Comprehensive Plan amendments.
Item 6: Organizational Matters & Events – (Dan to send information via email)
- Changing May and November Meetings to Tuesdays
- DC Fed. Civic Associations Annual Luncheon
- Tentative Ft. Bunker Hill Cleanup – November 11.
- Updates on Traffic Issues/Meetings w. DDOT
- Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest – September 30.
Item 7: Officer Lakomec & Officer Bethal
- Violent crime down 71% from last year.
- Burglaries down 83% from last year.
- Motor vehicle theft down 25% from last year.
- Theft from autos down 33% from last year.
- Property thefts down 43% from last year.
Item 8: Mayor’s Office – Lionel Gaines
- RadioDC station launched in conjunction with 96.3 FM. Offices on Brentwood Road, near the post office.
- Infrastructure Academy to provide training for new infrastructure projects.
- Mayor will attend the next ANC5B meeting at 6:30 PM, on September 27, 2017.
Item 9: Other Community Concerns & Announcements
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.
Next BNCA Meeting: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 PM
- $236.60 increase in budget from July 1, 2017.
- Dance Place issuing and RFP for painting and artwork.
- BNCA agreed to support installation of low-density LED street lights.
- Taskmaster’s Food Incubator grand opening projected for early November, 2017.
- Development at Rhode Island Avenue, NE & 4th Street, NE
- Approximately 1,450 residential units; average size of approximately 750 sf.
- A cinema draft house and a grocery store proposed on site.
- Overall crime activity down from last year this time.
- New RadioDC station launched in conjunction with 96.3 FM.