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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Community institution The Hill Auto Repair at 712 E Street SE, is transforming. Tuesday night, ANC6B will consider a proposal to convert the shop to 13 condos with retail on the first floor.

Here’s an architect’s rendering of the mass and scale of the The Hill Auto Repainr following conversion, with the addition of a set-back third floor.

For readers who haven’t been joining the ANC committee virtual meetings, this is what one looks like. This from last Wednesday’s ANC6B Transportation Committee before the vote to recommend that the full ANC support DDOT’s plan for installing protected bike lanes on PA Ave., SE.

Come Tuesday, the West Front of the US Capitol between this double fence and the Capitol Building will be closed to the public – US Capitol Police officers say it’s owing to construction of the Inaugural platform.  

And here are the last two DC statehood murals from the alley next the to Atlas Theater on H Street, NE. One…

and Two.

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

By Larry Janezich

September 6, 2020

Monday, September 7

Labor Day holiday.  No trash or recycling pickup.

Tuesday, September 8

ANC 6B will have its Full ANC 6B meeting at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a Webex virtual meeting. Go here:   https://www.anc6b.org/calendar/  for the link & Call-In number to join this public meeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations TBA.

28 9th Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – Third story rooftop addition.

610 A Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – Third story rear addition.

1333 M Street SE PUD ANC Report and Memorandum of Understanding.

Letter of support for Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Study.

Safeway, 415 14Th Street, SE – Renewal of Class A Retail Liquor Store alcoholic beverage license.

Handle 19 Inc, 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE; class B license – sport betting – Applicant: Shane August & Rudolph August Jr.

Wednesday, September 9

ANC 6C will have its Full ANC 6C meeting at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a Webex virtual meeting. Go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/  for the link & Call-In number to join this public meeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Brief Community Announcements

    • Jeanne Lewis, Council At Large Candidate
    • Kris Randolph, Public Service Commission—DC Power Connect
    • Lisa Kuduk, Decriminalize Nature DC, Initiative 81
    • Jullian Burford, DC Grassroots Planning Commission
    • Commissioner announcements, including update on homeless encampments

Allure Lounge, 711 H Street, NE – Class C tavern license – Game of Skill endorsement.

Roundabout/ Bar Elena, 414 H Street, NE –  Class C tavern license – Game of Skill endorsement.

Discussion of ABRA enforcement and trends on H Street, NE.

Washington Union Station, draft environmental impact statement.

Logan School, 215 G Street, NE—Revised public space application .

300 Maryland Avenue, NE—Public space application .

312 Third Street, NE – Historic Preservation Application –Revised application, two-story rear addition.

622 Eye Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special exception and variance to convert an existing building to a five-unit apartment house.

20 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special exceptions to renovate an existing building into a mixed-use building.

Review of final reports for Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network grant and for Ludlow-Taylor grant.

Review of Everyone Home application and Ludlow-Taylor application.

Report on Peabody Elementary School grant status.

Discussion of possible increase in grant funds from ANC 6C.

New Business

    • Ranked-choice voting (Commissioner Eckenwiler).

Thursday, September 10

ANC 6A will have its Full ANC 6A meeting at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a Webex virtual meeting. Go here:  https://anc6a.org/agendas/  for the link & Call-In number to join this public meeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Community Presentations

    • Assistant United States Attorney Doug Klein.

Consideration of a proposal to add a letter to the DC Council regarding funding for the Metropolitan Police Department in FY 20-21 to the September 2020 agenda and provide adequate time for Commissioners to comment on input from residents.  For further consideration, ANC6A draft a follow up letter to the DC Council which includes comments from 6A residents and allow for a 30 day comment period for other residents to share any written comments related to this topic and outlines what investments should be prioritized by the DC Council for any funding adjustments.

Letters to Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPD First District, and Commander William Fitzgerald, MPD Fifth District, to raise concerns about reports from constituents that MPD is not in compliance with current health and safety guidelines and other regulations pertaining to ensuring reasonable accommodations for all community members, including sign language interpretation.

Letter to DPR inquiring how they plan to ensure access to recreation centers and facilities for the community going forward.

Brine at 1357-1359 H Street – Application for a modification to the establishment’s ABRA license to add a Summer Garden endorsement.

Duffy’s Irish Pub at 1016 H Street, NE – Application to modify its settlement agreement to allow for four special events per year with live music in the summer garden until 9:00 pm, provided that notice of the event be given to the Chair of the ANC and the Co-Chairs of the ABL at least 48 hours before the event.

Duffy’s Irish Pub at 1016 H Street, NE – Application to modify its settlement agreement to allow for a second sidewalk café, coterminous with the designated “parklet,” with identical hours to the establishment’s existing sidewalk café, and an occupancy limit consistent with all DC government guidance and restrictions.

Letter to DDOT requesting striping at a list of intersections to be assembled by the TPS, with opportunity for community input prior to the next ANC meeting. Initial draft list: D Street at each intersection from 9th to 14th Street, plus 16th and 19th Street NE; 12th Street at C, D & E Streets NE, Wylie Court and I Street NE; I Street from 8th Street to Florida Avenue NE; 13th Street at D, E & F Streets, NE.

Letter of support to DDOT for speed humps on the 1600 and 2000 blocks of D Street NE.

Recommendation that ANC require extra signage announcing upcoming EDZ meeting and ANC meeting dates for all applicants for zoning and historic district relief before they are added to the agenda for the EDZ. The signage will be printed and made available by the ANC, and must be posted in a prominent location.

DC Zoning Commission Virtual Public Hearing, 4:00pm, on 1st Phase Consolidated  PUD for 1333 M Street (Felice Development Group’s 1st-Stage & Consolidated PUDs & Related Map Amendment from PDR-4 zone to MU-9 zone)       

WebEx or Telephone – Instructions will be provided on the OZ website by Noon of the Hearing Date:  See here:  https://dcoz.dc.gov/

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Alternative A Is Preferred Option but PA Ave Bike Lane Project Encounters Delay

Alternative A is the preferred design choice for installing bike lanes on PA Avenue between 2nd Street and 17th Street, SE

New Timeline released at last night’s ANC6B Transportation Committee

Original Timeline from DDOT presentation on July 8

Alternative A Is Preferred Option But PA Ave Bike Lane Project Encounters Delay:

by Larry Janezich

September 3, 2020

Last night, at a virtual meeting of ANC6B’s Transportation Committee, Mike Goodno, DDOT Bicycle Program Specialist, announced that Alternative A has been selected as the preferred design choice for the installation of bike lanes on PA Avenue, SE, citing overwhelming support in DDOT’s online survey.  He called the choice the one with the least change in traffic patterns.

He also unveiled a new timeline for the project which has been delayed by COVID-related issues.  The next community engagement in the process is a second public meeting which had been scheduled for summer/fall 2020 where the 30% design for the plan was to have been unveiled.  That meeting has been pushed back to fall/winter of 2021 – likely into next year, since Goodno said that DDOT would be working on the 30% design “over the next six months or so.”  A 100% design will be completed in 2021.

The ANC Transportation Committee, chaired by Commissioner Oldenburg, unanimously voted to recommend that the full ANC send a letter of support for Alternative A.  The matter will next be taken up by the full ANC when it holds a virtual meeting next Tuesday.

In response to concerns that the plan would divert outgoing PA Ave traffic to Independence Avenue, Goodno said that after installation of 13 miles of bike lanes in the city, preliminary analysis has shown very little change in traffic patterns.  He said if DDOT feels traffic is being diverted to Independence, the agency can quickly make changes in the flexible posts and paint to correct the situation, adding, “We’re sensitive to community concerns and don’t think it will happen.”

There are four projects on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, with which the bike lane program will have to be coordinated:

  • Upgrading streetlights and traffic signals
  • The redesign of the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue intersection
  • Finalizing the Environmental Assessment of the Southeast Boulevard and Barney Circle
  • The redesign of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza

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Proposed Adult Day Center for Capitol Hill Advances

Proposed Adult Day Center for Capitol Hill Advances

by Larry Janezich

September 2, 2020

At a virtual meeting last night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee recommended that the full ANC require – on behalf of the community – a $250,000 grant from Felice Development Group to launch an effort by Capitol Hill Village (CHV) to establish an adult day center (ADC) for Ward 6 residents.  The full ANC6B will consider the recommendation at its September meeting next Tuesday, and the matter will be taken up by the DC Zoning Commission on Thursday, September 10.

Capitol Hill Village has been pushing ANC and Felice, the developer of the huge mixed use development at 1333 M Street, SE, to subsidize an adult care center with memory care as part of the community benefits accruing to the community under the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process.  City regulations require the developer to provide community benefits in exchange for a change in zoning for Planned Unit Development projects which desire greater density and mass than would be allowed without a zoning change. The zoning change would allow Felice to add four additional floors beyond what is currently allowed to its three-building project on the Anacostia waterfront.  When complete, the project will deliver 900 residential units plus 45,000 square feet of retail space with two levels of underground parking.

CHV is a non-profit, volunteer-based, 500 member organizations that helps older adults age in place on Capitol Hill.  They are one of the largest community organizations in Ward 6.

Initially, CHV proposed that the developer provide 9000 square feet of rent-subsidized retail space for 10 years (with a valuation of $750,000 for build-out and $135,000/year in rent-subsidies) for an ADC.  CHV pointed out that the developer has requested the optional re-purposing of 25,000 square feet of the proposed 45,000 retail space indicating the developer’s uncertainty regarding demand for the space.  Residents may remember that ANC6B negotiated a subsidized child care center in the much smaller Hine project at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue at part of the community benefits for that PUD project.

According to CHV, target clients for the ADC would include 1/3 low-income – seniors whose costs will be covered by Medicaid, 1/3 middle-income – Individuals with incomes between 30% and 100% of Median Family Income, and 1/3 high-income – seniors who will cover the entire costs on their own, or with the help of long-term care insurance.  The preliminary cost estimate is $120 a day.

CHV said they made several attempts to engage the developer which were met with silence, before they received a blanket refusal of their proposal.

In remarks to the ANC PUD Subcommittee on benefits and amenities on July 19, CHV couched the refusal in softer terms, “To date, Felice has not been receptive to the idea.”  The Subcommittee had been receptive but had concerns – that the request competes with the desire for additional affordable housing and that the request might be too large an ask.  Planning and Zoning Committee Corey Holman seemed particularly protective of the affordable housing benefit and skeptical of any proposal which might threaten it.

CHV’s fallback position was to request a grant of $250,000 to launch a fundraising effort for an ADC in another location.  CHV continued to make their case over the summer, pressing for the cash grant, spelling out how the money would be spent and stressing the need in the community for the facility with a strong emphasis on the comparative costs for adult health care and the number of families which would benefit.

CHV says the ADC will allow 100 seniors, particularly those with cognitive or physical challenges, to age at home, and noted that the development already included significant affordable housing – 8% is required by law – and the developer had offered to go up an additional 3%.

On August 21, Felice filed a development application with the Zoning Commission for Phase One of the Planned Unit Development at 1333 M Street.

Among the proffered community benefits was a $25,000 monetary contribution for funding items or services for seniors in Ward 6 or the cost of professional services related to securing a site for an ADC in ward 6.  Another proffer increased the affordable housing benefit from 11% to 12% for households earning up to 60% of the Median Family Income.

At last night’s meeting, there was strong support for restoring the amount of the grant to the $250,000 that CHV requested.  Some committee members seemed offended at the paucity of Felice’s offer.  CHV representatives argued that Felice’s proposed benefits do not come close to the size of what they are asking from the community and that the main benefits in the form of increasing affordable housing by 4% is a benefit for the city as a whole, but less so the community.  CHV stressed that this project is not for CHV, but for all vulnerable seniors in Ward 6 and will be available to all income levels.

CHV cited their analysis of the community benefits* which showed very little accruing to community as opposed to the general public and amenities for the project’s residents which are “dressed up as benefits”.  One commissioner pointed out that CHV had the only requested benefit which grew out of the community – and one that is ready to go.

Despite being invited, Felice did not attend the meeting, which puzzled some commissioners.

The vote came after midnight on the following language:

Since the developer didn’t support an onsite ADC, prior to issuance of a building permit the applicant agrees to contribute $250,000 to a non-profit to fund services relating to securing a site in Ward 6….

The vote was unanimous, 11 – 0.

*For a CHV analysis of the benefits currently being offered by Felice see the document in the Library (top of home page) entitled: Analysis of Benefits Currently Proffered 1333 M

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