Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 7:00PM

UPO Building | 1649 Good Hope Road SE | Washington, DC 20020

Attendance: 5 Commissioners | 60 Attendees

  1. Call to Order (7:06 PM)

5 Commissioners Present (Fletcher, Prestwood, Muhammad, Clark, Wilson)
2Commissioners Absent (Williams and Simms)

  1. Approval of Agenda

    1. Motion: Cm. Wilson moved to accept the agenda. 2nd: Cm. Prestwood. Passed.

  1. Reading/Accepting of Minutes

    1. Motion: Cm. Wilson, 2nd: Cm. Clark. Passed.

  1. Standing Community Reports

    1. Executive Office of the Mayor

No major updates to report

    1. Office of Councilmember LaRuby May

No major updates to report

    1. Metropolitan Police Department PSA 701/703/607

Lt Powell from PSA 701 said over the past 30 days overall crime is down 25 percent; violent crime down 25 percent; and property crime down 13 percent. For the year, overall crime is down 17 percent. Theft from vehicles is a big deal. Lots of visible elements are being left in cars.  MPD will be giving out “Crime Alert” citations to let drivers know they saw something visible in your car and to be mindful about leaving things out in plain view. A New program called Capital Shield offers free camera surveillance systems for local businesses.  It allows MPD downtown to pull footage from cameras downtown. In PSA 703, which goes from Barry Farm to Stanton and Elvans Road, there were several purchase sting operations where they locked up four individuals. There was one homicide there where an innocent person was caught in the crossfire.  There is video footage and have identified the person responsible. No arrest as of now. The biggest issue is juveniles hanging out, not necessarily committing crimes.  Question for public asked about developing softball/basketball, football, summer games, etc. for neighborhood youth to compete against other neighborhoods in a constructive way.  In 607, the last 30 days down crime is down. Offices are adjusting schedules to get ready for the spring/summer months. Next PSA 607 meeting is April 14 at the substation at 601 Penn Ave SE. They are thinking about changing it to a Saturday in the future. Residents can reach out to if there are any questions.

  1. Speaker Presentations:

Shahara Anderson-Davis, Building Bridges Across the River, discussed the upcoming Anacostia River Festival. It will be the official closing ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Activities will occur in both Wards 6 and Ward 8 along Good Hope Road and MLK Ave. There will be lots of activities on the river as well.

Anna Ray, Capitol Bikeshare, discussed the addition of a new bike station in SMD 8a02 and at Anacostia Recreation Center. There will be an event at the Anacostia Library on April 23 in from 11 am to 1 pm to help local residents learn more about Capitol Bikeshare.

Primary Speakers: Brett Greene, Tim Chapman and Brenda Richardson of Chapman Properties.  Maple View Flats will have 89 one-bedrooms; 20 two-bedrooms; and 5 three-bedrooms units for a total of 114 units It’s open to all who qualify for income restrictions. There will be a traffic impact study on the area. They are looking to break ground by the end of the year with construction lasting 19 months. The project has been in the works for more than 10 years. Lots of changes have occurred on this property. Concerns from the community included: Maple View Place is very small; would like to see a full schedule of the plans to move the historical houses and the renovation plan for them; want to be kept up to date on what’s going on with the property; and want ANC not to write a letter of support for the site until all the demands have been meet with regard to funding for the restoration of the historic properties as well as a timeline for the overall project.

  1. Community Announcements

Brain Atkins Events DC and Far Southeast Collaborative will start providing community updates.  There will be meeting with DC Prep Charter School at the old Catholic School at 14th and V Streets SE. There are concerns about a new elementary school being so close to the current Ketcham Elementary. Was pointed out that the proposed site used to be a school before it was closed The meeting will take place on April 23, 2016.  Kramer Middle School will host a screen of the green documentary film on the Southeast 67 at the school on April 29, 2016.  There will be an EOTR great debate at THEARC for candidates from Ward 7 and 8 that will focus on gentrification and displacement scheduled for May 31, 2016 from 6-9 pm. Kojo in the Community will take place at the Anacostia Playhouse on April 6, 2016.

X.             Adjournment (8:58 PM)