President's Message

By Eric Langenbacher, president@burleith.org

Eric-Langenbacher

I hope everyone is enjoying the early summer weather.

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 two events for friends of the neighborhood and BCA members. I would like to thank Massimo Calabresi, Margaret Emery, Edie Cecil, Nan Bell, Linda Brooks, the authors—Ross Schipper and Dwane Starlin—and especially Kay Twomey for all they have done to make these events happen. The BCA will have copies of the book to purchase at the summer picnic.

The Neighborhood Study Group worked on a survey that asked for your opinions about various aspects of neighborhood development. It was distributed in early May to all Burleith residents and property owners. The results were not finalized before the June edition of the Burleith Bell went to press, so please check your email and our website in early June for the findings.

Looking forward, the annual summer picnic is coming up on Saturday, June 17, from 3:30–7:30 pm at the Green Lot (Whitehaven and 37th Street). 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 burleithevents@gmail.com. (Specific tasks are described in the picnic web post.)

There was a meeting with neighbors, city officials, and contractors on May 10 about the Ellington renovation. Despite falling behind, it 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. Now they have a permit to work on Sundays. 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 begin to intensify. DC Water’s green alley initiative should also heat up (pun intended). And work on the old Holiday Inn in Georgetown 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. Finally, the semi-annual Burleith community clean-up will be Saturday, June 10 from 9–11 am.

Finally, congratulations to all students in the neighborhood who have successfully completed another school year and especially to the class of 2017!