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Sroufe Is Unopposed for ANC6B02 Seat – Kelly Waud Files for Vacant ANC 6B07 Seat


Sroufe Is Unopposed for ANC6B02 Seat – Kelly Waud Files for Vacant ANC 6B07 Seat

by Larry Janezich

Jerry Sroufe has emerged as the only candidate for the vacant ANC6B02 seat left by the resignation of Commissioner Diane Hoskins who resigned in February owing to the time constraints of a new job.

In a letter to ANC6B Chair Dan Ridge, Sroufe informally notified the commission that he was the only candidate.  Since the filing deadline has passed for filing to run for that vacancy and barring any successful challenge to the names provided on his petitions, the DC Board of Elections will certify ANC6B of Sroufe’s election around March 21.  CM Charles Allen will then swear in Sroufe as commissioner.  That could occur in time for Sroufe to assume office by the next meeting of ANC6B on April 10.  The single member district he will represent is a demanding one, including Eastern Market, Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and the Hine Project.  Sroufe, a long time Capitol Hill resident, is Senior Advisor at the American Educational Research Association.

ANC6B has a second vacant seat, that being for ANC6B07.  Kelly Waud is the single candidate who has picked up petitions of candidacy.  As of mid-day on March 15, Waud has not submitted a petition with the necessary 25 signatures of residents in the single member district.  The filing deadline for submission of petitions ends on Monday, March 26.  Waud has been serving as a resident member of ANC6B’s Transportation Committee.  The vacancy occurred when Commissioner Aimee Grace resigned last month before she relocates to Hawaii.

ANC6B07 is a complex single member district, home to Harris Teeter, the retail businesses on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th, Watkins and Chamberlain schools, Potomac Gardens, Hopkins apartments, and much of the proposed Southwest Boulevard.

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ANC6B Protests City Agency Undercutting Its Advisory Role on Ebenezer Church Development

Tuesday night’s ANC6B meeting. L-R, Commissioners Samolyk, Jayaraman, Ridge (Chair), Loots, Burger, Hagedorn. Absent: Oldenburg and Krepp. Two seats are currently vacant.

ANC6B Protests City Agency Undercutting Its Advisory Role on Ebenezer Church Development

by Larry Janezich

Last night, ANC6B voted 6-0 to appeal HPRB’s decision to approve a curb cut requested by the developer of Ebenezer Flats (the ten unit residential complex adjacent to Ebenezer Church at 400 D Street, SE).  The appeal came about largely as the result of the latest instance in which the Commission felt its advisory role in determining what happens in the community had been undercut by another city agency – in this case HPRB.

On February 22, HPRB approved a revised plan for the curb cut on a 6 – 1 vote, ignoring the regular process which would have sent the revisions back to ANC6B for their opinion.  (See here:

“It doesn’t matter whether the ANC is for or against an issue,” ANC6B Commissioner James Loots said, “a secret backroom deal between the Historic Preservation Office and the developer is not acceptable.”

Loots charged that when he found out the night before the HPRB hearing that the revised plan would not come back to the ANC, he emailed the Office of Planning to strongly urge following proper procedure and defer a hearing until ANC had an opportunity to weigh in.  Loots said that HPRB “consciously didn’t notify ANC” despite the Chair being notified that the ANC had been by-passed.  He continued, “The contempt and total disregard of the process – it doesn’t matter whether you’re for or against it – the amount of effort we put into this requires they have to listen to us and they didn’t. “

Commissioner Nick Burger agreed, characterizing the HPRB process in particular as “sloppy” compared with that of the Bureau of Zoning Adjustment.  Burger – playing devil’s advocate – acknowledged that he doubted the ANC position on the curb cut in question would have been any different had the matter come back to the ANC.

The ANC subsequently voted 6 – 0 for a Loots motion to request that the Mayor’s Agent – in this case, the Director of the Office of Planning, who is the final authority in the city’s executive branch on Historic Preservation matters – conduct a review and independent hearing regarding HPRB’s failure to notify the ANC and whether factors other than those directly related to historic preservation figured in the Board’s decision to approve the curb cut.

Loots –  an attorney – stressed that his votes on historic preservation applications have been consistently informed by the law and historic preservation requirements.  The Hill Rag reported that some HPRB board members expressed concern that African American churches were being driven out of the community by lack of parking and that it was important to find ways to allow these institutions to exist.

The ANC then voted 6 – 0 for a Burger motion to send a letter to the Mayor, Council Chair Mendelson, and Councilmember Charles Allen expressing a broader concern about agencies’ failure to adhere to the ANC process and asking for a review of the legal requirements and possible amendments to the governing legislation.

Earlier in the meeting, the ANC approved language expressing opposition to the developer’s DDOT Public space application for the curb cut.  That issue will likely come before the DDOT Public Space Committee at its next meeting on March 22.

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The Week Ahead…CM Charles Allen Continues Making the Rounds of the ANCs – 6C on Wednesday

Friday afternoon, circa 3:00pm. Some members of FOSEL (Friends of Southeast Library) complete the set up for Saturday’s book sale. FOSEL meets at 5:30pm the first Thursday of the month. New members and volunteers welcome.

The Week Ahead…

Tuesday, March 13

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center

Among items on the draft agenda:


Jessie Liu, US Attorney for the District of Columbia

Amy Mauro, DC Fire and EMS Chief of Staff to discuss DC FEMS Right Care, Right Now initiative

Capitol Hill Classic

816 Potomac Avenue, SE – Historic Preservation application re concept/four-story side addition

600 Pennsylvania Ave, SE – Historic Preservation application re concept/storefront-infill

8th and I Streets, SE – Public Space application for additional bollards at the Marine Barracks

14th and D Streets, SE – Public Space application for curb cuts at the Southeast Safeway

400 D Street, SE – Public Space application for curb cut for Ebenezer Church Parking lot

Discussion of “great weight” to given to ANC6B in recent HPRB cases

March for Our Lives — any late breaking issues

Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: DNC Chairman Tom Perez, 7:00pm, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Wednesday, March 14

ANC6C meets at 7:00pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Among items on the draft agenda: 


Council Member Charles Allen

Right Care, Right Now initiative, D.C. Fire Chief, Gregory Dean

600 H Street, NE – Solid State Books, new class D liquor license

Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street, NE – Settlement Agreement amendment

NoMa Parks update

Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2017

Environmental/sustainability issues

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Pub – Public Space application – conversion to an enclosed sidewalk café

659 G Street NE, Ludlow Taylor Elementary School fence

Contemplated PUD proposal for Parker/2nd/K Streets

CHRS Preservation Café:  Sustainable DC and Historic Preservation.  Northeast Library, 330 7th Street, NE

Thursday, March 15

Sector 2 (PSAs 104, 107, 108) Community Meeting, 7:00 pm, Southeast Library, 403 7th Street, SE

CHRS Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE, first floor

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ANC6B Is Set to Oppose Ebenezer Church‘s Curb Cut & Butt Heads with HPRB

Here’s where developers propose a curb cut on the 400 block of C Street, SE, that would permit access to a proposed 16 car parking lot behind Ebenezer Church.

ANC6B Is Set to Oppose Ebenezer Church‘s Curb Cut & Butt Heads with HPRB

by Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night, a handful of ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee members voted to oppose a curb cut in the Historic District on Fifth Street, SE, which would permit access to a proposed 16 car parking lot for Ebenezer Church.  That recommendation now goes to the full ANC.  The motion to oppose was made on the basis of not having enough information about the consequences of the curb cut and a desire to preserve interior green space of a block in the Historic District, and included a provision to place the measure on ANC6B’s “consent calendar” at the full meeting.  This means that the issue is likely to be approved en bloc along with several non-controversial measures without further debate or discussion.  Any commissioner, however, can take the measure off the consent calendar for further consideration.

The vote on the motion in Committee was 4 – 0 – 1 against the curb cut with committee chair Nick Burger abstaining.

Commissioners Kiersten Oldenburg said she was “not crazy about the motion,” but explained that she consistently opposes curb cuts in the Historic District.

Commissioner Chandler Jayaraman – who made the motion – said his objection was based on not having enough information about the uses for which the parking lot would be used as well as the desire to protect green space in the interior of a Historic block in accordance with previous precedents supported by the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).

Two additional nay votes were provided by resident members of the committee.

About a half a dozen nearby neighbors expressed concerns about the project, those objections based on the lack of communication and transparency by the developer, uncertainty about the possible future commercial development of the church, and the perception that the parking lot would have a negative effect on traffic in the neighborhood.  Some neighbors most directly affected, objected to having a parking lot on the other side of their back fences.  A smaller number of neighbors supported the parking lot and endorsed the developer’s efforts to alleviate the shortage of parking in the neighborhood.

Last month the HPRB agreed with ANC6B and opposed the construction of two mechanical parking structures behind the church, but left the door open for a parking space for multiple cars.

The developer took advantage of the opening to alter the plan, removed the parking structures and – with the apparent sanction of the Historic Preservation Office – brought the altered proposal back before the HPRB without referring it to ANC6B for further consideration.  HPRB subsequently approved the parking lot plan and the necessary curb cut by a vote of 6 – 0 – 1.

The developer told ANC that there was no intent to short-circuit the process in by-passing the ANC, since an application for a curb cut to the Department of Transportation would automatically come back before the ANC for consideration.  In fact, Tuesday night’s Committee consideration of the curb cut application was the first step in that process.

After what is likely to be consent calendar approval of the ANC’s opposition to the curb cut at the March meeting of ANC6B, the matter will go to the Department of Transportation Public Space Committee for a public hearing.  Nearby resident Chuck Burger told the ANC Committee on Tuesday night that he had led a small delegation of neighbors to present their objections to the parking lot directly to the Public Space Committee.

It’s hard to predict what the Public Space Committee will do – it will have to weigh a strong endorsement of the curb cut by HPRB against the opposition of the ANC.  In the past DDOT has tended to give ANCs short shrift.

ANC6B has scheduled a discussion regarding its concern about the status of the city’s requirement that ANC opinions be given “great weight” by city agencies at their next meeting on Tuesday, March 13, after the vote on the curb cut.


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Hype Café Opens at 12th and PA Avenue – Here’s Their Coffee Menu/Prices & More Photos

Hype Cafe at opened last Saturday at 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue, in the space most recently occupied by Frager’s Paint store.

Here’s the coffee menu featuring Arkibuna Ethiopian Coffee, also sold here by the pound.

Hype Café Opens at 12th and PA Avenue – Here’s Their Coffee Menu/Prices & More Photos

by Larry Janezich

You walk in and notice lots of light, tables and counter space. “Why Hype?” you ask. Proprietor Samuel Mengista says, “It’s the name we came up with to express the effect of the coffee.” Mengista and his fiancée Hanna Tesfamicael opened Hype last Saturday.

At present, the café serves drinks and pastries. A grand opening planned for the end of the month will mark an expansion of the menu to feature sandwiches and injera – the traditional flat spongy bread of several East African countries – with Ethiopian vegetable toppings. Next summer could see the addition of a sidewalk café.

The café is open seven days a week, weekdays from 7:00am until 9:00pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 8:00am until 9:00pm.

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Capitol Hill Classic May Get Relief from MPD’s Parking Ban

Route of the Capitol Hill Classic 10 K

Route of the Capitol Hill Classic 5 K

Capitol Hill Classic May Get Relief from MPD’s Parking Ban

by Larry Janezich

Roberta Stewart, representing organizers of the 39 year old Capitol Hill Classic, appeared before ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee last night, seeking the ANC’s support for the annual race which benefits public schools on Capitol Hill.  This year’s race is scheduled for May 20.

Organizers are concerned that the race will be affected by the MPD’s “Clear Streets Initiative” which requires cars to be removed from the routes of all races and events because of perceived threats in the wake of tragedies in Charlottesville and Boston.  MPD will impose the ban on the 26 miles of District streets comprising the route of the March 10 for profit Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Stewart told the Committee that the “Clear Streets Initiative” requiring the removal of all cars along the 33 blocks of the race is a “big deal for us  – MPD requires race organizers to pay for the removal of any cars left on the route the night before the race, it would cost us $10,000 to implement measures involving towing, MPD personnel, and sand trucks to block intersection.”

Stewart and representatives of Capitol Hill Classic took their concerns to the Mayor’s office and found them sympathetic to their plight.  The petitioners cited their nonprofit status, the benefit to public schools, and the fact that half the race participants live on Capitol Hill.  Stewart said that organizers have worked hard with residents to minimize the inconveniences caused by the race and after 39 years, they fear the new rules would cost them the support of the community.

Stewart told the ANC Committee that the Mayor’s office had committed to a process whereby residents and churches would be allowed to park on the race route by displaying a placard, though how the process would be implemented remained uncertain.

The ANC Committee voted to support the Capitol Hill Classic, and recommended that the Mayor’s office make parking at RFK Stadium available for cars which must be moved from the route.

Yesterday, CM Charles Allen cautioned about the feasibility of the placard plan.  Late last night, Allen responded to an open letter from Capitol Hill resident Daniel Buck who criticized the MPD’s imposing the Clear Street Initiative by fiat and decrying the inability of the Mayor and City Council to do anything about it.

Allen said he has been critical of the MPD program since it was announced, and as the result “they are working on a proposal to create a placard program that would allow residents to request and place a temporary pass on their dashboard and leave the car on the race route. I think this is an unworkable idea though. It would likely be onerous to administer by government, put new requirements on the residents to comply, probably create a lot of confusion overall, and then at the end of it all, this alternative would still leave cars on the race route (which is what they say creates the safety challenge in the first place).

I am quietly exploring other ways to force a change in policy, and have my staff attorneys looking into the feasibility of such an action.”

ANC6C Commissioner Scott Price, also a critic of the Clear Streets Initiative, said in an email to constituents that “this change is aligned with practices in other USA cities to limit the damage an Evil Doer might inflict on runners and crowds along the race route,” adding “It is very disappointing that DC government has not broadly announced this change, nor appears to have made any accommodation for the inconvenience (e.g., arranging for free parking in Senate and House parking spaces)…This change makes the R+R event unendurable for Capitol Hill which is the only densely-populated portion of the race route surrounded on three sides….”

For an earlier post on the Clear Streets Initiative, see here:

For more info on the Capitol Hill Classic, see here:


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The Week Ahead….CM Charles Allen Is Before ANC6A on Thursday

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee met last Wednesday night in the North Hall, Eastern Market. From left to right: Anita Jefferson, Angie Brunson, Chander Jayaraman, Jonathan Page, Tom Kuchenberg, Monte Edwards, Chair Donna Scheeder, Bill Glasgow, Chuck Burger, Chuck Brome, Susan Oursler, Richard Layman, and Executive Assistant Susan Eads Role.

The Week Ahead….CM Charles Allen Is Before ANC6A

Monday, March 5

CHRS Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm, and Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE

ANC6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Kaiser Permanente Building, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Solid State Books, LLC, 600 H Street, NE – new application for retailer’s Class D license.

Proust Partners LLC, trading as Wunder Garten, 1101 1st Street, NE – Settlement Agreement Amendment Request re retailer’s Class C license.

Capitol Cantata Series, a free, noontime concert at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill (313 2nd Street, SE), presented by the Washington Bach Consort. The series begins on March 5th and runs through April 30th. It’s a pilot program and additional dates may be added depending on audience turnout.  The upcoming free Capitol Cantata Series performances at St. Peter’s are as follows:

Monday, March 5, 12:10pm

Sie Werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65

Richard Giarusso, conductor & artistic director candidate

Monday, April 2, 12:10pm

Ich habe genug, BWV 82a

John Moran, conductor

Monday, April 30 12:10pm

Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129

Gwendolyn Toth, conductor & artistic director candidate

Tuesday, March 6

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00 PM at St. Coletta of Greater Washington 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Capitol Hill Classic (including the MPD “Clear Parking Initiative” for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and other races within DC city limits.

1612 E Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment to construct a third story and rear addition to a existing one family dwelling.

816 Potomac Avenue – Historic Preservation Application for concept for four story side addition.

600 Pennsylvania Avenue LLC – Public Space Permit for infill and signage (in-fill of the portico in front of the US Post Office and adjacent businesses)

400 D Street, SE – (Ebenezer Church) – DDOT Public Space Permit for paving driveway.

ANC6C Parks & Events Committee will meet at 7:00pm at Kaiser-Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

NoMA Parks Foundation – update on status of pending parks projects and underpass installations.

Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2017.  Grif Johnson from Quiet Clean DC will present to the Committee and seek ANC support for legislation to prohibit the sale and use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in the District by January 1, 2022.

Environmental/Sustainability Issues: Identification and discussion of environmental issues worthy of Committee consideration in 2018.

Wednesday, March 7

ANC6B Transportation Committee will meet at 7:00pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of Tyler and Brent School Pedestrian Safety Problems.

Discussion on DDOT’s Response to Requests for 4-way stops at 8th & A Streets SE and 5th & Independence SE

Alley naming for Square 1090.

Decisions on Oversight Performance & Budget Hearings

ANC6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee will meet at 6:30pm in Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

732 4th Street NE – Historic Preservation Application for concept approval for rear and rooftop additions

Contemplated PUD proposal for Parker/2nd/K Streets, NE.  Informational presentation on PUD application under consideration for ~8,800sf site at the western end of Square 750.

Upcoming Council hearing (March 20) on B22-663, Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2018 – This legislation reflects an attempt by the Office of Planning to update one key section of the Comp Plan, the Framework Element, in light of the public comments submitted last year.

Thursday, March 8

ANC6A will meet at 7:00pm at Miner Elementary School, 601 Fifteenth (15th) Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

Presentation:  DC Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants – Michelle M. Garcia, Director

Recommendation:  ANC6A approve the Ludlow-Taylor Parent Teacher Organization (LTES PTO) grant application for $966.50 to the for the purchase of sixteen (16) Chromebooks and a charging cart for its third (3rd) grade classrooms.

Motion:  ANC6A send a letter to Councilmember Charles Allen in support of naming an alley in the 600 block of 11th Street NE as “Bruce Robey Way.”

Recommendation:  ANC 6A send a letter to Councilmember Charles Allen in support of a ceremonial renaming of the 200 block of 10th Street NE as “Outlaw Way” in honor of Pocahontas Outlaw.

Recommendation:  ANC 6A send a letter to DDOT Public Space Committee in opposition to an application for a street fixture on public space at 809 12th Street, NE.

Recommendation:  ANC6A send a letter of support to BZA for a special exception to enclose a rear, third floor deck in an existing one-family 1226 North Carolina Avenue, NE, on the condition the applicant make best efforts to provide additional information to immediate neighbor

Recommendation:  ANC6A send a letter to DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson to oppose the current draft of the proposed Framework Element of the DC Comprehensive Plan.

ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 2nd Street, NE, Room G3-G4. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Union Station Expansion Project public meeting March 22, 2018.

434 3rd Street, NE – Application for proposed construction of new two unit flat with requiring areaway entrance, front steps,awning, and closing of existing apron and curb and gutter.

Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – Conversion to Enclosed Sidewalk Café.  Union Pub is proposing to enclose their existing sidewalk café, which is currently covered with an awning.  The enclosure would be roll-down plastic sheets to be lowered during winter months and inclement weather. No other changes to operations requested.

Ludlow Taylor Elementary, 659 G St. NE | Application #10575606 **TO BE CONFIRMED** Ludlow Taylor Elementary School recently repaired an existing retaining wall and installed a new 8′ high wrought iron fence. The wall was finished in the summer of 2017. Approval of this as-built condition is being requested because the original permit allowed for a 6’ fence only.

DDOT Budget Oversight Hearing.  The committee will discuss issues to raise at the Council’s budget oversight hearing for the District Department of Transportation, to be held on April 9, 2018.



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Frager’s Garden Center to Re-Open on Pennsylvania Avenue April 1

Anh-Doa Vietnamese restaurant at 1123 Pennsylvania will be the office and space for tools and garden products.  It will open later in the spring after remodeling.  


The parking lot behind 1123 – 1129 Pennsylvania will be transformed into the outdoor garden center and will open April 1.  

Frager’s Garden Center to Re-Open on Pennsylvania Avenue April 1

By Larry Janezich

Gina Schaefer, co-owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores (AFCHS), confirmed yesterday that Frager’s Garden Center will reopen in the 1100 block Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, on April 1, in time for spring planting.

Last April, John Weintraub, the owner of Frager’s Hardware, sold the store to A Few Cool Hardware Stores and it became part of the ACE Hardware cooperative.

Yesterday, Mahmoud Abdalla and Ken Noroozi, owners of the three properties at 1123 – 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue (currently housing Hype Café, Pizza Iole and Anh-Doa Vietnamese restaurant) announced they have leased the space occupied by the Vietnamese restaurant at 1123 and the triangular parking lot behind the three businesses to AFCHS.

The large outdoor lot behind the building will open on April 1 and will be developed into a space for perennials, annuals, trees, vegetable plants and greenery.  AFCHS will take several months to remodel the restaurant for the sale of garden tools and related products after the restaurant vacates in the next 30 to 40 days.

Schaefer says the garden center will continue in this location even after their new Frager’s operation opens in the building currently under construction on the site of the former Frager’s outlet.

AFCHS co-owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman also own 5th Street Ace Hardware, Canton Ace Hardware, Federal Hill Ace Hardware, Glover Park Hardware,  Logan Hardware, Old Takoma Ace Hardware, Tenleytown Ace Hardware, Waverly Ace Hardware, Woodley Park Ace Hardware and Old Town Ace Hardware.

The company’s website is here:


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Sroufe Announces Candidacy for Special Election for ANC6B02 Vacancy

The Single Member District 6B02 includes Eastern Market, Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and the Hine Project.

Sroufe Announces Candidacy for Special Election for ANC6B02 Vacancy

by Larry Janezich

On Monday, Jerry Sroufe announced his candidacy to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Commissioner Diane Hoskins as the representative for ANC6B02.  The single member district is a demanding one, including Eastern Market, Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and the Hine Project.  Sroufe was a candidate for the seat in 2014, losing then to Hoskins by a vote of 343 to 457.

Sroufe’s announcement became public in a letter to ANC6B Chair Dan Ridge on Monday, which read in part:

“As you know, I ran against Diane in 2014. While ours was a competitive race I have had no regrets about losing to Diane – she has been an outstanding ANC Commissioner.

Following the 2014 election campaign supporters encouraged me to stay engaged in Capitol Hill activities.  I have enjoyed doing so: serving on the Hine Community Advisory Committee (HCAC) and as a “resident member” of ANC’s Transportation Committee, chaired by Kirsten Oldenburg.  I have also served as co-chair of a community organization, the Eastern Market Metro Community Association, an organization of residents that actually achieved an additional bit of accountability for DC by requiring public disclosures of sale and transfer of government land.  The HCAC has completed its work.  If elected to the ANC I will resign my position as co-chair of EMMCA and, of course, will no longer serve as a resident member of the Transportation Committee:  I will have time sufficient to be an effective ANC member.”

Sroufe’s letter went on to list the goals he would work toward as commissioner: “Here are five points suggestive of my interests: (1) continuing Diane’s engaged approach to constituency representation, especially with regard to issues involving rodents; (2) working to assure the future of Eastern Market as a food market; (3) holding to the hard-won zoning regulations within the Historic District of Capitol Hill; (4) and insisting that DC government officials and agencies act with knowledge of the “great weight” to be attributed to ANC opinions.  Additionally, (5), I will plan to explore the merits of establishing a new ANC committee: the committee on schools and education.

On February 19, after notice of the vacancy appeared in the DC Register, the Board of Elections made nomination petitions available to interested candidates for the 6B02 seat.  Candidates have until the close of business on March 12 to return the petitions with the names and signatures of at least 25 residents of the single member district (in this case 02) in question.  There will then be a challenge period starting on either Thursday, March 15 or Friday March 16 and lasting until COB Wednesday, March 21 or Thursday the 22 (The BOE has some discretion with regard to when to start the challenge period) during which opponents have the opportunity to challenge the validity of signatures on each other’s petitions.

If two or more candidates for the seat emerge, ANC6B will need to give notice at a meeting that there will be a special election at a subsequent 6B meeting.  The special election will be to fill the remainder of the term – until January of 2019; the seat will come up for contest again in November 2018 in the general election.  If only one person establishes an eligible candidacy, they will be “deemed” the new Commissioner and the ANC will receive a letter from the Board of Elections telling them that.

ANC6B has a second vacant seat as the result of the February 20 resignation of Commissioner Aimee Grace, ANC6B07 (See here:   According to Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director of the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, the resignation is scheduled to appear in this Friday’s DC Register.  If so, petitions for candidacy will be available on Monday, March 5.

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Eastern Market Main Street – a Key Player in the Future of the 300 Block of 7th Street

Eastern Market Main Street held its first annual meeting in The Yards – a co-working space provider located in the Hine project – last Wednesday.

Manuel Cortes, Chair of EMMS Board of Directors and owner, GroovyDC.

Madeline Odendahl, Executive Director of EMMS.

Eastern Market Main Street – a Key Player in the Future of the 300 Block of 7th Street

by Larry Janezich

The Capitol Hill community is trying to hash out the future of the 300 block of 7th Street and the weekend flea market and Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) will be a key player in the decision.  It counts 34 businesses in the Eastern Market business district – many of them on the 200 and 300 blocks of 7th Street as members.

EMMS celebrated the first year of operations last Wednesday night on the second floor of the Hine project office building overlooking 7th Street; the entire floor is leased by The Yards – a co-working space provider with seemingly hundreds of work spaces available.

The day before their annual meeting, EMMS Executive Director Madeline Odendahl testified at a Department of General Services oversight hearing before CM Cheh’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment.  DGS manages Eastern Market and vending on the 200 and 300 blocks of 7th Street.  Odendahl expressed concern about the management of the 300 block of 7th Street and stressed the need to create a pleasant shopping experience for visitors, one that does not disadvantage either the brick and mortar businesses on 7th Street, or the fresh food merchants inside and outside Eastern Market.

Currently, there’s a push from Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) to create a strategic economic development plan for the Eastern Market business district.  DGS reportedly created a “Request for Proposals” for development of such a plan, but EMCAC rejected it out of hand because DGS did not seek input from them or any other stakeholder.  EMCAC is proposing a broad meeting of stakeholder  to determine the path forward and how a “Request for Proposals” should be worded.  The issue will come up Wednesday night at EMCAC’s February 28 monthly meeting at 7:00pm in the North Hall of Eastern Market.

EMMS was founded in the fall of 2016 – a designated DC Main Streets program of the Department of Small and Local Business Development.  One of 16 DC Main Street programs, EMMS was founded by the business and building owners operating around and in the historic Eastern Market in order to establish a formal guiding organization to coordinate economic development efforts.

The 2017 EMMS Board of Directors is as follows:  Manuel Cortes, Chair, GroovyDC; Mary Quillian Helms, Vice Chair, Mr. Henry’s; Terry McDonald, Treasurer, Scallan Properties; Lona Valmoro, Secretary, Staff of Secretary Hillary Clinton; Michael Berman, Promotions Committee Chair, Diverse Markets Management; Loren Buskar, J.P. Morgan; Alex Golding, Economic Vitality Committee Chair, Stanton Development; Shaun Marble, Premium Title; Barry Margeson, Eastern Market Manager; Sean Pichon, Design Committee Chair, PGN Architects; Megan Shapiro, Compass Real Estate.

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