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The Week Ahead… & ANC6B Asks for Extended Alcohol Sales/Service Hours on July 4th

Here’s a backstage look at the performance venue on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol for the traditional July 4th Concert.  Photo, circa 4:00pm, Sunday, June 30.

The Week Ahead… & ANC6B Asks for Extended Alcohol Sales/Service Hours on July 4th

ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman announced last week that the ANC has asked the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) to extend hours to the maximum permitted for restaurants and bars to sell and serve alcohol on July Fourth in ANC6B.  The request came from Barracks Row restaurateurs to take advantage of the crowds attracted to the Barracks Row July 4th parade, but would apply to all restaurants and bars in ANC6B.  The annual Barracks Row parade is scheduled to begin at 10:00am on Thursday.  ABRA is expected to sign off on the request if it hasn’t already done so.

The Week Ahead….

Monday, July 1

ANC6B’s Transportation Committee will meet on MONDAY July 1, at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room, Ground Floor, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – entrance is to the left of the Trader Joe’s entrance. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Notice of intent for installation of parking restriction for DDOT Research & Data Collection.

CHAW Alphabet Animal Project.

Tuesday, July 2

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Letter of support for Watkins Alley community benefits funds move to an escrow account.

K Street, SE, and 12th Street, SE; and I Street, SE, and 13th Street, SE.  Public Space Permit application.  Paving:  Leadwalk Repair/Replace Existing, Fixtures (trash receptacles, ADA Curb Ramp, Fence, Bike Rack, & Table).

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Public Space Permit application:  Fixture: Playground at park between 8th and 9th Streets, SE, and Pennsylvania Avenue and D Street, SE.

Letter to Mayor’s Special Task Force regarding road closure on East Capitol Street, between 6th & 11th Streets for Halloween.

323 5th Street, SE.  Bureau of Zoning Adjustment Application: Special exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit.

321 6th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application:   Additional information to come.

1104 C Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application:  Concept – New areaway and basement entrance, interior renovations.

201 East Capitol Street, SE (Folger Library).  Historic Preservation Application: Concept: Modifications to interior Historic Landmark– Bond Reading Room.

201 East Capitol Street, SE (Folger Library). Historic Preservation Application : Amendment of existing nomination to include 1980s wing and interior.

Zoning Text Amendment to modify rules regarding development and use of alley lots in all single member districts.

530 11th Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application:  Concept: two-story rear addition.

*530 11th Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application *(to be heard only at the July 9, full ANC6B meeting).  Special exceptions to construct a two-story rear addition.

ANC6C Environment, Parks and Events Committee meets at 7:00pmpm at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 Second Street, NE.

Items on the draft agenda:

NoMA Parks Foundation – presentation by Stacie West – status update on pending park projects and underpass installations.

Historic Police/Fire Call Boxes – Discussion of next steps to restore/beautify the 27 call boxes within ANC6C boundaries.

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets on TUESDAY, July 2, at 6:30pm at Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:  

201 East Capitol Street, SE (Folger Library).  Historic Preservation Application: Concept: Modifications to interior Historic Landmark– Bond Reading Room.

201 East Capitol Street, SE (Folger Library). Historic Preservation Application – Amendment of existing nomination to include 1980s wing and interior.

616 D Street, NE.  Historic Preservation Application:  Concept for a three-story rear addition.

501 H Street, NE.  Zoning Application for, for modification of consequence for an approved planned unit development. The proposed modification would permit office use on the second floor of the mixed-use building and authorize installation of four glass windows on the south and east facades of the building.

224 C Street, NE.  Consideration of letter to Zoning Administrator concerning impermissible commercial use in residentially zoned property.

215 G Street, NE Logan School.  Historic Preservation Application of DC Public Schools for concept approval for modernization and addition.

Capitol Crossing Center Block.  Zoning Application for a modification of consequence, to an approved planned unit development. This modification request involves the portion of the Center Block that was approved to be developed with a commercial building containing office use with ground floor retail. The Applicant requests a modification to permit office, hotel, and/or college or university educational uses in addition to the already approved ground floor retail use.

Wednesday, July 3

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will meet at 7:00pm, on WEDNESDAY July 3, at 7:00pm in the Frager’s Conference Room, 3rd Floor, the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Le Pain Quotidien, 666 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Alcohol beverage license renewal.

Ambar; 523 8th Street, SE; Substantial Change Application to expand to 3rd floor, adding 56 additional seating and increasing total occupancy from 140 to 196.

Hine Restaurants, 300 7th Street, SE; New restaurant alcohol beverage license with a seating capacity of 230 and Total Occupancy Load of 400. Summer Garden with 150 seats. Hours Of Operation For Inside Premises And Outside In Summer Garden: Sunday through Thursday 7am – 12am, Friday and Saturday 7am – 2am; Hours Of Alcoholic Beverage Sales, Service, And Consumption For Inside Premises And Outside In Summer Garden: Sunday through Thursday 8am – 12am, Friday and Saturday 8am – 2am.  This case has been delayed until September.

Bombay Street Food 2, 524 8th Street, SE.  Alcohol beverage license renewal.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

West Virginia Avenue, NE.  DDOT improvements to the space created by closing West Virginia Avenue, NE, between K and 8th Streets, to traffic. They will present a concept that includes a surface mural and will solicit feedback.

Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery – 238 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.  Public Space Application for an unenclosed sidewalk café. The restaurant, with a bar and coffee counter, will be located on the first floor along the side of the building facing 3rd Street NE. The public space permit application submitted is for 12 tables, 24 seats, umbrellas and string lights to be added to the existing raised brick patio.

Florida Avenue, NE.  Interim Safety Improvements to the Florida Avenue, NE, corridor while design of the final plan continues. The committee will review the materials presented. Materials can be found at

Thursday, July 4

Independence Day Parade on Barracks Row starts at 10:00am.  See here for more information:

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The Week Ahead… & Barracks Row Working Group – A Progress Report

The Barracks Row Working Group met Tuesday night. Chair Brian Ready is at center. To the right, co-chair Gaynor Jablonski and co-chair Tom Johnson.

Barracks Row Working Group – A Progress Report

by Larry Janezich

ANC6B’s Working Group on Barracks Row – formed to address the challenges facing commercial/retail outlets on Barracks Row and Chaired by Commissioner Brian Ready – met at Hill Center on Tuesday night. The major portion of the meeting was devoted to advancing a marketing plan to promote the Southeast Capitol Hill commercial corridors. Group co-chair Gaynor Jablonski (The Ugly Mug) reported initial support for such a plan from Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS), who indicated financial support might be available to supplement contributions from the business community. Jablonski said that a plan would be circulated to Working Group members later in the week, in anticipation of presentation to the BRMS Board of Directors.

With respect to other issues, Nichole Opkins from CM Charles Allen’s office explained an on-going effort by the Mayor’s office to bring city agencies to bear on solving some of the problems on the 400 block of 8th Street. Jennifer McCahill from the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture pledged cooperation of her office to help liaison the hospitality community with city agencies. Other ideas which emerged from the brainstorming session included Fridge owner Alex Goldstein’s suggestion to paint additional murals on Barracks Row as an attraction. There was considerable enthusiasm for seeking a special exemption to allow establishments serving alcohol to open early on July 4th, to accommodate parade goers. A representative from the Marine Barracks was on hand to participate in a discussion about how the business community could encourage attendees at the Marine’s Friday night Barracks parades to visit the hospitality venues after the event. And Chair Brian Ready pointed to the recent success of a Barracks Row alley clean up with volunteers from the business community. He suggested making this a regular occurrence and endorsed the suggestion of another participant to enlist the Marines to help the community during monthly cleanups of Barracks Row. He also reported that DDOT has scheduled early August as a start date for repairing the hazardous sidewalks on both sides of Barracks Row, from M Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Week Ahead…

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday, June 25

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


To set the agenda for the July 9 meeting of the full ANC.

CHRS Community Forum: Andrew Trueblood, the new director of DC Office of Planning. 7:00pm, at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Andrew Trueblood, the new director of DC’s Office of Planning, will discuss the framework that guides economic development, housing, environmental protection, historic preservation, transportation, etc. He holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is a resident of Ward 6.

The event is free and handicapped-accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. No reservations needed.

The presentation will begin at 7 pm and will be preceded, at 6:45 pm, by a brief CHRS membership meeting to announce the result of elections for the CHRS Board of Directors.

Wednesday, June 26

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm, Eastern Market, North Hall.


Not available at press time.


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RedRocks Owner to Bring New Japanese Pub to Barracks Row

The former Phase 1, at 525 8th Street, SE. (photo credit Google maps)

RedRocks Owner to Bring New Japanese Pub to Barracks Row

by Larry Janezich

The former Phase 1 and Anxo Cidery at 525 8th Street on Barracks Row will become a new Japanese restaurant run by RedRocks Pizza owner James O’Brian, Washington Business Journal reports. The news will be welcome to other retailers on the street which has suffered a significant decline in foot traffic in recent years.

O’Brian has leased the property and reportedly has plans for a neighborhood Japanese ramen and izakaya (an informal Japanese pub serving variety of small dishes and snacks to accompany alcoholic drinks).  The new restaurant will require an extensive $1 million dollar build out which O’Brian hopes will be complete in time to permit opening in December.

The former iconic lesbian bar was purchased and developed into retail space by Chris Martin of Martin-Diamond Developers.  The firm is partnered with an international investment company specializing in developing retail properties targeting Millennials.  Martin is also developing the Shakespeare Rehearsal space into retail space and in July will start construction of a three story mixed use building in the Shakespeare parking lot across the street (presided over by Barracks Row’s landmark mural on the side of Nooshi.


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Barracks Row’s Bombay Street Food 2 Is Open – Photos

Capitol Hill Corner stopped by Bombay Street Food 2 just before it’s soft opening on Tuesday night.

Here’s the interior, looking to the street.

Turn around and you see the restaurant’s open kitchen.

Here’s the front of the house.

Bombay’s owner and your host, Asad Sheikh.

Barracks Row Bombay Street Food 2 Is Open – Photos

by Larry Janezich

The Grand Opening in Friday, but Bombay Street Food 2, 524 Eighth Street, SE, is open now. The restaurant is sister to the popular Columbia Heights outlet and succeeds Garrison at 524 Eighth Street which closed in January.

The menu will feature two of the most popular Bombay street foods:  vada pav – a spiced potato puff slider and kati rolls –  Indian flatbread folded around a filling (chicken, lamb, or cottage cheese along with egg, tomato, onion and ginger/garlic chutney).

In addition to these and other specialties from its original menu the Capitol Hill location will feature new items, including Spicy Lal Mirch with roasted red pepper, ginger, garlic and cilantro and the Spicy Monsoon Wedding with black peppercorn, red chili and coriander seeds – both can be ordered with lamb, chicken or goat.

The restaurant will offer daily lunch specials, some targeted to Congressional staffers, and others to Marines from the nearby Marine Barracks, including Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala and Goat Curry.

Weekend brunch specials will include Anda Bhurji (scrambled eggs with vegetables) or Anda Keema Bhurji  (minced chicken and scrambled egg), served with hardboiled egg, home fries and choice of Mimosa or Bloody Mary.

The restaurant is the creation of restaurateur Asad Sheikh, a Bombay native.  He opened three Curry Mantras, London Curry House and 1947 in Northern Virginia before selling out and moving on to the Bombay in DC.

The restaurant seats 75 diners – indoors and out.  Hours:  Lunch – 11:30am-2:30pm, Monday through Friday; 11:30am-3:00pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Dinner – 4:30pm-10:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 4:30pm-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday.

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Hill East Intersection Emerges as Nuisance Hotspot: 15th & Independence Ave & A Street, SE

From left:  ANC6B Commissioner Chander Jayaraman, MPD 1st District Officials Capt. Michael Pulliam and Lt. Daniel Dyn.

More than 30 neighbors turned out to talk about issues at the intersection.

Hill East Intersection Emerges as Nuisance Hotspot: 15th & Independence Ave & A Street, SE

By Larry Janezich

ANC6B Commissioner Chander Jayaraman hosted a community meeting Monday night in the Community Action Group building on 15th Street, to give nearby residents a forum to discuss quality of life issues and more serious crimes which they say have gotten noticeably worse in the past six months.  The list of concerns is long: drug dealing and use, gambling, littering, public drinking, late night block parties by non-residents, loud music from parked cars, abandoned vehicles, and thefts and robberies at the 7-11.

Neighbors say the situation has gotten out of control, alleging sale and use of heroin.  Confronting transgressors, they say, invites curses and threats.  Also, cars coming in from Maryland and Virginia carry occupants who contribute to the problem.  One neighbor said it’s “absurd” there are no police techniques to address the problems.  Another said he feels more fearful now in the neighborhood than he did 20 years ago.

MPD First District officials Captain Michael Pulliam and Lt. Daniel Dyn were on hand to talk about what can and cannot be done.

The bottom line is that MPD can’t do much.  Pulliam agreed with ANC6B Commissioner Denise Krepp (15th Street divides her district from Jayaraman’s) who pointed out that arrests for drug sales or use are not prosecuted.  He also said that undercover police have not been able to make purchases in the neighborhood, and that police officers have to witness a crime before they have probable cause to make a stop and search.  The strategy police are pursuing is displacement and to that end, a light tower has been installed – admittedly a temporary fix – to provide relief.  MPD also urges residents to take advantage of the city’s program to pay for security cameras for residents.

On one hand, residents feel the city that is not responding to their pleas for help.  Numerous calls to 911, they say, are ineffective.  On the other hand, some residents point to the absence of the Boys and Girls Club and lack of other social opportunities for youths.  Many of those who some residents see as problematic have long standing ties to the neighborhood through parents or relatives.

Given the limited number of things the police can do, Jayaraman asked those in attendance, “What can we as a community do?  How can we send a message?”

One 50 year resident in the audience urged greater engagement between the neighbors – the opening a dialogue through community meetings where neighbors could agree to standards of behavior based on mutual respect.  MPD endorsed the value of community events as a way to get a conversation started.

Mayor Bowser’s Ward Six representative, Tyla Williams, offered to facilitate interaction with city agencies to address some of the nuisance problems outside of the purview of MPD.

For his part, Jayaraman – who says he engages with jobless neighbors on a weekly basis offering to help them find jobs (but you have to be clean) – pledged to follow up the meet-the-neighbor’s party he sponsored last summer with another party in July.

Asked to comment on the meeting, Jayaraman said, “The discussion last night was a microcosm of the challenges facing gentrifying neighborhoods across the city.  My hope is that we can find a balance that enables residents to feel safe while allowing the peaceful congregation of those who grew up in our neighborhoods.”


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The Week Ahead…& Abby Maslin’s Book Talk Last Thursday at Northeast Library

Abby Maslin, whose husband TC Maslin, was the victim of a horrific crime near Eastern Market seven ago, spoke about her book Love You Hard last Thursday at Northeast Library.  TC suffered a brain injury that changed him into another person.  Maslin said that she “can’t compare TC to the person we both lost” and that she had to find a way to love the new person he had become. She calls the book a love letter to him and to DC. 
TC went back to work as a renewable energy analyst two and a half years after his injury. He suffers chronic pain and disabilities – but exercises daily, she says, “as a matter of survival so he can be there for our kids.”  (They decided to have a second child during his recover.)  She says “Life feels urgent to me now – I’ve got this done and feel the need to hurry to do what’s next.”  And, she lives with a “deep sense of gratitude every day – an appreciation of the things people don’t pay attention to – the small things – the gifts I have in my life.”  Maslin continues to teach at a Capitol Hill elementary school.  She and TC live on Capitol Hill.

The Week Ahead…. & Abby Maslin’s Book Talk Last Thursday at Northeast Library

By Larry Janezich

Monday, June 17

ANC6A Economic Development & Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE.

Agenda not available at press time.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Review of report from DDoT on list of high-priority safety locations.

Continue implementation of plan (approved by Commissioners at 5/9 meeting) to identify additional bike share station locations (and bike/scooter racks) and ascertain public support for same.

Presentation by Todd Smith, owner 1519 Constitution Ave NE #301.  Applicant wishes to add a gate in the rear to access parking spaces.  Proposing two sway type doors with hinges and diagonal supports and a short concrete pad onto the alley through a small strip of public space.

New sidewalk café (unenclosed) at 1025 H Street, NE.

Presentation of revised plans submitted by owner/applicant Andrew Botticello, Rosedale Development LLC] for alley lots (179-186) located behind the 17 Solar Condo property at 410-417 17th Street, NE.

Tuesday, June 18

ANC6B’s Barracks Row Working Group meets at 6:00pm, at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Jennifer McCahill – Mayor’s Office of Nightlife & Culture.

Safety:  Update Report on Crime & Safety in the community from MPD.

DDOT’s Barrack’s Row Sidewalk Update/Plan – The Public Space Maintenance Contracting Authorization Act.

Additional Ideas for Improvements.


New Marketing Plans for the Main Streets

The Marines Summer Event Collaboration

Additional Ideas for Improvements

ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets a 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of request for sidewalk café by 12 Twelve DC / Kyss Kyss (1210-1212 H Street, NE).

Discussion of request for change in hours by RedRocks (1348 H Street, NE). Proposed change in hours of live entertainment inside premises and in outdoor summer garden as follows:  Sunday: Currently 6pm – 11pm; Proposed 10am – 11pm.  Monday – Wednesday: Currently N/A; Proposed 10am – 11pm.  Thursday: Currently 6pm – 1:30am; Proposed 10am – 1:30am.  Friday – Saturday: Currently 6pm – 2:30am; Proposed 10am –2:30am.

Discussion of request for change in hours by On the Rocks, LLC (1242 H Street, NE). Establishment is proposing an additional hour of alcohol sales and service inside premises every day (until 2am on weeknights and 3am on weekends), and additional hours of live entertainment inside premises every day (11am to 2am Sundays, 12pm to 2am Monday through Thursday, and 11am to 3 am Friday and Saturday).

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, 750 6th Street, sE, second floor.

Agenda not available at press time.

Wednesday, June 19

Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Team meets at 1:00 at the Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Avenue, SE.   

Among items on the draft agenda:

Update on June 20 presentation to the Commission on Finer Arts on refinements to the design for Parcel 4.  I would like to advise the group that the next EMMPAT meeting will be on Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00 pm.

Thursday,, June 20

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE.

Agenda not available at press time.

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Hine Development Finally Lands Major Restaurant: Total Occupancy 400

The Hine project’s new 400 indoor and outdoor occupancy load restaurant is coming catty corner to Eastern Market.

Hine Development Finally Lands Major Restaurant

by Larry Janezich

We’re short on details, but a new restaurant is coming to the corner of 7th and C Streets, SE, catty corner from Eastern Market, with an indoor seating capacity of 230, a summer garden with 150 seats, and a total occupancy load of 400.  The space is on the ground floor of the northwest corner of the Hine project.   Since C Street has been privatized, the owners will not have to apply for a public space permit for the summer garden.

The liquor license applicant is asking for hours of operation for the summer garden, Sunday through Thursday 7:00am – 12am, Friday and Saturday 7am – 2am, and hours of alcoholic beverage sales, service, and consumption, Sunday through Thursday 8:00am – 12:00am, Friday and Saturday 8:00am – 2:00am.

More information should be forthcoming when the liquor license application comes before ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee, chaired by Chander Jayaraman, the first week of July.  Objectors will be heard at the ABRA Roll Call Hearing on August 12.  The Protest Hearing date is scheduled for October 9, 2019.

The owner(s) engaged Andrew Kline’s Veritas Law firm which specializes in representing hospitality clients in matters before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  An attorney for the firm is listed as the applicant. In the past, applicants have engaged the firm when they anticipate push back from nearby neighbors.

The new restaurant will be the third announced this year for the development.  Space for BRGZ – a hamburger joint with seating for 25 inside and 60 at the sidewalk café – is currently being built out directly across C Street.  Likewise, The Eastern – an upscale wine bar seating 55 inside and 30 at the sidewalk cafe – is coming to the 300 block of 7th Street opposite Monmartre.


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ANC6B Residents Fault DDOT on 5G Cell Installations

ANC6B Special Meeting Wednesday night to hear from telecommunication industry reps about 5G Cell Plans. Click to enlarge.

Verizon’s Brian Stover shows illustration of his company’s preferred installation of a 5G cell.

Another installation model on a different light pole.

ANC6B Residents Fault DDOT on 5G Cell Installations

by Larry Janezich

Installation of new infrastructure for 5G (fifth-generation cellular wireless) has been under the radar of most residents whose blocks will be affected until recently, when telecommunication companies AT&T, Verizon, and Crown Castle sent out letters notifying neighbors of the pending installation on certain blocks.  The three companies plan to install 7000 of the cells attached to light and utility poles over the next five years – 10% of the 71,000 light poles in the District.  There are currently 26 small cell installations scheduled for ANC6B; most of them appear to be located near the US Capitol, the location driven by the density of users.  Some have described the devices as refrigerators attached to light poles.

The DC Department of Transportation is supporting and authorizing the project, but has left it up to the companies to inform the residents directly affected.  That information, for the most part, that has not penetrated to a neighborhood level until now.  Suddenly, with the installations imminent, there are public concerns about health, safety and aesthetics.

About 50 Capitol Hill residents showed up Wednesday night for a special ANC6B meeting to hear telecommunication representatives explain 5G and to answer questions.  DDOT declined an invitation to attend the meeting.

The companies are desperate for additional capacity, they say, not only because of the advance in technology, but also because demand is degrading the quality of 4G cell phone service.  The companies have selected installation locations according to guidelines established by DC’s Department of Transportation (Public Space Committee), and submitted applications for installation to that agency, which will give final approval.  Industry reps say that once DDOT signs off on a location, it’s pretty much a done deal.  Residents who asked about what recourse they had to oppose a selection got little satisfaction from industry pledges to remain open to resident’s concerns and feedback.

The major concerns raised by residents last night were health and safety, and aesthetics, with the most questions raised about the former.  One attendee said she had small children, and “everybody on the block is very concerned about it.”  Industry reps sought to assure attendees that the amount of electromagnetic radiation produced by the new small cells is “a mere fraction of what is allowed” by federal regulations.

Many residents at the meeting had only recently learned about 5G, and faulted DDOT for not doing a better job of informing the public rather than leaving that task to the telecommunications industry.  Several residents complained that numerous calls to telecommunications reps were not returned.  For its part those industry representatives said that they wanted to be more transparent and identify the individual poles where they intended to install equipment, but DDOT had dictated the content of the form letter which excluded that information.  Part of resident’s frustration was that there was no one present who could talk about what impact combined plans of the three companies would have.

Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk got pledges from the company representatives to attend another meeting in September.  Samolyk said she hoped DDOT would attend the September meeting, agreeing with one resident that “DDOT needs to give us the big picture.”

Here are some links to additional information:

FAQ’s –

Guidelines –

DDOT Website on Small Cells –



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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton at ANC6B: “The President is trying to steal the Fourth of July”

Congresswoman Norton addresses ANC6B. Behind her, from the left: Commissioners Sroufe, Krepp, Samolyk,, Ready, Chair Jayaraman, Commissioners Clark, Holtzman, Waud, Colman, and Oldenburg.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton at  ANC6B: “The President is trying to steal the Fourth of July”

by Larry Janezich

Congresswoman Norton appeared before ANC6B for the first time Tuesday night to talk about her work in Congress for DC residents.  She says she is pursuing two tracks to equality:  advancing statehood and completing home rule.  But it was her statement about the President and the Fourth of July which was the highpoint in her discussion of her work to protect DC from the administration and the Republican Senate.

She called the President’s intention to take over the July 4th celebration “dangerous” – and noted that “there is nothing more apolitical than the traditional July 4th Concert” on the West Front of the US Capitol.  She called the celebration little changed over the decades until 9/11 when attendees were required to go through metal detectors.  She seemed chagrined when she alluded to the Lincoln Memorial – where the Rev. Martin Luther King’s delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and where the President plans to deliver a Fourth of July address.  She said she is trying to work to get the celebration back where it was, offering no details, but perhaps thinking of legislation reserving the National Memorials for non-political purposes.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the White House is considering ordering up a second firework display on July Fourth in connection with a speech by the President.  See here:

Norton addressed several other topics of special concern to DC residents:

Statehood:  Her bill on DC Statehood has 207 co-sponsors and needs 218 to pass the House.  She said it looks like the House has enough votes to pass the bill but that will be hard to get the bill through the Senate.  The Senate bill was introduced by Senator Tom Carper, (D-DE) and has 28 cosponsors.

Advancing Statehood:  Norton is pursuing several goals which can be achieved legislatively without statehood.  These include providing for local prosecutors, authority to call out the National Guard, and control over local courts.

RFK Stadium: Norton has introduced a bill to authorize the federal government’s sale of the RFK Stadium site and additional unused federal land to DC.  She noted the controversy surrounding a proposed new stadium for Washington’s football team, and said that her legislation “wiped the slate clean, taking the football team out of it.”  Her bill, she says, states the city wants it for “amenities.”  Literature distributed at the meeting clarifies that this means strengthening DC’s ability to redevelop the site with options such as additional green space, affordable housing, commercial development,”etc.

During Q&A, residents and commissioners in attendance raised questions about the trend of lobbying groups and non-profits buying up residential houses near the Capitol and using them as event spaces; a complaint that politicians talk about helping small businesses but don’t really help, citing the hardship caused by the government shutdown earlier this year; the failure of the US Attorney’s Office to prosecute crimes involving guns and other violent crimes as well as failing in transparency; the Architect of the Capitol’s failure to incentivize use of mass transit and ride share while increasing parking for Congressional staff; and an objection to the Architect of the Capitol serving on the DC Zoning Commission.

Norton said she had not heard of the housing or parking issues but urged further communication with her office on those.  She said she might be able to do something about the prosecutor’s office and the Architect of the Capitol on the Zoning Board – maybe through legislation.  She was sympathetic about the effect of the government shut down on small business but said there was little that could be done about that except elect a new president.

Norton was scheduled to address ANC6A at its monthly meeting on Thursday night, but a conflict in her schedule required her to cancel that meeting.

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Owners Plan Major Upgrade for Albert’s Liquors in Hill East

Here’s PGN Architect’s rendering of the new Albert’s Liquor at 328 Kentucky Avenue, SE.

And here’s a view of the 14th Street side of the project, across from Payne School.

Here’s the Kentucky Avenue front of the building as it is today.

And a view of the 14th Street side.

Owners Plan Major Upgrade for Albert’s Liquor in Hill East

by Larry Janezich

Albert’s Liquors owners, Jorge and Blanca Ventura, plan to transform the 580 square foot building at 328 Kentucky Avenue, SE, into a new high end liquor venue which will offer wine and snacks on two outdoor patios and add a 1400 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath living unit on two floors above the store.  The project will not be subject to historical preservation review, since it lies outside the Capitol Hill Historic District.  The store is a stone’s throw from the development of the new Safeway mixed use development under construction catty corner across D Street, SE.

PGN Architects, which is designing the building, says a Zoning Adjustment Application will come before the Bureau of Zoning Adjustment in July or September.  The plan to serve alcohol will also require an adjustment to the liquor license.


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