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Report from Last Night’s Park View UNC Meeting

January 7, 2016

Last night’s Park View United Neighborhood Coalition meeting was held at the Park View Rec Center from 7 to 8 pm. President Chris Waldmann called the meeting to order and opened the meeting by speaking about how a goal for 2016 will be to collaborate with other neighborhood groups in the area on similar issues. It was also announced that its membership renewal time, and members can renew both at one of the meetings on online at the UNC Web site.

Vice president Marcus Hedrick provided a brief overview on both the redevelopment of Park Morton and the status of the Bruce Monroe park. After attending many of the meetings on the redevelopment of Park Morton, he reported that there are still a number of issues that haven’t been fully decided with the plan, but that he has seen that the development team has been responsive to community feedback in the meetings and have incorporated some of what they’ve heard from early meeting in subsequent meetings.

Sarah Sorscher provided an overview of the streets working group efforts and noted that another meeting will be scheduled for later in January … and Sherita Alexander gave a brief introduction to her efforts with the Friends of Park View Playground organization.

Much of the evening was spent discussing issues and the types of activities or guest speakers that people would like to see in 2016.

There was an early discussion about crime and stability in police officers assigned to the area. One of the points made was that officers tend to get assigned to our area, and then a year or so later they are promoted and moved out of the neighborhood, requiring residents to start from scratch and build new relationships with new officers. This happened (again) recently with the promotion of Lt. David Augustine who was a strong force in PSA 409 (north of Park Road). Gabriel Rojo from the Mayor’s office was in attendance and was requested to report back to the Mayor that the community should have the same stability in MPD deployments that other neighborhoods have.

Other topics that were discussed as topics for future meetings or events included:

  • Neighborhood clean up activities;
  • DCRA and how to report unpermitted activity;
  • Beautifying & planting tree boxes in the area, specifically on Georgia Avenue (which could be a good multi-organization collaborative effort);
  • Addressing illegal dumping of household trash in public little cans;
  • A summer movie program;
  • A meeting on the school lottery process; and,
  • How to assist seniors and those with disabilities in shoveling walks this winter.

After discussing these topics, time expired and the meeting came to a close.

 

Mayor Bowser Visits Park View — Topics Include the Bruce Monroe Site

November 5, 2015

Bowser(Mayor Bowser taking questions from community members at the November Park View UNC meeting.)

Mayor Muriel Bowsers attended the November Park View UNC meeting and took questions on a number of issues including crime, school modernizations, vacant and blighted property, bike lanes, and the redevelopment of Park Morton.

Prior to the Mayor’s arrival,  the Park View UNC took up two orders of business. They were:

  1. The election of officers for the following year, and
  2. A resolution opposing the parking variance for the development at 3701 New Hampshire Avenue unless the building is denied parking passes for street parking (editor’s note: ANC 1A supported the requested variances).

Upon the Mayor’s arrival, the meeting settled into a question and answer session after opening remarks. Early questions related to school modernizations, recreation center improvements, and the Pepco-Exelon settlement agreement. There was also a notable focus on crime, public safety, and sustained law enforcement initiatives. During the public safety discussion officers of both the Third and Fourth districts spoke specifically about actions they are taking in the community.

As expected, the subject of the Park Morton redevelopment — and the use of the Bruce Monroe property as part of the project — arose and was the focus of much discussion. Mayor Bowser stated that the redevelopment of Park Morton is a long standing commitment and part of the New Communities Initiative. A major part of the New Communities goals is to not displace residents from their current neighborhoods by building replacement housing first.

Leading in to the discussion on the selection of the Bruce Monroe site as the best available option for the build first parcel, the Mayor asked if people had looked up and down Georgia Avenue for available land? The room erupted in many people shouting out suggestions of privately owned and/or alternative parcels as alternatives. Order was quickly regained and New Communities Director Angie Rodgers provided an overview of where things currently stand with the process. The Mayor also stated that whatever happens at the Bruce Monroe site it will include park space as part of that plan and that she wouldn’t support any proposal that didn’t have park space in it. As the planning is still in the very early stages, there is no timeline for breaking ground as yet.

In the course of the dialogue, the Mayor stated more than once that the current use of the Bruce Monroe site is temporary and that the property has always been intended to be developed. She also offered that it is a large parcel and can support a lot of what the community wants on the site. Additionally, the Mayor stated that the neighborhood is not realized the full benefit of the parcel because it is falling short of the full benefits that could be achieved there.

In response to those suggesting that 1125 Spring Road or 965 Florida Avenue include some replacement housing for Park Morton, two themes came through that caught my attention. The first was that neither of these locations are in the Park View community. The importance of this goes back to the goal of avoiding displacing residents from their current neighborhood. The other theme with regards to 1125 Spring Road was that that development has become more complicated than originally anticipated and that it would be inappropriate to have a conversation about its redevelopment without the residents who live around it as part of that conversation.

Despite all the work that went into redevelopment plans for 1125 Spring Road in 2014, Mayor Bowser shared that the city has encountered some legal hurdles to transferring the property to the Housing Authority. Instead, the property is going to need to have an open bidding process and that the community engagement process will need to be restarted. Most likely, the property will go through an Our RFP process.

The evening closed with Ms. High speaking about her concerns with the redevelopment of Park Morton. As a resident of the complex, Ms. High expressed concerns about being displaced and being safe, and commented that all the residents of Park Morton deserve to be treated fairly.

A community meeting focused on the topic of redeveloping Park Morton has been scheduled for November 16th at 6:30 pm. It will be held at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View Elementary School.

Tonight’s Park View UNC Meeting Focuses on Rats, Community Block Party, & Bruce-Monroe Site

September 2, 2015

The September Park View UNC Meeting is tonight at the Park View Recreation Center from 7-8 p.m. The two items on the agenda should be of interest to many in the community as they are:

  • Rodent Control; and,
  • Bruce-Monroe Park

According to their announcement on the listserv:

Rats are a longstanding problem in Park View. Like any animal, they need shelter, water, and food to survive. Learn how to get the city to help you and your neighbors control the rat population on your street by making conditions less attractive for rodents.

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition has not taken a position on what should happen to the former site of Bruce-Monroe Elementary School (currently a temporary park). At the September meeting, we will discuss what members want for the park, so the UNC can advocate for that goal.

Additionally, the 3rd annual Park View UNC block party is scheduled for September 12 from 2-6 pm. If you are interested in volunteering with the set up and other jobs, you can do so by contacting Elanor Starmer (elanor (dot) starmer (at) gmail). Donations are also being accepted via the Park View UNC Web site.

Recent Crime Focus of Tonight’s Park View UNC Meeting

August 5, 2015

Tonight’s Park View UNC meeting will focus on public safety with a discussion about crime with members of the police department. The details from the meeting announcement are below:

Park View Crime Meeting

Congratulations to New Park View UNC Board Members

February 7, 2013

Last night, at the February Park View United Neighborhood Coalition, it was apparent that the civic organization is back on solid ground. I’m very excited by this and offer my congratulations to the new board, which is composed of the following:

  • Marcus Hedrick — President
  • John Hanly — Vice President
  • Janisha Richardson — Treasurer
  • Sarah Sorscher — Secretary
  • Roger Peace — At Large
  • Maria Peace — At Large
  • Cecile Blot — At Large
  • Mose Montgomery — At Large

After the sitting of the new board, the meeting centered on the next steps for the organization. Among the issues that were raised about the organization were the need to consider expanding the borders of the organization, the need to better partner with area businesses, and the need to review and update the organization’s by laws. Issues related to the neighborhood included organizing community clean-ups, working with the Mayor’s Office to organize neighborhood Fix-Its, and evaluating how to effectively communicate within the neighborhood.

I’m a strong supporter of civic groups and believe they are important allies in working with the city and advocating to get much needed improvements and services in the community. I look forward to working with President Hedrick and the entire board to move Park View forward in 2013.

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Park View UNC November Newsletter Now Available

November 1, 2010

The November, 2010, Park View UNC newsletter is now available. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd, at the Park View Recreation Center at 7:00 p.m.

You can get a PDF version by clicking on the image to the right. Some of the features in the newsletter include:

  • Monthly crime report;
  • Update on rat abatement efforts;
  • An update on development at the Bruce-Monroe site;
  • And more …

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Park View UNC October Newsletter Now Available

October 4, 2010

The October, 2010, Park View UNC newsletter is now available. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6th, at the Park View Recreation Center at 7:00 p.m.

You can get a PDF version by clicking on the image to the right. Some of the features in the newsletter include:

  • Monthly crime report;
  • Call for candidates for the 2010 UNC Board;
  • a remembrance for Horace C. Thomas, a long-time Park View resident that recently passed ;
  • And more …

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Park View Rec Center Focus of July UNC Meeting

July 8, 2010

The main subject of last night’s Park View UNC meeting, held at E.L. Haynes, centered around community concerns with safety, operation, and conditions at the Rec Center. In addition to members of the community, representatives from DPR and Councilmember Graham were in attendance.

The discussion opened with a presentation by ANC 1A08 Commissioner Cliff Valenti. Valenti, using a projector, showed the assembly images of Stead Park Recreation Center and the Kalorama Recreation Center. While the Kalorama site has significantly more land than the Park View site, Stead is roughly the same size.

Among the significant differences between Stead/Kalorama and Park View is that Stead & Kalorama both have similar designs that separate the children’s play area from the older teens basketball area with a buffer area in between. Both centers also have active “Friends of … ” organizations composed of active residents.

Among the areas of concern brought out by Valenti’s presentation and the ensuing community discussion were:

  • The need for the greater community to work together to develop a short- and long-term plan to solve problems at the center;
  • The need to fix and repair equipment — such as video surveillance cameras — and facilities — such as holes in the fence;
  • A greater need for community dialogue in the programming of the facilities. Several residents suggesting razing the entire site and starting over. This was of concern to CM Graham since the playing field is on track for renovation this fall;
  • Better and/or more programs at the center to keep youth occupied; and,
  • More community involvement.

To this last point, Valenti circulated a sign up sheet to get a Friends of Park View Rec Center started and those interested in finding out more can email Valenti to be included in upcoming planning meetings.

While there are many items still to sort out, and issues as yet unresolved, one thing came through loud and clear among those assembled … there is a great deal of interest and concern in correcting the shortcomings at the Rec Center and finding ways to communicate and work together better to find the appropriate solutions.

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Park View UNC July Newsletter Now Available

July 5, 2010

The July, 2010, Park View UNC newsletter is now available. The next Park View UNC meeting will be on Wednesday, July 7th, and the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School.

You can get a PDF version by clicking on the image to the right. Some of the features in the newsletter include:

  • Monthly crime report
  • Information on what’s in your tap water
  • Rat baiting update
  • And more …

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Notes From the Park View UNC Meeting, 6/2/10

June 3, 2010

Last night’s Park View UNC meeting had the following topics of interest to the community:

ANC Commissioner Cliff Valenti informed the assembly that there will be two items on next week’s ANC1A meeting agenda of interest. 1) The liquor application for Morgan’s Seafood (3200 Georgia Avenue). The liquor license issue has been a contentious one as already reported. Residents who care about this issue are encouraged to attend the meeting as voice their views on the issue.

2) The former Central Union Mission property at 3510-3512 Georgia Avenue will be before the commissioners who will consider the amount of parking requested. The developers are asking for a variance to provide only 29 parking spaces when zoning requires 50 spaces for a building of its size. Residents living on Newton Place have already expressed concerns about parking being difficult on the street that would be most impacted by this development.

Detail from the Middle Georgia Avenue Greatstreets plan showing the intersection with New Hampshire and Rock Creek Church Road

DDOT was present to give an overview of the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets project which is located between Webster Street and Otis Place. Work on the project began on May 17, 2010, and is expected to last approximately 18 months. It will be completed in roughly three phases starting at Webster and working south.

The first phase now underway is the conduit work. This is estimated to impact the area between New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place in about three to four weeks. When it is completed, work will move to the east side of Georgia — starting again at Webster and moving south — with curbs, landscaping, street furniture, etc. until work has been completed to Otis. Then, the process will be repeated on the west side of Georgia Avenue once again at Webster.

During construction, while pedestrian movement will be hampered flagmen will be present to assist residents in crossing the avenue. The work includes repaving the roadway and transitioning the streetscaping into the side streets. Interested residents can keep track of the projects progress by going here>>

The subject of rat abatement was presented by John Hanly, who spoke to the need to have petitions filled out by residents so that the Department of Health can abate entire alleys rather than bate one property at a time. More details, including how to contact Hanly to assist in collecting signatures, are included in the June Park View UNC newsletter.

Neighborhood trash, particularly around the 600 and 700 blocks of Princeton Place, was brought up with a request to Councilmember Graham’s representative, Benton Heimsath, to investigate what it would take to have a public trash can installed. Commissioner Valenti stated that trash was a complicated topic, with resident’s being responsible for maintaining the property in front of their homes. To successfully combat street debris, the assembly discussed the need for door to door education, community clean-ups, and contacting DCRA for difficult properties. Success will likely require a balance of all of these approaches. Heimsath will look into the trash can request and report back.

The meeting closed with a discussion focused on the possibility of a community flea market or yard sale. The goal of the sale would be to raise money for the UNC and help residents dispose of items they no longer needed. More information regarding this idea will be forthcoming as it is developed further.

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