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ECA September 13 Meeting Notes

Highlights from the September 13 ECA Meeting have been posted on our website. Check out the notes for decisions. Please particularly note some of the ways you can help:

Watch the ECA’s September 15, 2021 forum on the future of North Capitol Street

On September 15, 2021, the Eckington Civic Association hosted a forum on the future of North Capitol Street featuring proponents of two visions for the corridor: the community boulevard and the deckover. We are posting a recording of the zoom meeting (with captions) for those who missed the forum or wish to rewatch it. Copies of the two presentations will also be made available when they are ready.

The Community Boulevard presentation:

To sign up for updates about the community boulevard proposal, visit Ward5forAll.org/NorthCap.

The Deckover presentation will be posted here when it is available.

To learn more about the deckover proposal, visit https://northcapitoldeckover.org/.

Sept. 13, 2021 Virtual Meeting Agenda


The ECA will be meeting on September 13, 2021 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Google meet link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬# 

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-7:30 pm

  • Votes on an ABRA :
    • whether to protest the liquor license application for Sewa’s Convenience Store LLC at 1633 North Capitol Street (beer and wine only; no liquor). The opposition would be based on a history of noncompliance with laws and regulations regarding the sale of alcohol and cigarettes at this location (our understanding is that the longtime property owner is seeking the new permit).
  • Vote on draft ECA letter re: DDOT proposed speed limit changes to New York Avenue. The letter:
    • Supports reducing limit to 25 mph between 4th Street NW & Florida Avenue NE
    • Requests extension fo 25 mph zone between Florida Ave & 4th Street NE
    • Requests that DDOT enhance enforcement, including by repositioning existing camera
  • Short updates:
    • North Capitol Street
    • ECA will continue virtual meetings due to current COVID case rates & protocols
    • ECA elections for 2022 are taking place on November 8, 2021. Please take a look at our call for candidates and contact us at eckingtoncivic@gmail.com if you are interested in running for elected office. 
    • According to the Hill Rag, permanent supportive housing is being offered to residents of L & M street encampments in NoMa; those encampments will be removed and the underpasses cleared from September 20, 2021 forward. 
    • CM McDuffie is creating Ward 5 Industrial Land Task Force; Eckington to be represented, and we will share more information as it becomes available. 

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 7:30-8:00 pm

Eckington day planning — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

July 12, 2021 Meeting Highlights

What you can do to help

  • Save the date for Eckington Day on October 2, 2021 from 10 am to 4pm! What we’re planning:
    • Activities for folks of all ages, including art projects, yoga, music & more
    • Tables from local businesses, organizations and representatives where you can learn more about all that Eckington has to offer!
  • Please please sign up here if you would like to volunteer to help us on the day of the event or if your organization would like to host a table or activity. The more the merrier!

ECA Updates

  • FY 22 Budget updates
    • Our understanding is that major priorities remain funded (Harry Thomas Rec Center, Eckington/Edgewood/Stronghold Library, study of North Capitol Street)
    • CM McDuffie has secured funding for two additional items of note for Eckington:
      • An irrigation system for the field at Harry Thomas Recreation Center; and
      • A Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) clean team for Eckington that would help address persistent litter and trash pickup issues in the neighborhood. 
  • Reimagining North Capitol Street 
    • Nick Sementelli and Conor Shaw gave a presentation (now available on our website) of an alternative vision for the corridor from Michigan Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue. 
      • The vision includes restoring the corridor to street level, reconnecting east-west streets, improving pedestrian accessibility and bus reliability, and addressing congestion and pollution. 
      • The vision also includes the addition of park space along the corridor, including a signature community park at the intersection of North Capitol Street, Lincoln Rd., Q street, and Quincy Place. 
      • This proposal is distinct from the North Capitol Street Deckover proposal 
      • Nick and Conor welcome your questions and feedback. You can reach them via email at ward5forall@gmail.com and conormarcusshaw@gmail.com
    • Joint presentation of the deckover proposal and this proposal is scheduled to take place on September 15, 2021. Meeting details to follow.  

Upcoming Meetings & Events

July 12 Presentation: Reenvisioning North Capitol Street

At the ECA’s July 12, 2021 meeting, Nick Sementelli and Conor Shaw delivered a presentation entitled “Reenvisioning North Capitol Street: a vision for a safe, connected, equitable, and green boulevard.” A pdf version of that presentation is available here, and you can also scroll through the slides below.

Nick and Conor welcome your questions and comments. Their contact information is on the final slide.

July 12, 2021 Virtual Meeting Agenda

July 12, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Join the Civic Association: Register here (it’s free)
You can also support the civic association by making a one time or recurring donation

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Eckington Day (Dana Samuels)
    • Save the Date: Saturday October 2, 2021 at Tanner Park
    • If you or your organization would like to participate in Eckington Day, please sign up here
  • FY 22 Budget updates (Conor Shaw)
    • Our understanding is that major priorities remain funded (Harry Thomas Rec Center, Eckington/Edgewood/Stronghold Library, study of North Capitol Street)
    • CM McDuffie appears to have secured additional funds for irrigation system at Harry Thomas field as well as a DSLBD clean team for Eckington 
  • Reimagining North Capitol Street (Conor Shaw)
    • First presentation of  an alternative vision for the corridor from Michigan Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue. The goal is to get feedback from community members to refine and improve this vision before it is shared more widely. 
    • Joint event w/ Deckover project team is still in the works–hoping to schedule it sometime in July or August
    • Joint ECA/BCA language still awaiting approval from BCA

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

June 14 ECA Meeting Highlights

Highlights from our June 14 Meeting have been posted.

At this meeting, ECA members voted to approve the following:

We also flagged the following ways members can contribute:

  • Eckington Day: Saturday October 2, 2021 at Tanner Park
    • Save the date!
    • Tell your neighbors!
    • Interested in helping with planning or on the day of the event? Be in touch at eckingtoncivic@gmail.com.
  • Eckington’s nonprofit community bike shop, Gearin’Up, is looking for a new home. We are trying to assist. Please consider donating to help them with their move.

See the summary for other details about recent city budgeting, and updates from other neighborhood organizations and the Mayor’s office.

Eckington Civic Association comments on DDOT’s 65% Plans for Dave Thomas Circle

On June 15, 2021, the Eckington Civic Association (“ECA”)sent a letter to DDOT presenting comments on DDOT’s 65% design for the intersection of New York Avenue, Florida Avenue, Eckington Place, and 1st Street (“Dave Thomas Circle”). In the letter, ECA noted our appreciation for the elements of this design that reflect previous input from our members, including the addition of crosswalks, protected bike lanes that cross New York Avenue, new public spaces, and simplified, direct access between Eckington and NoMa. 

At the same time, the ECA expressed three outstanding concerns: 

  1. the 65% design fails to address dangerous vehicle speeds and in fact encourages higher vehicle speeds by including new designated turn lanes;
     
  2. the project does not adequately advance DDOT’s sustainability goals because it includes no improvement to bus service along Florida Avenue and fails to close gaps in the low-stress bike network; and
     
  3. DDOT has not made sufficient commitments for the maintenance of public spaces at the intersection or for the regular closure of Eckington Place NE and First Street NE to accommodate community events. 

In many respects, our feedback boils down to a simple point: We would like to see DDOT embrace the fact that this intersection lies at the heart of neighborhoods that are quickly becoming one of the most dense urban areas in the city. We hope that DDOT will take additional steps to make this space look, feel, and operate more like a city plaza and less like a suburban interchange.

These points are described in greater detail in the full letter, which is available here.

June 14 Virtual Meeting Agenda

June 14, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Click this link: meet.google.com/ryy-qwco-bod 
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Join the Civic Association: Register here (it’s free)
You can also support the civic association by making a one time or recurring donation

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Eckington Day (Dana Samuels, Ben Colbert)
    • Save the Date: Saturday October 2, 2021 at Tanner Park
    • What we’re working on: fun activities for all ages in the park, music, and more!
    • Discussion of and vote on allocating up to $2,500 of ECA funds to cover Eckington Day costs (some of which may be recouped from donations, fees for exhibitors)
  • Discussion of and vote on proposed ECA Comments re: DDOT’s 65% plan for Dave Thomas Circle 
  • Discussion of and vote on proposed joint Eckington and Bloomingdale Civic Association letter regarding study of North Capitol Street.
    • Many thanks to Eckington Parks & Arts’s Mark Galvan for his efforts to coordinate the ECA, BCA, and the Deckover Steering Committee.  
    • The Mayor’s budget includes $1 million for a study of North Capitol Street, including the feasibility of the deckover and other options for improving the corridor from Michigan Ave. to Mass Ave.
    • Note: we’re working with the deckover team on a special joint meeting (details & timing TBD)
  • Quick updates:
    • With your help, we succeeded in restoring one of two amendments to the comprehensive plan
    • In 2020, we requested funds to improve Harry Thomas Recreation Center. In this year’s proposed budget, Mayor Bowser allocated $19 million in DC’s Capital Improvements Plan in fiscal years 2024 and 2025 to modernize the facility.
    • This year, with the help of several partners, including Langley Elementary PTO, Eckington Parks, Ward 5 for All, and ANC 5E, we advocated for funds for a DC public library to serve Eckington, Edgewood, and Stronghold. In this year’s proposed budget, Mayor Bowser allocated $24 million for a neighborhood library to serve our communities (again, the money is allocated in FYs 2024-25).
    • The budget also contains significant investments in violence interruption programs, the subject of a letter the ECA transmitted this Spring to Mayor Bowser. It is not yet clear where the city will choose to expand violence interruption programs. 
    • We are planning to move ECA officer elections to November, a month in which our meetings have typically had higher attendance than December. We’ll use the last meeting of the year in December for a look back at the year’s achievements, set some goals for 2022, and have a party.
    • We anticipate returning to in-person meetings in September (but will hope to have a virtual participation option).
    • Eckington’s nonprofit community bike shop, GearinUp, is looking for a new home. We are trying to assist. Please consider donating to help them with their move

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Saturday, June 19: community cleanup with Eckington Parks & Arts
  • Thursday, June 24: Third Eckington Day Planning Meeting
  • Monday, July 12: Next ECA Meeting
  • The ECA will not be meeting in August
  • Monday, Nov. 8: ECA meeting including ECA officer elections for 2022
  • Monday, Dec. 13: End-of-year celebration

A PDF of the agenda is available here.