Wednesday, September 5, 2007

ANC 8A Monthly Meeting Recap

Last night's meeting was advertised as having a focus on the way Washington Post and Times writers report on happenings east of the Anacostia River. However, nobody from either paper showed up, so it was, for the most part, business as usual.

News Highlights:
- the Imagine School at the foot of 14th Street and Ridge Place SE has been approved by the charter board, but the design is still unknown, pending decisions about the historic smoke stack. (Please Save!)

- St. Elizabeth's West Campus is destined to become the home of the consolidated Dept. of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard.

- all fire hydrants have been checked, and the malfunctioning ones have been tagged for fixing/replacement.

- Plans for Anacostia Estates, the three-townhouse development on Shannon Place SE are still in development. The developer was at the meeting requesting that the ANC support an exception to a minor sideyard requirement by Pepco.

Most members spoke positively about the project, but they could not publically support until they received more official documentation of proposed changes. The townhomes are designed by local architectural firm Devrouax & Purnell. The design looks good, at least on paper, but it will depend completely on the quality of materials they use (brick, stone, roofing, windows, etc) for whether it contributes in a positive way.

Flyer handed out at the meeting:
(click to enlarge)

courtesy of developer Brenda Tobe


Fred said...

hey DG-Rad,
You may have already blogged about this but have you seen the GrandView Estates over on Talbert (1264-1308 Talbert Street, SE Washington DC ), they look pretty nice on the website (, i am anxious to see what materials they will be using on the exteriors.

DG-rad said...

Hey Fred,

Thanks for the tip- I will definitely investigate more and post my findings. You are definitely right about the exteriors. The clean chic look of modern design is often lost with cheap materials.

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to this project? Their contact info is inactive. Have you heard anything?

Anonymous said...

sorry..anonymous was me, Sonri.

Donna Potts said...

To Whom It May Concern,

We Feed Our People will be providing warm meals, toiletries, clothes, and other items to the underserved and homeless population next Monday, January 20th to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Day of Service. Distribution will take place in historic Anacostia at the Big Chair (Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE and V Street SE – Anacostia metro station off the Green Line). In addition, we will be distributing bagged lunches at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library (901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 – Gallery Place or Metro Center metro stations).

We would like to humbly ask you to share and/or post the attached if you know of anyone who can benefit. This “Day of Service” event for the annual King Holiday provides an opportunity for hundreds of people each year to serve and fellowship with the increasing number of underserved and homeless people living in the nation’s capital. We Feed Our People is an all-volunteer organization and has served the homeless for the past 26 years.

For additional information, including volunteer opportunities, we invite you to visit our website ( or feel free to email us

All the best,

We Feed Our People Planning Committee

from Donna Potts, President DC Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA)