Wrapping up Last Week….
by Larry Janezich
Friday night, Capitol Hill string quartet Strike warmed up at the Fridge before performing classical pieces, from Mozart to Sibelius, as well as original arrangements of contemporary music, from David Guetta to Oasis.
Friday night, more than 60 jazz fans turned out at The Corner Store, featuring Peggy Stern – founder of the Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston, NY – with saxophonist Leigh Pilzer and guitarist Mark Johnson.
Last Thursday, a hand lettered menu at the Tune Inn offered some enticing choices at good prices.
Progress on the condo project on the site of the former Salvation Army building at 12th and G Streets, SE.
An early morning auto-scooter accident at 8th and D Streets SE resulted in what appeared to be serious injury to the cyclist and pointed up the dangers of the multi-street intersection.
The Flea Market
Weekend flea market vendors are grumbling over Frager’s intention to stay indefinately – for free – on the concrete slab across from Eastern Market.. The flea markets were supposed to move onto the slab once the removal of asbestos from the Hine building starts diminishing the amount of space available to them on what is now the Hine parking lot. Environmental remediation – as the hazmat removal is referred to – could start within 30 days after the resolution of an appeal of the Zoning Commission approval of the Hine project which is now before the DC Court of Appeals.
Barracks Row Alley Issues
Progress on resolving the issues in the troublesome alley on the east side of 8th Street between E and G appears stalled. ANC6A Commissioner Phil Peisch says he has reached out to the city multiple times to schedule a meeting on cleaning up the alley (which was suggested by the city) but has not heard back yet. Peisch credits the efforts of a few restaurants – the new Medium Rare and the Matchbox Food Group with working on ways to improve the alley, both with regard to trash maintenance procedures and encouraging DDOT re-surface the alley. Peisch says he’s continued to reach out to DDOT about resurfacing the alley, and I’ve thus far been disappointed with DDOT’s responsiveness to this issue.
H Street Liquor License Protests
On Tuesday, ANC6A ABC Committee chaired by Commissioner Jay Williams, recommended that the full ANC6A protest H Street’s Sahra after complaints from neighbors about the illegal late night public space patio and loud music. Earlier this month, the full ANC6A voted to protest the liquor license renewal for Club XII on H Street, NE. An ANC protest starts a lengthy process aimed at bringing liquor license applicant into negotiations with the ANC and neighbors. Negotiations \generally follow a status hearing before ABRA at which the ANC testifies in support of the protest and neighbors have an opportunity to formally file a protest individually or as a group.