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November Meeting Highlights Posted

Highlights from the ECA’s November 8 meeting have been posted.

During the meeting, ECA members elected the following officers for the 2022 term: Conor Shaw (Pres.); Neil Shah (Treas.); Ben Cobert (Comms. Dir); and Daniel Agold, Taylor Kennedy, Dana Samuels, and Brandt Witt (VPs).

Members also voted to send this ECA letter to Eckington ANC Commissioners and DDOT in support of street safety requests in and near Eckington.

We also noted the following opportunities to help:

  • Please fill out this survey to help the NoMA BID explore potential options for a farmer’s market at Tanner Park.
  • Provide feedback on a draft letter asking for steps to improve Eckington’s tree canopy, including the need for more street tree boxes on neighborhood sidewalks. Eckington Parks and Arts will move this effort forward.
  • Provide feedback on draft bylaw amendment to create “officer emeritus” position (to be voted on at a future meeting – likely January). This position would allow for mentored handover of roles like treasurer and provide a mechanism for officers who are ready to pass the mantle but may have insights of value for incoming officers.

Additional updates from the ECA and our elected officials are included in the notes.

November 2021 Virtual Meeting & Officer Elections

Nov. 8, 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

2022 Officer Elections— 7:00-7:30 pm

  • Vote on bylaw amendment to change elections to November (requires two thirds of members present)
  • Brief statements, Q&A w/ 2022 candidates of ECA office 
    • For President: Conor Shaw
    • For Treasurer: Neil Shah
    • For Communications Director: Ben Colbert
    • For Vice President (the ECA can have four): Dana Samuels, Daniel Agold, Taylor Kennedy, Brandt Witt
  • Election of 2022 officers

ECA business — 7:30-8:00 pm

  • Feedback on draft bylaw amendment to create “officer emeritus” position (to be voted on at a future meeting – likely January)
  • Vote on sending ECA letter to Eckington ANC Commissioners and DDOT in support of street safety requests in and near Eckington including:
    • Lincoln Rd. Safety Project
    • 2019 Eckington Civic Association traffic safety requests, including:
    • Other recent traffic safety requests submitted by Eckington residents
  • Short updates:
    • Please fill out this survey to help the NoMA BID explore potential options for a farmer’s market at Tanner Park.
    • DC’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued an RFP for 2225 5th Street NE and 513 Rhode Island Avenue NE:
      • “Redevelopment of the site must incorporate a new fire station for Engine 12 and may include a mix of uses including retail and housing. Given robust population growth and construction activity in the area, the site is a prime candidate for mixed use development including commercial and residential uses built in conjunction with the fire station”
    • Eckington residents are working on a draft letter asking for steps to improve Eckington’s tree canopy, including the need for more street tree boxes on neighborhood sidewalks. We’ll work with Eckington Parks and Arts to move it along. 
    • COVID vaccines are available for children between 5 and 11. View DC vaccination sites here

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

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Commissioner Pinkney is holding a Lincoln Road safety walk on Saturday Oct. 23 at 11 am

ANC Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney announced via flyer that she is going to host a safety walk at 11 am on Saturday, October 23 at 11am on Lincoln Rd.

The walk is in response to work by a group of concerned Eckington and Edgewood residents recently filed a number of important traffic safety requests regarding Lincoln Rd. Even though this corridor is home to two recreation centers and adjacent to several schools, it is also the site of persistent reckless driving, speeding, and crashes. The traffic safety assessment requests are an attempt to get the city to install some basic protections for pedestrians as well as speed bumps and all-way-stop signs that would slow down drivers cutting through our neighborhood.

The D.C. Department of Transportation recently announced that it was going to try to speed up these kinds of requests; however, local advisory neighborhood commissioners continue to have a great deal of power to influence what requests move forward.

If you would like to support the implementation of safety measures on Lincoln Rd., please attend Commissioner Pinkney’s safety walk. You can also stay up-to-date with the group advocating for changes to Lincoln Rd. at https://lincolnroadne.wixsite.com/lincolnroadne.

The Eckington Civic Association has not taken any action on these requests yet; however, we anticipate voting on a letter supporting these requests at an upcoming meeting. The safety concerns are also consistent with a traffic safety survey that the ECA conducted in 2019 as well as an August 2019 letter and traffic safety assessment request for Lincoln Rd. The ECA is not aware of any steps taken by DDOT to address the concerns raised by the ECA about Lincoln Rd. since August 2019.

Oct 11 ECA Meeting Highlights

Highlights from our October 11 Meeting have been posted.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out for Eckington Day, especially all of our volunteers and vendors who helped to make the day such a success!

Members voted YES to provide $500 in ECA funds to become a silver sponsor of Langley Elementary’s Tiger Trek fall fundraiser.

Three ways members can help this month include the following:

  • ECA officer 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 one of these offices. The deadline to express interest in running for election is November 1, 2021.
  • Join efforts to promote traffic safety on Lincoln Road. Eckington and Edgewood residents have created a website and are hosting a virtual meeting on October 14 at 7pm regarding safety issues along Lincoln Rd. We’ll be attending and expect to have action items at our November and December meetings to support this effort. No action has been taken by DDOT in response to the ECA’s 2019 traffic safety assessment request regarding Lincoln Road.
  • Eckington & Eckington Day T-shirts are still available for $30. Email us at eckingtoncivic@gmail.com if you’d like to buy one!

Our next meeting will be on November 8, from 7:00 – 8:30. We’ll post the agenda to the ECA website and the Google Groups listserv in advance.

October 2021 Virtual Meeting Agenda

Oct. 11, 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#

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-7:45 pm

  • Eckington Day recap and feedback
    • Thanks to everyone who participated and attended — we had a great time
    • We’ll be thinking about how best to organize future events like this. Stay tuned for updates about a possible Eckington Day planning committee
    • Eckington & Eckington Day T-shirts are still available. Email us if you’d like to buy one! 
  • ECA officer 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. 
    • Deadline to express interest in running for election: November 1, 2021. 
  • Vote on using $500 in ECA funds to become a silver sponsor of Langley Elementary’s Tiger Trek fall fundraiser. 
  • Street safety 
    • Eckington and Edgewood residents have created a website and are hosting a virtual meeting on October 14 at 7pm regarding safety issues along Lincoln Rd. We’ll be attending and expect to have action items at our November and December meetings to support this effort. No action has been taken by DDOT in response to the ECA’s 2019 traffic safety assessment request regarding Lincoln Road.
    • DDOT responded to our feedback on the Dave Thomas Circle 65% design. They are implementing speed limit reductions and considering extending protected bike lanes north to R street. It appears that they have declined to embrace the rest of our comments (including narrower intersection, prioritizing bus service, extending bike lanes westward). The city has taken possession of the Wendy’s property and expects to hold a final meeting on the intersection design later this month. 
  • Short updates:
    • Union Kitchen at 1625 Eckington Place NE is opening October 11
    • The SEC announced plans to move their headquarters to North Capitol Street & NY Ave
    • We will be partnering with NoMA BID on a survey seeking community input regarding a possible farmer’s market in Tanner Park. The survey is forthcoming, but we need your participation to help us understand how a farmer’s market in Eckington could succeed. 
    • A construction permit was issued for 13-story mixed use building (388 units) at site of the former Exxon at 1 Florida Avenue NE.

Updates from the offices of elected representatives and community members — 7:45-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

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