Community Acknowledgements

Let’s Stay Informed! Join Penn Branch Neighbors on #GroupMe


PBCA established a Penn Branch Community on GROUPME so neighbors can share and receive text messages with other neighbors about crime, emergencies, community notices, and pass along other critical information about what is going on in our neighborhood.

The GroupME app will send a text message to your cellphone. Please DO NOT use this platform for: Self-Promotion, Political / Policy Debates, and/or Advertising merchandise sales or paid community events.

Only critical notices only. Also, remember to never share information related to suspected crime in the neighborhood. ALWAYS report suspicious activities to the police first, dialing either 911, at 31, or 50411, to place an anonymous first.

Stay safe. Stay informed. And when you see something, say something.


PBCA Listening Session with O Street SE Neighbors


On Feb. 23, members of the Penn Branch Community Association executive board met virtually with a handful of Penn Branch’s O Street neighbors for a listening session. The PBCA board reached out to introduce ourselves and to gain a better understanding of neighborhood-specific challenges.  Residents of O Street shared their thoughts regarding development in the Penn Branch Shopping Center and construction of the new CVS which is expected to be built on the existing laundry mat property.

Residents reported that they did not have concerns about retaining wall maintenance but are interested in engineering studies prior to future development, including in the areas adjacent to the shopping center and along the walled hillside, due to settling and water flows in the area. Residents also raised concerns about potential CVS parking lot overflow onto their street, increased traffic, aggressive driving, and trash and vagrancy on O Street.

Participants explored traffic calming measures and other ways to work collaboratively to benefit the community.


PBCA Official Statement Regarding Violence at the U.S. Capitol


We are outraged by the violent extremist attacks on the U.S. Capitol today that aimed to subvert our sacred democratic processes and principles.

Our first concern is for the health and safety of our community and our fellow Washingtonians, especially when so many are already suffering the consequences of a failed response to COVID-19. Many in Penn Branch have dedicated their lives to public service, and we stand in solidarity with those brave civil servants and elected officials working now to ensure our democratic procedures continue and the will of the American people is upheld.

Though these abhorrent events happened just blocks away from our community, they could not be farther from the values we stand for in Penn Branch. We cherish democracy, justice, peace, and unity. We abide by the U.S. Constitution, the law, and the agreements we have adopted as a community. We believe in truthfulness and public debate informed by verifiable facts. We respect each other and resolve disagreements peacefully through dialogue.

Today’s violence is the predictable outcome of years of anti-democratic escalation by national leaders and some of their supporters. The attacks, the unacceptable incitement that preceded them, and the woefully inadequate response were fueled in-part by longstanding injustices in the United States.

Systemic racism undermines democracy and must be fully dismantled if our country is to live up to its founding ideals and thrive. Civil society organizations, including ours, have an important role to play in perfecting our union. We pledge to work with all of you to find the best ways to carry-out this responsibility.

We call on all community associations in the District of Columbia and nationwide to speak-out in defense of our democracy and join our community in taking action to address these existential challenges.


Statement from the Penn Branch Community Association Board of Directors (01-06-2021)

PBCCA Virtual General Body Meeting – Tuesday, 9/8/2020 @ 7:00 pm


PBCCA will host its first virtual General Body Meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm.

Please see the Zoom information below to join the meeting live or via conference call.

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Penn Branch Shopping Center Parking Lot Repair Update


While we’re waiting to find out details about the sale of Penn Branch Shopping Center, the parking lot restoration continues to move forward.

According to the Rappaport Company management team, the part of the parking lot that has been closed over the summer will reopen the week of September 5th, and phase 2, which includes the parking lot area in front of Wells Fargo, Subway, T-Mobil and Custom will close for resurfacing and renovation.

The shopping center will have the same traffic flow set up which includes: the installation of traffic arrows, traffic barriers and open signage’s as they did for Phase 1. Temporary signage stating “All Stores Open” banner has been installed on the roof.

Phase 2 is estimated to be completed, weather permitting, within 40 days. The parking attendant will remain on site as long as management deems it’s not necessary. I

Please continue to support the merchants and keep share your concerns with Penn Branch Citizens Civic association at [email protected]. Also, see our website (and Facebook or Twitter @pennbranchdc for additional updates, and we will share them with the management of the shopping center.

We will also keep you up to date about further developments about the sale and plans for the shopping center.  If you have a 2015-16 PBCCA membership card, most of the merchants will continue to honor your discount.

Thank You
Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association

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