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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
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.