New Housing Coming to Newton Place After 4 Year Delay

Posted July 10, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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As reported in April, the long-stalled infill development first proposed for 429 Newton Place, NW, in 2012 and approved in 2013 is moving forward following a change in ownership. Over the weekend I observed that the foundations have been poured, an excellent sign that this isn’t another false start.

(New foundations for the six flats under construction at 429 Newton Place, NW.)

The project, as approved, will result in three rowhouse-type infill buildings. Each will contain two living units for a total of 6 new living units. Below is the elevation on how the development will integrate into the existing neighborhood.

(Elevation of new rowhouses currently under construction at 429 Newton Place, NW.)

Fundraiser Underway to Help Officers Injured in Adams Morgan

Posted July 7, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Fundraisers, MPD

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On June 8th, Brandon Figures-Mormon got behind the steering wheel of his pickup truck in Adams Morgan, veered around a stopped Metro bus and sped onto a median, striking two uniformed D.C. police officers and a city transportation worker. The incident was widely reported (read Washington Post article).

What I think is lesser known if that the two officers struck by the truck were seriously injured. In checking with MPD and beat officers in Adams Morgan recently, I was able to get an update on their condition. One of the officers has been released from care and is undergoing  physical therapy. The other is still hospitalized and with significant injuries.

To help the two injured officers, the FOP Auxiliary, DC Police Union, and the entire greater DC law enforcement community have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support the officers and their families as they face months and possibly years of tough recovery and rehabilitation.

The fundraising goal is $50,000 to be split between the two injured officers and families. Anyone is welcome to participate at https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-2-dc-officers-injured-68

We Need the Park View Pool Open Earlier on Weekends

Posted July 6, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Department of Parks and Recreation, Sports leisure and entertainment

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An issue I’ve been watching closely this summer is the hours of operation for DPR pools and spray parks. For years, neighbors have wanted the pool at the Park View Recreation Center to open earlier on Saturday and Sunday, perhaps around 9:30 or 10 am. It currently opens at Noon on weekends.

While past attempts have been unsuccessful, I think the time is right to push for this change again. Starting on June 30th, DPR decided to extend hours when its its spray parks would be open from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm. While this is great, it doesn’t really help Park View. Never-the-less, as DPR seems to currently be open to changing service hours for spray parks, its time to push for the same consideration for local pools too.

The Walk-to-Learn-to-Swim pool at Park View Recreation Center.

New Convenience Store Open at Georgia and Irving

Posted July 5, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Retail, Small Businesses

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The Family Convenience Store has recently opened at 3100 Georgia Avenue, the northwest corner of Georgia and Irving. The building has been vacant for about six years. Has anyone checked it out?

MPD Investigating Whether Officers Hit Boy and Left Scene

Posted July 3, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Children, MPD, People, Public Safety

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On the evening of June 30th, I was notified by neighbors living on 6th Street between Newton and Otis that at around 7:35 p.m. they heard a thud outside and a child scream. They indicated that it appeared to them that the police car had hit the child. Shortly thereafter, the offices left with the injured boy and his damaged bicycle still in the alley. According to the Washington Post, (read article here), this incident is currently being investigated.

Immediately after receiving the report of this incident, I reached out to Chief Newsham, Assistant Chief Greene, and the Fourth District Commander Manlapaz seeking answers. Both Chief Newsham and Commander Manlapaz responded quickly that they were aware of the incident and investigating it. I’ve since scheduled a meeting with Chief Newsham later this week at which I’ll be addressing this incident among my other public safety concerns.

Regardless of the details of the incident, one thing to me is quite clear … leaving the scene of the incident before an ambulance could arrive to make sure the 11-year old boy was alright is not acceptable. This is not the relationship that we should have between the community and those entrusted to ensure our public safety. Additionally, I think the incident highlights a symptom of a much larger problem — one made worse by the number of retirements and new hires that MPD is currently working through. Because of the attrition rate and efforts to hire new officers, I believe we currently have police offers who are disconnected from the communities they serve for a variety of reasons.

On a human level, no one who knew the community and those who live in it would have left a child in need sitting in an alley. This was demonstrated by the residents of 6th Street who took it upon themselves to ensure that an ambulance was called and made sure that everything would turn out alright. While they were doing the right thing as any neighbor would, to me they are heroes.

For my part, I’ll be seeking a resolution to this that ensures that MPD takes the appropriate corrective action and restores confidence that the incident currently being investigate never happens again.

Park View Cleanup Scheduled for July 8th

Posted June 30, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Volunteerism

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The next Park View Cleanup organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive is Saturday, July 8th! See details below:

You Know July 4th is Near When the Fireworks Stands Arrive

Posted June 29, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Holidays

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The fireworks stand by the former Sweet Mango Cafe was put up a couple of days ago and is open for business. A sure sign that the Fourth of July is near. In years past the neighborhood fireworks celebrations have often rivaled the fireworks on the Mall just because there were so many displays throughout the community.


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