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CM Charles Allen Headlines Veterans Day Ceremony in Folger Park – Photo Essay

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (click to enlarge)

Brigadier General John G. Baker, USMC

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen & Brig. Gen. John G. Baker Headline Veterans Day Celebration

by Larry Janezich

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen commemorated Veterans Day and honored the military veterans who have served our county today, in a ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 8 at 3rd and D Streets, SE.  He told the crowd of 200 in Folger Park that he has reflected what Veterans Day means in his own life.  He recalled that during a recent visit to relatives in Alabama, discussion turned to ancestors who had fought on both sides in the American Civil War.  He cited his great, great, great, great grandfather William Percy Shaw from Pennsylvania, who had fought for the Union, been captured, and survived the Confederate’s Libby Prison and then a prison in Mobile, Alabama.  The lessons he learned from Shaw, passed down through generations, include resilience, service, and sacrifice.  Allen remains committed to providing assistance to veterans and referred to his efforts to provide court services and housing in the District.

Brigadier General John G. Baker, USMC, delivered the Veterans Day Address.  Baker is Chief Defense Counsel for the DOD office which supervises military and civilian defense attorneys for Guantanamo Bay detention camp prisoners.  He was introduced by Master of Ceremonies, Judge Advocate David Sheldon, as an officer who had “demonstrated moral courage that few have ever been asked to give.”  Baker stood for the rule of law when it was discovered that the US government had compromised the lawyer client privilege of detainees and their defense attorneys, was held in contempt and briefly incarcerated before having his contempt conviction overturned in federal court.

Baker told the crowd that Veterans Day is a time for celebration and reflection: “Security doesn’t just happen – it requires effort, sacrifice, courage and commitment.  The nation owes a debt of gratitude to veterans,” and cited in particular legal clinics, help in attaining better medical care, employment, suicide prevention, and housing:  “We need to serve them as they served us.”

 

Jason Seacrest, Commander, Kenneth H. Nash Post 8. The post is across the street from Folger Park at 3rd and D Streets, SE. He reminded that the American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and for 100 years the Legion has been in a position to make sure promises to veterans are kept.

 

Karlene Bowman, President, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 8, noted that this year, the formerly all female organization has admitted its first male spouse. She said, “Our obligation is to perpetuate goodness and kindness in our community and challenged those present to ask themselves “what you can do,” quoting John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

 

The commemorative wreath

 

Alexandra Dixon – 15-year-old Prince George’s community college student, rendered an a capella version of America the Beautiful.

 

Veterans in the crowd stand as the USMC Brass Quintet plays their respective services anthems

 

Special guests included: Frederick W. Ambush, Sgt., United States Army. Col. Ned Burr, U.S. Army (retired). Erman T. Clay, Command Sergeant Major, DC National Guard (retired). Above is a photo of Ambush, 98, who served in the U.S. Calvary from 1941 – 1948. He was among the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Ft. Myer, Virginia.

 

Vets

 

Taps

 

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The Week Ahead…Veterans Day Commemoration, Folger Park, 11:00am

With Respect, Honor and Gratitude. Thank you veterans. Photo: National Archives Record Administration.

The Week Ahead…

Monday, November 11

Veterans Day.  DC Government offices will be closed.  No trash or recycling pickup.

Veterans Day Commemoration on Capitol Hill – Monday, Folger Park, 11:00am.

American Legion Post 8 Commander hosts a commemoration of Veterans Day on Capitol Hill.  Please join friends and neighbors at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11, in Folger Park, across the street from Post 8 at the corner of 3rd and D Streets, S.E.  The hour-long ceremony, honoring all those who have served and sacrificed for our country, will be followed by a light lunch at the Post at which all attendees are welcome.  Our honored guests include Brigadier General John Baker, USMC, and several local WWII veterans.

ANC6B Working Group on the Comprehensive Plan will meet at 7:00pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  

Agenda:

To continue review of the proposed revisions to the elements of the Comprehensive Plan relevant to ANC6B.

Tuesday, November 12

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Possible presentation by Deputy City Administrator on proposed relocation of the existing Buzzard Point heliport to the Washington Gas site, at 12th and Water Streets, SE.

Alcoholic Beverage license renewals:

Emilie’s, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave SE; Class “C” Restaurant license.

The Brig, 1007 8th Street, SE; Renewal of Class “C” Tavern license.

Wisdom; 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern License Renewal.

Tune Inn Restaurant, 331 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license Renewal.

Hawk N’ Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

The Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

The Eastern, 360 7th Street, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

Cava, 527-529 8th Street, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

SkillZone, 709 8th Street, SE; Class “D” Tavern license.

Trusty’s Bar, 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Renewal of Class “C” Tavern license

716 L St SE; Historic Preservation Application.  Concept: addition/alteration of existing 3-story commercial building to a 4-story plus penthouse multi-family apartment building.

717 Kentucky Ave SE; Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing attached principal dwelling unit

148 11th Street, SE; Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to build a one-story rear addition and a two-story side addition to an attached principal dwelling unit.

Zoning Commission Case 19-11: Text amendment to reduce parking requirements for public and charter schools in RF zones by 50% and to allow mechanical penthouses.

Resolution to authorize a Rezoning Petition for the triangle between 12th Street, Water Street, and M Street, SE to MU-13 (medium density riverfront-adjacent mixed use) and MU-11 (riverfront-adjacent open space). Proposed heliport site.

Emilie’s, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Public Space Application for New Sidewalk Cafe Un-Enclosed; Outdoor sidewalk cafe with 35 seats.

ANC Comments on new HPRB Guidelines for Sustainability including solar panels and other features.

ANC6C Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Capitol Hill Medical Center/Kaiser Permanente, 700 Second St. NE.

Items on the draft agenda:

King Street Oyster Bar, 22 M Street NE.  New application and request for stipulated license.

Renewal applications for discussion: Allure Lounge, Bar Elena, Big Board, Columbus Club, Dubliner, Elevate, Hamilton’s, Irish Times, Laos in Town, Lounge 201, We Work, Red Bear, Solid State Books, Wunder Garten.

Wednesday, November 13

Community Crime Meeting, 7:00pm, at the Harold J. Gordon Building, 124 15th Street, SE. 

Panel discussion about DC justice, with Ward 6 CM Charles Allen, reps from DC MPD, DC Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, the DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, the DC Attorney General, and the US Attorney’s Office.  Moderator:  Water Smith, Executive Director of DC Appleseed.  Sponsored by The Hill Rag and Ward 6 Democrats.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

King Street Oyster Bar, 22 M Street NE, new alcohol beverage license.

Alcohol beverage license renewals: Allure Lounge; Bar Elena; Big Board; Columbus Club, Dubliner, Elevate, Hamilton’s, Irish Times, Laos in Town, Lounge 21, We Work, Red Bear, Solid State Books, Wunder Garten.

Presentation:  Community outreach from Revel moped service.

Safety improvements at the Kaiser Permanente 700 2nd Street NE parking garage.

Union Station Expansion and Burnham Place Projects.

Petition for installation of speed bumps on the 900 block of 7th Street, NE.

Public school zoning regulations.

Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, work plan for review.

901 H Street NE, Zoning Adjustment Application.  PUD modification of significance to permit veterinary hospital use.

National Park Service: Stanton Park NE; 5th and I Street Park NE.

Ward 6 Comprehensive Plan Community Meeting.  6:00pm to 8:00pm, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 222 M Street, SW.

Elements of the Comprehensive Plan affects development of the SE Boulevard and RFK.  The Office of Planning staff will be on site and available to answer questions. If you would like an opportunity to express your thoughts to the Office of Planning, attend the meeting. Please RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ward-6-dc-comp-plan-community-meeting-tickets-79388123013

For more info, see here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ward-6-dc-comp-plan-community-meeting-tickets-79388123013

Thursday, November 14

ANC6A meets at 7:00pm, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  DOEE: Gretchen Mikeska, Anacostia Coordinator.

Guerilla Gardeners: Jim Guckert, Executive Director and Pat Startt, Deputy Director.

Grant for $1,000 to the Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School Parent Teachers Organization to support the FreshFarm FoodPrints program at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Liquor license renewals for Nomad Hookah Bar, Queen Vic, H Street Country Club, Mythology/Lore/Dirty Water/Beetle House, Biergarten Haus, Ella Grace, Langston Bar & Grille, Dio Wine Bar, The Haymaker, Rose’s Dejavu, Sospeso, Bar Bullfrog/Bullfrog Bagels, The Elroy, Copycat Co., Duffy’s Irish Pub, Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar.

Letter to DDOT in support of a Public Space Application for window projections onto Wylie Street, NE, (808-812 13th St. NE).

Letter to DDOT 1) requesting that DDOT present a full inventory, mapping and disposition of each of the Federal Reservations located in 6A, with special attention to those Federal Reservations that are adjacent to or abut private properties, to eliminate confusion regarding responsibility for their ownership, maintenance, and the right to public access.  Once we have an informed mapping, we can proceed with requesting signage and developing a process for engaging with adjacent homeowners to come to agreement regarding any plantings/modifications that may be hindering public access. 2) requesting release (or reissuance) of a DDOT legal opinion dated May 12, 2015 pertaining to Federal Reservations (this may require a FOIA request).

Letter of support to HPRB Historic Preservation Application for the construction of a two-story rear addition, a new two-story garage, and a new basement entrance at 1355 A Street NE.

 

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Capitol Hill Eateries Coming and Going

Capitol Hill Eateries’ Coming and Goings

by Larry Janezich

A couple of new restaurants are coming to Barracks Row, and Pitango Gelato on 7th Street near Eastern Market is gone.  (Earlier this week, CHC reported on the projected March opening of  a new Japanese restaurant –  YAJU Ramen/Izakaya – a traditional Japanese ramen restaurant and cocktail bar at 525 8th Street, SE, a space formerly occupied Phase 1, DC’s legendary lesbian bar.)

In addition, Mekki NYC is opening at 517 8th Street, in the space formerly occupied by Las Placitas, Brink Lane, and then, for a couple of months, by Marrakech. That iteration closed a few weeks ago and will be replaced by a sister restaurant of the highly touted Mekki NYC in Greenwich Village.  Mekki is the brainchild of New York City restaurateur Mekki Karrakchow.  The menu features Moroccan fusion inspired by Karrakchow’s mother’s authentic Moroccan cuisine recipes.  Here’s a link to the Greenwich Village outlet where you can find that restaurant’s menu. http://mekkinyc.com/ CHC learned that Mekki Barracks Row is expected to open next week.

 

Capitol Hill restaurateur Tom Johnson (Hill Restaurant Group:  Finn’s, Hawk ‘n’ Dove, Lola’s, Orchid, Tortuga, Willie’s, and Ophelia’s Fish House) told ANC6B’s ABC Committee on Tuesday night that the former LBGT venue Orchid at 520 8th Street, will become a high end steak house opening in January.  Earlier, there was speculation that it would become a speakeasy.

 

Finally, last week saw the apparent demise of Pitango Gelato at 328 7th Street, near Eastern Market.  The Italian-style ice cream/espresso/hot chocolate shop closed suddenly last Monday, with no indication it would reopen.  One source says they are looking for another location.  An email to the company seeking details has not yet been answered.

 

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Exclusive: Design Concepts for New Japanese Restaurant Coming to Barracks Row

YAJU Ramen/Izakaya – Concept view at ramen bar.

Concept view at communal table.

Concept view at booths.

Tom O’Brian, second from left, appears before ANC6B ABC Committee. (l-r) Redrocks Attorney Matthew Minora, O’Brian, Commissioner Brian Ready, Resident Member Raman Santra, Chair Chander Jayaraman, Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, Resident Member Katherine Szafran, and Commissioner Jerry Sroufe.  At center is restaurateur Tom Johnson, who appeared before to committee in support of a license renewal for the Hawk & Dove. 

Exclusive:  Design Concepts for New Japanese Restaurant Coming to Barracks Row

By Larry Janezich

Last night at ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Committee, James O’Brian discussed his plan to open a traditional Japanese ramen restaurant and cocktail bar at 525 8th Street, SE, a space formerly occupied by ANXO Cidery and Pintxos Bar, and before that, Phase 1, DC’s legendary lesbian bar.

O’Brian, who owns three Redrocks restaurants in the area, said he was approached by New York City investors looking to get into DC’s hospitality scene.  That was fortuitous, since O’Brian was considering opening a new venue.  A search for a location led him to Barracks Row.

The restaurant – YAJU Ramen/Izakaya – will feature small plates (izakaya), ramen noodle soups, and Japanese cocktails.

The first floor will have 69 seats and another 20 to 30 at the ramen bar in the basement. A summer garden anticipates 25 seats in back.

The place will require an extensive (and expensive) build out and O’Brien hopes to open by next March.

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The Rest of the Week Ahead…Public Safety in Hill East on Wed & Share Moped Wed/Thurs

A new exhibit at the Air and Space Museum celebrates the World Series Champions with this newly-garbed Space Shuttle Space Suit replica. Photo: Tom Donovan.

The Rest of the Week Ahead… Public Safety in Hill East on Wed & Share Mopeds Wed/Thurs

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday, November 5

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will meet on TUESDAY, November 5, at 7:00pm in the conference room, ground floor, The Yard (700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE).  This meeting was rescheduled for the first Tuesday of the month due to a conflict in schedules.

Among the items on the draft agenda: 

Alcohol beverage license renewals for:

Emilie’s, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Restaurant license.

The Brig, 1007 8th Street, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

Wisdom; 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

Tune Inn Restaurant, 331 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

The Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

The Eastern, 360 7th St SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

Cava, 527-529 8th St SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

SkillZone, 709 8th St SE; Class “D” Tavern license.

Trusty’s Bar, 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Class “C” Tavern license.

ANC6C Environment, Parks & Events Committee meets at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Office Building, 700 2nd Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

National Parks Service – NPS Chief of Maintenance, Diana Bramble will attend the meeting to discuss recent maintenance issues (e.g., trees, lighting) at Stanton Park and maintenance plans for the park at Eye and 5th Street, NE, in light of NPS’s resumption of responsibilities following expiration of a three-year contract with a third party.

Amendment to District’s Comprehensive Plan – The District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Plan is a 20- year framework that guides future growth and development. Originally adopted in 2006 and amended in 2011, the Comprehensive Plan addresses a wide range of topics including land use, economic development, housing, environmental protection, historic preservation, transportation, and more. The DC Office of Planning has launched an eff-ort to amend the Comprehensive Plan. ANC6C EPE Committee will review three elements of the draft amended plan and present 6C with recommendations at its December and/or January meetings. At the November 5 meeting, the committee will commence discussion with a view to making recommendations at future meetings. The three elements are:

    • Parks & Open Space Element:
    • Environmental Protection Element:
    • Arts & Culture:

A full list of the elements is available at https://plandc.dc.gov/page/draft-comprehensive-plan-update

Wednesday, November 6

MPD’s Citizen Advisory Council Working Group on Public Safety in Hill East meets from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Payne Elementary School. 

The purpose of the meeting is to give community access to police resources, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ward 6 Mayor’s Office of Community Relations, the Ward 6 Councilmember Office and D.C. Court Services, particularly regarding assaults, juveniles and juvenile prosecution in PSAs 106, 107, and 108. Invited participants include DC Attorney General Karl Racine, DE Superior Court Social Services, the office of Councilmember Charles Allen, 1st District Crime Victim’s Office and MPD Community Outreach. For more information on the Citizen’s Advisory Council, visit www.1dcac.com

ANC6B Transportation Committee meets at 7:00pm in the conference room, ground floor, The Yard (700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE).

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation by Revel Representative on the Introduction of Share Mopeds.

Eastern Market Metro Plaza Transportation Study.

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 6:30pm, Northeast Library, 7th and D Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

55 H Street, NW – Zoning Application of Georgetown University requesting voluntary design review approval to develop the property located at 55 H Street, NW, currently a 33,040 square foot parking lot.  The application proposes to construct a student residence hall with approximately 158 residential units containing approximately 476 beds, retail space, and student-serving amenity space, with a proposed building height of approximately 110 feet.

Draft amendments to Comprehensive Plan – The DC Office of Planning (OP) recently published a Draft Comprehensive Plan for public review. The Draft Plan establishes a vision and broad goals to help inform decision-making and provide context for residents, officials, and stakeholders and can help guide and inform more fine-grained planning efforts. It is divided into 25 elements, or chapters, and two maps: the Future Land Use Map and the Generalized Policy Map.

The Committee will discuss an overall work plan for reviewing the Draft Plan over the next three months. Time permitting, the PZE will also review several sections of the Draft Plan (Introduction, Implementation, Land Use, and Urban Design). Deadline for ANC comments: Jan. 31, 2020. (Notice of public comment period; draft Comp Plan amendments & supporting materials)

Thursday, November 7

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Avenue, SE).  This meeting was rescheduled for the first Thursday of the month due to a conflict in schedules.

Among items on the draft agenda:

716 L Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application, Concept: addition/alteration of existing 3-story commercial building to a 4-story plus penthouse multi-family apartment building.

717 Kentucky Avenue, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing attached principal dwelling unit at 717 Kentucky Avenue, S.E.

148 11th Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application to construct a one-story rear addition and a two-story side addition to an attached principal dwelling unit at 148 11th Street, S.E.

Zoning Commission Text amendment to reduce parking requirements for public and charter schools in RF zones by 50% and to allow mechanical penthouses.

Update from Comprehensive Plan Working Group.

Resolution to authorize a Rezoning Petition for the triangle between 12th Street, Water Street, and M Street SE to MU-13 (medium density riverfront-adjacent mixed use) and MU-11 (riverfront-adjacent open space).

1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Emilie’s – Public Space Application for a new Sidewalk Cafe Un-Enclosed with 35 seats.

ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 2nd Street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Announcement:  DDOT is hosting an open house on Florida Avenue NE improvements on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at New Samaritan Baptist Church. Formal presentations will be given at 6:20pm and 7:20pm. See www.FloridaAvenue,Project.com  for details.

Presentation:  Community outreach from Revel.  Revel is an all-electric shared moped service that recently began operations in DC. As residents begin to use this service, Revel is reaching out to answer any questions or concerns the community may have regarding parking and safety.

Safety improvements at the 700 2nd Street, NE parking garage.  Last month the sidewalks along 2nd Street, NE, (from F to H Streets NE) were striped to indicate the continuation of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. However, one person has experienced a collision while bicycling southbound along the new markings with a person driving a northbound vehicle that turned left to enter the parking garage for 700 2nd Street NE (located just south of the H Street Bridge). The committee will review and discuss potential design improvements to prevent future crashes at this site.

Union Station Expansion and Burnham Place Projects.  A community meeting was held on October 29, 2019, on the Union Station Expansion and Burnham Place projects. The committee will discuss feedback heard from the community at that meeting.

Friends of Southeast Library meet at 5:30pm, in Southeast Library, lower level.

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The Week Ahead… & Community Meeting on Reservation 13 on Monday, November 4

The Capitol Hill Trader Joe’s pledges allegiance.

The Week Ahead… & Community Meeting on Reservation 13 on Monday, November 4

by Larry Janezich

Monday, October 28

ANC 6A Community Outreach Committee meets at 7:00pm, Eastern High School, 7:00 pm, Parent Center, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE (Enter from East Capitol Street).

Among items on the agenda: 

Ludlow Taylor Grant

 Tuesday, October 29

ANC6B Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm, Hill Center.

Agenda:

The Executive Committee will set the agenda for the meeting of the full ANC on Tuesday, November 12, at Hill Center.

Community Meeting on the Union Station Expansion and Burnham Place Projects. 7:00pm, Northeast Public Library, 330 7th Street, NE. 

Agenda:

ANC 6C Commissioners Jay Adelstein, Drew Courtney and Christine Healey are sponsoring the  community meeting.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is leading the effort to expand Union Station to support its current uses and meet increasing demand.

ANC 6C has been extremely concerned that the alternatives being studied by the FRA will significantly and needlessly harm the Capitol Hill Historic District and the neighborhoods north of H Street NE.  The

In May 2019, the ANC objected to an FRA draft report that determined there would be “no adverse effect” on the Capitol Hill Historic District because this determination was reached without any traffic analysis of the Capitol Hill streets. In July 2018 the ANC raised concerns that there had not been adequate coordination of the Union Station Expansion Project, the District’s H Street Bridge Replacement, and the plans of real estate developer Akridge to develop “Burnham Place” above the Amtrak rail lines north and south of H Street NE. In May 2018, the ANC objected that the design options for the expansion project would create a dangerous ring of traffic around the station, preventing easy access for pedestrians and cyclists and diminishing the overall Union Station experience.

The October 29 community meeting will feature 3-D models created by representatives of Akridge of the options proposed by the FRA and to hear Akridge’s analysis of those options including how they relate to Burnham Place.

Wednesday, October 30

ANC 6B Planning and Zoning Committee Comprehensive Plan Working Group meets at 7:00pm at Hill Center. 

Among items on the agenda:

Review of ANC 6B’s Proposed Amendments from 2017 and responses from Office of Planning.

More details, including links to the changes proposed by the Office of Planning, are available at: https://anc6b.org/2019/10/18/anc-6b-planning-and-zoning-committee-comprehensive-plan-working-group-meeting-1/

Residents who are interested in learning more about the proposed changes to the Comp Plan and its potential impact on our neighborhood are encouraged to attend.  To ensure adequate seating, please email Ryan Danks, at  rdanks@gmail.com  if you plan to attend.

Monday, November 4

The ANC6B Hilleast Taskforce hosts a community meeting at 7:00pmm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington.

Agenda:

Update on the construction of Reservation 13. City agency representatives will be sharing information about additional affordable housing that will be built.

 

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ANC6B Taskforce Takes Up Comp Plan’s Capitol Hill Elements: RFK, PA Ave, Res 13, SE Blvd

ANC6B’s Comprehensive Plan Taskforce at last Wednesday’s meeting. (l-r) Nick Burger, Ryan Danks, BryanDierlam, Commissioner Kelly Waud, Commissioner Jerry Sroufe, Ken Jarboe, Marian Connally, Stefan Katz.

ANC6B Taskforce Takes Up Comp Plan’s Capitol Hill Elements: RFK, PA Avenue, Res 13, SE Blvd

By Larry Janezich

The District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development. Topics which it addresses include land use, economic development, housing, environmental protection, historic preservation, transportation, etc. The DC Office of Planning is currently undertaking a process to amend the plan and has engaged the city’s ANCs to provide feedback.

ANC6B’s Comprehensive Plan Working Group is headed up by Planning and Zoning Committee resident member Ryan Danks, who spearheaded ANC6B’s response to the initial amendment process in 2017.  The current effort is a final tweaking in response to the 2017 effort.  ANC comments are due to be filed by the end of January.

There are some 20 elements of the Comprehensive Plan, and Danks says two speak to ANC6B are the Capitol Hill Area Element and the Lower Anacostia/Near Southwest Area Element (including lower Barracks Row and Boathouse Row).

The Working Group is focusing on five specific parts of the two elements:

Pennsylvania Avenue Corridor

RFK Stadium

Reservation 13

Southeast Boulevard

Lower Barracks Row and Boatyard Row

The group will meet several times by the end of November, propose changes, and present a consensus position to the ANC 6B Planning and Zoning committee for their consideration.  That committee will then forward a recommendation to the full ANC.

The Working Group anticipates an in-depth discussion over the next six weeks, wants to hear from people broadly in the community, and expects to forward a report to the full ANC in early December.

In connection with the Comp Plan revision, there will be a Ward 6 meeting for public engagement on Wednesday, November 13, at Van Ness School (Time TBA).  Staff from the Office of Planning will be on hand to answer questions

Next meeting of the Working Group is Wednesday, October 30, at 7 PM in Hill Center.

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The Shot Gun House Is On the Market – Photos Then and Now

Archival photo of the shotgun house at 1229 E Street, SE. .

The deconstruction.

The re-created shotgun house on the right and the companion dwelling on the left.  Photo credit:  Tod Connell. 

Architect Sassan Gharai enters the shotgun house. 

The Shotgun House Is On the Market – Photos Then and Now

by Larry Janezich

The saga of the efforts to preserve the famous shotgun house at 1229 E Street, SE, has ended as the re-created house is on the market.

Capitol Hill residents are familiar with the story –– Larry Quillian’s 1985 purchase of the property at 1229 E Street, SE, and the associated ten town homes (since demolished) on Pennsylvania Avenue – the efforts of the Historic Preservation Board to preserve the shotgun house which prevented development of the entire property – the purchase of the properties by architect Sassan Gharai in 2016 – and the architect’s attempt to dismantle and preserve the building.   Gharai said “We tried to save some of the original materials, but failed.  What we built is true to original concept of the shotgun house.”

Gharai built two homes on the site.  He built a new shotgun house at 1229 E Street three feet west of the original shotgun house and a second house at 1231 E Street on the east side of the shotgun house.  The third floor of the shotgun house extends over the new house to the east, while the below grade level of that house extends under the shotgun house – technically making it two condos.

The price for the shotgun house at 1229 E Street with 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths with a study, outside deck, front and rear yard and private parking with 2400 sf of above ground living space – $ 1,345,000.00.

The price for 1231 E Street with 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, an eat-in kitchen, outside deck, front and rear yard, private parking and 2500 sf of living space – $ 1,275,000.00.

The shotgun house will be open on Sunday from to 1 to 4 pm – 1231 E Street will come on the market in the next two or three weeks.

Here’s a link to photos of the shotgun house:  http://bit.ly/2NlldmW

Meanwhile, Sassan’s mixed use project on the part of the site facing Pennsylvania Avenue behind the shotgun house is nearing completion.  Capitol Courts – the former location of Frager’s Garden Center – will contain 119 micro apartments and a few 1 BRs. The plan includes 5,000 s.f. of ground floor retail. Sassan envisions a bakery/lunch/dining venue with an alcohol license.  Ten percent of the residential space will be designated for affordable housing under Inclusionary Zoning.  Sassan says that the contractor on the project estimates the building will deliver by the end of January.  He is currently looking for a purchaser for the project.

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Gym for Kids Coming to Pennsylvania Avenue SE & Nearby Mathnasium “Opening Soon”

The Little Gym will open at 625 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

And  a couple of doors away, Mathnasium will open at 621 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  

Gym for Kids Coming to Pennsylvania Avenue SE & Nearby Mathnasium “Coming Soon”

by Larry Janezich

As first reported by Christina Sturdivant-Sani in the Commercial Observer, a Little Gym franchise is opening at 625 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The Little Gym – which will take over the building formerly housing a Mattress Firm Outlet – will occupy 5,000 + square feet and will offer classes  for kids from 3 – 12, including dance, gymnastics, sports skills, and karate.  They will also offer event space for kids’ birthday parties and other gatherings.

Franchise owners Chad and Tiffany Mussmon, who have eight locations in Virginia, hope to open in January.  According to the company, The Little Gym has 400 locations in 32 countries.

Here’s a link to The Little Gyms Capitol Hill website:  https://www.thelittlegym.com/capitolhilldc

Meanwhile, a couple of doors away, a new sign in the window at 621 Pennsylvania Avenue (formerly Bourbon Coffee) announces that Mathnasium – an internationally franchised math tutoring company – is “coming soon.”  The company will offer its proprietary Mathnasium Method, which their website says encompasses a complete curriculum from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade math and delivers a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. In September, management told CHC that Mathnasium would open in November.  More info here:  https://www.mathnasium.com/capitolhilldc

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The Week Ahead… & The Hill Cafe

The Hill Café at 101 15th Street, NE.  Here’s a link to their menu. https://loafcoffeeundernewownershipnov12018.business.site/ Not listed, but available – pupusas. 

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Monday, October 21

ANC6D meets at 7:00pm at 1100 4th Street, SW. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Introduction of New DDOT Liaison Andrew DeFrank.

Details on Election to Fill ANC6D Single Member District 05 open seat.

Presentation:  Department of Public Works Director Christopher Geldart – Parking Enforcement Issues in 6D.

Public Safety Report- First District MPD (PSA 103, PSA 105 & PSA 106) Capt. Mongal, Capt. Dorrough.

Presentation:  Capital Experience Lab – Lanette Dailey-Reese.

Presentation:  Revel Moped Sharing – Revel Transit.

80 M Street SE Design Review – Goulston & Storrs/Hickok Cole

New restaurant liquor license:  Thompson Washington DC [Hotel], 215 Tingey Street, SE – 2 interior dining & bar areas & private dining areas; one rooftop summer garden, two sidewalk cafes.

Walters Sports Bar – 10 N Street, SE: Tavern license renewal – noise & parking concerns.

Mission – 1221 Van Street, SE: Tavern license renewal – violation of Settlement Agreement plus noise concerns.

Dacha – 79 Potomac Ave SE: Tavern license renewal – clarify location(s) and number of sidewalk cafes; Blade use of establishment.

1900 Half Street, SW: Modification of Consequence – Douglas Development.

Lyft Presentation on Scooter Corrals in private space.

ANC Comments to DDOT regarding Dockless Bicycle and Scooter Share 2020.

Notice of Intent to Install Cycle Track on P Street, SW, Removal of 26 RPP Spaces.

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Revisiting the issue of maintaining public access to pocket parks – discussion continued from September 2019.

Presentation of DDOT plans for safety improvements on 15th Street NE corridor.  DDOT invited but not yet confirmed.

Continued discussion of recommendations to improve safety and accountability for shared bikes, scooters and mopeds.  These may include: requiring companies to provide usage and compliance data to DDOT or another City agency, establishment of appropriate parking locations and regulations governing their use, transfer of enforcement to DDOT (to include enforcement of age and occupancy restrictions).  A DDOT representative has been invited – not yet confirmed.

Wednesday, October 23

ANC6B Working Group on DC’s Comprehensive Plan meets at 7:00pm, third floor, Hill Center. 

DC’s Office of Planning has released its proposed changes to the Comp Plan, including the Capitol Hill and Near Southeast Elements. The Working Group will evaluate the changes that might affect our neighborhoods—and propose comments to the ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee for consideration, prior to the Committee making recommendations to the full ANC.

More details, including links to the changes proposed by the Office of Planning, are available at: https://anc6b.org/2019/10/18/anc-6b-planning-and-zoning-committee-comprehensive-plan-working-group-meeting-1/

Residents who are interested in learning more about the proposed changes to the Comp Plan and its potential impact on our neighborhood are encouraged to attend.  To ensure adequate seating, please email Ryan Danks, at  rdanks@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Saturday, October 26

Harvest Fest at Potomac Avenue Triangle Park, 12:00noon – 2:00pm.    

ANC Commissioner Kelly Waud is sponsoring a Harvest Fest from 12:00noon – 2:00pm, at the Potomac pocket park located at the intersection of Potomac Avenue and K Street, SE.  Harvest Fest will start with a kids costume parade led by the Potomac Gardens marching band, from 14th and K Streets to the splash pad pocket park. Come and participate (bring drinks or desserts and games) and enjoy the new park.

The Society for Science & the Public Hosts National Middle School Science/Engineering Competition – the Broadcom Masters Project Showcase – at the University of DC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008), 1:00pm – 3:30pm.  Free admission.

Join 30 of the top middle school scientists in the country as they compete in the Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S., the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. These talented students will be on hand to discuss their science and engineering projects with students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers and members of the general public who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering during this project showcase.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/389029745125626/

Parking & Directions

Enter parking garage located on Van Ness Street NW between International Court and Connecticut Avenue at the Van Ness Main Entrance between Buildings 39 and 44. Proceed to Level C – (Lower Level). Park in the Southeast corner of Level C. Look for Student Center signage with WHITE ARROW. You will enter Building 39 and proceed to bank of elevators past Public Safety. Take elevators to Level A. Proceed to Plaza Deck through GLASS DOORS. Make RIGHT – and proceed to the Student Center / Building 56. Enter Student Center / Building 56 – you will be on Level A. Take elevators to the Ballroom Level on Level One. NOTE: Main entrance of Student Center / Information Desk is located on the lower level – Level B.

Arriving by Metro Rail:

The UDC Student Center is located right outside the Van-Ness UDC station.

Entering the Building:

The main entrance to the building is on Connecticut Avenue. The Project Showcase will be located on the ground floor in Heritage Hall.

Learn more about this year’s top 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists here: https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2019-finalists

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