LPCA Monthly Meeting Minutes For Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Call to order: 7:12pm

  • Introductions (7:12-7:18): introduce yourself to your table, let them know how long you have been in the neighborhood and what you want to improve in the neighborhood. 44 community members in attendance.
  • Community Presentations (7:18- 7:46)
  • Howard University Homecoming and proposed capital project.
    • Police Department at Howard University talk about Homecoming Events – go to www.howard.edu for more info
      • October 11th: 5K race starts at 9am at 6th Street will go around perimeter of campus. Roughly 500 people expected to participate, which will impact traffic
      • October 14th: Pep Rally from 7-9pm at William Greene Stadium
      • October 15th: Street event on campus known as Entertainment Power Expo will run from 12-6pm.
      • October 16th: Fashion Show at 6:30 and 9:30 located at Cramton Auditorium
      • October 17th:
        • Yard Fest from 12pm-6pm – this year will be a little different in order to in accommodate families and many events are off campus
        • Step Show will be at DC Armory at 8pm
      • October 18th:
        • Parade begins at 10am, lasts till roughly 1pm and will begin closing streets at 8am, on 6th Street to W Street where stage is located – civic association will have a table located at 4th and T Street.
        • Football Game begins at 1pm at William Greene Stadium
        • R&B Concert will be at Cramton Auditorium at 7pm
        • Hip Hop Concert will be at DC Armory at 9pm
      • October 19th: Gospal Show at Cramton Auditorium at 7pm
    • Campus Plan Amendment – Maybelle Taylor Bennett
      • Space located on north side of Berry Street between Sherman Ave and 9th Street is currently zoned as R-5-B but looking to rezone to C-2-B, and will close an alley.
        • C-2-B: Permits matter-of-right medium 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 3.5 for residential use and 1.5 FAR for other permitted uses, and a maximum height of sixty-five (65) feet. Rear yard requirements are fifteen (15) feet; one family detached dwellings and one family semi-detached dwellings side yard requirements are eight (8) feet.
      • The proposed 6 story building will include: 319 residential units, 143 parking units (one level above ground and one level under), and 12,000 square feet of retail space.
      • Project is managed by Ambling University Development Group in collaboration with Gateway Partners and Pinak Mehta. The  project architect is Niles Bolton Associates.
      • Will seek a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and file with the Zoning Commission once it has presented the project to all community stakeholders, likely sometime in October or November.
  • DDOT Flood Mitigation Plan Update – Reginald Arno, reginald.arno@dc.gov
    • Would like to hear from the community where experienced flooding and other areas that need improvements
    • Going to organize another meeting to discuss sometime in the month. Details to come.
  • Richard Myers: managed the Commodity Supplemental Food Program over the summer.
  • Eric Fidler: LPCA will host a candidates forum for Ward 1 School Board on Oct 27 at 7pm at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church
  • Brian Footer: September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Don’t forget to setup safety plan. Visit hsema.dc.gov to find helpful tools.
  • Jennifer Wisdom: starting September 29, the alley next to 1839 5th Street will be closed for one week
  • Committee Reports:
  • Brick Repair: halted for the remainder of the year, will begin again next fiscal year (October 1).
  • Speed Bumps: going to a traffic study at 300 block of T
  • DDOT: need better signs at 6th and U due to confusing one way sign
  • Officers Patrol: during the summerpolice have expanded patrol upon community request. Email Anita if there are other areas you would like more presence. Issue of bike stealing. Register bike at 1800-848-2453 (BIKE) at $10 for 10 years or $25 for 30 years. Works with police to help locate stolen bikes
  • Sept 11 Police Presence: rumors of domestic related issue involving a gun, but police presence was due to President Obama in the neighborhood.
  • Homeless Population: spoken to MPD and little they can due to no loitering laws. Littering issues and  Steve Barron 202-673-7440
  • Safety Walk: starting again on Oct 21 at 7pm and will continue each month.
  • Block Captains: currently recruiting people, email Anita at anita.norman1@verizon.net for more info and sign up.
  • Officer Morgan: please register your bikes. It is very helpful. Crime reports –
    • 3 robberies (one closed, two open) which is low
    • theft by autos continues to be an issue – lock your car doors
    • 1 burglary on 6th Street entered through bathroom window on second floor – lock your windows
    • Homeless Issue – they have moved from the wall to the circle. If you see illegal activity the call 911.
    • Noise – before 7am and after 10pm make call to 911 and police will respond

 

  • Communications, Ashley Jefferson (8:04-8:09)
  • Website has been updated: please check it out and sign up
  • Also sign up to list serve
  • Important to note that they are different
  • News Letter: looking for content for the news letter. Next issue out in October so please send ideas ASAP
  • Offering Social Media Classes: details to come

 

  • Membership, Christina Gilbert (8:09-8:15)

 

  • Sign up for Membership: please make sure you have paid your dues. Join by signing up on the website or print out form and mail to 135 Ben Frank Avenue, PO Box 20044. Funds help LPCA provide events and activities for the community. If you cannot remember, send me an email and I can verify.

 

      • SIGN UP NOW and get coupon for cycling class

 

  • Neighborhood Happy Hour: is on October 15 at 6:00pm at Showtime (113 Rhode Island). Please spread the word and bring your friends.

 

    • Parks Committee, Nicole Bambas (8:15-8:21)
      • Casey Trees event on Oct 25: The tree planting is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th (9am – 12pm). LPCA‟s commitment for the day of planting is to recruit 30 neighborhood volunteers and provide breakfast and lunch for a total of 100 volunteers. Furthermore, LCPA is responsible for developing a three-year watering and maintenance plan.

 

  • SIGN UP on website so we know how many folks to feed
  • Treasurer, Donna Morris (8:21-8:26)

 

      • Currently have $2,____ in the bank
      • Due rates are: residential $15, senior $5, sponsors $100, business $250, corporate $500.
      • Question of what money goes to: Casey Tree Events, “Hi” Campaign, Easter Egg Hunt, October Fest last year, Holiday Party, etc.

 

  • Fundraising Chair, Andrea Ridenour (8:26-8:28)

 

    • Introductions: planning to work with each committee to figure out ways to raise money.

 

  • Community Open Forum (8:28- 8:30)
  • Ben Ball: been having persistent issues with Elks Lodge in which they have been violating their settlement agreements. See attached letter for details regarding exact problems and proposed next steps.
  • Golda Philips announced a Community Brainstorming Session LPCA will host in the coming moths. Stay tuned for details
  • Richard Myers and other community leaders met with new Howard University President.
  • Zeba Floyd announced a McMillian Meeting with Mayor’s Agent. For more details contact her at zeba4mcmillan@earthlink.net