Eastern Market Advisory Committee Plans Restructure

Change is coming to Eastern Market.

Eastern Market Advisory Committee Plans Restructure to Focus on Future Health of Market

by Larry Janezich

Posted December 5, 2022

Last Wednesday night, the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC), began consideration of a series of restructuring moves prompted by long standing concerns over the future of the Market.  The concerns have been heightened by a growing recognition of Eastern Market’s vulnerability in terms of support from the city owing to erosion of the tax base because of continuing stress in the commercial real estate market.

EMCAC is a community-based advisory body and has no real power re governance of the Market.  The Market is managed by the Department of General Services (DGS), which is not really in the business of running a business, and though DGS’s management has been adequate for the day to day management of operations, the agency itself appears to have little interest in utilizing city resources to invest in the long term financial well-being of the Market.  EMCAC appears ready to step in to fill the vacuum and seems to have the support of Ward 6 CM Charles Allen.

The restructuring proposals came out of a brain-storming retreat on November 9, where EMCAC members and Eastern Market Manager Barry Margeson came up with a list of politically and financially feasible actions meant to further the goal of promoting financial stability of the market. 

Several of the proposals were brought up for consideration at last Wednesday’s meeting.  These proposals are part of a larger plan which will be pursued depending on early success of the initial actions. 

The first action EMCAC agreed to was to consider the expansion of EMCAC membership and to reorganize EMCAC’s committee structure.  Currently the Eastern Market statute limits EMCAC voting membership to 11 members.  There is one seat vacant.  The statute allows bringing on new members by a 75% vote of EMCAC but once the 11 seats are filled, new non-voting member organizations can also be added by 75% vote.  According to EMCAC Chair Chuck Burger, this action item will include taking a look at tweaking the law to allow more voting members.  Under the statute, potentially eligible new organizations must be broad-based and long standing in the community.  The committee authorized Burger to seek out potential organizations and submit a list of possible candidates for discussion. 

In conjunction with expanding EMCAC, the committee considered a proposal to re-organize and expand EMCAC’s committee structure.  The need for at least one new committee in particular was cited – an Outreach Standing Committee to manage digital and social media outreach as well as oversee outreach to solicit new EMCAC volunteers.  Burger said he would make recommendations regarding a new committee structure including the establishment of a new committee and detail the responsibilities of each committee by January. 

EMCAC also agreed to a third action, to explore establishing EMCAC as a 501C3.  According to Burger, nothing currently bars EMCAC from going out and raising money, but funds raised go into a city-controlled Enterprise Fund.  Burger said, “If we raise money [for operational costs], we want to control it.”  He said this would require a minor tweak of the legislation, and the committee authorized EMCAC Treasurer Tom Kuchenburg to investigate the possibility of setting up EMCAC as a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Further initiatives are expected to be forthcoming, building on the success of the initial proposals.  In addition to the major initiatives above, the Committee also agreed to several other proposals which were generated in the retreat.  Among these: 

  • Obtaining a “seat at the table” to discuss the update of the Natatorium. The city is expected to begin discussions next spring with the issuance of a Request for Proposals for concepts regarding what can be done on the renovation of the city-owned building.   EMCAC wants to insure they have a voice for input, influence and information in the planning process.
  • Creating an Emergency Response Subcommittee to discuss security and safety and examining both the need and the cost benefits ratio.
  • Creating a plaque to honor long time EMCAC Chair Donna Scheeder.
  • Investigating the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing leases for the inside South Hall Vendors vs keeping the status quo of no leases.

EMCAC will not meet in December, and will next meet on Wednesday, January 25th.

10 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

The Week Ahead … & Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted December 4, 2022

Enrollment up at Eastern High.  Last Monday night, ANC6B’s Community Outreach Committee held its virtual annual education forum and heard from several principals and officials from Capitol Hill Schools.  Among them was the new principal of Eastern High, Steve Miller.  Miller reported that enrollment at Eastern High continues to increase and is projected to increase next school year:  (2021 – 728)  (2022-2023 – 835)  (2023-2024 –  projected 895).  Miller attributed the growth to “the strength of a lot of the schools feeding into us and as the result of more families choosing to stay on the Hill.”

Among wide range of education and extra curricular opportunities offered by Eastern High:   International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (early college credit in HS), Honors Cohorts, NAF Academy of Health Services (grads are EMT certified), 18+ Athletic teams, E-Sports Team, The Blue and White Marching Machine Band and Lady Gems Dance Squad, and JROTC cadet training.

Since the committee will not meet in December, the night’s meeting was the last for resident Chair Roni Hamilton’s since redistricting placed her residence in Ward 7 as of January 1.

Here’s a photo of Eastern Marker’s North Hall on Saturday afternoon – many street vendors had opted to set up inside owing to the heavy rain earlier in the day.

Some vendors displayed offerings outside the market after the weather cleared in the afternoon.

Kashmir Boutiques at 760 C Street is closing its doors.  The shop opened on July 1, 2021.  

Last week, the Capitol Hill Christmas tree (in the background) nicknamed “Big George” after George Didden, was lit to great fanfare and large crowds.  Meanwhile, a companion tree – ” Little George” – maintains a stately presence near the playground on the NE quadrant of the Metro Plaza.  

The Week Ahead … & Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted December 4, 2022

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Tuesday, December 6

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • 531 12th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Concept Review. Third story-addition and roof deck garden, new front window well and expanded areaway.
  • 647 G Street, SE. Historic Preservation Concept Review. New three-story rear addition.
  • Motion to withdraw ANC6B applications for Barney Circle Historic District as the entirety of the application is no longer in ANC6B.

Wednesday, December 7

ANC6B Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/   

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • 9th & I Streets, SE, Intersection Traffic Study Request – Scott Kratz
  • Community Petition for Stoplight at 11th and D Streets, SE – Joe Howard, 400 11th Street, SE.
  • Speed Hump Request for 300 block of 3rd Street, SE – Eric Monaghan & Frank Avery

Thursday, December 8

ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Control Committee will not meet this month.

                                                                                  ***

ANC6A will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Community Presentations

  • Safety improvements at West Virginia Avenue NE and 8th Street NE & West Virginia Avenue, NE and 9th Street, NE – District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Consent Agenda

Community Outreach Committee

  • Motion that ANC6A honor Edna Jane “EJ” Truax with the ANC 6A Good Neighbor Award at the December 2022 ANC 6A meeting.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing

  • Motion that ANC6A recognize a change in the membership of the ABL Committee, reflecting the departures from the Committee of Ian Stanford (as of 11/1/2022) and Mona Hatoum (as of 12/1/2022), and the upcoming departure of Mike Velazquez (as of 1/1/2023), resulting in an ABL Committee membership consisting of incumbent members Erin Sullivan, Kara Hughley, Joe Krisch, and Mike Velasquez as of 12/1/2022, and Sullivan, Hughley, and Krisch as of 1/1/2023.
  • Motion that ANC6A write a letter of support in favor of Daru at 1451 Maryland Avenue, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC6A take no action with regard to the application of Hill Prince at 1337 H Street NE,for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC6A take no action with regard to the application of Nomad Hookah Bar at 1200 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC6A take no action with regard to the application of Ocean Lounge at 1220 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC 6A take no action with regard to the application of The Pug/Toki Underground at 1234 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC6A take no action with regard to the application of The Haymaker Bar at 1015 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC6A write a letter of support in favor of The Elroy at 1423 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC6A oppose the license renewal application of On the Rocks, at 1242 H Street, NE, unless a settlement agreement is entered into prior to the protest date.
  • Motion that ANC6A write a letter of support in favor of Bronze DC at 1245 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC 6A oppose the application of Sol Mexican Grill at 1251 H Street NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Motion that ANC 6A oppose the application by Cru Lounge at 1360 H Street, NE, for a Class C Restaurant License unless a settlement agreement is entered into prior to the protest date. Further, that if a settlement agreement is entered into prior to the protest date, ANC 6A write a letter of support in favor of the applicant’s request for a stipulated license.
  • Motion that ANC6A oppose the application by Noble Convenience and Tobacco at 1305 H Street, NE, for a Class A Liquor Store License unless a settlement agreement is entered into prior to the protest date.

Transportation and Public Space

  • Motion that ANC 6A send a letter to DDOT opposing Chick-Fil-A’s application for a taller fence because the DC code does not allow fences greater than the current 42 inches in public space, and exceptions are only for high-security sites such as embassies.
  • Motion that ANC 6A send a letter to DDOT requesting that ANCs receive 30 days notice to review public space applications because ANCs meet only once a month.
  • Motion that ANC6A send a letter to DDOT recommending the installation of an all-way stop at the intersection of 16th and East Capitol Streets, NE and SE, and in that letter it should state that safety reasons necessitating the action are to mitigate crashes, and improve pedestrian, bicycle and student safety in the immediate area.
  • Motion that ANC6A send a letter to DDOT requesting traffic calming or speed for the 300 to 700 blocks of 19th , NE, and in making that recommendation we would also reference various open TSIs for that stretch.
  • Motion that ANC6A send a letter to DDOT recommending the creation of a reasonably-sized loading zone on a portion of the 1500 block of East Capitol Street, NE (north side), recommend loading zone restrictions apply 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, and allow the prevailing residential parking permit (RPP) designation with exceptions at all other times, recommend the ANC include in its letter a recommendation to install Zone 6 RPP signs with a 2-hour exception for any remaining curbside parking that is presently ambiguously signed and that is not used for a loading zone.

Economic Development and Zoning Committee

  • Motion that ANC6A send a letter of support to BZA for the request for special exception zoning and other relief to construct two new, semi-detached, four-story, 4-unit, apartment houses at 1717 E Street, NE, in the RF-1 zone with the caveat that the owner make best efforts to get a letter of support from the neighbor at 1709 E Street, NE.

                                                                                         ***

Plenary Session: 

Economic Development and Zoning

  • Motion that ANC6A send a letter of support to BZA for the request for specialbexception zoning and other relief to permit a health care facility for up to 15 persons in an existing, three-story, detached building at 1022 Maryland Avenue.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Holiday Pop Up Art Sale at CHAW this Saturday 12pm-4pm

Holiday Pop Up Art Sale at CHAW this Saturday 12pm-4pm

Posters – Cards – Prints – Paintings – Photography

Posters – Cards – Prints – Paintings – Photography

Location: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th Street, S.E.

Visit the Artists’ tables in the CHAW gallery for a wide range of artistic creations for your holiday shopping. Items include: cards, posters, original art and holiday-themed art.

Artists:

  • Carolyn Rondthaler
  • Anne Barnes
  • Karen Cohen
  • Grace Reynolds
  • Julie Byrne

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Week Ahead … & Some Photos from the Past Week

ICYMI, the Washington Business Journal reported that the city is considering bringing in a new developer for the Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club at 261, 17th Street, SE.  Many proposals have been put forth over the years, but none have borne fruit.  Now Morningstar Community Development has a plan for 35 condos – 5 offered at 50% AMI, six at 80% AMI, and the remaining 24 at 120% AMI.  The proposal envisions the city transferring the property to Morningstar for $1 which would permit development.  DC regulations require that 30% of the units in developments on city-owned land be affordable.  If the DC Council’s Committee on Business and Economic Development approves the deal it would go to the full City Council for consideration.  https://www.bizjournals.com/   (Thanks, Jeff Tara)

Also, ICYMI WAPO had an article on Chicago artist Jim Bachor who contracts with individuals and organization to fill potholes with concrete topped with a mosaic.  This one, on H Street, NE in front of Solid State Books, was commissioned by #Relist/Wolves Campaign to relist the Rocky Mountain Norther Wolf as an endangered species.  Bachlor has installed 108 pieces around the country, including Nashville, Philadelphia, NYC and Los Angeles.  For more, go here:  http://bit.ly/3ANDGBO 

And speaking of installations, here’s Triple Candie’s latest – Spiderwoman’s Theater – on view at the former Li’l Pub, 655 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

The paint is barely dry on this mural on the north side of Goding Elementary School at 920 F Street, NE.  The title is “Wings 2022” by Miss Chelove.   Cita Sadeli, also known as Miss Chelove, is an independent Washington DC-based art director, muralist, designer and illustrator. She is the former Co-Founder of art + interactive agency Protein Media (based in Washington DC and Brooklyn, NYC).  For more, see here:  https://chelove.com/

Finally, here are three shots of the crowd at last night’s Capitol Hill Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. 

The Week Ahead … & Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted, November 27, 2022

Monday, November 28

ANC6A Community Outreach Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/ 

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • Eastern High School
  • Eliot Hine Middle School
  • SWS Elementary School
  • Ludlow Taylor Elementary School
  • Miner Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School

Tuesday, November 29

ANC6B’s Executive Committee will hold a virtual meeting to set the agenda for the December meeting of the full ANC.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/  

Thursday, December 1

ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/ 

Agenda not available at press time.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Photo Essay: The 16th Annual Capitol Hill Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kathy Didden throws the switch and lights the Capitol Hill Christmas Tree on Saturday evening. 

This year, the special programmed light show with music will play throughout December at the top of the hour from 5:00pm to 10pm.  The display is being presented in partnership with Barracks Row Main Street and DC DPR.  

Hundreds of Capitol Hill residents turned out for the lighting ceremony.

The local quartet Joyous Voices welcomed reverlers with holiday carols as the community gathered.

Patty Brosmer, President, Capitol HilllLBID, welcomed the crowd.  The Capitol Hill Bid, along with Barrack Row Main Street and the DC Department of Public Works sponsored the event.

The Capitol Hill BID engaged Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU’s Political Hour, and Tom Sherwood, former WAPO reporter and current political analyst and City Paper congtributor, to be the Masters of Ceremony.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Suzuki Strings performed.

As did the Washington Youth Choir.

Ward 6 Councilmember Charls Allen called the event the marquee for the Eastern Market Plaza space and shows “what an amazing community we live in … the amazing place we call home…I’m excited to be kicking this off … we love this tradition and love sharing it with you.” 

Vocalist Adalia Jimenez returned this year and just prior to the tree lighting, sang what has become part of the tradition, the song Sunny, written and made famous by singer/songwriter Bobby Hebb as a tribute to and in memory of his older brother.   

Kathy Didden with grandchildren.

Photo Essay: The 16th Annual Capitol Hill Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

by Larry Janezich                     

Posted November 27, 2022

Hundreds of Capitol Hill residents gathered at Eastern Market Metro Plaza on Saturday evening to welcome the winter holidays with the 16th Annual Lighting of the Capitol Hill Christmas Tree.  Here’s how the tradition began. 

In 2007, the Capitol Hill BID planted a 20-foot evergreen tree in the large circle garden near what is now the playground on the NE quadrant of Metro Plaza to honor their founding President George Didden, III.  That same year, Didden was stricken with a devastating illness.  In light of his precarious condition, the Capitol Hill BID had a larger monumental tree installed on the SW quadrant near the entrance to the Metro. 

On December 7, 2007, the community came together to celebrate the lighting of the original smaller tree for the first time.  A few weeks later, Didden passed away – but with the knowledge that both trees – the newer “Big George” and the original (now known as “Little George”) were in place. 

Little George succumbed to disease in 2019 and was no longer decorated for the holidays.  Big George – also known as “Sonny” – Didden’s nickname – still flourishes and now stands at 40’ in Didden’s honor.  This is the tree that was lit Saturday night by Kathy Didden, wife of the late George Didden.  She has flipped the switch to in the tree lighting ceremony since 2007. 

The tree is decorated by the Capitol Hill BID’s “Men in Blue” every December, and illuminated in front of the Capitol Hill community to kick off the holiday season.

The special programmed light show with music, presented in partnership with Barracks Row Main Street and DC DPR will play throughout December from at the top of the hour from 5:00pm to 10pm. 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

PRINT SALE TO SUPPORT Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Community Programs

Here’s a selection of some of the prints. Orders must be placed by mid-night November 30.  Place orders and see the whole collection at  http://bit.ly/3u0OAk1

PRINT SALE TO SUPPORT Capitol Hill Arts Workshop  Community Programs

 By Elizabeth Eby

Posted November 25, 2022

CHAW (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) Announces a flash sale of prints by over 20 affiliated local artists.  Bright and colorful, decorative or thoughtful, there are over 20 to choose from.  They are printed on 8×10 archival paper, unsigned editions. This is a standard size so inexpensive frames are available from art supply or craft stores.  Any one of them would make a perfect gift for someone on your list– Or maybe yourself.  All proceeds will benefit CHAW outreach workshops and tuition assistance for children. Prints are $50 each and will be delivered by December 30.

Orders must be placed by mid-night November 30.  Place orders and see the whole collection at  http://bit.ly/3u0OAk1

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

H Street El Sol’s Liquor License Threatened as ANC Committee Votes to Recommend Protesting Renewal

El Sol Mexican Grill at 1251 H Street, NE, is the target of a liquor license protest by ANC6A’s Alcohol Licensing Committee.

Neighbors cited a long litany of complaints about multiple quality of life and safety issues about the alley behind El Sol, Pow-Pow, and the expected arrival of a new restaurant, Bronze, in the space formerly occupied by Milk & Honey.

H Street El Sol’s Liquor License Threatened as ANC Committee Votes to Recommend Protesting Renewal

by Larry Janezich

Posted November 23, 2022

Last night, ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee rose up and voted unanimously to protest the renewal of the liquor license for El Sol Mexican Grill at 1251 H Street, NE.  Neighbors whose homes back up the restaurant cited on-going issues regarding rodents, trash, noise, delivery trucks, and sanitation, as well and gatherings which sometimes result in criminal activity in the alley behind the restaurant.  Residents say that restaurant owner Fernando Postigo pays them lip service affirming his concern about the issues but never takes action to address them.

Postigo presented his application for El Sol’s liquor license renewal.  He addressed complaints which he said neighbors had raised about trash, noise from the 2nd floor bar District Daiquiri, and security in the alley.  He asserted that a long-idle trash compactor would begin operating within a month, that he had committed to installing lights and security cameras in the alley, and that he hadn’t had any recent complaints about noise from the 2nd floor bar’s rear balcony.  He admitted to several DOH citations on trash and to an upcoming ABRA hearing whether District Daiquiri was a second business operating on El Sol’s liquor license.  He also admitted that the security camera in the alley had not been operational for 45 days. 

Mike Velasquez, current resident member of the Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee and Commissioner-elect for the Single Member District where El Sol resides, said that neighbors’ concerns are widely shared in the nearby community.  Velasquez:  “When I scheduled a listening session on this I had to schedule a second meeting to accommodate the number of people who wanted o register their concerns.  Frankly the public outcry is overwhelming….Neighbors have engaged directly with the establishment and its management.  For years they have been proactive and attempted to be constructive and for years their concerns have gone unheeded by the management.  My duty… is to stand up for them and say we are done with the poor practices of this establishment.  If this establishment can’t be a good neighbor they can close down their operation on H Street and focus their efforts on operating their other establishments.”

Velasquez pointed out that the restaurant had never been in compliance with the 2016 Settlement Agreement governing operations for El Sol regarding sanitation after garbage pickup, prohibiting dumpsters on public space, and physically identifying trash containers used by El Sol.  He submitted recent photos which substantiated the claim. 

Given the opportunity to respond, Postigo apologized and said there are a lot of things going on in alley but that he has no control of the alley – “people can go there.” 

Committee Chair Erin Sullivan pointed out that things which Postigo can control are apparently not being done – such as the provisions of the 2016 Settlement Agreement.  She said, “It is very unusual to have this level of years and years and years of complains being raised without a resolution.”

A Wednesday afternoon visit to the alley behind El Sol brought out Marie, El Sol’s manager.  She said she had had a call from management this morning stressing that greater effort needed to be made on the alley.   She said she had ordered the installation of a light and camera on the cement block pillar overlooking the alley behind El Sol and went to some lengths to demonstrate the cleanliness of the trash containers, the closed grease barrel, and the absence of rodents.  As Postigo did last night, she reiterated that she couldn’t control the alley, but pledged to keep the gate to the area holding the trash compactor (pictured above) locked. She said she had instructed trucks delivering to El Sol twice a week to not use the alley.  Finally, she pointed to trash cans of neighbors down the alley as being part of the problem which she can’t control. 

She said that starting immediately access to the balcony used by patrons of District Daiquiri would be locked.  She has ordered removal of the red cooler and accumulated old furniture from the landing below the balcony and ordered power washing of the alley.  She said the area below the below the landing holding the old furniture and the alley fence does not belong to El Sol. 

This image shows El Sol’s trash cans – which are supposed to be labeled – and the broken lights an cameras on the rear wall of the former Milk & Honey/Smith Commons, suggesting other near by business will need to be engaged in the effort. Marie says the blue trash containers will be removed once the compactor is operational. 

Some committee members sought a middle ground, suggesting a conditional protest based on resolutions of issues raised during the meeting.  Discussion suggested that was impractical and Commissioner-elect Velasquez made a motion to recommend the full ANC protest the license renewal at it’s meeting in December 8.  The motion passed unanimously. 

A protest to a liquor license triggers a set of ABRA protest procedures.  A protest letter filed before the petition deadline results in a Roll Call Hearing where an ABRA agent determines if the protesting parties have standing (ANC’s automatically have status).  Dates are set for 1) Mediation to seek dispute resolution, 2) a Status Hearing where parties come before the board to discuss the status of the protest, and 3) a Protest Hearing – a formal hearing conducted by ABRA where both parties present arguments and witnesses.  The Board issues a written order within 90 days.  Many protest cases are resolved by mediation overseen by ABRA. 

Comments Off on H Street El Sol’s Liquor License Threatened as ANC Committee Votes to Recommend Protesting Renewal

Filed under Uncategorized

The Week Ahead…& Update on RFK

EventsDC has installed a live construction camera on the roof of the DC Armory to record the demolition of RFK Stadium.  Photo: EventsDC.  See here:  http://eventsdc.com/venue/rfk-stadium/live-demolition-camera

Update on RFK Demolition

Last Monday night, EventsDC held its virtual quarterly public meeting to discuss of the status of the demolition of RFK and the Farewell RFK Stadium Campaign. 

Structural demolition of RFK is on track to start next year and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. 

Lower bowl seats are being removed and prepared for sale.  Photo: EventsDC.

EventsDC has received its Selective Demolition permit.  Smoot Construction has begun demolition of the non-structural elements of RFK such as restrooms, windows, and seats.  Smoot will continue abatement of asbestos through the fall and winter of 2022.  As deconstruction continues, a comprehensive rodent control plan for the site and the perimeter will be implemented.  Once trucks become active around the site, a traffic control plan will be imposed.  Noise, dust and vibration levels around the site are monitored regularly.

Inside the stadium, construction crews are working from the top of the stadium down to the service level.  Smoots has been removing the iconic orange seats from the lower bowl.  As part of EventsDC’s Farewell RFK Stadium campaign, these seats and other commemorative merchandise (TBA) such as turnstiles will be available for sale on line.  See here:  www.StadiumSeatDepot.com  Purchased seats may be picked up December 14 – 16 on the RFK Festival Grounds, Lot 8. 

An RFK construction camera live feed of stadium from the roof of the Armory is up and will not only record the events but provide a future time lapse video of the demolition.

See here for more information and demolition updates http://eventsdc.com/venue/rfk-stadium

The Week Ahead…

Monday, November 21

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee Meeting will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • DDOT updates on 1300 block of North Carolina Avenue, NE, Lincoln Park, 11th Street NE plan, and other pending TSIs.
  • Update on DDOT’s Electric Vehicle curbside charging program.
  • Constituent concerns re: speed tables on 1300 block of D Street, NE.
  • Chik-Fil-A Public Space Permit Application. Consideration of two proposed motions relating to the restaurant’s application to DDOT for a fence higher than 42 inches. 
    1. Recommend that ANC 6A send a letter to DDOT opposing Chik-Fil-A’s application for a taller fence, because the DC code does not allow fences greater than the current 42 inches in public space, and exceptions are only for high-security sites such as embassies.
    2. Recommend that ANC 6A send a letter to DDOT requesting that ANCs receive more than 23 days to review public space applications because ANCs meet only once a month.
  • Washington Gas contractor obstruction of bike lanes at Florida Avenue, NE, between 10th and 11th Streets, NE.
  • Request for support for an Art Block Party event and mural painting on H Street NE by community group Our Climate.
  • Consideration of traffic safety improvements at 16th and East Capitol Streets, NE/SE, and 16th and A Streets, NE.
  • Consideration of traffic safety improvements on the 300-600 block of 19th Street, NE.
  • Discussion of improving curbside signage and/or requesting loading zone for a portion of the 1500 block of East Capitol Street, NE, (the north side).

Tuesday, November 22

ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here: https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Renewal Applications:

  • Daru at 1451 Maryland Avenue, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Hill Prince at 1337 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Nomad Hookah Bar at 1200 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Ocean Lounge at 1220 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • The Pug/Toki Underground at 1234 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • The Haymaker Bar at 1015 H Street, NE, renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • The Elroy at 1423 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.
  • Sol Mexican Grill at 1251 H Street, NE, for renewal of its Class C Tavern License.

New License Applications: 

  • Application by Cru Lounge at 1360 H Street, NE, for a Class C Restaurant License.
  • Application of Noble Convenience and Tobacco at 1305 H Street, NE, for a Retailer’s Class A Liquor Store License.

Comments Off on The Week Ahead…& Update on RFK

Filed under Uncategorized

Capitol Hill ANC Election Returns as of Sunday, November 13 & Some Observations

Capitol Hill ANC Election Returns as of Sunday, November 13 & Some Observations

by Larry Janezich

Posted November 14, 2022

Here are the results of the election in the 43 ANC Single Member Districts on or near Capitol Hill, including those Single Member Districts of Hill East now in Ward 7 (including 7D05 Kingman Park in Ward 7 formerly in Ward 7) and those in Navy Yard now in Ward 8.  Winning candidates are marked with an asterisk.  The five contested elections are in BOLD.

Observations:

  • Amber Gove won reelection in ANC6A after overcoming a recall effort.
  • Also in ANC6A, Commissioner Chatterjee prevailed in a challenge by Christina Goodlander.
  • Only two incumbents sought reelection in ANC6B which lost decades of experience because long time incumbents decided not to run.
  • ANC6B has a gender bias favoring men.
  • Former Commissioner, ANC6B Chair, and city council candidate Chander Jararaman returns to the ANC as commissioner.
  • ANC6C will miss the evenhandedness of Chair Karen Wirt who did not seek reelection.
  • Former Commissioner and ANC6D Chair Gail Fast returns to the ANC as commissioner.
  • ANC7D will have the majority of its Single Member Districts on the west side of the Anacostia River.
  • Commissioner and ANC6D Chair Edward Daniels who was redistricted out of ANC6D was elected as a new commissioner for ANC 8F.
  • Write in votes in races with no candidate on the ballot are counted as regular votes and presumably winners will be announced.
  • Apparently, regulations require a special election in ANC7D10 because Alison Horn’s name appeared on the ballot despite the fact she had withdrawn from the election on October 18.  Horn garnered 570 votes.

ANC6A – 7 seats – 4 new commissioners

  • ANC6A01 Christina Goodlander  155  25.12 %
  • *ANC6A01 Keya Chatterjee   452  73.26%
  • *ANC6A02 Mike Velasquez  672  96.69%
  • *ANC6A03 Roberta Shapiro  404 52.81%
  • ANC6A03 Nicole “Nikki” Delcasale  347  45.36%
  • *ANC6A04 Amber Gove  643  69.44%
  • ANC6A04 Alexandra Kelly  274  25.59%
  • *ANC6A05 Laura Gentile  728  97.59%
  • *ANC6A06 Robb Dooling  633  95.48%
  • *AND6A07 Stephen Moilanen  578  93.98%

ANC6B – 9 seats – 7 new commissioners

  • *ANC6B01 Frank Avery  561  94.76%
  • *ANC6B02 Gerald “Jerry” Sroufe  590  96.09%
  • *ANC6B03 David Sobelsohn 547  94.15%
  • *ANC6B04 Francis “Frank” D’Andrea  517  95.39%
  • *ANC6B05 Kasie Durkit  592  97.05%
  • *ANC6B06 Chander Jayaraman – 741  94.88%
  • *ANC6B07 Vince Mareino  751 96. 9%
  • *ANC6B08 Edward Ryder 426  97.71%
  • *ANC6B09 Matt LaFortune 710  97.39%

ANC6C – 7 seats – 4 new commissioners

  • *ANC6C01 Christy Kwan 432  77.98%
  • ANC6C01 Lauren Kuritz  111  20.04%
  • *ANC6C02 Leslie Merkle  502  91.11%
  • *ANC6C03 Jay Adelstein  642  94.69%
  • *ANC6C04 Mark Eckenweiler  497  96.69%
  • *ANC6C05 Joel Kelty  624  95.85%
  • *ANC6C06 Patricia Eguino  554  95.68%
  • *ANC6C07 Tony Goodman  504   97.39%

ANC6D – 8 seats – 4 new commissioners

  • *ANC6D01 Bob Link  377  96.42%
  • ANC6D02 Tom Seidman  180  32.49%
  • *ANC6D02 Ron Collins  353  63.72%
  • *ANC6D03 Gail Fast  517  94.34%
  • ANC6D04 (No candidate on ballot)  Write ins:  77  100%
  • *ANC6D05 Ashton Rohmer  380  96.2%
  • *ANC6D06 Bruce Levine  657  95.91%
  • *ANC6D07 Fredrica “Rikki” Kramer  662  96.%
  • *ANC6D08 Rhonda Natalie Hamilton 477  97.75%

ANC7D – 6 seats – 5 new commissioners

  • *ANC7D05 Ebony Payne  580  97.64%
  • *ANC7D06 Marc Friend  324  95.29%
  • ANC7D07 No Candidate on ballot.  Write ins:  271 100% 
  • *ANC7D08 Brian Alcorn  477  95.95%
  •   ANC7D09 Shane Seger  317  43.66%
  • *ANC7D09 Ashley Schapitl   394  54.27%
  • ANC7D10 Alison Horn (Still on ballot after withdrawing on 10/18)  570  85.59%  (Special election necessary)

ANC8F (Navy Yard) – 5 seats – 4 new commissioners

  • *ANC8F01 Nic Wilson 417  93.92%
  • *ANC8F02 Rick Murphree  672  92.43%
  • *ANC8F03 Brian Strege  493  85.89%
  • ANC8F04 Jena Kamzol 180  24.79%
  • *ANC8F04 Edward Daniel  521  71.9%
  • ANC8F05 Write In 125  100%

Comments Off on Capitol Hill ANC Election Returns as of Sunday, November 13 & Some Observations

Filed under Uncategorized

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Ginza Karaoke opens this week.  The so-far unmarked entrance to Ginza Karaoke and Barbeque Lounge is situated between Bitter Grace and Bombay Street Food on Barracks Row at 526 8th Street.  Eat DC reports the entertainment/restaurant venue is hosting a soft opening at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 16th.  The Japanese BBQ restaurant ill be on the roof top while the karaoke will be confined to the second floor where there will be 8 private rooms and a dance floor.  Total capacity is set at 157 people plus 49 at the rooftop restaurant.  

Here’s a shot of the glittery fun-promising view you see as you step inside Ginza. 

Wednesday night, ANC6B met under the gavel of newly elected Vice Chair, Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, who stepped up to the leadership to fill the seat left vacant when former Vice Chair Alison Horn resigned from the ANC because of relocation.  The committee voted to send letters to DDOT regarding their concerns about the 30% design for the I-695 11th Street Off-Ramp and giving the ANC’s conditional support of a plan for an Open Street Event on 8th Street SE/NE listing numerous potential issues. 

Also from the Wednesday night ANC6B meeting, a Navy Yard Land Swap:  The Navy Yard, citing security concerns, wants to swap land on their east end (yellow) to a developer who has the rights to develop Federal Center land on M Street (blue).  This is an image of the plan the Navy prefers.  The proposed use of the land on M Street (blue) would be to site a new Naval Museum.  The proposed use of the east end of the Navy Yard (yellow) would potentially be 2 million s.f. of residential, retail, office and parking.  There will be community meetings next week on the Environmental Impact Study to receive comments.  See below, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

807 Maine Avenue, SW.  ANC6D held a Special Meeting last Thursday, chaired by Commissioner Edward Daniels, and continued to hold Mill Creek Development’s feet to the fire, listing the community benefits the ANC wants in exchange for their conditional support of the residential/retail development at 807 Maine Avenue, SW.

  • A commitment to provide 42 below market rate units (27 proffered by the developer at 50/60% AMI) plus 27 units at 60/80% equally divided.
  • Reduced FAR Floor Area Ratio
  • Not to be construed as altering Small Area Plan in SW or elsewhere in DC
  • Financial support of $150,000 in supplemental educational activites to PTO of Jefferson Academy Middle School
  • $100,000 equally divided between PTOs of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Richard Wright Public Charter School
  • $75,000 for public art under direction of minority and women owned business in consultation with group to be selected by the ANC.
  • Approved construction management plan and a plan for dog waste management stations

ANC6A, chaired by Commissioner Amber Gove, met last Thursday night and announced an ANC6A Multi-Agency Community Outreach Walk on WEDNESDAY November 16:  Meet at 9:30am, 600 8th Street, NE.  Presumably this will include MPD and DOH and DPW as well as representatives from the Mayor’s office.   

The Week Ahead…

By Larry Janezich

Posted November 13, 2022

The Week Ahead…

Monday, November 14

ANC6D will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/   

Among the items on the draft agenda:

  • Not available at press time. (6D – less transparent than other ANCs in Ward 6, does not release its agenda early)

Tuesday, November 15

Virtual Community Meeting on Navy Yard Land Swap:  6:00pm – 7:00pm.  The Navy Yard hosts the first of two virtual meetings to receive verbal comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Study of land transfers at Washington Navy Yard. The Concept plan is to create potential for 2 million square feet of residential, retail, office, and parking use ~1300 at 11th and O Street SE (Background Info and how to join the meeting here:  EIS: https://ndw.cnic.navy.mil/WNY-Land-Acquisition/1/

Wednesday, November 16

ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/  

Among items of the draft agenda:

  • 1717 E Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Request for Special Exception zoning relief to construct two new, semi-detached, four-story, 4-unit, apartment houses.
  • 1022 Maryland Avenue, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.   Request for Special Exception zoning relief to permit a Health care facility for up to 15 persons in an existing, three-story detached building.

ANC6A Multi-Agency Community Outreach Walk:  Meet at 9:30am, 600 8th Street, NE. 

Virtual community Meeting on Navy Yard Land Swap:  1:00pm – 2:00pm.  The Navy Yard hosts the second of two virtual meetings to receive verbal comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Study of land transfers at Washington Navy Yard. The Concept plan is to create potential for 2 million square feet of residential, retail, office, and parking use ~1300 at 11th and O Street, SE.  Background Info and how to join the meeting here:  EIS: https://ndw.cnic.navy.mil/WNY-Land-Acquisition/1/

Comments Off on The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Filed under Uncategorized