Ward 4 Weekly — 9/6/17

September 6, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

This week’s newsletter features a guest letter from Vicki Davis, the President of Urban Atlantic Development, and a leading member of the Walter Reed Master Development Team. 

Walter Reed represents the single greatest economic development opportunity that the District has seen in a generation. With the recent groundbreaking of the Parks at Walter Reed, and the newly-opened DC International/LAMB school on the campus, we are charting a course that will meet the needs of residents and businesses for many years to come. The Walter Reed site is abuzz with activity, and it is my pleasure to help keep neighbors informed on this critical redevelopment so that residents know what to expect as we continue to embark on this transformative and long-term effort. 

I hope you find Ms. Davis’ letter informative. To learn more about the Walter Reed Master Development Team and their work, visit www.walterreedtomorrow.com.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Guest Letter: Urban Atlantic President Vicki Davis

It was a busy spring and summer for The Parks at Walter Reed Master Development Team of Hines, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development Group! Highlights included:

  • Site Ground Breaking and Walter Reed Dreams Block Party – Thanks to so many of you for coming out to celebrate the groundbreaking and block party in April! Hundreds of community members participated in both events, getting to enjoy the historic campus and open space for the first time in many years, along with a great line up of art, music and family fun in partnership with CulturalDC, the District Office of Planning, and the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority.
  • Fitness in the Parks – Fitness in the Parks, a free outdoor fitness class on the Great Lawn, kicked off in May, and was well attended through July, when we paused for the hot weather. Fitness in the Parks resumes on Tuesday, September 12, and will be offered every Tuesday through October 24th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Come and join us – we supply trainers, work-out equipment and water; you supply the hard work!
  • Demolition – This summer marked the beginning of demolition of Building 2, the 1970’s-era hospital building that served as the primary medical facility on the campus until base closure. After a thorough bidding and vetting process, the demo contract was awarded to NorthStar Contracting Group, Inc. The scope includes environmental abatement of the building interior and complete demolition and removal of the building structure by selective mechanical demolition (not implosion). Abatement is underway and will continue through early 2018, followed by demolition. All work is being performed in strict accordance with DCRA, DDOT, DOEE, EPA and OSHA guidelines. For more information, please see the Demo FAQ link in the “What’s Happening” section of our website: www.theparksdc.com.
  • DCI/LAMB – We are pleased that the new DCI/LAMB campus opened its doors on August 28th, with LAMB starting school that day and DCI starting September 5th. Construction of the gym addition will continue through the end of 2017.
  • Component Development – Predevelopment continues for near term buildings including:
    • Building 14(middle) will be renovated to include 80 affordable senior housing units. Building 14(south), developed by nonprofit HELP USA, will be renovated to include 77 affordable veterans units. Both are currently in the permitting phase, and anticipated to get under construction in early 2018. If you are interested in the affordable housing at Walter Reed, please use the Contact Form on our website – we save all email inquiries and will reach out to people who have expressed interest in the future when we begin leasing.
    • Parcel VU (corner of Georgia and Aspen) is planned to include approximately 290 apartment units, 16,000 SF of retail and 90 condos. Design is underway, and we anticipate starting construction summer 2018.
    • Parcel IJ (middle of new “Town Center”, between Dahlia and Elder) is planned to include approximately 300 apartment units and 60,000 SF retail. Design is underway, and we anticipate starting construction by early 2020.
  • Upcoming Walter Reed Events – Please join us for the following:
    • Community Advisory Committee Meeting – Monday, September 11, 6:30 PM at Fort Stevens Rec
    • Fitness in the Parks – Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 PM onsite at the Great Lawn, through October 24th
    • Jazz in the Parks – Saturday, September 16, 4-7 PM onsite at the Great Lawn. Family-friendly lineup includes Baba Ras D, Mobile Brass Band led by trombonist Rod Mangum and headliner Donvonte McCoy Quartet.

Vicki Davis

Urban Atlantic

The Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Cuts Ribbon On More
Ward 4 Affordable Housing


Last Wednesday, Councilmember Todd joined Polly Donaldson, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, and others to cut the ribbon on 19 new units of affordable housing in Petworth. The redevelopment of 4000 Kansas Avenue, NW has long been a priority for Councilmember Todd and the District, and represents yet another investment in affordable housing. 

4000 Kansas Avenue, NW is a 19-unit affordable housing development that was acquired and rehabilitated using $3,541,957 from the Housing Production Trust Fund. The property will offer two units for households with incomes at or below 30 percent Area Median Income (AMI), one unit at 50 percent AMI, one unit at 60 percent AMI, and 15 units at 80 percent AMI. The units will remain affordable for at least 50 years.

Councilmember Todd Breaks Ground on
Coolidge Senior High School Modernization

Last Friday, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Principal Semanthe Bright, Dr. Lanette Woodruff (Ward 4 State Board of Education member), Coolidge alumnus Terry Goings, and others to officially break ground on the full modernization of Coolidge Senior High School. This project has been a priority for Councilmember Todd since his first election in 2015, and has long been at the top of the community’s list of desired investments. Councilmember Todd was proud to help maintain funding for the modernization, and will remain an outspoken advocate for investing in education. 

The event drew a large crowd, and included a performance by the Coolidge band and festivities for all to enjoy. Work on the modernization has already begun. The state-of-the-art facility will reopen in school year 2019-2020 and is designed to serve more than 1,100 middle and high school students. To learn more, click HERE

Mark Your Calendar

 Doggie Swim Day At Upshur Pool:
Sunday, September 10th, Noon – 4:00 PM

Councilmember Todd invites you and your pooch to join him, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Big Bad Woof pet store, and Humane Rescue Alliance volunteers this Sunday, September 10th, from noon to 4:00 PM, for the 2017 Doggie Swim Day at the Upshur Pool, when Ward 4’s four-legged friends get to swim and enjoy themselves! Upshur pool is located at 4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW. Admission is free. For more information on the event, including important rules for participation, visit: www.dpr.dc.gov/page/doggie-day-swim. We can’t wait to see you for what is sure to be a DOGgone good time! 
Ward 4 Night At Nationals Park:
Wednesday, September 13th

Join Councilmember Todd for Ward 4 Night With The Nationals on Wednesday, September 13th, at 7:05 PM, to see the Nats take on the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals have provided a limited number of FREE tickets for Ward 4 residents and we are distributing them on a first come, first served basis. In addition to free tickets, Nats Park will be offering $1 hot dogs! 

If you are a Ward 4 resident and are interested in attending, please RSVP with Jackson Carnes, Director of Constituent Services, at jcarnes@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8052, and include the number of tickets desired (maximum of 4 per household). You will need to provide ID to prove residency upon pick-up. We will contact you with pickup instructions if you are selected to receive tickets. Tickets will be available for pickup from our office in the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 105) until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 12th. 

Important Announcements

A New Way To Contact Councilmember Todd: 

Councilmember Todd’s office is delighted to announce yet another means through which residents can make contact. In addition to calling us at (202) 724-8052, and emailing btodd@dccouncil.us, you can now submit a form through Councilmember Todd’s website, www.brandontoddward4.com. To access the forms, visit the website homepage, hover over the “Staff Contacts” tab, and select either the “Constituent Services Request” or “Meeting Request” form. A number of residents have already taken advantage of this convenient feature, and we look forward to hearing from more! While you’re submitting a form, take a moment to explore the website and learn more about Councilmember Todd and his priorities for Ward 4. 
4th Annual Celebrate Petworth Festival:
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 11 AM – 5 PM, 800 Block Upshur St, NW

#CelebratePetworth is a FREE neighborhood festival organized by and for the residents of Petworth DC and surrounding neighborhoods, celebrating creativity, diversity, culture, people, and quality of life — i.e., all the stuff that makes Petworth an awesome community and wonderful place to live! The event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the 800 block of Upshur Street, NW. Come enjoy live performances from DC artists, a dog show, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a Fun Run, and more! To learn more, visit: www.celebratepetworth.org

Register To Volunteer At AARP Foundation Meal Pack Challenge: September 10th & 11th


In the DC Metropolitan region, too many hardworking older adults are in need. Through no fault of their own they struggle daily to secure a steady income, safe and affordable housing, nutritious food, and sustained social bonds.

On Sunday, September 10th, and Monday, September 11th, the AARP Foundation will host our annual Meal Pack Challenge on the National Mall. This year’s event is the culmination of their inaugural Summer of Service to Seniors involving meal packing events in four cities across the country. To date, AARP has packed more than 1.5 million meals with the help of more than 4,000 volunteers.  And they hope to match those numbers here in the District of Columbia for a grand total of more than three million meals packed.  You are invited to volunteer in this special effort. To learn more and register to volunteer, visit: www.mealpackchallenge.org

DDOT Public Meeting – Eastern Avenue, NE Rehabilitation: Thursday, September 14th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to the 2nd public meeting to discuss the Rehabilitation of the Eastern Avenue, NE Project (New Hampshire Avenue, NE to Whittier Street, NW) to be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the EF International Language Center – Lecture Hall (6896 Laurel Street, NW). At this public meeting, DDOT will present design concepts based on community feedback and gather additional comments from the community. To learn more about the Rehabilitation Eastern Avenue NE project, click HERE. Questions? Contact Stacee Hemby at stacee@tinaboydandassoc.com

Back To School Fun Day At Takoma Recreation Center: Saturday, September 15, 11 AM – 3 PM

The Takoma Recreation Center (301 Van Buren Street, NW) invites you to a “Back To School Family Fun Day” on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All are welcome to enjoy basketball, soccer, and tennis tournaments, a fire truck, police cruise, and a hula hoop contest. The event will also feature school supply giveaways. For more information, contact Rochelle Bradshaw, Takoma Recreation Center, at (202) 576-7068


East Rock Creek Village Picnic:
Saturday, September 16th, 3 PM – Dusk

East Rock Creek Village (ECRV) invites you to a picnic in Rock Creek Park – Saturday, Sept. 16, 3pm-dusk. Come and meet our members, volunteers, and Board members, and enjoy an afternoon in the Park!

  • Burgers, hot dogs and drinks provided by ERCV
  • Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.
  • Directions to Site #9 (wheelchair accessible): Enter the park from 16th Street at the Rock Creek Golf Course entrance. After entering bear left at the fork, make the 1st right towards Beach Drive and make a right at the stop sign, then keep straight up to the site on the right side. Please note there is no picnic shelter, so come prepared with sunscreen and a hat!
  •  RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 14: email info@eastrockcreekvillage.org or call 202-656-7322

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 724-8052
(c) (202) 215-5455

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o)(202) 741-5293
(c)(202) 316-9078

Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
(o) (202) 724-7774

Temi F. Bennett
Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8106

Faye Caldwell
Special Assistant
(202) 724-6663

Adriana Campos-Korn
Legislative Intern
(202) 724-6663

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024

Malcolm Jolly

Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 330-3033

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123

Joshua Fleitman
Communications Specialist
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506

 Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8035

Jordan Strudwick
Scheduler/Special Assistant
(o) (202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 368-2518

Christine Kulumani
Legislative Counsel
(202) 790-6837
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