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Monday, December 14, 2015

Free Career Academy for Ages 16-24

Please share this message with your neighbors-  great opportunity for young adults.  www.laycca.org


Edgewood Recreation and Park Development

Please spread the word and join your neighbors for this meeting to voice your wishes for our new recreation spaces. 


Friday, December 4, 2015

Join us tomorrow- 7 years of monthly cleanups!!

Happy Friday, friends:

Please join December's Edgewood Cleanup. Meet in front of the Rec. Center (300 Evarts St. NE). Saturday, December. 5 at 10:30-11:30 AM -- nice sunny weather! Free refreshments for volunteers.

As always, the grassroots nonprofit group Friends of Edgewood sponsors this event. The community service starts here the first Saturday of every month -- seven years now! Gloves, bags, and snacks provided. Everyone is invited to come meet friendly neighbors, clear litter from our community, and stay informed on local news.

It only takes an hour, but if you can't make it, tidying outside your house helps everyone too! 
Questions? Just ask cleanup founder and local government rep sally.hobaugh@gmail.com. Thanks!

Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, Inc., 501(c)(3) -- Doing Good in the Neighborhood
DC Office of the Clean City Partners & DPR Community Garden Park Partners

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Inspired Teaching School Events

Please see message from school below:

Greetings,

We are proud to share with you the news of a few upcoming special events at the Inspired Teaching School. We hope to host two very successful events that engage our community, empower our student body, and help us build the future of our school. Please find more information regarding our events below, and as always, we welcome attendance and/or participation from our community.

Inspired Teaching School will host the first of our three "Learning Showcases" of the school year. These events are (student-led) exhibitions of the work our wonderful students have been engaged in throughout the first trimester of this school year. There will be a Learning Showcase at the end of each trimester.

We will be holding our first recruitment open house of the school year from 10AM-11:30AM. Many families have already signed up to attend and learn more about our school's unique character and offerings.

As always, we are committed to encouraging our families to be considerate when parking, and we also urge them to be respectful in all interactions in and around our fine neighborhood. Please know that ensuring a respectful presence is one of our key goals. 

Best,
Inspired Teaching School Staff

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reminder SMD Meeting Tonight

Please join me from 7-9 pm at Inspired Teaching School (200 Douglas Street NE) for our 5E10 SMD Meeting.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

Edgewood Recreation and Park Development

Please see the information for the upcoming meeting and contact information on how you can share your thoughts and ideas.  


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Free Movie

MONROE STREET MARKET PRESENTS DINNER AND A MOVIE ON THE ARTS WALK

--Special Halloween Movie on October 30--

 

WHAT:            On the last Friday of October, guests and residents will be invited to the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market to enjoy “Dinner and a Movie”.  The featured movie to celebrate Halloween will be Edward Scissorhands. Participating restaurants will feature special promotions while a free outdoor movie is shown beginning at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair. All guests will receive a free bag of popcorn provided by Monroe Street Market.

 

                        Restaurant Dinner Deals:

-Halsa: take 15% off your dinner check

-Potbelly: free cookie or drink with purchase of entree

-Brookland Pint: 10% off any entree purchase

 


WHEN:            October 30

·      Edward Scissorhands

 

 

WHERE:          The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market

716 Monroe Street, NE in Washington, DC

(Bottom of the Arts Walk near the metro)

 

 

EDITOR’S

NOTE:             For more information about the event, visithttp://events.monroestreetmarket.com


 or

                        www.facebook.com/monroestreetmarket

 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Community Cleanup -- tomorrow!

Dear neighbors:

You're cordially invited to join tomorrow's monthly Edgewood Cleanup! Meet in front of the Rec. Center (3rd and Evarts NE) -- Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10:30 AM -- rain or shine! Free refreshments for volunteers.

This month's cleanup is again joined by Edgewood's own Beacon House. This local nonprofit serves local at-risk youth through sports (football!) programs at the Rec. Center, homework assistance, mentoring, nutritious meals, and more. We hope you can join too!

The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood, with special help from the Beacon House children's charity this month. It starts here the first Saturday of every month, and we provide bags, gloves, and snacks. All are welcome to meet friendly neighbors, clear litter from our community, and stay informed. If you can't make it, tidying outside your house helps too. Questions? Ask cleanup founder and local government representative sally.hobaugh@gmail.com. THANKS, and see you around!

Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, Inc., 501(c)(3)
DC Office of the Clean City Partners & DPR Community Garden Park Partners

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P.S. -- Our first two outdoor movie screenings -- The Princess Bride, and Jurassic Park, as determined by YOUR VOTES! -- were popular community events, where the Met Branch Trail goes past the Rhode Island Ave. shopping center. Both were preceded by short films about other DC nonprofits' great work.
**SAVE the date for this year's final movie -- BEETLEJUICE! Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 PM by the Met Branch Trail pedestrian bridge.**

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Reminder SMD 5E10 Meeting TONIGHT

I wanted to send out a reminder about tonight's SMD meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Inspired Teaching School (200 Douglas Street NE).  We have a lot on the agenda including DPR update about the Edgewood Recreation Center and update from MRP about the RIA Shopping Center redevelopment.  Please join in the discussion so your opinions/thoughts and ideas can be heard and shared.

Friday, September 4, 2015

AARP Foundation Announces A Celebration of Service on September 11

Hello!

 

AARP Foundation will be packing over 1 million meals next Friday on the National Mall and we would love to be included in your daybook. The meals will be distributed to struggling seniors, first responders, and veterans. D.C. has one of the highest rates of seniors living in poverty, with 13.4 percent of all households in the area considered food insecure. 

 

Volunteers are encouraged to participate and join members from the community, government, local universities, non-profits, and members of the armed services to pay tribute to the service commitment that is now such an important part of September 11th.

 

People can sign up to participate and learn more at: www.acelebrationofservice2015.org/.

 

Thank you,

Ashley 

 

 

Ashley Edokpayi
AARP | Media Relations Associate
601 E Street N.W. | Washington, DC 20004

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Community Cleanup Tomorrow -- with dog park petition!

Dear Friends (and movie night voters!):

You're cordially invited to join tomorrow's monthly Edgewood Cleanup! Meet in front of the Rec. Center (3rd and Evarts NE) -- Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 AM. Free refreshments and hot dogs for volunteers afterward, around noon.

**We will also have the petitions to add a dog park among the new Rec. Center's amenities. Our groups has collected about 50 signatures so far... Walk by with your dog at 10:30 to sign the petition, and learn about the status, if nothing else!!**

The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood. It starts here the first Saturday of every month, and we provide bags, gloves, and snacks. All are welcome to meet friendly neighbors, clear litter from our community, and stay informed. Questions? Ask cleanup founder and local ANCsally.hobaugh@gmail.com. THANKS, and see you around!

Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, Inc., 501(c)(3)
DC Office of the Clean City Partners & DPRCommunity Garden Park Partners

P.S. -- Our first outdoor movie, "The Princess Bride" was a big success last week, with about 40 attendees, free snacks and water, great laughs, etc.
**SAVE the date for our next film JURASSIC PARK: Thursday, SEPTEMBER 24 at 7:30 PMby the Met Branch Trail pedestrian bridge.**



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Free Outdoor Movie in Edgewood Tonight on the MBT!!

Enjoy the beautiful weather and cult classic The Princess Bride starting at dusk (around 7:45 pm) tonight on the Met Branch Trail next to the new pedestrian bridge.  This is being cosponsored by Friends of Edgewood and the MBT 5K.  

Autobody Paint Facility Permit Rulemaking - Update and Hearing

From: "Marshall, Karim (DDOE)" <Karim.Marshall@dc.gov>
Date: August 26, 2015 at 5:17:26 PM EDT
Cc: "kmcduffie@dccouncil.us" <kmcduffie@dccouncil.us>, "Jackson, Gregory N (EOM)" <gregoryn.jackson@dc.gov>, "Hines, Charon (EOM)" <Charon.Hines@dc.gov>, "Gluckman, Judah (EOM)" <judah.gluckman@dc.gov>
Subject: Autobody Paint Facility Permit Rulemaking - Update and Hearing

Dear Commissioners and Concerned Residents:

 

The Council of the District of Columbia (the Council) recently passed two laws that affect business and residents throughout Ward 5. Bill 21-0281 the “Ward 5 Paint Spray Booth Moratorium Emergency Act of 2015” and Bill 21-282 the “Ward 5 Paint Spray Booth Moratorium Temporary Act of 2015” prohibit the permitting of any additional automobile paint spray operations in Ward 5 as well as the issuance of permit renewals for facilities with permits expiring between July 23, 2015 and March 14, 2016

 

Mayor Bowser has directed the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to conduct a comprehensive review of the spray booth permitting process and revise our regulations to address the concerns raised by the legislation. All unpermitted facilities have been directed to cease operations. Any facility with a permit that expires during the moratorium period will be required to cease operations when their permit expires. If any auto body painting occurs at a facility operating without an active permit, they may be subject to fines or other penalties.

 

The moratorium extends through March 14, 2016.  

 

To obtain stakeholder input on the contents of revised regulations, DOEE will host a public outreach meeting on September 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Department of Energy and Environment

1200 First Street, NE

5th Floor 

Washington, DC  20002

 

All interested parties are welcome to provide input.  Examples of regulation revisions DDOE is considering and seeks input on are as follows:

 

1)    Adoption of more stringent volatile organic compound (VOC) paint content standards currently in place in California and some other states;

2)    Possible VOC emission control strategies such as the use of carbon filters, carbon cartridges, carbon beds, or other control methods;

3)    Emission stack parameters, such as height restrictions;

4)    Paint booth design parameters; or

5)    Any other emission or odor control strategies that might be suggested at the stakeholder meeting.

 

DOEE requests that those planning to attend the meeting notify Mr. William Bolden at 202-535-2250 or william.bolden@dc.gov by September 28, 2015.  Written suggestions may also be submitted by mail to Mr. Bolden at 1200 First Street N.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002by September 28, 2015.

 


Crime Statistics from MPD

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In Case You Missed It: Addressing Violent Crime in Washington, DC

In Case You Missed It…

Below are facts from Police Chief Cathy Lanier regarding violent crime in the city that were provided to the Council for the District of Columbia and members of the community.

ADDRESSING VIOLENT CRIME IN WASHINGTON, DC

THE NATIONAL TRENDS:

Most major cities are experiencing similar problems with violent crime.

  • However, none of these cities are dealing with the legalization of marijuana, and
  • None have had any significant new strategies or reorganizations.

*But what the cities do have in common are:

  • 3 out of every 4 responding cities have seen increases in homicides this year;
  • 60% have seen an increase in non-fatal shootings;
  • Nearly half reported scenes with cases from multiple guns and/or high capacity magazines;
  • Nearly half reported an increase in gang-related/retaliatory violence;
  • 30% reported an increase in violent crime in which the offender is under the influence of synthetic drugs

From an August 2015 survey by the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

FRAMING THE CHALLENGES IN WASHINGTON, DC:

Release of Repeat Violent Offenders:  At a time when there is growing consensus about the need to modernize the criminal justice system – from policing, through sentencing, to incarceration – we cannot forget that our communities need to be protected from violent offenders.

In DC, we are seeing an increase in the number of repeat violent offenders involved in our shootings and homicides.  So far this year:

  • At least 22 of our homicide arrestees were under supervision pending trial or on probation or parole at the time of the crime.  This is a substantial increase from the 15 under supervision we had all of 2014.
  • At least 20 of our homicide victims were under supervision pending trial or on probation or parole at the time of the crime.
  • 10 individuals involved in homicides this year had prior homicide charges.
  • Almost half, or 45%, of the homicide arrestees had prior gun-related arrests in DC (compared to 27% in 2014); meaning nearly half of the persons responsible for these homicides had previously been arrested for carrying or using illegal guns in the commission of a crime.
  • And when it comes to illegal guns, like the national trend, we too are seeing more instances in which multiple guns or high capacity magazines were involved or recovered.

Synthetic Drugs:  Often referred to as synthetic marijuana, this drug is not at all like marijuana and the effects are very different.  It is an extremely dangerous drug and if not addressed federally, we will have a public health crisis on our hand as its use continues to expand. More and more cities are seeing increased violence associated with the drug.

In Washington, DC, we are already seeing the growing impact of the drug:

  • In June of this year, the DCFEMS transported almost 450 patients to local hospitals suffering from overdoses on synthetic drugs.
  • In July, Pretrial Services Agency, one of the federal supervision agencies for the District of Columbia, tested 136 individuals arrested for violent crimes and found that 20% were positivefor synthetic drugs.  Synthetic drugs have now replaced cocaine as the most frequently found in the test of arrestees other than marijuana.  Why is this occurring?  Because there are no requirements for its inclusion in universal drug screenings; therefore, people don’t worry about losing a job or being returned to jail if their conditions of release prohibit drug use. That is why the Major Cities Chiefs Association recommended that this type of drug screening be mandatory for everyone under supervision in our communities.  

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Centralization of Drug Units:  There are those who assert that the centralization of the drug units has led to an increase in violence; however, the evidence does not support that assertion.

  • Homicides began to increase in March; the vice units were not centralized until June 16th.
  • Simply put, the vice units had ceased to be as effective as they once were, largely due to the changes in criminal enterprises and drug markets that have made our tactics obsolete.
  • The productivity of the vice units had dropped precipitously.  In the first four months of 2015, non-marijuana drug arrest had decreased 31 percent.  Search warrants and gun recoveries by these units were also declining.  Those were telling signs that we had to modernize our approach and change our tactics.
  • The fact is, the violence does not appear to stem from the legalization of marijuana or disputes over drug markets.
  • Additionally, when you look at the number of non-marijuana drug arrests, and also remove arrests for mere possession, from June to mid-August compared to the same time last summer, our drug arrests have increased 9 percent, which would suggest that our new strategy – and our focus on the seller, not the addict – has been effective in getting more dealers off the streets.

2015 HOMICIDES
As of August 25, there have been 103 homicides.  At this same time last year, there had been 72 homicides.

  • In the Seventh District, homicides have increased by 95 percent.  The Fifth District has seen the next largest increase, with a 67 percent increase from last year.
  • Taken together, the Fifth and Seventh Districts account for 84 percent of the overall increase from last year.

Trends in Motives?  In terms of the “reasons” for or other identifiable similarities that may account for the increase in homicides, a glance at the known motives reveals an array of troubling reasons.  A common theme being individuals are choosing to settle arguments or disputes through extremely violent means.  (* = DOMESTIC)

Table of Motives
MotiveNumber
Robbery16
Illegal Gambling/Dice7
Altercation6
Disputes3 (including 2 neighborhood disputes)
Retaliation3
Unintended Target2
Child Abuse1
Accidental1

*some of these motives may fall under more than one incident
 

Argument* Between step-son and his step-father, who is fatally stabbedStabbing
ArgumentBetween victim and suspect over a womanShooting
ArgumentBetween the victim and suspect (acquaintances); at a nightclubShooting
RobberyIn an attempt to rob victim, suspect had made arrangements to meet victim at hotelStabbing
Argument* During which boyfriend asphyxiates his girlfriendAsphyxiation
RetaliationSuspect believed the victim had allowed another suspect to be robbed during a gun deal at which the victim was presentShooting
Argument* Between two brothers, who had a history of not getting alongShooting
ArgumentThe victim was heard arguing with an unknown individualStabbing
RetaliationThe victim reportedly fired multiple rounds into the suspect’s grandmother’s home.  The suspect retaliated by fatally shooting the victim.Shooting
ArgumentOver $20 and illegal gamblingShooting
ArgumentBetween the victim and mother of his child, when her brother intervened and fatally stabbed the victimStabbing
ArgumentBetween victim and suspect over a womanShooting
AltercationVictim, who was intoxicated, struck the suspect with his fist. The fight was broken up, but the suspect fatally stabbed the victimStabbing
ArgumentAt a nightclub; one party was elbowed by the otherShooting
ArgumentThat began in Maryland when one party looked at the other party in the wrong mannerShooting
ArgumentStemming from the victim stealing drugs and guns from the suspectStabbing
RobberySuspect attempts to rob three family members and housekeeperOther
Argument* Between victim's mother and her husband; Victim intervenedStabbing
ArgumentVictim came to the area to pick up the girlfriend of one of the suspectsShooting
Unintended TargetVictim was not the intended target of the suspect(s)Shooting
Argument* Between victim and suspect, who were intimate partnersStabbing
Argument* Between victim and suspect, who were intimate partnersStabbing
ArgumentBetween victim and an individual in the area in which he was killedBlunt Force Trauma
AltercationThe victim was reportedly involved in an altercation the day of or day priorShooting
DisputeA longtime feud between neighborhood groupsShooting
DisputeA longtime feud between neighborhood groupsShooting
RetaliationVictim was said to have been killed for shooting another individual who resides in same neighborhoodShooting
Argument* Between cousinsShooting
ArgumentVictim thought suspect was having an affair with his girlfriend; he approached suspect and was stabbedStabbing
AltercationVictim and suspect were involved in an altercation; suspect left and retrieved gun; returned and killed the victimShooting
AltercationVictim had an altercation with a woman while boarding a bus; victim became involved in another altercation with the suspect, who followed the victim into the street and stabbed himStabbing
Child abuse* Abuse at the hands of father results in death of infantBlunt force trauma
Unintended TargetVictim was not the intended target of the suspect(s)Shooting
ArgumentThe suspect had been hit by a rock thrown by the victim's sonShooting
Argument* Between cousins; over rent and alleged theft of a ringShooting
AltercationBetween the victim and suspect during a basketball gameStabbing
ArgumentBetween victim and suspect, who struck the victim in the face causing him to fall and strike his head on the sidewalk/curbBlunt Force Trauma

 

Locations20142015
Outside56%74%
In Vehicle11%20%
Inside33%6%

Homicides by Month: 2008 to 2015

chart showing homicides by month

 

Homicides and Closures by District

McDuffie to Hold Violent Crime Roundtable

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202.724.8028 (main); 202.297.0152 (mobile); dcalhoun@dccouncil.us

Washington, DC - Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5), Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, announced that he will hold a public hearing on rising violent crime in the District of Columbia The hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 16, in the Council Chambers, Room 500, at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.at 5:00 p.m.  

On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the 100th homicide of the year was committed in the District which represents a 36 percent increase, to date, over last year. “These homicides, and other violent crimes, have devastated families and communities across the city. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the steps that the city is taking to prevent and respond to violent crime, and to address the underlying causes,” McDuffie said.

The hearing will also consider Bill 21-0261, “The Sale of Synthetic Drugs Amendment Act of 2015”.

Councilmember McDuffie has been discussing strategies to combat crime in the District with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chief Cathy Lanier, residents, representatives from the Department of Justice, and national and local organizations. As a result of those discussions, and additional research by his office, Councilmember McDuffie will be introducing legislation to address the spike in violent crime when the Council reconvenes in September. More information on the legislation will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Illegal Gun Initiative ReLaunch Today

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 19, 2015

CONTACT: 
Christina Harper – 202.727.5011

 

Mayor Bowser, Chief Lanier to Relaunch Illegal Gun Initiative

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, August 19th at 2:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Recreation Center, Mayor Muriel Bowser with Police Chief Cathy Lanier will relaunch the District’s illegal gun initiative. So far this year, MPD has taken 944 illegal guns off the street. The District seeks the public’s help to identify violent offenders who carry illegal firearms. By getting guns off the street, residents can help prevent more tragediesResidents with information about ANY crime or who would like to report an illegal gun should call 202.727.9099 or text an anonymous tip to 50411. 


WHO:
Mayor Muriel Bowser                                                                                                                 
Police Chief Cathy Lanier

WHEN:
Today, August 19th at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Kennedy Recreation Center
1401 7th Street, NW


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Alley Repair and Cleanup

 I wanted to let neighbors know that we should start to see some long standing issues closed out starting this week.  I have been following up with DDOT, DPW and DCRA to address the concerns in one of our alleys in our SMD since I took office in January.  Last week I meet with Tommie Jones from the Mayor's office as well as representatives from these agencies to do a walk thru of the area to determine what we can do to help repair and cleanup the alley between 3rd/4th/Adams/Bryant Streets NE. We discussed repairs to the large potholes and that first a determination would have to be made about which areas are in fact public space.  They will be repairing those public space areas this week weather permitting.  

They are also contacting property owners of the empty lot/building/parking spaces for maintaince and securing their building   There is a lot of illegal dumping and overgrowth in the alley which adds to the problems. To combat this I am going to be organizing a cleanup day for this alley with the Mayor's office and will let you know more details soon. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Neighborhood Cleanup Tomorrow (with Beacon House!)

Dear Friends:

Start your August by joining tomorrow's monthly Edgewood Cleanup! Meet in front of the Rec. Center (3rd and Evarts NE) -- August 1 at 10:30 AM. Free refreshments and hot dogs for volunteers afterward, around noon. 

This month, we're proud to partner with Edgewood's own Beacon House
This community nonprofit does great work serving local at-risk youth through sports programs at the Recreation Center, homework assistance, mentoring, nutritious meals, and more. We hope you can join too!

The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewoodwith special help from the Beacon House children's charity this month. It starts here the first Saturday of every month, and we provide bags, gloves, and snacks. All are welcome to meet friendly neighbors, clear litter from our community, and stay informed. Questions? Ask cleanup founder and local ANCsally.hobaugh@gmail.com. THANKS, and see you around!

Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, Inc., 501(c)(3)
DC Office of the Clean City Partners & DPRCommunity Garden Park Partners

P.S. -- remember to save the date: due to yesterday's rain delay, Edgewood'sCommunity Movie Night will feature "The Princess Bride" on Thursday 8/6 at 8:30 PMby the Met Branch Trail pedestrian bridge.




Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tonight's movie night postponed

The Friends of Edgewood Outdoor Movie Night scheduled for tonight is now postponed due to rain and storms. The Outdoor Movie Night featuring the film favorite "Princess Bride" will now take place next Thursday August 6th at dusk on the Metropolitan Branch Trail (right by the pedestrian bridge and shopping center). This is a FREE event co-sponsored by MBT 5k and Partners and Friends of Edgewood. See you on Thursday! Have questions? Contact Marley Rave at marley.rave@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DDOT Ward 5 Vision Zero Tonight

Just wanted to remind everyone tonight is Ward 5's turn for the Vision Zero data collecting at the RIA metro from 5-7:30 pm.  If you cannot make it you can add your feedback online:  http://visionzero.ddot.dc.gov/VisionZero/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rhode Island Center

Please see the press release I received from MRP today this is about the development discussed at our last SMD and ANC meetings:

MRP REALTY TO REDEVELOP RHODE ISLAND CENTER

 

Mixed-Use Mega-Project Adjacent to Rhode Island Metro will be Catalyst for NE DC Transformation

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2015) – MRP Realty, developers of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate across the Mid-Atlantic region,  along with B&R Associates L.P., announced today the two have formed a joint venture to redevelop the shopping plaza known as Rhode Island Center into a thriving, multi-phase, mixed-use environment.

 

The first phase of the joint venture between MRP Realty and B&R Associates will include building approximately 345 residential apartment units and 47,000 square feet of retail. The project plans for a retail-activated plaza oriented to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the new pedestrian bridge, providing access to the Rhode Island Avenue metro station. The joint venture recently retained KLNB for retail leasing, and is targeting a health club as the lead retail tenant for phase one.  The architect for the residential buildings is SK&I. 

 

“The original project was much lower in density and more geared towards auto and industrial use,"said Ryan K. Wade, founding principal of MRP Realty. "The new development will tap into the new Metro connection and the Metropolitan Branch Trail -- for both cyclists and pedestrians -- while still providing sufficient parking but at a level that reflects the range of transportation options." 

 

“Rhode Island Center is one of the rare opportunities to make a significant contribution to not only the neighborhood, but to the entire city,” added Bob Murphy, MRP Realtys managing principal. “MRP Realty and B&R Associates will be working hand-in-hand with Councilmember McDuffie and ANC 5E, as well as the D.C. Office of Planning and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development teams to transform the old shopping plaza into a vibrant development centered around Metro and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The new Rhode Island Center will be a catalyst for the transformation of Northeast Washington and we are proud to be a part of the team.”    

 

The architecture of the redevelopment will respond to the industrial heritage of the neighborhood and the existing industrial buildings running along the Red Line through Northeast Washington, D.C. During redevelopment, the joint venture will extend the street grid through the site and introduce a new retail main street that will run from Fourth Street NE and terminate at the public plaza in front of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro entrance. A new curb-less road will form a unique public space and create an opportunity for special event programming. 

 

Additional plans for phase one include improving the Metropolitan Branch Trail by relocating it underneath the existing bridge to the Metro, creating additional green space along the trail and opening up the pedestrian bridge to the public plaza. By extending the cycling infrastructure from the Metropolitan Branch Trail to Fourth Street NE, bike lanes will have a dedicated, grade-separated trail improving cyclist safety. At its completion, the final product will include up to 200,000 square feet of retail to include a full-service grocer.

 

B&R Associates,  the original developer of the shopping center over thirty years ago, will remain an active participant on the development team.

 

“We looked at a number of different options, including an outright sale, but the opportunity to remain involved with the project through a redevelopment joint venture with MRP received strong support from the families involved with the original development,” said Brad Bernstein, managing general partner of B&R. "We are all excited to get this project moving forward, and we intend to bring increased vitality to the immediate area at Rhode Island Avenue Metro.” 

 

The joint venture has filed a planned unit development application for height with the city and is seeking stage two approval for phase one of the project which will aim to break ground in 2017.