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Economic Development Along Penn Ave SE (Parts I & 2)


On Tuesday, March 9th and April 13th we discussed economic development in our area

During our General Body Meeting on Tuesday, April 13th, PBCA will host part two of our discussion about economic development in our community. Our guests this month will be, Anthony J. Startt from Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, owners of The Shops at Penn Branch and Faith Broderick from the DC Office of Planning (OCP) will be returning.

About the OCP Small Area Plan

Also don’t forget to attend the upcoming OCP community townhall on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00pm to address the development of a Small Area Plan for the Pennsylvania Avenue East corridor. https://publicinput.com/PennAveSEPlan

The plan will focus on enhancing a safe, accessible, and vibrant public realm; encouraging economic development and retail opportunities; improving transportation access and connectivity; and exploring housing opportunities to improve access for upward mobility.


April Meeting Agenda

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Economic Development Part 1

PBCA General Body Meeting, March 9th 2021

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APRIL 13, 2021

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.


“Parks, Recreation and Environment:” Watch Our Tuesday, February 9th Community Meeting

Click on the image above to watch a video of our Tuesday, Feb.9th, General Body Meeting. PBCA hosted panel discussion about our area parks and environment. Guest panelist included: Watani Hatcher, DC Parks and Recreation (DPR), Trey Sherard, Anacostia River Keepers, Josh Burch with DC Office of Energy and Environment (DOEE), Michael Chambers, II and Ann Hounious from National Park Service / National Capital Parks East (NPS/ NACE)

Topic: PBCA Monthly General Body Meeting
Time: Feb 9, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Relieving Cabin Fever

Stan Benton, PBCA President
Stan Benton, PBCA President

As COVID-19 keeps trying all of our patience, we hope to relieve some of your cabin fever by having a panel of speakers at this week’s meeting that’ll talk about the parks and recreation in the area.

Hopefully, this will give you new ideas on things you can do safely outside the house.  The COVID vaccine rollout isn’t going as smooth as it could be. Those that meet the requirements (65 and older and/or working in a health care setting in DC) should regularly check out DC’s Coronavirus website at https://coronavirus.dc.gov to see where they can sign up to receive the vaccine. I highly recommend everyone to go to that website and sign up for their alerts via email or text. This will help keep you up to date on the latest COVID issues for DC residents. Let’s check in on our neighbors to see if they need assistance with those tasks.

As you know, the Block Captains are an essential part of our PBCA communications. If you don’t know who your Block Captain is or if you are not receiving email updates from us, please let us know by dropping us a note at: [email protected], or by giving me a call at 240-416-9221 . And lastly, we have many new neighbors. If you’re not a PBCA member yet, please either reach out to your Block Captain or get on our website at pennbranchdc.org to join.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

Stan Benton,
PBCA President

Calling All Cooks and Bakers for the Penn Branch Recipe Project!


We need your recipes for the Penn Branch Community Cookbook

The PBCA Board is putting together a Penn Branch Community Cookbook and we want to include you!  Since we have fewer opportunities to plan in-person events and interact with families across the neighborhood during the pandemic, this is an opportunity for long-time residents and younger families to connect through cooking.

We will gather together the recipes into a document and post them on the PBCA website.