Neighborhood Updates
*Retail at Takoma Theater
*4th / Cedar / Blair Intersection
*Proposed Development at 308 Carroll St, NW

*Retail at Takoma Theater: Rock Creek Property Group, in partnership with Children’s National Health System, recently announced that Turning Natural and Lost Sock Roasters have signed leases to anchor the two ground-floor retail spaces at the historic Takoma Theater. More here.

*4th / Cedar / Blair Intersection: In November, ANC 4B01 Commissioner-Elect Evan Yeats provided an update regarding the District Department of Transportation's proposed plans for the 4th / Cedar / Blair intersection. The latest plans are available here. Despite a projected start date of the beginning of 2019, the DC Department of Transportation has recently indicated that the project will begin in late spring or early summer of 2019. Evan and I are coordinating with the Department to present at the January 28th ANC 4B meeting to answer questions regarding the scope and timeline of the project. If you have questions but are unable to attend the meeting, please send them to me so that I may share them during the meeting.

*Proposed Development at 308 Carroll St, NW: A proposed development by
SGA Companies at 300-308 Carroll St, NW, in Takoma will be on the January Historic Preservation Review Board agenda, and is therefore likely to be presented at the January 28th ANC 4B meeting. The project includes Hilltop Hostel, as well as the space previously occupied by La Mano and currently occupied by Takoma Station Barber Shop and Spicy Delight, and the adjoining dwelling. Additional details can be found in my Facebook post summarizing a Single Member District 4B07 meeting regarding the proposed development.

ANC 4B January Meetings
*Planning Meeting: January 8, 6:30 pm, 4th District Police Station
*Regular Meeting: January 28, 7 pm, 4th District Police Station

The Commission will hold its public planning meeting on Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 pm at the 4th District Police Station (6001 Georgia Ave, NW), and its regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 28th at 7 pm at the 4th District Police Station (6001 Georgia Ave, NW). Please stay tuned for my January email newsletter, where I will provide the agenda for the regular monthly meeting.

I have been busy attending the city-wide orientation for new Commissioners and the AND 4B orientation. I can't wait to get started! (Photos courtesy of Natalee S. Snider and Aaron Landry.)

Ward 4 State Board of Education
Welcome to our new representative, Frazier O'Leary!

On December 4th, Ward 4 voters elected Frazier O'Leary as our next representative to the State Board of Education. More details regarding voter turnout can be found in Todd Brogan's "Ward 4 By the Numbers: SBOE Special Edition."

New & Notable
What's happening in local government?

Check out these DC Council legislative and other updates.
  • The DC Council will vote on the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act tomorrow, December 18th. The legislation would be one of the strongest clean energy laws in the nation, if passed, although some have criticized recent changes that appear to weaken the proposed legislation. More here.
  • The DC Council approved legislation imposing limits on who can give money to candidates for office.
  • The DC Council approved legislation to decriminalize Metro fare evasion.
  • The DC Council approved legislation to lower the commercial property tax rate, drawing criticism from advocates that the money could be used for government services and to address housing and homelessness.
  • Proposed legislation to establish a working group of city agencies to consider public restrooms passed its first DC Council vote.
  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen supported a petition against any "deal that gives away a single square foot of land or a single District tax dollar to build a new stadium for billionaire NFL owner Dan Snyder."
  • A DC Superior Court Judge blocked elections officials from considering 35,000 signatures to force a referendum vote on the DC Council's repeal of Initiative 77, which would have raised the tipped minimum wage. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen requested an explanation for the errors by the Board of Elections that led to the signatures being thrown out.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C voted 7-1-1 to request an investigation into Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd to see if his office "ran afoul of DC law and the Council's Code of Ethics by using government resources on behalf of an election."
Are you interested in or following pending legislation or a city-wide issue? Send me an email, and I will include updates in this newsletter.

Monthly Office Hours
Next Office Hours: Thursday, December 20th, 7-8 pm, 715 Van Buren St, NW

Let's chat about the neighborhood! Join me for monthly office hours for Single Member District 4B02 on the third Thursday of the month from 7-8 pm at 715 Van Buren St, NW. My next office hours will take place on December 20th.

If you would like to schedule another time to meet, please email me at or call me at (202) 821-6333.

Upcoming Community Events

There's lots going on in the neighborhood! Check out the following events, including community cleanups and events to ring in the new year: Know of other neighborhood events? Send notable events my way for inclusion in upcoming email newsletters. I am hoping to expand this practice to create a neighborhood-centered community calendar.
You can always contact me:
Phone: (202) 821-6333
Facebook: @Erinfor4B02
Twitter: @Erinfor4B02

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