President's Message

By Eric Langenbacher, president@burleith.org

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What weird weather? First there was the cold spell in March that damaged many of my flowers and recently it has been as muggy as late July. And now we are back to spring weather—just when we stored all the coats. My irises and wisteria are not happy campers this year.

We are still very excited about the Arcadia book devoted to Burleith. In addition to co-author Ross Schipper’s book talk at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library back on March 25, the BCA also recently hosted a small event for friends of the neighborhood. We will be having another book launch event on May 20. Check your email for detailed information. The BCA will have copies of the book for you to purchase there or at the summer picnic.

The Neighborhood Study Group has been working on a survey that asks for your opinions about various aspects of neighborhood development that will be sent in the next couple of weeks to all Burleith residents and property owners. There will also be card mailed to all owners announcing this survey. I encourage everyone to take the time to complete the survey. The information gathered will be very useful.

Looking forward, the annual summer picnic is coming up on Saturday, June 17. Once again, there will be live music and BBQ. We are always looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping out, please email bca@burleith.org.

The Ellington renovation is scheduled to be completed over the summer. Work has stepped up over recent weeks, and the burden on the community continues. Workers parking in the streets has become a massive problem—not only on 35th, 36th, and R, but now on S and T as well. Also, now they have a permit to work on Sundays—without any advance notice to the community or ANC, I might add. Our ANC rep, Ed Solomon, and others are trying to get some relief, but it has been an uphill struggle.

There is a lot of other stuff going on/starting soon. It looks like the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital renovation will intensify soon. DC Water’s green alley initiative should also heat up (pun intended). And work on the old Holiday Inn has commenced. I am 95% sure there will be a Trader Joe’s in that space. We will have to monitor the potential traffic and parking impact. Georgetown University had its last day of classes on May 1, and graduation weekend is May 19 and 20. There may be some commotion as students move out. I encourage you to take advantage of GU’s bulk pick up and donation program if you have items you’d like to get rid of. (Click here to sign up and schedule a collection. No contractor and other commercial enterprise waste, please.) Finally, the semi-annual Burleith community clean-up will be Saturday, June 10. Details will follow.