Capitol Hill Corner – The Week Ahead….

200 Block of Seventh Street, SE, circa 4:00pm, February 25.


The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Monday, March 4

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


Brothers Burger Bar, LLC d/b/a Aroma, 707 H Street, NE, application for new restaurant license.

CHRS Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm, 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, March 5

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Coletta’s school, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion on neighborhood elements of the Comprehensive Plan (Tentative).

124 11th Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – concept/rear and rooftop additions.

124 11th Street, SE – Zoning adjustment – Special Exception to permit construction of a one story rear addition and a two story accessory building to an existing attached principal dwelling unit.

1639 Potomac Avenue, SE – Zoning adjustment – Special exceptions to permit construction of a two-story rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit.

522 6th Street, SE – Historic Preservation application – concept/two-story rear addition.

620 C Street, SE – Historic Preservation application – concept/one-story rooftop.

209 C Street, SE – Historic Preservation application – Plans to alter the front areaway with public space.

1225-1227 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – Zoning adjustment – Special exceptions to permit construction of a second-story addition on an existing one-story commercial use building.

360 7th Street, SE, The Eastern Wine Bar – Public Space Permit Application for a new unenclosed sidewalk café.

ANC 6C Environment, Parks & Events Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

NoMa Parks Foundation – Status update on parks projects and underpass installations.

Capitol Hill Classic – This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 19. Race organizers will talk about the event and again seek ANC support. We will pay special attention to the planned implementation of MPD’s “Clean Routes Initiative”, which bans parking along the race route.

Solar United Neighbors of DC (DC SUN) – Michaela Meehan will discuss the mission of DC SUN, a non-profit that brings homeowners together in a co-operative for bulk-purchasing quality solar panel installation on their homes. We will focus special attention on DC SUN’s “Solar For All” initiative, which allows income-qualifying residents to receive free solar installation courtesy of a District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) grant administered by DC SUN.  Because the “Solar For All” grant is expiring soon, DC SUN is actively looking to find qualified applicants to sign up for this program by April 2019. The qualifying income rates depend on family size and range from $65,650 for a family of one to $123,750 for a family of eight. Details on the program are available on DC SUN’s website:

Wednesday, March 6

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

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Revised Circulator Turnaround at Eastern Market Metro.

Overview of DDOT’s Sidewalk Repair System.

2nd Draft of Small Cell Design Guidelines.

Re-introduced Transportation Benefits at Equity Amendment Act of 2019.

Final Discussion on suggested dockless bike rack locations in 6B.

ANC6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 6:30pm, Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda: 

120 7th Street, NE – Discussion of recent illegal construction activity at Verizon facility.  (See also agenda for ANC6C Transportation and Public Space meeting on Thursday.)

224 C Street, NE – Zoning adjustment application for a special exception to permit a second floor addition to an existing accessory structure.

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

707 H Street, NE – Discussion of potential BZA appeal from the January 22 issuance of certificate of occupancy CO1901156 in apparent violation of the maximum 1.5 FAR in the NC-16 zone.

Capitol Crossing [air-rights project above I-395, bounded by 2nd & G Streets, NW] Zoning Application – PUD modification of consequence to convert the approved use of the building from residential (with ground-floor retail) to hotel use and to provide the approved affordable housing off site.

2019 Council oversight hearings – Discussion of further topics for ANC 6C testimony.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

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


Preparation for ABRA Restaurant License Renewals

ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

701 2nd Street, NE – Café Fili – Public Space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café.

Verizon – 120 7th Street, NE – Verizon owns a large building at 120 7th Street, NE used for telecommunications equipment. On the street in front of the parking lot is signed “Tow Away, No Parking, Loading Zone, 8 am to 4 pm” but there is no driveway between this section of the street and the entrance to the building. Over the last several months, Verizon and/or its contractors have been driving trucks over the curb and unpaved public space to the parking area near the entrance to the building. A Verizon rep has been invited. The committee will discuss options to stop this behavior, which may include installing tree-box fencing or removal of the loading zone.

Proposed Rulemaking – Proper Behavior in Bike Lanes.  This proposed rulemaking amends Title 18 DCMR to improve bicycle and passenger safety and further pursue the District’s Vision Zero goal for transportation safety by: clarifying rules related to restricted and bicycle lanes; clarifying that a person may only stop or stand at certain locations at the direction of a police officer or traffic control device; and prohibiting parking but allow stopping and standing to unload passengers or freight at other specific locations.

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


Discussion of upcoming March 9 book sale and other routine business.

Friday, Marcy 8

Free Opening Reception for Broken Safety Art Exhibit at The Fridge

Political street artist Absurdly Well and artist Esteban Whiteside come together in their first joint art exhibition to address social circumstances that galvanizes today’s urban society.

Gentrification and displacement is at an all-time high in major cities in the nation. The lack of financial, domestic and democratic safety has been taking a toll on the poor and middle class for years.

Artists also have been feeling the pinch of big business moving in Washington. With more and more luxury condominiums being built & rising rents, artist spaces have been shutting down. These factors consequentially put this ‘broken safety’ in the cross-hairs of many US citizens.

Collectors and admirers of Absurdly Well & Esteban will be amazed by the ambitious sizes of art and spanning subject-matter. Each piece is a unique perspective on and during the Trump regime from the most prolific artist-activists. Most pieces are never-before-seen.

Exhibit will be on view through March 31, and there will be programming and artist talks throughout the month by both artists.

The Fridge is at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE, rear alley.

And at The Corner Store:  

Launch party for CONFLUENCE: Two Rivers One City, 7:00pm, Corner Store Arts, 900 South Carolina Avenue, SE.

Continuing at the Corner Store Arts:

In the Gallery: IT’S ELEMENTARY: The Four Elements – Earth /Air /Fire /Water.  Featuring artists: Maremi Andreozzi, Kate McConnell, Heike Gramckow, Kimberley Bursic, Nan Raphael, Chica Brunsvold, Nanette Bevan, Aina Neergard Nammack, and Karen Cohen.  Closing Party: Sunday March 31 from 3-5pm.

Saturday, March 9

Friends of Southeast Library Book Sale.  10:00am – 3:00pm, Southeast Library, lower level. 


*Washington Bach Consort Returns With Free Music Series

Upcoming new season of free, noontime music from the Washington Bach Consort – a perfect way to spend your lunch hour. The Cantata Series kicks off on Capitol Hill on Monday, March 4th at St. Peter’s Church, (313 2nd St., SE) and the next day, Tuesday, March 5th at The Church of the Epiphany (1317 G Street, NW). The series continues until May on the first Monday and Tuesday 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 nearly three decades, Washington Bach Consort has presented the free Noontime Cantata Series in downtown DC at the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G Street, NW). They expanded their work last year to include the Capitol Cantatas Series, fulfilling the long-time dream of Washington Bach Consort Founder, the late Dr. J Reilly Lewis.

Washington Bach Consort will continue to offer their original Downtown Cantata Series at the Church of the Epiphany on the first Tuesday of each month during their season.

For a full schedule and more info, visit:

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

Monday, March 4, 12:10pm

Capital Cantata at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill

Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170

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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