Monthly Archives: November 2014

Election Day At The Polls In ANC6B – Photo Essay

Eastern Market, 7:10am.

Eastern Market, 7:10am.

Eastern Market, 7:15am.

Eastern Market, 7:15am.

Thankful Baptist Church, circa 10:00am.

Thankful Baptist Church, circa 10:00am.

Watkins School.  ANC6B Chair Brian Flahaven Works the Polls, circa 9:50am.

Watkins School. ANC6B Chair Brian Flahaven Works the Polls, circa 9:50am.

Tyler School, circa 10:15am.

Tyler School, circa 10:15am – Barbara Eck – Long A Capitol Hill Political Activist in Pink Sweater

CM Tommy Wells greets voters at Eastern Market, circa 5:00pm

CM Tommy Wells greets voters at Eastern Market, circa 5:00pm

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The Week Ahead…Massive Union Market Project Goes Before ANC6C Committee Wednesday

Rendering of Mixed Residential/Retail Project Planned for Space Near  Union Market at 1270 4th Street, NE

Rendering of Mixed Residential/Retail Project Planned for Space Next to Union Market at 1270 4th Street, NE

The Week Ahead…Massive Union Market Project Goes Before ANC6C Committee Wednesday

by Larry Janezich

Monday, November 3

ANC6C Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm at Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among the items on the agenda:

New application for a Class C Tavern license for Sixth and H Street Bar and Grill, 523 H Street, NE.

Renewals for L Street Market, The Corner Market, Harris Teeter, Capitol Hill Market and Travel Trader.

Monday, November 3

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

Tuesday, November 4

Election Day.  For more information, go here:  http://www.dcboee.org

Wednesday, November 5

ANC6B will hold a Special Call meeting at 7:00pm in St. Coletta of Greater Washington to consider commenting on the disposition of Parcels F-1 and G-1 of the Hill East District Redevelopment (Reservation 13).  The meeting will immediately precede the scheduled Planning & Zoning Committee meeting.

Wednesday, November 5

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee will meet following the Special Call meeting (as above) in St. Coletta of Greater Washington.

Among items on the agenda:

Revisions in the Historic Preservation application for the concept for new construction at 900 11th Street SE – Madison Investments’ 49 Unit Condo Building

Historic preservation application for new rear accessory building at 750 9th Street, SE.

Historic Preservation application and Special exception from zoning regulations to allow addition to one-family semi-detached dwelling at 213 11th Street, SE.

Special exception from zoning regulations to allow a rear addition to flat at 438 New Jersey Avenue, SE.

Special exception from zoning regulations to allow a second story addition to rear portion of 131 Kentucky Avenue, SE.

Variance from zoning regulations to allow addition to existing one-family semi-detached dwelling at 15 Brown’s Court, SE.

Variance from zoning regulations to allow construction of rear addition to one-family row dwelling 510 Independence Avenue SE.

Zoning map amendment for Planned Unit Development PUD at 1333 M Street, SE.

Wednesday, November 5

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee meets at 7:00pm in Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 Second Street, NE.

Planned Unit Development (PUD) Application from EDENS LLC in support of review and approval to re-zone 1270 4th Street, NE.  In total, approximately 420 to 520 residential units (containing approximately 368,400 gross square feet of residential space) with approximately 39,600 gross square feet of retail will be created as a result of this project. The project will contain a total of approximately 408,000 gross square feet, and have a height of 110 feet. The project is scheduled to go before the Zoning Commission on December 18.  For more see here:  http://bit.ly/1EbMdth  and here http://bit.ly/1xQbOns

Application for Special Exception from zoning regulations to allow an addition that increases the gross floor area of an existing building by more than 50% on a lot that has 6,000 square feet or more of land area at 646-654 H Street, NE.  (Multifamily residential and retail project – for more see here:   http://bit.ly/1txbxqC

Application for window replacement at Imani Temple, 609-611 Maryland Avenue, NE

Historic Preservation application for two story rear addition at 610 A Street, NE

Application for special exception from zoning regulations to allow rear addition to an existing one-family row dwelling at 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.

Application for rear and roof addition at 645 Maryland Avenue, NE.

Wednesday, November 5

Expansion of the Capitol Hill Historic District:  The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will sponsor a series of public meetings to present a case for expanding the Capitol Hill Historic District.  The first of these – concerning ANC6A area – will be held from 6:45 – 8:30 pm, Maury Elementary School multipurpose room, 13th and Constitution Avenue, NE.  For more information, see herehttp://chrs.org/beyond-the-boundaries-anc-6a/

Thursday, November 6

ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Committee meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center.  Among items on the agenda:

New restaurant license for Bayou Café at Hill Center.   

Renewals for Yes! Organic Market, Harris Teeter, DCanter, P&C Market, Congress Market, The Radici, and S.E. Market.

Thursday, November 6

ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm at Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the agenda:

NOMA Underpass Art Project: Discussion of current and upcoming transportation issues and projects at the underpasses, and how this proposed project may affect these.

Unit Block of E St NE Bike Lanes – Consider DDOT proposal to add bike lanes to one-block stretch on E Street between North Capitol and Massachusetts Avenue as a means to link 1st Street, NE, cycletrack facility at Columbus Circle to existing bike lanes that extend from North Capitol west to 13th Street, NW.

Thursday, November 6

PSA 107 will meet at 7:00pm in Southeast Library.

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Residents Decry Open Air Drug Market In Front of DC General Homeless Shelter

The Entrance to DC General at 19th and D Streets, SE

The Entrance to DC General at 19th and D Streets, SE

The Entrance to the Family Shelter is at the Right.  Note the New Playground at the Left.

The Entrance to the Family Shelter is at the Right. Note the New Playground at the Left.

Hill East Residents Say the Open Air Drug Market Operates on the Curb at End of the Building in the Background.

Hill East Residents Say the Open Air Drug Market Operates on the Curb at End of the Building in the Background.

The Alleged Drug Market at DC General.

The Alleged Drug Market at DC General.

Residents Decry Open Air Drug Market In Front of DC General Homeless Shelter

Hill East Task Force Laments Lack of Progress on Closing Shelter

by Larry Janezich

At a meeting of ANC6B’s Hill East Task Force on Thursday night, Chair Brian Flahaven updated the 20 or so attendees on the (lack of) progress on the Mayor’s plan to close DC General’s homeless shelter by next fall.

It’s unlikely that many Hill East residents have ventured across 19th Street, SE, onto the campus comprised of a huge complex of buildings that makes up DC’s social services center.  One who has is Hill East activist Jim Myers, and Myers told those present that they should consider the possibility that “they’ll never close the shelter.”  He said that the city had to make a choice – that the concentration of city services and the number of people in need of service such as you find on Reservation 13 is unsustainable for DC.  In support of his contention that the city pays scant attention to the campus or cares about what happens there, he pointed to the long-standing open air drug market operating within steps of the newly constructed playground for children housed in the shelter.

The concerns about the drug market was backed up by a Hill East Task Force member who said she had observed the drug market in operation at 11:00am a few weeks ago, “right next to the homeless shelter, the playground, and the federal government building preparing inmates for release on parole.”  She suggested bringing in MPD and the Department of General Services Protection Services.  Flahaven agreed that it was past due time to send them a letter.

Addressing the progress on closing the shelter, Flahaven summarized the Mayor’s planned two prong approach:  1) an open-ended search for several 40 – 50 unit shelters in the private sector, and 2) a search for existing city facilities which can be converted into shelters.

The need is to replace the shelter’s 288 units for about 1,000 people; as Flahaven pointed out, the actual need is probably greater, since those figures count only the units in the current shelter.  An article by Pamela Constable in today’s Washington Post quotes Dora Taylor, spokeswoman for DC DHS, as saying the DC General shelter is now only half full, but the article notes that with the advent of the hypothermia season, the city will be soon overwhelmed with trying to place an estimated 840 families.  The article also reports that CM Jim Graham says only a total of 409 spaces are currently available.  Flahaven warned that the community needs to be on guard against any attempt to increase the current maximum capacity of DC General while trying to close it.

Flahaven’s criticism of the Mayor’s plan was twofold:  If the plan is to close the shelter by next fall (he called this a very optimistic time frame) there should be a deadline on private sector Requests for Offers (RFOs).  Second, he said, there seems to be no current talk of locating existing city facilities which could be used to house the homeless currently residing at DC General.  Flahaven cited the need to identify one or two locations to achieve momentum on the effort, and said that Hill East residents should be willing to step up and have one of the mini-shelters on Reservation 13 to “send a message.”  He expects ANC6B to be open to the idea, and would move on that once the closing of DC General was well on track.

He also noted that the city is spending “a ton of money” to upgrade conditions in DC General in the aftermath of the disappearance of Relisha Rudd and said that the money could be repurposed to support new shelters.  Flahaven said he would take a letter to the city expressing these concerns to the November meeting of ANC6B, and would continue to make these issues a priority for the Hill East Task Force.

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