The Week Ahead….

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

January 7, Monday

ANC6B Transportation Committee meets at 6:30pm in Hill Center to determine priorities for 2013.

January 7, Monday

CHRS Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm in Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE.

January 8, Tuesday

ANC6B meets in Hill Center to elect new officers.  Hill East’s Francis Campbell and Brian Flahaven are running for Chair.  Ivan Frishberg is running – unopposed – for Vice Chair.  Campbell and Flahaven may each have political ambitions beyond the ANC, but Frishberg has gone on the record denying interest in elevation to the city council. 

CSX Opens Community Outreach Office

Otherwise, a CSX representative, Stepehn Flippin has been allotted 20 minutes for a presentation on the opening of the CSX community outreach office.  Despite this show of good will on the part of CSX, and despite their financial support of community endeavors (Barracks Row Fest and the Maslin Fund, to name two), the community and its civic organizations should stay focused on what amenities and benefits the they can expect for the impact of construction of the CSX tunnel, keeping in mind that CSX is the richest railroad company in the country. 

There could be some of the usual nitpicking over the construction of the three unit residential (studio apartments) building at 1311 Pennsylvania Avenue, but it should go through ok. 

Approval of the certificate of need for the MedStar primary care and urgent care facility slated to go into 228 7th Street, SE, (across from Eastern Market) this fall seems a sure bet.     Commissioners can’t wait to lend their enthusiastic support to this project. 

The costumed Tour de Fat Bicycle Parade to raise money to promote biking had a few wrinkles to iron out regarding the route – which now looks like it will traverse the heart of Southeast Capitol Hill – but it, too, is likely to get approved. 

January 10, Thursday

The ANC6B Taskforce on Zoning Regulation Reform has scheduled an organizational meeting for 7:00pm at Hill Center.  The real work of the task force is likely to start at their next meeting on January 24.  So far, the city has gone to great lengths to appear to involve the public and seek input but the city presenters at an initial briefing for ANC6B late last year seemed ill-prepared and uninformed.  It remains to be seen if the ANC Taskforce – headed by Commissioner Garrison (with council from Gary Peterson, chair of CHRS Zoning Committee, and Ken Jarboe, acknowledged as the most widely experienced former ANC commissioner on the issue) – fully engage on the re-write.

Mendelson on Capitol Hill Crime

January 10, Thursday

Council Chair Phil Mendelson has agreed to speak on recent violent crime issues to ANC6A on January 10 at about 7:45pm, following the election of officers and other routine business.  The Christmas Eve shooting of Jason Emma near Lincoln Park is foremost on neighbor’s minds, and a significant turnout is likely.  According to MPD, the case is still under investigation.  The question of whether additional police in the already heavily staffed PSA 107 versus better policing by the forces already deployed is likely to come up.  The ANC meets at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, located at the intersection of Tennessee and 15th Street, NE.

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