CM Charles Allen Talks About the Future of Ward 6 on Monday
CM Charles Allen will participate in an in-person conversation on the future of Ward 6 on Monday, June 6, at 7:30pm in the covered outdoor Town Square Towers Pavilion, 700 7th Street, SW, Rear. The event will provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions about his goals for the next four years, assuming he is re-elected. (Allen is the only candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Ward 6 City Council, so the odds are good.) Allen has represented Ward 6 for two terms.
The neighborhood coalition to save the historic corner grocery store at 223 12th Street, SE, has been galvanized by the new “For Sale” sign at this address. As Capitol Hill Corner reported (https://bit.ly/3rje3Ee numerous neighbors established an LLC (limited liability company) and made a serious bid to buy the building in April. The winning bidders were long-time Capitol Hill residents Amit and Veronique Singh – not, as rumored, a developer. This couple found a larger, three-unit building on G Street, SE, that they prefer very soon after and closed that sale on May 31. That’s why 223 12th Street is back on the market. Evidently, there’s nothing wrong with the building, which is now listed for $1.35 million—$100,000 more than the April price.
The coalition is ramping up to make another serious offer that preserves a valued neighborhood resource and prevents its potential conversion to condos. A meeting hosted by Jordan LaCrosse on June 2 ran numbers and confirmed the coalition’s commitment to buy the building and rent the store space to a vendor who shares the community’s values. The core group pledged to reach out immediately to new and existing supporters, put up new signs, and get press coverage.
ANC6B has scheduled a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00pm to consider liquor license renewals for six restaurants:
We, the Pizza, 305 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Taco City DC, 1102 8th Street, SE
Trattoria Alberto, 504 8th Street, SE
Little Pearl, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE
Among a slew of renewals the full ANC will consider at its June 14th meeting, these six have a drop dead date of June 13 for the ANC to file a protest against the licenses. Hence the need to consider them in a special meeting. Some commissioners suggested the renewal for We, the Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery could be controversial given the spotty track record of the restaurants’ adherence to Settlement Agreements governing operations – agreements which Brian Ready, chair of the ABC Committee regards as inadequate.
Once the full ANC disposes of the six cases, the ABC Committee will continue to consider 18 additional renewals, all of which have a June 20 protest deadline.
Info on how to join the meetings will be posted on Sunday’s The Week Ahead.
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