Community Meeting – January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
- Dan Schramm – President
- Brian Stevens – Vice President
- Clyde Blassengale – Treasurer
- Elise Scott – Corresponding Secretary
- Lamont Bessicks – Recording Secretary
- OPEN – Membership Director
- Ian MacFarlane – At-Large member
Meeting began at approximately 7:03 PM
Item #1 – Old Business and Notice of BNCA Officer Elections: February, 2019
- Members are encouraged to participate as officers.
- Lamont Bessicks (Recording Secretary) is stepping down after three years of service.
Item #2 – Treasurer’s Report – November & December, 2018
- Beginning Balance: $3,705.75
- Revenue: $130.00
- 10 New Members $100.00
- Contributions $30.00
- Paypal Surplus $0.00
- Expenses $301.68
- Paper Statement Fee (Nov./Dec.) $4.00
- DC Fed. of Civic Assn. Luncheon Fee $130.00
- Clyde & F. Jackson Luncheon Exp. $45.61
- Nov. Officer. Mtg Refreshments $122.07 (Marsala Restaurant)
- Ending Balance: $3,535.07
- Membership for the year-end was 180.
- The Treasure’s Report was read and accepted in the meeting minutes.
Item #3 – Brookland History of Events at Woodridge Library
- Eric White (DC Public Library)
- Robotics Class – every Thursday
- Legal assistance from Neighborhood Legal Services – every Wednesday
- Free tax services, provided twice per week, through a partnership with AARP, beginning the end of January.
- Free sign language classes every Thursday evening.
- Chess classes and chess tournaments.
- Provides certification for Microsoft NorthStar courses.
- Downloadable book services – audible and e-books.
- February 17 – Kick-Off for Brookland History of Events
- The entire exhibit can be seen at the Library of Anacostia from February through the end of 2019.
- Contact Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information
- Contact BNCA President, Dan Schramm, on the BNCA website, if anyone would like volunteer for the Brookland portion of the exhibit, or if a local business would like to donate its services.
Item #4 – Creating a “Village” in Brookland
- Emma Klingenstein, Executive Director
- Greater Brookland Community Village
- Provides volunteers to assist seniors with services as they age-in-place.
- Attempts to reduce loneliness of seniors through community interaction.
- Ra Mean (ANC B5-A04) is in support of the Village.
- Desired to connect with local churches and schools.
- Contact Emma for more information.
Item #5 – Development Projects on Rhode Island Avenue, NW
- Dillan Investments – Jehat Mehmetoglu & Martin Sullivan (Sullivan & Barros, LLP)
- 1904 Irving Street, NE
- 4 units, with three of them affordably priced.
- 1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
- Purchased the building in 2016; opened District Floor Depot in 2017.
- Uses part of the building as offices for his real estate development business.
- Desires to construct an additional floor of approximately 1,300 square feet, to house his offices.
- Board of Zoning would require one (1) parking space for the addition.
- Dillan is asking for relief from the BZA for the parking space, because the footprint of 1600 Rhode Island occupies the entire foot print of the existing lot.
- 1818 Rhode Island Avenue
- In the conceptual stage of a 12-unit apartment building.
- Current planning also presents parking issues.
- 1904 Irving Street, NE
Item #6 – Other Community Concerns & Announcements
- Howard Divinity School Campus
- ANC 5B Meetings – January 16 & 23
- Howard University & FLLGA at Burroughs Elementary School (6:30 PM)
- Triangle Park DPR Community Meeting
- Meeting on February 7, 2019
- More details to follow
- Bollywood Night at Masala Story
- Date TBD
- Danielle Delvecchio
- Blue Bird Sky Yoga Studio at 12th & Irving Streets, NE
- Nolan Treadway, Councilmember McDuffie’s Office
- Redrawing of lines between of MPD’s 4th and 5th Districts.
Meeting adjourned at 8:33 PM.
Next BNCA Meeting: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM