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Friday, July 29, 2011

National Night Out Tell your Neighborho​ods; Bring your Friends, See YOU there

You are invited to join Police, Community Leaders and Neighbors for the 28th Annual National Night Out in the Fifth District

Tuesday, August 2nd 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Grounds of CAPCS School (formerly Armstrong)
1400 First St NW

National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive, and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for safer neighborhoods.           

Join Ward 5 Residents, 5th District Police, Civic and Political Leaders 

Join us for Fun, Music, Safety Information, and Games

Special Hosts the Hanover Civic Association and Bates Area Civic Association Neighborhood

Wacky Olympics, Car Seat Safety Checks, Block Captain Information, Zumba Dancing, Workshop on Community Impact Statements (USAO), Bike Ride of Metro Branch Trail (ride starts at 7:00pm)

For additional information, contact Fayette Vaughn-Lee on 202 698-0188,, Carl Thomas on 202 340-7141,, Nicole Johnson 202-724-8028, njohnson@DCCOUNCIL.US Geovani Bonilla on 202 483-1446

Youth Bicycle Repair Day on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

Hello all, please let your neighbors know about this and stop by to say hello.

Youth Bicycle Repair Day on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

Bring your old or new youth bicycles which have flat tires, brakes that don’t work, gears that don’t shift or any strange squeaks, creaks, clicks, ticks or groans, and we will fix them for you for FREE! Yep, you heard that right. FREE. We’ll treat you to a cold drink while you wait and we are even putting on new parts if you need them!

A Joint Effort By:
BicycleSPACE and the Ra
ils to Trails Conservancy

Where: The Metropolitan Branch Trail, on 4th & S Streets, NE

“The Pocket Park”

When: Saturday, July 30 from 11.00am to 2.00pm

So dig out those broken bikes, drag them down to the trail, and our mechanics will give them a new life!

Erik Kugler, CPA
Principal, Cycletopia WDC LLC dba BicycleSPACE
459 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202 962 0123
Principal, BicyclePASS LLC
Principal, Cadence Retail Group, LLC

Friday, July 22, 2011

Edgewood Home Sales

Here is the updated data on homes for sale in Edgewood. I am using Redfin because it allows you to search by neighborhood, but if you have any other ideas or ways to get listings or open houses please let me know!

Here is the link to the data in Redfin:

Edgewood has a very diverse housing stock with a wide range of sizes and prices. Right now the most expensive places listed are the new homes being built in Chancellor's Row listed at $644,900 while the least expensive listing is a one bedroom condo ready for renovations listed at $100,000. It seems that there continues to be a steady number of houses selling across the price ranges and there are quite a few pending sales that have yet to be posted.

There are new sales posted.

507 Montana Ave NE sold on June 28th for $274,649

227 Bryant Street NE sold on June 28th for $180,000

508 Edgewood Street NE sold on July 1st for $237,500

336 Adams Street Unit C NE sold on July 1st for $125,000

318 Bryant Street NE sold on July 5th for $300,000

The Chancellor's Row development continues to be a high seller in the neighborhood having sold 84 houses to date with only 16 houses remaining to sell in Phase 1 of their development.  Phase 2 is currently scheduled to open for sales in October 2011 with construction beginning by March 2012.

There are two open houses listed for Edgewood. On Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM is an open house at  2436 2nd Street NE and at 2626 4th Street NE.  If you know of any others please add the information to the comments section.

DC Dance Festival

MuralsDC to Kick Off 5th Year with “The Art of Vandalism”

CONTACT:           Nancee Lyons, DPW, 202.369-6808

                                                                                                                                                                      Deirdre Ehlen, DCCAH, 202.230.4981

MuralsDC to Kick Off 5th Year with “The Art of Vandalism”

Tues., Jul. 26

A Discussion with City Agencies & Graffiti Artists to Explore Lasting Solutions (Washington, DC) – MuralsDC will kick off its 2011 program with a panel discussion to explore the root of, and solutions for, graffiti Tuesday, July 26, from 6pm-8pm at Busboys & Poets (14 and V St., NW). The panel will feature former graffiti taggers, current artists and representatives of DC government agencies who abate graffiti and fund public art. The event will also feature a preview of the upcoming documentary film “The Red Line Project,” which explores the proliferation of graffiti that runs along Metrorail’s Red Line. “By the end of May, the Department of Public Works (DPW) had already responded to twice as many requests to remove graffiti as we completed in all of last year,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “While initiatives like MuralsDC have helped to keep repeatedly tagged walls graffiti-free, we need to get to the root of the problem to identify permanent solutions.”

MuralsDC was created to combat the rising tide of illegal graffiti. The program positively engages District youth by teaching proper art techniques. It also provides supplies and a legal means for youth to practice and perform their skill in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. Through the program, more than 30 works of public art have been installed throughout the city. "The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) supports MuralsDC, because it sheds light on the artistic talents of graffiti artists,” said DCCAH Interim Director Ayris Scales. “We feel it's important to fund programs that allow young residents to express themselves legally and without the worry of repercussions. Whether someone is painting oil on canvas or aerosol spray on a wall, their art is an expression of themselves that should be valued." The panel will be moderated by Mazi Mutafa, who supervises the artwork for MuralsDC. Mutafa is the executive director of Words, Beats and Life, which provides an array of educational outreach programs to District youth and teaches them the art of “legal” graffiti. 

MuralsDC was launched in 2007 by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. The program, coordinated by DCCAH and DPW, positively engages District youth by teaching proper art techniques and respect for public property. Throughout the summer, the program will install murals in Wards 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

PSA 501 Drug Free Zone

I just wanted to make the Eckington/Edgewood communities aware that the Chief of Police declared a Drug Free Zone in our neighborhood today, July 21st. It encompasses the area bounded by Adams Street, 4th Street, Rhode Island Avenue, 5th Street, V Street, and 3rd Street, Northeast and will run through June 25th.

Drug Free Zones are temporarily established to allow the enforcement of anti-loitering laws against groups believed to be involved in illicit drug activity. Also, this weekend MPD is working All Hands On Deck, which means there will be a lot of additional manpower and resources in our district.

So, we'll see you out there, keep cool,

Sergeant Jon Dorrough

Fifth District

PSA 501

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rhode Island Row Update

First Phase of Rhode Island Row Ready For Occupancy in October

First Phase of Rhode Island Row Ready For Occupancy in October
July 13, 2011
by Andrew Siddons

Rhode Island Row

If you've driven on Rhode Island Avenue over the last year or so, you may have noticed that sprawling parking lots near the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro station have given way to construction sites, which are nearly looking like places where people might live and shop one day.

UrbanTurf recently spoke to Vicki Davis, president of Urban-Atlantic, who is developing the Rhode Island Row project, a large mixed-use project at 919 Rhode Island Avenue NE next to the Red Line station. Davis said that starting in October, the first of the project's 274 rental units will be ready for occupancy, and that potential tenants will be able to start looking at apartments in mid-August.

"We are planning on having our leasing staff start temporarily on site starting then," she said. "We'll be doing pre-marketing and hard-hat tours."

Split between two buildings (north and south), the apartments will be delivered in 30 to 40-unit phases, with subsequent deliveries scheduled for December, January, and March. (All of the units are expected to deliver by Summer 2013.) The first apartments will be in the north building located on Rhode Island Avenue, twenty percent of which will be offered at below market rates.

Rendering of completed Rhode Island Row.

The two buildings will also have 70,000 square feet of retail between them, although the first establishments won't open until next March. For now, Urban-Atlantic is staying mum about potential tenants, waiting to make an announcement about retail offerings until the end of the year. However, the developer has reached out to the neighborhood for retail suggestions through the Rhode Island Insider blog. If these recommendations are taken into account, there will be sit-down restaurants, a coffee shop, a grocery store, a dry cleaners, and a mix of retail other than clothing and shoe stores.

In between the project's two buildings will be a road with three lanes of street parking, a pedestrian median, and sidewalk fronting retail. This section will include 42 parallel parking spaces, that will add to the north building's 168 public parking spots. (A new 212-space Metro parking garage is also scheduled to open in August.) The north building's garage will also include a public electric-car charging station. Both residential buildings will offer green roofs, with planting boxes designed to absorb rainwater to prevent runoff and help with insulation. The north building will have a rooftop terrace with fire pits and seating areas, and the south building will include a pool and fitness center.

[MPD-5D] Summer vacation--​watch your house

Please see the messge below from MPD about notifying them when you go on vacation.  I wish I had this information before I went on mine!

All: As many residents leave for summer vacations, the Fifth District will be instituting a program where you can call or email us to let us know if you will be away from DC during a vacation.   If you provide us the dates you will be away and provide us a local contact person, we will have our officers ride by your home when possible to keep an eye on things. This is not a guarantee of any sort, but we will compile a list of homes and try to check on them as often as we can. Please email your PSA lieutenant, or me, or call 698-0111 during business hours, with your request. Obviously, we tell you not to send us this information on any group-wide email.

Your PSA lieutenants are:
501            Lts. Ron Wright ( Roger Roch (
502            Lt. Ed Bernat (
503            Lt. Corinne Hughes (
504            Lts. Patricia Janifer ( and Tim Haselden (
505            Lt. Gary Durand. (

Thank you,
Andy SolbergCommander, 5D