The Week Ahead (Eastern Market Community Meeting, Electric Vehicle Special Meeting)…& Photos from the Past Week

Saturday morning, the Parasol Patrol and friends numbering about 200 turned out to demonstrate in support of the LGBTO community on the 700 block of Barracks Row.  The event was precipitated by the regular Drag Story Hour brunch at LGBTO-friendly restaurant Crazy Aunt Helen’s where Drag Queen Tara Hoot held story reading time for kids and their parents. 

A similar event last week the Parasol Patrol had confronted anti-LGBTO Proud Boys who were protesting the event.  A large contingent of MPD – dozens of officers – were on hand to keep the peace, and although attendees Tweeted photos of a handful of individuals who the posters claimed were Proud Boys being escorted by MPD officers. no incidents were reported. Inside it was business as usual. 

Drag Queen Tara Hoot interacts with supporters on Barracks Row outside Crazy Aunt Helen’s. Photo: Debbie Curtis.

Sunday afternoon, the ANC6B Southeast Library Task Force, chaired by Commissioner David Sobelsohn (far left), met in Southeast Library with some 20 residents and library stakeholders.  The purpose was to brainstorm and share information, strategize for securing interim services during the two year closure for renovation starting this summer, and find volunteers willing to work on getting those interim services.  Two of the regular library services – Story Time and meeting space for the Book Club – have already found new temporary homes.  The remaining services of concern include a place to pick up and return books, access to computers, printers and a copier, and space for community programs.  Volunteers will investigate the availability of space in the community and research sources of funding.  The group also discussed the special interests of nearby neighbors with respect to the impact of renovation on the community, including construction, staging of equipment and trailers, and rodent abatement.  The Taskforce will hear reports from the volunteers at its next meeting on Sunday, March 12.  An indication of the ANC’s interest in the issue was the presence of a majority of ANC6B commissioners , including Sobelsohn, Jayaraman, Sroufe, Avery, LaFortune, and Marino. 

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee – a photo of a late October 2022 meeting.

Wednesday night, Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee met in Eastern Market’s North Hall.  Board member Susan Oursler, announced she was relinquishing her seat – which under statute is the slot filled by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society – owing to other responsibilities which she says will prevent her from giving EMCAC proper attention.  CHRS has named Steve Hagedorn to succeed her.  Chair Chuck Burger also announced that Robin Hinson-Jones, representing Capitol Hill Village, was joining the board as a non-voting member.  Burger said he was working on tweaking the statute – which currently limits the number of voting members – to increase that number. 

And Brian Pate, head of the 150th Anniversary of Eastern Market Celebration effort will lead – along with CM Charles Allen – a community meeting next Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the North Hall to solicit public comment on plans for the eight month celebration of the event.  Eastern Market Main Street has filed a request with Events DC for a $400,000 grant to “pre-load” some 3 dozen events and will hear disposition of the request in April.  The start will coincide with the Cherry Blossom Festival.  (For more, see Tuesday, February 28 below.)

On Barracks Row, the former Tortuga Caribbean Bar and Grill is morphing into Playa Ocho (Beach Eight) Cantina.  Might open next month. 

Here’s a detail from another one of Triple Candies’ curious installations in their exhibit space in the former Li’l Pub at 655 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

The Week Ahead (Eastern Market Community Meeting, Electric Vehicle Special Meeting)…& Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 26, 2023

Monday, February 27

ANC 6A Community Outreach Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For information on how to join the meeting, go here:

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation by HIPS (Honoring Individual Power and Strength) – Chibundo Ewautau and Johnny Bailey.  According to its website, HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.
  • Honoring the late William Outlaw – ANC 6A 07 Commissioner Steve Moilanen

Tuesday, February 28

ANC6B’s Executive Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm to set the agenda for the March monthly meeting.  See here for more information:

  • ANC6B will meet next on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:00pm.  See here for more information:

In person Community Meeting on the 150th Anniversary of Eastern Market, 7:00pm, North Hall Eastern Market featuring CM Charles Allen and EMCAC Board Member Brian Pate, head of EMCAC’s 150th Anniversary of Eastern Market Celebration effort.

  • The community will have an opportunity to provide input for the months-long celebration Eastern Market is planning to celebrate the anniversary.  Some three dozen different activities are being planned and the kick off will coincide with the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The actual date of the anniversary is November 12, 2023

Wednesday, March 1

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 6:30pm.

Go here for info on how to join the meeting:

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • 601 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.  Historic Preservation Application.– Revised application of Schmidt Development LLC for concept approval to raze an existing one-story noncontributing building, currently used as a dry cleaner, and construct a three-story residential building.
  • 1232 4th Street, NE.  Zoning Application.  Informational presentation on application of 1232 Shift Cubed Partners, LLC for a consolidated PUD with a PUD-related map amendment for the construction of a mixed-use all-affordable residential building with office space and PDR space on an 8,982sf lot at 1232 4th Street, NE.  The applicant proposes to replace the existing industrial building on the site with a ten-story, 105’-tall mixed use building with a penthouse. The building would have 98 all-affordable units at no more than 60% MFI and 20% of the units at or below 30% MFI. The building would also have 314sf of PDR “maker” creative space on the ground floor and a 392sf office space for a nonprofit and/or for supportive services (job training, children/youth programming, etc).
  • Zoning regulations rulemaking (ZC 22-25) – Proposed text amendments to BZA and ZC rules.

Thursday, March 2

ANC6B Transportation Committee will hold a virtual Special Call Meeting Special Call Meeting at 7:00pm on Electric Vehicles.

To join the meeting, go here:

Agenda (from former ANC Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg):

  • Presentation by CM Charles Allen on Pending EV and E-Bike Legislation.
  • Presentation by Thomas Bartholomew on DOEE’s work related to transportation electrification.
  • Presentation by DDOT on EV Charging Strategy (pending).  
  • Presentation by Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (pending).
  • Committee Discussion on Potential Actions – Council Testimony, Letters to DOEE/DDOT.

The Friends of Southeast Library will hold their March in-person meeting on the lower level of Southeast Library at 5:30pm. 

Among items on the agenda:

  • The upcoming March second Saturday near-monthly book sale.  Want to help with the sale?  Prospective new members are welcome.  Just show up for the meeting. 

Saturday, March 4

Capitol Hill Art League Show “Environmental Chaos” opens with a reception from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop gallery located at 545 7th Street, S.E. 

  • In this show, Capitol Hill Art League artists have created art that speaks to the consequences of environmental chaos on the individual as well as the community, society, and planet.
  • The show will display works by the following artists: Anne Albright; Sufie Berger; Tara Hamilton; Allen Hirsh; Jim Huttinger; Camille Kouyoumdjian; Victoria Lakes; Dave Mann; Jane Mann; Rindy OBrien; Nan Raphael; Carolyn Rondthaler; Nafia Syeed: Karen Van Allen; Elin Whitney-Smith; Jan Zastrow; Karen Zens.

Music, Art, & Wine Inside at Mott’s Market – 5:00pm to 8:00pm – 233 12th Street, SE.

  • Art sale featuring local artists.
  • Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts
  • Live music featuring Michael Yugo (The Mavis), JC Mickenben, and Know Engler. 

For more info or to get involved as an investor, donor or volunteer, visit

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