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Park View/Georgia Avenue ANC1A Meeting Tonight @ Smitty’s, 6:30 pm

September 23, 2019

Meeting Announcement

In order to better serve the needs of the Park View neighborhood, ANC1A Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08), Michael Wray (1A09) & Rashida Brown (1A10) are kicking off a series of monthly joint Single Member District meetings to provide updates on what is going on in the community and be more accessible to neighbors.

Details for the September meeting are below:

Location: Smitty’s: 3549 Georgia Avenue, NW
Date: Monday, September 23rd
Time: 6:30 pm

Topics for discussion will focus on what is important to neighbors, and may include:

  • Transporation/DDOT
  • Public Safety
  • Updates on park renovations

All are welcome to attend.

MPD Fourth District Leadership Meets with Park View Community on Public Safety

June 27, 2019

MPD Fourth District Capt. John McDonald (left) and Commander Randy Griffin (right).

In response to recent violence in the Park View neighborhood and staffing changes within the Metropolitan Police Department ((MPD), MPD Scheduled a community meeting on June 26th at the Park View Recreation Center. The meeting was well attended and included ANC1A Commissioners Michael Wray and Kent Boese as well as representatives from the Mayor’s and Councilmember’s offices.

The meeting was presided over by the new 4D Sector 3 Police Captain, John McDonald and Fourth District Commander, Randy Griffin.

While there was little information the officers could share about the active homicide investigations related to the June 19th shooting death of 29 year-old Juan Marcell Grant on the 700 block of Princeton Place, NW and the June 22nd shooting of two people on the 600 block of Morton Street where 45 year-old Melton Grant was killed, they did respond to overall public safety concerns and share some information.

Commander Griffin shared that the murders are unrelated and acknowledged that the gun related crimes are up in many parts of the city, not just in Park View. He also shared that the typical age range for those involved in shootings is between 18 and 24/25. It was interesting to note that Captain McDonald shared that MPD officers in the Morton Street area have also been shot at themselves while on patrol and that special officers have been assigned to the area. Additionally, on Morton Street MPD is collaborating with the DC Housing Authority Police for that area.

According to MPD, often what is happening is that a petty argument escalates quickly and one person has a firearm, often illegal, who then used it. For this reason, MPD has made illegal gun retrieval a priority as part of their response.

Additionally, the meeting afforded an opportunity to have a more robust conversation about public safety in general, address tensions between newer residents and long-term residents, and emphasized that staying alert and being aware of your surroundings is instrumental in staying safe when out in the community.

At the close of the meeting the Park View Rec Center staff also gave an overview of their programs and what they are doing to help reduce violence in the neighborhood, including a summer basketball tournament for young men ages 16-18 and a series of community events in the works for Friday’s this summer.

Councilmember Robert White Meet & Greet in Ward 1 on Thursday

November 14, 2018

I find there is much to be gained by getting to know our Councilmembers, and not just our Ward Councilmembers. Robert White, one of our four at-large representatives, will be at Bin 1301 on U Street this Thursday from 6-8 pm with the sole purpose of getting to know the residents of our communities better. I encourage anyone who has the time to stop by and talk to Robert. I’ve found him to be a stand-up guy from day one.

Details below:

Historic Preservation Community Day is Saturday 9/22 at All Souls Church

September 18, 2018

The DC Preservation League is hosting Historic Preservation Community Day this Saturday at All Souls Church from 10 am to 4 pm. You can register and find out more on their Web page and also check out the day’s agenda here. Its a good opportunity to learn more about historic preservation in the city as well as sort fact from misinformation that generally exists on this subject.

DCRA Director Bolling to Engage Neighbors at Wednesday’s Park View UNC Meeting

September 3, 2018

The September 5th meeting of the Park View UNC has special guest, Director Melinda Bolling of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), better known as the agency that approves building permits and sends out inspectors when construction exceeds permitted work.

In neighborhoods like Park View where a large majority of housing stock is rowhouses, major construction can have — and often has — an impact on property owners next door.

If you live next to a construction project, or just have questions and want to know more about the process, join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition this Wednesday evening for their special meeting:

“The problem next door: What to do when development, illegal construction or a vacant property affects your home.”

When/where: Wednesday, September 5, 7-8pm, Park View Rec Center (Warder St. and Otis Pl. NW)

The discussion will feature Melinda Bolling, Director, DCRA and neighborhood residents who will share their experiences dealing with neighboring property issues

This is a great opportunity to join the UNC and neighbors for an informative meeting to learn from neighbors who’ve been through these experiences and from the director of DCRA about your rights, responsibilities, and tips for what to do.

Park View Crime Meeting & Navigating the D.C. School Lottery Wednesday Night, Starting at 6:30 pm

January 2, 2018

Two meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Park View Rec Center.

In response to the several shootings that have occurred in the neighborhood over the past three weeks, a crime meeting has been schedule for 6:30. the details are below:

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is holding a community meeting tomorrow with the Commanders of the police districts covering Park View to discuss recent shootings in the area and the police response. The meeting will be held before the regularly scheduled Park View UNC meeting tomorrow evening.

What: Community Meeting with MPD about recent shootings in Park View
Who: Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, MPD 3D Commander Stuart Emerman, MPD 4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz
When: Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Pl NW)

This will be followed by the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Park View UNC, which will focus on the D.C. School Lottery process. The full announcement for the UNC meeting is below:

Are you navigating the DC school lottery for the first time? Are you a successful lottery navigator with advice to share?

Join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) for an informative meeting about the ins and outs of the lottery. A representative from My School DC — the common application/lottery system for all of the District’s public schools, including public charter schools and neighborhood public schools — will be at the event to explain the process and answer questions. Parents and staff from Bruce-Monroe Elementary at Park View will also provide information and answer questions about Park View’s in-bounds elementary school.

All interested neighbors, including kids, are welcome to attend this free and open event at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 3rd. We meet in the Park View Recreation Center at the corner of Warder Street and Otis Place NW, which is walking distance from the GA Ave/Petworth Metro.

Wednesday’s Park View UNC Meeting Focuses on Vacant Properties, Public Safety, & More

September 5, 2017

The September 6th Park View UNC meeting promises to be well worth attending. Below is the meeting announcement from the Park View listserv.

Please join the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition for our monthly meeting next Wednesday, September 6 from 7-8pm at the Park View Rec Center.

The main topic of our meeting will be vacant properties. We are honored to be joined by City Councilmember Elissa Silverman, who has championed a number of bills in recent years to address vacant property issues in the District. She will brief us on the problems that led her to work on this issue in the Council, and we’ll discuss how we can address vacant property issues in Park View.

We will also be joined by representatives from MPD to provide a monthly update on police activity in the neighborhood. We’ll also hear an update on the recent meeting of the UNC’s new Public Safety Working Group and the latest on the upcoming neighborhood block party.


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