The Week Ahead….
by Larry Janezich
Tuesday, February 12
ANC6B meets for its regular monthly meeting at 7:00pm in Hill Center.
On the agenda:
Zoning adjustment request for converting 200 5th Street, SE, from a dentist office and four residential units to six residential units. This is a development by Capitol Hill resident Jeff Levine, is scheduled to go to BZA in March. The ANC Planning and Zoning Committee has sought assurances from Levine that he will attempt to minimize the impact on parking if the expansion is approved.
Historic Preservation Application for construction of a new townhouse on the empty lot at 830 C Street, SE, where the demolition by neglect was interrupted by city demolition and subsequent tax sale. Commissioners and neighbors of the project were critical of the lack of outreach and candidness by the architects – and indirectly, the developer. When the project came before the Planning and Zoning Committee, both commissioners and neighbors also expressed concern about the view from public space of the rear of the house and the fact that architects had no drawings showing the perspective from that view. At that meeting, neighbors also rose to express objections to the design, construction methods, the extension of the house six feet beyond the rear of the adjacent houses, the butterfly roof, and the likelihood that construction would likely damage the historic properties on either side. Commissioners emphasized that since the construction is being done as a matter of right, their hands were tied regarding many of the issues raised by neighbors, since their only purview was whether the proposed structure fit into the historic district. The neighbors were aware that they would have to pursue these issues on their own and were advised by one commissioner that they might have to hire an attorney. The Committee voted 8 – 0 to take no position pending receipt of an additional perspective from the architect and evidence of further consultation by the architect and developer with the neighbors.
ANC6B will also consider a letter to DC Department of Energy regarding their concerns about emission limits and health issues related to the Architect of the Capitol’s request to continue operating the Capitol Power Plant at higher emission levels.
Thursday, February 14
ANC6B Zoning Regulation Task Force meets at 6:00pm in Hill Center.