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Graffiti Paint Out: CSNA Comes Clean
Graffiti continues to appear in our neighborhoods. And, we're continuing our two-year old graffiti abatement project. We're working with the remainder of the 48 gallons of paint Duron donated to the project. As you walk around the neighborhood please be aware of any graffiti you see. It really takes a conscious effort to notice it. Look at the back of signs, alley walls, and stairwells, as well as the big blank walls. In the inner city we get soused to seeing graffiti that it becomes part of the background so we don't tend to notice it. But to someone coming into the area it's very noticeable. It can make visitors uncomfortable since graffiti is frequently associated with drug or gang active. When graffiti is out of control it can also signal a neighborhood that doesn't care about its image or the quality of life of its residents.
Painting out graffiti gives me instant gratification. I see the improvement as soon as the paint is on. Notice the windows of the vacant building next to the True Reformer. One minute they were covered with graffiti and old flyers, the next minute they're wiped clean. It takes two or three of us going out for one hour on a Saturday morning to take care of a lot of graffiti. If you're interested in painting out graffiti (or if you know of graffiti that needs to be painted over), give me a call. Chuck Baxter, 232-7921, CBaxter67@aol.com
Historic Preservation Meeting
The Historic Preservation review committee will be using the regularly scheduled CSNA meeting to review a large project coming to our neighborhood so that all CSNA members can comment on the plans; Metropolis Development of a parcel at 14th and V Streets, across from the Reeves Center and adjacent to Mango's restaurant. It will include retail on the ground floor, townhomes above, and a tower of 56 duplex style condominium units. Its modern design is by architect Shalom Bananas, who will be on hand to answer our questions. Hope to see you there! Paul Williams, 202-462-3389
U Street Cleanup Meeting
A reminder that the U Street Cleanup Planning meeting is this Tuesday, 5/9/00, 6:30 pm @ The Saloon (1205 U Street). We hope to see you there. This is a great way for us to improve our neighborhood, raise money for youth scholarships, and meet some great folk - last year we planted more than 2000 flowers, removed 4 tons of trash from 12 square blocks, and raised more than $8,000 for school scholarships by involving more than 300 residents! Let's look to keep the TRAIN ROLL'N. Ayize Sabater, Community INTACT!, 202.331.0592 x 221; Scott Pomeroy, CSNA Block Captain Coordinator, 202.667.6524
Minutes From Meeting of Thursday, 13 April 2000
Scott Pomeroy announced that the planning meetings concerning the May 13th U Street Clean Up would be held at 6:30 PM on all intervening Tuesdays in the upstairs room at the Saloon (1207 U Street). Scott emphasized the need for people to volunteer to be Block Captains. He explained that Captains would be responsible for informing specific block residents of the Clean Up Day in advance, asking for scholarship contributions (matching contributions will be provided by Community Impact), and overseeing the clean up projects on the block.
Deborah Martens announced that she and David Schaffer are planning to open a 3100 square foot furniture store at 1330 U Street NW. The store will be similar in character to Crate & Barrel. It will occupy both the ground and first floors of the newly renovated building.
Paul Williams stated that Jocelyn Russell has recently completed her first year as the Director of the Lincoln Theater. She has expanded the theater's annual budget from $100,000 to $1,000,00(1! Future plans include several facade improvements including display windows and a new marquee. In advance of the theater's 80'" Anniversary in 2002 Jocelyn is planning to embark on a fund raising goal of $25,000,000 for future Lincoln Theater projects.
The year 2002 will witness several commemorations, not only will the Lincoln Theater turn eighty, the Prince Hall Masonic Building and the True Reformer Building will be one hundred years old in 2002. All three organizations are coordinating their celebration planning.
Chuck Baxter invited all attendees to sign up and participate in the graffiti abatement program. Chuck noted that this program has been ongoing since 1997. Scott Pomeroy announced that the city has anti-graffiti kits available for neighborhood organizations through the DPW rapid response teams.
It was announced that a grant request for fourteen new metal tree boxes has been made to the local ANC Committee. It is anticipated that these new street furnishings will be appearing soon along the U Street corridor.
After several years of persistent problems, the landlord of Egber's Liquors has decided not to renew the lease of the liquor establishment. Appreciative remarks can be forwarded to Mike Norishad, who also owns King's Chicken on U Street.
Membership dues remain unpaid for many for calendar year 2000. If you have not yet paid up, please do so. Additionally, members are encouraged to invite the neighbors on their block to attend our meetings. Additional copies of the monthly newsletter can be obtained by contacting Julie or Buck Clarke (202) 387-5937.
Chuck Baxter presented the monthly treasurer's report. As of April 1, 2000, CSNA has a balance of $1,804.88. From this amount we have allocated $215.35 for graffiti abatement and $250.00 for anticipated printing costs relating to the upcoming Welcome Packages to be distributed throughout the CSNA area. This leaves us with an available balance of $1,339.53.
Paul Williams reported that the Cardozo-Shaw Historic Review Board recently met to review drawings for a proposed six-unit apartment building planned for 1451 Florida Avenue NW. The drawings were sent back to the architect with several questions by the Board owing to the lack of details provided thus far in the drawings.
Scott Pomeroy proposed the following motions:
Both proposals were approved unanimously.
Co-presidents: Scott Pomeroy 667-6524; Paul
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|May 9, 6:30 p.m.||The Saloon, 1207 U Street, NW||U Street Cleanup Meeting||Scott Pomeroy, 667-6524|
|May 10, 7:00 p.m.||Civil War Memorial||ANC1B Meeting||Glenn Melcher, 307-1099|
|May 11, 7:00 p.m.||The Saloon||Membership Meeting||Scott Pomeroy, 667-6524; Paul Williams, 462-6251|
|May 23, 7:00 p.m.||922 Westminster Street||WNA Meeting||Chuck Baxter, 232-7971|
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