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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ward 5 Rhode Island Avenue Task Force Meeting November 30th 6:30 p.m.

Please see the message below which updates the agenda for the upcoming meeting on development of Rhode Island Avenue NE.  There is now a component where Montel Williams will be there to talk about medical marijuana and I am not sure how that fits into the development.  I guess we will find out.

Think Rhode Island Avenue!

Ward 5 Rhode Island Avenue Task Force meeting

With special guest presentation by Montel Williams

November 30, 2011
6:30 to 7:30 Task force meets
7:30 to 9:00 Special guest Montel Williams to discuss medical marijuana

Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

6:30 pm

What is the Rhode Island Avenue NE/ Task force?

Rhode Island Avenue, NE is a District of Columbia Government designated “Great Streets” corridor. The Great Streets Initiative is a multiple agency effort to transform under-invested corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers using public actions and tools, as needed, to leverage new private investment.

This is an important and long-overlooked corridor that is well-positioned to gain in its importance and prominence to the District. Along with community leadership, property and business owners, residents, and other stakeholders, I invite you to take a significant step with us to implement plans for the commercial districts along the corridor.
Why is your involvement needed?

Rhode Island Avenue, NE has potential to provide new housing, jobs, and retail goods and services, which many in Woodridge, Langdon, Brookland, Edgewood and Brentwood may now buy in the surrounding counties. The Task force will provide strategic recommendations about how we use the great street study to capture a portion of the $1 billion in retail sales revenues (and jobs) lost each year to other jurisdictions. The Task force will help determine where the strategic opportunities are, and what is needed to lay the groundwork for new and sustainable investment using the four sub areas below as a blue print.

Four Sub-areas:

4th St to 10th
13th St to 16th
17th St to Kearny
Monroe to Eastern (low commercial - high residence)

Task Force plans to embrace organized groups and support their complimentary independent initiatives that will move a joint plan: Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FORIA), Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), Rhode Island Avenue Business Council, and Ward 5 Business Council, community and business groups

Think Rhode Island Avenue.

7:30 pm

Special presentation and discussion from Montel Williams on medical marijuana as it relates to ward five

Sponsored by Councilmember Harry L. Thomas, Jr., Ward 5

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