A Rundown of CM Allen’s March Visit to ANC 6D

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) paid a visit to Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D during its March 13 meeting to address community and commmisioners’ concerns over violence, Buzzard Point construction and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget plan.

Shootings in Southwest

Allen stated he was very concerned about recent shootings in Southwest. There have been three in three weeks. One of these incidents occurred right in front of the entrance to the King Greenleaf Recreation Center on the 200 block of N Street SW. On another day, a man entered the rec center carrying a gun. Allen is working with the Department of Recreation to (DPR) try and sensibly increase security at the center’s entrance without creating a pat down zone.

Allen has spoken about the shootings with First District Commander Morgan C. Kane. She informed him that killings involved a dispute between residents of Greenleaf public housing and a group in Ward 8. So, he reached out to Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White (D-Ward 8) to see if they could work together to quash the disagreement.

Budget

Allen expects Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to submit her budget sometime after April 4.

The Council, he explained, would modify her submission, which he expects will be passed by the end of May. The rebuilding of the Southwest Library is fully funded, he reported. The modernization of Jefferson Middle School is fully funded at $80 million, Allen stated. However, he is pushing the Mayor to move up the start date.

Allen will hold a Ward 6 Budget Town Hall on April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Jefferson Middle School, 801 Seventh Street SW.

Gangs Around SW CVS

An audience member raised the issue of out of control gangs of students at the Southwest CVS, 1100 Fourth St. SW. Allen stated that he had sat down with the company’s executives to demand that they increase the store’s security. He also spoke with Commander Kane and the staff at the Southwest Library about the incidents. Apparently, the same kids were harassing library staff and patrons. Library staff identified the instigators. MPD officers paid home visits to their families. 

CSX Vibration Complaints

Another audience member who lives in Capitol Quarter next to CSX’s Virginia Avenue Tunnel construction project complained that the noise and vibrations caused by the construction and traffic through the completed new tunnel had damaged his home. Neighbors have demanded the railroad install dampening materials. Allen promised to follow up.

Buzzard Point

An audience member drew Allen’s attention to the District’s inability to plan for traffic and growth in the Capitol Riverfront and Southwest.  “The plans for Buzzard Point are complete nonsense,” Chair Andy Litsky added wryly. Allen agreed. He stated that he is pressuring the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) to commit to a minimum of quarterly meetings on the subject.