9am-1pm (rain or shine, unless it's a real downpour)
Meet at Upshur and Georgia triangle park. Trees will also be planted at 7th and Taylor.
contact: Carol Herwig 202-722-4385
Halloween block party
500 blk of Taylor (5th and Taylor)
kids' costume contest at 5pm
contact: Michelle Escumbise 202-903-6103
Halloween block party
4000 blk of 4th (4th and Shepherd)
contact: Kevin Hummons
[from the Editor]
Just FYI, Sweet Mango Cafe's menu is now posted in the biz section (see left sidebar).
[from Carol Herwig]
The Petworth tree planting is Saturday 10/28 between 9am and 1pm. We’re hoping for a strong turnout of Petworth residents to make a real statement.
PLANT A TREE OR 20
What: Tree planting at two Petworth triangle parks.
Where: Meet at Georgia Avenue and Upshur Street. Trees will also be planted at the triangle at 7th and Taylor streets.
How: A Casey Trees grant to UNTS and the Upshur Street business district.
Why: Join your neighbors in beautifying Petworth.
Details: We will have approximately 20 trees to plant between 9am and 1pm. Tools, trees, mulch, coffee and bagels will be provided. Check-in time is between 8:30 and 9am. Hard-sole shoes and long pants advised. For more information or for questions, contact Carol Herwig at 202-722-4385 or by email.
Metropolitan Police's PSA 404 meeting
Thursday 10/26 (last Thursday of every month)
Regional Operations Command North
801 Shepherd Street
Click here for a map of PSA boundaries in MPD's 4th District. PSA 404 includes most of lower Petworth up to Decatur Street.
The PSA meetings are a monthly opportunity for residents to hear what police are doing, and to tell them what needs to be done. Frankly, right now the meetings are underutilized by the community. For those dealing with specific crime problems in their area - or just looking for a way to become more involved in the neighborhood - this is a good start. The police can and do respond to community input and pressure.
[from page 43 of the October issue of DC North]
The Petworth Library [...] still awaits funding. Though wireless access is available, and a "fall fixup" in September gave the library a new coat of paint on the outside fence, the building itself is in need of repairs, and the collections could use attention. Help may be on the way, however. The next federal budget, if approved in October, will include $14 million earmarked for Petworth renovation.
My name is Jamie Peacock (I'm a woman) and I've lived in Petworth since 2000. I am a massage therapist, and I've started an office in my home. I am nationally certified, and licensed in DC. I can do Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Ashiatsu - which is a luxuriously deep massage using foot pressure.
I would love to reach out to people in the neighborhood, so I am currently offering a special discount to all Petworth residents: 33% OFF a 60-minute massage. Which translates into $50 for 60 minutes. I would also be open to doing sliding scale. I believe that massage should be affordable to as many people as possible.
[from Gillian Cook]
DPW has changed the bulk pick-up of trash back to the original method of locating the items near regular trash pick-up. No longer do residents need to move items to the street.
Here's the notice from DPW for more information.
[from Gillian Cook]
The District Department of Public Works (DPW) will hold its fall household hazardous waste and electronics recycling drop-off Saturday, October 28, 2006, from 8am to 3pm at the District’s newly renovated Trash Transfer Station at 3200 Benning Road, NE. This service is free and open to all District residents.
Household hazards include old cleaning and gardening chemicals, pesticides and poisons, acids, varnish, oil-based paints, solvents, aerosols, wood preservatives, spent batteries of all kinds, roofing tar, chemistry sets, automotive fluids, and even asbestos floor tiles.
DPW will also have an electronics recycling station to receive end-of-life televisions, office and audio equipment, computers, computer parts and accessories. All computer monitors and TV screens must be intact, not cracked, punctured or shattered. During processing, the electronics are broken down into component parts, precious as well as toxic metals are extracted, and then the various materials are recycled or disposed of safely.
Dance Institute to open in Columbia Heights on 11/1:
[from Michelle Escumbise]
All are invited to attend the first annual 'Celebrate Petworth' Halloween bash, to be hosted in the 500 block of Taylor Street. The street will be closed to traffic for the event, which will run from 3-6pm this Saturday 10/28.
Enjoy food, drink, music, and a free raffle. For kids there will be games, a costume contest, and pumpkin carving/painting to donate to the Rec Center Halloween party.
Come spend time with your neighbors and meet city officials and local organizations. For more info email me.
[from Reyn Anderson]
The Armed Forces Retirement Home (Old Soldiers’ Home) has narrowed its list of potential developers for seventy acres along North Capitol and Irving Streets to three finalists. One of those finalists, JBG & Associates, is asking the community to provide input on (1) what its concerns are regarding development on the site (e.g. impact on traffic on neighborhood streets, infrastructure and city services; reduction of water and air quality; disruption of open space system in the area) and (2) what and how the community would like to see the site built (e.g. green building technology; high quality architecture; mix-use residential and retail – Whole Foods, anyone?).
This proposal does NOT concern the land along Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place, which ANC Commissioners and residents are advocating be converted to publicly accessible park space.
For those of you who have been focusing on development along Georgia, I hope you'll turn your attention to this development. It sits along North Capitol and Irving Streets, major north-south and east-west thoroughfares in the city, and a seventy acre plot of land; this site has the potential to draw the kinds of large projects that could benefit this entire section of the city, especially the Petworth and Park View neighborhoods. Please post your comments here or email me directly for more info.
[from Reyn Anderson]
The Soldiers’ Home recently issued its Historic Preservation Plan. As many of you know, the Home has a long and rich history, among other things as the location where Abraham Lincoln spent at least a quarter of his presidency and likely drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. With plans to develop almost 170 acres of its 270 acre campus, the Home was required to develop a Historic Preservation Plan to address how to treat the many valuable assets – both land and buildings – that are part of its property. The Preservation Plan is now available online here.
I STRONGLY encourage the neighborhood to look at the plan, especially those sections concerning the land abutting the neighborhood, and provide comments to the Home. A comments form is located on the website at the same link provided here. I hope a hard copy version of the documents will be made available at Petworth Library and Park View Recreation Center very soon. Comments are due by November 17, 2006.
If you’d like more information or have any questions on what’s happening with the Home’s development or the Historic Preservation plan, feel free to call me (Reyn) at 726-5297 any time or e-mail me.
[from Reyn Anderson]
The Petworth Recreation Center will be holding two Halloween parties for children ages 15 and younger on Monday 10/30 and Tuesday 10/31. I've spoken with the director of the center, and he said that he would appreciate any available community help and donations: candies and treats, decorations, help with decorating (turning the center into a haunted house) and entertaining the days of the 30th and 31st.
If you'd like to help out, contact the center at (202) 576-6850 or drop by (801 Taylor Street) and they'll let you know how to chip in!
[Editor's note - Reyn also posted an update on the status of the rec center construction, click here or see comments at right.]
[from Tania Jackson, The Jair Lynch Companies]
This article was in the Washington Business Journal on Friday. I was called for comment and tried to emphasize the community input process to the reporter.
Jair Lynch & the Georgia Commons Project in Petworth
Jair Lynch Plans $30 Million Mixed-Use Complex in Petworth
By Prabha Natarajan, Staff Reporter
The Jair Lynch Cos. plans to build a $30 million residential project in DC's Petworth neighborhood.
The development, called Georgia Commons, will have 110 mixed-income apartments, 19,500 square feet of retail space including a cafe and a 14,500-square-foot Results the Gym.
In March 2006, the National Capital Revitalization Corp. selected Jair Lynch and AHD as the preferred developers of 3910-12 Georgia Avenue NW, a project that is part of NCRC's revitalization of Petworth.
Other properties include 4100 Georgia Avenue NW, 3800 Georgia Avenue NW, 3700 Georgia Avenue NW and the block near the Petworth Metro station.
District-based Jair Lynch is putting together an "interactive" development process that will enable residents to give their views during a series of community meetings, says Tania Jackson, director of community policy for the real estate company.
"It's what we promised the community when we bid on the project," she says. The neighborhood would get to have input on design and retail."
Residents created the Petworth Action Committee to act as a community partner for the project.
The neighborhood and Jair Lynch want to incorporate 'green' elements into the design of the new buildings. Those features will include a green roof and a separate water source.
Envision Design Group has hired to help with the design of the apartment and retail complex.
"We are trying to figure out to what extent to make it a green building and still keep it within budget," Jackson says.
Potential renters at Georgia Commons include people who already call Petworth home. Rents for the 110 units would be determined by a family's annual income, although the final pricing hasn't been determined.
Jackson says the developer will encourage young families, new entrants to the work force and older people in the neighborhood to rent in the complex.
Construction of the apartments is expected to start sometime next year. Jair Lynch is still in the midst of negotiations with NCRC.
ANC 4C monthly meeting
Tuesday October 10 (second Tuesday of the month)
MPD Regional Operations Command-North
801 Shepherd Street NW
Among the items on the agenda:
- DC Parks & Recreation Status Report on Petworth Rec Center's proposed new playground
- Motion to approve grant application submitted by Washington Central Parks
- Status Report on Sweet Mango Café Voluntary Agreement
- Motion to approve grant application submitted by the Shepherd Street Block Association
[from Kera Carpenter]
I'm happy to announce that Domku Bar & Cafe will begin opening for dinner on Sundays, beginning October 15. Dinner hours will be from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The kitchen will be closed from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
[from Marni Leikin]
Just wondering if anyone knows what is being built (or at this point dug) on Upshur Street, just west of 2nd Street?
And what ever happened to the talked-about bakery on Upshur?
[from Terra Weirich]
I heard that the Capital City Pavilion at Morton and Georgia is becoming a dental studio. Seems like a huge building for that use. Does anyone have any information on this?
[from Lesley Aranha]
Here are the September sales. There are about 118+/- properties on the market in Petworth. For buyers there's a lot to see and sellers are more prepared to negotiate. DC still has some of the best first time buyer programs around.
Mayflower Transit has released its 2006 Customer Relocation Study which has tracked for the last 8 months where customers have moved from and their most popular destinations. The most popular destinations have been South Carolina, DC, Delaware, North Carolina, Montana, and Kentucky with 60% or more of the moves going into these.
If you have any real estate questions you can reach me at 202 327-4502 or by email.
Address Sold Price / List Price BR / BA
5014 North Capitol St 349000 / 349000 3 / 1
4624 5th St 415000 / 419900 3 / 1
413 Longfellow St 413000 / 420000 3 / 3
4632 4th St 325000 / 325000 4 / 2
5120 8th St 459900 / 459900 4 / 2
4504 New Hamp Ave 560000 / 569900 3 / 3
206 Varnum St 395000 / 369900 3 / 1.5
535 Shepherd St 419000 / 429000 3 / 2
905 Farragut St 339000 / 329000 4 / 1.5
4208 3rd St 489000 / 495000 3 / 3.5
601 Taylor St 410000 / 410000 3 / 2
939 Longfellow St #209 180000 / 185000 1 / 1
604 Longfellow St 259000 / 259000 2 / 1