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Friday, November 9, 2012

Community Veteran 5k Fun Run/Walk

The Community Veteran 5k Fun Run/Walk is this Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM to noon


Race Location: Metropolitan Branch Trail. Start/Finish will be the entrance in the Rhode Island Avenue Parking Lot (where CVS used to be).

Course Description: Metropolitan Branch Trail loop including New York Avenue to Edgewood.

Entry Cost Information: FREE!

For more info, or to easily REGISTER:

Brought to you by: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, DDOT, DC Emergency
Medical Services for Children, DC Prevention Center (Wards 5 & 6), DC
Preparatory Academy (Edgewood Campus).

Participants get free reusable canvas bags while supplies last, and registration takes seconds.
Hope to see you there, neighbors

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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 is a 4-bedroom home on Lawrence Street NE listed for $849,000 while the least expensive listing is a condo listed at $119,900. 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. The overall number of houses in the neighborhood for sale continues to be low as of right now there are less then 15 places listed for sale not counting the new development at Chancellor's Row.

There are new sales posted.

421 Evarts Street NE sold for $250,000 on June 19th
300 7th Street NE Apt 324 sold for $22,250 on June 22nd
417 Evarts Street NE sold for $350,000 on July 19th
619 Girard Street NE sold for $444,000 on July 22nd
2410 2nd Street NE sold for $178,500 on July 24th
312 Bryant Street NE sold for $155,250 on July 26th
2403 3rd Street NE sold for $195,000 on August 12th
2429 3rd Street NE sold for $455,000 on August 15th
721 Lawrence Street NE sold for $4,000,000 on August 17th
3000 7th Street NE Apartment 207 sold for $77,900 on August 23rd
214 Bryant Street NE sold for $225,000 on August 30th
511 Regents NE sold for $654,900 on September 5th
204 Adams Street NE sold for $420,000 on September 7th
2333 3rd Street NE sold for $429,000 on September 14th
3000 7th Street NE Apt 110 sold for $75,000 on September 21st
332 Bryant Street NE sold for $339,900 on September 28th

The Chancellor's Row development continues to be a high seller in the neighborhood having sold 158 homes as of October 1, 2012. The prices have adjusted again for some of the models as their listings have been recently updated.
There is one open house listed. 728 LAWRENCE St NORTHEAST Unit B $849,000 4bd 3.5ba
 open Sun, Oct 14 1 - 5 PM

If you know of anymore please add the information to the comments section.

Friday, October 5, 2012

REMINDER: Edgewood Neighborhood Cleanup TOMORROW!

Just wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow is the Edgewood Neighborhood monthly cleanup. The group meets in front of the Edgewood Rec Center at the corner of 3rd and Evarts NE at 10:30 a.m. The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center and occurs the first Saturday of every month same time and location. The group picks up trash around the neighborhood including the rec center and has a cookout afterwards.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and show pride in our neighborhood!

If you cannot come try and cleanup around your block today or tomorrow morning so we can cover more areas!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Free Trees

Are you interested in planting a tree on your property?

Edgewood Community Garden is partnering with Washington Parks and People to host a tree planting weekend in October.

Did you know a tree can:

Increase the value of your home while decreasing cooling costs

Improve air quality by removing small pollutant particulates (i.e. sulfur dioxide, ozone, etc.)

Create habitat for plants and animals

If you are interested please contact Cassie Phillips and Karin Bleeg at:

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Fest at Edgewood Farmers Market, September 29th

Doing For Ourselves
The PCDC Edgewood Farmer’s Market
*Fall Fest!*
This Saturday, September, 29, 2012
9 am - 3 pm
--Clowns, face-painting, chalk drawing and more for the children!
--Free exercise classes!
--Special offers from local businesses!
--New vendors!
Extended hours this week at the east end of the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, 680 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC email: info@pcdcedgewoodfarmersmarket. com

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DC Prep Middle School

Please see the message below from DC Prep Middle School.

It's Not Too Late To Enroll Your 5th Grader at the #1 Public Charter Middle School in Washington!

DC Prep has immediate openings for new 5th graders at its Edgewood Middle Campus – the #1 public charter middle school in Washington! Apply online today, and your 5th grader can start school in the same week!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling (202) 635-4590 ext. 200 or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully welcoming your family to DC Prep – the highest-performing network of free public charter schools in Washington!

Apply today – the enrollment period ends Friday, October 5th!

The DC Prep Enrollment Team
Edgewood Middle Campus is located at 701 Edgewood Street NE (near the Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue Metro Stations in Ward 5)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Friday Night Movie Night at the Edgewood Rec, September 21st

Join your neighbors for a movie under the stars hosted by DPR and Roving Leaders. There will be popcorn and other treats, but feel free to bring your own.

Starts at 7:30 p.m. thisFriday at the Edgewood Rec Center (300 Evarts Street NE) and the movie will start at dusk.

Here are the movies we will get to chose from:

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Pirates of the Caribbean (on Stranger Tides)
Red Tails
Joyful Noise
Night at the Museum
Happy Feet

Fall Fest on Rhode Island Ave NE 9/22 - this Saturday - Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA)

September 14, 2012
Contact: Kyle Todd

Washington, D.C. – Ward 5 neighborhood non-profit group Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) will hold their inaugural Fall Fest on Saturday, September 22 from noon – 4pm. The festival will take place in front of businesses along the 2000 – 2400 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast, highlighting the Great Street of RIA and bringing the Woodridge neighborhood out for an afternoon of fun.

“We’re excited to be working with so many great businesses to hold our first Fall Fest,” said FoRIA Chairman James Holloway. “We encourage all in the community to come out to visit their favorite local businesses or become acquainted with some new ones.”
Numerous local businesses and vendors are participating in the Fest, including Rita’s Flavored Ice, Art Enables, Lace on the Avenue, and Damian Ministries. There will be music, food, and children’s activities happening throughout the afternoon.

“We are asking all attendees to bring non-perishable food to Damian Ministries as they come out to the festival,” said FoRIA President Kyle Todd. “We know that in these tough economic times it’s been tough for churches and food pantries to meet the demand, so we hope that this effort will help them serve those in need as we head into the fall and winter.”

For more information about FoRIA or the Fall Fest, please contact Kyle Todd at
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE is dedicated to promoting, developing, and enhancing Rhode Island Avenue NE as a culturally, socially, and economically vibrant community in Washington D.C.

Our goal is to raise awareness of the RIA NE corridor and to advocate for its positive redevelopment. We are an all-volunteer organization that offers free membership and welcomes all to participate.

Brookland Community Picnic, Saturday Sept. 29th

MPD-5D Burglary Tips

It is important to take preventive measures against break-ins. Strong locks – and good neighbors who look out for one another – can be effective deterrents to burglars. Here are a few tips that can help you keep you and your property safe and secure:

1. Make sure every external door is metal or solid wood and has a strong, well-installed dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks alone are not enough.

2. Sliding glass doors offer easy access to burglars if they are not properly secured. You can secure them by putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door, or by installing commercially available locks. To prevent the door being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in the hole.

3. Never leave windows unlocked or opened when you are away from your home.

4. Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Instead, try giving your extra key to a neighbor you trust.

5. When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.

6. Install a home burglar alarm.

If you see or hear something out of the ordinary, contact the police immediately. In the past, the information given to members of the police department by concerned residents and citizens has contributed to the closure of several criminal cases. Citizen information and tips are extremely useful and necessary for thorough police investigations. Please forward this information to your friends and neighbors. Thank you for your continued assistance in strengthening the communities.

Acting Lieutenant Randy Griffin
Metropolitan Police Department
Fifth District

Plan TODAY for what’s on the way. September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. To learn how to prepare & to sign up for critical emergency alerts, go to

Dance Place’s Open House September 29th

Dance Place opens its doors for a day of free events, classes and performance.

Dance Place’s Open House and Brookland Family Day takes place on September 29, 2012, offering a full program of free classes for adults and kids, outdoor activities and an afternoon sampler performance by some of Dance Place’s most popular companies.

Free Adult and Kids’ Classes (10:00am – 3:30pm)

FREE Adult Classes
10 - 10:45am: Modern Dance with Carla Perlo
11 - 11:45am: Afro Jazz with Ralph Glenmore
12 - 12:45pm: Zumba with Shawna Williams
1 - 1:45pm: African Dance with Sylvia Soumah
2 - 2:30pm: Hoop Dance with Carla Perlo (Family Class)
3 - 3:30pm: Hip-Hop with Simone Jacobson (Family Class)

FREE Kids Classes
10 - 10:45am: Creative Movement
11 - 11:45am: Ballet / Tap
12 - 12:45pm: Step
1 - 1:45pm: African Dance with Coyaba
Free Outdoor Activities (10:00am – 4:00pm):
Balloon Sculpture, Juggling, Hoop Making, Jewelry Making, Line Dancing and much more!

Free Sampler Performance (4:00-5:00pm):
This free performance provides a taster of some of the work on stage at Dance Place. Featured artists include Dance Place resident companies Coyaba Dance Theater (African dance) and REVISION dance company (modern dance), the award-winning Dance Place Step Team and the Dance Place Hoopers. The performance ends with an audience participatory Line Dancing finale led by Lorenzo Evans.

David Hopper
Marketing Associate
Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington DC 20017

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Makeover: Edgewood Triangle Park Edition

As part of the PUD with the EYA Chancellor's Row Development was funding for them to renovate the large triangle park in Edgewood which is bounded by Lincoln Road, Franklin Street and Fourth Street NE.  Construction on the park has already started and is supposed to be completed this fall. 

Exciting News for Edgewood and Ward 5

Today I stopped by Chez Hareg to grab some cookies and ran into Hareg herself.  She shared some very exciting news about her business.  She is acquiring a warehouse in Ward 5 off of Mt. Olivet Road NE not far from the intersection of Bladensburg Road because she will soon be selling her cookies in Costco!!!  I am so happy for her as her business keeps growing and anyone who stops by and tastes her pastries knows why!

What makes this even more exciting is she is planning on turning her current location on 4th Street NE into a coffee and sandwich spot!!!  Hareg also talked about her ultimate goal to open a place similar to Tryst!!

So go stop by Chez Hareg- congratulate her, encourage her interest in the coffee/sandwich/Tryst-like shop on 4th Street then treat yourself to some amazing cookies! 

Lots of exclamations points in the post but I think it is because I am just so happy for a local business that keeps growing and all that it means for Ward 5 and Edgewood!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Safety Walk and Rally Thursday

Please see the message below:

Dear friends,

I invite you to join members of the LGBT community and the residents of Shaw, Bloomingdale, and Eckington in saying no to violence and hatred on the streets of DC.

On July 22, two men were physically assaulted while exiting their vehicle in the 1900 block of 3rd Street NE. Their assailants shouted homophobic slurs before punching and kicking the victims.

I live just a few blocks from the scene of this hate crime. Amy Loudermilk and I have been putting together this event, in coordination with the Eckington Civic Association President, and local ANC commissioners to maximize participation from the community.

Join us for a rally and safety walk through this neighborhood to make our message clear: "We shall not be moved."

Thursday, August 9

Meet at 7:00 PM at Big Bear Cafe

1700 1st Street NW (Intersection of 1st and R St NW)

Walking to 1900 3rd Street NE (3rd and T Street NE)

We will gather for a short rally outside 1st and R Street NW before the safety walk to the location of the incident. Instead of a moment of silence, we will have a "moment of noise." The march will then return to the starting point. Big Bear Cafe is located about 7 blocks east of the Shaw Metro station.

We will be joined by representatives from Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, the DC Office of LGBT Affairs, SMYAL, and the Critical Incident Team.

No one should have to walk in fear on the streets of DC because of hate. Whenever any community is targeted, we all have a duty to stand together.

Join us.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

FREE Self Defense Workshop for Community Members

DASH (District Alliance for Safe Housing) and Defend Yourself are sponsoring a night of safety.
Join us on Wednesday, Aug.8,
6:30-8 pm to learn the basics of…
4 preventing and avoiding harassment, attack, and abuse,
4 stopping a threatening situation with words, and
4 using physical strikes against attacks.
To sign up, email or call 202-462-3274, ext.116 (leave a message and someone will return your call and provide you with the address). RSVPs are required. All community members are welcome.  (If you don’t RSVP, you’re still welcome, but you will be asked to leave your ID at the door).

Anyone can do this! You don’t have to be an athlete or martial artist to help yourself be safer.

Suzanne Marcus
Deputy Director
District Alliance for Safe Housing
PO Box 73186
Washington, DC 20056
T (202) 462-3274 ext. 116
F (202) 462-3365

CFC #99008 
United Way #9391
Now visit us on our blog, Facebook and Twitter (@dashdc) !

Celebrate National Night Out 2012 with MPD! TONIGHT

Please see the message below about Naional Night Out tonight!

Good Afternoon 5D Community & Stakeholders:

National Night Out 2012 to Kick Off in Fifth District

Rosedale Recreation Center (1701 Gales St, NE) willhave the honors of being the kickoff location for National Night Out. 
(Pool Party, Food, Fun, Music, Special Guests. 6-8pm)

The Fifth District Mountain Bike Officers will also! be riding the Metropolitan Branch Trail.  For moreinformation, visit the list of updated National Night Out Events @

Yvonne Smith
Office of Community Outreach
Metropolitan Police Department

Councilmem​ber McDuffie Community Engagement Hours

Please see this message about meeting with CM McDuffie in Ward 5.

Councilmember McDuffie is coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

The Councilmember has held four community engagement meetings across the ward so far this month. These meetings give the community a venue to voice their concerns and offer constructive suggestions. Constituents who have attended the sessions stated that they like having the opportunity to have a meaningful dialogue with their Councilmember about their concerns and the ward. 

If you haven’t had an opportunity to come out, please join him at one of the following meeting places.

Wednesday, August 8
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Theodore Hagan Cultural Center Multi-Purpose Center
3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE

Tuesday, August 28
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Israel Baptist Church - Lower Level
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE

Jeannette Mobley

Jeannette Mobley
Constituent Services Director
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20004

Free Panel Discussion on Brookland Redevelopm​ent

Passing along this information as it may be of interest to Edgewood Residents since despite the events title they will be talking about developments in both Edgewood and Brookland.

Free Panel Discussion on Brookland Redevelopment

Brookland: Building for the Future
(August 17 at 6.30pm, 12th Street Gallery)

With the face of Brookland changing daily, come and take the opportunity to meet some of the people behind Brookland’s bright new future.

Representatives from
the Bozzuto Group and ABDO Development (Monroe Street Market), EYA (Chancellor’s Row), the Menkiti Group (901 Monroe Street) and Carla Perlo, Founding Director of Dance Place (Moving Forward Campaign), will be on hand to talk about these new developments, and to take part in a Q&A session.

About the Venue:
12th Street Gallery is a temporary art space (Temporium) housed in a vacant storefront, which has been brought to life as an exhibition space for visual arts. As well as providing a showcase for local artists and craftsmen to display and sell their work, the 12th Street Gallery also hosts spoken word and poetry performances, film screenings and discussions.

Brookland: Building the Future. A free panel discussion on Brookland’s redevelopment plans. Part of the Artland Temporium Project.

August 17, 6.30pm

12th Street Gallery, 3500 12th Street NE, Washington DC 20017

This event is free.

Full details at

Friday, August 3, 2012

Biking in Edgewood and Beyond

The evolution of my life with a bicycle began as it did for many children with a tricycle and then the upgrade to a two-wheeler with training wheels.  I will never forget the first day I rode without the training wheels as I donned a cape and was simultaneously angry and excited when I realized that my dad had let go and I was riding on my own!  As a child I rode my bike with my friends everywhere- to each other's houses, to the pool and to the store.  We never really thought about it as transportation just as freedom to go where we wanted without adults and mostly fun.  Once I got my driving license the car became our freedom as we could travel further and faster leaving my bike behind.  In college I was able to walk everywhere and that became my main method of transportation.  They also made all the buses free in Chapel Hill while I was there so riding the bus was the best and cheapest way to travel further distances. 

When I moved up to the DC area after school for a job I fell in love with being able to walk or take public transportation everywhere.  I bought a new bike, but this time it was a road bike for exercise.  I would ride with my boyfriend for the sole purpose of working out.  Then I moved into DC proper and decided to go carfree.  A few years later Capital Bikeshare came and I joined right away.  I have grown to realize that biking in the city was not as scary as I thought it was once I was not clipped into my road bike's pedals.  I still plan out my routes well in advance, try to use bike lanes or paths as much as possible and ask other cyclists' advice on the best way to go.  In Edgewood we are really lucky to have the Met Branch Trail allowing the beginning and end of most bike trips to be off road.  This year I bought my own city bike with a basket for my dog and now we ride everywhere.  So it looks like I have come full circle with my biking as I now use it once again for transportation and freedom.  I have been reminded of how much fun a bike ride with friends can be just like it was as a child.  I am constantly asking neighbors if they bike and want to go on various rides.

In fact there are two rides this weekend that I and some Edgewood neighbors will be doing.  Please send me an email if you want to join us!

Tonight leaving Edgewood at 7:30 p.m. to do the BicycleSpace Kingman Island Ride and Luau

Sunday leaving Edgewood around 1:00 p.m. to do the Lion Ride in Anacostia.

REMINDER: Edgewood Neighborhood Cleanup TOMORROW!

The weather is looking HOT for the cleanup tomorrow! Please bring some water and we will have Popsicles, hot dogs and drinks for afterwards.

Just wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow is the Edgewood Neighborhood monthly cleanup. The group meets in front of the Edgewood Rec Center at the corner of 3rd and Evarts NE at 10:30 a.m. The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center and occurs the first Saturday of every month same time and location. The group picks up trash around the neighborhood including the rec center and has a cookout afterwards.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and show pride in our neighborhood!

If you cannot come try and cleanup around your block today or tomorrow morning so we can cover more areas!!!

Community Tree Care Event on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

It is hard to believe that is has only been a year since we planted the trees along the Met Branch Trail because they already make sure a big difference!!

See the note below about an event to help us learn to take care of them so they continue to thrive!

Hello MBT friends!

With your help, Casey Trees and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy planted several trees on the Met Branch Trail last spring. Let’s make sure the trees continue to grow and thrive! Join us for a Community Tree Care Event next Saturday, August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. As a group we will weed and water trees along the trail that were planted by Casey Trees. You’ll also learn basic tree care maintenance – lessons you can use in your own backyard!

WHAT: Community Tree Care Event- Metropolitan BranchTrail
WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration is from 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.)
WHERE: Registration will take place at the corner of 4th Street and S Street NE (MAP)
WHO: You, your neighbors and friends!

To help you come prepared, note the following:

FREE FOOD! Lunch will be provided but please bring your own water bottle.
Each volunteer must turn in a signed Volunteer Waiver Form. You can complete one in advance or on-site. Those under 18 years of age must turn in a Volunteer Waiver form signed by their parent or legal guardian, and be supervised at all times.
Dress comfortably and for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required. Casey Trees will provide safety gloves and vests.
We will meet rain or shine!

Space is limited – register today! Contact Juliana Villabona at or 202.974.5129

We hope to see you there.

Kelly Pack
Director of Trail Development
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Friday, July 6, 2012

REMINDER: Edgewood Neighborhood Cleanup TOMORROW!

The weather is looking HOT for the cleanup tomorrow! Please bring some water and we will have Popsicles, hot dogs and drinks for afterwards.

Just wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow is the Edgewood Neighborhood monthly cleanup. The group meets in front of the Edgewood Rec Center at the corner of 3rd and Evarts NE at 10:30 a.m. The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center and occurs the first Saturday of every month same time and location. The group picks up trash around the neighborhood including the rec center and has a cookout afterwards.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and show pride in our neighborhood!

If you cannot come try and cleanup around your block today or tomorrow morning so we can cover more areas!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Development Update

Just a glance around Edgewood and you can see all the ongoing construction with developments completing and new neighbors and businesses moving into the neighborhood. I feel like a broken record trying to get these developments to acknowledge that they are in Edgewood! So below are the updates of the developments ongoing in the Edgewood neighborhood for your reading pleasure.

Chancellor's Row (3015 4th Street NE) - 10-acre residential development on St. Paul's campus which began construction Fall 2010 as promised and already has residents living there. They have sold all 100 houses in Phase I and they are all completed and occupied. Phase 2 started in April and is currently open for sales having already sold 47 houses. It is anticipated that all three phases will be completed ahead of schedule as sales are going so well.  They have already added a ZipCar to this location and they are supposed to be adding a Capital Bikeshare Station as well.  The Brookland Heartbeat did a recent writeup of the status of the community benefits that have been completed and will be coming with this project.

Monroe Street Market (formerly CUA South Campus Development) (7th Street and Michigan Ave NE) - mixed use development will include approximately 720 housing units, 45 townhouses, and a public square with a college main street with 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artists' studio space and 850 below-grade parking spaces. They started demolition on the CUA buildings in 2010 and broke ground on November 9, 2011. The first phase of 562 residential units is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2013. The construction is moving ahead as you can already see foundations poured and vertical structures have already been constructed.  There will also be improvements made to the sidewalks, crosswalks and Met Branch Trail connection in that area.

Brookland Artspace Lofts (3225 Eighth Street NE) - 41 live/work rental units directly adjacent to Dance Place's HQ and studio space for qualified DC artists making 60% or less of the area median income construction began Spring 2010 and is completed and at 100% occupancy now. They are accepting applications for their waitlist.

Developments Surrounding Edgewood

Rhode Island Row (919 Rhode Island Ave NE) - This project is well underway and already has residents moving in as the apartments are completed. They have posted the rents and they range from $1740 for a 1 bed/bath to $3465 for a 3 bed/bath. This place has already rented out over 60% of their apartments.  The retail is still being kept quiet with only the CVS, Carolina Kitchen, DMV and Chipotle confirmed.  I have heard that Five Guys, Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks are going to open over there, but they have not been confirmed. I have also heard that some of the restaurants over on H Street have been checking out the space to open a second location.  I really hope that rumor is true!!!The CVS is already open on the corner retail slot on Rhode Island Avenue NE. This development is also supposed to add a Capital Bikeshare Station.

Mint Condos (329 Rhode Island Ave NE) - This project is completed and is across the street from Edgewood in Eckington. The burnt out shell of a building was converted into 21 luxury condos priced between mid $250,000 and mid $300,000. The building also has 3000 square feet of retail space and is currently selling. The last I heard they had 11 condos already under contract.

901 Monroe Street NE - This project was recently approved by the zoning commission across the street in Brookland and looks promising. The plans are to demolish the current buildings and build 212 Apartments, 16 units at below market rents, and 13,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood-serving retail including a restaurant. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Fall 2012.

Washington Gateway (Intersection of New York Ave and Florida Ave NE) - This project which has been recently revived and modified to include more residential instead of a hotel will connect NoMa with the Eckington neighborhood. A huge empty 3 acre lot will be transformed into office space and residential with a small retail component. There will be improvements made to the Met Branch Trail which will connect to this development. The groundbreaking is supposed to happen before the end of the year for Phase One which is a building with 400 residential units and 5,200 sq. ft. of retail.

NoMa West (Eckington Place and Q Street NE) - This development broke ground in March 2011 and they have been hard at work with construction ever since. There will be a total of three buildings when they are completed and a small amount of retail. There will be an extension of Q street, a pedestrian walkway and connection with the Met Branch Trail included in the project. Apartments are scheduled to be available starting in Fall 2012.

McMillan Sand Filtration (North Capitol Street, Michigan Ave, 1 Street NW) - This huge 25 acre site has been the focus of many meetings and plans over the years and I'll put its timeline as I'll believe it when I see it. The current plans call for mixed-use development and park space which I think would be amazing! There are many sites and posts about this development as everyone seems to have an opinion as to what should happen with this piece of land. They have recently filed a draft PUD and there have been more meetings so I am sticking to my last update that I will believe it when I see it.

Friday, June 29, 2012

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 is a new home in Chancellor's Row listed for $667,900 while the least expensive listing is a condo listed at $78,000. 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. The overall number of houses in the neighborhood for sale continues to be low as of right now there are less then 10 places listed for sale not counting the new development at Chancellor's Row.

There are new sales posted.

613 Girard Street NE sold for $300,000 on April 6th
315 Evarts Street NE sold for $290,000 on April 10th
513 Montana Avenue NE sold for $375,000 on April 30th
210 Channing Street NE sold for $231,500 on April 30th
325 Franklin Street NE sold for $2,565,000 on May 4th
2429 3rd Street NE sold for $190,000 on May 8th
2408 2nd Street NE sold for $307,000 on May 30th
204 Adams Street NE sold for $225,000 on May 31st
2432 2nd Street NE sold for $322,400 on June 5th
2407 3rd Street NE sold for $170,000 on June 10th
3000 7th Street NE Unit sold for $142,000 on June 15th
234 Corwmwell Ter NE sold for $330,000 on June 15th
417 Evarts Street NE sold for $350,000 on June 15th

The Chancellor's Row development continues to be a high seller in the neighborhood having sold 147 homes as of June 10, 2012. The prices have adjusted again for some of the models as their listings have been recently updated.

There are currently no open houses listed. If you know of any please add the information to the comments section.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Nice park NoMa, but where's the bike ramp?

Recently NoMa BID has released renderings for a park that they would like to build in the middle of L Street NE and they have also been circulating a petition asking for 18 million dollars from the city to help them add parks to NoMa.  First let me say that I love the NoMa BID- their movie nights, concerts, flowers and keeping the area clean.  However,  I have a couple of concerns.  The BID was created to accomplish all these things and you can tell how great the NoMa area is because of it.  Ward 5 does not have any BIDs and could really use that money to do many of the same improvements to Rhode Island Ave NE.  Also, when looking at the renderings for the park in the middle of L Street I do not see the new ramp that DDOT is working on that will go from the Met Branch Trail to L Street.  That ramp is needed as the stairs that are currently there are not adequate for biking traffic and were only meant to be temporary until a ramp was built.  With the new cycletracks coming to NoMa and the work on the Met Branch Trail connections up to Union Station it is very important that we ensure this ramp is built.  I am in favor of NoMa parks I just want to ensure that they do not interfere with the Met Branch Trail infrastructure.  Being able to enter and exit the Met Branch Trail on both M and L Street via ramp will greatly improve the riding experience from all directions, as well as, help relieve congestion as the trail grows in popularity.

Please check out the renderings of the proposed park here and let NoMa know they need to include the ramp to the Met Branch Trail!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Special ANC 5C Meeting Tonight

There is a special ANC 5C meeting tonight and it was brought to my attention there is an item that looks suspiciously like the 4th Street NE "Gateway" project on the agenda even though it is not specifically named or given identifying information.  This is beyond troubling to me as that project team has not attempted any community outreach beyond attending a couple of minimally attended community meetings.  With all of the press and attention that other development projects get in the area it is really important that we come together and demand the best project possible for our neighborhood.  That said if you can attend tonight please do so and let the ANC know your concerns with the project.

Personally, I would like more retail and to ensure that the building is as green as possible.  At the last meeting I saw the project team had added a little more retail so it went from roughly 3,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet.  I think it could get even better.  Other neighbors have expressed concerns with parking that I do not think have been addressed.  The building design is still not the most attractive or open for adding to the streetscape.  I also think that they should buy the neighboring liquor store out and include that lot in the development.  I think it is really important that they get more feedback from the neighbors who live in the area.

There is also the issue of the project being 100% affordable housing.  Many neighbors are not supportive of this idea.  It was requested of the project team if it must be 100% affordable housing then they make it condos instead of apartments.  While I am not opposed to affordable housing it is very apparent the quality of the building that you get is inferior when it is 100% affordable housing versus a market rate building with a smaller percent affordable.  I would like this project to be the beginning of a transformation of the commercial corridor of 4th Street and Rhode Island Ave NE and feel that we need the best possible project we can get for our neighborhood.

NoMa Summer Screen Film Lineup Announced

Please see the schedule below for the NoMa BID outdoor movie nights this summer.  Taking a nice walk or fast bike ride down the Met Branch Trail from Edgewood makes this a great neighborhood event!

NoMa Summer Screen Film Lineup Announced
Washington, D.C., April 25, 2012 –

NoMa Summer Screen is the neighborhood’s most anticipated summer event – and the fun starts in just four weeks! This year’s theme ‘Is 2012 the End of the World?’ features films about world-ending scenarios as a spoof on the doomsday prophesies marking the end of the Mayan calendar. 

NoMa Summer Screen is a free, 12-week outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, DC’s fastest growing neighborhood. The event takes place Wednesdays from May 23 to August 8 on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. The event starts at 7 p.m. with music, giveaways, family fun, food vendors and picnicking. Films start at dark. Subtitles are provided for all films. 

Mark your calendars for your favorite blockbusters from ‘Is 2012 the End of the World?:’

May 23: The Day After Tomorrow: (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal) A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age. PG-13.

May 30: Dr. Strangelove: (Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers) An insane general starts a nuclear holocaust process that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. PG.

June 6: Men in Black: (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones) Two men who keep an eye on aliens in New York City must try to save the world after the aliens threaten to blow it up. PG-13.

June 13: Shaun of the Dead: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. R.

June 20: Wall-E: (Pixar, Animated) In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. G.

June 27: Ghostbusters: (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd) Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. PG.

July 4: Independence Day: (Will Smith, Bill Pullman) The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, humanity’s best weapon is the will to survive. PG-13.

July 11: Red Dawn: (Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson) It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town and country from invading Soviet forces. PG-13.

July 18: War Games: (Matthew Broderick) A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. PG.

July 25: The Incredibles: (Pixar, Animated) A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. PG.

August 1: Jurassic Park: The Lost World: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaurs to run amok. PG-13.

August 8: Deep Impact: (Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni) Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? PG-13.

*Disclaimer: NoMa BID was unable to show several popular Armageddon films (such as 2012 and Armageddon) due to lengthy running times of more than two hours. 

Now in its fifth year, NoMa Summer Screen was named one of the Top 10 Best Outdoor Movie Theatres in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine in 2011. The event attracts more than 300 people each week from the greater NoMa area and around the region. Bring a blanket, Frisbee and picnic cooler starting at 7 p.m., and connect with friends as you enjoy great films under the stars.

Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID or Facebook for weather updates, surprise giveaways, food vendors and weekly activities. Special thanks to the Loree Grand for hosting NoMa Summer Screen for the third year! View or download photos of last year’s event. Watch a video to get in the NoMa Summer Screen vibe. To sponsor NoMa Summer Screen, contact Rachel Davis. 

The NoMa BID organizes more than 100 free community events each year. Register for the NoMa Bike to Work Day pit stop on May 18. Bring your bike in for a ‘day at the spa’ with BikeSPA, June 12 and July 24, through a partnership with BicycleSPACE. Each week before NoMa Summer Screen, stop by the NoMa Farmers Market, which takes place Wednesdays, May 30 to October 31, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. View more info here. Rhythm in NoMa, an outdoor concert series, takes place in three locations this year, on Thursdays at lunch, Fridays at lunch, and Thursday evenings. View dates here. 

Get your skill on! A new affordable workshop series

You’re invited to “Get your skill on!”, a new series of affordable workshops. 

The series starts May 10 with "Who does what in the legislative and executive branches?"  The new series includes five workshops.  They are:·        

Who does what in the legislative and executive branches?  (May 10, 10:00 am – Noon, $40)        

Getting the word out  (May 17, 10:00 am - Noon, $40)       

The basics of social media for advocacy (May 24, 10:00 am - Noon, $40)       

Making the most of public hearings  (May 31, 10:00 am - Noon, $60*)        

Advocacy communications beyond testimony  (June 7, 10:00 am - Noon, $60*) [*See blog for details]

Anyone individual registering for all five workshops receives a 15% discount!

Details about the workshops are on the Helping Others Better blog and in the attached flier.

You will also find attached (as page 2) information about engaging with me to provide individualized workshops, trainings, or learning opportunities for staff, community members, etc.


DC Public Policy blog:

Twitter:  @susiecambria

Friday, April 20, 2012

New neighbor? Welcome and here are some tips...

When I first moved to Edgewood (almost 4 years ago now- time flies!) I set about researching many things about DC, my house and the neighborhood.  I thought I would share some of them now since I keep meeting new neighbors that say they read the blog.

1) Homestead Deduction - If you don't know what this is and you have purchased your house/condo please complete this paperwork as soon as possible.  If you live in your house/condo then you qualify for a significant reduction on your property taxes in DC.  All you need to do it complete this form and send it in- easiest way I know to save hundreds of dollars a year! 

2) District Department of Environment (DDOE) Programs - This DC government office offers an array of programs and grants for weatherization, storm water, and alternate energy.  DDOE has a whole list of programs under their RiverSmart Homes program.  They offer grants, rebates and advice for trees, pervious pavers, rain barrels and many other outdoor projects.  They also offer free home energy audits which can help you determine what you can do to save energy and money.  And the biggest thing that they offer are grants for adding renewable energy to your house such as solar.  I have added solar to my house and now generate over 85% of my own power.  It is much more affordable than you think and ends up making you money after a few years.  I highly recommend looking into and getting your name on the grant waiting-list.  Please also look at the DC SUN group for advice. 

3) Casey Trees - Casey Trees is a great organization in this city that plants trees to help increase the overall city tree canopy.  They offer rebates for homeowners that would like to add a new tree to their property.  If you don't have the space for a new tree you can volunteer on one of their many tree plantings around the city - I have done a few in Edgewood and Eckington with them and it is always a great time.  You can also adopt a new tree to make sure it gets enough water to survive the summer. 

4) Voting - In case you have not noticed the campaign signs all over Ward 5 we have an election coming up on May 15th for our new council member.  The Edgewood polling place has been moved to Noyes Elementary (2725 10th Street NE, Washington DC, 20018) since Shaed Elementary was closed.  There is also early voting at Turkey Thicket and downtown.  Please remember to vote!

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7 - Saturday, May 12
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Old Council Chambers
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 250 North
Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7 - Saturday, May 12
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

That is all of my tips for now.  If I think of some more I will post them or feel free to add your own in the comments!

Welcome to the neighborhood!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

REMINDER: Edgewood Community Garden Building Starts TOMORROW!

We are looking forward to seeing those who can make it out to the building day at Edgewood Community Garden tomorrow morning!  We plan on being there from 8 am - 5 pm, so come on down whenever you can to say hi or lend a hand, no matter what amount of time you might have!  3rd and Evarts St NE!  Should you need to contact either Cassie or myself for directions tomorrow, please feel free to call us at: 202-365-4347 or 919-641-7092.

If you are able to come tomorrow, we encourage you to bring water, shovels and wheelbarrows if you are able to, but by no means is it required.  We'll have water and have lunch available as well. 

Thanks so much!  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!  If you're unable to make it tomorrow, don't forget to that our planting day is on EARTH DAY - Sunday, April 22nd, from 8 am - 5pm.  Should be a fun time!


Cassie Phillips & Karin Bleeg
Edgewood Community Garden*


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Twitter: @EdgewoodGarden5
*sponsored & supported by the Public Service Grant Commission, a program of The George Washington University's Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service

Friday, April 6, 2012

DC Tree Canopy Fact Sheet

REMINDER: Edgewood Neighborhood Cleanup TOMORROW!

The weather is looking amazing for the cleanup tomorrow! I have asked the Ward 5 candidates if they are coming and I think we may see a few. Please join us in making our neighborhood a better place.

Just wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow is the Edgewood Neighborhood monthly cleanup. The group meets in front of the Edgewood Rec Center at the corner of 3rd and Evarts NE at 10:30 a.m. The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center and occurs the first Saturday of every month same time and location. The group picks up trash around the neighborhood including the rec center and has a cookout afterwards.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and show pride in our neighborhood!

If you cannot come try and cleanup around your block today or tomorrow morning so we can cover more areas!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Mint Condos in Eckington

I stopped by and toured the Mint Condos this afternoon and thought I would share my findings. There are 21 units in the building and they are about to put their 8th unit under contract leaving 13 left for sale. All of the remaining units are 2 bedrooms with anywhere from 1 to 2.5 bathrooms. The building is cute and I liked some of the decorative features. Some of the layouts were a bit awkward, but they all have lots of windows and light. They are priced between $319,900 and $379,900. The rooftop deck and gym are really nice and will be great for the 4th of July!! The retail space is a total of 3,000 square feet and they are selling it not leasing. They are open to having it be one space or splitting it into 3 spaces. They said that they are looking for the right fit for the space and quality retail for the neighborhood which I appreciated.

They will build it, do you care?

Over the last few years many new projects have taken off and are close to being completed in and around Edgewood. In each of those cases a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) was negotiated years ago and let's face it many of them do not truly benefit the community despite their name. Now as I have mentioned H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) is now ready to move some dirt on the empty lot they have been sitting on for quite a long time. They have owned the property for at least 8 years according to the DC Property Tax Database and it does not say how much if anything they paid for it while it is currently valued over 2 million dollars. The amount of taxes that they have paid over the years had varied greatly from thousands to hundreds of thousands and I am not sure why it changed so much. They currently owe $42,483.92 in taxes. I pulled their payment history and pasted it below.

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They have gone as far to schedule a hearing before the Zoning Board for zoning exceptions that they would like to have made for their project. That said they have only come to one community meeting and I was there and not impressed.

They are proposing a a six story building with 40 off-street parking spaces. The building will have 155 affordable residential units available for rent to tenants that make between $40,000 and $60,000 a year and the rents will be from the $400s to the $1200s (Units are studios (5) One Bedroom (85) and Two Bedrooms (65)). They are only proposing 3,000 square feet of retail space and over 30,000 square feet of underground parking space. They do not have financing at this time and no timeline for the project. They do have a zoning hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th at 441 4th Street NW, Suite 220-South from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I asked them and the DC representative from the Office of Planning/Real Estate why there is so little retail in the plan and so much more space given to parking. I was told "we're just happy that something is getting built." I am sorry, but that is not an acceptable answer. We should make sure that whatever is built in our neighborhood is the best possible project for the best possible addition to Edgewood. We do not just have to be happy that a vacant lot is being developed. That is demeaning and destructive to the community that is already here.

This building is being built in the shadow of the Edgewood Terrace complex that encompasses almost 800 affordable housing units which range from Section 8 to to people earning 80%-115% of the area median income. This is a very high density of affordable housing in the Edgewood neighborhood and the trend now seems to be to build mixed-income housing instead of 100% affordable housing projects like Edgewood Terrace was built in the past. My question is why is this project bucking that trend.

That said I am not against it being affordable housing if it adds to our neighborhood. I do know that some neighbors I have talked to would prefer it to be mixed income and if that is your opinion you should let the people listed at the bottom of this email know. I think the small amount of retail space is ridiculous as retail is a missing commodity in Edgewood and that section of 4th Street should have street facing retail. I also think that while I am okay with subsidizing housing I am not okay with subsidizing parking. Their plan calls for over 30,000 SF of parking and only 3,000 SF of retail!!! The parking would be for the tenants in the building and would create more traffic on a road that already has more than its share of commuter traffic and accidents. If people need affordable housing to live in DC then why should they get affordable parking as a bonus? The building is directly in front of a bus stop, a short walk to the metro station and across the street from a bikeshare station. Many other buildings on the corners of Rhode Island Ave and 4th Street NE do not have any parking- Mint Condos for example- and they are market rate buildings. It makes no sense to me why we should be creating so much more parking space instead of retail space!!

The other item that is important to me is the addition of a green roof to the project. Anyone who lives in this area knows the dangers of flooding that we have in low-lying areas. Currently this lot allows for some of the storm water to be absorbed and that will change when the lot is fully developed. I think it is important that this is added to the design of the building to ensure the least possible impact to our current flooding problems.

In the Rhode Island Avenue Great Streets plan it was recommended to change this location on 4th and Rhode Island NE into C-2-C zoning from its current zoning of C-3-A.

Here are the definitions of those in DC:


Permits matter-of-right higher density development, including office, retail, housing, and mixed uses to a maximum lot occupancy of 80% for residential use and 100% for all other uses, a maximum FAR of 6.0 for residential and 2.0 FAR for other permitted uses, and a maximum height of ninety (90) feet. Rear yard requirements are fifteen (15) feet; one family detached dwellings one family semi-detached dwellings side yard requirements are eight (8) feet.


Permits matter-of-right medium density development, with a density incentive for residential development within a general pattern of mixed-use development to a maximum lot occupancy of 75% for residential use and 100% for all other uses, a maximum FAR of 4.0 for residential and 2.5 FAR for other permitted uses and a maximum height of sixty-five (65) feet. Rear yard requirements are twelve (12) feet; one family detached dwellings and one family semi-detached dwellings side yard requirements are eight (8) feet.

The plan also recommends minimal parking to encourage public transit use, mixed-income developments and mixed-use developments. I am not sure why we are not using this plan to help steer the development that is now starting on Rhode Island Avenue NE.

So, what can we do to make sure that we are getting the type of development that we want in our neighborhood? We need to speak up and write the following people to let them know what you want and why it is necessary for our community!!! We do not have to take whatever is given to us!

Here are all the people to copy on your emails:

Eric P. Jones, HSCDC -
Vincent Gray -
Kwame Brown -
David Cantina -
Phil Mendelson -
Michael A. Brown -
Vincent Orange -