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Clean Team Services Coming To Fort Lincoln Starting October 2018

You ever wonder when you go to places like the Capital River Front and notice that they have a dedicated street cleaning team? Well those days are over thanks to legislation proposed by Councilman McDuffie and  funded by the Committee on Business & Economic Development in the 2019 Capital Budget.   We will now have a clean team dedicated to Fort Lincoln and the surrounding community.  Fort Lincoln in its self is a residential, retail & industrial mixed use community which sees  a lot of out-of-community traffic.  The Clean Team will add a new layer of maintenance which isn’t captured by current services given the growing retail and industrial market in the neighborhood.

So what is a clean Team?

Clean teams are funded through grants by the Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) and are executed by non-profit organizations.  While it would have been ideal to form a non-profit of community leaders the timing didn’t allow it for this funding cycle.  Regardless, the company selected is charged with hiring locally to maintain selected streets in the community which are impacted by growing businesses.  According to DSLBD The Basic Clean Team services include:

  • Removal of litter
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Removal of illegal posters/stickers
  • Removal of snow and ice
  • Recycling
  • Street tree mulching
  • Reporting public space defects
  • Landscaping (weeding and mowing) and
  • Business outreach.

What Streets are covered under the Pilot Program (In our area)

  1. Upper Bladensburg Road, NE, $100,000.00 (Grant Amount)
    • Bladensburg Road NE from Mt. Olivet Road NE to Eastern Avenue
    • New York Avenue a half block east and west from Bladensburg Road
  2. Fort Lincoln Drive Residential Clean Team, $100,000.00 (Grant Amount)
    • Fort Lincoln Drive, NE between Bladensburg Road, NE and 33rd Place, NE
    • 33rd Place NE between South Dakota Avenue, NE and New York Avenue, NE
    • Commodore Joshua Barney Drive, NE between Fort Lincoln Drive, NE and 33rd Place, NE

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The services associated with this grant will start in October of 2018 and is eligible to run through fiscal year 2020.  This service is a welcomed addition to the community, we have experienced dumping from both DC & Maryland residents and besides calling 311 do not receive routine street cleaning services.   So far only one organization has reached out and have enthusiastically shown their support in running this program the right way and involving Fort Lincoln residents in their planning.  We will continue our community clean ups and work with the selected company on a plan of action that will boost business and the livability of the community.

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Fort Lincoln Bike Trail Connection Becoming A Reality

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In January of 2015, I proposed resolution in support of connecting Fort Lincoln and the surrounding Gateway communities to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.  This resolution was the culmination of years of problem solving and vision for connecting our communities to the city core without the use of cars.  Most of the planning for this happened in 2013 & 2014 by introducing the idea to a group of neighbors who were also cyclist, however, the idea needed the support of the previous Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC).  Knowing the amount of work it would take to pitch, plan and manage the development of the idea, I decided to run for the ANC  position myself to ensure its implementation.  During my campaign I pledged to help bring alternative transportation options to the community given the current traffic issues we faced and the future traffic issues the remaining development posed in Fort Lincoln. For example, the recently completed Villages at Dakota crossing development introduced close to 600 cars to Fort Lincoln alone; coupled with the Shops at Dakota Crossing and and 3 more dense residential developments the number of cars in for Lincoln will increase into the upper thousands without any change to the transportation infrastructure. Therefore, after a successful Fresh Start in Fort Lincoln, The City and one new DDOT Director later, i’m please to announce that the feasibility study for the trail connection is now complete.  I exceptionally pleased with DDOT and its commitment to ANC Commission 5C’s concerns.  We now have to find funding to make this a reality so that we can reduce the dependency on cars as well as safely connecting residents to the rest of the city.   This bike trail represents the catalyst for a broader more comprehensive plan  of connecting the outlying communities of the city to the city’s core with alternative and efficient transportation. There is a dearth of bike trail & Lane connections for more than 5000 residents in the Langdon, Woodridge, Gateway & Fort Lincoln Communities.   My hope is that the City will see this connection as a priority as it continues to enhance other trails and lanes throughout the city. More information will be provided at the upcoming ANC 5C Meeting.  Thanks to everyone who has participated in making this a success thus far.

Link to – Riverwalk Gateway Segment Feasibility DRAFT to DDOT

 

City Neglect Causing Neighborhood Blight in Fort Lincoln

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The now closed Thurgood Marshall School, which once stood for a symbol of progress  in Fort Lincoln, is now a symbol blight and poses a continued threat to public safety.  Everyday, the graffiti, break-ins, homeless squatting, and now loitering of youth has engulfed this facility.  In the past year, I have called emergency personnel for serious violations consisting of everything from busted water-mains in the winter, homeless squatting,  drug & gang paraphernalia, open live electrical boxes, burning cars and more.  This is all taking place within a few hundred feet of a senior citizen residential building, the recently completed Villages at Dakota Crossing and is across the street from another residential development under construction with homes prices starting at $600,000. Moreover, the damage to this  school is beyond vandalism; it is also structurally degrading.  The roofing membrane has been ripped up, mortar between bricks have been washed away, window are broken, and concrete is now chipping away on structural members.  The District Government has reacted to short term resolution of some of  the issues as they arise; however, this only happens after I observe, call, and tweet the issues while walking my dog during daylight.  With the earlier sunsets and absence of lighting around the facility, days go by before I observe anything.  At this rate, the entire facility will be covered in graffiti  by the beginning of the new year 2016.   I once even observed amateur photographers taking pictures of the graffiti who were from Maryland, I might add. The developer has petitioned the city since the Gray Administration about the conversion of the School to a YMCA .  This conversion would take advantage of the indoor pool as well as having another City Agency occupy the remaining space.  Today, we are no closer to moving in a suitable tenant or having the city appropriate funding to stop the degradation of this valuable asset.  As district residents do we not deserve better than this?  What would you do if this was happening in your community?


 

Below are photos from vandalism and decay at the school which is adjacent to Fort Lincoln Park.

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Live electrical box was repaired after I called & tweeted the same day it was reported. Not sure how long it was open before I observed it.

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Door is open on the roof allowing access for graffiti now on the front of the building.
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Roofing has been pulled up causing significant damage. Almost as if it is intentional…

 

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Water damage to brick mortar

 

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Concrete chipping away

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Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan 2015-2016 – Draft

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Dear Fort Lincoln Residents,

I have drafted the comprehensive plan based on the first 6 months of service to the community. I have been working diligently to address the major concerns of the community and am now ready for the city to provide resources to fund them. Below is the Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft to be considered for the upcoming budget proposal 2016 to the Mayor.  Additional comments are welcomed  however, please note that not all comments will be added at this time however, as we resolve the items listed in the plan we will add the new ones.  Thanks again for electing me to work for you.

Clink the link below:

Fort Lincoln Comprehensive Plan Draft

DC City Council Committees & Other Ward 5 Updates

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Is this end of the  Brentwood Trash Transfer Station? Click the link for the full article. – Post (Click This Link)


Ward 5 Councilman McDuffie is the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development , –  WBJ(Click This Link)


Ward 5 Happy Hour at Costa Brava  this Thursday @ 6:00pm  – Bloomingdale – (Click This Link)


The Washington Business Journal reports that the Hecht Warehouse District is expanding.  This development is shaping up to be a Washington Gateway landmark destination.  Below are some progress photos compared to renderings of what’s to come.   Click the link for the full story. –  WBJ ( Click This Link)

Photo by Robert Looper III
Progress Photo Of Hecht Warehouse Construction
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering showing added Restaurant
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Aerial view of the Pappas Building between Okie & Fenwick Streets – The Red brick Warehouse
Photo Credit WBJ
Okie Street Rendering of the Pappas Building
Photo by Robert Looper III
Rail Tracks behind the Pappas Building
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering of Rail tracks behind the Pappas Building

Whats Next for Thurgood Marshall

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With the influx of new residential development in Fort Lincoln, there seems to be a growing concern over the use of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School(TMES).  The school was closed officially in 2013 and according to the Fort Lincoln Civic Association Website will be closed for 5 years as a school.  Before the closing of the school in 2012 residents voiced their concerns over the new residential development and the need it will create, however it was closed nonetheless.

As most people know, there is interest from the developer to use the School as a community center with YMCA as the operator.  The following is a quick run down on the status of this project:

1 – The developer has filed to have Thurgood Marshall Elementary School zoned as a community center, which has the support from the Office of Planning.

2 – There is a $25,000 contribution that is to be made to the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center for renovations by the developer , which is part of the original Planned unit Development from 2007.  However, due to the size and low usage of the cultural center, the developer is requesting to have that contribution redirected from the Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility for its proposed reuse.

3. The YMCA has not been confirmed as the operator.  There is also another DC Agency that will occupy the space, which is also not confirmed.

4-  ANC Commissioner Bob King provided the letter of support redirecting the $25,000 from the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility.

4.  During the Zoning Hearing on June 10, 2013 the decision was deferred due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 would be used.  That decision prompted a tour of the facility with all interested parties on October 18, 2013.

6- During the last Zoning Hearing on July 17, 2014, the decision was once again deferred,  due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 will be used. The decision has been deferred until January of 2015.