Neighborhood Commission 8A Monthly Meeting
Call to Order (7:07 pm)
§ 4 Commissioners Present (Fletcher, Prestwood,
Approval of Agenda:
§ Motion: Cm.
Wilson moved to accept the agenda with changes. 2nd: Cm.
Reading/Accepting of Minutes
from July 2016:
Motion: Cm. Wilson, 2nd: Cm.
Simms. (4-0-0) Passed.
§ Support Letter for BZA Application for
2200-2210 Hunter Place SE.
Motion: Cm. Wilson; 2nd: Cm. Simms (4-0-0) Passed.
§ Keisha Mims from
Mayor Bowser’s office discussed the city’s 202 Create Program. It’s a
month-long arts program. The website is www.202create.com. The Mayor’s office
held a successful women’s equality day in August that was well-attended. On
Aug. 18th, the Mayor’s office held a community day in Commissioner
Troy Donte’ Prestwood’s SMD (8A04). They partnered
with non-profits and property managers in the vicinity of Galen and Green
Street to put on the event. The DCPS chancellor search is now underway. The next meeting in Ward 8 will be held at
Savoy Elementary School. There was fire in the 1600 block of W Street SE. The
landlord has voided everyone’s lease. Case has been referred to the DC Office
of the Tenant Advocate.
§ Jamie Solomon, of
Manna, Inc. discussed the upcoming Hunter Street townhome development project.
The development will have a total of 12 three-bedroom townhomes: two units at
50 percent AMI; eight units will be sold at at 80% AMI and two units will be at
market rate. Two units will also be handicap accessible. The ANC voted to support the townhome
§ Scott Kratz, director of the 11th Street
Bridge Park, provided an update on the bridge project. The next river festival
will take place April 15 2017 and will be the closing program for the National
Cherry Blossom Festival. The bridge project has partnered with with Union
Temple, Bethel Church and others to build raised planter beds for community
members to grow fruits and vegetables. Training is now underway that will allow
growers to gain college credits at UDC. The lantern walk project takes place
Sept. 17 at 6:30 starting at the Yards Park. The equitable development plan to
develop large scale art installations that tell the stories of communities
along the Anacostia including the Native Americans, Frederick Douglass, among
others. Waiting for final approval for the Fine Arts Commission. Scott also
discussed how he wants the new park to help with workforce development, small
business enterprise and housing.
Answering a question from the audience, the bridge park was transferred
from the federal government to the District. Building Bridges will work with
other non project to run the park. The project is similar to parks in Dallas in
§ Stan Jackson,
president and CEO of the Anacostia Community Development Corp, discussed their
proposal for the Anacostia Gateway RFP. Their proposal will be a 200,000 square
foot project that will include 70 units of housing concentrated along MLK and
Shannon Place SE, and mostly retail housed on the first floor. The units will
be 1 and 2 bedrooms with 50-80 percent AMI or workforce housing. There will be a
total of 50 parking spaces. The project has one commercial commitment from
§ Cpt. Cusick, Metropolitan Police Department, 7th
officers are out in the community. They responded to the killing of the
17-year-old. They don’t believe he was the intended target. They also located
an adult male, a pizza delivery person, who was also shot. They don’t think
they were intended targets. A high visibility of officers will be on patrol
during peek hours between 2pm and 2 am each day.
§ Eric Fraser,
principal at Anacostia High School, discussed
the death of the 17-year-old student at 16th and Good Hope Road who
was last a student at the school. He talked about what the school is doing to
support the community, including in–school counseling with area clergy,
community organizations and grief counselors from schools from across the city.
They are also working closely with MPD in the ongoing investigation. On a
different note, a press conference will take place in the week ahead to
highlight some of the programs offered at Anacostia High, including
opportunities in law enforcement. His email address is email@example.com
§ Major loitering in
the park located at Minnesota and Good Hope Road. Resident has contacted DC
Dept. of Parks and Rec about the issues. It appears some may be homeless.
Police are not doing anything about it. Needs help.
§ Lots of littering on
16th Street and R, Q and Fairlawn Ave. Also there are a lot of
people on the street and in the alley
§ Howard Rd and
Pomeroy Road SE needs a community cleanup.
§ 8A04: Troy Donte’ Prestwood – Discussed and
thanked publically Far Southeast Strengthening Collaborative for their
community day in 8A04 as well as Keisha Mims and Mayor Bowser’s Office for
their community efforts on Green and Galen Streets.
§ 8A05: Charles Wilson – The next HABA
meeting is this Thursday. Ward 8
Democrats has a meeting next Saturday with Mayor Bower as their special
§ 8A06: Tina Fletcher – Discussed the
DCPS Chancellor search. The next community meeting is at Savoy Elementary
School on Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm.