The Week Ahead….And Community Connections Decides to Stay Put

Community Connections Building, 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE


The Week Ahead….And Community Connections Decides to Stay Put

Community Connections Is Staying Put

By Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night, Ishan Heru, Community Connections Chief Impact Officer, told ANC6B that Community Connections is staying in its current location and is looking forward to serving the community.  Heru offered no further details.  CHC caught up with him outside the meeting and asked if this asked if this means that the owners of the building have taken it off the market.  He replied that they had.  Asked why, Heru said “They didn’t get the offers they were expecting.  It was a financial exploration.”

CHC asked Heru if Dunking Donuts – rumored to be relocation elsewhere on Barracks Row – is staying put as well.  He replied, “They are one of our tenants.  No decision has been made on that.”

Last September, CHC reported that the Community Connections building had been put on the market.  The Washington Business Journal reported that the building had been listed at $18.8 million.

Community Connections, founded by Helen Bergman, MSW, and Maxine Harris, PhD, in 1984 is the largest not-for-profit behavioral health provider in the city, serving more than 3,000 clients annually.  In addition to behavioral health, they provide homelessness/housing and outpatient addiction services. They acquired the former furniture store for their headquarters in 2006 for $12.5 million.

The Week Ahead…

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Federal and DC Government Holiday.  No trash or recycling pickup.

Tuesday, January 21

ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, corner of 10th and G Streets, NE. 

Agenda not available at press time.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE. 

Agenda not available at press time.

Wednesday, January 22

ANC6B Barracks Row Working Group meets at 6:30pm, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, First Floor Conference Room.

Among items on the agenda: 

Presentation:  DC Office of Nightlife.

Review and update the vison mission and goals of the Barracks’ Row Working Group.

Discuss Restaurant Challenges: Why some are leaving the street I.e., Medium Rare.


UPDATE: Any safety concerns

400 block and the aggressive panhandling

Questions/ Ideas for Safety Improvements


Barrack’s Row Marketing Plan for the 2020 year

Review the Event Calendar for 2020

Collective Business Services:

Collective Snow Removal, Rat abatement, alley power washing and other services possible offered by Barracks Row Main Street for a fixed price.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm, North Hall, Eastern Market.

Among items on the agenda:

DGS Performance Oversight Meeting on February 27, 2020.

Update on the Strategic/Business Plan, Scott Betz

Report of the Market Manager

Status of Lease negotiations

Winter Operations Update

Marketing and advertising

Market Budget expenditures


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8 responses to “The Week Ahead….And Community Connections Decides to Stay Put

  1. Hillcurmudgeon

    our family no longer patronizes restaurants on Barracks Row. Drug deals in plain sight, people strung out on ketamine, aggressive panhandling, pot smoking, muggings on nearby blocks. Heck, MPD wouldn’t even take action against the skills living in a tent behind CVS for months. And then there’s the mediocrity of places like Nooshi, Matchbox and Ted’s Bulletin. Thankfully Bombay Street Food delivers.

  2. joyce jones

    Mediocrity! really. great places where you can find good,sometimes great, and maybe even healthy food! They are great go-to places when you eat out frequently.

    “Dine out a lot”

  3. John

    The non-stop panhandling and frequent overdoses on Barracks Row are reason #1 the the street is losing business.

  4. I have shopped at Yes! several times a week for years and am rarely panhandled. There are lost souls hanging around the corner, but in my experience they socialize among themselves.
    Second, I can’t speak of all the restaurants on the street, but Nooshi has long been a favorite & is quite family friendly.

    • Love Nooshi

      Love the Curry Noodles at Nooshi. Good stuff!

    • IK

      it depends which direction you are coming from… coming from the metro is very different. I stopped walking on 7/11 side of 8th street. it is a dead block. I am not sure how longer ChiKo will last… it is not only the drugs and overdoses; it is conflicts loud and verbal, sometimes violent and really aggressive panhandling… Barracks row is going downhill and it is evident.

  5. W

    CC should really consider co-locating closer to supportive service providers like shelters, meals programs, health services. CC services are badly needed but CC is isolated from related providers and they impose a travel burden on their clientele as well as a burden on the surrounding community. They are located near transit but not near other services their clients require.

    Moving to a more appropriate location seemed like a win-win for CC and community. I don’t object to their presence or even the occasional nuisance of vagrancy and added externalities on the community, but I struggle to see how this location best serves the intensive needs of their client base.

  6. Jimmy

    Community Connections has destroyed years of work to build up Barracks Row. The street is mostly a dump now with more vacant storefronts than I remember for a long time. I walk through about two-three times a week and it just gets worse. Who the hell is going to let their kids play on the new playground at the park? It was never this bad before Community Connections.