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Saturday, January 28, 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 DC Real Estate

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 $649,900 while the least expensive listing is a one bedroom condo listed at $125,000. 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.
There are new sales posted.

227 Bryant Street NE sold for $361,000 on December 13th
513 Montana Ave NE sold for $160,000 on December 15th
2905 7th Street NE sold for $369,900 on December 21st
2625 3rd Street NE Number 303 sold for $129,900 on December 23rd
225 Channing Street NE sold for $145,775 on December 28th
330 Rhode Island Ave NE Number 101 sold for $100,000 on December 29th
434 Evarts Street NE Number 2 sold for $82,000 on January 10th
2626 4th Street NE sold for $247,000 on January 13th

The Chancellor's Row development continues to be a high seller in the neighborhood having sold over a hundred houses to date.  The prices have gone up as I noticed they changed their signs from houses in the 400s to in the 500s.

There is one open house listed for Edgewood. There an open house at  2402 3rd Street NE on Sunday, Janunary 29th between 1 - 4 PM. If you know of any others please add the information to the comments section.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K

The date for the second annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K was been set for Saturday, May 5th, 2012.  The website is up to accept registrations!  Please sign up and join us!

Jobs in Edgewood: Monroe Street Market Project

Monroe Street Market Project and DOES would like all job applicants for the MSM project to apply via the new One City, One Hire registration website.

The trades that will be working here at the projects are:

Brick Masons
Concrete Laborers and Finishers
Sheet metal Workers
Window and door installers
Carpet installers
Ceramic Tile installers

For more information, please contact Kelly Wallace at or

Good Luck!

Community Weatherization Project in Edgewood

Please see the information below about the project starting in Edgewood for weatherizing your home.  I am one of the homeowners that has signed up so far and I wanted to make sure that more of my neighbors knew about this opportunity.  I was drawn to the project because it creates new green jobs for DC residents with training and room for advancement while using local, small businesses.  The need to weatherize my old rowhouse and be able to save money while helping create jobs in DC seemed like an ideal opportunity.

Community Weatherization Project in Edgewood

WeatherizeDC guides community members in coordinating their home energy upgrades. Pooling residents’ purchasing power helps lock in a discounted rate for efficiency services, generates savings for each household budget and lowers families’ energy use. And participants use their strengthened economic power to reinvest in their local communities.

The initiative makes investing in home energy efficiency simple and affordable. By engaging as a group, residents lower the cost of investing in efficiency upgrades. In Silver Spring, Maryland, families who coordinated their home energy improvements saved on average 15 percent. Local and Federal tax incentives provided additional savings.

By vetting local small businesses, WeatherizeDC ensures residents hire contractors that deliver top- quality service. We only work with Building and Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractors. Every project is designed to create a unique community benefit. Residents give input into the social impacts they would like their group purchase to create.

Now one of these projects is taking place in our community.  A group of six homeowners has already committed to moving forward with the project, and will begin work at the end of February – join now and help us secure greater discounts by increasing the number of participants.

The Process

  • Partners with neighborhood associations and other community networks to create simple ways for members to participate.
  • Organizes individuals into bundled requests across neighborhoods.
  • Supports representatives of the purchasing group with the selection of a local business to perform the work based on pricing, quality and their social impact.
Interested in starting a community efficiency project on your street?
To learn more, contact Organizer Ayla Schlosser at or 202.630.9381.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recap of the Rhode Island Avenue Task Force Meeting

This morning I attended the Rhode Island Avenue Task Force meeting and I wanted to share what  I learned as it pertains to Edgewood.  Also,  I would like to encourage people to attend these meetings as they are open to the whole community and it is a great way to get your voice heard and be a part of the development of Rhode Island Avenue NE.  The next meeting is being scheduled for the end of February.

The meeting started with an introduction of the different groups that were present.  There was quite a bit of blunt expression demonstrating the fractured relationship by the Premier CDC group towards the Friends of Rhode Island Ave group.  I have experience with the Premier CDC group in regards to them working towards starting an Edgewood Farmer's Market and I joined the Friends of Rhode Island Avenue group when they started last year.  So, that said I am not going to go into details of the discussion I am going to say I think both groups have a niche and there is so much to be done that the more the merrier.  I just hope people can work together and not duplicate efforts.  I think it would be best if each group could focus on specific initiatives and the Task Force meetings could be used to delegate and discusss what each group is doing.

There was a representative from CM Orange's office there and Jeff Miller, Director of Real Estate from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development was there as well.  They were both very informative about programs and initiatives and honest about the lack of money for government funding for many of these items.

I asked many questions about the potential Farmer's Market in Edgewood.  Premier CDC group stated that they are still working on it hoping to start one this year.  They have been talking with Vanguard at the Rhode Island Shopping Center, but they still do not have anything signed.  Jeff Miller stated that his office has also been discussing it with Vanguard and also offered the option that the Rhode Island Row development would be happy to have the Farmer's Market there.  It seems that we may very well have one this year.

Jeff Miller also stated that over 50% of the Rhode Island Row development's retail has already been leased.  He did not share any new tenants past the ones we already know.  I am hoping that Rhode Island Row will start advertising who they are as their spaces are being completed.

The Rhode Island Shopping Center was discussed further as I asked a few more questions about it and was told that development may be closer than I was previously told.  Basically the leases being signed by the new discount grocer/retailer are going to be shorter term and redevelopment could happen in pieces.

I made a few connections at the meeting for an outdoor movie night that I am trying to plan and coordinate with multiple groups along Rhode Island Avenue.  If anyone is interested in being involved with planning let me know!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rhode Island Avenue New Tenant

ICYMI Lydia DePillis reported this week that a Sav-A-Lot discount grocery store is coming to the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center.  She reports that it will be opening in Spring/Summer 2012 in a portion of the old Safeway spot.  I had been told awhile ago by Vanguard that they were looking at a discount grocery store/ discount store combination to fill the space.  This makes me wonder if Big Lots is still looking to fill the rest of this space or if they wanted too long of a lease.  The shopping center is looking to redevelop when the leases of its current tenants end in the next 8-10 years.

DCEA Offers Volunteer Electrical Work for Black History Month

Message from the District of ColumbiaElectrical Association (DCEA):

In honor of Black History Month, everyweekend, throughout all 8 Wards in D.C., the DCEA will be doing freeelectrical work in our communities. If you or your constituents knowof any churches, senior citizens homes, or recreation centers for childrenin need of small electrical work; such as replacing smoke detectors, exitsigns, light fixtures, wall receptacles (plugs), light fixtures, lightswitches, ceiling fans, fluorescent light tubes, etc., please call us as soonas possible.

The DCEA needs your help finding the placesto do the volunteer electrical work! This is our DCEA annual volunteerelectrical work event; which is apart of our articles of incorporationwithin the District of Columbia. We have done volunteer electrical work forthe Covenant House, SOME, and Catholic Charities, to name a few. All workwill be performed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)Local Union #26 journeymen and journey women electricians, alongwith supervised electrical apprentices. Please help us to coordinatelocations in all 8 Wards to give back to our communities.

For more information, please contact DCEA at 202-534-6905.

Larry Greenhill, Jr.
District of Columbia Electrical Association(DCEA)
624 Kennedy Street NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20011

Comedy Show and Chocolate City Beer

Shooting and Arrest In Edgewood

Please see the email below from MPD regarding a shooting and subsequent arrest in Edgewood this past weekend.  I really appreciate their hard work and will send out information when this case appears in court for court watch.

On Saturday, January 14, 2012 at approximately 1:40am, a Pizza Delivery Person was delivering food in the 200 block of Adams St. NE when robbed at gunpoint by three individuals.  During the offense, the victim was shot in the facial/neck area.  He was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

MPD officers conducting a canvass of the suspects observed three individuals in a vehicle matching the lookout provided.  These individuals were subsequently arrested and charged with the offense.

Capt. Jeff Brown
5th District
(202) 698-0121

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rhode Island Avenue Task Force Saturday, Jan 21st

Premier CDC is pleased to host the Rhode Island Avenue Task Force meeting from 10 am. to Noon on Saturday, January 21 at the Woodridge Library. Agenda items will include:
I. Update Reports from organizations, i.e. Freinds of Rhode Island Avenue, Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Avenue Business Assn, Premier CDC
II. Review of Written Reports from the Break-out Groups
III. Formulation of a Committee to Organize Tour of Rhode Island Avenue
III. Guest Speaker
IV. Next Steps
For questions, agenda items or more information, please call: (202) 491-9245
"Success is Not a Destination --- It's a Never-Ending Journey"

ANC 5C Agenda-Monthly Meeting, Tues, Jan 17, 2012

Attached is the agenda for the ANC 5C first monthly meeting of the year, next Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7pm, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 1615 3rd St NW. Closes cross street is Q St NW. Albrette "Gigi" Ransom
Commissioner, ANC 5C12
Treasurer, ANC 5C
Chair, Legislation & Public Policy Committee

Monday, January 9, 2012

Notice of Emergency Meeting with Council Chairman Brown - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Government of the District of Columbia


PO Box 26183

Washington, DC 20001


Tuesday, January 10, 2012 (7:00 PM)

CAPS Public Charter School

1400 First Street NW


Council of the District of Columbia


“Ensuring Continued Service to Ward 5 Residents”

“We ended our week on a somber note with the resignation of Ward 5 Councilmember

Harry Thomas, Jr. I want to reassure members of the Ward 5 community that there are

five At-Large members available to serve your needs. I am committed to ensuring that

you receive the highest level of constituent services without interruption.

Until a special election can be held to select your new representative, I have directed

my staff to initiate special constituent and outreach services. Phone lines and email

have been redirected to my office to facilitate your requests.

On Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C will host

a community meeting at CAPCS located at 1400 First Street, NW with all ANC

commissioners, civic associations, education council and business representatives, and

interested residents to discuss ongoing legislative activities.”

Chairman Kwame Brown


Next Regular Meeting:

January 17, 2012 (7:00 PM)

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

1615 3


Street NW


Dear Friends of Rhode Island Avenue,
As we mentioned in our year end wrap-up, we are hosting a planning meeting on January 23 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Art Enables. We would love to meet with you, discuss what has already been done, and most importantly, lay out what needs to be done in 2012. We know you have lots of good ideas and we want to move forward in 2012 with solid, tangible action-items based on community input.

  • Brief introduction of FORIA
  • Recap of Progress
  • Break-Out Planning Committees: Community Events, Business Development, and Street-Scape
  • Recap of Each Committee
  • Miscellaneous Business
Please RSVP if you can make it at Light refreshments will be served during the planning meeting. Please join us afterward for drinks at Lace!


Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE

Friday, January 6, 2012

REMINDER: Edgewood Neighborhood Cleanup TOMORROW!

Start your New Year off right!  Mother Nature is being kind to us with the great weather! If you have not been to one now is the time to join us!!!

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!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Public Hearing DC Surplus Property: Webb School, 1/23/12



The District will conduct a public hearing to receive public comments on the proposed surplus of
the following District properties. The date, time and location shall be as follows:

Properties: Parcel No: 01410047 at 1375 Mount Olivet Road, (“Webb School Building”)

Parcel No: 01600046 at 1401 Brentwood Parkway, (“Young School Building”)

Date: Monday, January 23, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Contact: Althea O. Holford, Real Estate Specialist
Department of General Services
202.478.2428 or

Eckington's New Nail Place

Update- I walked by with the pups and noticed they are closed on Tuesdays open every other day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Sundays when they are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I noticed that the tax place on Rhode Island Ave NE near 4th Street NE has been converted into a nail and beauty shop.  I will update the post when I check it out and see the hours.  It is the reincarnation of Elegance Nails which was in the burnt out building that is now the Mint Condos.  I am happy to see this as the tax place was closed most of the year and it is nice to have some open businesses on that strip.

Row Island Row Update

Since my sources were right about the CVS and these retailers make sense I am sharing the new list of tenants for Rhode Island Row.

Dunkin Donuts
Five Guys

Here's hoping something more local and sit-down joins them soon!!