The Week Ahead…..ANC6B Meets on CSX Re Historic Preservation Issues

The Week Ahead…..ANC6B Meets on CSX and Historic Preservation Issues

By Larry Janezich

Monday, January 27

ANC6A Community Outreach Committee meets at 7:00pm at Maury Elementary multi-purpose room, 1250 Constitution Avenue, NE.

On the agenda:

Review of grant applications: Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO (aquarium), Maury Elementary School (art supplies), P’Tones (music program)

Tuesday, January 28

ANC6B Executive Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2014, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

, at 7:00 PM, in the Frager’s Hardware Conference Room, on the third floor of the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Wednesday, January 29

ANC6B Executive Committee will meet at 7:00pm in Hill Center to set the agenda for the February ANC6B meeting.

ANC 6B has scheduled a special call meeting at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in Hill Center immediately following the Executive Committee meeting.  At the special call meeting, ANC 6B will consider comments on the draft Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction project.  The MOA concerns the agreement between CSX and the community regarding historic preservation and archaeology issues during the reconstruction of the tunnel.  (See more on CSX below.)

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm in the North Hall at Eastern Market.

End Notes:

Monday, February 3

Northeast Library will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00am to mark the reopening of the newly renovated Northeast Library as 330 7th Street, NE.  All are invited.   Southeast Library remains closed until February 18 for repairs to the water system.  Books on loan due to be returned during this period can be returned to any DC Library

DC Recycler Blog reports DC residents will be getting new and larger garbage and recycling bins starting in February.  http://dcrecycler.blogspot.com/

More on CSX

ANC 6B04 Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg has posted two lengthy reports on the CSX issue on her blog:  “Norton Meets on CSX VAT. Again”, and “CSX VAT Opposition Misinforms?”

The text of both postings can be found here:  http://www.kirsten6b.org/

Excerpts from her conclusion on the meeting on CSX last Saturday hosted by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton are as follows:

“Conclusions:  …I conclude that the subject matter has now been so muddled, the opponents so radicalized, and their distrust of project proponents and study leadership so heightened that the Final EIS–no matter what it says–will be “dead upon arrival.”  (At the Norton meeting, opponents were already asking for a “supplemental” FEIS.)  …

I think all that can possibly be said about this proposed tunnel reconstruction is out there in the public domain.  My hope is that the FEIS is released before we have anymore public meetings hosted by political leaders.  DDOT/FHWA would only say, when Ms Norton asked about timing of its release, that they are “still working on the FEIS”.  Maybe they should wait to release the document on April 2 when the first phase of the 2014 DC election campaign season will be over.”

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