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Update on Two Capitol Hill Homicides

Update on Two Capitol Hill Homicides

by Larry Janezich

Last night, Captain Tatjana Savoy of the MPD 1st District, gave an update on two recent Capitol Hill homicides to ANC6B commissioners at their October virtual meeting.  A few new details emerged but the meeting generally followed the script from other community safety meetings. 

On Wednesday night of last week, there was a homicide at Watkins School Playing Field.  The suspect and victim were playing football, an argument developed over the game; the suspect brandished a handgun and shot the victim – Aaron Wiggins, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Savoy said police were making progress in moving toward making an arrest. 

Last Friday, near 17th and Independence, SE, four victims were shot one of whom died near the scene.  He was later identified as Giovanni Lovelace.  Savoy did not indicate whether the police had suspects or the current state of the investigation. 

The incidents were not related but had common elements.  In both instances, MPD Shot Spotters detected gunfire, MPD units were nearby and responded quickly, and handguns were recovered at both scenes. 

Savoy expressed particular frustration at the second shooting, saying police work hard to get guns off the street “and then something comes and smacks you in the face.”

She said the 17th and Independence site has been made a “hot spot area” accorded extra surveillance.  Savoy said she would keep police there as long as she could but acknowledged this was a short term approach. 

Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, 6B01, who said her single member district is “in the shadow of the Capitol,” lamented that residents no longer feel safe there and that hearing gunfire is a normal occurrence.  She said, “I don’t want to move, but I don’t feel safe anymore.”  She cited the 300 police officers who retired in the past year saying, “we need more boots on the ground” and asked Savoy what the ANC can do to help MPD. 

The standard MPD response to this question in community safety meetings is to turn it back on the community:  Savoy urged the community to be more mindful of what’s going on … more mindful of their surroundings, and urged residents to call 911, saying police will respond to any call for service. 

Residents near 17th and Independence took issue with this assertion; citing calls to MPD regarding illegal drug activity at that location which they say elicited no response from police.  Residents also complained about the nightly congregation of men smoking weed into the late hours on the 17th and 18th blocks of Independence and on-going illegal drug sales.  They asked Savoy what could be done to address those concerns. 

Savoy repeated what is so often heard at these meetings: loitering is not a crime. Smoking weed crosses the line, she said, but “we don’t arrest people for smoking weed.”  The narcotics unit, the gun recovery unit and the Community Focus Patrol Unit (mountain bikes) are working the area. 

During crime spikes, residents pressure police to do something.  Community meetings are held.  The police don’t have answers except to increase police presence temporarily in the affected area before moving to the next hot spot.  Things go back to the way they were before until the next incident.  The stretch of Independence Avenue between 16th and 18th Street has been a trouble spot for years. 

Community activist and Serve Your City founder Maurice Cook pressed for a solution that addresses systemic crime problems.  He said he had grown up in Hill East and had never felt safe walking around … some privileged communities have an illusion of safety which he said he has never experienced.  He criticized over-policing and over-surveillance and urged turning the conversation to MPD outreach, the Violence Interrupters Program, and addressing mental health issues, work force opportunities, and substance abuse issues.  He noted that some residents feel less safe with more policing.  He has, he said, lived through surges in crime in the community and the city and decried that the offered solutions always come back to the same thing: the use of what has not worked before instead of addressing structural changes and issues of inequities.  He advised not being so quick to put some people in jeopardy by increasing police presence.

The problem is, of course, that such an approach takes time, and the perceived danger to those who had their homes struck by bullets at 17th and Independence last Friday is now. 

Savoy told Cook, “I totally hear you,” and said she is constantly in the community doing outreach and is trying her best to engage the community.  “My take,” she said, “is we are not here to just arrest, arrest, arrest – we try to educate before arrest.  Multiple resources are available…..You have to ask, do they really want the resources to change their lives?”  She pledged to personally engage to help at-risk members of the community move forward in a positive direction.  She also said she would continue a dialogue with Cook. 

ANC6B Chair Brian Ready said that he is coordinating a larger a community safety meeting featuring CM Charles Allen, MPD, and Home Land Security Director Chris Gephardt, to occur within the next two weeks.    

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The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights…Some Photos from the Past Week

The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights…Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

ANC Highlights:

Tuesday at ANC6B

  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman on redistricting

Wednesday at ANC6C

  • Commander Ralph McLean, new MPD commander, First District
  • Update on L and M Street encampments
  • Bike Network updates: 1st Street NE cycle track and K Street NE underpass
  • H Street situation, need for additional police support

Thursday at ANC6A

  • Everett Lott, Acting Director, District Department of Transportation.
  • DC Redistricting Process – Samuel Rosen-Amy, Chief of Staff, Councilmember-at-Large Elissa Silverman

The Week Ahead…

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

ANC6B holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

To join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/event/full-anc-meeting-8/?instance_id=105

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations:

  • Anthony Diallo, DCRA and Kelsey Coleman, BBB – DCRA Contractor Rating System Partners with Better Business Bureau.
  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman – Redistricting. (more info here:  https://bit.ly/3iT9Nap)

Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee

  • Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE: Application for Retailer’s Class “CX” Multipurpose Facility liquor license
  • Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille, 514 8th Street, SE: Request to expand existing Entertainment Endorsement to the rooftop Summer Garden; Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant liquor license.
  • Harvest Tide Steak House: 212 7th Street, SE: Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant liquor license.  Discussion on Settlement Agreement

Planning and Zoning Committee                              

  • 2021 Rock N Roll Half Marathon.
  • 152 11th Street SE; Bureau of Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a two-story garage with accessory apartment to an existing, attached, three-story principal dwelling unit. 
  • 1227 E Street SE; Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a rear, two-story addition to an existing, attached, two-story unit.   
  • 1713 D Street SE; Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a third story addition and a three-story rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story, principal dwelling unit.   
  • 1241 Independence Ave SE; Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a roof deck addition to an existing, detached, accessory.
  • 1007 8th Street SE; Historic Preservation Application. Permit Review for deck addition in existing yard at The Brig. 

Wednesday, October 13

ANC6C will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

To join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Announcements:

  • Commander Ralph McLean, new MPD commander, First District

Presentation:

  • Update on L and M Street encampments – Rebecca Smith, Chief of Staff, Department of Behavioral Health

Environment, Parks, and Events Committee

  • Federal properties in ANC6C, representative from National Park Service
  • Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, representative will discuss route through ANC6C

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  • Bike Network updates: 1st Street NE cycle track and K Street NE underpass
  • Public Space usage for Georgetown Law construction, 2nd Street between E and F NW
  • H Street NE bridge replacement, environmental assessment
  • Written testimony, confirmation of Acting DDOT Director Lott
  • Written testimony, amendments to the statute on abandoned and dangerous vehicles

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee (Mark Eckenwiler, chair)

  • 638 East Capitol Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application. Three story rear addition to four-story dwelling.
  • 626 Lexington Place, NE. Historic Preservation Application.   Two-story rear addition and renovations. 
  • 227, 233-235, 237-239 Massachusetts Ave NE, Historic Preservation Application. Revised application, penthouses.
  • Capitol Crossing, Zoning Application. Second stage PUD application, mixed use buildings, Center Block. 
  • 521 Florida Avenue, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Third story addition and second floor railing on porch.
  • Proposed zoning amendments. Regulations for vehicle and bicycle parking and loading. 

New Business

  • H Street situation, need for additional police support—Joel Kelty.

Thursday, October 14

ANC6A holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

To join the meeting, go here:   https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations: 

  • Everett Lott, Acting Director, District Department of Transportation.
  • DC Redistricting Process – Samuel Rosen-Amy, Chief of Staff, Councilmember-at-Large Elissa Silverman
  • Proposed ANC6A letter to DDOT stating that the ANC preferred rank ordered options of the DDOT bike lane designs for the 1300 block of North Carolina Avenue, NE, are Alternatives B, E and then C. Concept 1 for the intersection at 14th St NE is the preferred initial design option.

Community Outreach Committee

  • ANC6A send a letter to Mayor Bowser supporting the DC Universal Basic Income Coalition’s request that the Mayor join Mayors for a Guaranteed Income as demonstration of support for a guaranteed income or the residents of the District of Columbia.

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee

  • ANC6A protest of the application of Daru at 1451 Maryland Avenue, NE, renewal of its Class C Tavern License unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline.
  • ANC 6A protest of the application of Lydia Restaurant & Lounge at 1427 H Street, NE, for a Class C Restaurant liquor license unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline.

Transportation and Public Space

  • Proposed ANC6A letter to DDOT stating that the ANC preferred rank ordered options of the DDOT bike lane designs for the 1300 block of North Carolina Avenue, NE, are Alternatives B, E and then C. Concept 1 for the intersection at 14th St NE is the preferred initial design option.
  • Proposed ANC6A letter of support to DDOT for TSA [insert number requesting all-way stop signs at 16th Street NE and Constitution Avenue NE, including the consideration of raised crosswalks if the all-way stop request is denied.
  • Proposed ANC6A letter of support to DDOT for the 2021 Rock ‘n Roll Marathon street closures for the race taking place on November 13, 2021.

Economic Development and Zoning Committee

  • Proposed ANC 6A letter of support to BZA for a special exception from the rear yard requirements to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing, attached, principal dwelling unit at 248 10th Street, NE.

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Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Elijah Balbed  – Jazz/Go-Go Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p

Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza Features Elijah Balbed  – Jazz/Go-Go Artist – 5:00p – 6:30p

by Larry Janezich

Posted:  October 8, 2021

Elijah Balbed, who performs tonight at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, has been named Best Tenor Saxophonist and Best New Jazz Musician by the Washington City Paper, and has had several media features including Capital Bop, Smithsonian Magazine, OnTap Magazine (now District Fray), and The Washington Post.

Elijah and his band the EJB Quartet were the winners of the 2020 DC Jazz Prix for their performance of Elijah’s “The Karma Suite”.

In addition to Jazz, Balbed has a deep roots in DC’s indigenous Go-G0 music.  In 2014, he founded The JoGo Project – a Jazz / Go-Go fusion band dedicated to promoting and preserving the legacy of DC’s unique art form. Since then, the band has become one of the only Go-Go bands today consistently writing and producing original music.

The schedule for the rest of the month includes performances by Zach Cutler, October 15; Amy Bormet, October 22; and Imani Grace-Cooper, October 29. 

CM Charles Allen provided $150,000 in the current FY’s budget for programming for the Plaza for the next 12 months.

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Update on Homicide on Watkins Football Field

Update on Homicide on Watkins Football Field

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 7, 202l

Additional details on the homicide which occurred about 9:45pm Tuesday night on Watkins football field are now available.  Some of these come from an email CM Charles Allen sent out last night:

“Wanted to share a quick update on a tragic event tonight. There was a shooting and homicide on the Watkins football field tonight. From what I’m being told, two people in the flag football league were having an argument throughout their game and when it ended, the argument continued. It seems one individual pulled a handgun out of his bag and shot the other individual while still on the field. That individual then fled the scene. However, MPD has already recovered the handgun and has very strong leads and details on a suspect. MPD leadership expects they’ll be on the field a good part of tonight to make sure they canvas and recover all shell casings and do the forensics work necessary. Their goal is to be done by the morning and have the entire site clear in time for staff arriving at the school. It’s possible however that they may need to come back and do a daytime canvass of the field to ensure they have all evidence and shell casings.

“This violence is absolutely inexcusable and all indications appear it was between two known people that escalated a conflict quickly, but I’m glad to see that MPD has recovered a handgun and has solid leads to close this case quickly with an arrest hopefully.”

Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember, is Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety.

Additional details – which CHC cannot confirm – came in response to CHC’s posting to community listservs of a link to a story on the shooting published by The Hill Rag this morning. 

In response to that posting, CHC received an email from a Capitol Hill resident which stated that “the victim’s 2-year-old child was at the scene when the shooting occurred, according to the police scanner last night.”

ANC6B Chair Brian Ready told CHC that the ANC will ask MPD to update the community on the homicide next Tuesday, October 12, at the full ANC virtual meeting.  Details on how to join the meeting will be posted Sunday night in the CHC feature, “The Week Ahead”.  In addition, Ready said that he is planning to have a longer meeting with MPD on crime on Capitol Hill in mid-October.  Details will be posted here and on the ANC website. 

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Director of DC’s Office of ANCs Abruptly Resigns

Director of DC’s Office of ANCs Abruptly Resigns

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 6, 2021

Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director of the DC Office of ANCs (OANC), abruptly announced his retirement at an on-line meeting of ANC Chairs last Thursday night. 

That was followed by an email to all 300 ANC commissioners from CM Robert White, Chair of the DC Committee on Government Operations which oversees the OANC on Friday, October 1. 

White announced that Simon was leaving the role of Executive Director after more than 20 years and commended him for his service.  He said that on Tuesday, October 5, the Council would vote on appointment of Schannette Grant as Interim Executive Director.  Grant was chief of staff to former CM Jack Evans. 

Monday night, a citywide caucus of ANC commissioners, organized and coordinated by former ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman, discussed Simon’s departure during a virtual caucus. 

Some commissioners suggested Simon had been forced to resign because Councilmembers lacked confidence in the office after failure to meet a fiscal year-end deadline for policy changes – including a plan for resuming hybrid/in person ANC meetings next February and a plan to increase communication with ANCs. 

Commissioners expressed appreciation for Simon’s institutional memory but some expressed frustration that the Office of ANC was not being more supportive of the ANCs.

In August, the caucus of ANCs through ACTOS – its committee to advise the Office of ANC –  sent a detailed letter to Simon with a wish list of things OANC could do to help the ANCs – but as one commissioner put it Monday night, “nothing was done that we can see.”  That letter requested :

  • Procurement of software to assist commissioners with outreach and engagement with their constituents
  • Language accessibility for those whose first language is not English and supplemental communication access services for those with disabilities
  • Funding to support remote meeting technologies, audio-visual technology and services, printing services and website assistance

There was a consensus of the group in Monday night’s meeting that the ANC’s should have a voice in the selection of the new Director, and there are indications CM Robert White is amenable.  It’s unclear what role the ANCs would play in the process, but a letter to White is being circulated within the caucus regarding a advice to the CC about the direction the OANC should go in the future.  That letter will be circulated to all ANC commissioners in the city with a request to sign on to the recommendations. 

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Update on Hill East Boys and Girls Club – A New Developer with a New Plan

Update on Hill East Boys and Girls Club – A New Developer with a New Plan

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 6, 2021

Tuesday night, DMPED Development Manager Chris Todd introduced Morningstar Community Development as the new developer of the Hill East Boys and Girls Club.  The occasion was the virtual meeting of ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee, chaired by Commissioner Corey Holman. 

Morningstar succeeds Century Associates who was first awarded the contract but who was not able to find a way to make its proposal economically viable before the City Council-imposed time limit ran out.  When that happened, DMPED turned to the second responder to their 2017 RFP. 

The new plan anticipates redevelopment of the site as condos for multi-generational families.  Morningstar is proposing 32 to 35 units (11 affordable at 50% and 80% AMI), 2000 plus s.f. of commercial space for community use, and 11 below grade parking spaces.  The developer calls  the entire project workforce housing; the balance of the units will and top out at 120% AMI, a price range which  Morningstar says is typically below market value. 

The breakdown of all the units is as follows:

  • 8 – One bedroom
  • 14 – One bedroom with den
  • 11 – Two bedroom
  • 2 – Three bedroom

Pricing of the 30% – 50% affordable housing breaks down as follows:

Commissioner Alison Horn Horn questioned the developer about the lack of 0% – 30% AMI affordable units.  The architect for the project said that they had found homeownership very challenging for units under 50% AMI; that expenses related to maintenance and repair tend to exceed family budgets below 50% AMI – especially from 0% – 30% AMI. 

Since the disposition authority for the city-owned land has expired, the project will have to go back before the City Council to renew that authority – DMPED says they hope to do that by year’s end.  After that, the project will require a change in zoning, since the current RF-1 zoning limits conversion to apartment use. 

Other projects which Morningstar developed include Stanton Tower Condos (the converted church overlooking Stanton Park), Parkway Overlook Apartments in Congress Heights, and Chapman Stables in NOMA.   

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Coming to Barracks Row: Han Palace – Dim Sum & Cantonese Restaurant

Coming to Barracks Row: Han Palace – Dim Sum & Cantonese Restaurant

 by Larry Janezich

Han Palace, a new dim sum & Cantonese restaurant will open on Barracks Row this fall in space formerly occupied by Frame of Mine at 522 8th Street, SE.  The venture belongs to restaurateur Chris Zhu who has sister restaurants in Rockville and Tysons.  The opening comes in conjunction with a second new restaurant opening in Woodley Park at 2649 Connecticut Avenue, NW.   Han Palace will reportedly offer 60 seats indoors and out.  Zhu hopes to open in December, but odds are the permitting will take longer than expected. 

According to ANC6B Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, a liquor license has been applied for, but it is not yet on the ANC’s agenda. 

The Quillian family, (update: former) owners of 522 8th Street, did not renew Frame of Mine’s lease on its space when it expired in 2015.  At the time, the owners were reported to be seeking a restaurant to occupy the space.  The frame shop has since relocated across the street to 545 8th Street, SE.

The building next door – Extreme Pizza, space also owned by the Quillians – has been in limbo since shortly after it opened.  Word is that it awaits new management. 

Here’s a link to the McClean Han Palace menu:  https://www.hanpalacemclean.com/menu.aspx

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The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights…Some Photos from the Past Week

The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights…Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted:  October 3, 2021

The Week Ahead

ANC Highlights

  • Update on Boys and Girls Club – ANC6B Planning and Zoning – Tuesday
  • The Brig adds a deck – ANC6B Planning and Zoning – Tuesday
  • New buildings for Capital Crossing – ANC6C Planning and Zoning – Wednesday
  • Liquor license for Harvest Tide Steakhouse – ANC6B Alcohol Committee – Thursday
  • Bike Network Updates – ANC6C Transportation Committee – Thursday
  • H Street, NE, Bridge (Hopscotch Bridge) Replacement Environmental Assessment – ANC6C Transportation Committee – Thursday  

TUESDAY, October 5

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

A link to join the meeting is here: https://anc6b.org/meetings/october-2021-planning-and-zoning-meeting/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 2021 Rock N Roll Half Marathon.
  • Update on Boys and Girls Club from DMPED.
  • 152 11th Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application for Special Exception to construct a two-story garage with accessory apartment to an existing, attached, three-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit.
  • 1227 E Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.   Special Exception to construct a rear, two-story addition to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit .
  • 1713 D Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application for Special Exception to construct a third story addition and a three-story rear addition to an existing, attached, two-story, principal dwelling unit. 
  • 1241 Independence Avenue, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application for Special Exception to construct a roof deck addition to an existing, detached, accessory garage.
  • 1007 8th Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application – Permit Review for deck addition in existing yard at The Brig;

WEDNESDAY, October 6

ANC6B Transportation and Public Space Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For a link to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/meetings/october-2021-anc-6b-transportation-committee-meeting/

Among items on the draft agenda:

ANC6C Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

A link to join the meeting is here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/  

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 638 East Capitol Street, NE.  Zoning Adjustment Application to construct a three-story rear addition to an existing attached four-story principal dwelling unit.
  • 227, 233-235, 237-239 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Revised application of Hillsdale College for concept approval for new penthouses.
  • Capitol Crossing.  Zoning Application  – Second-stage PUD application for the Center Block of the Capitol Crossing development project to construct a mixed-use building. The Center Block is Square 566, bounded by F, G, 2nd and 3rd Streets NW.  This application is for the last two buildings in the project. It includes a commercial building which will be developed with a hotel and ground floor retail, and a residential building which will include 50 affordable housing units and ground floor retail.
  • 521 Florida Avenue, NE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special exception relief to construct a third-story addition to and second-floor railing atop the porch of, an existing attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
  • Union Market & 6th Street, NE.  Zoning Application of Gallaudet University and JBG/6th Street Associates, LLC, for a modification of significance to the first-stage PUD approved by the Zoning Commission, specifically the applicant proposes to make numerous modifications detailed in the hearing notice.   

THURSDAY, October 7

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

For a link to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/meetings/october-2021-anc-6b-alcohol-beverage-control-committee/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE. Retailer’s Class “CX” Multipurpose Facility Liquor license.  The applicant is an active cemetery which hosts special events. The events include funerals, weddings, movie nights, festivals, roving theatrical performances, goat yoga, guided and group tours, and group gatherings partnering with food trucks and caterers to provide food on-site. Seating Capacity of 5,000 patrons. Total Occupancy Load of 15,000 patrons.
  • Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grille, 514 8th Street, SE.  Request to expand existing Entertainment Endorsement to the rooftop Summer Garden; Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant. 
  • Harvest Tide Steak House, 212 7th Street, SE.  Retailer’s Class “C” Restaurant.  Discussion on– Harvest Tide Settlement Agreement

ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

A link to join the meeting is here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/   

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Bike Network Updates: 1st St NE Cycletrack and K Street NE Underpass DDOT will give two updates to the bicycling network within ANC 6C. The first update will be on the 1st Street NE cycletrack, which currently ends at M Street, NE. The limits of the Dave Thomas Circle project on 1st Street, NE, ends at N Street, NE. DDOT will present some preliminary cross-sections to extend the cycletrack to eliminate the gap between Union Station and the Metropolitan Branch Trail area in Eckington. The second update will be on the analysis for safe bicycling routes under the K Street NE underpass, which the committee and full ANC requested in April 2021. Representative: Will Handsfield and Mike Goodno, DDOT
  • Public Space Usage for Georgetown Law Construction | DDOT TOPS # Georgetown University is constructing a new building at E and 2nd Streets, NW, and needs space for setting up construction trailers. Construction managers propose to use public space along 2nd Street, NW and E Street, NW.
  • H Street, NE, Bridge Replacement Environmental Assessment.  DDOT in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration has released the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of the H Street NE Bridge (Hopscotch Bridge). The replacement is needed to address structural deficiencies. The EA evaluates the proposed replacement, documents alternatives considered, and the potential impacts and strategies to mitigate them. The EA is available at www.hstreetbridgeproject.com .
  • Written testimony for the confirmation of Acting DDOT Director Lott.  The Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a public roundtable on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 on PR24-326, “the Director of the District Department of Transportation Everett Lott Confirmation Resolution of 2021.” PR24-326 would confirm Everett Lott as the Director of the District Department of Transportation. Full text is available at https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/PR24-0326 . The committee will discuss and potentially make recommendations for the full ANC to submit written testimony on this matter.
  • Written testimony for amendments to the statute on abandoned and dangerous vehicles.  The Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold a public roundtable on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 on B24-302, “the Removal and Disposition of Abandoned and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Amendment Act of 2021.”  Bill 24-302 would revise the definitions of abandoned and dangerous vehicles for purposes of determining when such vehicles may be removed from public and private space. It also removes imprisonment as a possible sentence for leaving an abandoned or dangerous vehicle in public space. Full text is available at https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0302 . The committee will discuss and potentially make recommendations for the full ANC to submit written testimony on this matter.

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