Neighborhood Watch Training Successful

Posted March 27, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Crime

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Neighborhood Watch Training(Neighborhood Watch Training at the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center, March 21, 2015.)

On Saturday, March 21, Neighborhood Watch Trainer Samantha Nolan conducted a Neighborhood Watch session at the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center located at 3531 Georgia Avenue. The training began at 10:00 a.m. and ran for about an hour and a half.

The purpose of the session was to inform residents on how to prevent crime and reduce the likelihood of becoming a crime victim. More than 80% of crime in D.C. is preventable. By reducing the number of preventable crimes, the police can concentrate on preventing and solving more violent crimes.

There were about 22 residents in attendance, and Ms. Nolan was excellent. She spoke about various types of crime and showed illustrations on what made particular houses or behaviors attractive to criminals.

Related to Neighborhood Watch, MPD has a two page flyer with tips to prevent crimes of opportunity, which you can read here.

One of the most important actions residents can do to reduce crime is to get to know each other. By having block captains and strong community engagement where residents look out for each other, many crimes of opportunity can be prevented or solved.



Park Morton Development Team Meets with Community

Posted March 26, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Park Morton in 1965

Park Morton in 1965

Last night, representatives from the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, the DC Housing Authority, and the members of the development team selected to redevelop Park Morton met with community members at the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force Meeting. While all provided an overview and answered community questions, very little was shared that hadn’t already been known.

According to Kimberly King of the D.C. Housing Authority (and formerly Director of the New Communities Initiative), the Park Morton development is currently in a review stage. Mayor Bowser is committed to getting the project moving and all are interested in doing it in a positive way for the community. This includes reviewing the old plans from several years ago to see if they need any adjustments and to incorporate any ideas that have been brought forward since then.

The next stages include a design charrette and forming an inclusive community process to actively participate as the plans move forward.  One thing that was not shared last night, and which no one was able to answer, was what the timeline for the development would be. This led to questions about the current living conditions at Park Morton and strong advocacy that maintenance and repairs need to be made to provide the quality living units that are basic to any renter. The DC Housing Authority representatives at the meeting responded that those issues are addressed by their Operations unit and that they would relay the concerns to them. Former Park View UNC President Marcus Hedrick was in attendance and asked if Operations representatives could be at future meetings as maintenance and quality of life issues will continue to be a concern until the development gets underway … and the D.C. Housing Authority responded that this would not be a problem.

While there continue to be more questions than answers, the meeting was helpful to the process. The community members attending the meeting expressed a sense of urgency, the need for community involvement, and an unwillingness to accept failure at Park Morton.

The development team selected to redevelop Park Morton is made up of Dantes Partners and Community Builders. News to date on the Park Morton New Communities Initiative can be found here.

Pepco’s Beautiful Depression Era Frescoes

Posted March 25, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Art, History, Pepco

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If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit Pepco’s Headquarters at Edison Place (701 Ninth Street, NW), you’ll have noticed two large artworks that appear to be paintings. These are actually frescoes created by artist James Michael Newell and commissioned by Pepco in 1931 for their headquarters building at 10th and E Streets, NW. As the Pepco headquarters has moved, so have the frescoes. They now hang at the far end of the entrance hall and nearby in the ground floor elevator lobby on Ninth Street.

The first fresco that a visitor encounters shows linemen working along the Potomac River (below).


As one turns towards the elevators, the companion piece again shows linemen working with the Benning Power Plant in the background.


Both artworks are accompanied by the following informational plaque:


Limited Power Outage Scheduled for Tonight in Northern Park View

Posted March 24, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Pepco, Restoration repair and maintenance

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Pepco is doing some maintenance work in the northern part of the neighborhood and power will be off in the affected area tonight from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.  The outage will impact customers on the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Rd., 600 block of Quebec Pl., 3600 block of Park. Pl., 3600 block of Warder St. NW, and the 700 block of Princeton Pl. NW. Residents living in this area should have already received a door hanger alerting them of the disruption (example below).

Pepco outage sign(Pepco notice from door hanger)

The scheduled outage tonight is so that Pepco can replace a module. As this is an overnight outage, residents on the relevant blocks should plan accordingly with regards to alarm clocks and devices that require charging.

600 B/O Princeton Will Be Part of Residential Parking Permit Program Effective April 16.

Posted March 23, 2015 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, parking


600 Princeton RPP
(New permit parking sign on the 600 b/o Princeton Place, NW)

If you live on or near the 600 block of Princeton Place, NW, you will have noticed that the signs for residential permit parking have begun to be installed. These north side of the street will be reserved for Zone 1 residents only (or those with visitor passes). During the initial installation, Zone 1 signs were also installed on the southern side of the block, but after alerting the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), I have confirmed that the southern side of the block will have the green and  white 2 hour parking signs allowing visitors to park on that side of the street without a visitors parking pass.

DDOT’s sign crew began the process of fabricating the green and white signs on Friday, March 20, and will install them on Princeton soon. Enforcement will begin on Monday April, 16, 2015. (DDOT notice here).

Permits Issued for More Popups in the Neighborhood

Posted March 20, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development

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In looking at permitting information, the following two neighborhood properties can be added to the list of single family houses getting popups and being converted into apartments/condos.

733 Princeton Place

733 Princeton Place

A permit was issued on March 9, 2015, to convert 733 Princeton Place into a flat with a new 3rd floor.

733 Princeton has been a troubled property. A little more than a year ago it was flipped and on the market as a single family home. Before it could got to closing, the development partners got in a dispute with one of them removing the appliances and trashing the house with a chainsaw. This time around, with a different developer, the house will be popped up and converted to flats.

3223 Warder Street, NW

3223 Warder Street, NW

The other property headed for a popup is 3223 Warder Street, which was issued a permit on March 18, 2015. According  to the permit, the scope of work is to “convert single family house into 4 units. Building renovation and enhancement and third floor addition.”

3223 Warder is on a huge lot, and two other houses just to the south of it are also gutted and being redeveloped. The clip below from the DC Zoning Map shows the lot (highlighted) indicating how large it is in relationship to other lots on the block.

3223 Warder map(Map from the DC Zoning Atlas).

Petworth Liquors’ Liquor License Up for Renewal

Posted March 20, 2015 by Kent
Categories: ABRA, Liquor stores

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Petworth Liquors(Petworth Liquors, at 3210 Georgia)

Knowing that residents have had concerns about Petworth Liquors in the past, I thought people would like to know that the license is currently up for renewal. The notice that will be posted today is below:

Petworth  Liquors renewal


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