As requested I have attached my presentation from tonight’s ANC 5C Meeting titled, “What are community benefits.” It is intended to serve as a guide to identifying the elements of strong & weak community benefits when negotiating with Developers.
Next Thursday I am partnering with Corinthian Contractors & CSOSA (Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency) to host on -the-spot interviews for upcoming projects in the District of Columbia. This event is aimed at bringing Job Opportunities to District Residents closer to where they live. The event will be held from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Arizona-Cousins conference room at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church and are held on a first come first serve basis. Positions are ready to be filled immediately.
Corinthian Contractors is looking for dedicated and hard working individuals who are ready to develop themselves as tradesmen and committed to growing their construction careers. Prior construction experience is a plus but is not a requirement. There are limited positions available and no one person is guaranteed employment solely based on their place of residence.
Returning Citizens are welcome to apply but must be cleared through CSOSA. To find out if you are eligible please contact Trina Stewart at 240-882-6226. Individuals who are looking to make a fresh start and have an opportunity to rebuild their careers are encouraged to apply.
Please bring your resume and any certificates of training you may have. Also be ready to not only represent yourself but to be an ambassador for all D.C. Residents. Let’s show that we have what it takes to not only make it to work on time but set the standard on what hard work and dedication is!
Hope to see you next Thursday!
Pet Smart’s grand opening is set for this Saturday, October 29th 2016 at 9:00 am. in the Shops at Dakota Crossing in Fort Lincoln There are lots of prizes and give-a-ways including:
A Raffle for (3) $250 Dollar Gift Cards (Dog Owner, Cat Owner, Other Pet Owner)
Door Busters for the First 50 Customers
Promotional Gift Cards and much more.
The store officially opens today with limited services and hours. Pet Smart is the 4th retailer to open at the Shops at Dakota in large parcel shops. See you this Saturday!
Dick’s Sporting Goods is now hiring for positions at it’s new store in the Shops @ Dakota Crossing Shopping Center in Fort Lincoln.
Come out this Friday to the Hiring Information Session and hear first hand from the Store’s General Manager on what positions are available, apply online for open job positions and schedule your interview.
Computers will be available to complete applications at this event for two hours. Please come early and prepared. You can also complete applications online from anywhere and schedule your interview at: dicksSportingGoods.jobs/newstores. The hiring information session is not required but recommended.
Need help with your resume or need interview preparations? The DC Department of Employment Services may be able to help. Visit their website at DOES.dc.gov
Last year I testified at WMATA’s Public Hearing mostly in disbelief that the only options for fixing our bus ridership was to cut the B8/B9 and re-route the H6 to service the shopping center. There was no consideration for upcoming development, changing community demographics or proximity to basic services; just a focus on return on investment which for Fort Lincoln can’t be the determining factor with the large concentration of senior residents.
However, this year was different, there was better coordination with WMATA and more residents from the community at the table to discuss their riding habits. Although the B8/B9 is proposed to be cut again, there are a few new options which may increase ridership, continue service to Colmar Manor and finally gain access to Ivy City.
The screenshot below describes the extent of the changes. The link to the entire document is here. 071416_3APublicHearing2016BusSOGO
Construction progress is in full effect in Fort Lincoln. We are getting closer to the opening of the much anticipated Shops at Dakota Crossing, the “almost” sold out Banneker Ridge Development and the start of the next large multi-family development in Fort Lincoln which consist of 123 town homes and 240 apartments.
Shops At Dakota Crossing
The Large parcels in the Shops at Dakota Crossing are expected to open 4th Quarter of 2016 with the remainder of the shopping center completing construction in the 1st Quarter of 2017. The Opening dates of the remaining shops have not been announced, however the buildings will be completed.
There appears to only be 8 Home sites remaining at the new Banneker Ridge residential development. If you want to claim your piece of the most expansive view of the DMV there’s still time. Granted you may have to wait a few years before you see services such as an adequate park & an unshuttered school catch up with the progress of the rest of community…Bazinga! We are actually making progress towards conducting a study for a more comprehensive park design & exploring options to expedite the opening of the school; more details forthcoming.
Fort Lincoln Multi-Family Development
Fort Lincoln continues its tradition of building family sized apartments, town homes & condos throughout the community. Although the new developments all have the required Inclusionary Zoning Units, there is still a lot of concern about the affordability of new construction residential developments. During the last SMD Meeting the developer announced that Fort Lincoln overall will be 60% affordable when development is complete, and that the affordable units were built earlier in the development. I’ve met with neighbors and we are planning a home buying seminar later this year to be sure that long time & current residents are taking advantage of all possible home-buying incentives to increase their chances of attaining home ownership in new developments in Fort Lincoln.
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter rail service linking the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia and has plans to expand/relocate it’s rail-car storage capacity as an apparent result of the Union Station Expansion. VRE plans to do this by reactivating abandoned railroad through Union Market and creating a new storage yard on New York Ave. from 4th street to 16th street. See pictures below:
VRE’s plan would expand into a developing community absent of considering the obvious impact not only to the residents of this community but to the community development efforts and livability factor of such a facility. These rails have been abandoned for decades and New York Ave. is becoming a residential and retail destination which will connect many of the communities from NOMA to Fort Lincoln. Today, there is an existing 70 foot buffer between Amtrak Trains & New York Ave, which is used in part by Douglas Development as well as the planned trail connection along New York Ave. which will bring safe multimodal infrastructure to the community. Removing that buffer and storing idling diesel powered trains up to the curb is infuriating and is clearly a lack of engagement and care for the lives of people who live in this community. Moreover, Virginia has much more space to store trains within its own state lines and close Proximity of D.C. but of coarse they wouldn’t dare dump on their own development projects. VRE could easily store their trains at the proposed Long Bridge Park Pool Site which still hasn’t broken ground or in Potomac Yards where they have decommissioned that entire rail yard and is redeveloping.
In addition to the numerous and obvious environmental & health issues that stem from idling trains within close proximity to District residents, this plan would significantly alter, or even in some cases halt or eliminate projects that are driving economic development for the overall community and addressing livability concerns along New York Ave which includes:
Market Terminal in Union Market
The planned N.Y. Ave. Trail Project
Hecht’s Warehouse District Development
The planned New City DC Development
Future Transportation Plans Along NY Ave.
As you can see in the picture below, the The proposed train storage yard extends beyond Montana Avenue.
Where is VRE in the Process?
In May of this year, VRE released it’s solicitation to establish a Contract with one (1) qualified and experienced firm to provide environmental documentation, public outreach and participation, real estate acquisition, urban design, survey, geotechnical investigation and engineering design services for a midday storage facility for rolling stock operated by Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Proposals were due on the 13th of June. It is important that as more information about this project becomes available that we align ourselves with the residents and leadership of the impacted areas and do our part to make light of this potential travesty. The link to the Conceptual Engineering Documents by VRE is below.
Join us next Tuesday and learn what it takes to gain employment at D.C’s first and only Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Fort Lincoln. The purpose of this Job Information Session is to 1.)prepare applicants to accurately complete the application and assessment, & 2.) gain an understanding of the employment process for Lowe’s.The presentation will be conducted by the Lowe’s Human Resources Manager for this region. There are approximately 20 positions available, both Seasonal & Long Term, and we want them to be occupied by residents of Fort Lincoln, the greater Ward 5 Community and the city at large. There are no preference points given for D.C. Residents, however, Lowe’s is committed to engaging with the community and giving D.C. residents a fair chance at employment.
The Department of Employment Services will also be on-site to assist with providing computers for applicants to complete the on-line application from 4:00pm-6:00pm and will provide information on other Job Opportunities in the City.
Also at this event you will also be able to sign-up for email notifications on other Job Information Sessions as well as Hiring Events for other upcoming retail in Fort Lincoln at the Shops at Dakota Crossing.
There are no interviews being held at this particular event.
The event will be held at:
Mount Horeb Baptist Church
2914 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington DC 20018.
3:00pm-4:00pm Information Session
4:00pm-6:00pm On-Site Applications & Assessments (on-line)
In our upcoming April 2016 SMD Meeting, we will discuss signage around Fort Lincoln to be submitted to DDOT & DPW. The draft Plans are here ( Not Completed) for your review to prepare for the meeting. I developed this initial plan to get the ball rolling, and is based on my observations and discussions with neighbors. Please feel free to add to the plans as needed and email it to me, if not you can bring your ideas to the meeting. Thanks!