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April 12 ECA Meeting Highlights

Highlights from the April 12 ECA Meeting are now online.

The meeting covered planned testimony and comments on proposed developments in the neighborhood, takeaways from the ECA’s recent forum on public safety and violence prevention, and more.

We flagged three things that residents can do to help:

  1. Share key resources with neighbors
    • The “Stronger Together by Assisting You” (STAY DC) program will provide $350 million in COVID-19 relief for those at risk of not paying rent or utilities on a residence. Renters and housing providers can apply for rental and electric, gas and water bill assistance at stay.dc.gov. Applicants can call the STAY DC Call Center at 833-4-STAYDC.
    • Opportunities for youth activities: Summer Employment Program; DC Parks & Rec programs; Gearin’ Up Bicycles.
  2. Help us restart Eckington Day in 2021– first planning meeting on April 27 at 6pm (likely to be virtual, but there is a chance we’ll meet in the park). Please contact us at eckingtoncivic@gmail.com to get involved.
  3. Contact taylor.eckingtoncivic@gmail.com to join the next small group discussions on Public Safety and Violence Prevention.

Eckington orgs ask Mayor Bowser & CM Trayon White to fund a DCPL branch library

On April 14, the Eckington Civic Association, Eckington Parks & Arts, and the Langley Elementary PTO sent a letter to Mayor Bowser requested that $20 million be earmarked in the FY 22 budget for a new DCPL branch library to serve Eckington, Edgewood, and Stronghold. As the letter explains, DCPL has identified our communities as falling in a service gap, and the fast pace of development in our community means that the city needs to act quickly to secure a location that is transit and trail accessible. 

A pdf of the letter is available here.

Many thanks to our wonderful partners at Eckington Parks & Arts and the Langley Elementary PTO for joining the Eckington Civic Association in making this request.

April 12, 2021 Virtual Meeting Agenda

April 12, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Click here: https://meet.google.com/ozv-bcof-puj Or dial: +1 304-918-0851 PIN: 984925849#
Join the Civic Association:
Click HERE to register. Resident memberships are free, but we welcome donations HERE.

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Preview of ECA Zoning Commission testimony re: South RIA development (Daniel Agold)
  • Vote on ECA Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for DC-Baltimore Maglev (Conor Shaw)
  • Quick updates (Conor Shaw)
    • Help us restart Eckington Day in 2021– first planning meeting on April 27 at 6pm (likely to be virtual, but there is a chance we’ll meet in the park)
    • ECA yard signs, flyers, and (possibly) shirts coming your way soon  
    • Langley ES and Eckington Parks & Arts joined our letter advocating for funding of Eckington/Edgewood DCPL Library to Mayor & relevant D.C. councilmembers. 
    • All-way stop signs coming to intersections of Quincy Lane (the Eckington Yards “woonerf”) and Eckington Place as well as Quincy Lane and Harry Thomas Way.
    • DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel construction sites are starting to approach completion. Check out D.C. Water for information.
  • Public safety & violence prevention updates (Taylor Kennedy)
  • Vote on ECA letter supporting CM McDuffie’s budget request for additional investments in violence prevention (Conor Shaw, Taylor Kennedy, Silas Grant)

Updates from community leaders — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

March 8 Highlights

Highlights from the March 8 Eckington Civic Association meeting have been posted on the ECA website.

The meeting included discussions about:

  • a draft letter advocating for funding of a DC Public Library branch in Eckington, Edgewood, or Stronghold
  • planning for Eckington Day and how to sign up to help
  • a reminder to sign up to join a Public Safety Strategy Forum for late March to discuss strategies for reducing violence in the neighborhood
  • proposed map amendments for a number of properties on Rhode Island Avenue between 5th St NE and the MBT
  • and more updates from the ECA, Councilmember McDuffie and Mayor Bowser’s offices, and neighborhood partners

Our next meeting is Monday, April 12, from 7 – 8:30 pm. We’ll post the agenda on the ECA website in advance. Hope you can join us!

March 8, 2021 Virtual Meeting Agenda

March 8, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:300PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Click here: https://meet.google.com/ozv-bcof-puj 
Or dial: +1 304-918-0851 PIN: 984925849#

Agenda Items

Guest presentations — 7:00-7:30 pm

  • Zoning hearing upcoming for “South RIA” (Jair Lynch/LDP Acquisitions) 
  • Cure the Streets/Murder Free DC Truxton/Eckington Violence Interruption Program (Sean Magruder)

ECA business — 7:30-8:00 pm

  • The Eckington Civic Association is planning a Public Safety Strategy Forum for late March to discuss strategies for reducing violence in the neighborhood. If you are a concerned resident and willing to spend a little time brainstorming concerns and solutions with us, please sign up here. (Taylor Kennedy)
  • Confirming requests for updates for MPD (Taylor Kennedy)
  • Help us restart Eckington Day in 2021 (Conor Shaw)
  • FY 2021 Budget advocacy (Conor Shaw)
    • Vote to send letter advocating for funding of Eckington/Edgewood DCPL Library to Mayor & D.C. Councilmembers and committees (view our draft letter here); 
    • Potential D.C. Council testimony to follow in April/May 
  • Quick updates (Conor Shaw)
    • Updated banner designs for Eckington Place and Harry Thomas Way
    • We are still considering commenting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Washington to Baltimore Maglev–especially opposing any impacts to Tanner Park. We are in touch with NoMA BID/Parks to coordinate.
    • Do any places in Eckington need bike racks? DDOT has a bunch, so please submit 311 requests if you see a location that could use one. 

Updates from community leaders — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Feb 8 Mtg Highlights

Highlights from our February 8 meeting are posted here. At the meeting, we shared results from our recent survey, and discussed a number of updates from the ECA, partner organizations, and representatives from Mayor Bowser’s and Councilman McDuffie’s offices. There are several opportunities for residents to help:

  • Please join the ECA or renew your membership for 2021 and consider a one-time or recurring donation to the ECA! Visit the Eckington Civic Association website and click “Register.” Resident membership – the kind of membership that applies to individuals living in Eckington – is free, but you are welcome to donate to support our efforts if you wish.
  • The ECA is seeking a Certified Public Accountant to provide approx. 5-10 pro bono hours annually to advise the ECA (e.g., for IRS filings). If you – or an accountant you know – are willing to consider providing this service, please contact ECA Treasurer Neil Shah at imneilshah@gmail.com.
  • The ECA is planning a Public Safety Strategy Forum to develop a strategy for reducing violence in the neighborhood—a top priority we identified in our recent resident survey. If you are a concerned resident and willing to spend a little time brainstorming concerns and solutions with us, please sign up here. We’ll collect interest into early March and will aim to confirm a date in mid-March.
  • We are also exploring how the ECA might distribute periodic written updates to neighbors who don’t have regular internet access. Volunteer to join and/or lead committee to get this started by signing up here.
  • There are several near-term opportunities to participate in DC’s FY 2022 budget planning:
    • Complete Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Budget Advocacy Survey HERE
      Suggested asks: Eckington/Edgewood DCPL Library; DDOT concept study for North Capitol Street redesign; improvements to Harry Thomas Recreation Center; continued funding of violence interruption program in/near Eckington
    • Ward 5 for All petition for an Edgewood/Eckington Library: fill it out HERE

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 8, from 7-8:30. We hope you can join us!

February 8, 2021 Meeting Agenda

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Click here: https://meet.google.com/ozv-bcof-puj 

Or dial: +1 304-918-0851 PIN: 984925849#

Join the Civic Association: Click HERE to register. Resident memberships are free, but we welcome donations HERE.

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Please renew your membership for 2021 and consider a one time or recurring donation to the ECA! (Ben Colbert and Neil Shah)
  • ECA survey results and takeaways (Taylor Kennedy)
  • FY 2022 Budget advocacy (Conor Shaw)
    • Complete Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Budget Advocacy Survey HERE Suggested asks: Eckington/Edgewood DCPL Library; DDOT concept study for North Capitol Street redesign; improvements to Harry Thomas Recreation Center; continued funding of violence interruption program in/near Eckington
    • Ward 5 for All petition for an Edgewood/Eckington Library: fill it out HERE
    • Stay tuned for community meeting regarding advocacy for an Edgewood/Eckington Library
  • Quick updates (Conor Shaw)
    • Eckington Yards PUD banner: working w/ McKinley Tech to get images of school (they are very excited); NoMA BID agreed to lighter touch on BID branding; final design/procurement in works. 
    • DDOT proceeding with changes to Todd Place and T street NE soon. One small change to previous proposal–Todd place Westbound conversion will now extend all the way to North Capitol Street.
    • DC has acquired Wendy’s at Dave Thomas Circle via eminent domain. Designs expected to be completed this year and construction to start in 2022. 
    • The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Washington to Baltimore Maglev. Public comments are due April 22, 2021. ECA is considering whether to comment on potential local impacts (e.g.. the potential expansion of PEPCO substation into newly built Tanner Park; use of nearby land for massive parking facilities instead of housing/retail and the induced congestion it would create)

Updates from community leaders — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

ECA Jan 11 Highlights

Highlights/next steps from the ECA’s January 11th meeting are posted here.

We discussed and approved changes to the bylaws disambiguating types of membership (resident individuals, resident organizations, and non-resident individuals) and to allow the Executive Committee to annually replace member dues with a suggested donation.

We announced a survey of Eckington residents on 2021 priorities for the ECA and our neighborhood. The survey is now open for input through January 28. Please share your thoughts and encourage your neighbors to do the same!

We also discussed a call for long-term improvements to North Capitol Street, and possible designs for neighborhood banners on Eckington Place and Harry Thomas Way. Officers discussed their priorities for the year and outlined how members can share input or volunteer. Silas Grant from Councilman McDuffie’s office provided updates on technical resources available for small businesses and entrepreneurs; grants for qualifying non-profit organizations; and considerations for a library in Eckington or Edgewood. Nokomis Hunter from Mayor Bowser’s office provided updates on the COVID situation, vaccinations for residents over the age of 65, public safety information relating to the Presidential inauguration, and more. More details in the meeting minutes.

Our next meeting is scheduled for February 8th. We’ll post the agenda and link to join on our blog, listserv, and Nextdoor before the meeting.

ECA Monthly Meeting: January 11, 2021

Virtual Meeting Agenda 

January 11, 2021 | 7:00PM-8:300PM 

A PDF version of the agenda is available here.

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting 

  • There are two ways to join the meeting:

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Proposed amendment to ECA bylaws regarding member dues (Conor Shaw)
  • ECA member and resident survey (Taylor Kennedy)
  • Coalition letter to DDOT requesting North Capitol Street concept study (Conor Shaw)
  • Coordinating with NoMa BID on neighborhood banner designs on Eckington Place and Harry Thomas Way, a component of the Eckington Yards PUD community benefit
  • Other officer updates

Updates from community leaders — 8:00-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events

About the Eckington Civic Association

The Eckington Civic Association meets the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted). All Eckington residents are welcome to attend. If you are interested in becoming a member of the association, which allows you to vote at meetings and serve on committees, please contact or speak to one of the officers at our monthly meeting or reach out to us at the contact information below. Annual dues are $10, $7 for seniors.

Website: https://eckingtoncivicassociation.com 

Twitter: @EckingtonCivic 

Email: eckingtoncivic@gmail.com

Eckington listserv: eckington@googlegroups.com

2021 ECA Officers 

Conor Shaw, President

Dana Samuels, Daniel Agold, & Taylor Kennedy, Vice Presidents

Neil Shah, Treasurer

Ben Colbert, Communications Director

2021 Meeting Schedule Posted

Neighbors, our meeting schedule for 2021 is now available. Please note that we are shifting our meetings from the first Monday of the month to the second Monday of each month. This change should help us reduce the number of meetings we need to reschedule due to federal holidays.

We will be meeting on:

Monday, January 11, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021 (election of 2021 officers)

We will post an agenda before each meeting on our blog and distribute links on Twitter and Next Door. We hope to see you at a meeting.