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Jayaraman Opts Out of Chairing ANC6B in 2020

ANC6b Chair Chander Jayaraman announced last night that this would be his last meeting as chair. Commissioners, (l-r) Sroufe, Krepp, Holtzman, Jayaraman, Clark, Waud, Holman, and Oldenburg.

Jayarman Opts Out of Chairing ANC6B 2020

By Larry Janezich

Last night, at ANC6B’s December meeting, Chair Chander Jayaraman opened the session by saying it was the last meeting of the year and his last meeting as chair.  The announcement came as a surprise to some commissioners.  Jayaraman is eligible to serve as chair for one more year under commission by-laws and his election – had he chosen to run in January – was widely regarded as assured.  By all accounts, he is regarded as a highly effective chair having taken initiatives with respect to using alcohol licensing to encourage in-door trash storage and appointing task forces on Barracks Row and the development of the Eastern Market Metro Park among other items.

Asked why he made this decision, Jayaraman said “It’s time for other commissioners to take the helm – I’ve been chair twice – having others move into leadership positions is the only way for them to get the experience to move the work of the Commission forward.”

It is unclear which of those commissioners is interested in the chairmanship – a demanding and time consuming volunteer job.   That fact speaks to an additional reason Jararaman is stepping aside – he is running for the City Council Member-at-Large seat.  Councilmember David Grosso is not seeking re-election, leaving that Member-at Large-seat up for grabs.

Jayaraman says he will continue to serve on the Commission and to chair the Commission’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee.

For more information see here:  http://bit.ly/31sJuw0

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Capitol Hill Corner Marks 10th Anniversary

Capitol Hill Corner Marks 10th Anniversary

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday, December 10, marked the 10th Anniversary of Capitol Hill Corner.

Total number of posts in the past ten years:  1,515

Average number of words per post:  503

Total number of views of posts:  1,409,079

Thanks to community members who read the blog and lent their comments and encouragement.

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The Week Ahead….Community Meeting on Eastern Market Metro Park – Thursday – Watkins School

Last Wednesday, Abdullahi Mohamed, DDOT Project Manager for the Pennsylvania Avenue SE Lighting Project (standing, center), told ANC6B’s Transportation Committee that the Project is scheduled to start in mid-2020 and continue for 18 months.  The re-do includes ADA compliant lighting to enhance pedestrian safety and adding historic globe lighting fixtures as well as upgrading or replacing existing lighting fixtures.  The Committee is chaired by Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, seated in front of Mohamed. 

The Week Ahead….Community Meeting on Eastern Market Metro Park – Thursday

by Larry Janezich

Monday, December 9

ANC6D meets at 7:00pm, at DC Water Headquarters Boardroom, 1385 Canal Street, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Public Safety Report – First District MPD (PSA 103, PSA 105 & PSA 106) Capt. Pulliam, Lt. Donigian, Lt. Anderson.

Presentations:

Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement’s Violence Intervention – Carmen Berry, EOM.

DC Water Lead Pipe Replacement Program – John Deignan, DC Water.

Waterfront Station Update.

Recent loss of District Hardware & Bike, Velo Café, DC Row, ANCHOR, and d/eleven at District Wharf.

Vaping Ban Resolution .

Albi/Maxwell, 1346 4th St, SE; New Tavern liquor license with Entertainment endorsement and summer garden, with stipulated license.

Chopsmith, 11 District Square, SW; protest of liquor license application.

80 M Street, SE; Zoning Application design review.

Akridge/WhyHotel, 2100 2nd Street, SW; Zoning Application design review, modification of significance, authorization of Chair to testify at Zoning Commission.

300 K Street, SW; Zoning Application for 2 year extension of 2nd Phase PUD.

250 M Street, SE; Construction Update – HITT Contractors.

Tuesday, December 10

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center.

Among items on the draft agenda: 

Bricklane Restaurant; 517 8th ST SE; Class “C” Restaurant liquor license renewal.

Lola’s; 711 8th Street, SE; Class “C” Tavern liquor license renewal.

411 New Jersey Avenue, SE; Historic Preservation Application for new construction of 2 single family dwellings.

400 3rd Street, SE; Historic Preservation Application for new carriage house, two stories.

400 3rd Street, SE; Zoning Adjustment Application for special exception to construct a two-story accessory structure to be used as a garage with a second-story dwelling unit.

233 ½ 9th Street, SE; Zoning Adjustment Application for special exception to construct a second floor addition to an existing accessory building to accommodate an apartment.

Discussion of 2020 Rock N Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon – March 28th.

Letter to DGS and Public Space Committee with ANC 6B input on Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

Letter to Mayor Bowser on Relocation of Heliport to 12th and Water Street, SE.

Wednesday, December 11

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

40 Patterson Street, NE; Public Space Application for addition of two-vehicle passenger load/unload zone.

Menomale NOMA, 35 N Street, NE; new restaurant liquor license and new full service grocery.

Billy Goat DC, Inc., 500 New Jersey Ave NW, restaurant liquor license renewal.

NBC News, 400 North Capitol, NW; Public Space Application for bollards and landscaping.

1212 6th Street, NE; Public Space Application for porch, walk, driveway, fence, etc.

Discussion of ANC6C Testimony on Union Station expansion and Burnham Place projects.

55 H Street, NW, Zoning Application, Georgetown University residence hall and retail space.

19 4th Street, (rear), NE; Historic Preservation Application,  Hillsdale College – demolition and new structure.

50 F Street, NW; Zoning Adjustment Application for penthouse addition and rooftop terrace,

Discussion:  Comprehensive Plan – transportation, housing, economic development, historic Preservation, community services and facilities.

Vote to support ANC 4D action: Extending Comprehensive Plan review timeline.

New Business:  Marijuana sales on H Street, NE – Commissioner Joel Kelty

Thursday, December 12

ANC6A meets at 700pm, at Miner Elementary School, 601 Fifteenth, Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Community Presentations:  DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee (invited)

Liquor license renewal applications for the following establishments: Ocean Lounge at 1220 H Street, NE; Hill Prince at 1337 H Street, NE;  On the Rocks at 1242 H Street, NE; Twelve DC/Kyss Kyss at 1210-1212 H Street, NE;  Sol Mexican Grill at 1251 H Street, NE; The Pursuit at 1025 H Street, NE; Truth DC 78 at 1220 H Street, NE, The Pug/Toki Underground at 1234 H Street, NE, Rock N Roll Hotel at 1353 H Street, NE.

Request for class change from CR (Restaurant) liquor license to a CT (Tavern) liquor license from Dangerously Delicious Pies, at 1339 H Street, NE.

Letter to DDOT regarding DDOT’s response of November 18, 2019 to ANC 6’s pedestrian safety priority list, requesting additional speed humps on the unit-400 blocks of Tenth Street, NE, with a minimum of two humps on the 200 block of Tenth Street, NE.

Letter to DDOT requesting that trucks be restricted from using both Ninth and Tenth Streets, NE, between Maryland Avenue and East Capitol Street.

Letter of support to BZA for Zoning Adjustment Application for special exceptions to construct a second floor addition to an existing accessory building at 803 Maryland Avenue, NE, to accommodate an apartment

Community Meeting on Development of Eastern Market Metro Park Project

Watkins School.  6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Watkins Elementary School, 420 12th Street, SE.  DC Department of General Services and DC Department of Parks and Recreation update the community on plans for the development of Eastern Market Metro Park. 

For more information:  https://dgs.dc.gov/page/eastern-market-metro-park-project

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The Week Ahead….

The Capitol Hill Holiday Tree came to life at a lighting ceremony on on Saturday night. This year’s  celebration centered on the evergreen at 7th and D, SE.

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Monday, December 2

ANC6C Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 Second Street NE.

The agenda was not available at press time.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE.  

The agenda was not available at press time.

Tuesday, December 3

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

411 New Jersey Avenue, SE; New construction of 2 single family dwellings.

316 2nd Street, SE; Addition, rear, third floor on top of 2-story rear wing.

400 3rd Street, SE; New carriage house, two stories.

400 3rd Street, SE; Special exception to construct a two-story accessory structure to be used as a garage with a second-story dwelling unit.

233 ½ 9th Street, SE; Special exception to construct a second floor addition to an existing accessory building to accommodate an apartment.

2020 Rock N Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon – March 28th.

ANC6C Environment, Parks, and Events Committee usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, 700 Second Street, NE.

The agenda was not available at press time.

Wednesday, December 4

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:

Update:  Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Street Lighting Project – Abdullahi Mohamed, DDOT Project Manager.

Update:  Pennsylvania & Potomac Avenue Intersection Improvement Project – Morvarid Ganjalizadeh, DDOT Project Manager,

Traffic Calming/Control Requests for ANC6B Support (tentative):

6th & A Streets all way stops.

11th & North Carolina Avenue pedestrian signal timing.

14th & A Streets, SE, all way stops.

Review of Comp Plan Transportation Chapter (tentative).

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 for a proposed student residence hall with approximately 158 residential units (containing approximately 476 beds), retail space, and student-serving amenity space, with a  height of approximately 110 feet.

19 4th Street (rear), NE; Historic Preservation Application of Hillsdale College to demolish existing structure and for concept review of new two-story building.

50 F Street, NW; Zoning Adjustment Application to construct a penthouse and a rooftop terrace addition to an existing mixed-use building.

Draft amendments to Comprehensive Plan – Review of the following Draft Plan elements:

    1. Transportation
    2. Housing
    3. Economic Development
    4. Historic Preservation
    5. Community Services and Facilities

Deadline for ANC comments: Jan. 31, 2020.

Thursday, December 5

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Committee meets at 7:00pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Bricklane Restaurant; 517 8th ST SE; Class “C” Restaurant license Renewal.

Lola’s; 711 8th ST SE; Class “C” Tavern license Renewal.

ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, 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, streetscape (which includes Dave Thomas Circle) on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at New Samaritan Baptist Church.  Formal presentations will occur at 6:20pm and 7:20pm. www.FloridaAveProject.com

NBC News – 400 North Capitol Street, NW;  New security bollards and associated landscaping at existing 8-story building on the corner of North Capitol Street, NW, and Louisiana Avenue, NW. Bollards are required for the security of the NBC News offices. Existing bollards will remain along the property’s frontage on North Capitol St NW. Bollards within the project area will be replaced. This project will expand the bollards along Louisiana Avenue, NW, for protection of a glass wall, a possible target, at the NBC News offices. The design aims to match as much as possible the existing bollard precedent and streetscape elements adjacent to the property.

1212 6th Street, NE;  The property owner of 1212 6th Street, NE, is proposing to perform an addition/alteration repair, 1 story addition above existing 2 story, single family unit to create a two family unit.  New open porch, lead walk with steps, window well, driveway off alley and knee wall with fencing.

Discussion:  Union Station Expansion and Burnham Place Projects; Discuss recommending potential testimony to the upcoming National Capital Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Draft Comprehensive Plan – Transportation Element. The DC Office of Planning 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. The Committee will review and make recommendations to the full ANC on the Draft Plan’s Transportation Element.

Friends of Southeast Library meet at 5:30pm, Southeast Library, Lower Level.  

Saturday, December 7

Community Litter Cleanup

1st Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am; Trusty’s and Atlas Vets have 10:00 am cleanup starts. Volunteer bag and glove pick-up locations include Fulcrum Properties – 1328 G Street, SE; Trusty’s – 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; 7-11 – 1501 Independence Avenue, SE; Atlas Vet – 1326 H Street, NE; Chik-fil-A – 1401 Maryland Avenue, SE (offering free breakfast sandwich to volunteers); and Wine & Butter Cafe, 1023 East Capitol Street.  Volunteers return filled bags to any of these sponsors.  At 10:00 am, Fulcrum Properties offers mimosas, coffee and donuts to volunteers. Info on rain cancellation will be available by emailing here: CleanCapHill@gmail.com

 

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Residents Ask MPD & City Officials Why It Took Months to Remove Encampment by 7th and PA Ave CVS

Monday night’s community meeting on the removal of the encampment near CVS. Standing, left to right, former ANC6B Commissioner Ivan Frischberg, ANC6B Commissioner Jerry Sroufe, ANC6B Commissioner Brian Ready, Lt. Damian Taylor.

Residents Ask MPD & City Officials Why It Took Months to Remove Encampment by 7th and PA Ave CVS

By Larry Janezich

Last night some residents of the 600 block of D Street, SE, asked why it took MPD and city agencies months to remove an encampment behind the CVS at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, even as resident complaints and evidence of illegal activity at the site mounted.  The occasion was a community meeting hosted by MPD in the aftermath of removal of the encampment which had become a nuisance to residents near SE Library.  The complaints to MPD dated back to early September, but it took police and the city until November 14 to resolve the issue.

There were multiple reasons given for the delay.  Lt. Damion Taylor of MPD’s 1st District cited confusion over who owned the space occupied by the encampment – whether it was public or private.  This appears to be why MPD was initially reluctant to engage residents of the encampment because of the belief the camp was on public space and thus under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In addition, there appeared to be a lack of coordination among city agencies which were involved in trying to get the tent removed and a failure of communication not only between agencies, but between residents and city officials who failed to return phone calls or follow up on complaints.  Finally, a lack of cooperation and concern by CVS corporate officials contributed to the process which ended up tying the city’s hands.

Taylor said that once it was clear to him that drug activity was taking place at the site – thanks to a video supplied by a resident – MPD began an investigation in early October.  At the same time, were complaining about being threatened by occupants of the camp.  Subsequently, Parking Enforcement officials trying to ticket a vehicle associated with the camp were being intimidated by the camp’s residents.

Jessica Smith from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for HHS told the attendees that the process of removing an encampment on public land is a prolonged one involving first a week to 10 day period when the city assesses the needs of the occupants of a camp and tries to enlist them in city programs and provide other services.  If that fails, the department posts a 14 day warning that the site is subject to dismantlement.  If – as what happened in this case  with the city’s attempt to remove the camp on November 5  – the tent dwellers take down the tent before the city does, and then puts it back up, the process has to start over.  Complicating matters, HHS cannot remove an encampment from private property.

It is not clear how or when MPD learned that the tent had been set up on private property.  But once that happened, and when CM Charles Allen pressured MPD for the tent’s removal in an email to Lt. Taylor, MPD visited the site in mid-November, ordered the removal of the tent and began issuing bar notices, barring anyone associated with the tent from CVS property under threat of being charged with unlawful entry.  Taylor told attendees that since then, every MPD shift checks on the encampment site to assure the tent has not gone back up.

Some residents thought the explanations were not sufficient, pressing for answers to why once drug activity was established it still took more than a month for police to act.   Asked for his reaction to last night’s meeting, Adam Belmar, a resident of the 600 block of D Street expressed his frustration and said, “As a business owner and resident, I’m very concerned that the Mayor’s Office and MPD are not coordinating an approach to deal with public safety.” And, as one of the residents whose calls were not returned, former ANC Commissioner Ivan Frischberg said there was “a total lack of coordination, and it comes back to the Mayor’s Task Force [HHS].  I called and never got a call back.  The [standard response] of a call back within 24 hours is a kind of joke.  The city needs to respond – otherwise you get a meeting like this where people are genuinely pissed off, and rightfully so.”

Residents say that drug activity continues around the SE Library and in the alley on the on the 600 block of D Street.  Taylor said MPD’s narcotic squad continues to investigate activity in the area and urged residents to call 911 to report illegal or suspicious activity.  A follow-up meeting will be scheduled – perhaps next month – at which Taylor expects CVS officials to brief the community on measures they have taken to prevent potential use of their property for illegal activity.

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The Week Ahead…MPD Public Meeting Regarding  Recent 7th and PA Ave Encampment on – Monday

Eastern Market, North Hall. Sunday, November 24, circa 3:00pm.

The Week Ahead…MPD Public Meeting Regarding  Recent 7th and PA Ave Encampment  – Monday

by Larry Janezich

Monday, November 25

ANC6A Community Outreach Committee meets at 7:00pm, Eastern High School, Parent Center, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE. (Enter from East Capitol Street)

Agenda:

Committee business.

Committee Meeting on 7th Street and PA Ave Encampment, 6:30pm, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, 1st Floor Conference Room.

Agenda:

To share information and concerns regarding recent events now-dismantled encampment at the 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, and the potential for continued problems at or near the site.

A representative(s) from the Deputy Mayor’s Office (Health and Human Services encampment protocol engagement personnel) is expected to attend this meeting.  Members of the First District team will also be present to answer questions, discuss concerns from a public safety/law enforcement aspect and share future plans to prevent further disorder at the location.  MPD has also invited United States Attorney’s Office, First District Community Prosecutor Doug Klein; CVS management, home owners, residents, local business leaders and other stakeholders.

Tuesday, November 26

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

Agenda:

To set the agenda for the next full ANC meeting on December 10/

The PSA 106 (Police Service Area) meets at 6:30pm at the Capper Community Center, 5th and K Streets, SE.   MPD hosts bi-monthly community meetings fo build partnership with the community and to address public safety questions and concerns.

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Eastern Market MainStreet’s Executive Director Odendahl Reflects as She Exits

Madeleine Odendahl, Executive Director of Eastern Market MainStreet – until November 26.

 

Eastern Market MainStreet’s Executive Director Odendahl Reflects as She Exits

By Larry Janezich

Madeleine Odendahl, Executive Director of Eastern Market MainStreet, (EMMS) is leaving because she was made an offer she couldn’t refuse.  Her three year stint as a “resource broker” for the businesses that make up EMMS will end November 26.  Odendahl has accepted an offer to become Operating Director for District Bridges, a community organization that runs five MainStreets elsewhere in the District.

Odendahl says, “When I had to tell MainStreet’s Executive Committee I was leaving they were shocked. I wanted them to know that ‘I’m not trying to leave you – but  I really couldn’t say no.’”  Another factor, she said, is that she is expecting her first child in April which will cut into the 150% commitment that being Executive Director requires.

Capitol Hill Corner asked her to describe her job and the role of EMMS.

She said that EMMS is a neighborhood development and small business efficacy organization: “I am like a mall manager without any of the actual power – no say on leases, decorating or opening hours.  My job is to try to create a vibrant atmosphere to support our businesses and bring them more customers.  I call myself a resource broker – we’re a small organization in a tiny area in DC – a lot of what I try to do is connect businesses with larger resources.  If someone has an issue I can’t solve I put them in touch with the people they should be talking to.”

She said that in the beginning, it was stressful: “I definitely got thrown into the deep end, but that I really enjoyed it.”  What she brought to EMMS was an ability both to develop relationships and also to put together a work plan to address the concerns and needs of the business owners.

One of the things she likes about the job is that no two days are the same.  There are a lot of projects in the air, she said, and each day is measured by how far she is able to push them forward.  There are larger strategic things like the redesign of Metro Park and wayfinding for the neighborhood to smaller projects like getting more bike racks, grant and event programming, and coordinating education workshops.

Asked about her reaction to the failure of the group she was part of to win the DMPED grant for a $300,000 Eastern Market Strategic Study, Odendahl explained that EMMS was part of a larger group which included a DC economic development firm, Project for Public Spaces in NYC (they write marketing strategic plans) and Brand Guild, a marketing and public relations firm which has worked on projects in large cities.  The group was one of the two finalists considered for the contract.

She said that EMMS and CHAMPS were the neighborhood connection, focusing on business engagement, insuring that businesses inside the market and the brick and mortars would be included in the conversation.  Odendahl said, “We knew the players in the neighborhood and could make sure their voices were included.”

As for why her group didn’t win the bid from the city she said, “We really don’t know.  The letter we got from DMPED kind of contradicted itself.  They saw a conflict of interest with us being so close to the community, but then said they didn’t think our proposal included enough about Eastern Market as a whole.  We showed a connection to the community and that we knew about EM history and that we already had ideas about how we wanted to shape the conversation in a certain direction, but then were told that that we were to close.  So that was a little confusing.”

She said she knows little about Architrave, who won the bid, only what she’s been able to see from their website.  They have reached out to EMMS for an initial discussion.  “My concern,” she said, “is that they are not marketing specialists – it looks like they’re architects, which is lovely if you’re designing a building.  I hope I’m proven wrong.  We want the best product – EMMS’ concern is we want the best plan that is useable and can be implemented – and we’ll see if that comes from architecture.”

Capitol Hill Corner asked her what she thought about the viability of Eastern Market as a food market.  She said, “I think it can stay a food market.  I hear concerns ‘we don’t want a Union Market.’  It doesn’t have to become Union Market.  But remaining a fresh food market and staying the same are two different things.  Things are changing in the way we interact with other people and businesses – if you’re just maintaining, you’re declining – because everything else is growing.  Eastern Market has been maintained, and 15 years ago that was fine, but now is not the time for maintaining.  Now is the time for innovation and creativity. There are things that can be done that foster more collaboration between merchants, things like implementing an on line order system or a valet service where purchases could be brought to the car – small things could help move Eastern Market forward like encouraging younger shoppers.  And some signage would be nice.”

Some of the challenges Odendahl sees for EMMS moving forward is how to encourage the workers in the large office buildings including 600 – 605 and 700 Pennsylvania Avenue to see this as their neighborhood – to patronize local businesses rather than coming to work, having lunch at their desk, and going home at the end of the day.  Other concerns include finding ways to get more tour buses to visit the area and using social media and advertising to help draw more people to the neighborhood.  She cited EMMS program “Holly Days” which grew out of “Small Business Saturday” as one of her efforts to encourage local shopping.

Asked about obstacles she faced as she took over the reins of the fledgling EMMS as its first Executive Director, Odendahl said she had encountered issues based on the perception of her age and experience.  “In a neighborhood where there is a lot of longevity in community engagement by people who have been in the trenches for a long time,” she said, “some of them found it hard to welcome someone who was new.  That made it harder to push issues forward and in some cases hard to be taken seriously.  Also, I understood that if I was going to fulfill the mission of what EMMS promised to do, I was going to have to ruffle some feathers.  I tried to do that with sincerity and humility.  I think I unruffled most of the feathers eventually, but that’s something I regularly encountered with someone who just brushed me off.  And I think it wasn’t just me but the youth of the organization – and attitude from some of the residents – not the businesses – of ‘Why do we need you?’

I think the businesses understand what value we bring to the community and we’ve tried to show what value we hold to the residents, but that has been a harder sell.”

Oldendahl’s successor has been announced – he is Charles McCaffrey, former Director of the South Fairfax Small Business Development Center and most recently, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center.  Odendahl says, she’s confident her successor will “continue what I’ve started and take the organization to a new level.  I’m excited to watch.”

Here’s a link to the EMMS website:  https://www.easternmarketmainstreet.org/

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Violent Crime With Guns in Ward 6 Is Up Over Same Period Last Year

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen at Thursday night’s Public Safety Meeting

More than 100 residents turned out for CM Allen’s Ward 6 Public Safety Meeting. (click to enlarge)

Panelists, left to right.  Rachel Usdan, DC Chapter Leader of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Dell McFaddon, Executive Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement; Jullian Brevard – Acting Chief, Juvenile Section, Office of the Attorney General; Commander Morgan Kane, MPD First District; Eric Weaver, founder, Neighborhood Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens.

Violent Crime With Guns in Ward 6 Is Up Over Same Period Last Year

by Larry Janezich

CM Charles Allen convened a Ward 6 Public Safety Meeting to talk about violent crime Thursday night.  The meeting, at Watkins School, drew more than 100 residents.  Allen told them that to date, there has been an increase in violent crime involving guns over last year: comparing figures as of 11/20/19 with the same period in 2018, violent crime involving guns is up 28% – a 36% increase in assault with a dangerous weapon and a 31% increase in robberies.  Overall, however, violent crime in Ward 6 spiked in 2015, declined in 2016 and 17, and leveled out from 2017 – 2019.  (See chart below.)

When each of the five ANCs making up War 6 is looked at separately, violent crimes of any kind are up in all ANCs except ANC6E.  Homicides are up in ANC6B and ANC6D.  Assaults with a dangerous weapon were up in all ANCs except ANC6A.  Robberies were up in all ANCs except ANC6E.  (See chart below.)

Allen cited his efforts to address the violence, including increasing the penalties for high capacity ammunition magazines and banned bump stocks, writing and seeing passage of the Red Flag law to remove guns in dangerous situations.  (See Safety Meeting Presentation details, see here:  http://bit.ly/2OAcgqq)

Following up, representatives of several agencies and organizations summarized their role in addressing aspects of violent crime.

Commander Morgan Kane, MPD First District said MPD’s role is to preserve and protect, working with other agencies which deal with violent crime. Kane’s top priority is to remove illegal guns; second is to pay particular attention to repeat offenders. “The emphasis is on focusing on the right people,” Kane said, “some people we have to get off the street.”  She noted that currently, “There are a lot of juvenile robbery crews running around.”

Jullian Brevard – Acting Chief, Juvenile Section, Office of the Attorney General, described his agency’s role in prosecuting juveniles 17 years old and younger. (The Office of the US Attorney General prosecutes adults and some juveniles accused of committing more serious crimes that are charged as adults.) Brevard walked attendees through prosecution options and the prosecution process.  He said his office was not only about persecution, but accountability and rehabilitation.

Dell McFaddon, Executive Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement spoke on the NEAR Act and his office’s efforts to head off violent crime, using violence interrupters in troubled neighborhoods.  In addition, his office administers the Pathways Program, working with 50 high risk individuals who have encountered the criminal justice system through multiple arrests or have been the victims of crime, to help normalize their lives.

Eric Weaver, founder, Neighborhood Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, is concerned with the problems faced by returning to the community after being incarcerated.  He said, “It’s important how we want them to return and how we treat them when they do return.  Most returning citizens coming home want to do right.  When they are not accepted in the community, they are more likely to return to crime.”

Rachel Usdan, DC Chapter Leader of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,” spoke of the efforts of the national organization of volunteers to pass gun safety laws.

After those presentations, the meeting’s format departed from the usual audience back and forth between the attendees and officials.  Instead, Allen asked attendees to participate directly in a conversation in one of three areas.  Allen asked the audience to divide into three groups to discuss: 1. Safe passage to and from school, 2. Violence interruption, and, 3. Returning citizens.

After the audience reassembled and the groups reported on points raised during the discussion, Allen said it was important for the community to sit down and engage in these conversations.  He said what he was hearing was that solutions require hard work and a multifaceted approach – a holistic approach involving pulling a lot of levers (referring to the engagement of numerous agencies simultaneously).  He said we also have to do a better job with coordination and communication – “I often think we have one community which is one, two, or three communities which don’t talk to each other.  The question is how to knit them back together.

Asked for reaction, ANC6B Commissioner Jerry Sroufe told Capitol Hill Corner that he welcomed a meeting which was not sparked by community concerns over a specific incident, as well as the change in format.  He expressed concern about the rise in the statistics showing an increase in violent crime in Ward 6.  And he said he thought that small group discussions were more productive than the usual random Q & A or comments typical of many public safety meetings.

Violent Crime in Ward 6 ANCs (click to enlarge)

Violent Crime in Ward 6

 

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Encampment at 7th and D SE (CVS) Removed After Concerted Effort of City Officials and Community Orgs

Encampment on D Street, SE, behind CVS. November 13.

Encampment at 7th and D SE (CVS) Removed After Concerted Effort of City Officials and Community Orgs

by Larry Janezich

An encampment on the D Street side of the CVS at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, was removed last week after a concerted effort involving CM Charles Allen’s office, MPD, Metro Transit Police, The Deputy Mayor for Human Services and Homeless Outreach, The Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, ANC6B Commissioner Jerry Sroufe, CHAMPS, Eastern Market Main Street, and Community Connections.  The location is across the street from Southeast Library.

Neighbors had complained for about two months about the tent and its occupants and claimed they had witnessed and videotaped the suspected sale of drugs by those associated with the tent.  Some residents said the encampment grew up after MPD increased policing efforts on the 400 block of Barracks Row, responding to pressure from ANC6B, business owners, and Barracks Row MainStreet.

An initial effort to remove the encampment came on November 5, when city workers arrived to dismantle it, having given the required 24 hour notice, only to find the tent gone.  Within two hours after workers departed, the tent was back up.

Some residents said they felt threatened after being yelled at by tent occupants.  A Parking Enforcement Official – in a service report obtained by residents, appeared to have been intimidated out of issuing a parking violation for the out of state vehicle associated with individuals in the tent.

Thereafter, continued engagement by CM Charles Allen, MPD and Metro Transit Police, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services resulted in videotaped confirmation of drug sale activity at the site and the ascertaining that the tent was set up on CVS’ private property.

On November 14, MPD told CM Allen that the encampment had been removed, saying, “We have received enough information and support from the community to see that the occupants in this group are conducting illegal activities, uninterested in governmental aid and social services while posing a continuous nuisance and danger to the community.”

Officer Mazloon, MPD’s Barracks Row Bike Cop – “Officer Maz” – told ANC6B Commissioner Brian Ready’s Barracks Row Working Group last night that “some players have been arrested” and that MPD has been detailed to check the location twice every shift until further notice.  Also, a representative of Community Connections said that nine individuals have been legally barred from the CVS property and that Community Connections continues to do outreach work, though many or the occupants of the tent were not interested in homelessness services.  CHAMPS worked with CVS regarding the installation of cameras to monitor the site.

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The Week Ahead… CM Allen’s Ward 6 Safety Meeting – Watkins School/6:30pm/Thursday

“The moon was a ghostly galleon…”Tuesday, November 12, at Hill Center.

The Week Ahead… CM Allen’s Ward 6 Safety Meeting – Watkins School – 6:30pm – Thursday

By Larry Janezich

Monday, November 18

ANC6B Hill East Task Force meeting on Reservation 13 at St. Coletta tonight has been CANCELLED.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

SE 6D05 Special Election Announcement

As announced at the October business meeting, ANC6D will be holding a special election to select the next Commissioner for Single Member District 6D05 during the November Business Meeting at 7pm on November 18th.  The DC Board of Elections has announced there are two candidates that will be listed on the ballot:

Fredrica D. Kramer

Roger Moffatt

Presentation:  DGS on Improvements to Lansburgh Park.

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

Mission, 1221 Van Street, SE #15 – Amendment to Community Agreement to reduce hours and close garage doors.

Pony, 2 I Street, SE – new restaurant liquor license with indoor entertainment endorsement.

Roy Boys, 1025 1st Street, SE [formerly Justin’s Cafe] – Amendment to Community Agreement for change in hours

Walters, 10 N Street, SE – Unspecified Amendment to Community Agreement.

Meridian on First/Paradigm – Alley Closing & Affordable units.

DDOT Notice of Intent on public space – Conversion of 4th Street Bike Lanes to Protected Bike Lanes between Independence & I Street, SW.

300 K Street SW, Unspecified modification of consequence.

Resolution requesting DDOT provide a comprehensive multi-modal transportation plan for 6D

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation of DDOT plans for safety improvements on 15th Street, NE, corridor.  A DDOT representative will be present.

Public space applications, if submitted prior to meeting date.

Tuesday, November 19

ANC 6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Liquor license renewals for:

Hill Prince at 1337 H Street, NE.

Ocean Lounge at 1220 H Street, NE.

On the Rocks at 1242 H Street, NE.

Twelve DC/Kyss Kyss at 1210-1212 H Street, NE.

Sol Mexican Grill at 1251 H Street, NE.

The Pursuit at 1025 H Street, NE.

Truth DC 78 at 1220 H Street, NE.

Toki Underground at 1234 H Street, NE.

Rock N Roll Hotel at 1353 H Street, NE.

Dangerously Delicious DC at 1339 H Street, NE –  substantial change – request to change license class from Class “C” Restaurant to Class “C” Tavern.

ANC6A Economic Development & Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th Street, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

DC Draft Comprehensive Plan Updates: Solicit public input for ANC6A to provide comments and recommendations to the draft Comprehensive Plan update. The Comprehensive 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.

803 Maryland Avenue, NE – Zoning Adjustment application to permit construction of a second floor addition to and existing accessory building to accommodate an apartment.

ANC6B’s Barrack’s Row Working Group meets at 6:30pm, at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – First Floor Conference Room.    

This meeting will focus on the 8th Street Holiday Lighting Event.

Wednesday, November 20

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm, North Hall, Eastern Market.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Update on the Strategic/Business Plan, Scott Betz

Report on Finance Briefing Provided by DGS.

Report of the Market Manager

Holiday Plans

Parking

Status of the HVAC system

Lease update

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Preservation Café meets at 6:30pm, at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. 

Restoration Tools and Materials of DC’s Historic Masonry Buildings.  Washington DC has one of the highest concentrations of historic brick buildings in the United States. Gary Barnhart, a Capitol Hill mason, will discuss these materials in addition to some interesting lesser-known ones that local residents may be unfamiliar with.

Thursday, November 21

Charles Allen holds a Ward 6 Safety Meeting at Watkins Elementary School 6:30-8:00 pm.

You can register to attend here: http://www.charlesallenward6.com/ward_6_public_safety_meeting?fbclid=IwAR1Wjq5SgtDVqZu2wIgQfN8o0NR3wXzDkLYZ2a5Oajr2usY99xGz-yyhOqI

Friday, November 22

CM Charles Allen hold Community Office Hours, 8:00am, Pretzel Bakery.

 

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