Councilmember Vincent Orange Visits the BID

Right: Councilmember Vincent Orange with team members Ernest Hainesworth, Senior Site Supervisor Arnold Lee, Willie Taylor and Jerome Horne.

DC Councilmember Vincent Orange and members of his staff visited the BID on Thursday, August 1, to get an up-close look about how our BID operates. The Councilmember met with several of our “men in blue,” who talked about how their employment with the Capitol Hill BID has transformed their lives, particularly through the supportive services offered by our Ready, Willing & Working program.

Afterward, BID President Patty Brosmer and Operations Director Andrew Lee give Mr. Orange a driving tour of our service area in the BID truck. First the group saw the significant fire damage at Frager’s Hardware on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. They then visited Frager’s pop-up shop across from Eastern Market, which was setup just days after the fire. In route to the pop-up shop, Andrew noted the freshly painted utility box at the corner of 7th Street, SE, and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The box was coated with graffiti resistant paint and will serve as a test location to see how it stands up to potential graffiti as well as posters and stickers that are often stuck onto the boxes. If successful, Andrew and his team will paint all similar utility boxes within the BID service area.

Next, the group visited BID Board Member Bill Rouchell, who works atSapore Oil and Vinegar (660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE). They tasted numerous vinegars and olive oils as Bill described his relationship with the BID as an original board member. The group then stopped at Coldwell Banker Real Estate (605 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) where realtor Chuck Burger talked about the strong real estate market on Capitol Hill.

To complete their tour of the BID, the group met up with Martin Smith, executive director of Barracks Row Main Street, at the newly opened Persian restaurant Tash (524 8th Street, SE). The group munched on delicious kabob and hummus plates while Martin talked about Barracks Row’s supplemental service contract with the BID. For a final treat, the group went to Ted’s Bulletin where the manager had prepared samplings of pop tarts and milkshakes.

The Capitol Hill BID would like to thank Councilmember Orange for taking an interest in our service area. A big THANKS also goes to all of the BID members who participated in the tour by generously offering their time and samplings to the Councilmember and his staff.