DC Comprehensive Plan

DC’s comprehensive plan, which defines the vision for the city and guides development for our neighborhoods, is due for an update.

You can read more about the Comprehensive Plan here: https://plandc.dc.gov/

While everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their feedback for the plan (read more about that process here), a group of Eckington residents are coming together to discuss our vision for our neighborhood, which will be shared for a vote at the next ECA meeting on May 1.

This group will meet on the evening of April 17, time and location TBD. If you’d like to attend, sign up here and the organizers will contact you with more information.

The group plans on focusing on these areas & issues:

  • 5th st from MBT to RIA
  • buffering between industrial land and MBT
  • buffering between industrial land and residential
  • Industrial land in general
  • North Capital retail focus
  • FedEx site
  • Triangle between Florida, New York, & North Capital
  • How to include or encourage a broader set of activities into industrial/commercial sites like art space (or other)

You can view maps of the current Future Land Useand Policymaps for Eckington.


So if you’d like to share your feedback, sign up here – or use the form to leave comments and questions.

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Run for ECA Office!

Looking for ways to get involved?

Run for office!

Eckington Civic Association board elections are Monday, December 5th.

Learn about the positions below, and email Hannah at hjputman@gmail.com if you’re interested.



General duties:

  • The President serves as the convener of the association and presides over all ECA meetings.
  • The President, along with all the officers, contacts and coordinates guest speakers for ECA meetings.
  • The President shall prepare final ECA meeting agendas and forward to the Recording Secretary for posting on the Eckington listserv.
  • The President responds to residents’ questions or problems when requested.
  • The President attends ANC meetings when requested.
  • The President participates in the Civic Association’s spending decisions.
  • The President, along with all the officers, provides continuity for the Succession planning process and formulates plans for his/her term by organizing the Succession planning committee.
  • The President, along with all the officers, develops action plan to further identify and add clarity to all roles and responsibilities prior to annual transition. Ensure appropriate follow up and effective transitioning of all association duties.

Special duties:

  • Preside at each meeting of the Association and of the Executive Committee;
  • Be ex officio of all committees;
  • Make committee chair appointments;
  • Develop policy statements, guidelines and procedures for the efficient operation and administration of the Association;
  • Co­sign all checks or other papers requiring the payment of money;
  • Sign or co­sign all agreements, documents, instruments, and matters that require the attest of the Association;
  • Appoint an Assistant to the Secretary, with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Vice President:

  • The Vice President assumes and accepts the responsibilities as designated by the President in his/her absence.
  • The Vice President assists the President in contacting and coordinating guest speakers for all ECA meetings.
  • The Vice President participates in the Civic Association’s spending decisions.
  • The Vice President assists the President in providing continuity for the Succession planning process and formulates plans for his/her term by organizing the Succession planning committee.
  • The Vice President assists the President in developing an action plan to further identify and add clarity to all roles and responsibilities prior to annual transition, as well as ensures appropriate follow up and effective transitioning of all association duties.
  • The Vice President performs such other duties as the President may request.

Recording Secretary:

  • The Recording Secretary is responsible for the recording and preparation of the minutes of all Civic Association meetings and for the email distribution of copies of the minutes to all other officers of the Eckington Civic Association for approval.
  • The Recording Secretary shall post the Civic Association agenda for all meetings on the Eckington listserv seven calendar days in advance of each meeting.
  • The Recording Secretary posts the minutes of Civic Association meetings to the Eckington listserv after they have been approved by a majority of the officers.
  • The Recording Secretary is responsible for maintaining records of all activities of the Association and serves as a central depository of copies of minutes and reports generated by the association.
  • The Recording Secretary may be responsible for drafting Civic Association correspondence for ECA approval, i.e., letters of support/opposition, letters requesting information, etc.
  • The Recording Secretary participates in Civic Association’s spending decisions.
  • The Recording Secretary performs such other duties as the President may request.


General duties:

  • The Treasurer participates in Civic Association’s spending decisions.
  • The Treasurer shall maintain the Association’s account(s). The Treasurer shall prepare, and the ECA officers approve, a quarterly financial report within thirty (30) days of the close of the fiscal quarter. These reports shall be public documents and shall be available for public review.
  • The Treasurer shall give a report at each Civic Association meeting and shall prepare written quarterly reports. The Treasurer must post the quarterly report on the Eckington listserv.
  • The Treasurer shall maintain the Civic Association’s accounts on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1st and ending December 31st.
  • The Treasurer must sign all quarterly reports along with the President.
  • The Treasurer shall prepare a check for all ECA­ authorized expenditures.
  • The Treasurer and the ECA President’s signature shall be required on every draft or order drawn on the bank depository.
  • The Treasurer performs such other duties as the President may request.

Special duties:

  • Have the custody of its money and maintain a proper set of books of account.
  • Maintain a checking account in the name of the Association, in a bank approved by the Executive Committee, and shall personally co­sign all checks or other papers requiring the payment of money.
  • Make all disbursements by check, under such requirements as shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
  • Perform all duties required by these By­Laws and other duties that are properly assigned by the Executive Committee.

Signature Required:

­ The Treasurer shall sign all instruments of the Association whereupon the Treasurer’s signature or co­signature is required by the United States or District of Columbia law or by these By­Laws.

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Intersection Mixtape Listening Party – Saturday, November 12


On November 12, join Furthermore (led by José Ruiz, Natalie Campbell, James Huckenpahler, and Patrick McDonough) for a celebratory neighborhood listening party to play the documented sounds and stories of the communities in Bloomingdale and Eckington. Visitors to the lot will receive their own mixtapes of the city’s local sounds.

For the last month, artist collective Furthermore has collected narratives and sounds from folks in the neighborhood. Intersection Mixtape aims to both preserve what is interesting about the community and to empower residents to communicate their sense of identity and place.

Event is free and open to the public. Register to receive updates and rain date location.

When: Saturday, November 12, 12-3 pm

Where: The corner of Bates and North Capitol Streets, NW

Register: https://vanalen.secure.force.com/events/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a1Q2A000006FKR7UAO.

About Crossing the Street:
This event is part of the Washington, DC city-wide Crossing the Street grant initiative. Crossing the Street is made possible through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. The initiative, taking place in select neighborhoods around the District that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change, aims is to create more locally sensitive public spaces that promote health, happiness, and neighborhood wellbeing by engaging in civic activities that capitalize on community assets.

To learn more about the project, click here.

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Movie Nights on the MBT!!!

13592230_1031337186942680_8975833681732037532_nFree community movie nights on the Metropolitan Branch Trail for the month of July!

WHO: EVERYONE! Bring your blanket or chairs. Co-sponsored by Friends of Edgewood and Met Branch Trail 5K
WHERE: On the MBT under the Rhode Island Ave NE Pedestrian Bridge, near the “Big Lots” shopping center
WHEN: At dusk (8:30ish) every Thursday in July
WHAT: Thursday 7/7 – Back to the Future
7/14: Lean on Me
7/21: Inside Out
7/28: Cool Runnings

Just like last year, short films about other DC nonprofits’ good work will precede each family-friendly feature presentation.
Movies will be shown with good sound, and closed-captioning, so no one misses anything. Hope to see you by the pedestrian bridge Thursday evening around 8:30!

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Saturday June 18

Our neighbors to the north in Edgewood are hosting an event designed to present neighbors – especially the elderly – with community resources to help them not only maintain their homes, but retain ownership of them.  Please see the flyer below for more information.

Orange Typographic Dated A4 Flyer

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Important information about donation from Eckington Yards Community Benefits Agreement

At the June 6th meeting, we will vote on up to three Eckington nonprofit organizations to receive funding (a total of $15,000) from the Eckington Yards Community Benefits Agreement.

The possible organizations include:

Coalition for the Homeless, Inc (Operates Emery Work Bed Program)


District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc. (DASH)


So Others Might Eat, operates Shalom House


Pathways to Housing DC


Regional Addiction Prevention, INC


For a description of these organizations, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nv7vct2dYjwLXoYzRSh4OHZlsScTGrG879jpvI2S0XY/edit?usp=sharing

If you would like to suggest a different organization, please email Vernon at vernon.preston@gmail.com no later than Saturday to include the organization on a voting ballot. You may write in an organization that is not on the ballot, as long as it meets the following criteria.

The organization must be must be a nonprofit organization in good/current 501c3 status, and must be an organization specifically devoted to substance abuse prevention and/or ending/combating homeliness.

The Eckington Civic Association must vote on these organizations on June 6th so that they can be specified in the documents going to the Zoning commission the following week.

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Councilmember McDuffie to Host Meeting on Homeless Shelter Site

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie will host a town hall meeting to discuss the location of the temporary homeless shelter in Ward 5.  The meeting will be held on Friday, May 27, from 6:00-8:00pm at 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE.  The following is a message from Councilmember McDuffie’s website:

Dear Residents,

We all know that the conditions at D.C. General are simply not acceptable for the families and children that are currently housed at the site. On Tuesday, May 17, the Council voted to approve and fund a new plan for closing DC General with two new proposed sites in Ward 5. Some of you have contacted my office to voice your concerns regarding the new plan. Our office is committed to working with you to answer your questions and to discuss how we can move forward together with compassion for our most vulnerable population. I will hold a town hall meeting on Friday, May 27, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr. Community Life Center, Capital City Hall of Distinction (CCHOD) located at 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE. I hope that you will be able to attend.

In February, Mayor Bowser proposed a plan to close D.C. General. As initially proposed the plan called for locating the Ward 5 temporary shelter at 2266 25th Place, NE. The 25th Place site presented serious challenges including its proximity to a trash transfer station, bus lots, a strip club, a night club, and freight rail tracks. Additionally, its distance from public transportation and grocery stores presented more problems. In fact, the Mayor’s proposed Ward 5 location was almost universally opposed by residents, advocates, and health professionals.

Under the new plan, the Council’s proposal provides the Mayor with two alternate locations in Ward 5: the former Metropolitan Police Department Youth Division Building located on 17th and Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and the Penn Center, located at 326 R Street, NE. Additionally, the Council’s revised proposal would save District taxpayers at least $165 million when compared to the leases initially proposed in the Mayor’s plan.

Importantly, it should be noted that I prefer the Youth Division building, especially given that it is one of the sites that was developed as a recommendation by Ward 5 residents as a result of one of the several community meetings that were held after the Mayor’s initial proposal. Our office will continue to work with the Mayor to push for the preferred location on Rhode Island Avenue to be selected and to address any concerns that might arise from the community.

I look forward to hearing your input on Friday.

In Service,



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Vote on whether to continue exploring Historic Designation

Hi neighbors,

Due to concerns that the process for voting on historic designation was moving too quickly, the Eckington Civic Association board has decided to postpone the community opinion survey.

Instead, we will hold a vote at the next ECA meeting (Monday, June 6, from 7-9pm) on whether the community wants to continue exploring historic designation.

A “yes” vote means that we would next gather community opinion via a survey or other means and then vote on whether to apply for historic designation. A Yes vote does not necessarily mean that we apply for Historic Designation status.

A “no” vote means that Eckington stops exploring Historic Designation. Nothing further would happen on this issue unless the community wants to revisit it at some future date.

Only dues-paying members are eligible to vote. Each membership applies to only one person, not a household, so each person who wants to vote must join the Civic Association separately. If you would like to join the Civic Association, you can do so at the meeting or online (see below).

Given the importance and wide-reaching effect of this vote, the ECA decided to allow ECA members to vote on this issue even if they are not able to attend the meeting.

If you cannot attend the June 6th meeting, you must submit an absentee ballot no later than Sunday, June 5, 9pm. If you mail your ballot, please do so no later than Tuesday, May 31st.

To submit an absentee ballot:

Eckington Civic Association

P.O. Box 26430

Washington, DC  20001.

You can learn more about Historic Designation and read notes from past meetings here: https://eckingtoncivicassociation.org/historic-designation/

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Putman at eckingtoncivic@gmail.com


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Eckington Beautification Day

Eckington Beautification Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016  – 10am

ANC 5E is sponsoring Beautification Day in Eckington. The day entails planting flowers and trees in the Eckington small pocket park next to New York Pizza located at the corner of North Capitol Street and Q Street NE.

Come out and join us! All participants will meet at the corner of North Capitol and Q Streets at 10:00 am. If you have shovels, rakes, or other gardening equipment, feel free to bring them.

Eckington is your community.
Let’s do this!

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Upcoming Workshop: Energy Efficency & Old Homes

Saturday, April 9, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saint Martin’s Catholic Church
1908 North Capitol Street, NW
7 T Street, NW Entrance

We all want to make our houses more comfortable and efficient. Green technologies offer opportunities to save money while helping to protect our environment and can be implemented without sacrificing the architectural integrity of your home or violating historic district guidelines.

Come learn about energy audits and what home improvements are the most cost effective with particular attention to the issue of window repair and replacement and integrity.

Speakers are Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, a managing member of ENCORE Sustainable Design, working to combine historic preservation with energy efficiency and sustainable design; and John Sandor, an architectural historian and expert in the repair and replacement of windows in historic buildings.

This is a FREE event open to the public.

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