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The Week Ahead…It’s Liquor License Renewal Time – Time to Raise Bad Neighbor Issues

Eastern Market, circa 8:00pm, April 24.

The Week Ahead…It’s Liquor License Renewal Time – Time to Raise Bad Neighbor Issues

by Larry Janezich

Monday, April 1

ANC6B Transportation Committee will meet at 7:00pm in the ground floor conference room of the Hine Project – 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, entrance to left of Trader Joe’s. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Proposed improvements to 1300 block of E Street, SE.

Speed Cameras as a traffic calming device for residential neighborhoods.

Proposed Circulator Turnaround at Eastern Market Metro.

Pedestrian Safety Solutions for the Intersections of South Carolina Avenue, SE; E Street, SE; and 4th Street, SE.

ANC 6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee will meet at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Liquor license renewals for:

116 Club, 234 3rd Street NE, Washington.

Le Grenier, 502 H Street NE.

Ethiopic Restaurant, 401 H Street NE.

Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Avenue, NW.

Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.

New Application:

Aroma, 707 H Street, NE, Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant license.

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

Agenda not available at press time. 

Washington Bach Consort Returns with Free Music Series, 12:10pm, St. Peter’s Church (see details below)*

Tuesday, April 2

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 7:00pm, St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

811 E Street SE; Historic Preservation Application – Concept: 2-story rear addition with partial 3rd floor, new windows and wells on front, back and side. New siding.

1719 C Street, SE; Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception to replace the existing one story accessory building with a two-story building containing an accessory apartment.

Discussion of the CHAW Lease Act.

Compilation of topics and questions for Office of Planning, who will be at our May meeting. Ideas include the Comprehensive Plan, Conservation Districts, alley development on tax lots.

Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) joins Bill Press for a discussion of the current Democratic majority, her career and the major issues of the day.  7:00pm – 8:30pm, The Hill Center.  Tickets $10.00 – see here:

Wednesday, April 3

Eastern Market Metro Plaza Community Meeting, 7:00pm in Eastern Market’s North Hall. 


Department of General Services update on changes in the design post DC Commission on Fine Arts requests for changes in the design.

ANC6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 7:00pm, Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Logan School, 215 G Street, NE – Informational presentation on current design concepts for school modernization and expansion. Representative: TBD.

414 Constitution Avenue, NE  – Historic Preservation Application for concept approval for three-story rear addition with cellar, rooftop addition, rear deck, balcony, and conversion to two-family dwelling.

414 Constitution Avenue, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application a special exception to construct a three-story rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling.

639 Lexington Place, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for special exception to construct a rear addition to an existing attached principal dwelling unit.

1120 Abbey Place, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application to construct a two-story, rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit

429 5th Street, NE – Historic Preservation Application – Revised application for concept approval for three-story rear addition and one-story rooftop addition.

120 7th Street, NE – Discussion of potential BZA appeal from the February 28 issuance of permit in violation of the penthouse regulations.

DCRA Director confirmation hearing – Discussion of potential topics for ANC6C testimony on April 23.

Thursday, April 4

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will meet at 7:00pm in the ground floor conference room of the Hine Project – 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, entrance to left of Trader Joe’s.  Due to the large number of cases, start times have been staggered to accommodate the occupancy limits of the meeting space for the meeting.

Alcohol license renewals:

7:00 PM

Young Chow Asian Restaurant; 312 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

District Taco; 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Sizzling Express; 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

The Pretzel Bakery; 257 15th Street, SE.

National Democratic Club; 30 Ivy Street, SE

Sanphan Thai Cuisine; 653 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Nooshi Capitol Hill; 524 8th Street, SE.

Belga Café; 514 8th Street, SE.

Beuchert’s Saloon; 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

8:00 PM

Little Pearl; 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Rose’s Luxury; 717 8th Street, SE.

Pineapple and Pearls; 715 8th Street, SE.

Trattoria Alberto; 504 8th Street, SE.

District Soul Food; 500 8th Street, SE.

Bullfeathers; 410 1st Street, SE.

Lavagna; 539 8th Street, SE.

9:00 PM

Joselito, LLC, Casa de Comidas; 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

 Montmartre/7th Hill; 327 7th Street, SE.

Atish on the Hill; 609 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Bullfrog Bagels; 317 7th Street, SE.

ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE.  

Among items on the draft agenda:

Announcement:  Maryland Avenue Project groundbreaking

Washington Gateway – 200 Florida Avenue, NE – Public Space application for approved PUD for Phase II and III of the Washington Gateway mixed-use development. Improvements in public space at 200 Florida Avenue, NE, include sidewalk improvements, standard DDOT streetscape improvements, 2 window wells, continuation of existing retaining wall, handrail, door swing, canopy projections, and curb replacement as needed for utility trenching.

3rd and A Street, NE – Notice of Intent published by DDOT to install an all‐ way stop control at the intersection of 3rd Street and A Street, NE.

DDOT Budget Oversight

The committee will discuss items to include in testimony for the budget oversight hearing for DDOT, to be held on April 11.

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


Discussion of the April 13 book sale.

Report from the Southeast Library staff.

Opening, Art Exhibit The Corner Store:  Spring Comes

The exhibit features six DC-area artists, all women, and funs April 5 – May 15, and features Kimberley Bursic, Heike Gramckow, Karen Cohen, Alex Tolstoy, Janet Seifert, Joyce McCarten, and Rosabel Goodman. A reception/meet the artists will be held April 13.  900 South Carolina Avenue, SE.

Saturday, April 6

Community Litter Clean-up. 

At 9:00am, volunteers can pick up bags and gloves at the locations listed below.  Return bags to any of the locations.  Chick-fil-A offers a free breakfast sandwich.  At 10:00am, Fulcrum offers mimosas, coffee, and donuts.  This month, organizers are adding a cleanup of 19th Street – meet at the Metro entrance nearest RFK Stadium at 9am.

Fulcrum Properties:  1328 G Street, NE.

Trusty’s: 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

7-11: 1501 Independence Avenue, SE.

Atlas Vet: 1326 H Street, NE.

Chick-fil-A: 1401 Maryland Avenue, NE.

Events at Southeast Library for adults and kids

There are a lot of programs for adults and kids at Southeast Library.  Here’s a link to events during April:

American Folklife Concerts at the Library of Congress:

The American Folklife Center’s Homegrown concert series presents the very best of traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States. All concerts are free of charge, do not require tickets for admission, and are presented from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium or the intimate Whittall Pavilion. One of goals of the series is to bring the multicultural richness of American folk arts from around the country to the Capitol. To make sure that we are getting the very best artists from all regions of the country, we work closely with state folklorists in each state, who advise us on artists and styles of performance that are important in their regions. The Center also works with several other areas of the Library, and several outside partners, including the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, to stage this series of concerts. For more information about Homegrown Concerts and other AFC events, call the Folklife Research Center at (202) 707-5510, or email  Here’s a link to a list of upcoming concerts:

*Music from the Washington Bach Consort

The new season of free, noontime music from the Washington Bach Consort continues on Capitol Hill on Monday, April 1, at St. Peter’s Church, (313 2nd St., SE).   The series continues until May on the first Monday of each month. Each show starts at 12:10pm and free to the general public.

The series continues the Bach Consort’s mission of introducing and making accessible the music of J.S. Bach to audiences who may not have prior familiarity with his work or with classical music in general.

For a full schedule and more info, visit:

The upcoming free Cantata Series Capitol Hill performances are as follows:

Monday, April 1, 12:10pm

Capital Cantata at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill

Cantata: Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84

Monday, May 6, 12:10pm

Capital Cantata at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill

Cantata: Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen, BWV 146

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New Burger Joint Coming to Hine Project – Plus Some Things You Probably Missed Last Week

The developers have finally found a restaurant for the prime retail space at the corner of 7th and C Street, across from Eastern Market.  BRGZ – burgers – will occupy the space in the mixed use retail/affordable residential North Building of the Hine Project.

New Burger Joint Coming to Hine Project – Plus Some Things You Probably Missed Last Week

by Larry Janezich

A tweet from @eat_dc Thursday evening announced a “new burger joint called BRGZ is opening across from @EasternMarketDC at 250 7th St SE with seating for 25 inside and 60 outside.”

There’s not a lot of info about the new company – their FB page says they debuted as a pop-up in NYC at Oyster Bar: Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place) in February of 2018.  They then touted, “The brgz team is launching their first pop up in NYC to offer the public a chance to try the first “truly custom burger”.  More on this to come.

Bad Restaurant Neighbors:  In other news, gleaned from somewhat barren fields this past week, some bad neighbors have shown up on the list of restaurants seeking ANC6B support for liquor license renewals.  District Soul Food is off to a rocky start on Barracks Row, with complaints about trash, noise, questionable disposal of grease, rowdy departing customers, and a complaint from next door Trattoria Alberto that cigar smoke is driving their customers away.  The Departments of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs are on the case, and one ANC6B Commissioner intends to protest the renewal unless issues are resolved before the next ANC meeting on April 9.  Others in for a grilling on various issues by ANC commissioners:  Bullfrog Bagels, Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Food, Little Pearl, Atish on the Hill, Buechert’s Saloon, and Sanphan Thai Cuisine.  Those cases and others will be heard next Thursday in Hill Center by the ANC6B ABC Committee, chaired by Commissioner Chander Jayaraman.

Metro Plaza Redesign:  It turns out the Eastern Market Metro Plaza Community Meeting scheduled for April 3 at 7:00pm in Eastern Market’s North Hall is still on, despite the setback DGS designers received from the DC Fine Arts Commission who sent the design plan back to the drawing board.  It’s not clear what the agenda will be, – it was supposed to be to presentation of the final design for the Metro “Park” to the community.

Barracks Row Safety Issues:  There was news about the proposed MPD substation for the 400 block of Barracks Row to address a host of safety issues on that block; Co-chair of the Working Group on Barrack’s Row, ANC Commissioner Brian Ready, found MPD First District Commander Kane “100%” opposed to the idea which had been greeted with enthusiasm at the first meeting of the Working Group on March 20.  The Working Group will meet again on April 16th.  Commander Kane has been invited to discuss safety issues on the 400 block.  In the meantime, Barracks Row Main Street has a petition in support of the substation on their website.  After being live for 5 days, by last Tuesday, the petition had been signed by 300 people.  (See here:

Eastern Market/Flea Market:  Over at Eastern Market, Manager Barry Margeson is rolling out a new voucher parking system to address concerns of South Hall merchants and outside vendors who complain the lack of parking on weekends is responsible for declining sales.  The plan will provide a $4 discount parking voucher in the Hine Project while visiting Eastern Market.  (Ask South Hall merchants for details) Merchants say that will help, but what they really want a similar arrangement for surface parking in the Colonial Parking Lot directly across 7th Street from the back of the market.  Margeson said that discussions with Colonial Parking are on-going.

In other news, Eastern Market and DGS will begin management of the outdoor vending spaces on the 300 block of 7th street on April 6 on Saturday – the Sunday flea market vending on the block will still be under the management of Michael Berman’s Diverse Markets.  Shoppers will notice a change in the product line on Saturday, since the same criteria for vending on the sidewalk, north plaza, and 200 block of 7th Street outside of Eastern Market will now apply to vendors on lower 7th.  The criteria limit vending to arts and crafts, antiques, and ethno- specific products (as opposed to just selling stuff).

And, at last Wednesday’s EMCAC meeting, ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman pushed EMCAC for more budget transparency as well as for private management of the market (and Saturday vending on the 300 block of 7th Street) – which is required by law.  He also said that EMCAC and ANC6B need to work together to take management of the Market “to the next level”, especially on the issues of leases for South Hall merchants and funding.  EMCAC Chair Donna Scheeder said more information on the status of the RFP for the 300 block of 7th Street, leases, and a time line for the long-awaited strategic plan market study could be available shortly, since EMCAC had a meeting scheduled with DGS on these issues.

The past couple of weeks had seen some contentious communications between Jayaraman and Scheeder over the de-privatization of the vending on the 300 block of 7th Street and this looked like détente.


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Capitol Hill Corner – The Week Ahead…

Every March 14th, on the birthday of Berkeley Wright (“Dabs”), his friends commemorate his life by recreating a portrait of the artist/musician as a child on the south wall of The Fridge, at 516 8th Street SE, Rear alley.  This year marks  the fourth appearance of the portrait.  

The Week Ahead…

By Larry Janezich

Monday, March 25

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:

Committee business

Tuesday, March 26

ANC6B’s Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm, in Hill Center.


To set the agenda for the April meeting of ANC6B in Hill Center.

Wednesday, March 27

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm in the North Hall of Eastern Market. 

Among items on the agenda:

Special Presentation on Historic Designation for the Southeast Public Library and request for support. Beth Purcell, Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Update: Eastern Market Metro Plaza Project

Budget Testimony – hearing April 4th

Capital Improvements Report

Market Managers Report

Lease update


300 block 7th street

Friday, March 29

Harmonious Wail in Concert, 7:00pm, the Corner Store, at 9th and South Carolina.

“Smoldering vocals laced with jazzy mandolin and guitar; an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals. A terrific night of hip-swaying tunes with good friends.  Tickets here:



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Update on Redesign of Potomac Avenue Triangle Parks

Work to implement a redesign of these two triangle parks on Potomac Avenue, SE, between 12th and 13th Streets, hit a road bump, but construction should start soon.

Update on Redesign of Potomac Avenue Triangle Parks

by Larry Janezich

Work on the parks was scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018.  So, what’s up?

Capitol Hill Corner reached out to ANC Commissioner Kelly Waud, who became commissioner after the deal was sealed on the park in 2018, to ask her for an update.

Waud replied that the process has slowed because the response to the initial Request for Proposals (RFP) was over budget, and the RFP was reissued.

She said, “The project kickoff with the awarded contractor and DGS was March 6. The design, permitting, and construction should take place through this summer.”  She said she was waiting for an updated implementation schedule, and noted that DC Historic Preservation Office is requiring DGS to perform a Phase 1A Archaeology Survey of the two parks. This may have a schedule impact as well.

Here’s CHC’s report on ANC6B’s approval of the final designs for the parks and a detailed look at them:

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Eastern Market Metro Redesign Sent Back to Drawing Board by Fine Arts Commission

On Monday last, DGS briefed the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Team on the concept they would submit to the DC Commission on Fine Arts. Four days later, the Commission asked DGS to try again.

Eastern Market Metro Redesign Sent Back to Drawing Board by Fine Arts Commission

by Larry Janezich

ANC6B Commissioner Steve Holtzman told constituents and neighbors in a Friday e-mail, that on Thursday, the DC Commission on Fine Arts (CFA) sent the design concepts for upgrading “Metro Plaza Park” back to the drawing boards  The move will delay the approval process for at least a month.  It seems likely that the April 3 community meeting where DGS was to present the final concept to the community will be postponed or, at least, changed in agenda and format.

According to Holtzman, after the DGS project team’s half hour presentation, the seven member commission asked the design team to reconsider the basic principles of the design, steering them away from the concept of a “Town Square” and toward a concept of two large triangular parks that don’t “need to look like each other”.

The take-away admonition appeared to be, “less is more.”

Holtzman said that the gist of the commission’s feedback is reflected in the following comments from members of the commission:

“The fact that it’s called a park, forget about that. You’re imagining this as a park when what you have are 2 wonderful spaces. You are taking the word ‘park’ too literally. You have two magnificent open spaces… Don’t think of it as a square. It’s two large triangular spaces. Two wonderful parks that don’t even have to look like each other. There’s some confusion here. There’s “Library Square”…and “South Carolina Playground”. They need better names. But, don’t see it as a giant square. See it as two wonderful spaces.”

“There’s too much going on…too many different things.”

“It is not one park nor will it be unless you close both Pennsylvania Avenue and 8th Street.”

“You compromise both spaces by trying to unify them”

“Try to not force the idea that this is the one unit we’ll allow.”

“The two spaces relate to different areas…the metro plaza relates to the buildings of the businesses and the library and the Metro.  The park with the playground relates to the neighborhood north of it.”

Holtzman told his constituents, “I think we can assume that the project has not hit a complete roadblock. The Commission only meets monthly so it seems fair to say that the minimum the project will be delayed will be one month. It may be longer. We’ll have to see how the team responds.”

Here’s a link to the March 7, concept drawings, labeled “Commission on Fine Arts Hearing”



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Barracks Row Coalition Tackles Safety, Appearance, Marketing Issues & Hints of New Retail

ANC6B/Business Owners Working Group on Barracks Row met Thursday night at 700 Penn.  At center top in blue jacket  is Tom Johnson – at far right, Gaynor Jablonski.  They will act as co-chairs of the business half of the group’s leadership.

At top, from left: Commissioner Steve Holtzman, Martin Smith – Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street, Commissioner and Working Group Chair Brian Ready, ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman.

Barracks Row Coalition Tackles Safety, Appearance, Marketing Issues & Hints of New Retail

by Larry Janezich

Commissioner Brian Ready, Chair of ANC6B’s Barracks Row Working Group, convened the first of a series of monthly meetings to address the challenges facing commercial/retail outlets on Barracks Row.  More than 30 interested parties – ANC commissioners, business owners, and neighbors showed up for a round-table in the 7th floor conference room of 700 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The consensus of the group was that the top three challenges in order of importance are safety, appearance, and marketing.

Addressing safety, Martin Smith, Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS), suggested that one solution could be the establishment of an MPD “pop up” substation on the 400 block of 8th Street – the long troubled gateway block to the Row that has defied clean-up.  He said that BRMS had found support for the idea from business owners and that he has had a preliminary conversation with CM Charles Allen on feasibility.  Smith says that much will depend on community support, and to that end, has created a link on the Barracks Row Main Street website to simplify sending a letter of support for the idea to CM Allen. Click on the TAKE ACTION button on the top left of the BRMS home page here:

Martin also shared three new leases for vacant buildings on the street are in the works, plus a fouth lease for a current business which is expanding.  He also said that National Community Church had announced plans for a summer opening of a 1,000 seat performance venue in the “Blue Castle” on lower 8th Street, as well as a Child Development Center.  The two operations will take about half the space.  Martin said he had had a “glimpse of some of the concepts for use of the rest of the space, and I am very excited.”

Ready says that the group agreed on efforts to improve the appearance of the street, including requesting DDOT to complete the scheduled upgrade of the slate slab part of the commercial strip’s sidewalks, along with doing as inspection for ADA access.  The group will also arranging for a power washing of the 400 block.

Once these two challenges are dealt with the group will focus on marketing, and those efforts will be coordinated by business owners Gaynor Jablonski and Tom Johnson.  The two are co-chairs of the working group representing the Row’s commercial interests, while Ready represents ANC6B.  Jablonski is owner of District Restaurant Group – The Ugly Mug, Jake’s Grille, and Katherine’s Catering; Johnson  is Managing Partner for the Hill Restaurant Group – Finn McCools, Hawk & Dove, Tio’s, Lola’s, Ophelia’s, and Orchid.

Initial ideas for marketing reflect the perceived need to make a visit to Barracks Row a multi-sensory experience, taking advantage of the Miracle Theater and The Marine Barracks’ summer Friday evening parades to restore the street as a destination for entertainment, dinner and drinks. (Ed. Note: maybe the street’s only art gallery – The Fridge – should be looped into the entertainment mix, as well as the Shakespeare Theater rehearsal space.)

The meeting also helped clarify the interests of Community Connections, who had a representative present to remind the group that they are one of the street’s business owners, as leaseholders for Dunkin’ Donuts and Yes!  Given that fact, the rep said that Community Connections has the same interests on the street that the other business owners have in ensuring the street remains vital and vibrant.  Community Connections told the group that staff patrols the area every other day to service current or potential clients on 8th Street and that the organization will explore whether they can commit additional resources to the effort.

The Working Group was the brain-child of ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaranman.  In February, he announced the formation of a “subcommittee” to bring a coordinated ANC/business effort to reverse a downswing in the attractiveness of the Row as a destination.  Jayaraman said that the effort was necessary based on the recognition that Barracks Row is competing with the Wharf, H Street, and the Waterfront at Yard Park.  Jayaraman’s plan was that the subcommittee would be co-chaired by Commissioner Brian Ready and a representative from the business community “but will be driven by the business community on Barracks Row”.  (The community co-chair job was subsequently divided into two co-chairs.)  He listed the goals of the subcommittee as:   develop strategies to market Barracks Row across the city as a go-to destination, think creatively and generate ideas for events and promotions to attract customers to Barracks Row, organize and facilitate a meeting with property owners about ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of Barracks Row through fair lease agreements, and generate ideas for attracting more businesses to Barracks Row to fill empty storefronts.

Going forward, the group plans to meet the third Thursday of every month.

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Councilmember Allen Talks Traffic, Crosswalks, and Parking in ANC6A

ANC6A heard CM Charles Allen Miner School last Thursday night. L-R  Commissioners Mike Soderman, Stephanie Zinny, Brian Alcorn, Phil Toomajian, Chair Amber Gove, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, Ruth Hudson,  Marie-Claire Brown, ANC Executive Assistant.  

Councilmember Allen Talks Traffic, Crosswalks, and Parking in ANC6A

by Larry Janezich

Councilmember Charles Allen appeared before ANC six a last Thursday night, as part of his tour of Ward 6 ANCs to update them on City Council business affecting the ward.  In Q&A afterward, residents wanted to talk about traffic safety.  A resident asked Allen how to get more MPD officers to make traffic safety a priority.

Allen replied that traffic enforcement was only part of the solution to traffic and safety issues, and that a lot had to do with redesign, referring to four way stops and restoring of obliterated crosswalks.  He said we are paying now for the failure of decades-old plans to build highways to move people in and out of the city – citing Maryland Avenue and C Street, SE, as examples.  (Ed. Note: The city would have paid a price had those highways been built. Witness how the SW Freeway divided the city.)

With respect to enforcement, Allen said the goal is to be a safe and just city.  He talked about the reduction in traffic stops for minor offenses, “where a lot of bias is played out,” and efforts to refocus policing on enforcing speed limits and the blocking of bike lanes.  “Tension always exists in enforcement,” he said, “we want to reduce it and I believe we can do this.”

Allen said we are still striking out in pushing DDOT to restore intersection striping destroyed by street work – “In intersections all over our neighborhood crosswalks are gone.” Allen has threatened to organize the community to restore the intersections on their own, though Director of the DDOT has asked him not to do this.  Allen said “Here’s his chance.  Get the crosswalks done, or we’re going to do it.”  He said we need a “Crosswalk Palooza” – and that all it would take is some $20 gallons of paint, rollers, a leaf blower, orange vests, and volunteers…I don’t believe we’ll go to jail.”

Another resident wondered what could be done about the traffic app WAZE which finds alternate routes out of the city through neighborhood streets, resulting in high-speed traffic in the community.  Allen said that WAZE is a private entity, and “we can’t force them to stop – yet”.  But it was a question he would take back to DDOT.

Parking issues came up in connection with the expansion of Maury School’s playground at the expense of school parking – funds Allen had gotten for the school.  The ANC sent a letter to DDOT requesting neighborhood street parking permits for some eight school personnel who lost parking on school grounds. The permits would allow them to park on streets within the school zone boundaries from 7:00am until 6:00pm.  Concerns were raised by a commissioner regarding the need to ensure “we are not creating a monster” or establishing a precedent, and that it needed to be understood that any similar request would be considered on a case-by-case basis and would not be a matter of right.

CM Allen said that the move should be considered as an exchange of value – that the community as a whole would benefit from residential use of the playground.  Allen says that under the law, it will be the ANC (and thus the community) who has the power to give up parking spaces on the street.   He said his goal was to find a balance of the needs of the community, and street parking for teachers in this instance was a good use of public space.  When the vote came, the Commission agreed, unanimously.

Residents also pressed Allen on the process for getting speed bumps on residential streets – (here’s a link to city guidelines  One commissioner suggested that the number of signatures needed on a petition to request a speed bump had been lowered below the 75% of residents on the affected block as stated in the guidelines.  More difficult to answer were questions regarding controlling the independent construction trucks driving through Hill East on 11th Street, whose pay depends on how many trips they can make to and from the construction site.  (MPD is working with residents of Hill East with mixed success to enforce violations of the developer’s stated access and egress routes for the Donatelli/Blue Skye Development on Reservation 13.)

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The Week Ahead…ANC Taskforce Tackles Barracks Row Issues. Also, More on K Street Bikelanes

ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee met on February 7 to discuss the process for upcoming restaurant liquor license renewals. Restaurant licenses are up for their every-three-year renewal this spring. Tavern licenses will be up for renewal in the fall. Among the licenses coming up in April: Bullfrog Bagels, Trattoria Alberto, Montmartre, and others.

The Week Ahead…ANC Taskforce Tackles Barracks Row Issues. Also, More on K Street Bikelanes

By Larry Janezich

Monday, March 18

ANC6A Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of Commissioners’ prioritized list of “pedestrian/traffic safety issues” as submitted to DDoT.

Update on intersection at 9th Street, L Street and West Virginia Avenue, NE – Emily Dalphy DDoT.

Consideration of a protected bicycle lane connecting NE and NW on K Street, NE, as part of the K Street “road diet” – Emily Dalphy, DDoT & Keya Chatterjee.

Consideration of request from Maddox Engineers & Surveyors Inc. for support of their permit application to extend eight driveways through public space to allow access to the alley lots located behind the 17 Solar Condo property at 410-417 17th Street, NE.

Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Committee meets at 10:00am, 200 I Street, SE, First Floor Community Room.  (Location is one block from Whole Foods Market on H Street, SE.)


Continued consideration of redesign of Eastern Market Metro Park.

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser for the 2019 State of the District Address on Monday, March 18 at 5:30pm.

The State of the District Address will be held at the University of the District of Columbia’s Theatre of the Arts, located at Connecticut Ave and Windom Place NW.

Tuesday, March 19

Cancelled:  ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Control Committee usually meets on this date at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE. 

ANC6B’s New Barracks Row Main Street Working Group chaired by Commissioner Brian Ready, meets at 7:00pm, Hine Project, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, ground floor conference room. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Election of the Co-Chair of the Barracks Row Working Group.

Listing the top challenges for operations on Barracks Row Main Street.

Event Collaborations for 2019.

Ideas for the improvement of the 400 block of 8th street.

Possible Future Agenda Items

How Barracks Row can take better advantage of our alternate modes of Transportation.

Marketing Barracks Row Main Street to the Greater Washington Region.

Collective Snow Removal.

Eastern Market Metro Park Transportation Study Review.

CHRS Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE, 2nd floor board room.

Agenda not available at press time.

Wednesday, March 20

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

1433 G Street, NE – Application for special exceptions from the nonconforming structure requirements, the lot occupancy requirements, and the minimum rear yard setback requirements, to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit in the RF-1 Zone.

1348 Constitution Avenue, NE – Application for special exceptions from the lot occupancy requirements, and from the nonconforming structure requirements, to construct a rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit in the RF-1 Zone.

Event:  Open Mic Storytellers at 7:00pm, the Corner Store, Corner of 9th Street and South Carolina Avenue, SE.

Saturday, March 23

Event:  John Westmoreland in Concert, 6:45pm, The Corner Store, Corner of 9th Street and South Carolina Avenue, SE.

A songwriter and musician who’s performed nationally and internationally, John Westmoreland is an eclectic artist. His guitar playing is masterful on both the electric and nylon string guitar, and his voice is a deep baritone with shades of Leonard Cohen. Weaving together threads of Americana, folk, world, jazz, and rock, John has found his way to a unique and entrancing sound that draws the listener within.   Tickets are $20.  See here:  


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ANC6C Butts Heads with Residents Over K Street NE Bike Lane and Parking

ANC6C met Wednesday night. L-R Commissioners Robb Dooling, Mark Eckenwiler, Chair Karen Wirt, Christine Healey, Jay Adelstein, and Joel Kelty

ANC6C Butts Heads with Residents Over K Street NE Bike Lane and Parking

by Larry Janezich

Wednesday night, a group of residents from K Street, NE, showed up at ANC6C’s March meeting to oppose implementation of DDOT’s plan to add bike lanes on K Street, NE, west of 6th Street, NE. The move would result in the loss of many residential parking spaces and affected residents are up in arms. During DDOT’s comment period for the plan, residents submitted a petition with 170 signatures opposing the project, reinforcing what one resident told the ANC Wednesday night, “90% of the people on K Street want parking and not a bike lane.”

The ANC heard the objections, and then voted to send a letter to the Mayor, reiterating their support of the project expressed in a previous letter (see link below) sent to DDOT in February. The vote was 5 – 0 – 1, with Commissioner Joel Kelty abstaining.

DDOT has proposed designs for K Street, NE, that includes removal of rush hour parking restrictions and addition of bike lanes west of 6th Street, NE. See here:

At a special meeting of the ANC’s Transportation Committee on the K Street “road diet” last month, objections from residents included the reduction in parking, worsening traffic conditions, loss of loading space for elderly residents, a lack of engagement with the community, and a lack of data on auto and bike volumes.

Supporters of the changes say K Street is a unique street in the neighborhood because it only extends from Florida Avenue to Mt. Vernon Square and it is important to have bike lanes on K Street to make that connection to downtown. Commissioner Dooling emphasized the need to encourage alternate means of transport, especially in light of the 4,000 new residential units in the pipeline for Northeast. Committee Chair Kazmierczak shared a letter from 45 families of students in area schools in support of the bike lanes. See committee report here:

At the committee’s recommendation, the ANC subsequently sent a letter to DDOT in February, urging quick implementation of the changes with minor modifications and urging DDOT to look into creative solutions for mid-block loading. That letter was referenced in the letter ANC6C voted to send the Mayor on Wednesday night.

The tension between gentrification and parking/traffic issues continues to emerge as a hot topic in all of Capitol Hill’s ANC’s and came up at ANC6D’s March meeting on Thursday night. Report to follow.


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District Dogs’ New Navy Yard Location Now Open at 1221 Van Street, SE. 

District Dogs Opened Saturday, March 9

District Dogs’ New Navy Yard Location Now Open at 1221 Van Street, SE.

by Larry Janezich

Monday night, there was considerable neighborhood interest in making the redesign of the Eastern Market Metro Park more dog-friendly.  Some of those expressing interest will welcome a new dog care facility near Nationals Park, at 1221 Van Street, SE, #110.

Last Saturday, District Dogs opened its new facility which includes four play areas, private boarding suites, a full-service grooming salon, and a curated retail boutique.

Additional special features include:

  • Four playrooms ensure safe play for dogs of all ages, sizes, and energy levels.
  • 6 HVAC systems provide the ability to control temperature and air flow on a zone basis.
  • Dedicated water supply with industrial-grade drainage systems in each playroom allows for easy deep cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Protect-All Flooring offers premium underfoot comfort that is soft on joints while providing superior traction for safe and fun playtime.
  • FUNiture play structures keep dogs entertained and engaged for hours of play.

An expanded menu of services, includes daycare, overnight boarding, grooming and salon services, dog walking and pet sitting.

Clients will be able to book services starting last Saturday, March 9th.

For more information or to book a service, visit District Dogs online or contact


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