DoorDash To Open DC’s First DashMart in Frager’s former Location at 1323 E Street, SE.
by Larry Janezich
Posted May 31, 2021
Last week, ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Corey Holman told other ANC commissioners that DoorDash is opening a last-mile DashMart warehouse in the old Frager’s building at 1323 E Street, SE. The outlet will be the first in DC – another DashMart will open at 826 South Pickett Street in Alexandria.
DashMart is an online ordering service which opened in a number of major market centers last year. According to the company:
“DashMart is a new type of convenience store, offering both household essentials and local restaurant favorites to our customers’ doorsteps. On DashMart, you’ll find thousands of convenience, grocery, and restaurant items, from ice cream and chips, to cough medicine and dog food, to spice rubs and packaged desserts from the local restaurants you love on DoorDash.”
The service delivers convenience items and groceries in 30 minutes or less. In other areas, delivery fees are based on the size of the order but the company’s subscription service – DashPass at $10 a month – provides unlimited orders of $15 or more. Typically, deliveries occur between 8:00am and 11:00pm.
There’s a public space issue with the parking spaces in front of the building which may require a special exception from DDOT to resolve, but operations could begin next month. ANC6B may consider supporting a special exception for the parking at its virtual meeting Tuesday night. (ed. note. See Holman’s clarification in the comment below. )
The growth of the last-mile-logistics-for-everything is hot at the moment. Foxtrot Market has opened stores with on line shopping platforms and home delivery in Georgetown and Mt. Vernon Triangle. Last month, ANC6B’s ABC Committee voted to support a retail liquor license for an online alcohol (high-end spirits) delivery service which plans to operate from one of the upper floor spaces of the Hine Project at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue. At the ANC’s ABC Committee meeting some questions came up about how the business might result in an increase in pick- up traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue.
DoorDash, the nation’s largest food delivery provider, went public last year.
The splash pad at Eastern Market Metro Plaza opened for a trial run on Wednesday, two days in advance of the official opening of DC’s splash pads on Saturday. Not many taker’s Saturday or Sunday, but business is expected to improve during the coming week.
The Week Ahead…Highlight…Some Photos from the Past Week
Tuesday – Expansion of services at Southeast Library
Wednesday – ANC6B Transportation Committee. DDOT explains plans for prioritizing bikes and buses and asking for feedback from all users of the PA Ave Corridor.
Saturday – Volunteers needed for Neighborhood Clean-up Starting across from Eastern Market Metro.
TUESDAY, JUNE 1
Expansion of services at Southeast Library.
Patrons will be allowed to browse the collections and sit inside.
ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. Chair: Corey Holman
818 Potomac Avenue, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application. Modification of Significance to change the principal use to a hotel and for a special exception to eliminate the previously required and approved loading area.
13 7th Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application for a Special Exception to construct a rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
241 11th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review to infill dogleg and rebuild existing one-story garage as a two-story dwelling.
515 5th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review for a two-story addition at rear.
647 A Street, SE. Historic Preservation and Zoning Adjustment Application for Concept review and Special Exceptions for lot occupancy for two story rear addition and dogleg infill.
733 8th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review for addition of two stories plus penthouse to an existing non-contributing two story building for residential use with potential for ground floor retail.
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept review of proposal to remove awning and bays at front and add two new door openings; add two window wells at west elevation and larger basement areaway at rear; new window openings at rear second story; new openings and cladding at rear one-story addition; new openings at one-story garage.
Potential Appeal of Building Permit – proposed DoorDash DashMart re resolution of parking spaces in public space.
232 10th Street, SE. Historic Preservation and Zoning Adjustment Applications for Concept review and a Special Exception to construct a three-story and roof deck rear addition to an existing attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 2
ANC 6B Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. Chair: Kirsten Oldenburg
622 Eye Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application – further-revised application for a special exception to convert an existing residential building into a five-unit apartment house and for variance relief from the 900-square-foot/unit
899-999 North Capitol Street, NE. (informational/non-voting) – Developers intend to file an application for design review to allow development of a mixed-use building with lodging and/or residential use and ground-floor retail uses and renovations and ground-level retail expansion of existing office buildings at 899-999 North Capitol Street, NE. The Property is located on the east side of North Capitol Street, NE between H and K Street, NE, and consists of approximately 134,579 square feet of land area located in the High Density Commercial land-use category on the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan. The project will redevelop Lot 854 with an up to 11-story, 130’ mixed-use building with up to approximately 163,788 square feet of gross floor area of lodging and/or residential use and up to approximately 8,000 square feet of retail/commercial use, along with introducing significant hardscaping and landscaping improvements. The project will also renovate the existing office buildings on Lots 853 and 855 and construct ground-level additions at the front of these buildings containing approximately 6,980 square feet of retail/commercial uses (and these buildings will also be reduced by approximately 5,306 square feet of office use).
THURSDAY, MAY 30
ANC6B ABC Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. Chair: Brian Ready.
Walking alley behind 308 and 310 A Street, NE. Owners of 308 and 310 A Street NE have submitted an application to close the walking alley behind 310 A Street, NE. The walking alley is between 7 and 8 feet wide and the closure does not change the main public alley in Square 785. The proposed closed walking alley property will be divided into two taxable lots and eventually reverted to the owners of 308 and 310 A Street, NE.
Dave Thomas Circle 65% Design Plans. DDOT hosted a virtual public meeting on May 17, 2021 to present the 65% design for the Florida Avenue-New York Avenue NE Intersection Project (“Dave Thomas Circle”). The meeting provided an opportunity for the public to learn about the latest key design elements, ask questions, and provide feedback to inform the designs. Comments are due by the end of the day on Friday, June 18, 2021. All project details are available at FloridaAveProject.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
Seeking Volunteers for Neighborhood Clean-up Starting at Eastern Market Metro
ANC6B Commissioner Edward Ryder sends:
On Saturday, June 5th at 10am, there will be another neighborhood cleanup starting near 900 D Street, SE, (across the street from the Eastern Market Metro Plaza). The plan is to spread out from there in different directions to ensure we clean as much of the neighborhood as possible.
I will have extra gloves and trash bags on hand, but please bring sunscreen, water, and your own trash picker. This event does also count for community service hours for DC public school students. Just be sure to see me after you’ve wrapped up so I can sign the service form. I’ll have a few extra forms on hand with me as well.
We will also have some special guests from the University of Tennessee – DC alumni chapter who are joining us for their annual Volunteering with the Vols event. You don’t need to be an alumnus to participate in the cleanup, but feel free to represent your own alma mater and partake in some friendly exchanges about sports or academics.
This cleanup is for the larger neighborhood, not just our corner of it, so please forward and invite anyone you know who might be interested in cleaning up the neighborhood!
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New on Barracks Row – DC’s First Sneaker Cleaning/Restoration Outlet
by Larry Janezich
Sole Wash – a new sneaker cleaning and restoration service – is receiving a warm welcome from nearby residents of the 400 block of Barracks Row. The service is the first real non-food service retail outlet to open on the block in years.
Sole Wash – which opened last Saturday at 427 8th Street, SE – is female/Black/Latino owned, all three of those qualities personified in owner Nichole Verdejo. As an Afro-Latina female in a historically male dominated industry, Verdejo is the first female to own a sneaker laundry – and one that happens to be DC’s first.
The outlet was cultivated under Footage Society, a premier sneaker boutique in Laurel, MD, founded by Verdejo and two partners. Since 2015, with the support of her Footage Society co-owners, she has grown Sole Wash into a leading service provider, specializing in sneaker cleaning and restoration. In 2019, Sole Wash was officially established as a sister company to Footage Society and plans were laid to expand to the District. Verdejo said the choice of location was between H Street, NE, and Barracks Row and she ended up on Barracks Row, citing its friendliness to new retail.
Sole Wash also sells new sneakers and exhibits sneaker art – including a prototype for a high heeled sneaker and porcelain commemorative sneakers.
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Crazy Aunt Helen’s Comfort Food is Coming to Barracks Row
by Larry Janezich
Eater DC’s Tierney Plumb reports the arrival of a new comfort food restaurant on Barracks Row. Shane Mayson and executive chef Mykie Moll will open Crazy Aunt Helen’s where Finn McCool’s used to be at 713 8th Street, SE. The new eatery hopes to open in mid-June.
According to Tierney, the menu will include brisket, Reuben sandwiches, roast chicken, and crab cakes and will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7:00am until 9:00pm.
Finn McCool’s closed in February. Operator Tom Johnson, managing partner of the Hill Restaurant Group announced in August of 2020 that he was giving up the lease last August as the pandemic and lease issues required a consolidation. He also relinquised the lease on Orchid, which has since been re-born at Extreme Pizza.
The Hill Restaurant Group’s remaining restaurants on or near Capitol Hill include Hawk ‘n’ Dove, Lola’s, Tortuga, Boxcar, Ophelia’s Fish House and the former Willie’s, now Stadium Sports in Southwest near Nats Park.
Discussion of the standard and approaches to be used for reviewing special exception requests to regulations that govern the building of a rear wall that extends more than ten feet past an adjoining property.
Thursday, May 20
DMPED will hold a virtual hearing regarding the disposition of Reservation 13 Phase II at 6:00pm.
ANC6A Commissioner Asks MPD for Help on 17th and Benning Road Trouble Spot
by Larry Janezich
ANC6A07 Commissioner Sondra Phillip-Gilbert says she has struggled to get the attention of MPD District 5 officials regarding trouble spots in her single member district including one at 17th and Benning Road. Last Thursday, at a safety meeting/walk following a shooting near 15th and C, NE, which left two wounded and residents alarmed, Phillips-Gilbert delivered an impassioned plea to MPD Officials asking for assistance in her own adjoining single member district. She asked First District Commander Morgan Kane and Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict to come to her single member district and walk with her on a tour of trouble spots. She spoke the hurt and pain she feels because she is unable to help the residents who come to her with their concerns.
Her single member district 6A07 in the northeast corner of ANC6A is bordered on the north by Benning Road and on the east by 19th Street, and largely by 16th Street on the west. The district lies in MPD District 5, outside of First District Commander Kane’s responsibilities. Benedict, an MPD Executive Assistant Chief, participated in last week’s meeting because he is a nearby resident. Fifth District Commander William Fitzgerald was not present at the safety meeting which was in the First District.
Phillips-Gilbert seized the opportunity to draw attention to her problems by inviting Commander Kane and Assistant Chief Benedict to come and walk with me her in the Rosedale Community and provide the same support that they were giving her neighboring ANC district.
She told Capitol Hill Corner, “My concern is that when public safety issues are presented, as Commander Kane stated, we must also include other agencies and resources to lend support to address these public safety concerns.
My concern is that the Rosedale Community does not get the wrap around support and strategy to resolve the chronic public safety concerns. We tend to receive what I call the Band-Aid approach whereby; they give you just enough support from one or two agencies to hold you together until the next explosion hits the community, and then you start the process all over again.
I want to see all agencies and MPD come together to sit down with me and discuss strategies on resolving the chronic public safety concerns at 17th and Benning Road, and other hot spot areas throughout the Rosedale community this year. It is my hope that by the close of the Summer Crime Preventive Program that I can speak on how effective the program addressed the concerns of the community and restored my hope and faith in them all.”
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Mayor To Lift Most Covid Capacity Restrictions May 21 – Masks Requirements Remain
by Larry Janezich
In today’s Situational Briefing, Mayor Bowser said she would order lifting of most Covid restrictions on May 21, as the rate of corona virus infections continue to fall in DC. Bars, nightclubs, large entertainment venues, and sports arenas will have to wait until June 11 before limits are lifted.
Residents, workers, and visitors will continue to be required to wear masks.
On May 21, there will be no capacity limits on the following:
Restaurants (bars will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity)
Weddings and special events
Business meetings and seated conventions
Places of worship
Private at home gatherings
Libraries, museums, galleries
Gym and fitness centers
Large sports and entertainment venues will continue to operate under a waiver process
On June 11, there will be no capacity limits on bars and large sports and entertainment venues.
On June 7, 50% of DC government workers will return to work.
On July 12, all DC government employees will be required to return to work.
Presentation: Department of Parks and Recreation – Summer Camps, DC Pools, and Recreation Centers – (Tentative)
Extreme Pizza, 520 8th Street, SE. Renewal Class C Tavern License.
Santa Rose Taqueria, 301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Request to transfer Class “C” Restaurant license from 301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, to 313-315 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.
The Eastern Wine Bar, 360 7th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Concept: add metal pergola structure for sidewalk café.
420 11th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application. Rear addition and change in front façade from stucco to wood siding.
1525 K Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application for Special Exception to construct a rear, one-story addition with roof deck, to an existing, three-story, attached, principal dwelling unit.
313 9th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application for a second story addition to existing two-bay garage.
818 Potomac Avenue, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application. Modification of Significance to change the principal use of and add special exception relief for the approved project at 818 Potomac Avenue, SE. [6B consideration delayed until June. New BZA Hearing Date 6/30/2021]
21-261 232 10th Street, SE. Historic Preservation Application for Concept Review and Zoning Adjustment Application for Special Exception to construct a three-story with cellar and roof deck, rear addition, to an existing attached, two-story with cellar, for a principal dwelling unit. [BZA and HPRB cases delayed until after ANC 6B June meetings. ANC 6B review delayed until June]
900 South Carolina Avenue, SE. Historic Preservation Application for Concept removal of awning and bays at front and add two new door openings; add two window wells at west elevation and larger basement areaway at rear; new window openings at rear second story; new openings and cladding at rear one-story addition; new openings at one-story garage. [Case will be considered in June; New HPRB hearing date 6/24/21 or 7/1/21]
13 7th Street, SE. Bureau of Zoning Adjustment for Area Variance to construct a rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story with basement, principal dwelling unit. [Case will be considered in June; BZA Hearing rescheduled for 6/23/21]
Pennsylvania Avenue Streetlights Project – Update on Traffic Signals. (Tentative)
Presentation: MPD Summer Crime Initiative – Captain Paul Hrebenak, MPD.
Presentaton: Anthony Diallo, Ward 6 Account Manager, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs , Celeste Duffie, Community Relations Specialist, Department of Public Works.
Presentation: Rank the Vote DC – Casey Watts.
Master Liquors at 1806 D Street, NE. Renewal of Class A Retail License. Recommendation: ANC6A protest the application on the grounds of negative effect on peace, order, quiet, and property values, and that the ANC authorize the chair and vice-chair of the ANC and the – of the ABL to represent the ANC in this matter.
Capitol Square Bar and Grill, 1500 East Capitol Street, NE. Application for a Class C Restaurant License. Recommendation: ANC 6A protest the application on the grounds of negative effect on peace, order, and quiet, and on vehicular and pedestrian safety, unless a satisfactory settlement agreement is finalized before the protest deadline, and that the ANC authorize the chair and vice-chair of the ANC, the commissioner in whose SMD the establishment is located, and the co-chairs of the ABL to represent the ANC in this matter.
New H Wine & Spirits, 914 H Street, NE. Renewal of Class A Retail License. Recommendation: Take no action.
Jumbo Liquors at 1122 H Street, NE. Renewal of Class A Retail License. Recommendation: Take no action.
Grand Liquors at 409A 15th Street, NE. Renewal of Class A Retail License. Recommendation: Take no action.
River Mart, 250 11th Street, NE. Renewal of Class A Retail License. Recommendation:
Resolution on the Negative Impact of Fencing Around the U.S. Capitol on Local Transportation.
Letter to DDOT in support of a dedicated parking spot for HIPS in front of their location at 906 H Street, NE, from 11:00 pm – 6:00 am, seven days a week, with the option of a PUDO (pick up/drop off space) during other hours.
Suggested Motion: ANC6A approve a Resolution in opposition to the proposed siting of a public restroom pilot at 17th Street and Benning Road NE.
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MPD to Act After Street Fight Gunfire Hits Two Homes on 15th Street NE
Posted May 8, 2021
by Larry Janezich
Thursday evening residents near 15th and C Streets NE turned out for a discussion and safety walk with MPD after violence erupted last Saturday afternoon and a spate of gunshots resulted in the wounding of two individuals and bullets penetrating the interior of two nearby homes and striking the fence of a third.
MPD officials who came out to the meeting included Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict (who has lived in the community for 20 years and who brought his wife and three daughters to the walk), First District Commander Morgan Kane, and Lt. Daniel Dyn.
The meeting/walk was organized by ANC6A08 Commissioner Brian Alcorn whose single member district is divided by the boundary between MPD Districts 1 and 5. ANC Commissioners from abutting or nearby single member districts turned out for the meeting, along with more than 30 residents.
Neighbors say that there are two sites on or near C Street, NE, between 15th and 16th Streets, where troublemakers gather to gamble, drink and do drugs – empty lots off the alley on the north side of C Street in the same block and the triangle park at the intersection of 16th and C Streets, NE. These activities, the neighbors say, have continued despite many 911 calls for police assistance and that the on-going proliferation of a number of minor incidents culminated in the shooting last Saturday.
One neighbor has called 911 “hundreds – probably thousands” of times to little or no effect with respect to resolving the problem. Some neighbors say they feel intimidated and terrorized by the activities. One neighbor whose home was struck by a bullet said that Saturday’s shooting left him and his family feeling threatened inside his own home.
Kane told the group before leading a walk to the trouble spots that she works closely with MPD 5th District Commander William Fitzgerald and that one of the things police need to do is to disrupt gambling activities – “that’s one of the strategies we employ.” Part of the difficulty in enforcement is that some of the activity occurs on privately owned vacant lots and part because these activities happen on either side of an MPD District dividing line. She spoke of the importance of bringing other city agencies to the table to address issues – including crisis response teams, substance abuse teams and parking enforcement.
Executive Assistant Chief Benedict backed up Kane’s commitment to the goal of making sure all residents are able to walk safely in their community, saying he has lived in the community for 20 years and was here today with his family because “this is my community and I wanted to be here”.