Eckington Civic Association calls for safer bike facilities on Q and R streets

Today, the Eckington Civic Association sent a letter to DDOT requesting safer east-west bike facilities between the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Eckington and points to our neighborhood’s west. Despite being critical bike routes, Q and R streets are not the low stress bike routes that they should be.

The dangers to cyclists on this corridors are apparent in Eckington. 9 cyclists have been injured on R street in the last five years. Just last week, a cyclist suffered major injuries after being struck by a vehicle at R street and Harry Thomas Way NE. A further 6 cyclists have been struck on the unit block of Florida Avenue. According to DDOT’s North Capitol Street project team, the intersection of R street and North Capitol Street is among the most dangerous intersections in the city–not just the North Capitol Street corridor. 

The ECA’s letter can be viewed in full here.

Individuals who wish to support this effort can sign onto a petition that is being organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

Eckington civic leaders and organizations call for DOEE to make significant changes to Fort Myer’s asphalt plant permit

On May 17, 2022, Eckington civic leaders and organizations sent a letter to District officials calling on the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) to make significant changes to the permit for the Fort Myer asphalt plant located in Eckington at 5th and V streets NE. The letter (a pdf of which is available here) was drafted by the Eckington Civic Association (ECA) and signed by the ECA, ANC 5E03 Commissioner Denise Wright, former ANC 5E03 Commissioner Hannah Powell, and Eckington Parks and Arts.

The letter calls for common-sense limitations on the asphalt plant’s operation, including restrictions on hours and days of operation, restrictions on the plant’s operation when air quality is poor, and assurances that Fort Myers will address longstanding issues with odor, dust, noise, and truck traffic nuisances. The letter also calls out DOEE and city leadership for their failure to install permanent equipment to measure ambient air quality nearby, despite the fact that Ward 5 is home to the vast majority of D.C.’s industrial facilities and activity. Finally, the letter notes that Eckington’s neighbors in Brentwood likely have similar concerns about a separate Fort Myers asphalt plant and requests that representatives of the Brentwood community be involved in conversations with the District and Fort Myer.

“The Mayor and the D.C. Council have chosen to concentrate industrial activity in Eckington and across Ward 5 with little regard to the residents, school children, and trail users who are most impacted by air pollution, heavy truck traffic, and other harms created by that activity,” said Conor Shaw, President of the Eckington Civic Association. “Residents have tried to work with District agencies for years to address these harms to little effect,” Shaw continued. “It is long past time for DOEE and Eckington’s elected representatives to ensure that Ward 5 residents are better protected from harms created by Fort Myer’s operations in Eckington.”

The ECA looks forward to working with Commissioner Wright, Eckington Parks & Arts, Fort Myer, DOEE, and our elected leaders to limit and reduce the environmental harm caused by the Fort Myer asphalt plant in Eckington.

Responses to Eckington Civic Association’s Ward 5 Councilmember candidate questionnaire

On May 11, 2022, the Eckington Civic Association (ECA) distributed a questionnaire to all of the candidates on the ballot for Ward 5 Councilmember in the upcoming June 21, 2022 democratic primary. The ECA does not endorse candidates for political office, but we hope that Eckington residents will find the responses we received helpful.

Three candidates submitted responses. We are sharing them in alphabetical order by last name:

Kathy Henderson

Faith Gibson Hubbard

Zachary Parker

Many thanks to Kathy, Faith, and Zachary for completing the ECA questionnaire!

May 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

May 9, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

Guest Speaker: Matthew Graves, US Attorney for the District of Columbia – 7:00-7:20 pm

  • Mr. Graves requested the opportunity to address the civic association. He will make brief remarks and then take questions from members. 
  • Mr. Graves’s office has jurisdiction over all adult criminal offenses in D.C., including prosecutions brought in D.C. or federal courts. 

ECA business — 7:20-8:00 pm

  • Voting item: proposed letter to the District Department of Energy and the Environment re: the Fort Myers asphalt plant and associated concerns 
  • Voting item: proposed letter to the District Department of Transportation calling for safer bike facilities between the Metropolitan Branch Trail and Shaw, Dupont Circle, and other points to Eckington’s west. 
  • Voting item: proposed questionnaire for Ward 5 council candidates
  • Update onANC Redistricting 
    • The Council Subcommittee on Redistricting has informed us that ECA’s proposed changes to the Ward 5 ANC map will not move forward without support from Councilmember McDuffie. They have not received that support yet. Please contact Silas Grant ( at Councilmember McDuffie’s office to let him know that you support a ANC single member district in Northeast Eckington
  • Other updates:
    • Eckington Day will be on October 1 – Save the Date!
    • Farmers Market will be taking place at Tanner Park on Thursdays from 3-7pm

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

Upcoming Meetings & Events

ECA April Meeting Notes Posted

Highlights from our April ECA meeting have been posted.

During this call:

  • Members voted YES to provide a grant to resident Sianna Boschetti to construct a Little Free Library near Tanner Park.
  • Members voted YES for the ECA to prepare and submit a letter advocating for changes to the proposed ANC redistricting map.

We also flagged the following ways that members can contribute to the community:

  • Submit questions for inclusion in our Ward 5 Councilmember Candidate Forum. We are hoping to convene a candidate forum at our next meeting; be in touch ( to suggest questions or flag topics that you’d like us to raise during the moderated discussion. On the call, members raised issues including a vision for Rhode Island Ave transformation and development; air quality; gunshots/ghost guns; enforcement of no-truck zones; policy accountability; environmental and green space priorities; traffic safety; and noise/safety issues with local dirt bikes and the GoPuff warehouse.
  • Save the date – October 1 – for Eckington Day 2022! Stay tuned for more details!
  • Help get the word out about the next round of ECA Grants – we’re accepting applications until June 6 for grants of up to $1,000 that would improve the environment and health for Eckington residents; promote community engagement; provide skill building, education, mentorship, civic engagement, or other community-building activities for Eckington youth; and/or promote safety on Eckington’s roads and sidewalks.
  • Consider serving as an ECA officer in 2023. Although elections are not until November, this is a great time to get your questions answered! Check out descriptions of the different roles and responsibilities, and get in touch ( if you have interest or questions.

Check the notes for more – including several upcoming events.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

April 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

April 11, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • ECA Grants – Taylor Kennedy, ECA Vice President
    • Presentation, vote – application for grant to create Little Free Library – Sianna Boschetti
    • Announcing new grant application period – applications due June 6
  • ANC Redistricting – Conor Shaw, ECA President
    • ANCs stand for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Individual commissioners are elected from within single member districts (the different color boundaries you see below), and these commissioners have considerable power to help shape zoning, permitting, and other items that shape our community. DC is currently going through its redistricting process, which happens every ten years, and is based on the population counts of the most recent census. Each single member district is supposed to have approximately 2,000 residents, and the target range is roughly 1900-2100. The Ward 5 redistricting task force has proposed creating a new ANC that would be composed of Eckington and Edgewood (labeled 5F in the Arcgis map
  • Update on New York Avenue NE Roadmap – Conor Shaw, ECA Roadmap
  • Eckington Day – Dana Samuels, ECA Vice President
    • Exploring tentative dates: Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 8
    • Are there other events that we should avoid or link to?
  • Eckington resident experiences with last-mile delivery services (e.g., GoPuff) – Brandt Witt, ECA Vice President
  • Objectives for May ECA Ward 5 Councilmember Candidate Forum – Daniel Agold, ECA Vice President
    • Issues, concerns, questions to be included in moderated session?

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

ECA March Meeting Notes Posted

Notes from our March 14, 2022 ECA session have been posted.

Please see the notes for a number of updates from the ECA and our elected representatives including:

  • letters from the ECA to local officials
  • updates from Councilmember McDuffie’s office related to budget requests, public restroom pilots, upcoming budget hearings and more
  • updates from Eckington neighbors, including upcoming volunteer clean-up events as well as a Spring planting event in the Eckington/Langley Community Food Forest.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, April 11, from 7:00 – 8:30.

March 2022 Virtual Meeting Agenda

March 14, 2022 | 7:00PM-8:30PM 

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting
Or dial: +1-219-654-2369‬ PIN: ‪149 080 474‬#

Agenda Items

ECA business — 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Discussion of liquor license application for 501 Wine & Spirits LLC (1501 Harry Thomas Way NE)
    • Some folks have reached out regarding concerns about this application
    • Our understanding is that ANC Commissioner Wright would like to hear from folks about their concerns about this application
    • The ECA officers are not recommending involving the association in this matter
  • BZA relief application for 1933 2nd St NE. 
    • Owner is seeking relief from rear addition requirements of Subtitle E § 205.4 & the rooftop and upper floor requirements of Subtitle E § 206.1, asking to construct a third story and rear addition with penthouse and roof deck, and add two additional dwelling units to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, 4-unit apartment house in the RF-1 zone. 
    • We hope to hear from the owner or a representative but have not been able to confirm their attendance yet. 
    • ECA officers do not have any concerns with the relief being sought and are not proposing to take action
  • Small updates:
    • Transmitted letter to DMPED re: Engine 12 RFP (2225 5th Street NE and 513 Rhode Island Avenue NE)
    • Transmitted letter to DDOT re: traffic safety improvements on east side of Eckington
    • Ward 5 ANC redistricting maps anticipated this week. Working group on ANC 5E proposed splitting the commission in two, which is consistent with ECA’s request in January. 
    • North Capitol Street Community Advisory Committee has begun to meet. 
      • First public meeting about North Capitol Street concept planning and short term safety fixes is expected this summer. 
      • Short term Lincoln Road safety improvements are now anticipated to be a component of this project, but a timeline has not yet been announced for this part of the project. 
    • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released his budget letter for FY2023

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

ECA asks DMPED to prioritize affordable housing and a public library in Engine 12 RFP disposition

On March 14, the Eckington Civic Association sent a letter to the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Development regarding the Engine 12 RFP. The letter encourages DMPED to choose a proposal for that site that: 

  1. Is all-affordable and has a significant percentage of units that are deeply affordable (30% area median income or less);
  2. Contains a significant number of family sized units (3 or more bedrooms); and
  3. Includes a DCPL branch library to serve Edgewood and Eckington.

In addition, the ECA letter asks that DMPED consider permanently relocating Engine 12 to another location within the service area instead of keeping it at this location and to coordinate with DCPL about its needs for library sites.

Finally, the ECA letter encourages DMPED, DCPL, and Mayor Bowser to coordinate this budget season to ensure that DCPL has funds available when needed to proceed with a library at this site. Last year’s budget funded an Edgewood/Eckington branch library in fiscal year 2024, but those funds should be moved forward to fiscal year 2023 if that is required for a branch library to be considered as part of the plans for the Engine 12 site.

Please find the full letter here.

February Meeting Highlights

Highlights from the February ECA Meeting have been posted.

In addition to voting to support advocacy with DDOT, Mayor Bowser, Councilmember McDuffie, Councilmember Trayon White, and DMPED, the ECA voted to set aside $3,000 in ECA funds for 2022 grants to fund projects, programs, or services that support improved environment and health, promote community engagement, support Eckington youth, or enhance traffic, biking, and pedestrian safety.

Please help us to get the word out about this grant opportunity by sharing this announcement with residents and organizations who may be interested. Please note that concepts are due at noon on March 14.

Please also fill out Councilmember McDuffie’s FY 2023 Budget Survey. We encourage you to ask the Councilmember to try to move forward Eckington/Edgewood library funding from FY 2024 to FY 2023, to fund a Ward 5 Circulator bus, to fund improvements to trail access along the MBT, and to fund better monitoring of industrial and other air pollution in Eckington, Brentwood, and similarly impacted neighborhoods.