DDOT C Street, NE, improvements update. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will be present to give an introduction.
Public space permit application for an outdoor patio at the Capitol Square Bar and Grill at 1500 East Capitol Street.
Update on pending DDOT requests (time permitting)
H Street NE: Joint ANC letter, curb extension, and speed cameras
1200-1500 C Street Traffic Calming Assessment from 2017
All-way stop requests at 14th and A Streets NE, 15th and A Streets NE, 13th and I Streets, NE
Petition to officially name alley “Mamie Peanut Johnson Court.” The alley is the primary access for residences being constructed in the alley lot between 17th Street, 18th Street, E Street and D Street NE.
Request to DPW for a change in trash collection location for K and 9th Streets and West Virginia Avenue, NE, from the front of West Virginia Avenue NE to the alley.
Speed bump TSA for 1000 block 10th Street, NE, (intersection with Florida Avenue NE).
Discussion of pending 311 sidewalk requests.
300 Block 8th Street, NE – parking.
TUESDAY, JUNE 22
ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.
Discussion of amendment to the Pie Shop Settlement Agreement – Request by licensee to modify current Settlement Agreement to allow entertainment in outdoor spaces.
Discussion of amendment to the Gold Room Settlement Agreement – Request by licensee to modify current Settlement Agreement to allow entertainment in outdoor spaces on Sunday-Thursday 12:00 pm -10:00 pm, and Friday and Saturdays 12:00 pm -12:00 am.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23
ANC6A By Laws Review Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.
Discussion of the standard and approaches to be used for reviewing special exception requests to regulations governing the building of a rear wall that extends more than ten feet past an adjoining property.
1226 Duncan Place, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application for a special exception from the lot occupancy restrictions, the minimum rear yard requirements, and the rear addition restrictions, to raze an existing rear addition and construct a new, two-story, rear addition.
ANC6B Votes to Appeal DoorDash’s Building Permit for Capitol Hill DashMart
by Larry Janezich
Posted June 10, 2021
Last Tuesday night, ANC6B voted unanimously to appeal DoorDash’s building permit to renovate the old Frager’s building on E Street, based on their assertion that the site’s parking spaces and loading provisions are illegal.
Prior to the vote, ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Brian Holman told his colleagues that there are currently no legal parking spaces for the site and no legal loading platform. The practical effect is that DoorDash’s proposed business will interfere with the use of public space, specifically the sidewalk and E Street bike lane. He said he had received 46 emails supporting an appeal. If the appeal moves forward it goes to the Board of Zoning Adjudication for a hearing, possibly in January. In the interim, the permit could be withdrawn and revised and resubmitted.
(The Board of Adjudication could revoke the permit, or find that the use of non-conforming parking spaces and loading dock are ok owing to prior use.)
Neighbors say that DoorDash (according to their building permit) would bring a “storage of goods and delivery by drivers” business to the middle of an otherwise residential block. Such a business is not appropriate, they say; because some 100 vehicles will pick up orders every day, there are no legal parking spaces and no legal loading platform and that will interfere with the use of public space in front of the building.
DoorDash says there are no grounds for appealing the permit. DoorDash’s attorney, Kyrus Freeman, partner in the real estate section in the Washington office of Holland & Knight, says that DoorDash’s by-right project has non-conforming parking and loading space which is grandfathered in by Zoning Regulations.
Building owner John Weintraub’s attorney, James Loots, said that appealing a building permit to determine which tenant occupies the space is not an appropriate use of the law.
The open discussion revealed new details on the operation:
Hours of loading and pickup initially will be from 8:00am until midnight.
Deliveries will occur between the hours of 8:00am and midnight with 100 to 150 couriers (pedestrian, bike, and auto) over the course of a day.
If demand justifies it DoorMart could operate from 6:00am to 3:00am.
DoorDash has a five year lease on the space.
DoorDash is talking to DC Murals to add value to the building.
Josh Neergaard, DoorDash’s project manager, said that there is no legal basis for the appeal and that DoorDash views it as an abuse of the process. He said DoorDash could continue to operate while the building permit is under appeal. Cars will use parking in front of the building. Employees will use public transportation or park elsewhere. Vendors will be limited to use of small box trucks for deliveries. He said, “We are committed to operating responsibly and safely and will work with neighbors collaboratively on an operating plan. Whether the appeal goes through or not we will work in the building.”
During discussion of the motion to appeal, members of the Commission and nearby neighbors made the following points:
Commissioner Oldenburg: The bottom line is can loading be done legally? She said she would vote in favor of the appeal as the only way we may get an answer to the question.
Former Commissioner and nearby resident Nick Burger: An appeal triggers a Zoning process with the potential for neighbors to work out issues. Enforcing parking on public space and bike lanes is difficult.
Former Commissioner Chander Jayaraman: DoorDash has no control over their contract drivers – they can fall back on saying “We told them to do this – they didn’t do it….We should err on the side of caution”.
Neighbor: DoorDash drivers are contract employees and DoorDash has less responsibility for their actions.
Neighbor: What DoorDash sees as an abuse of the process is viewed by neighbors as their only opportunity to resolve problems if DoorDash makes promises they don’t keep.
Neighbor: Parking is inadequate for delivery drivers and employees.
Neighbor: The space is too small for the business DoorDash is trying to put there. How will DoorDash coordinate 100 drivers a day using those four spots?
Neighbor: The impact of the proposed use is counter to ongoing residential use of the block. Load is the real issue and we need to hold them legally accountable.
Winding up the debate, Holman asserted that any reading of the regulations requires a loading platform. He expressed disappointment that DoorDash did not reach out to the community prior to applying for building permit. He said that DoorDash’s claim that their operation will not be a detriment to the community is “an insult to us in the community” and he expressed gratitude to Frager’s for relocating in the neighborhood during their period of recovery.
Afterward, the motion to appeal the permit passed 9 – 0 (Commissioner Krepp was absent but had previously announced her support for the motion to appeal.)
Hayden’s, Inc., 700 North Carolina Avenue, SE. Renewal of Class “A” Retail Liquor License.
Chat’s Liquors, 503 8th Street, SE. Renewal of Class “A” Retail Liquor License.
818 Potomac Avenue, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application – Modification of Significance to change the principal use of and add special exception relief for the approved project at 818 Potomac Avenue, SE. Applicant wants to change the approved long term residency use to short term residency and remove the requirement for a loading dock
13 7th Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application for Area Variance to construct a rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
241 11th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application – infill dogleg; rebuild existing one-story garage as a two-story dwelling.
515 5th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application to construct two-story addition at rear.
647 A Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment and Historic Preservation Application for Special Exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story principal dwelling unit
Gandel’s Liquors, 211 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Tasting Endorsement for Class A Retail – Liquor Store.
JJ Mutt Wine & Spirits, 643 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Renewal of Class A Liquor License.
South East Market & Liquors, 1500 Independence Avenue, SE. Renewal of Class A Retail Liquor License.
World Wine and Spirits, 1453 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Renewal of Class A Liquor License with Tasting Endorsement.
Albert’s Liquors: 328 Kentucky Avenue, SE. Renewal of Class A Retail – Liquor License.
Harvest Tide Steak House: 212 7th Street, SE. Application for a Retailer’s Class C Restaurant License.
Santa Rosa Taqueria 301 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. Application to transfer a Class C Restaurant License to a new location.
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept: remove awning and bays at front and add two new door openings; add two window wells at west elevation and larger basement areaway at rear; new window openings at rear second story; new openings and cladding at rear one-story addition; new openings at one-story garage.
733 8th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application to add two stories plus penthouse to existing two-story building.
Potential Appeal of Building Permit for renovation of the former Frager’s Hardware store and 1323 E Street, SE.
Presentation: Executive Office of Mayor Bowser FY 2022 Proposed DC Budget – Dr. Chris Rodriguez, Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA).
$1,500 grant to Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid.
Resolution in support of rank choice voting.
Toki Underground at 1244 H Street, NE. Application for a Class C Tavern License.
Dangerously Delicious Pie Shop, 1339 H Street, NE. Request to amend Settlement Agreement to permit outdoor entertainment.
Exotic Wine & Spirits, 801 Maryland Avenue, NE. Application for a Class A Retailer’s License.
Cru Hemp Lounge at 816 H Street, NE. Application for a Class C Tavern license.
Letter of support for DDOT’s proposed Option 3 on the 800 and 900 blocks of West Virginia Avenue, NE, (1-way with protected bike lanes) plus additional traffic calming measures, such as high visibility raised crosswalks and/or speed humps.
Letter of support to DDOT for the permit application for Capitol Square Bar and Grill at 1500 East Capitol Street, provided that the application be amended by the applicant to provide 15 feet of passageway on all sides of the patio; the outdoor patio cease operations at 10:00 pm on Sunday – Thursday and 11:00 pm on Friday – Saturday; and the patio capacity be limited to 35 seats and 40 standing.
Letter of support to DDOT for a permit application to be filed or already filed for a reinforced fence at 1369 C Street NE, including a new enclosure of the driveway, provided that the fence design conforms to the existing fence height and openness.
Letter to DDOT requesting speed humps, raised crosswalks, and other traffic-calming measures on the 1500 block of Isherwood Street NE.
Letter to Mayor Bowser and the DC Council in support of full funding for the Vision Zero Act in DC’s FY22 budget.
Resolution providing comments regarding the DDOT’s draft MoveDC 2021 update.
Helicopters and Emergency Vehicles to Converge on US Capitol Building Monday Morning
by Larry Janezich
On Monday morning, the US Capitol Police will hold a routine training exercise with federal, state and local agencies which will involve emergency vehicles and low flying helicopters. Timing is uncertain, but the last one occurred – without notice – at 6:00am on a Sunday morning.
The notice of the event may have had something to do with CM Charles Allen unhappiness over that previous training event in February.
At the March meeting of ANC6C, Allen complained that several weeks earlier he was walking his dog near Stanton Park early one Sunday morning and saw military helicopters “30 feet off the ground” coming from the direction of RFK Stadium to the Capitol, without notice. He said that was “incredibly disrespectful to the Capitol Hill neighborhood” and he was visibly annoyed at the idea that someone in the Pentagon thought that a training mission to evacuate the US Capitol at 6:15am was a good idea.
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ANC6B Appears Ready to Take on DoorDash Over Parking/Loading Dock Issues
by Larry Janezich
Posted June 4, 2021
Last Tuesday, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full ANC appeal DCRA’s issuance of DoorDash’s building permit for renovation of the old Frager’s Hardware store at 1323 E Street, SE. DoorDash plans on using the location for a warehouse distribution center for last mile delivery of convenience items. The recommendation comes up before the full ANC at its meeting next Tuesday where passage is virtually certain.
DCRA’s appeal process is backed up owing to the pandemic and a hearing is not likely to occur until January. In the meantime, it’s unclear what happens to work on the project while an appeal is pending.
The Committee says the building permit is flawed – that it claims four private parking spaces and a loading dock when in reality the existence of those claims is based in part on the use of public space. In addition, the building permit does not address required screening, lighting, zoning use and trash issues.
Actually, Frager’s Hardware had operated at the location for years without its incursion into public space being challenged, but things are different now. When it opened the temporary Frager’s on E Street in 2015, the site was surrounded by commercial and non-residential property. Now the site is a commercial island in a sea of new high rise residential property. In 2015, neighbors and the city looked the other way in the aftermath of the devastating 2013 fire which destroyed the beloved store on Pennsylvania Avenue. Holman says, “It would be a shame if the neighbor’s leniency grandfathers in a greater nuisance.”
DoorDash Manager Josh Neergaard told the committee at last Tuesday night’s virtual meeting that he is committed to operating the parking and loading dock legally. He called the planned DoorMart a small convenience store with 10% pickup by purchaser and 90% delivered by foot, bike, or car within a 3 – 5 radius. He suggested there were ways to work around the problems perhaps by converting street parking into a commercial loading zone which would be used two or three times a day.
Holman said that the city could resolve the major issues by granting a special exception to accommodate the company’s needs, but DoorDash has not filed for a special exception. Holman stressed that any agreement with the ANC can’t be legally enforced – but a special exception granted by the city can. As is, he said, the site doesn’t comply with zoning restrictions and can’t be used without mitigation from the Zoning Commission.
Holman says the solution is going through the special exception process which would include mitigating the impact of the business on the neighborhood, and he hopes DCRA reexamines and revokes the permit on its face when it reviews it. The applicant can then revise the building permit application to address ANC concerns and resubmit. Holman allowed that no one good compromise will make everyone happy.
Former ANC6B Commissioner Nick Burger lives on the block and worries about DoorDash overburdening the site and then finding out it can’t handle it. He says that even with a valid permit there will be a use issue – what was formerly a retail outlet is now a warehouse. He and other nearby residents are concerned about the amount of traffic the business will attract to the street.
DoorDash To Open DC’s First DashMart in Frager’s former Location at 1323 E Street, SE.
by Larry Janezich
Posted May 31, 2021
Last week, ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Corey Holman told other ANC commissioners that DoorDash is opening a last-mile DashMart warehouse in the old Frager’s building at 1323 E Street, SE. The outlet will be the first in DC – another DashMart will open at 826 South Pickett Street in Alexandria.
DashMart is an online ordering service which opened in a number of major market centers last year. According to the company:
“DashMart is a new type of convenience store, offering both household essentials and local restaurant favorites to our customers’ doorsteps. On DashMart, you’ll find thousands of convenience, grocery, and restaurant items, from ice cream and chips, to cough medicine and dog food, to spice rubs and packaged desserts from the local restaurants you love on DoorDash.”
The service delivers convenience items and groceries in 30 minutes or less. In other areas, delivery fees are based on the size of the order but the company’s subscription service – DashPass at $10 a month – provides unlimited orders of $15 or more. Typically, deliveries occur between 8:00am and 11:00pm.
There’s a public space issue with the parking spaces in front of the building which may require a special exception from DDOT to resolve, but operations could begin next month. ANC6B may consider supporting a special exception for the parking at its virtual meeting Tuesday night. (ed. note. See Holman’s clarification in the comment below. )
The growth of the last-mile-logistics-for-everything is hot at the moment. Foxtrot Market has opened stores with on line shopping platforms and home delivery in Georgetown and Mt. Vernon Triangle. Last month, ANC6B’s ABC Committee voted to support a retail liquor license for an online alcohol (high-end spirits) delivery service which plans to operate from one of the upper floor spaces of the Hine Project at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue. At the ANC’s ABC Committee meeting some questions came up about how the business might result in an increase in pick- up traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue.
DoorDash, the nation’s largest food delivery provider, went public last year.
The splash pad at Eastern Market Metro Plaza opened for a trial run on Wednesday, two days in advance of the official opening of DC’s splash pads on Saturday. Not many taker’s Saturday or Sunday, but business is expected to improve during the coming week.
The Week Ahead…Highlight…Some Photos from the Past Week
Tuesday – Expansion of services at Southeast Library
Wednesday – ANC6B Transportation Committee. DDOT explains plans for prioritizing bikes and buses and asking for feedback from all users of the PA Ave Corridor.
Saturday – Volunteers needed for Neighborhood Clean-up Starting across from Eastern Market Metro.
TUESDAY, JUNE 1
Expansion of services at Southeast Library.
Patrons will be allowed to browse the collections and sit inside.
ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. Chair: Corey Holman
818 Potomac Avenue, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application. Modification of Significance to change the principal use to a hotel and for a special exception to eliminate the previously required and approved loading area.
13 7th Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application for a Special Exception to construct a rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
241 11th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review to infill dogleg and rebuild existing one-story garage as a two-story dwelling.
515 5th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review for a two-story addition at rear.
647 A Street, SE. Historic Preservation and Zoning Adjustment Application for Concept review and Special Exceptions for lot occupancy for two story rear addition and dogleg infill.
733 8th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review for addition of two stories plus penthouse to an existing non-contributing two story building for residential use with potential for ground floor retail.
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review of proposal to remove awning and bays at front and add two new door openings; add two window wells at west elevation and larger basement areaway at rear; new window openings at rear second story; new openings and cladding at rear one-story addition; new openings at one-story garage.
Potential Appeal of Building Permit – proposed DoorDash DashMart re resolution of parking spaces in public space.
232 10th Street, SE. Historic Preservation and Zoning Adjustment Applications for Concept review and a Special Exception to construct a three-story and roof deck rear addition to an existing attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 2
ANC 6B Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. Chair: Kirsten Oldenburg
622 Eye Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application – further-revised application for a special exception to convert an existing residential building into a five-unit apartment house and for variance relief from the 900-square-foot/unit
899-999 North Capitol Street, NE. (informational/non-voting) – Developers intend to file an application for design review to allow development of a mixed-use building with lodging and/or residential use and ground-floor retail uses and renovations and ground-level retail expansion of existing office buildings at 899-999 North Capitol Street, NE. The Property is located on the east side of North Capitol Street, NE between H and K Street, NE, and consists of approximately 134,579 square feet of land area located in the High Density Commercial land-use category on the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan. The project will redevelop Lot 854 with an up to 11-story, 130’ mixed-use building with up to approximately 163,788 square feet of gross floor area of lodging and/or residential use and up to approximately 8,000 square feet of retail/commercial use, along with introducing significant hardscaping and landscaping improvements. The project will also renovate the existing office buildings on Lots 853 and 855 and construct ground-level additions at the front of these buildings containing approximately 6,980 square feet of retail/commercial uses (and these buildings will also be reduced by approximately 5,306 square feet of office use).
THURSDAY, MAY 30
ANC6B ABC Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. Chair: Brian Ready.
Walking alley behind 308 and 310 A Street, NE. Owners of 308 and 310 A Street NE have submitted an application to close the walking alley behind 310 A Street, NE. The walking alley is between 7 and 8 feet wide and the closure does not change the main public alley in Square 785. The proposed closed walking alley property will be divided into two taxable lots and eventually reverted to the owners of 308 and 310 A Street, NE.
Dave Thomas Circle 65% Design Plans. DDOT hosted a virtual public meeting on May 17, 2021 to present the 65% design for the Florida Avenue-New York Avenue NE Intersection Project (“Dave Thomas Circle”). The meeting provided an opportunity for the public to learn about the latest key design elements, ask questions, and provide feedback to inform the designs. Comments are due by the end of the day on Friday, June 18, 2021. All project details are available at FloridaAveProject.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
Seeking Volunteers for Neighborhood Clean-up Starting at Eastern Market Metro
ANC6B Commissioner Edward Ryder sends:
On Saturday, June 5th at 10am, there will be another neighborhood cleanup starting near 900 D Street, SE, (across the street from the Eastern Market Metro Plaza). The plan is to spread out from there in different directions to ensure we clean as much of the neighborhood as possible.
I will have extra gloves and trash bags on hand, but please bring sunscreen, water, and your own trash picker. This event does also count for community service hours for DC public school students. Just be sure to see me after you’ve wrapped up so I can sign the service form. I’ll have a few extra forms on hand with me as well.
We will also have some special guests from the University of Tennessee – DC alumni chapter who are joining us for their annual Volunteering with the Vols event. You don’t need to be an alumnus to participate in the cleanup, but feel free to represent your own alma mater and partake in some friendly exchanges about sports or academics.
This cleanup is for the larger neighborhood, not just our corner of it, so please forward and invite anyone you know who might be interested in cleaning up the neighborhood!
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New on Barracks Row – DC’s First Sneaker Cleaning/Restoration Outlet
by Larry Janezich
Sole Wash – a new sneaker cleaning and restoration service – is receiving a warm welcome from nearby residents of the 400 block of Barracks Row. The service is the first real non-food service retail outlet to open on the block in years.
Sole Wash – which opened last Saturday at 427 8th Street, SE – is female/Black/Latino owned, all three of those qualities personified in owner Nichole Verdejo. As an Afro-Latina female in a historically male dominated industry, Verdejo is the first female to own a sneaker laundry – and one that happens to be DC’s first.
The outlet was cultivated under Footage Society, a premier sneaker boutique in Laurel, MD, founded by Verdejo and two partners. Since 2015, with the support of her Footage Society co-owners, she has grown Sole Wash into a leading service provider, specializing in sneaker cleaning and restoration. In 2019, Sole Wash was officially established as a sister company to Footage Society and plans were laid to expand to the District. Verdejo said the choice of location was between H Street, NE, and Barracks Row and she ended up on Barracks Row, citing its friendliness to new retail.
Sole Wash also sells new sneakers and exhibits sneaker art – including a prototype for a high heeled sneaker and porcelain commemorative sneakers.
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