The Week Ahead……and Medstar Urgent Care Opens Feb 24 at Eastern Market

Medstar’s Eastern Market Urgent Care Center on the first floor of the Home Care and Hospice Association Building at 228 7th Street, SE, opens Monday, February 24.

In January of 2013, Bob Gilbert, President of Medstar Ambulatory Services, told ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee that the facility would be designed as a neighborhood center and that “most insurance plans” would be accepted.  Gilbert noted that the average visit to a Medstar center runs $200 while an emergency room visit costs $1500. The office will be related to but entirely separate from the Medstar Primary Care Physicians located at 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Medstar is a $4 billion not-for-profit regional healthcare system with ten hospitals and a comprehensive network of outpatient centers serving Maryland and Washington, DC. They see a current need for access to primary care and estimate that a shortage of up to 40 primary care physicians currently exists in the downtown DC area. Medstar provides more than 30% of the inpatient healthcare in the DC market and is the largest provider of care in DC.  See related story here:

The Week Ahead……

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday, February 18

ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center.

Among items on the agenda:

Update on status of Ben’s Chili Bowl, and Cusbah protest hearings.

Update on Sin Bin Sports Bar & Restaurant Settlement Agreement

Update on Sahra Mediation and Settlement Agreement Addendum

Discussion of new license application for Halftime Sports Bar at 1427 H Street NE (Class “C” Tavern)

Tuesday, February 18

ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force meets 6:30p – 8:30pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington to discuss next steps for the former Eastern Branch Boys & Girls Club Building (261 17th Street SE).  Michelle Chin from the DC Department of General Services will discuss her department’s plans to issue a Request for Expressions of Interest in the building. More here:

Tuesday, February 18

CHRS Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE

Wednesday, February 19

ANC6A Economic Development & Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center.

Among items on the agenda:  1300 H Street, NE (R.L. Christian Library Site) – Developer will present regarding efforts to address parking issues arising out of changed plans for development of the site.

Historic Preservation application for renovation and conversion of vacant church and two adjacent townhouses at  819 D Street, NE , into 30 residential units.

Thursday, February 20

Ward Six Candidates’ Forum from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th & Independence Ave., SE.  Kathy Patterson will be the moderator and the forum will feature candidates Charles Allen, Pranav Badhwar and Darrell Thompson.  Co-sponsors include:  Eastern Market Metro Community Association, Capitol Hill Public School Parents Organization and Capitol Hill Group Ministry.  (Former candidate Shelonda Tillman has withdrawn from the Ward 6 Democratic Primary and will run as an independent in the general election in November.)

Thursday, February 20

Police Service Area (PSA) 108 public meeting at 6:30pm at First Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Ave, SE.  Citizens are invited to provide input to police on illegal activity in their neighborhoods.

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