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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Notice of Funding Availability Issued by DSLBD for a Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street Operator





DC Main Streets 

(Rhode Island Avenue, NE - Ward 5 Target Area)


The Department of Small and Local Business Development is soliciting applications from qualified 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations that are incorporated in the District of Columbia to operate a DC Main Streets program for the Rhode Island Avenue, NE commercial corridor in Ward 5.


The designated DC Main Streets program (organization) will receive $200,000 in grant funding and technical assistance to support commercial revitalization initiatives. The Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets organization will develop programs and services to: (1) assist business districts with the retention, expansion and attraction of neighborhood-serving retail stores; and (2) unify and strengthen the commercial corridor. The DC Main Streets grant award is a recurring grant.


The grant recipient will be selected through a competitive application process and announced September2013.  Interested applicants should review the Program’s Guidelines and submit a complete application form for receipt via email on or beforeWednesday, August 28, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.


The Request for Application (RFA), which comprises the application form and program guidelines, will be available on July 26, 2013 at .


Instructions and guidance regarding application preparation can be found in the RFA. DSLBD will host an Information Session on August 8, 2013 at 3:00 pmat DSLBD’s office (441 4th Street, NW, Washington DC 20001; photo required to enter building).  All applicant organizations must attend.  This session will be your finalopportunity to get answers to your questions.


For more information, contact Cristina Amoruso, DC Main Streets Coordinator, Office of Commercial Revitalization, Department of Small and Local Business Development at (202) 727-3900.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Shaed School

Hello Ward 5 Residents,

 As you know, the Hamilton and Shaed School properties have sat vacant for quite some time.  On July 15, the Department of General Services (DGS) issued a Request for Offers (RFO) for the sites.  The deadline for the RFO is on August 14. 

 Public input is important and is received at several points during the RFO process. On July 11, DGS held a public hearing on the surplus of the Hamilton and Shaed Schools. An additional hearing on the surplus of the Shaed School property will be held on August 21.

Finally, on August 20, DGS has scheduled a hearing to provide residents with an opportunity to hear from parties who submit bids on the Hamilton property. A similar meeting for the Shaed School should be scheduled shortly and our office will circulate a notice as soon as we receive the information.

Please see the details for the hearings below:









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:      Square 3552, Lot 0816 – 301 Douglas Street, NE (“Shaed Elementary School Building”)



Date:                    August 21, 2013

Time:                   6:00 p.m.

Location:          Edgewood Recreation Center

NoMa Beer Fest Brings Together DC’s Local Breweries


WASHINGTON, DC, July 19, 2013 – DC’s favorite beer-makers converge for NoMa Beer Fest Saturday, August 17, a free outdoor festival finale to DC Beer Week (Aug. 11-18). Sample special summer ales available only for this festival, and discover a new favorite! Enjoy live music, DJ entertainment, games by DC Bocce League for the whole family, and tasty eats from Union Kitchen and local food trucks. All-local breweries include DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing Company, District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing Company, Three Stars Brewing Co., The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore) and Right Proper Brewery (opening soon in Shaw). Bike parking and Met Branch Trail ride to the event by Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Follow @NoMaBID and #NoMaBeerFest for updates on beer selection, food vendors, live music, games and free giveaways. Full details



DateSaturday, August 17, 2 pm to 8 pm

Location: Parking Lot at 1250 First Street, NE (at N Street)

Metro: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)

Admission: Free and open to the public


Event admission is free, but purchase your beer tickets online now! Not sure what to drink? Purchase the tasting tickets for smaller pours of the beer you want to explore. DC Bocce will be on hand with Bear Pong (that is not a typo), a larger-than-life version of ‘beer pong,’ bocce courts, and of course a kiddie corner. IDs will be checked at the gate. This event is rain or shine. Entrance is at First and N Streets, NE. Organized by the NoMa BID. Hosted by The JBG Companies. Sponsored by Union Kitchen, Trilogy NoMa, and Archstone First + M. Thanks to our partners Washington Area Bicyclist Association, DC Bocce League, DC Brau, District Chophouse, Capitol City Brewing Company, Right Proper Brewing Company, Chocolate City Beer, Three Stars Brewing Company, and The Brewer’s Art.

Dance Place in Edgewood to Break Ground on Renovation

July 11, 2013
Contact: Carolyn Kamrath

Dance Place in Ward 5 

To Break Ground On Renovation


The Dance Place Board of Directors & Co-Directors Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM to celebrate the expansion and renovation of Dance Place beginning mid-August.

After 32 years of being the “hub of dance” for Washington, DC, Dance Place is ready for an expansion and a major renovation.  While under construction from August 2013-February 2014, we will present performances in a variety of theaters and host daily classes at two locations on 8th St NE.  Performance and class details can be found at

Remarks by

Lionell Thomas, Executive Director, DC Commission of Arts and Humanities

Jason Schupbach, Director of Design Programs, National Endowment for the Arts

Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley, Co-Directors, Dance Place

And others

Performance by

Dance Place Summer Campers

Project Partners

Artspace Projects Inc.

Hickok Cole Architects

Bognet Construction

About The Moving Forward Campaign

Dance Place is undergoing a $5 million capital campaign, “Moving Forward.” The campaign has the following three aspects: expansion and renovation of our main facility, program enhancement and the establishment of a building and cash reserve to improve the financial underpinning of the organization that will sustain our spirit of creativity for the next thirty years. To date, $3.07 million has been raised towards the $5 million goal.


Moving Forward Campaign Steering Committee

Kathy Freshley

Jannes Waples Gibson

Jalal Greene


Denise Rollins

Wendy Shapiro

Leila Smith

Douglas Wheeler


WHAT: Dance Place Groundbreaking Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday, August 6 at 4:30pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking

Dance Place’s Groundbreaking Ceremony is an invitation-only event. 
To attend, Media RSVP or 202-269-1608.


About Dance Place:

Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences, and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational program. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland neighborhood in Washington, DC. 

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RIA Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants

Here's the latest information on the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Funding program:

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development (DMPED) has released the first round of grant applications for the Small Business Capital Improvement grants, with funding up to $85,000 to use for starting or improving small businesses. The funds can be used for such projects as facade improvement, renovations, and some equipment purchases.

There will be a series of information sessions for small businesses, including one for Rhode Island Avenue at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22nd, at the Woodridge Library (1801 Hamlin).

If you are a small business on Rhode Island Avenue NE, and are interested in pursuing this fantastic grant opportunity, please plan on attending the the information session on Monday. Additionally, FoRIA is available to help you with the application process, along with our partners at Washington Area Community Investment Fund and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

For more information,

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mint Dental

I know we have all been wondering what will come to the retail slot in the Mint Condos on 4th and RIA NE - well a pair of dentists have acquired the entire 3000 SF and plan to open Mint Dental.  

While I know many of us were hoping for a restaurant the dentists seem like they will be great neighbors and are hard at work looking to open as soon as they can permits permitting. Maybe even this year!  This will add some more daytime foot traffic to that intersection and if they take your insurance will let you walk to the dental office twice a year for your cleanings instead of traveling across town like I currently do. Fingers crossed they take mine!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Great Streets Grant Initiative-For Immediate Attention

PFrom: McDuffie, Kenyan (Council)
Subject: Re: Great Streets Grant Initiative-For Immediate Attention

Hello Ward 5 Residents,  

Over the past several months, I ushered through the Council legislation designating three Ward 5 corridors as a Retail Priority Areas: Bladensburg Road, North Capitol Street, and Rhode Island Avenue. These corridors are deeply deserving of investment by the city, and Retail Priority Area designation allows that investment to occur.

I am pleased to announce that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is taking advantage of these new Retail Priority Area designations by making grants available to businesses on Bladensburg Road and Rhode Island Avenue (a similar program was previously offered to businesses on North Capitol Street). The Great Streets Grant Initiative is now accepting applications for grants of up to $85,000 to support and foster growth amongst small businesses.

Eligible applicants must own retail or service business within DMPED’s specified boundaries and must satisfy other eligibility requirements. An applicant may be a property owner or a lessee. Interested business owners must submit their application online by visiting The deadline to submit an application is September 9, 2013 at 6:00pm.

I am pleased that, in partnership with DMPED, we are able to dedicate public resources to enhance the offerings and amenities available to our Ward 5 businesses.

Please share this announcement with business owners and entrepreneurs in the ward.


Friday, July 5, 2013

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!!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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 is an 8-bedroom home on Lawrence Street NE listed for $1,538,000 while the least expensive listing is a condo listed at $109,300. 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 16 places listed for sale not counting the new development at Chancellor's Row.  Houses have been going fast as I have attended a few open houses where there were 25-50 people lined up before they even started!  A couple of places have sold before they even went on the market.

There are new sales posted.

2309 3rd Street NE sold for $385,000 on January 31st
201 Bryant Street NE sold for $265,000 on February 5th
3049 Chancellors Way NE sold for $637,514 on February 11th
3047 Chancellors Way NE sold for $636,170 on February 11th
 3045 Chancellors Way NE sold for $720,445 on February 11th
2625 3rd Street NE Apt 107 sold for $100,000 on February 15th
 2403 3rd Street NE sold for $429,000 on February 27th
3039 Chancellors Way NE sold for $712,580 on March 1st
 2303 3rd Street NE sold for $163,000 on March 12th
571 Regent Place NE sold for $640,000 on March 13th
 214 Bryant Street NE sold for $399,900 on March 19th (sold in September 2012 for $225,000)
 420 Evarts Street NE Apartment 3 sold for $130,000 on March 20th
 429 Evarts Street NE Apartment 1 sold for $360,000 on April 12th
330 Rhode Island Avenue NE Apartment sold for $116,359 on April 12th
2704 6th Street NE sold for $385,000 on April 19th
2729 4th Street NE sold for $458,500 on April 23rd
711 Kearny Street NE sold for $310,000 on May 7th
3015 Chancellors Way NE sold for $727,499 on May 10th
3017 Chancellors Way NE sold for $672,820 on May 10th
3021 Chancellors Way NE sold for $736,070 on May 10th
613 Hamlin Street NE Apartment 7 sold for $89,118 on May 13th
709 Jackson Street NE sold for $510,000 on May 23rd
2438 2nd Street NE sold for $436,000 on May 29th
206 Bryant Street NE Apartment sold for $342,000 on May 31st
318 Bryant Street NE sold for $425,000 on June 3rd
221 Bryant Street NE sold for $520,500 on June 10th
2817 7th Street NE Apartment sold for $219,900 on June 13th
315 Bryant Street NE sold for $399,988 on June 20th
311 Douglas Street NE sold for $475,500 on June 21st
228 Channing Street NE sold for $415,000 on June 21st
2751 4th Street NE sold for $549,900 on June 21st
530 Regent Place NE sold for $622,000 on June 26th

There are no open houses listed at this time.

Monday, July 1, 2013

[MPD-5D] 7.1.13 Arrest Made in Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed and Burglary: 2400 Block of 2nd Street, NE

Great news from the hardworking MPD today!

Contact: Saray Leon (202) 727-4383


July 1, 2013 


Arrest Made in Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed and Burglary:

2400 Block of 2nd Street, NE


(Washington, DC)- Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed and Burglary that occurred in the 2400 block of 2nd Street, NE.


On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at approximately4:00 am, two suspects entered a residence and produced a handgun and a knife.  One of the suspects sexually assaulted an adult female before taking property and fleeing.


On Saturday, June 29, 2013, 18-year-old Tayvon Barber of Northeast DC, was arrested and charged with Burglary One while Armed and Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Assault while Armed, following an investigation by the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Friends of Edgewood Recreation Meeting

Date: July 3, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Edgewood Recreation Center, 3rd and Evarts, NE

The Friends of Edgewood Recreation is a community group focused on enhancing the Edgewood Field House and surrounding community. Our projects have included the Edgewood community garden; monthly trash pickups; drum classes; gardening classes; and sponsoring events at the Edgewood Field House. Ideas are always welcome! Items currently on the Agenda: July 6th monthly cleanup and bbq; Edgewood garden; Edgewood sidewalks upgrade petition. 

The Friends of Edgewood Rec's monthly meeting takes place the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:00 at the Edgewood Recreation Center (meeting in the park) at the corner of 3rd and Evarts, NE.

Surplus of Shaed Elementary

Please see the meeting notice for the surplus of Shaed Elementary in Edgewood. Many of us would like go see a community center in the building others would like a charter school- this meeting is the first step towards a new use for the empty building. 

FREE Mulch and Compost

You can pick up some free mulch and compost on Saturdays from the Fort Totten Transfer Station!

Casey Trees Summer Almanac

Please see the message and link below to the Casey Trees Summer Almanac!  It is a great resource for how to take care of our DC trees during this time of heat and humidity.

Wanted to share our new Summer Almanac and encourage you to share with your readership – the hotter and hotter temperatures mean that the Summer Solstice was right on time and it’s incredibly important to get the word out about proper watering and tree care specific to the summer conditions. Feel free to check it out here: