Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mayor Bowser’s Eastern Market Metro News Conference – A Photo Essay

Early on, a crowd begins to gather at Eastern Market Metro

Early on, a crowd begins to gather at Eastern Market Metro

Circa 10:45am Mayor Bowser arrives and huddles with city officials to set the agenda.

Circa 10:45am Mayor Bowser arrives and huddles with city officials to set the agenda.

The Mayor and Chief Lanier share a moment

The Mayor and Chief Lanier share a moment

And the television news media rolled out for the event:  WTTG Channel 5, WJLA News 7, WUSA News Nine, City 16 from the Mayor's office, Channel 5 Fox, WRC Channel 4 News, and Univision Spanish TV.

And the television news media rolled out for the event: WTTG Channel 5, WJLA News 7, WUSA News Nine, City 16 from the Mayor’s office, Channel 5 Fox, WRC Channel 4 News, and Univision Spanish TV.

The Mayor's introductory remarks were followed by city officials explaining the work of the new Robbery Intervention Task Force.  The cranes in the background are on the Hine Development constructions site.

The Mayor’s introductory remarks were followed by city officials explaining the work of the new Robbery Intervention Task Force. The cranes in the background are on the Hine Development constructions site.

Department of Public Works employee Bobby Lacy chooses the music before the Mayor takes the stage at a public venue. Lacy, a music major in college and a musician himself, likes to play jazz for assembled crowds, and as much as possible he likes to feature DC talent.

 

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Capitol Hill’s Proposed Southeast Boulevard: Up to Ten Years and $190 Million

DDOT projects much less traffic on neighborhood streets if the proposed SE Boulevard is four lanes.

Jonathon Robers, DDOT planner, shows how DDOT projects much less traffic on neighborhood streets if the proposed SE Boulevard is four lanes.

 

Capitol Hill’s Proposed Southeast Boulevard: Up to Ten Years and $190 Million

by Larry Janezich

DC Department of Transportation planner Jonathon Rogers told Capitol Hill’s ANC6B Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg’s Transportation Committee last night that any of the three proposals for development of the proposed Southeast Boulevard between Barney Circle and the 11th Street Bridge could take up to ten years and cost up to $190 million. (See the three proposals here:  http://bit.ly/1ZaDqWm)

Rogers also told the committee that there are no “fatal flaws” standing in the way of any of the three concepts proposed by DDOT planners.  Rogers’ remarks came during his presentation of the DOT SE Boulevard Feasibility Study to the committee; the study considered potential obstacles – land ownership, travel demand, a three-block-long underground garage for tour buses, and cost issues.  (See here:  http://bit.ly/1Uy5pbS)

Rogers said that the study shows a four lane boulevard would be the most advantageous for the surrounding community resulting in far less traffic on nearby neighborhood streets than a two lane boulevard.

The projected costs of the project range from a low of $121 million without the underground garage to a high of $188 million with a garage – all in 2015 dollars.  (The major difference between the high and low figures is the cost of adding the underground garage – about $65 million.)

The (optimistic) projected time line for completion of the project is between 7 to 10 years, with the lower figure based on a model anticipating parkland adjacent to and on the boulevard and the higher figure based on surrounding redevelopment construction (residential and commercial infill).

In order to move forward, the next step would be an Environmental Assessment study – for which 2016 funding has already been provided.  It will be up to ANC6B to push the project forward by requesting the study.

The prospective underground garage for tour buses anticipated by all three prospective concepts has raised the most concerns by community stakeholders.  Commissioner Daniel Chao, in whose single member district most of the project lies, expressed concerns about the impact of the proposed garage on the quality of life of nearby residents, including Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments, as well as the traffic congestion buses would bring to the community.

ANC6B commissioner Brian Flahaven, told DDOT last night:  “I wish you had never brought the garage up – it has distracted from the benefits of the overall project.  What’s there now is terrible – there’s no access to the water (the Anacostia River).  Any of the three concepts is better than what we have now.”

Commissioner Nick Burger suggested that DDOT consider a SE Boulevard completely below the surface, leaving the ground level available for residential development.  Rogers responded that the Environmental Assessment could include that concept.

Flahaven, a prominent Hill East activist, suggested that any committee action be delayed for a month to provide an opportunity for the committee to receive community input, consider options, and weigh how best to proceed.

Oldenburg proposed that the Transportation Committee consider a draft letter to DDOT to support going ahead with the Environmental Assessment and include “additional ideas” at its next meeting in February.  That proved to be the consensus of the committee. Additional details will be made public at the next regular ANC6B meeting on January 12, in Hill Center, when the commission receives the committee report.

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Mayor Comes to Eastern Market Metro To Announce Initiative Against Robberies

Mayor Bowser Launches Initiative Against Robberies at Eastern Market Metro, with MPD Chief Lanier, CM Anita Bonds (far left) and CM Charles Allen (behind flag)

Mayor Bowser Launches Initiative Against Robberies at Eastern Market Metro, with MPD Chief Lanier, CM Anita Bonds (far left) and CM Charles Allen (behind flag)

Mayor Comes to Eastern Market Metro To Announce Initiative Against Robberies

by Larry Janezich

Mayor Muriel ​Bowser came to Capitol Hill this morning to announce the launch of a Robbery Intervention Task Force to target what she characterized as robbery sprees occurring at the hands of a small group of repeat offenders who target ​certain areas and commit crimes in quick succession.

Bowser came to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza for the 10:30am news conference, she said, because “we had always planned on coming to Barracks Row” as part of the recently implemented comprehensive public safety plan and because her “office has been working closely with Councilmember Charles Allen regarding the increased robberies in the area.”

The heart of the new Task Force is increased cooperation and coordination between and among the​ MPD, the Metropolitan Transit Police, the Office of the DC Attorney General, and the US Attorney’s office.  The effort will allow sharing of information among public safety agencies in real time, utilizing special crime analysts to spot problems and sharing that information along with video from CCTV and Metro cameras as well as street intelligence from sources among public safety agencies.

For its part, the US Attorney’s Office will assign senior prosecutors to aggressively prosecute robberies, prioritize violent crime, make special efforts to coordinate evidence, and seek pre-trial detention to keep repeat offenders off the streets. ​  The prosecution rates of suspects accused of committing crimes on Capitol Hill – and elsewhere in the city – has been the subject of concern and discussion in the neighborhood, and ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp was on hand at today’s conference to ask whether the US Attorney’s office felt the $2,000 raised from the community was sufficient to cover the cost of a FOIA she filed in order to ascertain those statistics, or whether to community would have to “bake more FOIA cakes.”  The US Attorney demurred, saying he was preoccupied with prosecution and others in his office dealt with gathering the material requested by Krepp.

The Mayor responded to Krepp by noting a District study is underway to collect some of the same data.  In her prepared remarks,​ Bowser deplored a recent assault on the Red Line near NOMA Metro stop and said she would not tolerate a lack of public safety on the Metropolitan Transit System.  MPD has video of the perpetrators in that case and she urged residents to view the video and help identify the suspects.

MPD Chief Lanier spoke to the need for the Task Force, citing the small number of individuals responsible for a large number of crimes – “a small group of individuals might be responsible for four or five or six robberies in a single night. The goal will be to make sure that one robbery doesn’t become more.”  Lanier said the new coordinated effort has been in operation since December 11 and listed multiple arrests which have occurred since then to demonstrate its success.

Also in attendance at the news conference were Councilmembers Charles Allen and Anita Bonds, DC Attorney General Carl Racine, US Attorney representative Richard Tischner, and MTP Chief Ronald Pavlik.

(During the press conference, a ABC Channel 7 News crew vehicle parked some 100 feet away was broken into and robbed.  See here:   http://bit.ly/1OAJIHY)

 

 

 

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The Week Ahead…and Las Placitas Is Open on Lower Barracks Row

 

The Week Ahead….and Las Placitas is Open on Lower Barracks Row

By Larry Janezich

Las Placitas, now open at 1100 8th Street, SE

Las Placitas, now open at 1100 8th Street, SE

The menu is the same - except for the addition of a new Salvadorean specialty

The menu is the same – except for the addition of a new Salvadorean specialty

 

The Week Ahead…

Monday, January 4

  1. ANC6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 Second Street, NE (2nd & G NE).

Agenda:

Presentation by ABRA representative on license protests

  1. Capitol Hill Restoration Society Historic Preservations Committee meets at 6:30pm, 420 10th Street, SE.

Tuesday, January 5

  1. ANC6C Parks and Events Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:00pm at Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 Second Street, NE (2nd & G NE).

Agenda not available at press time.

  1. The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) Finance Committee will meet at 7:00pm in the North Hall of Eastern Market.

Agenda

Discussion of the budget, the financial statement and the need for a long term reserve fund.

Wednesday, January 6

  1. ANC6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 7:00pm, Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 Second Street, NE (2nd & G NE).

Among items on the agenda:

418-426 C Street, NE  – Application of 418-426 Stanton Park LLC for concept approval for rear additions, penthouses and roof decks at 418-426 C Street, NE.

631 Lexington Place, NE – Application of Redux Properties LLC for concept approval for attic expansion and new basement entrance at front of 631 Lexington Place, NE.

301-331 N Street, NE (non-voting) – Informational presentation by Foulger-Pratt Development, LLC concerning its pending application for the consolidated review and approval of a Planned Unit Development and related zoning map amendment for the property known as 301-331 N Street, NE.  The related Map Amendment proposes to rezone the site from the C-M-1 Zone District to the C-3-C Zone District.  The applicant seeks to create a mixed-use residential and commercial project with a significant historic preservation component, consistent with the goals of the D.C. Comprehensive Plan. The project will create approximately 370 residential units, approximately 175 hotel rooms, office space, and ground floor retail. The project will contain an approximate FAR of 6.68 and will have heights of 110 and 120 feet.  As part of this project, the Applicant proposes to retain and rehabilitate a historically significant building, possibly improve N Street in front of the subject property, and promote arts and arts-related uses.

301 Florida Avenue, NE – Application of 301 FL Manager LLC for consolidated review and approval of a Planned Unit Development and related zoning map amendment to rezone the Property from the C-M-1 District to the C-3-C District. The Property is currently improved with a one-story building and associated surface parking, surrounded by a variety of uses including low- to high-density residential, industrial warehouses, and commercial uses.  Applicant proposes to raze the existing building to build a mixed-use building composed of retail and residential uses. The PUD will have a density of approximately 7.57 floor area ratio (“FAR”) and will include a total of approximately 66,010 square feet of gross floor area. Approximately 61,173 square feet of gross floor area will be devoted to residential use (approximately 56 units) and approximately 4,837 square feet of gross floor area will be devoted to retail use.

  1. ANC6B’s Transportation Committee meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center.

Among items on the agenda:

DDOT Southeast Boulevard Feasibility Study Draft Report: Jonathan Rogers, DDOT

DDOT Proposed “Vision Zero” Rulemaking

3. ANC6B Commissioners Chander Jayaraman and Denise Krepp host a community meeting on the 7-11 coming to the 15th and Independence Avenue, SE, intersection.  7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

4.  PSA #106 meets at 7:00pm with Lt. Avery at Arthur capper Senior Public Housing, 900 5th Street SE, Community Room (Just walk straight through past the security desk, through the courtyard and to the community room).

Thursday, January 7

  1. ANC 6B Planning and Zoning Committee meets outside of its regularly scheduled first Tuesday meeting. The meeting will be as usual at 7:00pm at St. Coletta’s of Greater Washington.  (The committee will return to its standard meeting day (Tuesday) in February.)

Among items on the agenda:

655 C Street, SE, concept/infill, dogleg, addition to garage

240 Kentucky Avenue SE, concept/rear addition.

The Furies Collective Building (219 11th Street, SE), historic designation.

325 5th Street, SE. Motion for Reconsideration by Parties in Opposition Robert A. Shelton and Mark Flynn. BZA hearing: January 19, 2016

1330-1336 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Request to Reopen the Record. William Wooten, (abutting neighbor). BZA hearing: not yet scheduled.

801 Virginia Avenue SE, driveways (close existing; open new), landscaping, utilities excavation, building projections, paving new driveway, etc. Nathan Hamman, Northfield Development. PSC Hearing: January 28, 2016

516 Archibald Walk, SE, construction of existing tree house.

Raze Permits for 1341, 1345, 1347, and 1349 K Street, SE.

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE PUD, Memorandum of Understanding and ANC 6B Testimony.

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

Among items on the agenda:

NoMa Circulator Route – DDOT is proposing to add a new Circulator route to serve the NoMa area. The route has not been chosen (not even the destination!), and they are looking for public input. Details of the proposal, including possible routes, can be found at http://www.dccirculator.com/explore/improvements-and-projects/noma-study/.

Prostitution on K Street, NE.  Residents have sent a petition to the Mayor to address the ongoing prostitution issues along K Street, NE. The contents of the letter will be discussed, and Lt. Cullen from MPD will be present to answer questions about the police’s efforts in combatting this issue.

Planned Parenthood (1200 block 4th Street, NE) – construction in public space.  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. Discussion will focus on curb cuts, sidewalk design, parking signage, and landscaping. The applicant presented to the ANC in October and is returning to address comments.

301 K Street, NE – curb cut and driveway in public space.  Owners of a residential property (two-unit condo) at the corner of 3rd and K Street, NE are looking to widen existing curb cut on 3rd Street, and install a driveway in public space.

  1. PSA 107 meets at 7:00pm in Southeast Library, lower level, with Lt. Eddie Fowler.
  1. Friends of Southeast Library (FOSEL) meet at 5:30pm, Southeast Library, lower level.

Friday, January 8

  1. ANC6B Commissioners Denise Krepp and Chander Jayaraman host a community meeting on the proposed Andromeda Clinic proposed for 15tt and South Carolina Avenue, SE.  7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

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