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Park View UNC June Newsletter Now Available

May 31, 2010

The latest Park View UNC newsletter is now available. 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
  • Georgia Avenue Streetscaping Project
  • Rat Report
  • And more …

The next UNC meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 7 pm at the Park View Recreation Center.

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Park View UNC May Newsletter Now Available

May 3, 2010

The latest Park View UNC newsletter is now available. You can get a PDF version by clicking on the image to the right. Some of the features in the newsletter include:

  • Report from the last UNC meeting
  • Monthly crime report
  • Improvements at the Rec Center Pool
  • And more …

The next UNC meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 5th, at 7 pm at the Park View Recreation Center.

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Notes from the 4/7/10 UNC Meeting

April 8, 2010

Among the issues discussed at last night’s Park View UNC meeting were:

  • David Vacca from Councilmembers Graham’s office followed up on two issues from the last meeting. The first was the impact the change in real property tax assessments has had this year, where tax assessments are now based on a 40% floor. This change has had a major impact on folks whose homes are have risen in value significantly over the last few years. CM Graham is currently working with CM Evans to reverse this change.
  • Vacca also alerted the community that homeowners who are victims of graffiti can expect a response from DPW about a week after the tagging has been reported.
  • Officer Dyson of MPD spoke on the issue of thefts from autos and shared crime statistics for the past few months. Many of the items being stolen from vehicles are laptops, cameras, and navigation devises. These items are desirable because they can be turned into quick cash and support drug habits or other illegal activities.
  • Park View’s now has an assigned foot patrol, Officer Jenkins. He will be on duty Tuesday through Saturday with other officers filling in on his days off.
  • Commissioner Valenti reported that at the next ANC 1A meeting they will be taking up the issue of parking passes for Ward 1 residents. Much like the program now in Ward 4, the proposal is for the issuance of two passes per household that can be used for visitors without the need to get a temporary pass from a police station.
  • Valenti also briefly described the proposal for the first phase of the Park Morton development and explained how it differed from the project the Central Union Mission had proposed. The key issues that needed community input were the variances, those being — fewer than required parking spaces, a building two feet higher than currently allowed, and a 30 foot loading bay rather than the 35 foot bay required. Valenti also stated that he was desiring a green roof for the building. Because of this, the UNC body voted on the issue with the result being 10 in favor of the project and 3 against. Several members abstained.
  • The mural project on the Otis Street side of the Rec Center was presented by Marie Moll from LAYC. The proposed mural would completely replace the figures that have been on that wall for many years. While there was much positive feedback and appreciation of the design, there was also concern and some disapproval that the old murals had already been primed over. One long time resident specifically requested that the old murals be repainted. She agreed to work directly with LAYC to find a solution agreeable to all parties.

During community comments at the end of the meeting there was a spontaneous discussion of the Park View school. The opening comment expressed frustration that the school was not currently called Park View, but rather Bruce-Monroe @ Park View. A number of residents expressed that they want “Bruce-Monroe” removed from the sign of the school. It was explained that the current plan on the table is for the City to issue an RFP seeking a public/private partnership to build a new school, retail space, and condominiums on the former Bruce-Monroe site and that the school housed at Park View is considered a temporary situation.

Park View UNC April Newsletter Now Available

April 5, 2010

The latest Park View UNC newsletter is now available. 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;
  • New Trees planted;
  • The UNC and ANC 1A meeting reports; and,
  • Funding for Youth Basketball League.

Also noted, the Wednesday UNC meeting — held at the Park View Rec Center — will include a presentation on the new mural proposed for the south side of the Rec Center.

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Notes From the Park View UNC Meeting, 3/3/2010

March 4, 2010

The meeting of the Park View UNC at the Rec Center was actually two meetings. The first half of the evening was the general meeting and that was followed by a special budget meeting conducted by treasurer, Lauri Hafvenstein.

Highlights from the general meeting were:

  • ANC 1A08 commissioner Cliff Valenti announced that there had been an increase in car break ins along Georgia Avenue. Valenti also mentioned that Landex Corporation, the chosen developer for Park Morton, would be at the next ANC 1A meeting to provide an update on the project. Lastly, the organization Chime will be before the commission seeking a grant to teach kids to sing at the Park View school.
  • Graffiti — and more specifically Tagging — was brought up as a public service announcement by Kent Boese in response to the recent tagging along Warder. David Vacca, representing Councilmember Graham’s office, indicated that the council is moving forward on new anti-graffiti legislation that would make it easier for the City to remove tagging from private property. Under the proposal, the City would only have to wait 10 days for a property owner to respond to a request to abate graffiti to be able to take action in removing graffiti.
  • The discussion on the Bruce-Monroe school development was lively. A representative from the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Economic Development was there to announce the up coming meeting on May 8th at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School at 6:30 p.m. located at 770 Kenyon Street, NW. The meeting will focus on the interim use of the Bruce-Monroe site. General questions focused on why the school was close in favor of using the Park View site as a temporary location, what would happen to the Park View school after a new Bruce-Monroe was built, and just general frustration with the process. There were no real answers beyond becoming involved in the current series of meetings that are examining the issue.
  • During the general comments there was a discussion on the increase in the real estate taxes this year, where the 10% cap had been removed and how it is causing a hardship for many of the communities long-time residents. David Vacca will look into that. The issue of how well the city did with the recent snow removal was also discussed at length.

At the Budget meeting, the reality was that the UNC currently has just under the funds it needs to print the year’s worth of newsletters. While some time was spent on what the cost of the newsletter should be, unless a printer can be found that beats the current rate of 8¢ per page there is no reason to switch printers. It also was made known that not everyone in the community knows that the organization is fully supported and funded by residents in the community. There had been an assumption by some that the organization was supported by the city. While general ideas on the financial health of the UNC were examined, it was clear that there needs to be a follow-up meeting. Official notes from this part of the meeting will be forthcoming.

Notes From Park View UNC Meeting 2/3/2010

February 4, 2010

Last night’s UNC meeting included the following highlights:

  • A report from ANC 1A08 commissioner Cliff Valenti who mentioned a possible development on the 400 block of Newton Place, but after three attempts he has been unable to meet with the prospective developer. Valenti also noted that construction at 3622 Georgia Avenue has commenced despite concerns he has over the developer adhering to the approval process and permits.
  • ANC 4C commissioner Timothy Jones mentioned the groundbreaking at the former Billy’s Simpson’s and the 4c newsletter.
  • Board member and chair of the Standards and Compliance committee Deborah Washington talked about the progress that committee has been making. They’ve already met and developed a list of priorities that the group will look at, such as rats, mosquitoes, and code violations.
  • Nuri Heckler of Greater DC Cares addressed the assembly with an update of on the progress of painting the Rec Center. To date the walls have been painted yellow about two-thirds the way up the wall and painting the doors will be next. There are also plans to paint a mural on the Otis Place side of the building. It was mentioned to Heckler that Marie Moll of the LAYC has also been working on a mural for the building and they might want to partner with each other. Heckler also mentioned that DC Cares is planning a cleanup of Georgia Avenue on April 24th from Raymond Elementary south. Additionally, addressing Heckler’s request the assembly voted to write a letter of support for DC Cares to adopt the Park View Rec Center in a mentoring capacity. Lastly, DC Cares, partnering with the Howard Business school, is providing a free tax clinic for those earning less that around $46,000. It is by appointment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The number to call is 202-777-4456.
  • The guest speaker at the meeting was Cecilia Jones, President of the Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association (NWCHCA). The topic of her presentation was the Neighborhood Watch Program. In addition to crime, Jones stated that other aspects of the program can include city services, infrastructure repair, and block parties. Any activity that helps neighbors get to know each other makes an area safer and builds community. You can read more about the NWCHCA Neighborhood Watch Program here>>

Other announcements that were made at the meeting include:

  • Sylvia Robinson mentioned the Georgia Avenue Community Developement Task Force, that the Census is hiring and will be on site at the ECAC location this coming Saturday and the next for hiring purposes. Robinson also mentioned that Jim Graham is currently scheduled to meet with the community and discuss plans for the old Bruce-Monroe school next Wednesday, 2/10/10, even though the meeting will conflict with the ANC 1A meeting; and,
  • Mentoring Works II will be having a community clean up on 2/20/10.

Park View UNC February Newsletter Now Available

February 1, 2010

The latest Park View UNC newsletter is now available, and you can get a PDF version by clicking on the image to the right if you didn’t happen to get one delivered. While it is available online, there are still many people who rely on the delivered copy for their news. If you would like to volunteer to deliver the newsletter, just let me know. A few of the open routes include the 600 block of Otis Place, the 700 block of Quebec Place, and parts of Warder and Park Place.

You can also pick up a copy at the Rock Creek Market if that is more convenient.

Among its announcements are the ANC 1A Report and a report from the Standards and Compliance Meeting.

Highlights from the January UNC Meeting

January 7, 2010

The most significant items from last night’s Park View UNC meeting were a presentation from guest speaker Sylvia Robinson on the Georgia Avenue Community Development Taskforce and guest speaker Reginald James, owner of Sweet Mango (both described in more detail below). The assembly also got to meet Captain Angel Medina who has taken over for Commander Jacob Kishter at the 3rd District Substation on Park Road. While traffic on Park Place has been an issue in past meetings, a proposed DDOT Traffic Audit did not gain support from those assembled.

Highlights:

  • Georgia Avenue Community Development Taskforce: Sylvia Robinson of the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) spoke about an initiative lead in partnership with the Pleasant Plains Civic Association and including neighbors and community leaders to develop a master plan for Georgia Avenue between Florida and New Hampshire Avenues.  There has already been three meetings, with the next meeting currently scheduled for January 25th from 7-9 at the GADGET Center – 2801 Georgia Ave. Documents and minutes of the meetings to date can be found here>>. There was a differing of opinion between Robinson and ANC 1A08 Commissioner Cliff Valenti on the point of community input on the several plans that have been done over the years. While Robinson stated she was unaware of any broad-based community input on previous plans, Valenti asserted that many of the plans have had community input.
  • Sweet Mango: Reginald James was invited to speak at the meeting and address the shooting at his establishment on December 5, 2009, his response to the shooting, violations of the Voluntary Agreement , and the community’s concerns with all of the above. After the President summarized the events that lead to the suspension of Sweet Mango’s liquor license, James was given the floor. He read a statement in which he accepted responsibility, acknowledged the short comings of the restaurant, his staff, and his own oversight, and stated he was going to take a more active role in running the business. He also was accompanied by a gentleman who will be taking on the responsibility of establishing security at the restaurant, and lawyer Doreen Thompson who is working with James to address the violations with DC laws, codes, and the Voluntary Agreement. Thompson spoke on several occasions as well, asserting that her role in this is to work with James and bring him into compliance. One immediate outcome of the shooting is that James has had to let the manager on duty that night go. This issue will next be taken up at the ANC 4C meeting on January 12th at Roosevelt High, the ANC 1A meeting on January 13th at Harriet Tubman Elementary, and ABRA on January 2oth.

Park View UNC January Newsletter Now Available

January 4, 2010

The latest Park View UNC newsletter is now available, and you can get a PDF version by clicking on the image to the right if you didn’t happen to get one delivered.

You can also pick up a copy at the Rock Creek Market if that is more convenient.

Among its announcements are Wednesday’s UNC meeting which will be at the Par View Rec Center and a crime report for the month of December.

December UNC Newsletter Now Available

November 30, 2009

The December UNC Newsletter is now available and being distributed. If you haven’t received one yet, you can get a copy at the Rock Creek Market located at Rock Creek Church Rd and Warder.

In addition to regular features — such as the Crime Report or the ANC & UNC meeting notes from November — I’d like to point out that the December gathering is the annual Holiday Potluck. It’s a great opportunity to meet neighbors and get to know them. While guidance is given for what to bring based on your last name, if there is something that is your specialty feel free to bring that.


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