Southeast Library to Close for Up to Two Years in 2020

Southeast Library, September 17, 2018.

Southeast Library to Close for Up to Two Years in 2020

by Larry Janezich

On October 1, $4 million will be available in the DC Budget for the one-year design process to renovate Southeast Library under the city’s Library Building Program.  Sometime in late 2019 or early 2020, Southeast Library will close for about two years for construction.  During that period, the Library hopes to find space nearby to set up a down-sized interim library – possibilities include a store front, modular unit, or trailer.

Archie Williams, DC Public Library’s Liaison with Friends of DC Public Libraries, met recently with the Friends of Southeast Library (FOSEL) – a “pre-engagement” with the community – to lay out the design and selection process. One of the goals of the Library Building Program is to ensure community input on library projects, and to that end, a series of community meetings will be held, starting in late October.

Williams told FOSEL that a total of $23 million will be available for the project.  (Any provision for an interim library during the closure will come from the total outlay.)  The project is the most expensive renovation or rebuild undertaken by the DC Library Program.  Southeast Library at 9700 square feet is one of the smallest of the neighborhood libraries and one of the busiest – there are 20000 square feet in a traditional library.

A design team will be tasked with meeting the need of clients.  “The building’s façade will be maintained,” Williams said, “the challenge will be to maximize the site – that may entail going down.”  The design team will solicit input in community meetings and from on-line surveys.  A partial list of potential stakeholders would likely include, ANC6B, Friends of Southeast Library, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, Eastern Market Main Street, the Capitol Hill BID, Barracks Row Main Street, CHAMPS, Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, and the Eastern Market Metro Community Association.

As part of the process, CM Charles Allen will name two community representatives for the Selection Panel – a group of stakeholders who will select a proposal from the top three or four design proposals submitted in response to an RFP (Request for Proposals).  Williams says the community representatives are likely to be an ANC commissioner and the president of the Friends of Southeast Library.  The current President of FOSEL is Neal Gregory.

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The Week Ahead…and City Launches Sterilization Program to Fight Rats

Gerard Brown, head of DC Rodent Control, takes a question from the audience at ANC6B’s meeting last Tuesday. Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, seated at left, who praised Brown’s efforts and responsiveness, invited him to address the ANC.  Also pictured (l-r) are Commissioners Denise Krepp, Jerry Sroufe and Kelly Waud.

City Launches Sterilization Program to Fight Rats

by Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night, Gerard Brown, head of Rodent Control Programs, DC Department of Health, told ANC6B that an additional $1 million had been added to the Rodent Control budget for four new hires  and new programs.  Among the latter is a rodent sterilization program which has proven effective in other cities – rodents consume a liquid agent which leaves them sterile.  The program will be rolled out in Adams Morgan and move across the city.

Another innovation is a Citizen Assist Program, under which the Department of Health will accept date stamped photographic  evidence of trash violations.  The alleged violator has two weeks to offer an explanation.  If there is a hearing before an administrative law judge and the he complainant appears as a witness, a violator could be issued a notice of infraction and a $500 fine.

A third change is that the Department’s certified pest controllers will be given the authority to enforce code – enabling the Department to increase its enforcement capability, allowing one person to do what two do now.

Commissioner Jennifer Samoylk, seated at left in the photo, praised Brown’s efforts and responsiveness and issued the invitation to address the ANC.  Also pictured (l-r) are Commissioners Denise Krepp, Jerry Sroufe, and Kelly Waud.

 

The Week Ahead…

by Larry Janezich

Monday, September 17

ANC6A’s Transportation & Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Request for renewed support of legislation (B22-0351) introduced by Councilmember Allen that would create a School Parking Zone Program, allowing DDOT to issue permits for school staff to park in particular zones during school hours.

Discussion with Rock and Roll Marathon representatives and MPD Special Operations Unit regarding the 2019 marathon course in ANC.

Tuesday, September 18

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of request by Halftime Sports Bar for changes to its license (adding cover charge endorsement, 39-seat summer garden, and overall expansion of seating capacity).

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

Wednesday, September 19

ANC6A’s Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE. 

(Agenda not available at press time.)

CHRS Historic Preservation Café meets at 6:30pm, in Northeast Library, 330 7th Street, NE. 

Agenda:

“Historic Doors – Preserve or Replace?”, with Joel Truitt of Joel Truitt Builders.

Thursday, September 20

Candidate Debate for Ward 6 representative to the DC State Board of Education:  7:00-9:00pm, at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

 

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Following Up on the Victim of a Violent Capitol Hill Assault – Action of Police Officers Scrutinized

Following Up on the Victim of a Violent Capitol Hill Assault – Action of Police Officers Scrutinized

by Larry Janezich

The violent assault on the 400 block of 4th Street, SE, on August 23rd, first reported by Capitol Hill Corner, has resulted in an administrative action regarding the two officers who responded to the crime.  MPD officials have reviewed the video from the officers’ body cameras to determine whether their actions were appropriate in light of the seriousness of the victim’s injuries.   If officers failed to correctly describe the extent of the victim’s injuries, that could be a reason MPD failed to send out an email alert to the community – standard procedure when a crime of significant interest to the community occurs.  If found at fault, the officers could receive a censure, a reprimand, or suffer other corrective action.  (Since this is an internal police matter, the outcome is unlikely to be made public.)

The new information came from MPD First District Captain John Knutsen, in a hallway discussion outside of ANC6B’s monthly meeting in Hill Center Tuesday night.  Knutsen was at the meeting at the request of Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk to address community concerns about the assault.

Knutsen told the ANC that the crime was very out of character for the neighborhood, calling it a “strange one” in that there was no attempt at robbery.  Asked if police had a suspect Knutsen said he could not say, citing the on-going investigation, but added, “The case has gotten a lot of attention, and hopefully, we’ll have closure.”  Asked about additional foot patrols, he said MPD adjusts deployments constantly, depending on calls for service.

When his time for Q&A before the Commission expired, a group of residents who live close to the crime scene continued voicing their concerns outside the meeting room and Knutson imparted the new information about the internal administrative action in response to a question.

Regarding the email notification of the assault to subscribers to the Police-Community Online Email List Groups (sign up here: https://bit.ly/2MsEXm3) Knutson said “It should have happened – it didn’t.  Watch commanders and lieutenants in the First District have undergone training to make them more cognizant of the type of crime that warrants a community alert.”

Capitol Hill Corner reached out to the assault victim, Lexi (last name withheld), to ask for her assessment of how the city had responded in the aftermath of the assault.  CHC’s take away from that conversation was that critical institutions had let her down.  Upper echelons of MPD – including First District Commander Kane – appear to have been fairly responsive and compassionate, acknowledging that the community didn’t know what happened and should have.  Detectives and patrol officers – less so.

For example, MPD detectives didn’t supply crime victim compensation information to Lexi until after Kane asked Lexi it she had received it.  Detectives are supposed to provide that automatically during the follow up interview.  (For more on the Crime Victims Compensation Program – see here:  https://bit.ly/2xeTo7H).  In addition, detectives appear to have been somewhat casual in their efforts to bring the case to closure.  The often-voiced perception of many residents is that MPD too frequently appears to go through the motions, leaving residents with the impression that assaults are not taken seriously.

A second institution which failed Lexi was the Emergency Room at George Washington Hospital.  It was only after returning home after the eight hour visit on the day of the attack that Lexi found out on line about the ER’s list of counseling centers to help victims of violence.  When she followed up with a question about it, she was told:  “Yes, that exists, and you should have gotten it.”

In the aftermath of the attack, Lexi says she is struggling mentally.  This week is the first since the attack she has felt confident enough to walk in the neighborhood unaccompanied and still feels the sense of being traumatized while walking around Capitol Hill.  Physically, she says her face and nose are healing following surgery, though she still has “big bruises.”

Regarding the things that have gone right, Lexi says she feels lucky this happened in a residential neighborhood and people responded – unlike the vicious assault on TC Maslin near Eastern Market.  (In 2012, Maslin was brutally assaulted but not found until hours afterward.  See here: https://wapo.st/2OiCWuq)

Asked to sum up, Lexi said, “The Hill is not as safe a place as we think it is.  A lot happens we don’t know about unless we hear it from friends and neighbors.”  She says she will follow up in her neighborhood by organizing more interaction with the neighbors – Neighborhood Watch and neighborhood police walks – to fill in the gaps.

Capitol Hill Corner reached out to Commander Kane for comment.  Kane said she would address anything the MPD can do better and has had a conversation with her “white shirts” regarding remedial management.

Recently, MPD has made a greater effort to distribute crime alerts to the Police-Community Online Email List and to encourage residents to subscribe to the list.  However, only 6000 households currently subscribe and how many of these are in the First District is unclear.  It would seem that ANC Commissioners could be more involved in the protection of their single member districts by subscribing to the email list and forwarding alerts in their contact lists – maybe some do already.  Residents can help protect themselves and their neighborhoods by doing the same.

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Fire and Rebellion the Subjects of “Return to Sender” at The Fridge

Fire and Rebellion the Subjects of “Return to Sender” at The Fridge

by Larry Janezich

The subjects of Brooklyn artist David Molesky’s paintings exist in four groups:  Figures, Land, Water, and Fire.  Fire and rebellion are the subjects of the paintings in “Return to Sender” currently on exhibit at The Fridge, in the alley on the east side of Barrack Row.

The ancients considered fire elemental – and in mythology portrayed it as both a purifying force and a destructive one; a gift that resides in the hearth and in the forge; a regenerative force that precedes new growth after a forest fire and the Phoenix before it arises from the ashes.

Molesky’s rebels in “Return to Sender” return fire, stones, and tear gas canisters to unseen opponents behind the flames and smoke – apocalyptic snapshots inspired by media captures of actual worldwide rebellions.

The unstated warning in “Return to Sender” references Prometheus, who stole fire and gave this power to control and transform the world to humans, making possible progress and civilization.  But in Greek mythology, the god also represented the danger of overreaching and unintended consequences – groundwork for The Birth of Tragedy.

The paintings are part of Molesky’s ongoing body of work of smoke and fire images: Hill Fire Paintings (2009-2011), Gulf Spill (2010), Ukrainian revolution (2014-2015), and now Return to Sender (2018) – all shown at Fridge Gallery.  See Molesky’s work here:  http://davidmolesky.com/

David Molesky grew up in Washington, DC, moving west in 1995 to obtain his Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley (1999).  Molesky’s work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions including: the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD); Pasinger Fabrik (Munich, Germany); and the Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA). His work is in the permanent collection of several public museums including: the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Iloilo Contemporary Art Museum in Philippines.

For more information, please contact Gallery Director Alex Goldstein at 202.664.4151 or alex@thefridgedc.com or the artist David Molesky at 415.844.0828 or moleskystudio@gmail.com

“Return to Sender” is at The Fridge through September 28.

Cocktail talk: Thursday, September 20th, 6-8 pm.

516 ½ 8th Street SE; open Thursday – Saturday 12 – 8, Sunday 1 – 5

HYPERLINK “http://www.thefridgedc.com” www.thefridgedc.com

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Photos:  Capitol Hill Group Ministry “Sip and Savor” Fund Raiser at Eastern Market Saturday Night

 

Photos:  Capitol Hill Group Ministry “Sip and Savor” Fund Raiser at Eastern Market Saturday Night

by Larry Janezich

Some 400 people turned out for CHGM’s third annual “Sip and Savor” fund raiser Saturday night at Eastern Market, celebrating the non-profit’s 50th year of operation.  The organization is dedicated to meeting the needs of thousands of individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness on Capitol Hill and across the city.  24 food and drink donors with Capitol Hill connections provided an eclectic menu and “Sciatic Verve” the music.

A shot of Eastern Market’s North Hall, early in the evening. (click to enlarge)

The activities included a long line of food vendors stretching the length of the Farmers’ Shed outside the Market.

CHGM Executive Director Karen Cunnigham (far right) welcomes attendees.

Steve Koons, President, Capitol Hill Group Ministry Board of Directors with Jane Rutherford, former President.

Joel Kelty, Treasurer, CHGM Board of Directors and Karen Cunningham, Executive Director, CHGM.

Jerry Sroufe, ANC6B02 Commissioner, with Mary Ann Sroufe.

A trio of CHGM supporters…

and more supporters.

Abby Sypek, CHGM Community Engagement Manager

CHGM 2018 Sponsors

For a previous post on the work of CHGM, see here: https://bit.ly/2NrJsi7  – for more information on CHGM and how to donate or volunteer, see here: http://www.chgm.net/

 

 

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The Week Ahead…A New Barracks Row Project Underway – plus Rodent Concerns at ANC6B Meeting

The former Lake arbor Dental Clinic on Barracks Row – now a Zusin Development Project at 411 8th Street – is getting an upgrade by architect Chuong Cao of DEP Designs. In March of 2017, when ANC6B supported this concept, Cao was asked what retail was anticipated, and he replied, “the block wants a restaurant.” As reported by Capitol Hill Corner, see here: https://bit.ly/2wLHiU2

The Week Ahead… a New Barracks Row Project Underway – plus Rodent Concerns at ANC6B Meeting

by Larry Janezich

Monday, September 10

ANC6D meets at 7:00p, 1100 4th Street, SW.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations:

Public Safety Report with Capt. Pulliam and Lt. Queen.

DC Public Schools and DC Department of Transportation – Update on modernization of Jefferson School.

DC Department of Parks and Recreation Update re Greenleaf and Randall Recreation Centers.

Community Benefits Coordinating Council Update re DC United collective bargaining agreement.

All Purpose Pizzaria, 79 Potomac Avenue, SE – Amendment to Community Agreement for additional seating and occupancy.

Hill Spirits Unlimited, 1015 Half Street, SE, new Class A liquor license with tastings.

Circa and Navy Yard/El Bebe, 99 M Street, SE, new restaurant liquor license.

Whole Foods, 101 H Street, SE – 99 M Street, SE: new Class B liquor license with tastings.

Public Space Application:  Circa & El Bebe, 99 M Street, SE.

Public Space Application Mission Dos, 1221 Van Street.

Public Space Application, Whole Foods, 101 H Street, SE.

Tuesday, September 11

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:

Department of Health Rodent Control Program Manager Gerard Brown to speak on DC rodent concerns.

423 8th Street, SE.; The Fried Rice Collective, LLC – Chiko; Chiko has application to expand hours and for a stipulated license to permit operation pending approval.

301 7th Street, SE.;  Radici Uno (One Root), LLC – Radici; Radici has applied for a substantial change to change from a class D to a class C Restaurant license and are requesting longer hours for service of alcohol and to add spirits.

520 8th Street, SE.; Senart’s, LLC – Orchid: Substantial change application to change from a Class C restaurant license to a Tavern license.

624 C Street, SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/one-story rear addition above existing basement and first floor, alter rear façade.

152 11th Street, SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/rear addition.

710 E Street, SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/three-story rear addition.

225 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/replace storefront and construct new three-story rear addition.

221 9th Street, SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/2nd story addition to 1 story garage.

1515 E Street, SE; Zoning adjustment application – special exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit.

433 New Jersey Avenue SE; Zoning Adjustment application – special exception to construct a new roof deck and access stair on an existing principal dwelling unit.

 411 New Jersey Avenue, SE; Historic Preservation application – concept renewal/new three-story building.

1347 G Street, SE; Zoning Adjustment application – variance to construct a third story addition and convert the existing principal dwelling unit.

DDOT Public Space Application, Academy Bus LLC, for 5 curbside spaces at 721 D Street, SE, for use all hours on weekdays/weekends.

DC “Draft Small Cell Design Guidelines” – ANC 6B comments due to the DDOT Public Space Committee by October 5.

Wednesday, September 12

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C meets at 7:00pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Presentations:

Joe Weedon, candidate for re-election, State Board of Education.

Ben Mindes, Observe DC, community-based election observation.

Addis Ethiopian, 707 H Street, NE, request for substantial change in liquor license, and protest.

8th Street, NE—DDOT Notice of Intent:  removal of residential parking and installing 15-minute  loading zone, southbound on 8th Street.

D.C. Small Cell Program—wireless telecommunications antennae technology.

1119 Abbey Place, NE, Zoning Adjustment application—special exceptions to enclose a rear porch and construct a second-story rear addition.

Proposed letter to Council recommending legislation amending the Building Code to require (1) DCRA to print the legal days/hours for construction activity on all construction permits, and (2) All applications for exterior alterations or additions to include photos clearly depicting the affected elevationsParks and Events Committee.

NoMa Parks Foundation update.

Thursday, September 13

ANC 6A meets at 7:00pm, Miner Elementary, 601 Fifteenth Street, NE.

Presentations:

Metropolitan Police Department First District Sector 2.

Duffy’s Irish Pub, 1016 H Street, NE – request for a new Settlement Agreement to and a stipulated endorsement allowing operation pending approval.

Kitsuen, 1362 H Street, NE, application for a new CT Tavern liquor license.

DC Culinary Academy, LLC t/a The Outsider at 1357-1359 H Street, NE – application for a new CT Tavern liquor license.

Letter to DDOT’s Public Space Committee asserting that ANCs should have sixty (60) days from the date of notice to provide comment on the small cell guidelines proposal.

Letter of support to DDOT endorsing Councilmember Allen’s letter regarding safety improvements at Eighth Street, NE and D Street, NE and reiterate the need to convert the intersection to a four way stop.

Letter of support to BZA for a special exception to construct a rear roof deck and access stairwell at 1318 Constitution Avenue, NE.

CHRS Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE. 

Agenda uncertain at press time.

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NYC Go Bus Wants Stop Near Eastern Market

ANC6B’s Transportation Committee met Wednesday night in Hill Center to consider an application for a Go Bus pick up site near Eastern Market.

NYC Go Bus Wants Stop Near Eastern Market

By Larry Janezich

Wednesday night, Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg’s ANC6B Transportation Committee heard Go Bus reps Michael Curreri and Matt Schapiro present the company’s DOT Public Space application for 24/7  use of 5 parking spaces, at 721 D Street, across from Hill’s Kitchen.  Go Bus wants a stop here for their service to New York City.

The stop would be the final pickup point before getting on 295 for the four hour trip to the 30th Street and 9th Avenue stop in Manhattan, on a route that starts in Capitol Heights with stops in Alexandria and L’Enfant Plaza.

The Committee supports the concept, but has concerns about the narrowness of the street and the loss of parking for the small businesses there which rely on customer parking.  After some discussion regarding possible alternative parking spaces, including spaces near 8th and Pennsylvania, Seward Square, Potomac Metro, and Stadium Armory Metro, the Committee voted 12 – 0 to embrace the concept but oppose the application as currently stated.  Chair Kirsten Oldenburg spoke for the committee, saying she hoped to see a new version of the application come forth soon.

Go Bus seems committed to a stop near Eastern Market, and indicated they will file a new application with an alternate location as soon as possible.  Once the needed parking spaces are agreed upon and a permit issued, service could start within 60 days.  Currently a round trip ticket from L’Enfant to NYC is about $42.00.  The stop would also be a discharge point for trips returning from NYC.  Currently, on the busiest days, there are 3 trips departing from L’Enfant Plaza.  Company reps say buses will stop for about ten minutes at the site.

 

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The Week Ahead….

Gardening, Politics and Social Justice on 12th Street, SE. The barely visible sign against the house says “It’s time to activate the 25th Amendment.”  An image almost hidden in the foliage is of Emma Gonzalez from Stoneman Douglas High School, activist and advocate for gun control.

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday, September 4

ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

624 C Street, SE; Historic preservation application – concept/one-story rear addition above existing basement and first floor, alter rear façade.

210 9th Street, SE; Historic preservation application – concept/rear addition.

152 11th Street, SE; Historic preservation application – concept/rear addition.

710 E Street, SE; Historic preservation application – concept/three-story rear addition.

225 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/replace storefront and construct new three-story rear addition.

221 9th Street, SE; Historic Preservation application – concept/2nd story addition to 1 story garage.

1515 E Street, SE; Zoning adjustment application – special exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit.

433 New Jersey Ave. SE; Zoning adjustment application –  special exception to construct a new roof deck and access stair on an existing principal dwelling unit.

1347 G Street, SE; Zoning adjustment application – variance to construct a third story addition and convert the existing principal dwelling unit.

411 New Jersey Avenue, SE; Historic preservation application (renewal) – concept renewal/new three-story building.  Owner: National Democratic Club.

716-718 L Street SE; Historic preservation application – concept/demolish building except for the L Street elevation.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm at Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Uncertain at press time, but likely candidates are listed in the Historic Preservation cases currently before ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee, meeting the same night.

ANC 6C Parks & Events Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser-Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center (700 2nd St. NE, Room G2).

Among items on the draft agenda:

NoMa Parks Foundation – update on status of pending parks projects and underpass installations. Robin-Eve Jasper, President of NoMa Business Improvement District, will provide a status update on parks projects and underpass installations.

Environmental issues – The committee will determine topics for October, November and December meetings.

Wednesday, September 5

ANC6B Transportation Committee will meet at 7:00pm at Hill Center.

Among items on the draft agenda:

DDOT Public Space application from Academy Bus LLC, for 5 curbside spaces at 721 D Street, SE, for use all hours on weekdays/weekends.

DC “Draft Small Cell Design Guidelines.”  Here’s a link to DC Government’s Office of Chief Technology Officer’s page on small cells:  https://octo.dc.gov/page/small-cells

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 6:30pm, Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

1119 Abbey Place, NE, Zoning adjustment application for special exceptions from lot occupancy, rear yard requirements and non-conforming structure requirements and minimum parking requirements to enclose a rear porch and construct a second-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit.

Proposed letter to DCRA – Discussion of proposal to send letter recommending that DCRA print the legal days/hours for performing construction activity on every construction permit.

Thursday, September 6

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will meet at 7:00pm at Hill Center. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

423 8th Street, S.E.; The Fried Rice Collective, LLC – ChiKo is applying to expand their hours (which the Settlement Agreement allows), and request a stipulated license to allow operation at the new hours until formally approved.

301 7th Street, S.E.;  Radici Uno (One Root), LLC – Radici has applied for a substantial change from a class D to a class C Restaurant license and is requesting longer hours for service of alcohol, and to add spirits, as well as a stipulated license to allow operation until the new license is formally approved.

520 8th Street, S.E.; Senart’s, LLC – Orchid: Substantial change application to change from a Class C restaurant license to a Tavern license.

ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 2nd St. NE, Room G3-G4. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

8th Street, NE –DDOT has issued a notice of intent (NOI) to remove 40’ of resident permit parking spaces and establish a 15-minute loading zone along southbound 8th Street NE. DDOT recently completed a study concerning pedestrian safety at the intersection of 8th & D Streets, NE. This study found that No Parking zones on the corners of the south leg are being used for illegal parking. This behavior reduces the visibility of pedestrians both in and approaching the crosswalk. As a result, DDOT determined that curb bulb-outs will be installed with flexible post delineators to physically prevent this illegal parking. During the study, DDOT noted that patrons of local businesses were utilizing these No Parking zones. DDOT intends to establish this loading zone to provide an area for these activities to occur without impacting pedestrian safety at 8th & D Streets.  8th Street is the border between ANC 6C and ANC 6A.

508 L St. NE – Application to install a multi-unit mailbox for new condos in public space.

Friends of Southeast Library meet at 5:30pm in Southeast Library, lower level.

Those who are interested in supporting the Southeast Library and working in the nearly every month second Tuesday book sales are welcome to attend.

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Here’s a Photo Progress Report on Seven Major Capitol Hill SE Developments

Here’s a Photo Progress Report on Seven Major Capitol Hill SE Developments

by Larry Janezich

On June 5, Capitol Hill Corner posted a photo progress report on five major Capitol Hill developments.  Three months later, here’s a progress report on those projects, plus two more.

The seven projects will provide 1,185 residential units to Capitol Hill’s housing stock.  Below are photos of where construction stands today, coupled with renderings of how the projects will look when finished.

Frager’s, has seen substantial progress.  View from 13th and Pennsylvania Avenue, September 1.  Click to enlarge.

Frager’s – The original Frager’s site on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, is being developed by Persus Realty. It will be mixed use retail/residential, with 34 condos. One, two and three bedroom units are intended to accommodate families. 10% of the residential space is required to be designated for affordable housing, under Inclusionary Zoning requirements. Frager’s Hardware will occupy 8,500 s.f. of retail space and an additional 7,600 s.f. of space will be for “community friendly” retail.

 

Watkins Alley is under construction at 1309 E Street, SE. View from E Street, SE, September 1.

Watkin’s Alley – 44 condos, including 30 – 3 & 4 BR units, 8 – 2 BR flats, 6 lofts, and 1 carriage house. Five affordable units (3 townhouses and 2 flats) will designated affordable housing units under Inclusionary Zoning requirements.

 

Lockwood – 1300 Block of E Street, SE. View from mid-block on E Street.
September 1.  

Lockwood will provide 145 boutique apartment units: 1, 2, and 3 BRs. Thirteen of the units will be affordable under Inclusionary Zoning.

 

Capitol Courts is being excavated at 1234 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  View from mid-block. September 1.  The structure under construction in the background is the rear of the Shotgun House reconstruction on E Street.

Capitol Courts – on the former site of the Frager’s Garden Center.  The mixed use building will contain 119 units, mostly micro apartments and a few 1 BRs. The plan includes 5,000 s.f. of ground floor retail. Ten percent of the residential space will be designated for affordable housing under Inclusionary Zoning.

 

The huge mixed use building at 1401 Pennsylvania is moving right along. View from the median strip at 14th and Pennsylvania. September 1.

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue – A mixed use residential/retail building under construction will provide 167 apartments and 18,000 s.f. of retail. Ten percent of the residential space will be for affordable housing, with a large portion of that for family units: 4 – 3 BRs, 2 studios, 2- 1 BRs and 2- 2 BRs.

 

The Safeway Development at 14th and D Streets, SE is being excavated. View from 14th and D Streets, September 3.

Safeway – “Beckert’s Park” – Excavation has started on the mixed use residential/retail building which will provide 329 apartments, a new 60,000 s.f. Safeway, and a couple of thousand additional s.f. of community friendly retail. The developer says that 70% of the units will be studio and 1 BR apartments and 30% will be two bedrooms. A number of penthouse apartments will be set back on the roof. Rents will be calculated at a cost of approximately $3.25 a square foot – meaning that a small 500 square foot studio apartment will rent for between $1500 and $2000 a month. Ten percent of the units will be affordable under DC regulations, at 60% of AIM – average median income.

 

The first of two excavations is underway for the mixed use buildings project on Reservation 13. View from 19th Street near the south entrance to the Stadium Armory Metro canopy. September 3.

Reservation 13 – Two parcels are being developed. The larger building is currently being excavated; work on the smaller north building will begin in about a year, under a phased development plan. The total number of apartments in the two buildings is 353 – 262 in the south building and 91 in the north building. 106 of the units will be designated affordable. In addition, the project will provide 22,000 s.f. of retail.

 

 

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Look Who’s Back!

Look who’s back!  Stikman showed up in the intersection of 8th and PA Avenue SE a couple of days ago.  I haven’t seen him for a while.

 

 

Here’s the bigger picture.

Here”s an early Stikman from 2009 near the East Wing of the National Gallery.

CHC consulted Alex Goldstein, owner of The Fridge, who pointed us to Street Art NYC. https://bit.ly/2wuqEIo

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