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Barracks Row Developer Eyes Project on H Street, NE

Here’s a preliminary massing concept for the proposed retail/residential development at 1365, 1371, and 1375 H Street, NE. The actual architectural renderings of the project could be considerably different.

The sites include spaces currently occupied by Crossfit DC at 1365 H Street, Physicality at 1371, and Atlas Dog House at 1375.

Barracks Row Developer Eyes Project on H Street, NE

By Larry Janezich

Posted May 19, 2022

Wednesday night, Chris Martin of Martin-Diamond Properties, gave an informational presentation to the Economic Development Committee of ANC6A for a proposed retail/residential development of three adjoining sites on H Street, NE.   

The sites include, spaces currently occupied by Crossfit DC at 1365 H Street, Physicality at 1371, and Atlas Dog House at 1375. Martin says the current tenants are all want to return to the location after development.

Martin told the Committee that he anticipates delivering 50 efficiency residential units, with 20% being affordable, using DC government’s new development program Inclusionary Zoning Plus.  IZ+ provides for no-hassle rezoning of a development site if the developer commits to making 20% of the units affordable at 60% AMI.  It provides an alternative to the PUD process which can be protracted.  Last November, the developer of the Auto Zone site on H Street told the Committee he is considering using the program for development of that site. 

Martin appears to be in extended negotiation with the Historic Preservation Board and sounded as though he was hoping the Committee could give an early endorsement to the concept to smooth the way through the Office of Planning bureaucracy.  Committee Chair Brad Greenfield indicated that the committee would not take any action at such an early stage of the project, given that the project appears to be “a year or two years from moving forward.”

An unusual aspect of the proposal is that 1365 H Street – a former auto showroom and later an African American movie theater – is on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

In 2018, Martin-Diamond acquired the last empty lot on Barracks Row (the Shakespeare Parking lot), the Shakespeare rehearsal space across the street, and the building which formerly housed Phase 1, DC’s legendary lesbian bar.  Those properties are now retail spaces:  Bitter Grace Boutique, Jeni’s Ice Cream, and the soon-to-open Ginza BBQ and Karaoke; and across the street, Arena Social Arts Club (currently occupied by DC Department of Health), and Kaiju Ramen & Bar, respectively. 

Martin-Diamond Properties LLC, is an “urban retail specialist” headquartered in Delaware with an office in DC.  It has partnered with NW1 Partners, a real estate investment advisory firm focused on small cap value-added property investments in the US, UK, and Europe.   NW1 – backed by Delancey Investments – raised $175 million 2018 to invest in Washington, DC, retail outlets focusing on Millennial demographics.  They purchased the Georgetown Theater building on Wisconsin Avenue and developed it into mixed use retail and residential.   NW1 is headquartered in London and Chicago.

 

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Saturday afternoon, thousands of protestors marched past the Supreme Court to voice their support of Roe vs. Wade.

The leaders of the march arriving at East Capitol Street circa 3:30pm. “Our Bodies – Our Abortions”

Last Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market featured Jazz artist Reginald Cyntje – trombonist, educator, producer, and composer. To date, Cyntje has recorded six album, including his latest, . Healing (2020).  For more, go here.  https://www.reginaldcyntje.com/   

And on Saturday, in honor of Cinco de Mayo (postponed from last week), the Joe Falero Band performed on the Plaza.  Falero, Puerto Rico-born percussionist, DJ, and frontman for the Joe Falero Band which he founded in 2010, is a master of Latin genres.  For more, go here:  https://www.facebook.com/joefaleroband

Here’s a rendering of the locally owned Silver Diner coming to Half and N Streets, SE, across from the entrance to Nat’s Stadium.  The diner’s second floor will feature Silver Social – a venue with a drinks and small plates feel to it.  Also:  two outdoor sidewalk cafes.  The owner plans opening mid to late July.

And here’s a rendering of concepts for Parcels G1 and G2 of Brookfield Properties’ The Yards West at 100 Potomac Avenue, SE, on a site currently occupied by DC Water.  It lies east of the ball park and south of the Yards on the water front.  The developer told ANC6D last Tuesday night that 8% of the residential units will be affordable at 80% of AMI and 30% will be split equally at 30% AMI and 60% AMI. 

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

By Larry Janezich

Posted May 15, 2022

Monday, May 16

Forum:  DC Democratic City Council Chair Primary, at Hill Center, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Virtual attendees can RSVP here to get the link:  https://www.mobilize.us/ward6demsdc/event/452556/

  • The Ward 6 Democrats have teamed up with the Hill Rag, the Hill Center, the DC Democrats, the Ward 2 Democrats, and the DC Young Democrats to sponsor a series of four candidate forums during May at Hill Center.

ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Interim safety improvements to H Street NE prior to completion of Bus Priority Project.
  • Update on plans for traffic safety improvements to 17th Street and 19th Street, NE. (Will Handsfield, DDOT)
  • Request for raised crosswalks on 13th Street, NE, adjacent to Maury Elementary School. .
  • Vertical safety improvements installation simultaneous with planned paving projects.
  • Safe Routes to School legislation
  • Traffic issues related to RFK events

Wednesday, May 18

ANC 6A Economic Development & Zoning Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 647 16th Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Request for special exception zoning relief and special exception zoning relief to construct a third story and rear addition, and convert to a flat, an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit.   
  • 1252 H Street, NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Request for Special Exception zoning relief and an area variance from the design requirements.
  • 1447 Maryland Avenue. NE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Request for Special Exception zoning relief from the minimum vehicle parking requirements to construct a front, rear, and third floor addition with penthouse, and to convert to a mixed-use, nine-unit apartment house with first floor retail, an existing, attached, six-unit, two-story with cellar, mixed use building.
  • 1320 North Carolina Avenue, NE. Historic Preservation Application.  Concept review of the construction of a rear addition.
  • 1365-1375 H Street, NE. Informational presentation on a residential development concept for the address range 1365-1375 H Street, NE.
  • 1341 H Street, NE. Informational presentation on a development concept for 1341 H Street, NE.

Thursday, May 19

ANC6B Special Call meeting and Executive Committee virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/meetings/may-19-special-call-meeting/

Agenda:

  • Letter to United States Department of Transportation in support of District Department of Transportation’s application for a National Infrastructure Project Assistance Grant to remove the current Southeast Boulevard and construct an at-grade road, create land available for disposition, and potentially host an underground bus garage. Deadline for Letter: Friday, May 20.

Friday, May 20

Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, 5:00pm – 6:30pm.  (Info on the featured artist was not available at press time.)

Saturday, May 21

Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power will be canvassing throughout the Eastern Market neighborhood on Saturday, May 21st to promote partnerships with local businesses and organizations in the neighborhood. They will also return to the community to promote their volunteer opportunities at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles on Saturday, June 4th.   Those interested in volunteering or partnering with the organization, please contact a Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@kidpowerdc.org or talk to our team while they are in the neighborhood. 

  • Mentors, Inc. @ Kid Power is a one-to- one community-based mentoring program which gives mentors the opportunity to meet a young person who will lead them in a mentoring partnership. With the support and guidance of their mentors, youth work towards their academic, career exploration, civic engagement and personal development goals.

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Neighbors Alarmed Over Drug Sales In Alleys Near H Street NE

A photo of an alley near H Street, NE, where neighbors have noticed an increase in drug activity. Commissioner Joel Kelty found discarded drug paraphenalia there today and requested an alley cleanup from DPW. According to Kelty, the photo was taken in the alley south of H between 7th and 8th but the problem has been observed in other alleys north and south of H along the corridor. Photo: Joel Kelty

Neighbors Alarmed Over Drug Sales In Alleys Near H Street NE

by Larry Janezich

Last night, ANC6C05 Commissioner Joel Kelty added a last minute item to the agenda of the Commission’s May meeting:  a discussion of drug dealing in the alleys near H Street, NE.  The area lies in Kelty’s single member district. 

Neighbors called in to the virtual meeting to say they have noticed an uptick in drug dealing in their alleys over the past several months and were concerned about the public nuisance, their kids, and pets.  The initiative by neighbors was in support of making the issue an agenda item for discussion and investigation going forward. 

Residents cited their observations in support of the allegations:

  • Lager groups congregating in the alleys
  • Witnessing drug activity
  • A recent drug overdose requiring Emergency Medical Services
  • Trash issues and discarded drug paraphernalia contributing to the overall problem

Kelty – who has stated in the past that he does not oppose legalization of cannabis – said he sees a relationship between the problem and the decriminalization of marijuana – that “H Street has become the de facto Mecca of the illegal sale of weed in DC.”  He related the illegal drug activity in the neighborhood to “the tolerance the city has taken” to illegal gifting of weed.  There are numerous shops on H Street that cater to the trade. 

Kelty advised neighbors that there are some things they can do:

  • Report all incidents to MPD – police allocate resources according to the number of calls for service.
  • Advocate for a local prosecution. He said that “MPD can’t solve the problem by itself.  These crimes are prosecuted by US Attorney’s Office and they don’t seem interested and refuse to paper the case when MPD makes arrests.” 
  • Take advantage of the MPD camera rebate program. He said his own use of a camera has resulted in 18 or 20 arrests over the past 15 years or so.    
  • Ask DPW for an alley cleanup.

On April 5, the city council rejected a bill proposed by Chair Phil Mendelson which would have allowed fines for unlicensed weed businesses of up to $30,000.  Some council members who voted against the bill wanted a more thorough investigation of the issue in public hearings.  In addition, some were concerned that shutting down gifting shops would merely move the trade to home delivery. 

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CM Charles Allen Touts Budget Items For SE Capitol Hill – and Public Safety

CM Charles Allen talked about the budget at last night’s ANC6B meeting.

CM Charles Allen Touts Budget Items For SE Capitol Hill – and Public Safety

By Larry Janezich

Posted May 11, 2022

CM Charles Allen appeared before ANC6B Tuesday night to highlight the portions of the Ward 6 FY 2023 budget that affects the neighborhoods making up Southeast Capitol Hill. 

Allen singled out the following projects:

Eastern Market Metro Park Activation and Programming: $150,000 in recurring annual funding to program Eastern Market Metro Park including the Friday Night Live Jazz performances and the Saturday Children’s Story Time – the latter done in conjunction with Southeast Library.

Eastern Market Maintenance Fund: $160,000 in funding for Eastern Market facility needs and improvements.  The Mayor’s proposed budget provided nothing for Eastern Market’s maintenance and repairs in FY23.  Allen said he worked with CM Robert White to secure all of the funding needed for the forthcoming six-year financial plan.  Some of the projects include fire alarm system upgrades, re-grouting the exterior walls, and repairing walkways,

Brent Elementary Modernization:  $60 million – bringing the total to $94.1 million for full modernization of Brent School which will start in FY 25 with planning and design.  The construction period will take 12 – 18 months.

Tyler Elementary Modernization:  $89.8 million for a full modernization, set to begin in FY26.

Rumsey Aquatic Center:  $15 million spread over the next two years to upgrade the swim center at Eastern Market.

11th Street Bridge Park:  $5 million increase in funding for FY23 and $15 million in FY26, for a total of $30 million. The project – funded by public and private dollars – will connect Anacostia and Navy Yard and southeast Capitol Hill as a park built on the old 11th Street bridge.   

Following the presentation, Allen took questions from commissioners and residents.  Here are some highlights from those conversations:

Public Safety:  The budget “fully funds” public safety.  It provides funds for hiring every officer the Chief of Police and the Mayor asked for.  It provides a substantial portion of the Mayor’s request for retention funding including funds for a $20,000 signing bonus. It does not authorize the take home car program but provides incentives to encourage MPD officers to live in DC.  Only 15% of the force lives in DC currently.  (According to press reports, the council cut $6 million from the $500 million the Mayor requested for MPD, which still leaves the budget $20 million more than the current FY budget.)

Police in Public Schools:  The council refused to restore funding for police in public schools.  The program will be phased out over five years.  Allen said that the council wants conflict resolving adults in schools but not police and the council is following the recommendation of the Police Reform Commission in that regard.  He said funding for the DC Sentencing Commission should improve the ability to track prosecutions through the different justice systems and thus provide more accountability. 

Garfield Park:  Funding for Garfield Park renovation has already passed the council.  DPW and DGS need to move forward.

Pennsylvania/Potomac Avenue Intersection:  DDOT does not have it in their long term budget plan.

Central Detention Facility Annex:  Funding for an annex to the Central Detention facility will unfold over the next several years

Earned Income Tax Credit:  The budget extends eligibility for the city’s earned income tax credit to all qualified workers, including undocumented residents, as long as they have an Individual Taxpayer ID Number.  (Press reports indicate this could affect some 5,000 households and cost $3 million.) 

Recent Shootings near Potomac Gardens and Hopkins:  Allen said DCHA is not doing their job and are attempting to shift responsibility to MPD.  He said he is meeting with violence interrupters on Wednesday to see what help they need from the Office of Neighborhood Engagement. 

Process:  The council passed the budget Tuesday and will take a second vote on May 24th before sending it to Mayor Bowser for her signature.  The FY begins October 1.

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Out and About – In the Time of the Tulips – a Photo Essay

by Elizabeth Eby

Walk around the neighborhood, tulips are everywhere!  Some are planted in straight lines and others are in what gardeners call “naturalized” settings.  However they are planted, everyone loves tulips.
Ottoman emperors adored them.  They had elaborate tulip gardens and professional gardeners who began to hybrid their own varieties.  Michael Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire, tells wonderful stories about the sultans’ elaborate tulip themed parties.  At one party, guests and staff wore tulip colored clothing and giant tortoises with tulip colored wax candles on their backs roamed through the garden.     
In the 15th century diplomats attended the parties and carried tulips from Asia to Europe.  The bulbs became increasingly valuable as investments.  Tulip Mania refers to the futures market for tulip bulbs that sprang up in 1634 and crashed dramatically in 1637.  This event is said to be the first recorded futures market.
A ramble through the Park Service Tulip Library on Independence near the Tidal Basin is a great place to research your favorites.  They bloom just after the cherry trees.  Tulips are planted in fall so take a notebook and your camera along if you are planning a garden of your own.  Mail order offers broad selections and better prices than the hardware store or nursery. 
Cut tulips are sold year round.  They are priced by the quality of the petals and the color.  They are cut green for shipping and to prolong the life of the blossom.  You have probably noticed that the color becomes more intense after they are placed in a vase of water. And yes, cut tulips really do continue to grow in water.  This growth is caused by a hormone that also makes them bend toward the sun.  Just cut the stem and change the water if your bouquet becomes unruly.      
As a gardener, I am awed by tulip’s history and admire their perfect posture, precise geometric form, and saturated colors.  They command attention and add a regal touch to any landscape until the bitter end even when the petals curl down and blow away.

Out and About is an occasional photo feature by artist, photographer, gardener, and Capitol Hill resident Elizabeth Eby.  She finds vignettes while out and about on Capitol Hill. 

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted May 8, 2022

Politico posted a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion on Roe vs. Wade on Monday, May 2.  Predictably, crowds on both sides of the issue gathered in front of the Supreme Court.  The US Capitol Police closed First Street between Constitution and Independence as well as Second Street behind the court.  By Thursday morning, an 8 foot unscalable fence had been erected all the way around the building.   Here are some photos from Wednesday and Sunday. 

The broadcast media established a stand up loction in front of the Court on First Street. Photo from Wednesday, May 4.
US Capitol Police stand between demonstrators on each side of the issue. Wednesday, May 4.
By Thursday morning, the 8 foot security fence had gone up around the building. Photo from Sunday, May 8.

The protests continue on Sunday, May 8.
Pinseria Romana – the pizza place that replaced 7th Hill Pizza on 7th Street near Eastern Market – announced the availability of beer and wine which starting last Friday. La Casina DC – Pinseria Romana Capitol Hill, 327 7th Street, SE.  Go here for their menu:  https://www.toasttab.com/lacasinadc/v3
New restaurant coming to PA Ave SE? A source tells Capitol Hill Corner that the owners of the building where Rolands was an institution for decades have leased the space to a restaurant which will feature “Mediterranean cuisine.” We await details.

The Week Ahead….

Monday, May 9

DC Democratic Attorney General Candidates Forum at Hill Center, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Ward 6 Democrats have teamed up with the Hill Rag, the Hill Center, the DC Democrats, the Ward 2 Democrats, and the DC Young Democrats to sponsor a series of four candidate forums during May at Hill Center. 

These discussions will take place weekly on Mondays in May from 7-9 PM at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro stop and near several major bus lines).

In-person attendees should RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/ward6demsdc/event/450124/

Virtual attendees can RSVP here to get the link: https://www.mobilize.us/ward6demsdc/event/452556/

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ANC6D will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Public Safety Report
  • Update:  DC Water Potomac River Tunnel
  • Update:  SW/Buzzard Point Flood Resilience Strategy
  • Update:  DDOT, I Street Bike Lanes
  • Silver Diner Public Space Support
  • ABC Report:  PinkTaco, 1299 Stadium, Tap 99
  • Update:  Something in the Water Festival
  • Brookfield, New Residential & Waterfront Park, PUD
  • 899 Maine Avenue, SE

Tuesday, May 10

ANC6B will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Consent Agenda – TBA

Presentation: Councilmember Charles Allen – Discussion on DC’s Annual Budget.

Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee – Liquor license renewals on consent agenda.

  • 521 8th Street, SE.  Matchbox Capitol Hill, Class “CR” Restaurant License:
  • 224 D Street, SE.  Kenneth H Nash Post 8 American Legion, Class “C” Club License.
  • 215 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Hunan Dynasty, Class “D” Restaurant License.
  • 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Beuchert’s Saloon, Class “CR” Restaurant License. 
  • 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  District Taco, Class “D” Restaurant License.
  • 524 8th Street, SE. Nooshi Capitol Hill, Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • 1330 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  La Lomita Restaurant, Class “CR” Restaurant License. 
  • 301 7th Street, SE.  Radici, Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • 539 8th Street, SE.  Lavagna, Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Hill Center, Class “C” Multipurpose License.
  • 751 8th Street, SE.  Torai Grill & Sushi, Class “D” Restaurant License. 

Planning and Zoning Committee

  • 1208 D Street, SE. Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct a second story accessory garage addition, to an existing, attached, two-story principal dwelling unit. 
  • 109 11 Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct a second story, rear addition, to an existing, attached, two-story, principal dwelling unit.
  • 300 G Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Rear yard two story addition. 
  • 639 A Street SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Two-story addition with cellar, new cellar under existing house, window wells, interior renovation, two-story carriage house to replace one-story garage.
  • 135 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Two-story addition at rear of house, one-story addition on garage. 
  • 139 D Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct two, second story rear additions, to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit. 
  • 510 9th Street, SE; Historic Preservation Application.  Partial third floor roof deck above existing house. New cellar windows and wells on front façade, front steps to be replaced
  • Letter to encourage OP to continue to analyze potential for increased Alley and Accessory Building housing units.
  • Rezoning 1323 E Street SE – Filing Letter to DCOZ.

Transportation Committee

  • Notice of intent regarding D Street, 14th Street, and Kentucky Avenue, SE, Intersection.  Improvements

Wednesday, May 11

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

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation:  Engine 3 fire station, 439 New Jersey Ave NW, future plans – Jonathan Mueller

Consent Agenda – TBA

Alcoholic Beverage Committee – Liquor license renewals all on Consent Agenda.

  • 525 New Jersey NW, Hilton Washington, DC.
  • 701 7th Street, NE, Café Fili,
  • 50 Mass Avenue, NE,  Shake Shack.
  • 600 H Street, NE, Whole Foods.
  • 406 H Street, NE, Fare Well.
  • 51 M Street NE, Streets Market.
  • 732 Maryland Avenue, NE, Uncle Kenney’s Smokehouse.
  • Nostra Cucina, 320 D Street, NE.
  • Hotel George/Bis, 15 E Street, NW.
  • 401 H Street, NE, Ethiopic. 
  • 333 H Street, NE, Pho Viet USA.
  • 107 D Street, NE, The Monocle.
  • 502 H Street, NE, Le Grenier.
  • 101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Charlie Palmer Steak.
  • 234 3rd Street, NE, 116 Club.

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee

  • 420 4th Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special exception and variance relief to construct a one-story garage with roof deck accessory to an existing attached two-story flat with basement.
  • 227-229 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Concept approval for a 4th story addition and alterations to the façade of 227 and alterations to the plaza in front of 227.
  • 301 Florida Avenue, NE.  Zoning Application – non-voting item.  Presentation to construct a 12-story with penthouse, a mixed use building with 115 dwelling units, all affordable to income levels at or below 50% AMI, with ground-level space for nonresidential use.

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  • Update on North Capitol Street CAC.
  • 1147 3rd Street, NE, DDOT –Construction permit: fence, ADA compliant hand rail.
  • 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, DDOT – Construction permit.
  • 6th Street NE/SE, request to evaluate for safety updates.
  • Amtrak proposal to claim Union Station through eminent domain.

Thursday, May 12

ANC6A will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Consent Agenda:

Alcohol Beverage Licensing

  • 1128 H Street, NE.  Protest of the application of Hakuna Matata Kitchen and Bar for a Class C Restaurant License unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline.   
  • 1125 H Street, NE.  Protest of the application of Choongman Chicken and Seafood for renewal of its Class C Restaurant License unless an updated Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline.   
  • 1300 H street, NE.  Letter of support for the application of Mozzeria for renewal of its Class C Restaurant alcohol beverage license.
  • 1333 H Street, NE.  Letter of support for the application of Atlas Performing Arts Center, t/a Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE for renewal of its Class C Multipurpose license.
  • 1234 H Street, NE.  Letter of support for the application of Stable DC for renewal of its Class C Restaurant License.
  • 1116 H Street, NE.  Letter of support for the application of Milk & Honey Cafe for renewal of its Class C Restaurant License.

Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ)

  • Letter of conditional support for an Zoning Adjustment regarding an area variance from the new alley record lot requirements to construct six, new, attached, two-story with cellar and roof deck, principal dwelling units in the alley between 15th & 16th Streets and C & D Streets, NE.   

New Business:

  • Resolution support of Councilmember Charles Allen’s Open Movie Captioning Requirement Act of 2022.

Friday, May 13

  • Friday Night Live Jazz, Eastern Market Metro Plaza, 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Artist TBA.

Saturday, May 14

  • Friends of Southeast Library Book Sale.  At Southeast Library.  10:00am – 2:45pm. 
  • Storytime with the Southeast Library.  Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  10:30 am  to 11:30 am.
  • Postponed Cinco De Mayo Even.  12noon to 5:00pm. 

Barracks Row Main Street and the Department of Parks & Recreation host Cinco de Mayo Party on Eastern Market Metro Plaza with live music and Barracks Row food and drink specials at Barracks Row Main Street Restaurants.

Music featuring Caña y su Mariachi de Oro – and Latin Band Joe Falero.  11:00am – 5:00pm, rain or shine.

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Fate of Hill East Redistricting May Come Down to Silverman Meeting Saturday

The Ward 7 Redistricting Task Force Map for ANC/SMD Boundaries

Fate of Hill East Redistricting May Come Down to Silverman Meeting on Saturday

by Larry Janezich

Posted May 5, 2022

Wednesday night, CM Elissa Silverman, Chair of the City Council’s Redistricting Subcommittee, used Twitter to announce a meeting on Ward 7 ANC redistricting. 

!!Attention Ward 7, east and west of the Anacostia River!!  Need a fun indoor activity for a rainy Saturday?  Like maps?  Coffee?  The topic of ANC redistricting?   Well, then: Come to Capitol View Library this Saturday, between 10:30am and noon to talk Ward 7 redistricting!

The suddenly-called meeting will provide a final opportunity for Hill East residents to express themselves on the Ward 7 Taskforce plan for ANC redistricting.  The controversial plan has implications for economic and political power sharing including oversight of the development of Reservation 13.  The Subcommittee will vote on the proposed changes to ANC and single member district boundaries on May 17.  Next, the City Council of the Whole will vote on the Subcommittee recommendations on May 24, followed by a second and final vote on June 7.

There has been talk of a compromise to make the power sharing among the east of the river-west of the river single member districts in ANC 7F more equitable. 

Silverman has been consistent in stressing the importance of the redistricting principles that has guided the Subcommittee’s work.  Some indications that her Subcommittee is open to changing the map recommended by the Ward 7 Redistricting Task Force include the fact that on March 28, Silverman made visit to the final meeting of the Task Force.  In her remarks, she stated that the Subcommittee was expecting a map that met the principles of redistricting and the statutory requirements. 

Among the criteria she stipulated for the evaluating the map drawings:

  • Are your boundaries compact and contiguous?
  • Are they geographically sensible?
  • Are communities of interest kept together?

On April 7, during the first Subcommittee hearing on the map proposals, Silverman said that the proposed ANC7A map was “thoughtful regarding the balance of power and this is about power.  [4 SMDs on each side of the river.]  This is not the situation in 7F where there are 3 SMDs west of the river and 5 east of the river.  I see an imbalance of power…. I am straining to see how the power is balanced in 7F [a cross-river ANC which includes south Hill East and Reservation 13].”

On April 28, at the final Subcommittee meeting on ANC/SMD redistricting, Silverman cautioned at the beginning, “You might not think we make changes in the map, but we do.”

Throughout, she stated more than once that the Subcommittee would consult with CM Gray before making a final recommendation. 

Given her remarks, there remains a possibility that the Subcommittee will redraw the ANC7F boundaries in accordance with the Subcommittee’s interpretation of the principles of redistricting.  Such a move could result in a more equitable sharing of power between the east and west side of the river in ANC7F. 

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Fight Club on PA Ave SE Opens May 10 for lunch – then Full Service June 1

Fight Club – formerly Hank’s on the Hill – at 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Fight Club on PA Ave SE Opens May 10 for lunch – then Full Service June 1

by Larry Janezich

Posted May 5, 2022

Fight Club – Beuchert’s Saloon’s pandemic sandwich and booze pop-up – which took over the space formerly occupied by Hank’s on the Hill at 633 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – will open for lunch on Tuesday, May 10.  Full service will be available by June 1.  According to previous coverage, they will be open seven days a week with an expanded menu.  Chef and restauranteur Andrew Markert and team behind the move also opened Newlands last March in the nearby former Montmartre space on 7th Street, SE.

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ZOCA Mexican Restaurant Opened Today at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Zoca – Modern Mexican Cuisine – is open. 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Your host – Owner and Chef Danio Somoza – and Dante’, Yessi, and Ayanna.

ZOCA Mexican Restaurant Opened Today at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

by Larry Janezich

Posted May 3, 2022

ZOCA opened today with no notice zero fanfare on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, just in time for Cinco de Mayo.  Owner Chef  Danio Somoza promises carefully crafted dishes with the fresh ingredients and a creative twist to truly authentic Mexican cuisine. 

Somoza  owns not only another Zoca in Bethany Beach, but also Harvest Tide across from Eastern Market and another Harvest Tide in Lewes, Delaware.

Here’s a shot of Zoca’s spacious second floor.

Hours of Operation:  Monday-Saturday: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Happy Hour 7 days a week from 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Bar Only))

Here’s a link to the menu:  https://bit.ly/3w4qdlY

And to the drink menu: https://bit.ly/3MQOH90

And a link to their website: https://zoca.restaurant/

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Last Friday, CM Charles Allen held community office hours at Radici, across from Eastern Market.  It’s an opportunity for residents to engage the CM directly with questions or concerns.  Allen will hold community office hours on Friday, May 6, from 9-10:30 am in Hill East at The Pretzel Bakery, 257 15th Street, SE. 

Multi-genre trumpeter Joe Brotherton performed at last Friday’s Live Jazz Friday Night at Eastern Market Metro Plaza. 

At last week’s meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, Chair Chuck Burger announced that a celebration of life for former EMCAC Chair Donna Scheeder will be held on June 14, at 5:30pm at the Hill Center.  Burger also announced that the Committee is seeking candidates to replace two vacancies on the board, one to be appointed by CM Charles Allen and the other by Mayor Bowser.

Last week, ANC6B Commissioner and current chair (and Planning and Zoning Committee chair) Corey Holman seized the occasion of CM Silverman’s April 28 Redistricting hearing to announce on Twitter that he will not seek re-election:  
“This hearing is another time to remind folks who live in the likely new 6B09, I will not be running again. If you live in the area below and have interest in running, I would love to discuss the joys (and pains) of being a commissioner and running for ANC.”  Image credit: Corey Holman

Here’s the schedule for the rest of Hill Center’s ongoing free outdoor American Roots Concert Series.  For more info and free tickets, go here:  https://www.hillcenterdc.org/partner/american-roots-concert-series/  

Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano – through May 8 and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets, NW.  Last chance to see this exhibit and experience the power of glass produced by the Murano glass makers.  140 artworks, including glass vessels and paintings, watercolors and prints by American artists who went to Venice.  For more information, go here:  https://s.si.edu/37XN7Ud

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted May 2, 2022

The Week Ahead….

Monday, May 2

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

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Renewal Applications. The ABC Committee will hear community feedback regarding the following Restaurant and Hotel license renewal applications currently pending at ABRA.

  • Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
  • Café Fili, 701 7th Street, NE
  • Shake Shack, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
  • Whole Foods Market, 600 H Street, NE
  • Fare Well, 406 H Street, ,  NE
  • Streets Market, 51 M Street, NE
  • Uncle Kenny’s Smokehouse, 732 MARYLAND Avenue, NE
  • Nostra Cucina, 320 D Street, NE
  • Hotel George/Bis, 15 E Street, NW
  • Ethiopic, 401 H Street, NE
  • Pho Viet USA, 333 H Street, NE
  • The Monocle, 107 D Street, NE
  • Le Grenier, 502 H Street, NE
  • Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 116 Club, 234 3rd Street, NE

Tuesday, May 3

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

For info on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 1208 D Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct a second story accessory garage addition, to an existing, attached, two-story principal dwelling unit.
  • 109 11 Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct a second story, rear addition, to an existing, attached, two-story, principal dwelling unit. 
  • 300 G Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Rear yard two story addition. 
  • 639 A Street SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Two-story addition with cellar, new cellar under existing house, window wells, interior renovation, two-story carriage house to replace one-story garage. 
  • 135 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Two-story addition at rear of house, one-story addition on garage. 
  • [LATE BREAKING] 139 D Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exception to construct two, second story rear additions, to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit
  • [LATE BREAKING] 510 9th Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Partial third floor roof deck above existing house. New cellar windows and wells on front façade, front steps to be replaced.
  • Letter to encourage OP to continue to analyze potential for increased Alley and Accessory Building housing units.
  • Rezoning 1323 E Street, SE – Filing Letter to DCOZ.

Wednesday, May 4

ANC6B Transportation will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For info on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

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ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 420 4th Street, NE.  Zoning Adjustment Application for special-exception relief to construct a single-story garage with roof deck accessory to an existing attached two-story (with basement) flat.
  • 227-239 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. Historic Preservation Application of Hillsdale College for concept approval for a fourth-floor rear addition to 227 Massachusetts Avenue, alterations and additions to the front façade of 227, and alterations to the plaza in front of 227-239 Massachusetts Avenue. 

Thursday, May 5

ANC6B ABC Committee meets at 7:00pm

For info on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Among items on the draft agenda:

Renewal Applications.

  • Matchbox Capitol Hill, 521 8TH Street, SE. Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • Kenneth H Nash Post 8 American Legion, 224 D ST Southeast.  Class “C” Club License.
  • Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Class “CR” Restaurant License. 
  • Hunan Dynasty, 215 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Class “D” Restaurant License. 
  • District Taco, 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Class “D” Restaurant License.

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Friends of Southeast Library will hold their May meeting at 5:30pm, at Southeast Library, lower lever. 

Friday, May 6

CM Charles Allen holds community office hours from 9-10:30 am in Hill East at The Pretzel Bakery, 257 15th Street, SE. 

Saturday, May 7

POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY, MAY 14 Barracks Row Main Street and the Department of Parks & Recreation host Cinco De Mayo Party on Eastern Market Metro Plaza with live music and Barracks Row food and drink specials at Barracks Row Main Street Restaurants. 

Music featuring Caña y su Mariachi de Oro – and Latin Band Joe Falero.  11:00am – 5:00pm, rain or shine. 

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