The Hill Rag

06/25/2016 - 11:11am
Metro Closures on Capitol Hill The second phase of SafeTrack, Metro’s year-long plan to do major repairs all over the system, involves shutting down all rails and stations between Eastern Market and both the Benning Road (Blue and Silver lines) and Minnesota Avenue (Orange) stops, from mid-June through July 3. Throughout the closure, only the Orange and Silver lines are running west from Eastern Market; Blue Line trains will only operate between Arlington Cemetery and Franconia-... >>more
06/25/2016 - 11:11am
Toll Brothers property developers received a tongue lashing from Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C06 Commissioner Tony Goodman at the June 8 monthly meeting. With nine major construction projects in the NoMa community, residents are resigned to the fact they will be surrounded by dump trucks and noise for extended periods of time. Lately, Commissioner Goodman has been fielding phone calls from his neighbors complaining of dump trucks from the Toll Brothers’ site at 200 K St. NE... >>more
06/25/2016 - 11:11am
To remember the 49 people who died in a shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D04 Chair Andy Litsky opened the June 13 meeting with a moment of silence. “It has happened once again and we are all taking stock,” Litsky said before the respectful pause. The remainder of the meeting focused on resolving a long list of business, but the national feeling of mourning reverberated in each neighbor and commissioner in... >>more
06/25/2016 - 11:11am
‘Darth Vader Building’ Turning away from the Dark Side The advisory neighborhood commissioners heard a presentation by a representative from the Douglas Development Corporation about a building that has a long presence in the District. Plans call for making the building – at 111 Massachusetts Ave. NW, which also borders New Jersey Avenue and Second and H streets – a true gateway to the Mount Vernon Triangle community. Douglas Development owns the building under the name... >>more
06/25/2016 - 11:11am
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Chair Phil Toomajian called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Mike Soderman, Patrick Malone, Calvin Ward, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, Matt Levy, and Stephanie Zimny in attendance. Omar Mahmud was unable to attend. The meeting began with a community presentation from Karima Holmes, director of the Office of Unified Communications (OUG). Holmes’ January appointment was confirmed in May.... >>more
06/25/2016 - 10:45am
Solar power for residences, apartments, and condos. Green buildings. Rain barrels and the forecast and mitigation strategies for likely climate-change impacts. These are just a few of the topics that DC’s advisory neighborhood commissions (ANCs) address. Now, thanks to a program offered by the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), commissioners will receive technical assistance on these complex issues through an Environmental Ambassador (AEA) program. The goal is to provide... >>more
06/25/2016 - 10:12am
Family Shelter to Be Built at Unity Clinic Site The DC Council voted on May 31 to move the proposed Ward 6 community-based, short-term family-housing locationfrom a parcel adjacent to Blind Whino SW Arts Club at 700 Delaware Ave. SW to the Unity Health Clinic site at 850 Delaware Ave. SW. Since the Blind Whino site was privately owned, it would have required the District government to lease the shelter building, significantly raising the cost. During the council’s review of Mayor Bowser... >>more
06/25/2016 - 9:51am
It’s impossible to miss the construction cranes that dot the District and seem to spring up everywhere you look. Most of them are building housing to meet the demands from a growing population. New housing construction in the District is the highest it’s been in 25 years and will create over 16,000 new apartments. Unfortunately most of them will be high-end rentals – out of reach of the growing number of DC families struggling with rising housing costs. DC’s private... >>more
06/25/2016 - 9:24am
Don't miss the George Peach Truck  at Frager's Garden Center today. Sample authentic farm-t0-street peaches from Georgia. Get out your canning gear or pie tins. Buy by the bushel. >>more