The Week Ahead…& A Report on the First Meeting on the Renovation of Southeast Library

Richard Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Libraries, spoke to 75 plus attendees at a community meeting last Tuesday night at Hill Center.  

The Week Ahead…& A Report on the First Meeting on the Renovation of Southeast Library

by Larry Janezich

Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC public libraries, chaired the first community meeting on renovation of Southeast Library at Hill Center last Tuesday, October 30.  He told the 75 or so attendees – including CM Charles Allen – that DC Public Library has allocated $23.5 million for expansion of Southeast Library and that the planning would take place simultaneously with the planning for the redevelopment of Metro Plaza to provide maximum integration of the projects.

One major change in the plan for the development of the Metro Plaza forwarded by Amy Weinstein and Escoff Associates (see here which concerns the library is that there will be no entrance on the Plaza or construction associated with the library under 7th Street.

The need for the renovation is acute:  There are 30 public libraries in DC (including the library in the DC jail – see here: ) and Southeast Library is the seventh busiest.

Reyes-Gavilan projected a Power Point illustration depicting the schedule for the modernization project.

In 2021 Southeast Library will close for up to two years for construction.  As of now, there is no plan for an interim library during the closure because funds for a temporary location would necessarily be deducted for the funds for redevelopment.  Residents will be encouraged to use the Northeast Library.

The strategy for bringing the community into the process involves five community meetings, focus groups to solicit input, internet surveys and commentary, as well as consultation with the ANC6B and local civic organizations.

An Advisory Committee to be appointed by Commissioner Allen for the library project.  Attending the meeting were CM Charles Allen, ANC6B representatives, Barracks Row and Eastern Market Main Streets representatives, Friends of Southeast Library, and EMMCAC representatives.

For more information, see here:

The Week Ahead…Public Safety: CM Allen & MPD 1st District Commander Kane – ANC6A Thursday

Monday, November 5

NOTE NEW DAY FOR THIS MEETING OWING TO ELECTION DAY CONFLICTS:  ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE. 

Among items on the draft agenda: 

2019 Rock N’ Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019.

New un-enclosed sidewalk cafe at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Public Space Permit.

816 Potomac Avenue, SE, Zoning Adjustment – special exception to construct a four-story addition to an existing apartment house.

329 16th Street, SE, Zoning Adjustment – special exception to construct a third-story and rear addition to a principal dwelling unit and convert the dwelling into a flat.

710 E Street, SE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/three-story rear addition.

423 4th Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – concept/rear three-story addition.

530 11th Street, SE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/ rear three-story addition and one-story rooftop addition.

712 5th Street SE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/rear and rooftop additions.

304 Pennsylvania Ave SE; Historic Preservation Application Review.   Owner: Air Line Pilots Association International .

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

Agenda items could include: 

613 Lexington Place, NE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/third floor rear addition and covered rear porch.

210 9th Street, SE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/demolish rear additions and construct new three-story rear.

1225-1227 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/one-story roof addition.

302 South Carolina Avenue, SE, Historic Preservation Application – concept/rooftop addition; rear porches.

Tuesday, November 6 – Election Day

ANC 6C Environment, Parks & Events Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Office Building, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  NoMA Parks Foundation – status update on pending park projects and underpass installations.

Presentation:  Department of Public Works – Celeste Duffie.  The discussion will focus on residential, commercial and public collection of trash, recycling and composting.

Wednesday, November 7

ANC6B Transportation Committee meets at 6:30pm in the Southeast Library, lower level, 403 7th Street, SE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Resolution on Resident Only Parking for ANC 6B04.

Proposed Regulations on New Permit Process for Dockless Vehicles.

Discussion on Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Proposals.

Comments on Notice of Intent on Short Term Traffic Calming Measures at Kentucky, Potomac, G, and 15th.

Resolution Supporting Daytime Loading Zone on C Street, SE, at 11th Street SE.

Thursday, November 8

ANC6A will meet at 7:00pm at Miner Elementary, 601 15th Street, NEp

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public Safety Discussion – CM Charles Allen, MPD First District Commander Morgan Kane, and MPD Fifth District Commander William Fitzgerald.

Presentation:  Celeste Duffie – Department of Public Works (presumably to discuss issues raised before ANC6C’s Environment, Parks & Events Committee on Tuesday – see above).

Grant request from Miner Elementary School in the amount of $899.00 towards the purchase of seven (7) laptops for students.

Dangerously Delicious Pies, 1339 H Street, NE – proposed amendment to the Settlement Agreement to allow the summer garden to close at 12:00 midnight on Sunday through Thursday nights, and 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights and the nights before federal holidays.

O2, 1350-1352 H Street, NE – new restaurant liquor license application.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Dae Ah LLC t/a Capitol Supreme Market, 501 4th Street, SE, Retailer’s Class B liquor license – Grocery; Request to update the existing Settlement Agreement to expand hours of operation and sale of alcohol as follows:  Mon-Sun 7am – 11pm; and the requested Hours of SALES of Alcohol are: Mon-Sun 9am – 11 pm.

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 6:30pm at Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  2 Patterson Street, NE – Update on RFP (request for proposals) for 42,000sf lot.

1200 3rd Street, NE – Zoning application for modification of consequence to previously approved PUD.

Presentation:  Capitol Crossing/I-395 air-rights project.  Zoning Application – Informational presentation on contemplated modification to approved first-stage PUD to replace residential use with hotel use.

Comprehensive Plan updates – Review of recent supplemental report from the Office of Planning on the Comp Plan’s Framework Element.

Friends of Southeast Library meet at 5:30pm at Southeast Library, lower level. 

Sunday, November 11 – Veterans Day


Jason R. Secrest, Commander of the Kenneth H. Nash American Legion Post #8 at 224 D Street, SE, has announced the annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held this year to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI.  The Ceremony will be held in Forger Park at 11:00am.  The Post will hold a reception in the Legion Post following the event. 

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