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.
THADDEUS JAMES says
I have been living in the Brookland Manor community for 15 years. I support the revitalization of Rhode Island Avenue, and a more socially functional infrastructure. The DC Government need to improve the street lighting on Rhode Island, Montana Ave, and the streets lighting in the Brookland Manor apartments community need to be upgraded. I’m a supporter of the RIA Redevelopment project at Brookland Manor. What makes this project so unique is the Human Capital plan, that will have social support services for our resident. This is a PUD and the developers committed to 22% of very low-income housing, and the preservation of 373 HUD section-8 housing. I’m so excited about the job creation this project will bring to Ward-5. One of greatest gift the developers are giving to Ward-5 is the 200 unit senior building for elderly seniors 62 and over. Also I’m a candidate for Ward-5CO6 Commissioner.