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ANC6C Responds To Ward 6 Mutual Aid Group’s Plea for Help

ANC6C Responds To Ward 6 Mutual Aid Group’s Plea for Help

By Larry Janezich

Last night, ANC6C stepped up and authorized a $3,000.00 grant to provide health crisis related assistance to Ward 6’s most vulnerable residents.  The grant was in response to a request from The Ward Six Mutual Aid Group, and was made possible by city action which relaxed restrictions on how ANC’s can make grants from their annual funding allocation.  Since the group does not have 501C3 status, the donation will be received by their affiliated organization, Serve Your City, which does.  Maurice Cook, the founder of Serve Your City,  started and now also leads the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Group. 

Prana Nanda, a volunteer with the Mutual Aid Group, was on hand at the Commission’s virtual meeting to support the request from the all-volunteer organization.  He cited the ways in which it provides assistance and noted the group has the support of CHAMPS, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Momma’s Safe Haven, the TraRon Center, and Brotha’s Huddle.

Councilmember Charles Allen, who appeared later to update the ANC on the city’s COV-19 response, expressed his gratitude for the work of Ward 6 Mutual Aid Group had been doing.

According to another volunteer, Max Grossman, the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Group was formed in response to COVID-19 to help limit the impact of the public health pandemic on the city’s most vulnerable – the elderly, low-income families, families facing housing insecurity, and others.

Grossman says in the past 7 weeks, Ward Six Mutual Aid has:

  1. Provided over $15,000 in groceries & supplies and 2,500 masks to those who need them in our community.
  2. Bridged the digital divide by providing laptops (refurbished by volunteers), modems, and free tutoring to students in Ward 6.
  3. Provided fliers throughout our ward that have information on how to avoid COVID-19, how and where to get tested, and how to find the needed medical support for those who test positive through our Black Public Health Campaign. These materials are free to download.

Grossman said, “We’ve delivered 52 laptops/tablets so far and are in need of many, many more.”

If residents can help by donating funds, items, or time, here’s the link:  https://www.serveyourcitydc.org/covid-19-emergency-response

If residents need to access resources, call the Mutual Aid Hotline at 202-683-9962.

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Details on The Roost’s “Culinary Clubhouse” Opening at 1401 PA Avenue SE

Here’s the layout for the Culinary Clubhouse for The Roost. click to enlarge

Details on The Roost’s “Culinary Clubhouse” Opening at 1401 PA Avenue SE

May 13, 2020

by Larry Janezich

Last night, ANC6B endorsed the request for a liquor license for The Roost  – the eight food service plus two bars plus a full service restaurant venue coming to Blackbird, the newly developed 167 unit residential building at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The “culinary clubhouse”, as it’s being touted, will seat 415 and have a 480 maximum occupancy.

According to Michael Babin of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Cameo – the coffee shop – will be the first to open in about two months, followed by Leni – the all-day café – a week later.   He anticipates a gradual opening of the rest of the food outlets and bars.  Whether there will be on site seating is an open question.  Initially, Babin expect preorder and pick up with social distance seating phased in.  The remaining outlets include, Ako (sushi and omakase – leave it to the chef) by Kenaki, the Slice Joint (pizza), Red Apron (charcuterie and burgers), Hi Fi Taco, Show of Hands (craft cocktail and wine bar), and the 50 tap beer concept and garden, Shelter. Caruso’s Grocery, a standalone red sauce Italian Restaurant will be the last to open, but carry out will be available some time earlier.

The 20 foot sidewalk outside of Shelter on 14th Street will accommodates a sidewalk café with retractable awning, with a capacity of 118, seated and standing.  Residential neighbors directly across the street had concerns with respect to noise and late hours, but seemed mollified after Babin agreed to close the café at 10:30pm on Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday.

Babin hopes to promote the “clubhouse” as a daytime hangout for creative types by including an outlet for Shop Made In DC  – a “highly edited “storelet” featuring a small collection of locally produced “wares and goods from 40+ DC creatives”.  The Roost will provide a printer, Wi-Fi and space for makers to hold classes in the evening to teach people their crafts.

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Update on Saturday Shooting at 12th and K Streets

Update on Saturday Shooting at 12th and K Streets

by Larry Janezich

Today, ANC Commissioner Kelly Waud – in whose single member district the shooting occurred – shared with her constituents an email from First District Commander Morgan Kane, written in response to several questions raised by a concerned neighbor.

Kane’s email said that in response to the shooting, the First District has assigned resources to the Potomac Gardens/Hopkins/K Street area around the clock, who are expected to actively patrol the area.

Kane emphasized in remarks to Waud that the vehicle has been recovered, a point reiterated by MPD’s Lt. Donigan, who – in a public safety report to ANC6D on Monday night – added that a gun had been recovered as well.  Donigan said that two seriously injured victims of the Saturday shooting are recovering.

Kane told Waud, “We will continue to deploy in this area. In addition to patrol my Crime Suppression Team continues its operations as well. Unfortunately, the victims on Saturday are well known to us.”

According to Kane, the vehicle used in the shooting was identified by the MPD crime cameras in the area – it belongs to the company GetAround.  The Office of the Attorney General recently issued a Consumer Alert about the company.  It is a short term rental car company using technology that is easily defeated, allowing their cars to be stolen quickly and easily.

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Mayor Opens Convention Health Care Facility – Kids’ Inflammatory Reaction Shows Up In DC

Mayor Bowser announced the opening of the convention center as an alternate surge care facility today.

Mayor Opens Convention Health Care Facility – Bullet Points from Today’s Press Briefing

by Larry Janezich

Today, Mayor Bowser announced the opening of the DC Convention Center as an alternate care site to support DC’s COVID-19 surge response.  The site can accommodate 437 beds and is ready to accept 100 patients this week.  It will begin accepting low-acuity patients when DC hospitals approach surge bed capacity.

The Mayor took questions from the press following the announcement.

Bullet points:

  • Children’s Hospital has seen one case of the rare inflammatory reaction among children that has befallen 73 children in New York.
  • A decision about extending the Shelter in Place
  • Current hospital capacity without surge is at 71%.
  • Expect a late May peek for hospitalization.
  • Nursing homes are not allowed to decline admission because of the Covid-19 status.
  • DC Health Lab has a capacity of between 300 and 500 tests per day. The highest number of tests administered in one day so far has been 289. A total of 30,000 tests have been administered so far from all venues in the city, including private labs and hospitals.
  • A decision about extending the shelter in place order will come this week.

 

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The Week Ahead – CM Charles Allen Updates  ANC6C on Wednesday

Here’s a view of the Navy Yard River Walk from the overlook on the 11th Street Bridge.

View of Nationals Park from Anacostia Park. The structure at left belongs to DC Water and Sewer.

A look at the construction of the arches on the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge.

The Week Ahead – CM Charles Allen Updates  ANC6C  on Wednesday

By Larry Janezich

Monday, May 11

ANC6D holds a Virtual WebEx Meeting at 7:00pm.

For instructions on how to log in to the meeting, go here:  www.ANC6D.org/virtualmeeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public safety Report, First District MPD, with Lt. Donigan.

Presentations:

Office of the People’s Counsel – Utilities, Cheryl Morse.

Housing Counseling Services.

The Sandlot – 1800 Half Street SW, stipulated alcohol beverage license.

Roy Boys – 1025 1st Street, SE, request for extended hours.

Taphouse 99 – 1250 Half Street, SE – Public Space Application for Sidewalk Café .

Letter to DCRA re Food Trucks in Navy Yard.

Letter to DOEE regarding the Vulcan Concrete Plant.

Letter to DDOT regarding 5G.

Letter to EOM regarding Health Disparities as they pertain to COVID-19.

Tuesday, May 12

ANC6B holds a Virtual WebEx Meeting at 7:00pm.

For instructions on how to log in to the meeting, go here: https://www.anc6b.org/2020/02/26/march-2020-meetings-of-anc-6b/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Consent Agenda:

310 4th Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – setback addition and deck at roof to add third story.

222 Kentucky Avenue, SE – Historic Preservation Application – to remove 1-story rear addition and replace with 2-story rear addition, add 1-story addition and deck to 2-story dogleg replace all rear windows.

1235 E Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – two-story addition at front.

Presentation: Jessica Sutter with DC State Board of Education Ward Six.

The Roost, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – New Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant License; Establishment will be a restaurant offering multiple food vendors. Seating Capacity of 415 inside and a Total Occupancy Load of 480. Sidewalk Café with a Total Occupancy Load of 118. Request to add an Entertainment Endorsement indoors and outdoors.

Recommended Sidewalk Extension Sites to Support Social Distancing Letter.

Micro mobility Corrals: 14th/D by Safeway, 14th/Penn by The Roost & Other possible locations.

Letter TBA about giving BIDs and Main Street the Power to use grant money to help small businesses.

Wednesday, May 13

ANC6C holds a Virtual WebEx Meeting at 7:00pm.

For instructions on how to log in to the meeting, go here::  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Council Member Charles Allen—Update (arrival time 8:00-8:30 pm).

Mayor’s response to corona virus, Tyler Williams—Update.

Consent Calendar

111 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Zoning Application – PUD extension.

Pho Viet Restaurant, 333 H Street, NE – New alcohol beverage license.

Farmbird Restaurant, 625 H Street, NE – New alcohol beverage license.

7th and A Streets, NE – Safety improvements: all-way stop sign and crosswalks.

K Street, NE/NW – Protected bicycle lanes.

Essential businesses, pedestrian space to queue.

Washington Gas, Maryland Avenue, NE—Update.

Union Station, Parking for For-Hire Vehicles, white paper.

22 M Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application (revised) to permit an animal care and boarding use, ground floor of an existing mixed-use building.

630 Lexington Place, NE – Historic Preservation Application for concept approval, three-story rear addition and alteration of roof line.

417 7th Street, NE – Historic Preservation Application for concept approval, new window opening and replacement of existing windows, front of house.

Thursday, May 14

ANCA holds a Virtual WebEx Meeting at 7:00pm.

For instructions on how to log in to the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Letter to DDOT to request that DDOT pursue sidewalk extensions on blocks near essential businesses, including restaurants to allow for safe outdoor seating.  Additional requests for extended sidewalks for safely distanced pedestrian activity will also be proposed.  Specific blocks to be discussed during the meeting.

909 & 911 I Street, NE – Letter of support to BZA for special exceptions under the residential conversion requirements and the penthouse height requirements to permit a trellis that does not conform with the side building wall setbacks, to construct two three-story buildings with penthouses at said locations and that the applicant remove the trellises from the roof deck, remove the side balconies, move the planned solar panels to the back of the roof, and make the back of the roof deck inaccessible.

Presentations: 

Commander Morgan Kane, First District (15 minutes).

Captain Jerome Merrill, Fifth District (15 minutes).

Preetha Iyengar, MD, Medical Officer, Division of Epidemiology Disease Surveillance & Investigation, DC Department of Health (DOH) (20 minutes).

DC Reopen – Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (15 minutes).

Anthony Diallo, Ward 6 Account Manager, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) (15 minutes).

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Three Shot in Drive By Shooting at 12th and K, SE, Saturday Afternoon

Three Shot in Drive By Shooting at 12th and K, SE, Saturday Afternoon

by Larry Janezich

According to sources, a drive by shooting occurred at 12th and K Streets near Hopkins Apartments about 4:23pm this afternoon.  Police, arriving at the scene, found three victims – one unconscious and not breathing, one unconscious but breathing and one conscious and breathing.  Homicide detectives are among those investigating. MPD posted a lookout for a white sedan with MD plate 8DX0510.

Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department are actively investigating this incident.
Update  According to 1st District Commander Morgan Kane, “Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was located and recovered in the 7th District by patrol officers.”
Should anyone have information related to the shooting, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099 or text us at 50411.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream To Open on Barracks Row – Plus News from the Past Week

526 8th Street on Barracks Row will be the site of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream To Open on Barracks Row – Plus News from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

According to sources, the nationally acclaimed gourmet ice cream retailer Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream will set up shop on Barrack Row, at 526 8th Street.  The opening date is uncertain, but an announcement may come next week.

Featuring 35 artisan flavors, dairy from grass-pastured cows, and whole – as opposed to synthetic -flavorings, the product has won plaudits from customers in 13 cities across the country, including Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.  Locally, Jeni’s has outlets at 1925 14th Street, NW, and in Bethesda and Old Town, Alexandria.  For more information, see here:  https://jenis.com/

The shop is the first retail tenant of a property being developed by Chris Martin of Martin-Diamond Properties, who in June of 2018, unveiled a concept/plan for the development of the last empty lot on Barracks Row – the Shakespeare parking lot.   Martin also owns the former Phase 1 tavern at 525 8th Street which currently being built out for a sushi restaurant.

In other news from the past week:

Update on the Renovation of Southeast Library

According to sources, the project is on track and will not suffer from anticipated budget cuts resulting from the decline in revenues associated with the COVID-19 health crisis.  DC Public Library will likely host a virtual community meeting in the near future.

Once the Mayor begins lifting the stay at home order, services at Southeast Library will resume, but likely be limited to check out of materials – with social distancing and masks precautions in effect –  but will not include sitting down and occupying space in the library.  Library programming is currently limited to virtual programming and will remain so for the foreseeable future.  There will be no book sales before the library is fully open. You can use your library card – or get a new card instantly –  here: https://www.dclibrary.org/ – which will give you access to an astonishing amount of information in the Virtual Library, including full text of newspapers and magazines, music, language courses, etc.

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Eyes Community Benefits from 1333 M Street Development

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Corey Holman anticipates a virtual community meeting in the near future where the developer will introduce the 900 residential unit project on the Anacostia and take questions from neighbors.  Holman is planning to appoint an ad hoc subcommittee to negotiate benefits and amenities beyond the affordable housing the developers plan to include in the building.  He expects to have three meetings over the summer and making a recommendation to the full ANC by its September meeting.

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Continues to Press City on Comprehensive Plan

The Planning and Zoning Committee seems a little miffed at the casual dismissal of many of the ANC’s recommendations for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan submitted to the Office of Planning earlier this year.  The Committee will push back on several issues it feels strongly about:  Reservation 13 (institutional use by large employers), the 15th Street Corridor, the balance between historic preservation and affordable housing, and greening and energy efficiency in the Historic District. The Comp Plan is before the City Council and Chair Mendelson says he intends to move slowly and finalize it early next year.

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The Virtual Week Ahead…and Some Photos from the Week Past

Sunday, May 3 – a sign on the door announced that Fragers’ is CLOSED FOR CLEANING. “We are sanitizing the store as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. We will reopen soon….”

 

The North Entrance to the US Capitol’s Senate Wing.  The Senate returns to the Capitol tomorrow to vote on another controversial judicial nomination.  

 

The Virginia Avenue Community Garden –

 

– is coming to life.

 

“Balance” is easy to miss, occupying the center of the triangle park across from Maury School. The sculpture is by Marcia Billig, 2002, commissioned by DC Creates Public Art Program.

 

At 11:45am on Saturday, the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force Thunderbirds performed a flyover to salute healthcare workers and other essential personnel during the health crisis. Here’s what it looked like from 9th and D Streets, SE.

The Virtual Week Ahead…

by Larry Janezich

Monday, May 4

ANC6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee holds a virtual meeting meets at 7:00pm. 

Agenda:  TBA

For details on participating, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Tuesday, Mary 5

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

Agenda:

310 4th Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application – setback addition and deck at roof to add third story.

222 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  Historic Preservation Application –  remove 1-story rear addition and replace with 2-story rear addition, add 1-story addition and deck to 2-story dogleg replace all rear windows.

1235 E Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application – two-story addition at front. Discussion: 1333 M Street SE PUD discussion/formation of subcommittee.

Discussion: 1333 M Street SE PUD discussion/formation of subcommittee.

Discussion: OP Comprehensive Plan transmitted to council and responses to ANC 6B resolution.

For details on participating, go here:  https://www.anc6b.org/

Wednesday, May 6

ANC6B Transportation Committee meeting, usually scheduled for this date, has been canceled. 

Thursday, May 7

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Agenda:

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Roost.  New Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant License; Establishment will be a restaurant offering multiple food vendors. Seating Capacity of 415 inside and a Total Occupancy Load of 480. Sidewalk Café with a Total Occupancy Load of 118. Request to add an Entertainment Endorsement indoors and outdoors.

Hours of Operation for Inside of The Premises and For the Sidewalk Café: Sunday through Thursday 7am–2am, Friday and Saturday 7am –3am.

Hours of Alcoholic Beverage Sales, Service, and Consumption Inside of The Premises and For the Sidewalk Café:  Sunday through Thursday 8am–2am, Friday and Saturday 8am –3am.

Hours of Live Entertainment Inside of The Premises and For the Sidewalk Café: Sunday through Thursday 8am–2am, Friday and Saturday8am –3am.

For details on participating, go here:  https://www.anc6b.org/

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Editorial:  Proposal before Council on Tuesday Would Weaken ANC Authority

Editorial:  Proposal before Council on Tuesday Would Weaken ANC Authority

by Larry Janezich

On Tuesday, the City Council, according to a tweet by CM Charles Allen, will consider a proposal to drop the requirement that ANC candidates get 25 signatures on a nominating petition to get on the ballot.

This seems to be an extraordinarily bad idea, and one wonders how it deserves to be given the dignity of serious consideration.

Another proposal, according Allen, is to drop the signature requirement for at-large councilmember candidates from 3,000 to 250.  The proposal would change the collection of signatures to a no/low contact method, substituting electronic petitions for the paper and pen petitions in the interests of public safety.

A fundamental problem of politics is how to get our best people into government.  ANC commissioners provide a direct link between the city government and their communities.  Given only the statutory requirement that their opinion be “given great weight”, they struggle to make residents’ voices heard against a wall of indifference erected by the agencies they advise.

So now comes a proposal which not only makes individual commissioners less representative of their communities, but also undercuts what status they have.

Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director of the DC Office of ANCs, presented both sides of the issue in an email to all ANC commissioners across the city on Friday.  “On the one hand, even obtaining 25 signatures electronically would be challenging, processing electronic petitions instead of paper ones would still be a burden to some extent for Board of Elections, and petitions are unnecessary since so many ANC races have only one (ballot) candidate.

On the other hand, not requiring ANC candidates to obtain any signatures would mean treating ANCs differently than other elected officials, eliminating a reason and opportunity for candidates to have a useful conversation with constituents, and abandoning some (even minimal) demonstration of a candidate’s commitment and seriousness.”

Eliminating the standard criteria to qualify for a place on the ballot is not how we find our best candidates.  Our best people – those who are serious about representing our communities – will rise to the challenge.

Simon’s even handedness is understandable.  But no such constraint should inhibit commissioners and residents in responding to this proposal which will reduce the effectiveness and authority of the ANCs as well as repress the ability of communities to have a voice in the affairs of the city.

It may be that a reducing the number of signatures on an electronic petition for a city wide race is justified, but it’s hard to see how reducing qualifications for ANC candidates is.

CM Allen’s email is here:  callen@dccouncil.us

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