Bloomingdale Bites

Crowds gather for the Crispus Attucks Community Day.

New Meat Shop To Open

A new sausage shop and deli is set to come to Bloomingdale in the near future. The owners of transient pop-up food store 13th Street Meats will bring their homemade sausages to the neighborhood when they open Meat & Foods, a retail store and diner-style counter that will serve half-smokes, chilli, sausage sandwiches, beer and coffee. 

The store will operate out of the long-vacated retail space at 247 Florida Ave., NW. According to a permit for the store, Meat & Foods will be a relatively small shop--it will include seating for 12 patrons indoors and a small four-seat sidewalk café. The store is still in the development stages and will not open for some time to come, though foodies can taste the sausage links at Toki Underground, Breadsoda and DC Brau Brewing.

Neighborhood Prepares for Summer Storms

To prevent the flooding disasters that damaged homes in Bloomingdale last summer, residents are readying themselves for a similar surge of storms expected to come in the next few months. 

The D.C. Department of Transportation and DC Water has already began work on building a temporary five-foot-wide storm sewer line to remove storm water from the roadway before it is slowly released into the sewer system. The project, which will take three years, is located on the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. The temporary solution has already created problems for residents who live near the construction area. The city has banned parking on Flagler and Adams Streets. Residents are also dealing with the noise of the construction work.

In addition to the implementing the sewer line, the city is also taking several steps to the reduce the storm water impact based on recommendations from the Mayor`s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale. The city has installed catch basins on the 500 to 600 blocks of Florida Ave. NW and the unit block of T Street NW to divert water from area roadways. In the future, the city will install new sewer lines, double catch basins, permeable pavement and a rain garden in the neighborhood.

Before the new Clean Rivers Project water storage tunnels debut in 2022--the completion date has been accelerated by three years--the city has announced plans to transform two sand-filtration cells at the  McMillan Reservoir to capture six million gallons of storm water. According to a city release, sand is being removed now and the cells will be converted to storage tanks to hold the storm water during intense rains.

Until the storm water solutions take effect, residents are encouraged to install backwater valves in their homes and contact their home insurance companies to inquiry about sewer back-up riders that cover damage caused by sewage backing up pipes into homes. Additionally, residents can request rain barrels from the D.C. Department of the Environment.

Residents Come Out for Crispus Attucks Park Community Day and Yard Sale

Bloomingdale residents came out for the 10th Annual Crispus Attucks Park Community Day and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The event, which is hosted every year by the Crispus Attucks Development Corporation, is the largest fundraiser for Crispus Attucks Park. The park group uses proceeds from the event to pay for the park's yearly $10,000 maintenance costs.

The alley park event included the "Taste of Bloomingdale," which gave attendees the opportunity to sample dishes from newly opened restaurant The Red Hen. Attendees also tasted food offerings from Costa Brava, the still-under-construction Balkan-style tapas restaurant.

In addition to the food tasting, the community day included dozens of vendors, musical performances, and play activities for children. The park nonprofit plans to host other events throughout the year, including a possible outdoor movie night, as well as a holiday tree lighting event in the winter.

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