Monthly Archives: January 2018

HYPE-Café – Ethiopian Coffee Café To Open at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Coming Soon: HYPE Cafe

HYPE-Café – Ethiopian Coffee Café To Open at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

by Larry Janezich

Hype-Café, an Ethiopian Coffee Café featuring home-made pastries will open at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, according to Mahmoud Abd-alla who owns the building which once housed Frager’s Paint Store and a long series of restaurants.  Abd-alla also owns the adjacent buildings occupied by Anh-Dao Vietnamese Restaurant and Pizza-Iole Pizza by the Slice.

Asked when the café would open, Abd-alla said, “When you smell the coffee, you will know it is open,” but later allowed he hoped to open in February.

In February of last year, Abd-alla floated a preliminary proposal to develop the three properties into 32 residential units with 5000 square feet of ground floor retail.  The status of that plan is uncertain.  See CHC post here:  http://bit.ly/2lp8hgX

 

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The Week Ahead…And Photos from the Women’s March on the Polls

The speakers were on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  Photo from Saturday, January 21, 2018, circa 12:20pm. Click to enlarge.

Batala Washington, the All Female Afro-Brazilian Percussion Band, showed up to lead the march to the White House.

The pussy hats have become gender neutral.

 

 

The Week Ahead…And Photos from the Women’s March on the Polls

by Larry Janezich

Monday, January 22

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee Meets at 7:00pm at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE. 

Among items on the agenda:

Announcement that ANC 6A seeking volunteer committee members.

Request for support of the 2018 Capitol Hill Classic 10K race.

ANC 6A Community Outreach Committee meets at 7:00pm at Eastern High School, Parent Center, 1700 East Capitol Street NE (Enter from East Capitol Street).

Among items on the agenda:

Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law presentation of 2018 Vita Tax Preparation program with Catholic Charities.

Tuesday, January 23

PSA #106 meets at 7:00pm at Congressional Quarter Community Center, 1000 5th Street, SE.

Wednesday, January 24

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm in the North Hall, Eastern Market, 225 7th Street, SE.

Among items on the agenda:

Receipt and request for comment on RFP for 300 block of 7th street

Oversight hearings for Department of General Services and request for input

Committee appointments

Special Task Force to study market violation and dispute resolution process.

Market Managers Report

Status of the Leases

Financials

Eastern Market Main Street

Tenant’s Council Report

Thursday, January 25

The Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Thursday, January 25, at 441 4th Street, NW in Room 220-South.  The Ebenezer Church case HPA 17-488 regarding a curb cut to allow parking on the interior of the block as well at the Historic Preservation Application for two structures housing mechanical parking lifts, is scheduled to be heard from 3:15pm – 4:00pm.

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Historic Preservation Office Staff Ok’s Ebenezer Church Mechanical Parking Lifts

A cross section of one of the three-level parking structures is shown  on the left. On the right is a cross section of one of the five new townhouse rental units being built by the Church and one of the five parking spaces behind those new units.  Click to enlarge.

Historic Preservation Office Ok’s Ebenezer Church Mechanical Parking Lifts

by Larry Janezich

On Friday, the Office of Planning released the Historic Preservation Office staff report recommending that the Historic Preservation Review Board approve the concept for a curb cut and parking structures housing a mechanical lift for parking cars behind Ebenezer Methodist Church at 400 D Street, Street, SE.  The Board will consider the case on Thursday.

The staff found that the proposed curb cut will not result in parking on public space and is consistent with where an alley curb cut would be found.  The report states that while the mechanical lift is unusual, numerous new garage structures in the Historic District have been approved.  The report glosses over the question of the mechanical lift per se.  As for the structures themselves, the report says they are  consistent with other garage structures in the Historic District.  The latest concept drawings for the structures show two identical 26’ 11’ X 20 buildings instead of one 26’ X 20’ and one 34’ X 20’.

On January 9, ANC6B voted to oppose Ebenezer Church’s effort to put the 19 car mechanical parking lift behind the church at 4th and D Streets, SE.  The vote was 4 – 2 with 2 abstentions.  See CHC post on the ANC6B meeting here: http://bit.ly/2mo4ylZ

The Historic Preservation Review Board will next meet on Thursday, January 25, at 441 4th Street, NW in Room 220-South.  The Ebenezer Church case HPA 17-488 is scheduled to be heard from 3:15pm – 4:00pm.

The full text of the staff report is as follows:

HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW BOARD

STAFF REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

Landmark/District: Capitol Hill Historic District (X) Agenda

Address: 400 – 418 D Street, SE ( ) Consent

(X) Concept

Meeting Date: January 25, 2018 ( ) Alteration

Case Number: 17-488 (X) New Construction

Evergreen Urban, in partnership with Ebenezer Methodist Church (as Ebenezer Flats, LLC), seeks conceptual design review for the construction of parking structures. Plans have been prepared by R. McGhee and Associates.

At the September 2017 meeting, the Board approved concept plans for subdividing the lots and constructing five new brick townhouses. The Board deferred taking action on the proposed parking structures and asked the applicant to return with more detailed information.

Property Description

Ebenezer Methodist Church is a red brick Romanesque styled building built in 1897 by architects Crump & Palmer and builders Masson & Harper. The church, which faces D Street, occupies three lots on square 820 that have never been combined: 806, 805 and 4. The congregation also owns lots 804 and 803 to the east which are vacant except for a playset, stone retaining wall, and steps.

The project also includes 416 and 418 D Street. The square does not have an alley. There is an existing driveway at Seward Square SE leading to a parking lot adjacent to the Capitol Hill Methodist Church.

Proposal

The two parking structures would be located at the rear of the new townhouses facing D Street and slightly off-set from one another. They would house mechanical lifts that would allow for cars to be stacked within. The buildings would be accessed from a new curb-cut and driveway on 5th Street. Both structures would be constructed of brick, each with a foot print measuring 26’ 11” x 20’ 0”, and a height of 13’ 4”. The top portion of the elevations would be perforated brick for ventilation, and the roofs would consist of open wood framing concealed from view by low brick parapet walls. The south elevations would feature paneled wood garage doors with crossbracing. Neither structure would be visible from the street.

Evaluation

The square features two large churches, Capitol Hill United Methodist at the northeast corner, and Ebenezer United Methodist at the southwest corner. There is currently a large at-grade parking lot associated with United Methodist at the square’s northern border. The proposed at grade-parking and parking structures at the southern border adjacent to the Ebenezer Methodist Church would essentially book-end the square.

New curb cuts are unusual for the Capitol Hill Historic District, and have been found incompatible by the Board when resulting in the creation of parking spaces within public space front yards. However, in this instance, the proposed location of the curb-cut will be in keeping with where an alley entrance would be found within the district, and it will not result in parking in public space. Given the location of the proposed curb cut, and the overall context of the project, the proposal is not incompatible for the character of the historic district.

While the mechanical lift component for these garages is unusual, the Board has approved numerous new garage structures within the historic district. The proposed 13.5 feet height will result in proportions consistent with those found in the district and will result in subordinate relationships to the rowhouses and clearly read as secondary structures. The simply designed brick elevations articulated with perforated brick panels and wood garage doors are consistent with other garage structures within the historic district.

Recommendation

The HPO recommends that the Board approve the general concept as consistent with the purposes of the preservation act, with further development of the plans as outlined above.

HPO Staff Contact: Gabriela Gutowski

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Food Fight at Eastern Market – Push Back on Plan to Open Market on Mondays

The Eastern Market Tenant’s Council and a few observers met in the Market Manager’s Office Thursday night.

Food Fight at Eastern Market – Push Back on Plan to Open Market on Mondays

by Larry Janezich

Thursday night, the Eastern Market Tenant’s Council – comprised of representatives of the Eastern Market inside merchants and outside vendors – pushed back hard against several proposals to changes the rules and operations governing them and the Market.  The changes were offered by Barry Margeson – the city official who manages the Market on behalf of the Department of General Services – who says they grew out of customer requests.

The proposals include – among others – that the Market remain open on Monday, that merchants in the South Hall be required to accept credit cards, that they be required to post prices on their products, and that they be open the same hours that the Market is open.

Margeson stressed that he was seeking input from the Tenant’s Council on the proposals and it was not his intent to make any changes without consulting with them.

On opening the Market on Mondays, Margeson said that competing markets are open seven days a week – except for Union Market – and that 63% of respondents to an on-line survey supported keeping  the Market open on Monday.

Opening on Mondays was unanimously opposed by the merchants and vendors.  One vendor said that “Monday is a slow day, and weekdays are already slow.  We would have to provide extra stock and hire an employee.  It’s a hardship.”  Another said, “Monday is the day I get stock and take money to the bank.  I can’t hire another person.  One day a week off is not crazy.”  A third asked, “How is this going to be paid for: security, cleanup, a Monday Manager?  It involves a lot of expense for Eastern Market but provides little benefit for the merchants.  It’s unfair to make us work seven days a week – we need downtime.”

Opposition to the credit card and pricing display requirements seemed to be based on interference with “what our rights are”, and the assertion “You shouldn’t tell us how to run our business.”  One merchant submitted in a written statement, “Product pricing is a function between the business owner and their customers.”

When the group turned to the details of additional suggested changes on parking, loading, and hours for operation of individual stands, the discussion turned acrimonious, seeming more like a food fight than a session of a quasi-legislative body.  Raised-voice arguments broke out with participants shouting at each other.  Much of contentiousness was between representatives of the inside merchants and the outside vendors – reportedly because of vendors’ resentment over the continuing efforts of the inside merchants to close the 200 block of 7th Street to traffic on Sundays.

In the end, the body unanimously passed a resolution stating that the Tenant’s Counsel agrees with the management that there should be no change in market days or hours of operation until a “comprehensive process of consultation with the Tenant’s Counsel and the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee is completed according to regulations, which may include a concise market study”.  The wording was intended to address a concern that presentation of the proposals and the discussion Thursday night did not constitute consultation which is required by city regulation.

It’s noteworthy that Margeson and the city do not have to heed the recommendation of the Tenant’s Council or the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, both of which serve as advisory bodies to the Market Management.  An effort by former Council Member Tommy Wells to create a stronger community-based governing body for Eastern Market failed when it was opposed by then Chair of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Muriel Bowser.

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Redesign of Two Potomac Avenue Triangle Parks Advances to ANC6B in February

The birds-eye view locates the two triangular parks on Potomac Avenue, SE – click to enlarge

Final design for reservation 253 between Potomac Avenue and K Streets. The plan includes a water feature which may depend on the unknown cost of getting water to the park. The pollinator garden activates and beautifies the space and allows partnering with other agencies for maintenance. Landscape architect Brent Cisco says there is a series of pollinator gardens throughout the city, which are typically well maintained at little cost.

Final design for reservation 254 between Potomac Avenue and I Streets. The plan includes a fenced playground. The plans for both parks include chess/checkers tables, a hardscape plaza, and outdoor fitness areas and landscape buffers. The current tree canopy in both parks would be preserved.

Redesign of Two Potomac Avenue Triangle Parks Advances to ANC6B in February

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday night, stakeholders in the plans to redesign two triangle parks on Potomac Avenue SE met to review the Department of Recreation’s final designs before they go to ANC6B for review next month.

After former ANC6B07 Commissioner Daniel Chao laid the ground work for addressing the problematic parks’ issues (nearby residents cited them as locations for illicit activity, including drug dealing) his successor, Commissioner Aimee Grace, became the driving force behind redesigning the parks.  She described her efforts to get city funding for the project as taking “a back channel approach”, appealing directly to Councilmembers Allen and Cheh for help.  Allen replied that he would help if the community was on board.  The result was an outpouring of community support for transforming the parks to safe neighborhood gathering places.  The effort won Allen’s support and he was subsequently successful in adding $500,000 to the FY 2018 DC Budget for the two redesigns.

Brent Cisco, landscape architect for the Department of Public and Recreation, unveiled the final versions of his designs for the parks at Tuesday’s meeting, stressing that the goal was to make them places for people to come together in all four seasons.

Residents wanted some tweaking of the design for the Reservation 254 park, worried that the design presented wouldn’t rebrand the park and the neighborhood enough – referring to the illicit activity associated with the park.  Some of the suggestions were to add picnic tables, art work, or boulders for children to climb on.  Grace and Cisco agreed to circulate modifications by email to reach an agreement before going before the ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee in early February.

CM Allen, who attended the meeting, reiterated that the whole idea behind redoing the parks is to bring people together.  He recalled that a previous attempt by Mayor Fenty spent money on the parks without seeking stakeholder input.  “You did that”, he told Grace, “and that provides a feeling of ownership and the likelihood that people will use it because they were brought into the process.”  Allen said that as we go to a final decision, he wants to see a cost estimate by the end of April in case he has to consider seeking additional funding and/or bringing additional partners into the process.

The designs will come up before ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee on February 6, and their monthly meeting, 7:00pm, at St. Coletta’s of Greater Washington.

They will then go to the full ANC6B meeting on February 13, at 7:00pm in Hill Center.

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NEW!  MPD Sector 2 Meeting (PSAs 104, 107, 108) Thursday at 7 PM at Liberty Baptist Church

Sector 2 Comprises PSAs 104, 107, and 108

NEW!  MPD Sector 2 Meeting (PSAs 104, 107, 108) Thursday at 7 PM at Liberty Baptist Church

by Larry Janezich

Wondering what happened to the PSA meetings?  They are being combined into new Sector 2 meetings, and the first one is tomorrow January 18, 7:00pm, at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE. (See message from MPD Captain John Knutson below.

Knutsen heads up Sector 2.  On January 11, Knutsen appeared before ANC6A last week and said that the reorganization of the MPD into Sectors, each under a Captain – as opposed to PSAs under a Lieutenant – has been partly responsible for a drop in crime statistics in every category over the previous year.  He said that the Sector model allows a more intelligent deployment.  It appears that the location for the Vector 2 meetings will rotate.  It’s not clear how often they will occur.  There at 3 Sectors in the First District, as follows:

First District (1D)

Sector 1: PSA 101, 102, 103

Sector 2: PSA 104, 107, 108

Sector 3: PSA 105, 106

From: MPD-1D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-1D@yahoogroups.com> on behalf of ‘Knutsen, John (MPD)’ John.Knutsen@dc.gov [MPD-1D] <MPD-1D@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:18 PM

To: MPD-1D@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [MPD-1D] Sector 2 Community Meeting Tomorrow

Good Afternoon,

Just a reminder that the next Sector 2 (PSAs 104, 107, 108) Community Meeting will take place Tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, 2017, at 7:00 PM. This month’s meeting will take place at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Ave SE. Please bring your friends and neighbors. Look forward to seeing you there!

John R. Knutsen

Captain

First District

Metropolitan Police Department

500 E Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

202-698-0056 (office)

202-438-8486 (cell)

We are here to help.

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The Week Ahead…. & City Council Fumbles Attempt to Name 2nd Street SE after Local Activist

The Week Ahead…. & City Council Fumbles Attempt to Name 2nd Street SE after Local Activist

by Larry Janezich

DC City Council Chair Phil Mendelson appears before ANC6B last Tuesday night. L-R: ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman, Commissioners James Loots, Nick Burger, and Kirsten Oldenburg.

City Council Fumbles Attempt to Name 2nd Street SE after Local Activist

DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson came to ANC6D last Tuesday, hat in hand, to discuss what seemed to be an attempt by the Committee of the Whole to ride roughshod over the ANC and resident’s opposition to the ceremonial naming of the 200 block of 2nd Street, SE, “Richard Rausch Way”.  Rausch, a longtime DC home rule and Democratic activist who died in 2007, resided on the street.  The ANC had not received timely notice of the proposal, and when it finally did, voted to oppose it.  That decision, however, had not been conveyed to Mendelson before the bill was scheduled for consideration by the Committee on the Whole.  At the last minute, after a flurry of emails from angry commissioners, the bill was pulled from the agenda after CM Allen interceded with Mendelson.

At his request, ANC6B invited Mendelson, and Councilmembers Bonds and Allen to make a presentation at the next full ANC meeting on February 13 regarding naming the street for Rausch or possibly providing another commemoration.

Commissioners are likely to take the opportunity to platform other recent instances where the city has failed to notify ANC6B of pending city action.  Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, in whose single member district the street lies, was particularly put off that no one from the Council had reached out to her on this issue, even after the bill was pulled from the agenda.  Samolyk said:  “The last minute notice is an indication of how the City Council has treated us…I’m really frustrated at the way this has been dealt with.”  Commissioner Krepp echoed that frustration, telling Mendelson that the ANC had heard “nada, zero, zippo” on the city’s bid to attract Amazon to Reservation 13 prior to the Mayor’s announcement.

For WaPo obit on Rausch, see here  http://wapo.st/2r5t5B1

The Week Ahead…

Monday, January 15

Observance of Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  DC City Government is closed.

Special Event on Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Birthday.  Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  11:00am – 2:00pm.  In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the community of DC will personally serve around 500 individuals with a new pair of shoes.  Volunteers should arrive at 10:00am for a brief training and assignments for the event.

Tuesday, January 16

ANC6A ABC Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

The draft agenda is as follows:

Discussion of request for new restaurant liquor license from Truth Hookah/Cigar, LLC t/a

The Capitol Hill Board of Directors meeting will be held at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE.

Agenda not available at press time.

Potomac Avenue SE Triangle Park Redesign.

Final Community Meeting to pick final design for two Potomac Avenue, SE, Triangle Parks – 7:00pm at Friendship Chamberlain School, 1345 Pennsylvania Ave SE.  Next steps:  Tuesday, February 6, 7:00pm (St. Coletta of Greater Washington),  Presentation of final design to ANC 6B07 Planning & Zoning Committee; and Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm (Hill Center): Presentation of final design to full ANC 6B at monthly ANC meeting.

Wednesday, January 17

ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

Agenda item:

Maury Elementary Play Space: Consideration of current plans for Maury Elementary renovation, and balance between parking and child play space requirements.

Thursday, January 18

The Hill East Task Force meets at 7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Agenda:

Presentation of the DDOT Traffic Study of specific ANC6B areas in Hill East

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ANC6B Votes To Oppose Ebenezer Church’s Mechanical Parking Lift

Some 30 residents in the audience at Tuesday night’s ANC meeting were present to hear representatives of R. McGee Associates – architect for the Ebenezer development – present the church’s parking plan to ANC6B.

ANC6B Votes To Oppose Ebenezer Church’s Mechanical Parking Lift

by Larry Janezich

ANC6B voted to oppose Ebenezer Church’s effort to put a 19 car mechanical parking lift behind the church at 4th and D Streets, SE.  The vote was 4 – 2 with 2 abstentions.  The church is likely to pursue the plan before the Historic Preservation Review Board despite the ANC’s opposition.

The vote came on whether the design of the structure was historically compatible with the neighborhood, but the decision was more about the related questions of preserving interior green space, opposition to a necessary curb cut on 5th Street to permit access to the parking, and the impact on abutting neighbors.

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society weighed in, opposing the project on these these points as well as the precedent the plan would establish regarding a new parking lot inside a square.

Nearby neighbors were divided; some in favor of the parking plan and some opposed.  Residents of D Street welcomed the parking relief the project would bring.  Residents of 5th Street opposed the traffic issues which they see resulting from the curb cut.  Residents with home abutting the church complained about quality of life issues and the potential devaluation of their properties.

Representatives of the architect for the project – R. McGhee and Associates – pushed back, urging the ANC to stick to the historic preservation design issue before them, and deferring consideration of other associated issues until the official request for a curb cut comes back before them.

Commissioners were divided as well.  ANC6B Commissioner James Loots said that there were numerous concerns raised by the parking plan, but he was persuaded by the need to preserve green space in the Historic District, noting that the ANC had recently taken this position on a Historic Preservation Application for a building on 7th Street, SE.  Commissioner Nick Burger supported the parking plan, saying that the design of the structure was ok from a historic compatibility standpoint, and that parking was an issue neighbors raised with every new development that came before the ANC.  Here, he said,  is a project where the developers were trying to do something about parking.  At least one commissioner expressed support for the historic preservation application but announced opposition to the curb cut.

ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman said that the Historic Preservation Office knows what the regulations are, and depends on the ANC opinion to provide facts and considerations they don’t know about which are not strictly related to the project.  The issue is not solely one of historic preservation, he said, and rhetorically asked how it made sense to support the Historic Preservation Application and oppose a Public Space Application for a curb cut.

The vote does not necessarily mean that the fight is over.  The church is likely to pursue the parking plan directly in a hearing before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), which, according to the architect, has previously indicated support for the reduction in street parking the plan would bring.  If HPRB chooses to approve the plan over the opposition of the ANC, it would not be the first time.

Commissioners Jayaraman, Loots, Ridge, and Samolyk voted to oppose the project.  Commissioners Burger and Oldenburg voted to support the project, though Oldenburg announced she was opposed to a curb cut.  Commissioners Krepp and Grace abstained.  Commissioners Hoskins and Hagedorn were absent.

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New Leadership for ANC6B as Dan Ridge Is Elected Chair by Unanimous Vote

New ANC6B Chair Dan Ridge was raised in Frederick, Maryland and moved to Southwest DC for a job at NASA HQ. He moved to Potomac Avenue in 2003 and works as a computer scientist for a non-profit research institute.

ANC6B on Tuesday night, prior to the ANC6B officer elections. Left to right: Commissioners Can Ridge, Denise Krepp, Jennifer Samolyk, Chair Chander Jayaraman, James Loots, Nick Burger, Aimee Grace, and Kirsten Oldenburg. Not shown: Commissioners Diane Hoskins and Steve Hagedorn.

New Leadership for ANC6B as Dan Ridge Is Elected Chair by Unanimous Vote

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday night, at its regular January meeting, Dan Ridge, ANC6B 09, was elected Chair by a unanimous vote of the Commission.  The vote was straight forward on a prearranged slate of candidates.  Other offices were filled by the same en bloc vote.

Asked for comment, the often-whimsical Ridge told Capitol Hill Corner:  “ANC 6B held officer elections tonight at about 10:00pm at the end of its January meeting. The result was a mild perturbation of deck chairs. Secretary Ridge became Chair, Chair Jayaraman became Vice Chair, Vice Chair Hoskins rotated out while Treasurer Burger and Parliamentarian Loots remained at their posts. Former Secretary and Chair Oldenburg returns as Secretary.

Those elected accepted their lots with quiet resignation. These are the folks you want to have around when someone needs to go down with a ship, though ANC 6B is in no such peril itself.

The greatest peril before the ANC may be that its meetings are longer than some transcontinental flights and a cycle of meetings for a month, in man hours, is longer than some Atlantic passages by ship. Even this is not enough to let every neighbor and grievance be heard.”

Serving as Chair of ANC6B is demanding.  ANC6B is one of the most active in the city, dealing with numerous contentious issues:  the redevelopment of RFK, the development of Reservation 13, the future of DC General homeless shelter, development of Southeast Pennsylvania Avenue, redesign of Potomac/Pennsylvania Avenue intersection, development of the Southwest Boulevard, construction in the Capitol Hill Historic District, the Barracks Row/lower 8th/close-in Pennsylvania Avenue commercial districts, Eastern Market, redesign of Eastern Market Metro Plaza, CSX Tunnel reconstruction, and commercial use of residences in close proximity to the U.S. Capitol.

ANC6B has been perhaps the most active commission in the city in terms of innovative use of their advisory role in the issuance of liquor licenses to control rats.  Retiring ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman – in his dual role of ANC6B Chair and Chair of the Alcohol Beverage Control Committee – spearheaded efforts to use liquor licenses to require restaurants to adopt best operating practices to control rats.  ANC6B activists prompted Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen to introduce rodent control legislation now pending before the City Council.

ANC’s are the liaison between the city’s residents and the legislative and executive branches of city government, who are required by regulation to give “great weight” to ANC recommendations.  ANC’s weigh in on matters regarding liquor licenses, construction regulations, public health, transportation, public space and historic preservation, among others.  Commissioners are non-partisan unpaid volunteers.

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The Week Ahead…RFK Update on  Monday & the Full ANC6B takes up Ebenezer Parking Lifts/Circulator on Tuesday

What there was of the set up for the Eastern Market outside vendors was inside today – and business was slow thanks to 15 degree temperature. (click to enlarge)

The Week Ahead…RFK Update on  Monday & the Full ANC6B takes up Ebenezer Parking Lifts/Circulator on Tuesday

By Larry Janezich

Monday, January 8

ANC6D meets at 7:00pm, 1100 4th Street, SW, second floor. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public Safety Report- First District MPD (PSA 105 & PSA 106) Lt. Queen, Lt. Robinson

Presentation:  NEAR Act

Presentation:  Anacostia Riverkeeper Initiative

Presentation:  Office of the People’s Council – Cheryl Morse – Proposed Pepco Rate Hike Resolution

Officina, 1120 Maine Avenue, SW”, application for a new restaurant liquor license

InterContinental Hotel, 801 Water St, SW: Amd 1 to Settlement Agreement- additional Summer Garden

Due South, 301 Water Street, SE: Amd 2 to restaurant liquor license – additional occupancy in Summer Garden #2

LaVie, 949 Wharf Street, SW: Amd to liquor license re hours

Smithsonian Public Space Permit Application

Report on Traffic Control Plan at the Wharf

Zoning adjustment for new condo project at 950 South Capitol Street, SW. Minor Mod.ification to add PH Habitable Space – Dennis Hughes, Holland & Knight

Waterfront Station II “CVS Lot” Pre-filing Presentation – rental units, retail, theater

Expansion of SW BID

88 V Street, SW Minor Modification rental residential, retail mixed use project

The Yards Parking Lot 5-Year Extension

The Yards Movie Theater PUD Extension

100 South Potomac Ave. Traffic Plan

Election of ANC6D officers

ANC6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE

On the agenda:

Travel Traders Retail, Inc. 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Retailer’s Class “B”  Single Sales Request

CANCELLED – WILL BE RESCHEDULED.  Events DC will host the first of four (4) quarterly meetings in the Media Room, located on the 4th floor of the RFK Stadium Administrative Offices, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Access to offices are at Gate A, adjacent to Lot 5.

This meeting and all other meetings are for the purposes of sharing information. Information will include the past, current and future scheduled activities, on and around the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus, neighborhood concerns related to RFK Stadium-Armory activities, productive discussion about collaborative solutions to potential disruptions to daily community life, general neighborhood affairs and Events DC updates.

Tuesday, January 9

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm at Hill Center

Among the items on the draft agenda:

Election of ANC6B Officers

523 8th Street LLC, d/b/a Ambar, 523 8th Street SE; Zoning adjustment – variance to extend rear of existing building to lot line and construct a 1st floor addition and new 3rd floor with a retractable roof

407½ 4th Street SE, Zoning adjustment – special exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing one-family dwelling.

213 3rd Street SE, Zoning adjustment – special exception/variance.  Two-story single family residential home on an existing, vacant alley lot.

400 D Street, SE, Ebenezer Church Development, Concept/construct 5 new townhouses – Historic Preservation application for parking lifts in rear of property

326 A Street, SE, reconsideration of a Historic Preservation application for concept/new three-story side and rear additions

660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE (Le Pain Quotidian) Public Space Application to move and re-install an existing iron rail at corner of 7th and Pennsylvania Ave and add new matching rail fence to enclose

Report on SE Boulevard & Barney Circle Study (Public Meeting #2

Report on discussion on the Request to repave 8th Street SE (north of the 300 block)

Letter to DDOT on Proposed Changes to Circulator Bus Routes

Letter to DDOT re notice of intent to remove parking at the intersection of 8th & A Street, SE

Discussion and vote on Hine Project developer proposal to provide ANC office space as part of the co-working tenant facility rather than provide separate space per the PUD requirement

Wednesday, January 10

ANC6C meets at 7:00pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Election of ANC6C Officers and Committee Chairs and confirmation of committee members

Follow-up letter requesting protected bicycle route on Louisiana Avenue

Travel Traders Retail, Inc., 400 New Jersey Avenue, single sales request re retail liquor license

Indigo Restaurant, 243 K Street NE, Public Space application – conversion to enclosed sidewalk café

1108 5th Street NE – Zoning adjustment – special exception to construct a two-story rear addition

Consideration of proposed changes to zoning rules of measurement for basements, cellars, and building heights

Suggestions for amending zoning rules for rooftops, upper-floor additions, and special exception standards

Update on NoMa parks

Community access to recreational spaces

Thursday, January 11

DC Council Chair Phil Mendelsohn meets community members for informant conversations – Evening Chat “Chill with Phil” at Halftime Sports Bar.  5:30pm – 8:00pm.  1427 H Street, NE

ANC6A meets at 7:00pm at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE

Among items on the draft agenda:

Election of ANC6A officers.

Election of members and leaders of ANC6B permanent committees for 2018 as follows:

Economic Development and Zoning Committee – Brad Greenfield (Chair), Jake Joyce, Missy Boyette, Michael Hoenig, Stephanie Zimny

Transportation and Public Safety Committee Todd Sloves (Chair), Jeff Fletcher, Andrea Adleman, Hassan Christian, Elizabeth Nelson

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee- Jay Williams(Co-Chair), Christopher Seagle (Co-Chair), Roger Caruth, Michael Herman, Justin Rzepka, Mark Sambur.

Community Outreach Committee- Roni Hollmon (Chair), Gladys Mack, Joyce West.

Presentation:  FRESHFARM H Street NE Farmers Market – Amber Breitenberg

Presentation:  Metropolitan Police Department First District Sector 2 Captain John Knutsen

Presentation:  Streetcar Storage and Maintenance Facility Needs Assessment Study – Veronica O. Davis

Consideration of a motion that ANC6A withdraw its protest of Nomad Hookah Bar’s request for later sidewalk cafe hours

Consideration of a recommendation that ANC6A support the concept proposed in legislation authored by Councilmember Charles Allen to create a School Parking Zone Program, because it seeks to address the fact that DC Public Schools are being forced to prioritize parking on school property over recreational space

Consideration of a recommendation that ANC6A ask DDOT to investigate pedestrian safety around Miner Elementary School as well as establish or review its “Safe Routes to Schools” plan

128 Seventeenth (17th) Street NE – Consideration of a recommendation that ANC6A send a letter of support to BZA for a special exception from the requirement that a rear addition extend no more than 10 feet beyond a neighboring structure to construct a rear addition to an existing one-family dwelling at 128 Seventeenth (17th) Street NE in the RF-1 zone on condition that the applicants make best efforts to get letters of support from neighbors

CHRS Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm at Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE

Saturday, January 13

Friends of Southeast Library (FOSEL) sponsor a book sale at Southeast Library, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Looking Ahead:

Special Event on Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Birthday.  Community Show Distribution at Liberty Baptis Church,, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  11:00am – 2:00;m.  In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the community of DC will personally serve around 500 individuals with a new pair of shoes. Volunteers should arrive at 10:00am for a brief training and assignments for the event.

The Hill East Task Force will present the DDOT Traffic Study of specific ANC6B areas at a public meeting on January 18, 2018 at 7:00pm in the cafeteria at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue SE.

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