Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B held its October meeting at the Emery Recreation Center on Monday evening.  Due to the limited amount of time the room would be available, Chairman Brenda Parks kept a tight leash on the agenda.  All of the presenters were succinct.  Here are the four topics that may be of the most interest to the audience.

Urban Forestry

Joel Conlon from the DC Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Division (UFD) reprised his presentation from the recent ANC 4A meeting (link)  You can learn about the majority of what he said tonight on our previous coverage.  DDOT is making a serious push to engage the public in its new programs.

A few new tidbits from tonight’s presentation include:

  • DDOT will plant 1000 trees in Ward 4 this fiscal year
  • UFD goal is to have 40% of the city’s surface covered by tree canopy by 2032.  Currently the city stands at 38%
  • To meet this goal, UFD is rolling out a new program where their contractors will plants trees on private property, in addition to the public spaces that they currently work with.
  • Funding for these and other services comes from the Tree Fund, which is filled by permit fees and fines.
  • The best way to schedule a service call or a tree inspection is to use the 311 app.

Office of the Inspector General

A representative from the DC Office of the Inspector General (OIG) came to share information about the agency.  The OIG is an executive branch agency of the District of Columbia government that conducts audits, inspections, and investigations of government programs and operations.   Its mission to prevent corruption, waste and fraud, promote efficiency and effectiveness, inform stakeholders and recommend corrective actions.

The agency has four divisions:

  • Risk Assessment and Future Planning Division
  • Operations Division
  • Quality Management Division
  • Business Management Division

There are five ways to report fraud, waste and abuse to the OIC

To learn more, visit their website at

Development Proposal for 225 Vine Street

Lamont Street Lofts

Lamont Street Lofts, one of over a dozen projects completed by Montage.

Kevin Brown, development principal at Montage Development Group, came to share early designs and ideas for a residential building his company is developing in Takoma.  The site at 225 Vine Street NW is located with the Historic District, so the company will be requesting ANC support when it presents to the Historic Preservation Review Board in December.

The envelope of the building is still in flux, but for now, the plan is to include 30 or so rental apartments units.  Mr. Brown stated that they are open to converting the project to for-sale condominiums if demand warrants. If it remains multi-family rental, thirty total units will yield between 2 – 4 units of affordable housing at the 50% and 80% Area Median Income levels, based on Inclusionary Zoning requirements.

The firm is committed to returning to next month’s meeting to present updates to the plans.


Consent Agenda

The Commission had a lengthy consent agenda tonight.  These were items that all of the commissioners agreed with and did not require extended discussion. Notable items from this list included supporting the Concept Design of the Arts Plaza, Dog Park and Building 82 at Walter Reed and supporting the renewal of alcoholic beverage license for Haydee’s restaurant.

The meeting adjourned at 8:07 pm.  Someone may need to check the history books; this may have been the shorted ANC 4B meeting ever!

About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4B represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Takoma, Manor Park and Lamond-Riggs. An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to two-year terms and serve without pay.

The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government. Although they do not have to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.”

These are the members of ANC 4B:

Single Member DistrictNameEmail
4B06Tiffani Nichole
4B09LaRoya A.

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