Monthly Archives: November 2015

Violent Crime on Capitol Hill Jumps in Past 30 Days

Violent Crime on Capitol Hill Jumps In Past 30 Days

PSA 107 Meets Thursday Night – 7:00pm – S.E. Library

by Larry Janezich

Violent crime statistics in the heart of Capitol Hill  – the home of PSA 107 – jumped in the past 30 days over the previous 30 days.

The PSA saw an increase in violent crime to 15 incidents in the period from October 4 to November 3, up from 5 during the period from September 4 to October 3.

The PSA saw the biggest increase in robberies both with and without a gun, as the MPD crime maps below show.  In addition, there was an increase in assaults with and without a gun.

MPD District 1 also saw an increase in violent crime to 95 incidents during the period from October 4 to November 3, up from 66 during the period from September 4 to October 3.

The increase in violent crime was most evident in robberies with a gun: other categories seeing increases included homicides, sex abuse, and robberies excluding gun.  There was a slight decrease in assaults.

MPD District 1 has arrested at least two groups of individuals who they believe are responsible for many of the robberies.  Those individuals are reported to have come to Capitol Hill from MPD District Six.  City officials and citizens groups have both been increasingly active lately in seeking ways to address the crime issues.

The MPD crime map can be found here:  http://1.usa.gov/1MJBzSx

Crime Stats PSA 107, October 4 - November 3, 2015

Violent Crime in PSA 107, October 4 – November 3, 2015

Violent Crime PSA 107, September 4 to October 3

Violent Crime PSA 107, September 4 to October 3

Violent Crime in MPD District 1 from October 4 to November 3, 2015

Violent Crime in MPD District 1 from October 4 to November 3, 2015

Violent Crime in MPD District 1, September 4 to October 3, 2015

Violent Crime in MPD District 1, September 4 to October 3, 2015

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Community Connections Wants Part Time Primary Health Care Facility

Community Connections at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue (photo courtesy of Google)

Community Connections at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue (photo courtesy of Google)

Community Connections Wants Part Time Primary Health Care Facility

And Some Surprising Facts About Community Connections

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee sent Community Connection’s (CC) request for support for a part time primary health care office in its operation to the full ANC for a final decision.  It appeared that the Committee was poised to give a qualified “no objection” to the plan, contingent upon CC’s continuing commitment to resolve some of the social and behavioral issues associated with some of their clients who linger near Eastern Market Metro Plaza before and after visiting the facility at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.

CC representatives appeared before the committee Tuesday night to support their plan for the primary health care office to serve an estimated 5 – 9 of their current clients per day.  A Department of Health “Certificate of Need” is necessary, and CC is seeking ANC6B’s endorsement of the document.

Several members of the Planning and Zoning Committee said they were conflicted.  While recognizing the needs of CC’s clients for primary health care, they said they were concerned about a possible increase in client traffic that would contribute to the problems which have recently plagued the 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., intersection.  To those concerns the CC representatives say that the facility is at capacity now, that their client’s limited financial resources for transportation will discourage frequent use, and that the additional health service is not a lucrative one which would encourage expansion.

That intersection is home to a traffic hub with four nearby carryout food outlets, a mobile hotdog stand, a nearby 7-11, a singles-selling liquor store, and considerable public greenspace.  The crowd that occupies the setting is comprised of those waiting for public transportation, school students traversing the area, a population of homeless persons who sleep in doorways of businesses (including the Post Office), and a number of CC clients – probably fewer than 15.  Moving through the crowd is a constant stream of patrons of businesses and food and drink venues on Barracks Row.  This adds up, in the words of resident member and former Commissioner Ivan Frishberg, to “an unhealthy environment” that adversely affects both the community and the CC clients.  The worst behaviors include intoxication to the point of unconsciousness, drug use, public urination, at least one public sex act, panhandling – and drug dealing.

CC representatives say they are very aware of the issues which some of their clients bring to the neighborhood and are trying to resolve those issues and to deepen their engagement to the community.  To that end, CC is working with group of 8th and Pennsylvania Avenue stakeholders and CM Charles Allen as well as ANC6B.  (See here: http://bit.ly/1jQB0sR)

Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, Chair of ANC6B, in whose single member district CC resides, came down firmly in support of the Certificate of Need.  She termed the request for an endorsement “benign” while acknowledging the problems in the neighborhood.  Oldenberg said, “If we turn this down, I don’t think we’ve advanced dealing with the problems….and then what?”  And apparently in response to one resident who questioned whether CC should be in the community, she added “We don’t have the capacity to kick Community Connections out of their own building.”

In the end, the Committee voted to forward the question to the full ANC which meets next on Tuesday, November 10th, at Hill Center.  In the meantime, Oldenberg said she would draft a letter for the Commission to consider.  It appeared likely that the letter would say that the ANC has no objection to the Certificate of Need, but will note the number of issues associated with Community Connections that are of concern to the community as well as the expectations of the community with respect to CC’s continued participation in resolving these issues.

CC has – some believe – deliberately kept a low profile in the community which has contributed to a wide misunderstanding in the community about what they do.  CC is a mental health services provider funded in part by the city and one of the default providers of services following the deinstitutionalization of mental health care under the Reagan administration. Some of the points about Community Connections which were revealed or asserted by representatives last night include:

Community Connections is not a methadone clinic

They have upwards of 400 employees, the majority of which interact with clients off site in the clients’ homes, in doctors’ offices, or at Social Security offices:  60% of CC’s work takes place off site, 40% on site

More than 100 employees work at the 801 Pennsylvania Avenue location, including medical personnel, administrators, accountants, and property managers

Their clients come from across the city and are referred by the DC Department of Behavioral Health (at 64 New York Avenue, NE) which gives clients a choice of which mental health care provider they want to go to

Both Yes! and Baskin-Robbins are tenants of CC and occupy parts of the CC Building – which is owned by CC

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The Week Ahead … And the How, When, What, and Where of Eastern Market Shoppers

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) is conducting a market research study to learn the preferences of customers.  The results of the survey at circa 12 noon for Saturday, October 31 are as follows.

The Week Ahead … And the How, When, What, and Where of Eastern Market Shoppers

By Larry Janezich

The Week Ahead….

Monday, November 2

  1. ANC 6C ABC Committee meets at 7:00pm, at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 Second Street, N.E.

Among items on the agenda:

Sugar Factory, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.  – modification to Settlement Agreement

XO 15 K Street N.E., 237 2nd Street, N.W., Seeking new tavern liquor license(s).

Updates on Old Business:  Po Boy Jim’s (709 H Street N.E.), The Alibi (237 2nd Street, N.W.), Toscana Café (601 2nd Street, N.E.)

  1. CHRS Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, S.E.

Tuesday, November 3

  1. ANC6B Planning & Zoning Committee meets at 7:00 p.m., in the cafeteria at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, S.E.)

Among items on the agenda:

761 10th Street, S.E. – Request for a special exception of the Zoning Regulations to allow a two-story rear addition and a two-story garage addition to a row dwelling not meeting the zoning requirements for lot occupancy at 761 10th Street, S.E.

DOH Certificate of Need (for primary care facility), Community Connections, 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.

Rock ‘n Roll DC Marathon scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2016.

PUD Subcommittee Report to the Planning & Zoning Committee

  1. ANC6C Parks and Events Committee meets at 7:00pm, at Kaiser-Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 2nd Street, N.E.

Rock N Roll DC Marathon scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Improving Public Transparency – Discussion of ways to keep the public better informed of the work of ANC 6C and its committees.  [

Wednesday, November 4

  1. ANC6B Transportation Committee meets at 7:00 p.m., Hill Center.

On the agenda:

Virginia Avenue SE Streetscape, CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel project, Special Public Space Committee hearing—November 12, 2015

  1. ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 7:00 pm at Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente 700 Second Street, N.E.

Among items on the agenda:

400 K Street, N.E. – Revised application of Tiblez Adal for a variance from the nonconforming structure requirements to allow a substantially-completed two story carriage house to be adaptively restored as an artist studio.

301 Florida Avenue N.E. – Informational presentation by 301 Florida Manager LLC on its application for the consolidated review and approval of a Planned Unit Development (“PUD”) and related zoning map amendment to rezone the property from the C-M-1 District to the C-3-C District. Applicant proposes to raze the existing building to build a mixed-use building composed of retail and residential uses. The project will have a density of 7.57 floor area ratio, will include a total of approximately 66,010 square feet of gross floor area, and will have a building height of 101 feet (eight stories).

Thursday, November 8

  1. ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Control Committee meets at 7:00pm, Hill Center.

Among items on the agenda:

L Street Market, 7th & L Streets, S.E., Settlement Agreement Revision (change of Sunday closing from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm).

Café 8, 424 8th Street, S.E., Settlement Agreement Revision (change in operation/sales & consumption hours)’

Starbucks Coffee, 237 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., new Retailer’s Class “D” Restaurant license (beer and wine).

Bullfrog Bagels, 317 7th Street, S.E’, new Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant license.

  1. ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, N.E.

Among items on the agenda:

D3 Bus Route Removal – WMATA is planning to remove the D3 bus route, which runs from Ivy City down West Virginia Avenue to K Street, then along K Street to Farragut North and then to Dupont Circle. A representative from WMATA will be on hand to discuss ridership and feedback from the public comment period, and to hear from community members.

NoMa Underpass, M Street, N.E. – art installation.  Public space occupancy permit for art installation under the train tracks at M Street, N.E., by the south entrance of the NoMa Metro station.

6th & H Street Bar and Grill – application for enclosed sidewalk café.   Plans include tables and chairs with umbrellas, fenced enclosure, no awning or cover. PENDING CONFIRMATION FROM APPLICANT.

1200 block of 4th Street, N.E. – Planned Parenthood construction in public space application.  Planned Parenthood is redeveloping the warehouse next to Two Rivers Charter School and will be presenting their project and public space elements of the new facility.

  1. PSA 107 meets at 7:00pm in Southeast Library, lower level.
  2. Friends of Southeast Library meets at 5:30pm in Southeast Library, lower level.

Saturday, November 7

  1. Capitol Hill Art League Annual Small Works Art Sale: “Good Things Come in Small Packages” opens, 3–7pm at CHAW, 545 7th Street, S.E.

“Shoppers and art enthusiasts will find unique, one of a kind pieces – pottery, glass, wall art, photographs, original notecards, and craft items. Hundreds of pieces of art will be offered in an easy-to-view display space. Customers who purchase art are offered free wrapping services so a gift purchase is ready to present.”

For more information and the CHAW hours of operation, contact CHAW at 202-247-6839 or www.chaw.org

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is a community-based, not-for-profit arts organization founded in 1972. The CHAW facility includes a dance studio, visual arts studio, Black Box Theater, art gallery, complete ceramics/pottery studio, a photography darkroom (the only “open” darkroom in D.C.), and private music instruction studios. CHAW representatives will be present to provide information on their art programs for children and adults.  Website: www.Caphillartleague.org

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