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The Week Ahead…

7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, circa 7:00am, February 2

The Week Ahead…

Monday, February 17

Presidents’ Day Holiday.  No trash or recycling pickup.

Tuesday, February 18

ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE.

Agenda not available at press time.

ANC6B Barracks Row Working Group Meeting, 6:30pm, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – First Floor Conference Room.

Agenda:

Community Announcements.

Off duty Police Officers on 8th Street.

Roundtable Discussion on Homeless Challenges on Barracks Row/Eastern Market area.

Review and update the visons mission and goals of the Barracks’ Row Working Group.

Discuss Restaurant Challenges: Why some are leaving the street , i.e., Medium Rare.

Collective Business Services:

Collective Snow Removal, Rat abatement, alley power washing and other services possible offered by Barracks Row Main Street for a fixed price.

Wednesday, February 19

ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE.

Agenda not available a press time.

Thursday, February 20

Benning Road Reconstruction and Streetcar Project Open House #2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, River Terrace Education Campus, 405 Anacostia Avenue, NE.

As part of the ongoing Benning Road and Bridges Transportation Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA), DDOT has initiated this preliminary design project to advance the development of EA Build Alternative 2.   At the open house, DDOT staff will provide an update on the project, present the DC-295 and Benning Road interchange preferred options, and receive public input.  For more information, visit the updated project website at http://www.BenningProject.com

Friday, February 21

Mayor Bowser’s Ribbon cutting ceremony for Ward 6’s Short Term Family Housing Facility – The Aya –  at 850 Delaware Avenue, SW.  11:30am.

Haitian art & Handcraft Sale at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE.  Support art, education health and sustainable development in villages in rural Haiti, featuring a wide variety of paintings and handcrafts. 

Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (opening wine & cheese reception).

Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Sunday, 9:am – 2:00pm.

Hosted by the Vassar Haiti Project and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Purchases ate 50% tax deductible.  Donations are 100% deductible.

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New ANC6B Chair Brian Ready Talks About Barracks Row, Homelessness & a Living Wage

Brian Ready, Chair of ANC6B

New ANC6B Chair Brian Ready Talks About Barracks Row, Homelessness & a Living Wage

By Larry Janezich

Brian Ready, newly elected chair of ANC6B, knows what he’s good at.  He says, “It’s having vision and solving problems.  When a challenge comes to me, I figure out a good way of solving the problem – balancing things out between two individuals, working impartially, taking both points of view into account to achieve an outcome which can be explained to both parties so they understand how the decision was reached.”

Ready, still in his first term as Commissioner, was elected Chair by acclamation last month after Chander Jayaraman decided to run for city council instead of seeking a second term as chair of 6B.  Jayaraman says, “Brian is the right person at the right time and has what we need – business acumen, creativity, and composure – to lead in 2020.”  Those qualities will be called upon as ANC6B addresses a host of issues during the coming year.

One of those issues is the economic viability of Barracks Row, the west side of which lies in Ready’s single member district.  As former chair – and current member – of ANC6B’s Barracks Row Working Group, Ready says we have to recognize that the challenges on Barracks Row are the same as the challenges in Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and multiple other locations in the city, and stem from increased competition like The Wharf and the Navy Yard.  He believes in a holistic approach to the quality of life problems on 8th Street, and a substantial advertising campaign to increase business.

Regarding those quality of life issues, Ready says we have to figure out how to establish a balance to assure patrons of Barracks Row that it’s a safe area where they won’t get accosted or impeded while addressing needs of panhandlers and our homeless residents.

Asked his thoughts on Community Connections’ role in the community, Ready said “Community Connections serves to help people who are homeless and if we say we don’t want to do that, it amounts to taking the problem and moving it somewhere else.”  He doesn’t think the ANC has the power to do fix homelessness.  The root of the problem, he says, lies in an economic system that has inequality built into it, and we have to accept that if we accept the system.  He says, “We just have to understand that this is how the system works – if we recognize what it is, we can better fix the things we don’t like about it.  “My friends think I’m the eternal optimist because I’m saying, ‘No, we can fix this – it’s not broken.’”

Ready grew up in the Chicago suburbs and left for one of the country’s top hospitality programs at the University of Las Vegas.  He has a degree in hospitality and a degree in law.  His first job out of college was with Deloitte – the multinational professional services network.  Then he worked in hospitality at MGM resorts – “I was responsible for booking all the entertainment at Primm Valley Resort’s 6000 seat arena and their 500 seat showroom and three entertainment lounges.”  It was in that role that he met show business legends Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Reba McIntyre, Brooks & Dunn, and Trace Adkins.

While at MGM he traveled a lot and found Washington “one of the nicest cities I’d ever been to,” and five years ago took an opportunity to transfer here to a new job with MGM. He said Capitol Hill was his first choice for a place to live and that his attraction to the neighborhood was the defining reason he wanted to move here.

Ready is not new to community service.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada and was a volunteer at the Children’s Museum in Las Vegas.  Professionally, he belongs to the National Bar Association.  One of his heroes is Barack Obama, who he credits with inspiring him to run for office, get involved in the community, and help to make it better in any way possible. He praises DC Council Chair Phil Mendelsohn’s calm and collected demeanor in presiding over the council as well as Charles Allen, for whom he went door-to-door in the last campaign.  Ready says, “In a community I really love, I wanted to contribute and help make it be all it could be by becoming an ANC Commissioner. It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had, even if we don’t get paid.”

One of the things he’s passionate about is advocating for a living wage.  He says, “The District has a high minimum wage, which is great, but there are still low wages in this area where the cost of living is high.  I ask, ‘Where do they live – hospitality is the number two job creator in our area, so where do they [hospitality workers] live? They can’t even afford to live in our scariest neighborhoods.  I’m saying that if you can’t provide a wage where a minimum of 50% of your staff can rent or buy in the city, you should not operate.”

He has other passions, including kites. “I love the Kite Festival coming up.  In Vegas we actually had a park where kite enthusiasts come every week to do sport kiting and tricks. I look forward to going to the National Mall in March and flying a kite.”  Working out is another passion and he works out at Sport & Health 4 or 5 days a week.   Ready is also a musician – he plays violin and percussion – another of his heroes is a high school music teacher who recruited him for the school’s marching band.

Ready says he’s working on a list of goals for his term of office, but for now wants to focus on “absorbing the information coming at me and getting it down and keeping everything together.”  He says that as Chair, he’ll continue the commitment he made when he ran for the ANC – to check his ANC email account every day and respond to every email within 24 hours.

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Neighbors Vexed at Persistent Homeless Camp Under Freeway at Third Street, SE

Encampment under the Third Street Overpass.

Neighbors Vexed at Persistent Homeless Camp Under Freeway at Third Street, SE

By Larry Janezich

The homeless encampment under the freeway on 3rd Street, SE, was the focus of a heated discussion at ANC6B’s February meeting on Tuesday night.  Residents around Garfield Park expressed their frustration that the city is not moving more aggressively to ban the encampment near the Garfield Park and nearby schools.  Much of the outrage is the result of an act of public defecation which, according to Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, was witnessed by a family who complained to her.  Samolyk and some residents want to know why the city council can’t ban encampments near schools and parks.

It’s complicated.

CM Charles Allen, who attended the meeting, told the ANC and residents that the council could do that, but the minute they did, they would be hit with a lawsuit on behalf of the homeless which could jeopardize – as have similar lawsuits elsewhere – the city’s over-all protocol for dealing with homeless encampments.

Monica Merk and Jessica Smith, encampment coordinators with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, were on hand to explain what that protocol is. An encampment is defined as a place of residence on public property or an accumulation of personal belongs left on public property.  There are 30 known encampments in the city and DHHS encampment task force has the capacity to do 16 clean ups a month. After receiving a complaint, the process begins with engaging the encampment residents to see what services they need and to encourage them to take advantage of city provided services and shelters.  DHHS does an inspection for public health and safety, looking for rodents, trash, and bio-hazards.  If tents – for example – block a sidewalk and prohibit passage, the encampment can be banned, as one was recently at an underpass on K Street, NE, in NoMa.

If there is a serious public safety risk HHS can do an immediate disposition.  If not, they do a standard disposition, which requires giving 14 days’ notice to the encampment residents of a pending cleanup.

HHS continues to visit the encampment during that period to engage the residents and urge them to take advantage of city services.  On the day of the cleanup, residents are warned that cleanup is imminent.  Exceptions are made for tents and belonging of residents in dire straits such as hospitalization.  Cleanups are dependent on weather, and are postponed during precipitation or cold temperatures and are a coordinated effort among several city agencies, including MPD, DPW, DHS, and DDOT.  DC has no authority to address encampments on private or federal property.

Samolyk told the encampment coordinators that people in the encampments do not meet the legal definition of city residents and objected to references using that term, and the “most vulnerable.” She said, “I’ve lived in the neighborhood 20 years and I’ve never seen what we are seeing now.  Why can’t they be placed in a homeless shelter?”

The simple answer is that the homeless often reject going to shelters and can’t be forced to go into one.  There are a complex set of reasons why; some feel they are safer outside, some reuse to give up or abandon their belongings or pets, some have their entire life possessions in a tent and would lose all of it if they go to a shelter.  Some fear bedbugs and some have been assaulted in shelters.

Last week, DHHS cleaned up the encampment on Third Street after 14 days’ notice. Smith said inspectors found no biohazard.   Within 24 hours it was back.  The encampment had been dismantled before DHHS arrived and trash had been picked up and bagged by former residents for pick up.  DHHS checks it regularly and keep engaging the residents of the camp, searching for a solution to their long term housing needs.  DHHS will continue issuing two week notices of pending cleanup of the camp.   Smith says that city agencies and service providers including the Department of Behavioral Health, DHHS, and Community Connections are in constant communication on encampment issues.

One resident called it “outrageous” that no protection from an encampment near schools is being offered for children.  That prompted Allen to ask the resident to specify the perceived risk and noted that he had walked the area with Commander Kane of the 1st District who could not find any criminal activity.  The resident implied that with an encampment close to a school and playground, the risk was apparent, referring to the residents of the encampment as “obviously transient”.

Allen replied he was “not comfortable with the way the resident was describing the homeless”, adding that here were multiple reasons for homelessness including eviction and job loss – “It’s not one thing.  None of us want to be in a tent … to say they are inherently a risk to children … we need to be careful. I’m not seeing illegal activity. If there is, we’ll be there, and if the risk is understood we’ll mitigate it and make an appropriate response.”

Responding to those who think the city isn’t tough enough on the homeless, Allen said, “I respectfully disagree we try to do too much.  DC is in a better position that other cities which are not doing the things we do, and that has made their problem worse.”

Allen urged residents to attend upcoming budget town hall meetings – both the Mayor’s and his own Ward 6 Budget Town Hall at Maury Elementary (TBA), calling it an opportunity for all of us to engage – a forum to encourage “feedback about where we need to do more and where we need to do less.”

For more on encampment protocol and a list of upcoming encampment protocol engagements, see here:  https://dmhhs.dc.gov/page/encampments

To report an encampment, call (202) 727-7973 or send a detailed description to the contact below:  Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services mocrs@dc.gov

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Update on the Southeast Library Renovation

Residents weighed in on design elements for the renovation of Southeast Library in Eastern Market’s North Hall on Saturday. Organizers said the flow of interested residents was steady.

Here’s the first of three collections of options residents were asked to consider. The other two collections of options are below. Click to enlarge.

Update on the Southeast Library Renovation

By Larry Janezich

Representatives of the development/design team undertaking the $23 million renovation of  Southeast Library met with Capitol Hill residents at Eastern Market on Saturday.  Residents had an opportunity to take a survey as well as express preferences for design elements under consideration for the renovation.  DC Public Libraries selected the firm of Whiting-Turner to be the project’s contractor and Quinn Evans as the Architect of Record.  Alos on the team is Tappe Architects which specializes in library construction.

Saturday’s event marked the beginning of the process of public engagement and was intended to be a quick hit to capture input from those not inclined to get to a public meeting. The first community meeting on the project is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, in the North Hall at Eastern Market.  The purpose of that meeting will be to allow residents and library users to take a deep dive into the design elements.

As the design proceeds, support will be sought from the ANC, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the Commission on Fine Arts.  The developer is still in the process of determining if review by the National Capital Planning Commission will be necessary.

The development team is in the midst of a 90 day “due diligence” period to assess the technical requirements for the construction.  One part of that assessment is the collection of soil borings to check for contamination and the water table.

The design process is expected to take at least a year and Southeast Library is expected to remain open into 2021 with an anticipated closure for renovation close to the end of 2021.  The hope is to reopen in 2022, the 100th anniversary of the library.

The survey is online and can be found here: https://www.dclibrary.org/southeastlibraryrenovation

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The Week Ahead… & Reminder on Eastern Market Survey

Eastern Market Metro, Thursday, February 6, circa 6:30pm.

The Week Ahead… & Reminder on Eastern Market Survey

by Larry Janezich

Reminder:  The opportunity to take the survey to provide community input on the future of Eastern Market ends soon – possibly this week.  Here’s the link to the survey:  https://www.easternmarketplan.org/

The Week Ahead….

Monday, February 10

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public Safety Report- First District MPD (PSA 103, PSA 105 & PSA 106) Capt. Pulliam, Lt. Donigian, Lt. Anderson.

Consent agenda:

Letter of Support – Interim to Permanent Principal Dohrman at Jefferson Middle School Academy.

2020 Race for Hope, May 23, 2020

Resolution requesting increased funding to include shorter headways for Route 74 Buses.

Letter to DCHA RE: 20-year Transformation Plan.

Letter on Air Quality Concerns at Buzzard Point.

Presentations:

Short-term Family Housing Provider and Unity Update – Jay Melder.

Capital Grid Project Update – Jamaal Jordan.

Providence Health Imaging Center.

CitizenM, 550 School Street, SW – request for Class C Hotel liquor license.

Gatsby Restaurant, 1201 Half Street, SE – Public Space Application.

Atlas Brewing, 1201 Half Street, SE – Public Space Application.

Comprehensive Plan Resolution.

Riverpoint Bulkhead Comments.

ANC6A Community Outreach Committee meets at 7:00pm, Eastern High School, Parent Center, 1700 East Capitol Street NE (Enter from East Capitol Street)

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation: 

Mr. Gottlieb Simon, Director, Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Tuesday, February 11

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm, The Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Consent Agenda

411 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Historic Preservation Application – Concept – New construction of 2 homes.

1249 South Carolina Avenue, SE, Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception/Variance to construct a rear addition to an existing apartment house.

Comprehensive Plan Comments:

ANC 6B Working Group Comp Plan Comments.

Capitol Hill Village Comp Plan Comments.

Environmental Protection Element Comp Plan Comments.

Transportation Element Comp Plan Comments.

Letter and 311 Notice to DDOT to Remove AM Rush Lane from 900 Block of I Street, SE.

Presentation:

Katherine Whitehouse, Office of At-Large Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr.

Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille, 514 8th Street, SE – Request for Substantial Change to add an Entertainment Endorsement with Cover Charge inside the premises only.

Finn McCool’s, 713 8th Street, SE – Request for Substantial Change for Class Change from a Retailer Class “C” Restaurant to a Retailer Class “C” Tavern license.

1624 E Street, SE, Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception to raze the existing two-story, semi-detached principal dwelling unit, and to construct a three-story, detached principal dwelling unit.

710 E Street, SE, Historic Preservation Application – rear 3-story addition.

Planning and Zoning Committee Comp Plan Comments:

Comp Plan comments on SE Boulevard.

Comp Plan comments on 1333M/Washington Gas Triangle.

Comp plans comments on 15th Street Commercial Corridor.

Traffic Safety Options for 16th & Independence Avenue, SE.

DDOT Plans to Widen D-4 Exit from 695 to 11th Street, SE.

Hill East Task Force report.

Livable Community Task Force report.

Letter to Public Space Committee on ANC 6B Input for Phase I of Eastern Market Metro Park Plaza.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee report.

Working Group on Barrack’s Row report.

Election of Committee Chairs & Re-establishment of Task Forces.

ANC Resolution to commemorate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage.

Request for consideration of a resolution on the DC Archives.

Wednesday, February 12

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:

Christopher Wade, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Community Outreach Specialist.

Junction Bistro, Bar, and Bakery, 238 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, new, stipulated license.

Butter Chicken, 500 H Street, NE, ABRA-116156, new Class “D” tavern license.

Sidamo Coffee & Tea, 417 H Street NE, renewal, Class “C” restaurant.

RESA. 22 M Street NE, Public Space Application – parking garage safety improvements.

Logan School, 215 G Street, NE, Public Space Application – bike racks, fence, landscaping, new driveway.

1212 6th Street, NE, one story addition, multiple changes including porch, driveway, etc.

500 H Street NE, Public Space Application – sidewalk café.

H Street, NE, safety concerns – 3rd and 6th Streets, NE.

6th Street, NE, budget request – fixes between K and Florida, including ADA-compliance.

North Capitol Street, NE,  safety improvements between Massachusetts Avenue and R Street.

627 Orleans Place, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application – construction of a rear deck.

508 D Street NE, Zoning Adjustment Application – construction of a rear addition.

653 8th Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application – addition of a fourth apartment and rooftop equipment.

Draft amendments to Comprehensive Plan (Elements: Capitol Hill, Central DC, Upper NE Area, Generalized Policy Map, Future Land Use Map, Other elements).

1133 North Capitol Street, redevelopment update – Mr. Courtney.

Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, March 28, 2020.

NoMa Parks Foundation, update.

Draft Comprehensive Plan (Elements: Environmental Protection, Arts and Culture).

Thursday, February 13

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations:

Lewis Ferebee, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools.

Oversight of the Office of ANC – Shawn J. Hilgendorf, Director, Committee on Facilities and Procurement.

Letter to District of Columbia Homeland Security and Management Agency in support of the 2020 Capitol Hill Classic.

Motion to add the comments of the TPS to those of EDZ regarding the DC Comprehensive Plan and submit the comments.

Letter to DDOT in opposition to the application for a driveway through public space at the rear of 1518 North Carolina Avenue, NE.

Letter to DDOT asking for enforcement of DCMR 24-102 with respect to overgrown hedge at 100 14th Street, NE, for safety reasons and request the online 311 be modified to facilitate reporting of public space violations.

Consideration of whether to alter or amend a letter of opposition to DDOT for an application to permit the construction of a fourth apartment and the installation of new rooftop mechanical equipment, in an existing three-unit apartment house at 653 8th Street, NE/ 807 G Street, NE (BZA #20190) in the RF-1 Zone, based on the fact that there would be fewer than 250 square feet on the lot per unit.

Letter to real estate agents active on Capitol Hill informing them of the Residential Parking Permit restrictions in place for any address on H Street.

Submission changes to the DC Comprehensive Plan that are a merger of the already approved recommendations and the changes submitted by Capitol Hill Village.

Letter of support to Mr. Clifford Dixon, Permit Expeditor regarding permits for excavation foundation and building not issued yet) for:

  1. an after-hours permit application that would allow work by the Eliot-Hine Middle School construction team to start at 6:00 am Monday through Saturday; and
  2. authorization to work on the following holidays in 2020 to ensure the ability to meet the construction schedule: Washington’s Birthday, 02/17/2020; DC Emancipation Day, 04/16/2020; Memorial Day, 5/25/2020; Independence Day, 7/3/2020; Labor Day, 9/7/2020; Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 10/12/2020; Veterans Day, 11/11/2020.

Letter to DDOT re: Small Cell Design Guidelines.

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The Week Ahead… and 100% Chance of Snow on C Street at Eastern Market

Eastern Market flea market vendors and visitors were puzzled at the device installed in a tree overlooking the C Street Plaza outside of the Hine Project. It turns out to be a snow machine, one of ten Hine developer Eastbanc will install to guarantee snowfall on the C Street Plaza for a “Snow at Eastern Market” promotional event.

And then there’s this:

Here’s a chance for one on one community input on the renovation of SE Library Next Weekend (see Saturday below for more details)

The Week Ahead… and 100% Chance of Snow on C Street at Eastern Market

By Larry Janezich

Monday, February 3

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery – 238 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – request for support of stipulated restaurant liquor license for pending application.

Butter Chicken Company 2 – 500 H Street, NE – new application for a Class “D” Tavern license.

Sidamo Coffee & Tea – 417 H Street, NE – renewal of Class “C” Restaurant license.

Tuesday, February 4

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

710 E Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application for rear 3-story addition.

411 New Jersey Avenue, SE – Historic Preservation Application for construction of 2 homes. Tentative.

1249 South Carolina Avenue, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application to allow construction of a rear addition to an existing apartment house.

1624 E Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application to raze the existing two-story, semi-detached principal dwelling unit, and to construct a three-story, detached principal dwelling unit.

Rezoning petition for triangle between 12th/Water/M to MU-13 (potential helipad site).

ANC 6B Comments on Amendments to Comprehensive Plan

Wednesday, February 5

ANC6B Transportation Committee meets at 7:00pm, in the Rear Meeting Space – 2nd Floor, The Yard, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Request for Removal of AM Rush Lane on the 900 Block of I Street, SE, to enable residents of the block to use their RPP/Zone 6 curbside parking spaces 24/7.

Presentation on Stop Light at 16th Street & Independence Avenue, SE. DDOT Director Marootian is scheduled to brief the Committee on efforts underway to add a stoplight at 16th and Independence Ave SE.

Brief Update on Status of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Corridor Study.

Discussion on DDOT Plans to Widen 695 Eastbound Exit onto 11th Street, SE.

Final Recommendations on CompPlan Transportation Chapter.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

627 Orleans Place, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application to permit construction of a rear deck addition to an existing attached principal dwelling unit

508 D Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application to permit construction of a rear addition to an existing attached principal dwelling unit.

653 8th Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application to permit construction of a fourth apartment and the installation of new rooftop mechanical equipment, in an existing three-unit apartment house.

Draft amendments to Comprehensive Plan – Review of the following Draft Plan elements, including Capitol Hill Area Element, Central Washington Area Element, Upper Northeast Area Element, Generalized Policy Map, Future Land Use Map (FLUM), Any elements not previously discussed, and Elements discussed in November/December/January to be re-discussed/reconsidered.

Thursday, February 6

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Yaju Ramen, 525 8th Street, SE – Request for Substantial Changes to Retailer’s Class “C” Tavern license.

Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille, 514 8th Street, SE – Request for Substantial Change to add an Entertainment Endorsement with Cover Charge inside the premises only.

Finn McCool’s, 713 8th Street, SE – Request for Substantial Change for Class Change from a Retailer Class “C” Restaurant to a Retailer Class “C” Tavern.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

22 M Street, NE – RESA – parking garage safety improvements. RESA is a new apartment building located in NoMA where the parking garage entrance/exit faces Patterson Street, NE. DDOT advised management to seek ANC support to remove parking spot(s) immediately adjacent to the garage’s entrance/exit to provide extra visibility for people using the garage and along Patterson.

215 G Street, NE – Logan School Public Space Application for renovation including: 22 bike racks, a fence, and landscaping and planting for 14 trees. The existing driveway will remain to serve the proposed parking lot; a new driveway will serve as an exit out of the public alley.

1212 6th Street, NE – Public Space Application – proposal to perform an addition/alteration repair, 1 story addition above existing 2 story, single family unit to create a two family unit; new open porch, lead walk with steps, window well, driveway off alley and knee wall with fencing. Response to request for additional information.

500 H Street, NE, Butter Chicken Company 2 Sidewalk Cafe Application – proposal for unenclosed sidewalk cafe with eleven tables (two ADA accessible) and a total of 42 seats. All tables will have umbrellas with 8’ clearance when open. Proposed hours of operation are from 10am to 12am, 7 days a week.

H Street NE safety concerns. The Committee will discuss ways to improve safety along H Street, NE. At 3rd Street NE, residents have noted that signal timing incentivizes eastbound drivers to run the red light. In addition, on January 15, a person on a bicycle suffered a crash — near the same location as Mr. Malik Habib’s fatal 2018 crash — due to the streetcar tracks and was subsequently hit by a moving vehicle. At 6th Street, NE, neighbors have experienced near misses and desire a left turn signal at 6th Street, NE.

6th Street, NE budget request. The ongoing implementation of safety improvements along 6th Street, NE, between K Street, NE, and Florida Avenue, NE, was included as a part of the interim improvements for Florida Avenue; however, funds for permanent fixes (such as ADA-compliant sidewalks) are not included in the full Florida Avenue project. The Committee will discuss next steps on requesting funds for permanent fixes for this stretch of 6th Street, NE.

North Capitol Street sign on letter. In January 2019, the NoMa BID presented to the Committee the North Capitol Needs Assessment, which identified specific safety improvements along North Capitol Street from Massachusetts Avenue to R Street. However, in 2019, four pedestrians were fatally struck on or near North Capitol Street, including Mr. Hubert Hinds in December, 2019 while crossing H Street, NE. The Committee will review a sign on letter developed by the ANC6E Transportation and Public Space Committee and others to DDOT Director Marootian requesting DDOT to take immediate action in implementing the recommendations.

Saturday, February 8

Community input on the renovation of Southeast Library. 9:00am – 1:00pm, North Hall Eastern Market.

DC Public Library has hired the design-build team of Whiting-Turner Construction and Quinn Evans Architects to renovate Southeast Library. Members of the design team will be in the North Hall at Eastern Market from 9:00am – 1:00pm this Saturday. DCPL invites residents to stop by for 15-20 minutes and share their ideas for what they would like to see in the renovated library.

Here’s a link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCSoutheastLibrary

In addition, on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:00pm, DC Public Library will host a Community Meeting in the North Hall at Eastern Market. At this meeting, residents will 1. Meet the design team, 2.Learn about the project, 3. Share ideas.

Friends of the Southeast hold a Book Sale from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

History, biography, mystery, fantasy, literature, photography, cookbooks — many brand new. Plus, most books are only $1. Proceeds from sales help fund library programs for children.

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On Barracks Row:  Spring Mill Bread Going – “Jew-ish” Deli Coming  

Spring Mill Bakery departs 701 8th Street, SE, Friday afternoon, circa 4:15pm –

and a few minutes later, DCFD determined there was no cause for alarm.  

On Barracks Row:  Spring Mill Bread Going – “Jew-ish” Deli Coming

By Larry Janezich

Capitol Hill Corner went to check out Spring Mill Bread’s last day on Barracks Row yesterday.  Owner Katherine Rurka was on site, cleaning out the store.  The company’s logo had already been removed from the front of the building.  Asked why they were closing, she replied simply, “Our lease was up,” adding, “I’ve got to call the fire department, we’ve got smoke.  Where’s my phone?”  CHC offered a phone, but Rurka found hers, exclaiming, “On our last day,” and made the call.

Three DC Fire Department vehicles arrived within minutes and located a faulty breaker switch in the basement and no cause for alarm.

It didn’t seem like an opportune time to press for additional details.  Spring Mill Bakery closed their Bethesda location when their lease was up in January 2018.  Outlets in Arlington, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Takoma, and Spring Mill, Pennsylvania remain open.

As first reported by Popville, the popular “Jew-ish” Deli Call Your Mother will open in the space vacated by the bakery this spring.   It will join Bullfrog Bagels near Eastern Market, giving Capitol Hill a second source of bagels.  Here’s a link to Eater DC’s report http://bit.ly/2RPoeis and here’s a link to Call Your Mother’s menu https://www.callyourmotherdeli.com/menu.

 

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