Archive for July 2018

Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant Coming to 3630 Georgia Avenue

July 31, 2018

ABRA has posted notice that Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant has applied for a liquor license at 3630 Georgia Avenue. The new restaurant will serve Ethiopian food. The application is also for use of a Summer Garden with 20 seats in addition to 42 seats inside and a total occupancy load of 62. The applicant is also requesting full hours of operation as well as an Entertainment Endorsement to provide live entertainment inside the premises and for the summer garden (read ABRA otice here).


16th Street, NW, Bus Lanes Project Public Meeting Tonight in Mt. Pleasant

July 30, 2018
DDOT is hosing a public meeting tonight (Monday, July 30) from 6-8pm at the Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th Street NW) where they’ll have staff present to answer any questions as they move into the detailed design and then construction phases of the project their 16th Street Bus Lane Project.
You can find their narrated online presentation where they share their final roadway design layout for the 16th Street NW corridor, the final bus stop consolidation list, and the project schedule below or at

Roll-Off Day is Tomorrow (7/28): Opportunity to Get Rid of Bulk Items

July 27, 2018

It is not uncommon for our community to repeated see illegal dumping, especially around the first of the month as people move. Its especially all too common to see mattresses leaning up against litter cans in the neighborhood.

So I’m excited to share that tomorrow, in an effort to deter illegal dumping, the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, and Department of Public Works are hosing a Roll-Off Day in Columbia Heights on Saturday, July 28th, from 1pm-4pm in front of the 14th and Girard Street Park.

You can bring your bulk trash and other debris to 14th & Girard Streets NW on Saturday, July 28, for FREE disposal! While no hazardous materials or electronics will be accepted you can take those to the Fort Totten Transfer Station for disposal.

If you live in the neighborhood and need assistance moving items, you can call 202-442-8150 to RSVP for volunteer help.

Several Area Streets to be Repaved in 2018

July 26, 2018

While we are over halfway through 2018 and haven’t seen any significant street improvements in the neighborhood, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have several that are still planned for calendar 2018. These include Quebec Place from Park Place to Georgia, Newton Place from Park Place to Warder, and Columbia Road from Warder to Georgia AND from 13th Street to 16th Street. You can see these areas on the map below as well as review the status of all current DDOT alley and street paving projects at the DDOT Paving Plan Web site.

I’m particularly please by the inclusion of Columbia Road in the 2018 plan, as ANC1A supported other community efforts by unanimously passing a resolution asking for Columbia Road to be repaved in September 2017. The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Boese and co-sponsored by Commissioners Wade, Brown, and Rybarczyk.

All of the streets in the 2018 plan are still expected to be completed this calendar year. However, weather like the rain we’ve been having recently and any unexpected delays on other streets can put DDOT’s teams behind schedule. A good indicator for those living on the streets listed above about pending work will be the advanced posting of No Parking signs for the construction, which will give neighbors a heads up that the construction will begin soon.

(Streets shown in red are scheduled to be repaved in 2018, though work has not yet begun)

3110-3112 Georgia Avenue Finally Taking Shape

July 24, 2018

The new development at 3110-3112 Georgia Avenue has been slow going, but it finally appears to be taking shape I first noted it in August 2016 and saw demolition on the site in October 2017.

According to the building permits, the new building will be 4 stories plus a penthouse and a cellar with 16 apartments and a ground floor of commercial space. Below is the current state of the building. It is located just a few doors down from Colony Club.

… And We’re Back

July 23, 2018

Those who regularly checked in on this blog surely noticed that I stopped posting on a daily basis in June. With this post I intend to restart a more frequent posting schedule. The break was due in large part to busy schedule leading up to the June Democratic Primary, in which I was a candidate for the Ward 1 seat for the Council of the District of Columbia. I thank everyone for your patience and understanding for the break on this blog. In all honesty, I could have taken a different approach and blogged about the election, campaign experiences, and issues from my perspective. However, that was not the purpose that I had set this blog up to do and it just didn’t feel right to me to go there.

The above stated, I also think this is a good time to seek feedback on what people would like to see as the focus of this blog and if there are neighbors who are interested in writing for it. I do think this is an opportunity to broaden the topics to issues that are city-wide and not just the northeast corner of Ward 1 and surrounding areas. There are a lot of things that are afoot from transportation, to the Comprehensive Plan update, to health care, and of course the November elections to name a few.

So have at it, share your thoughts and ideas below for how this site can continue being a good resource for the community.

Pleasant Plains Movie Night on Friday, July 20th — Will Feature Two Local Documentaries

July 18, 2018

District Bridges is hosting a panel discussion with two local documentary filmmakers whose films examine issues of gentrification in Washington, DC. this Friday. The event is in partnership with Howard University and the featured filmmakers.

The first movie was filmed in the 1970s and is Brick by Brick. Brick by Brick is by Writer, Director, and Producer Shirikiana Aina of Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe. The second film What Happened 2 Chocolate City is focused on current dynamics and is in the final stages of production (donations to get it over the finish line are happily accepted online). Free popcorn will be provided by District Bridge’s partners and volunteers of Encounter Church.

District Bridges is also seeking volunteer help for the event.

Here are the details:
LOCATION: Howard University parking lot beside Sankofa (2616 Georgia Ave NW)
DATE: Friday, July 20
6:30pm Set-up
7:30pm Gates open to the public
8:00pm Panel Discussion
8:45pm Movies start
10:30pm Clean-Up

There are also a number of restaurant options nearby, including right next door at Sankofa Cafe and within a block at Salt & Pepper Grill (Indian/Pakistani Cuisine), Dulcinea (Mexican Food), Sweetpea’s (Classic Soul Food) and Howard China Take-Out.


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