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Proposal Unveiled to Develop Former Frager’s Paint Store Parcel at 12th and Pennsylvania, SE

1123 - 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

1123 – 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Early concept for residential/retail development at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The white portion is a historical structure incorporated into the new development.

Early concept for residential/retail development at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The white portion is a historical structure incorporated into the new development.

View of the proposed concept looking west.  The dimensions of the site's former one story building remain as a distinct element of the building's design.

View of the proposed concept looking west. The dimensions of the site’s former one story building remain as a distinct element of the building’s design.

This view shows how the proposal fits into the Frager's block.

This view shows how the proposal fits into the Frager’s block.

Proposal Unveiled to Develop Former Frager’s Paint Store Parcel at 12th and Pennsylvania, SE

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee heard representatives of PGN Architects present a proposal for the redevelopment of 1123-1129 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, a series of retail shops which include the former Frager’s Paint store, an Asian restaurant, and Pizza Iole.

PGN Architect Jeff Goins described the proposal as a very early concept, intended to brief the Committee on the intent of the property’s owner.  No formal actions toward redevelopment have yet been taken, but over the next couple of months, the architects will take the proposal before the Historic Preservation Review Board and meet with the community to explain the details of the project.  Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, in whose single member district the project resides, will host community meetings where PGN Architects will explain the details of the proposed development, which lies in the Capitol Hill Historic District.

The proposal would comprise 30 to 32 residential units with 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail.  .

The reaction of the Committee to the proposal was generally positive, with Chair Nick Burger expressing his personal reaction to the proposed design, calling it “cool, not boring, distinctive….punchy.”  The architects had considered a more conventional approach along the lines of Butterfield House, but had opted for another design inspired by modern structures in historic neighborhoods in Paris and Lisbon, as well as the Stanton Development building at 7th and Pennsylvania which houses Le Pain Quotidien.

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The Week Ahead…CM Allen’s Oversight Roundtable on Youth Rehabilitation Act Sentencing Thursday

Progress continues on Buchanan Park - the redevelopment of the Buchanan School site adjacent to and on the west side of the southeast Safeway.

Progress continues on Buchanan Park – the redevelopment of the Buchanan School site adjacent to and on the west side of the southeast Safeway.

The Week Ahead…CM Charles Allen’s Oversight Roundtable on Youth Rehabilitation Act Thursday

by Larry Janezich

Monday, February 6

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

Tuesday, February 7

  1. ANC6B Planning & Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, in the Cafeteria at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Among items on the agenda:

417 4th Street, SE, (HPRB denied ANC6B approved application for special exception to permit a third floor in December.)  This appears to be a reconsideration of the Historic Preservation Application – perhaps of a new concept – for construction of a three-story rear addition to an existing three-unit apartment house in the RF-3 Zone at premises.

517 7th Street, SE; Historic Preservation application for a 3-story addition.

1335 Massachusetts Avenue, SE, Historic Preservation Application for rear second story addition to an existing one-family dwelling.

1335 Massachusetts Avenue, SE, Zoning Adjustment application for rear second story addition to an existing one-family dwelling.

Application for Minor Modification of Zoning Adjustment order for 1401 A Street, SE.

608 G Street, SE, Zoning Adjustment for rear first-floor addition to an existing one-family dwelling.

337 16th Street, SE, Zoning Adjustment for rear first-floor addition to an existing one-family dwelling.

1415 Potomac Avenue, SE, Zoning Adjustment for two story rear addition to an existing flat.

1336 E Street, SE, Zoning Adjustment for rear second-story addition to an existing one-family dwelling.

1333 M Street, SE, – Application for PUD Modification to allow 2 more years before permitting.

Concept Design Presentation, 1123 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, PGN Architects.

  1. ANC 6C Parks and Events Committee meets at Kaiser-Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the agenda:

Capitol Hill Classic – Presentation concerning the 38th annual Capitol Hill Classic race, a fundraiser for the PTA of the Capitol Hill Cluster School, scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2017. Representative: Roberta Stewart, Outreach Chair, Capitol Hill Classic.

NoMa Parks – Update from NoMa Parks Foundation concerning the status of NoMa parks projects. Representative: Stacie West, NoMa Parks Foundation.

Reservation 84 – Discussion of neighborhood effort to revitalize a triangular public park space (bounded by Constitution Avenue, NE, Massachusetts Avenue, NE, and 7th Street, NE, and potential ANC6C grant application requesting funds for the purchase of trees.

Wednesday, February 8

  1. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C meets at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Fighting climate pollution in D.C. – Jeremiah Lowery

Capitol Hill Classic, Sunday, May 21, 2017, fundraiser for the PTA, Capitol Hill Cluster Schools.

Revitalization of Reservation 84, park at Constitution, Massachusetts, and 7th Street, and potential ANC 6C grant request to plant trees.

725 L Street NE, Zoning Adjustment for addition of one-story sunroom.

108-110 8th Street, NE, revised application for three-story rear addition and one-story garage with attached studio.

646 6th Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment application for third-floor addition.

Council oversight hearings.

K Street traffic study.

Union Station, First Street entrance.

Vision Zero to eliminate D.C. traffic deaths, second rulemaking.

NoMa underpass at L Street NE.

300 Maryland Avenue N.E., hardscaping, landscaping, and lighting.

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

Among items on the agenda:

Overview and Discussion of DDOT’s 17th Street, SE, Improvement Project with DDOT Representative.

Review of DDOT’s Vision Zero Revised Proposed Rulemaking.

Establishment of a Committee Working Group on Alley Naming.

Update on Status of DDOT Study.

Thursday, February 9

  1. Councilmember Charles Allen’s Judiciary & Public Safety Public Oversight Roundtable

The DC City Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a Public Oversight Roundtable on the following Matter:  Sentencing in the District of Columbia: Agency Roles and Responsibilities, at 9:30am in the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 500.

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony. Anyone wishing to testify at the roundtable should contact the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety via email at judiciary@dccouncil.us or at (202) 727-8275, and provide their name,  telephone number, organizational affiliation, and title (if any), by close of business, Monday, February 6, 2017.

  1. ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Control Committee meets at 7:00pm, Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the agenda:

Capitol Hill Tandoor, 419 8th Street, SE, Withdraw Protest, support renewal with Settlement Agreement.

Pretzel Bakery, 257 15th ST, SE, New Class “D” Restaurant License.

Update on Hank’s Oyster Bar Protest and decision on the Motion in Limine.

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Here’s How Policing Will Change on Capitol Hill Under MPD’s New Sector Plan

Here's a map of the three Sectors comprising MPD District 1

Here’s a map of the three Sectors comprising MPD District 1

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MPD Officials and officers, from Sector 2, First District, met with ten residents of PSA 107 last night. MPD reps from right: Captain John Knutsen, Lieutenant Crystal Beslow, and Sgt. Al Boyd.

Here’s How Policing Will Change on Capitol Hill Under MPD’s New Sector Plan

PSA’s 104, 107 & 108 Constitute Sector Two of First District’s Three Sectors

By Larry Janezich

Thursday night, at the PSA 107 meeting, MPD Captain John Knutson explained the operation of the new Sector Concept instituted January 3 by MPD.  It will, he said, bring additional management accountability to districts, allow for faster dispatch, lower response times, and improve service to the community.  The sector concept does not eliminate PSAs – those boundaries within the First District remain the same.

Under the Sector model, each patrol district is divided into three sectors with a Sector being an informal grouping of Police Service Areas (PSAs).  Each sector will be led by a captain, who will report directly to their respective district commanders. Each Sector will also have 3 Lieutenants on 3 shifts for round the clock coverage.

Knutsen pledged 24 hour availability 7 days a week, and attendance at monthly community PSA meetings in a renewed effort to improve community policing.  Lieutenants will share responsibility for overseeing the PSAs and personnel in their sector on any given shift.

According to Knutsen, the main benefit of the Sector Concept is that it will allow MPD to pool resources of the three PSAs and allow police to shift resources where needed to respond to crime patterns.

While Knutsen and his Lieutenants are available 24 hours a day by phone or email, if residents witness a crime in progress, they should call 911.

Knutsen stressed: “For this sector, I am the decision maker and I’ll be at meetings,” referring to PSA meetings.  He said that MPD will take a look at meetings to see how they can be structured to better serve the community – or example, next month’s meeting will be held on the first Thursday in Northeast Library.  Referring to his fellow captains in charge of Sectors, Knutsen said, “We all run Sectors as little police stations.  We’re all competing against each other.”

Officials say they generally answer emails 24/7 and the cell phone when at work.

Captain Knutsen’s contact information:

John.Knutsen@DC.gov

Cell:  202 438 8486

Lieutenant Crystal Beslow’s contact information:

Crystal.beslow@dc.gov

Cell: 202 437 1714

For more on the Sector Concept, go here:  http://bit.ly/2l5tsDV

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