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The Week Ahead… & Some Photos from the Past Week

Word spread last week the after 26 years, the Capitol Lounge’s last day of service will be September 20.

And over on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, the pandemic brought the end of Wisdom

On 7th Street, SE, Le Pain Quotidian reopened it’s doors for carry out and seating outside.

The opening of Cameo Coffee in the Roost got a lot of attention last week. Here’s a glimpse of the inside seating of the yet-to-open Beer Garden, Shelter.

This is what Metro Center looked like at circa 11:30am, on Wednesday, Sepgtember 9.

On Barracks Row, Dunkin’/Baskin Robbins is relocating from it’s corner store down the block to the space next to Yes!  Managers say it should open by the end of the month.  

The Week Ahead… & Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted Sunday, September 13, 2020

Monday, September 14

ANC6D holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

For log in information, go here:

Among items on the draft agenda:

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

Consent Agenda

Letter to AG Depicting Deplorable Conditions at Greenleaf

Resolution on Getting DPW Back on the Job

Letter of Support for PN Hoffman RFP Awardee – Washington Improv


Legal Aid Society of DC – Ellen Peterson & Caroline Fehr

DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement – Alfred Duncan

SW DC Action – Coy McKinney

SW BID Parklet/Scooter Corral Update – Jesse Himmelrich

5 M Street SW – Zoning Application from JBG Smith/Gensler –  Design Review

Parcel F Development (1st & N St SE) – Brookfield Properties

Closing of Potomac and 1St Ave SE “Paper Street”- Vincent Morris, DC Water

DDOT Notice of Intent – Crosswalks at O and Canal Streets SW

Wednesday, September 16

ANC6A Economic Development & Zoning Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For log in information, go here:

Among items on the draft agenda:

128 12th Street, NE, Zoning Adjustment Application – Special exception to construct a one-story rear addition to an existing attached flat.

1511, 1513, and 1515 A Street, NE, Raze Application – to request demolish of a single-bay accessory garage at 1511 A Street, NE, a four-bay accessory garage at 1513 A Street, NE, and a six-bay accessory garage at 1515 A Street, NE.

SW 1st District Police Service Area (PSA ) Virtual Community Meeting, 6:00pm.

For log in information, see here:

Community Crime Update

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Virtual Preservation Café, 6:30pm. 

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“Whose land is it anyway?  The squares and parks of Capitol Hill.”

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Developer Accedes to ANC6B Demand for Funds for Capitol Hill Adult Care Center

Leila Batties, the Holland and Knight attorney representing Felice, announced the increased proffer at last night’s virtual Zoning Commission hearing.

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee Chair Corey Holman testified before the Commission, saying he was glad the developer had offered the additional benefits.

Developer Accedes to ANC6B Demand for Funds for Capitol Hill Adult Care Center

by Larry Janezich

September 11, 2020

In a surprise announcement which reflected a last minute decision by Felice Development, the developer agreed to an ANC6B demand to increase tenfold a cash contribution for the benefit of Capitol Hill seniors as part of their benefits to the community for allowing increased height, mass and density of a huge mixed use building on the Anacostia waterfront.  ANC6B  had withheld its support for the developer’s zoning application because they judged the benefits Felice had offered insufficient.

In doing so, Felice avoided the potential of the Zoning Commission finding the proffered benefits insufficient as well, as Zoning Commission Chair Anthony Hood signaled at the beginning of the hearing.  Hood indicated the Commission was aware of the issue as he announced that the statute governing the Zoning Commission provides that the Commission can’t compel an addition to proffered benefits, but shall deny an application if the board finds the proffered benefits are insufficient, and may at any time suggest how the proffered benefits can be improved.

The concession came at the beginning of last night’s virtual DC Zoning Commission hearing on the application of the developer for a zoning change to allow building the 900 unit project at 1333 M Street, SE.

Leila Batties, the Holland and Knight attorney representing Felice,  told the Zoning Commission that Felice believes the application merits approval as is, but to clear the way for ANC support for the project, Felice agrees to increase the proffer for Capitol Hill seniors from $25,000 to the $250,000 requested by the ANC, including a $25,000 contribution to the Department of Parks and Recreation for senior programing at the Arthur Capper Recreation Center and $225,000 for the DC Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) with the request that the funds be earmarked to assist a non-profit with the cost of professional services related to securing the site for an Adult Day Center in the Capitol Hill area of Ward 6.  Details on how to effect the contribution and measures to insure the funding will be used as intended will have to be worked out between the developer and the agency.

Batties said that the decision to increase the proffer was last minute, and had not been conveyed to the ANC.

In response, ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Corey Holman, who had managed the process to exact a benefits package from the developer, told the Commission that the additional funding satisfies the criteria established by the ANC to garner its support.  Throughout that process, Holman’s focus had been on increasing the affordable housing component of the community benefits, and those efforts had been successful.  But there was strong support for an adult care center from his fellow ANC6B commissioners, who believed that the benefits package was insufficient, resulting in the decision to withhold support for the project.  That came as the result of an intense and persistant effort by Capitol Hill Village to get funding to launch an adult care center for the benefit a diverse community of senior citizens in Ward 6.

Capitol Hill Village representative Lawrence Johnston expressed gratitude for the increased funding, but expressed concern that there is currently no partnership between Capitol Hill Village and DACL that acknowledged Capitol Hill Village’s well thought out 21 month plan to accomplish the goal of raising funds and siting an ADC in Ward 6.

ANC6B Commissioner and candidate for At Large City Council seat Chander Jayaraman, testifying only for himself, also expressed concern about how the funds to be contributed to DC DACL would be used and pledged to hold Felice to its word.

Commissioner Kelly Waud, in whose single member district is adjacent to the project, expressed concerns on behalf of herself and nearby residents regarding noise pollution and about the lack of an area plan.

The Commission adjourned after a hearing that lasted more than four hours without voting on Felice’s application.  Applications normally take more than one hearing, and the Commission will resume consideration on October 15.

Afterward, CHC reached out to Commissioner and Planning and Zoning Committee Chair Corey Holman for his reaction.  Holman said, speaking only for himself and not the ANC, “I’m glad the applicant has proffered extra community benefits and look forward to ANC 6B continuing to play a role in helping to bring an adult day center to Capitol Hill. But the most important outcome of tonight’s hearing is that the process to add 900 new housing units, including 108 affordable inclusionary zoning units, continues to move forward. If approved by the Zoning Commission, I hope this is built quickly and spurs further development of the large adjacent parking lots. And further, when built, this project will provide complimentary retail and recreation opportunities to the 11th Street Bridge Park.”


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Cameo Coffee Opened Today in “The Roost” on Pennsylvania Ave SE

Here’s Cameo Coffee. Counter seating, plush easy chairs and sofas, communal table for laptops.

Here’s what the Shop Made In DC looks like.

And the menu.

Cameo Coffee Opened Today in “The Roost” on Pennsylvania Ave SE

By Larry Janezich

September 10, 2020

Restaurateur Michal Babin’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group opened Cameo Coffee in The Roost Thursday morning.  Also open is adjacent outlet for a Made In DC shop  – a “highly edited storelet” featuring a small collection of locally produced wares and goods from 40+ DC artisans.

The coffee outlet is the first in the planned “culinary clubhouse” Babin envisions for the ground floor of “Blackbird” – the 167 unit residential building at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Babin hopes to open Leni – an all-day café next.

Among the remaining outlets which will open gradually as pandemic conditions permit are  Ako (sushi and omakase (leave it to the chef) – by Kenaki, the Slice Joint (pizza), Red Apron (charcuterie and burgers), Hi Fi Taco, Show of Hands (craft cocktail and wine bar), and the 50 tap beer concept and garden, Shelter.  Caruso’s Grocery, a standalone red sauce Italian Restaurant will be the last to open, but carry out will be available some time earlier.

Cameo’s hours are 8:00am to 2:00pm.

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ANC6B Withholds Support for Waterfront Development Over Adult Day Center Issue

Felice Development Group’s residential/retail project on the banks of the Anacostia River near Boat House Row. The total project will amount to 791,000 square feet, with 900 residential units and two levels of below grade parking. The project will provide 45,000 square feet of retail space with a proposed option to convert 25,000 square feet of that space to other uses, including residential.

ANC6B Withholds Support for Waterfront Development Over Adult Day Center Issue

by Larry Janezich

Last night, ANC6B left it up to the DC Zoning Commission whether to require Felice Development to provide more than the $25,000 of the $250,000 recommended by the ANC for professional services related to securing a Capitol Hill site for an Adult Day Center.

As a condition of the ANC’s support for the developer’s change the zoning for the 13 story mixed use  building on the Anacostia Waterfront at 1333 M Street, the developer and the ANC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding terms mutually agreed upon, including benefits such as affordable housing, public space improvements, environmental requirements, transportation issues, and construction operations.  Last week, the ANC’s Planning and Zoning Committee agreed to include $250,000 for the ADC in the MOU.  Felicity Development said they would not sign the MOU with the $250,000 requirement included.

The developer had offered only $25,000 as a public benefit in the zoning change application filed with the DC Zoning Committee earlier this month.  Capitol Hill Village had been successful in persuading the P&Z Committee to recommend the higher figure to the full ANC.

At last night’s meeting, the ANC – seeking to avoid jeopardizing what could be agreed upon – removed the $250,000 contingency and approved the MOU, but stated that they could not support approval of the application to change the zoning currently before the Zoning Commission because the public benefits were insufficient without the funding for the ADC.

The following language was adopted as the position of the ANC on the issue, by a vote of 7 – 1 – 1.

“ANC 6B is opposed to approval of the case as we find the proffered public benefits insufficient. We note that increasing the contribution to support senior programming, specifically for the cost of professional services related to securing a site for an Adult Day Center to $250,000, combined with the previously proffered public benefits outlined in the applicant’s supplemental prehearing statement [and the MOU], would be sufficient in meeting the threshold in offering ‘a commendable number of quality or meaningful public benefits’.”

When the Zoning Commission meets to consider the zoning change application Thursday night, it will be a test of the “great weight” the agency is required to give ANC opinions.

Capitol Hill Corner reached out to Commissioner Kelly Waud, in whose single member district the project lies, for reaction.  Waud commended P&Z Committee Chair Holman for leading the benefit and amenities effort, adding, “The ANC and the subcommittee has negotiated as well as they could with a reluctant Felice Development. The ANCs efforts were hampered by lack of DC local area plan/vision for that corner of the city, and the limited information Felice provided about the population they are targeting with the development and the commercial efforts.  I personally remain skeptical about the size and scale of this development, and question how well it blends in with other developments in the area (heliport, 11th Street Bridge Park) and the recreational nature of the Water Street corridor.”

Commissioner and candidate At Large DC Council Chander Jayaraman said, “The ANC took a strong stance on behalf of seniors and the community by rejecting the developer’s refusal to support a critical need in our community – an Adult Day Center that would serve up to 50 seniors a day. I am proud of our commissioners who agreed to push for a more substantive public benefits package for a 900 unit development on the waterfront.”

Capitol Hill Village representative Larry Johnston said, “I’m grateful that the ANC PUD Subcommittee, the Planning & Zoning Committee, and the full ANC have given the Village an opportunity to propose something that will be good for seniors in Ward 6. The residents of Ward 6 lack access to adult day services, and I’m happy that we may continue to advocate for those services as we proceed through the PUD review process.”

The DC Zoning Commission will hold a Virtual Public Hearing on Thursday at 4:00pm, on 1st Phase Consolidated  PUD for 1333 M Street.  Interested parties can join the meeting by WebEx or Telephone – Instructions will be provided on the Office of Zoning website by Noon of the Hearing Date:  See here:


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DC’s First Small Business Sports Gambling Outlet Plans to Open on PA Avenue, SE

The former Stanton and Greene at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, is being built out for Handle 19 – a new restaurant/sports bar which will feature sports gambling.

DC’s First Small Business Sports Gambling Outlet Plans to Open on PA Avenue, SE

by Larry Janezich

Shane August, a Virginia healthcare entrepreneur, aims to be the first small business in DC to open a sportsbook – a sports gambling establishment that takes bets on sporting events and pays out winnings – and has leased the former Stanton & Greene/Pour House/Politiki at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue for the site of Handel 19, his proposed the restaurant/bar sports betting venue.

ANC6B will consider August’s application for a sports betting license on Tuesday night at its September meeting.  Last Thursday, the ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee was generally in favor of the application, but voted 4 – 0 to take “no position” in referring the application to the full ANC in order to give nearby residents an opportunity to voice their opinions at the upcoming virtual meeting tomorrow night.  (See details about how to join the meeting below*.)

August envisions the first floor of the restaurant as primarily for hospitality with the second floor for sports wagering.  The payout center where patrons will receive their winnings will be in the basement.

August told the Committee that there will be wagering on all three floors.  The space is currently being remodeled, and that will continue over the next 4 – 5 weeks.   Total occupancy will be limited to 199 – with a total of 60 seats on the first and second floors.  Handle 19’s proposed hours of operation are 11:00am – 1:00am Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00am – 2:30am on Friday and Saturday.

He said he expects the place to draw customers from the Metropolitan area – that’s when one of the commissioners started wondering about traffic and parking, and how the nearby residents would be affected.  That, in turn, prompted the “no position” verdict.

August says the license has the conditional approval Office of Lottery and he hopes to open as soon as remodeling is complete and ABRA gives final approval and conducts an onsite physical inspection.

Mayor Bowser signed the Sports Wagering Procurement Practices Reform Exemption Act – sponsored by then-CM Jack Evans – into law in January, 2019.  Unlike other states which have legalized gambling, the law provided a way for small businesses to offer sportbooks, via a class B license under which the establishment must be paired with a restaurant.  Class A licenses are reserved for organizations tied to the major entertainment venues of the city, which currently includes Capital One Arena, Nationals Park, Audi Field, and St. Elizabeth’s East Entertainment and Sports Arena.

*Click on this link to go to the ANC6B Calendar.   – Click on the Full ANC 6B Meeting notice.


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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Community institution The Hill Auto Repair at 712 E Street SE, is transforming. Tuesday night, ANC6B will consider a proposal to convert the shop to 13 condos with retail on the first floor.

Here’s an architect’s rendering of the mass and scale of the The Hill Auto Repainr following conversion, with the addition of a set-back third floor.

For readers who haven’t been joining the ANC committee virtual meetings, this is what one looks like. This from last Wednesday’s ANC6B Transportation Committee before the vote to recommend that the full ANC support DDOT’s plan for installing protected bike lanes on PA Ave., SE.

Come Tuesday, the West Front of the US Capitol between this double fence and the Capitol Building will be closed to the public – US Capitol Police officers say it’s owing to construction of the Inaugural platform.  

And here are the last two DC statehood murals from the alley next the to Atlas Theater on H Street, NE. One…

and Two.

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

By Larry Janezich

September 6, 2020

Monday, September 7

Labor Day holiday.  No trash or recycling pickup.

Tuesday, September 8

ANC 6B will have its Full ANC 6B meeting at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a Webex virtual meeting. Go here:  for the link & Call-In number to join this public meeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations TBA.

28 9th Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – Third story rooftop addition.

610 A Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application – Third story rear addition.

1333 M Street SE PUD ANC Report and Memorandum of Understanding.

Letter of support for Pennsylvania Avenue SE Corridor Study.

Safeway, 415 14Th Street, SE – Renewal of Class A Retail Liquor Store alcoholic beverage license.

Handle 19 Inc, 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE; class B license – sport betting – Applicant: Shane August & Rudolph August Jr.

Wednesday, September 9

ANC 6C will have its Full ANC 6C meeting at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a Webex virtual meeting. Go here:  for the link & Call-In number to join this public meeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Brief Community Announcements

    • Jeanne Lewis, Council At Large Candidate
    • Kris Randolph, Public Service Commission—DC Power Connect
    • Lisa Kuduk, Decriminalize Nature DC, Initiative 81
    • Jullian Burford, DC Grassroots Planning Commission
    • Commissioner announcements, including update on homeless encampments

Allure Lounge, 711 H Street, NE – Class C tavern license – Game of Skill endorsement.

Roundabout/ Bar Elena, 414 H Street, NE –  Class C tavern license – Game of Skill endorsement.

Discussion of ABRA enforcement and trends on H Street, NE.

Washington Union Station, draft environmental impact statement.

Logan School, 215 G Street, NE—Revised public space application .

300 Maryland Avenue, NE—Public space application .

312 Third Street, NE – Historic Preservation Application –Revised application, two-story rear addition.

622 Eye Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special exception and variance to convert an existing building to a five-unit apartment house.

20 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special exceptions to renovate an existing building into a mixed-use building.

Review of final reports for Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network grant and for Ludlow-Taylor grant.

Review of Everyone Home application and Ludlow-Taylor application.

Report on Peabody Elementary School grant status.

Discussion of possible increase in grant funds from ANC 6C.

New Business

    • Ranked-choice voting (Commissioner Eckenwiler).

Thursday, September 10

ANC 6A will have its Full ANC 6A meeting at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be a Webex virtual meeting. Go here:  for the link & Call-In number to join this public meeting.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Community Presentations

    • Assistant United States Attorney Doug Klein.

Consideration of a proposal to add a letter to the DC Council regarding funding for the Metropolitan Police Department in FY 20-21 to the September 2020 agenda and provide adequate time for Commissioners to comment on input from residents.  For further consideration, ANC6A draft a follow up letter to the DC Council which includes comments from 6A residents and allow for a 30 day comment period for other residents to share any written comments related to this topic and outlines what investments should be prioritized by the DC Council for any funding adjustments.

Letters to Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPD First District, and Commander William Fitzgerald, MPD Fifth District, to raise concerns about reports from constituents that MPD is not in compliance with current health and safety guidelines and other regulations pertaining to ensuring reasonable accommodations for all community members, including sign language interpretation.

Letter to DPR inquiring how they plan to ensure access to recreation centers and facilities for the community going forward.

Brine at 1357-1359 H Street – Application for a modification to the establishment’s ABRA license to add a Summer Garden endorsement.

Duffy’s Irish Pub at 1016 H Street, NE – Application to modify its settlement agreement to allow for four special events per year with live music in the summer garden until 9:00 pm, provided that notice of the event be given to the Chair of the ANC and the Co-Chairs of the ABL at least 48 hours before the event.

Duffy’s Irish Pub at 1016 H Street, NE – Application to modify its settlement agreement to allow for a second sidewalk café, coterminous with the designated “parklet,” with identical hours to the establishment’s existing sidewalk café, and an occupancy limit consistent with all DC government guidance and restrictions.

Letter to DDOT requesting striping at a list of intersections to be assembled by the TPS, with opportunity for community input prior to the next ANC meeting. Initial draft list: D Street at each intersection from 9th to 14th Street, plus 16th and 19th Street NE; 12th Street at C, D & E Streets NE, Wylie Court and I Street NE; I Street from 8th Street to Florida Avenue NE; 13th Street at D, E & F Streets, NE.

Letter of support to DDOT for speed humps on the 1600 and 2000 blocks of D Street NE.

Recommendation that ANC require extra signage announcing upcoming EDZ meeting and ANC meeting dates for all applicants for zoning and historic district relief before they are added to the agenda for the EDZ. The signage will be printed and made available by the ANC, and must be posted in a prominent location.

DC Zoning Commission Virtual Public Hearing, 4:00pm, on 1st Phase Consolidated  PUD for 1333 M Street (Felice Development Group’s 1st-Stage & Consolidated PUDs & Related Map Amendment from PDR-4 zone to MU-9 zone)       

WebEx or Telephone – Instructions will be provided on the OZ website by Noon of the Hearing Date:  See here:

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Alternative A Is Preferred Option but PA Ave Bike Lane Project Encounters Delay

Alternative A is the preferred design choice for installing bike lanes on PA Avenue between 2nd Street and 17th Street, SE

New Timeline released at last night’s ANC6B Transportation Committee

Original Timeline from DDOT presentation on July 8

Alternative A Is Preferred Option But PA Ave Bike Lane Project Encounters Delay:

by Larry Janezich

September 3, 2020

Last night, at a virtual meeting of ANC6B’s Transportation Committee, Mike Goodno, DDOT Bicycle Program Specialist, announced that Alternative A has been selected as the preferred design choice for the installation of bike lanes on PA Avenue, SE, citing overwhelming support in DDOT’s online survey.  He called the choice the one with the least change in traffic patterns.

He also unveiled a new timeline for the project which has been delayed by COVID-related issues.  The next community engagement in the process is a second public meeting which had been scheduled for summer/fall 2020 where the 30% design for the plan was to have been unveiled.  That meeting has been pushed back to fall/winter of 2021 – likely into next year, since Goodno said that DDOT would be working on the 30% design “over the next six months or so.”  A 100% design will be completed in 2021.

The ANC Transportation Committee, chaired by Commissioner Oldenburg, unanimously voted to recommend that the full ANC send a letter of support for Alternative A.  The matter will next be taken up by the full ANC when it holds a virtual meeting next Tuesday.

In response to concerns that the plan would divert outgoing PA Ave traffic to Independence Avenue, Goodno said that after installation of 13 miles of bike lanes in the city, preliminary analysis has shown very little change in traffic patterns.  He said if DDOT feels traffic is being diverted to Independence, the agency can quickly make changes in the flexible posts and paint to correct the situation, adding, “We’re sensitive to community concerns and don’t think it will happen.”

There are four projects on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, with which the bike lane program will have to be coordinated:

  • Upgrading streetlights and traffic signals
  • The redesign of the Pennsylvania and Potomac Avenue intersection
  • Finalizing the Environmental Assessment of the Southeast Boulevard and Barney Circle
  • The redesign of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza


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Proposed Adult Day Center for Capitol Hill Advances

Proposed Adult Day Center for Capitol Hill Advances

by Larry Janezich

September 2, 2020

At a virtual meeting last night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee recommended that the full ANC require – on behalf of the community – a $250,000 grant from Felice Development Group to launch an effort by Capitol Hill Village (CHV) to establish an adult day center (ADC) for Ward 6 residents.  The full ANC6B will consider the recommendation at its September meeting next Tuesday, and the matter will be taken up by the DC Zoning Commission on Thursday, September 10.

Capitol Hill Village has been pushing ANC and Felice, the developer of the huge mixed use development at 1333 M Street, SE, to subsidize an adult care center with memory care as part of the community benefits accruing to the community under the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process.  City regulations require the developer to provide community benefits in exchange for a change in zoning for Planned Unit Development projects which desire greater density and mass than would be allowed without a zoning change. The zoning change would allow Felice to add four additional floors beyond what is currently allowed to its three-building project on the Anacostia waterfront.  When complete, the project will deliver 900 residential units plus 45,000 square feet of retail space with two levels of underground parking.

CHV is a non-profit, volunteer-based, 500 member organizations that helps older adults age in place on Capitol Hill.  They are one of the largest community organizations in Ward 6.

Initially, CHV proposed that the developer provide 9000 square feet of rent-subsidized retail space for 10 years (with a valuation of $750,000 for build-out and $135,000/year in rent-subsidies) for an ADC.  CHV pointed out that the developer has requested the optional re-purposing of 25,000 square feet of the proposed 45,000 retail space indicating the developer’s uncertainty regarding demand for the space.  Residents may remember that ANC6B negotiated a subsidized child care center in the much smaller Hine project at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue at part of the community benefits for that PUD project.

According to CHV, target clients for the ADC would include 1/3 low-income – seniors whose costs will be covered by Medicaid, 1/3 middle-income – Individuals with incomes between 30% and 100% of Median Family Income, and 1/3 high-income – seniors who will cover the entire costs on their own, or with the help of long-term care insurance.  The preliminary cost estimate is $120 a day.

CHV said they made several attempts to engage the developer which were met with silence, before they received a blanket refusal of their proposal.

In remarks to the ANC PUD Subcommittee on benefits and amenities on July 19, CHV couched the refusal in softer terms, “To date, Felice has not been receptive to the idea.”  The Subcommittee had been receptive but had concerns – that the request competes with the desire for additional affordable housing and that the request might be too large an ask.  Planning and Zoning Committee Corey Holman seemed particularly protective of the affordable housing benefit and skeptical of any proposal which might threaten it.

CHV’s fallback position was to request a grant of $250,000 to launch a fundraising effort for an ADC in another location.  CHV continued to make their case over the summer, pressing for the cash grant, spelling out how the money would be spent and stressing the need in the community for the facility with a strong emphasis on the comparative costs for adult health care and the number of families which would benefit.

CHV says the ADC will allow 100 seniors, particularly those with cognitive or physical challenges, to age at home, and noted that the development already included significant affordable housing – 8% is required by law – and the developer had offered to go up an additional 3%.

On August 21, Felice filed a development application with the Zoning Commission for Phase One of the Planned Unit Development at 1333 M Street.

Among the proffered community benefits was a $25,000 monetary contribution for funding items or services for seniors in Ward 6 or the cost of professional services related to securing a site for an ADC in ward 6.  Another proffer increased the affordable housing benefit from 11% to 12% for households earning up to 60% of the Median Family Income.

At last night’s meeting, there was strong support for restoring the amount of the grant to the $250,000 that CHV requested.  Some committee members seemed offended at the paucity of Felice’s offer.  CHV representatives argued that Felice’s proposed benefits do not come close to the size of what they are asking from the community and that the main benefits in the form of increasing affordable housing by 4% is a benefit for the city as a whole, but less so the community.  CHV stressed that this project is not for CHV, but for all vulnerable seniors in Ward 6 and will be available to all income levels.

CHV cited their analysis of the community benefits* which showed very little accruing to community as opposed to the general public and amenities for the project’s residents which are “dressed up as benefits”.  One commissioner pointed out that CHV had the only requested benefit which grew out of the community – and one that is ready to go.

Despite being invited, Felice did not attend the meeting, which puzzled some commissioners.

The vote came after midnight on the following language:

Since the developer didn’t support an onsite ADC, prior to issuance of a building permit the applicant agrees to contribute $250,000 to a non-profit to fund services relating to securing a site in Ward 6….

The vote was unanimous, 11 – 0.

*For a CHV analysis of the benefits currently being offered by Felice see the document in the Library (top of home page) entitled: Analysis of Benefits Currently Proffered 1333 M

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

On Tuesday, Frager’s Hardware kicks off a month long celebration of the store’s 100th anniversary.  In lieu of a party, September will feature weekly giveaways, contests and a new Frager’s Tee shirt. Social media will showcase neighboring small businesses who have contributed so much to the vibrancy of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  A round-up option on purchases will raise funds for local nonprofits that have improved the quality of life for our neighbors in need.  For more information, go here:

Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row takes advantage of new regulations which allow restaurants to put tables in the parking lane for outside dining.  

The District Yacht Club, secluded on Water Street, SE, but only a 10 minute walk from 11th and M Streets, will have some new neighbors soon – Felice Development is building the 900 unit mixed use building across the street at 1333 M, SE. 

Here’s another of the 8 statehood murals in the alley alongside the Atlas Theater on H Street, NE.


and another.

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Community business ramps up in September after a quiet August.  Pay special attention to the Tuesday meeting of ANC6B’s Planning and Zoining Committee which is hammering out a recommendation on community benefits re the 1333 M Street Development, and the Wednesday meeting of the ANC6B Transportation Committee which is likely to vote on a recommendation for separated bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Tuesday, September 1

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

Go here for the link and/or call in information:

Items on the draft agenda:

28 9th Street, SE – Historic Preservation Application, third story rooftop addition.

1333 M Street SE PUD ANC Report and Memorandum of Understanding regarding community amenities and benefits.

Wednesday, September 2

ANC6B Transportation Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Go here for the link and/or call in information:

Items on the draft agenda:

Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Corridor Study.  DDOT presentation focusing on Alternative A.  Possible vote on recommending Alternative A to the full ANC.

Traffic Safety Assessment request for 600 block E, SE –  Traffic Hump

Traffic Safety Assessment request for 1100-1500 blocks of K Street, SE – Traffic Hump

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

Go here for the link and/or call in information:

Draft Agenda

312 3rd Street, NE – Historic Preservation Application, revised application for permit (not concept) approval to construct two-story rear addition. Representative:

622 Eye Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for a special exception to convert an existing residential building into a five-unit apartment house and for variance relief from the 900-square-foot/unit lot area requirements.

20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW – Zoning Adjustment Application special exceptions under the penthouse restaurant use requirements and the capitol security sub-area requirements to renovate an existing office building into a mixed-use building.

Thursday, September 3

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Go here for the link and/or call in information:

Items on the draft agenda:

Safeway, 415 14Th Street, SE – renewal of class A Retail – Liquor Store alcoholic beverage license.

Handle 19 Inc, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE (formerly Staunton & Greene) – class B license – sport betting.


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Bike Lanes, Fewer Traffic Lanes, Less Parking Coming To PA Ave SE

Current traffic pattern on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – click to enlarge

Bike Lanes, Fewer Traffic Lanes, Less Parking Coming To Pennsylvania Ave SE

by Larry Janezich

DDOT is implementing a plan to install a continuous protected bike lane on Pennsylvania Avenue from 2nd Street, SE, to 17th Street at Barney Circle.  It will proceed in two phases – beginning in 2022 with completion anticipated in 2024.  There are three alternatives being considered, and under the most likely, parking would be banned during peak time and direction, and one of the three traffic lanes would be dedicated to bus traffic.

Once approved, the project will proceed in two phases.  Phase I will see the safer separated bike lanes and new traffic patterns installed between 2nd Street and 13th Street on PA Ave, SE, beginning in 2022 with the goal of completion in 2023.  Phase II planning and design will kick off in 2022 with installation scheduled for 2023 and 2024, after completion of the redesign of the Pennsylvania Avenue and Potomac Ave intersection.

The project is the outgrowth of the DDOT MoveDC Initiative – the blueprint for how the DC transportation network can support anticipated growth thru 2040 when the number of residents is projected to reach 900,000.  The Initiative is being undertaken in connection with Vision Zero, the city’s goal to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.  One of the effects of the plan will be to encourage the use of bikes and public transportation – and discourage the use of single passenger vehicles.  The Washington Area Bicycle Association says that some 5% of District residents commute to work on bikes and that the percentage of riders on Capitol Hill is higher than that – maybe much higher.

COVID disrupted DDOT’s plan to hold an in person public meeting to introduce the concept to the community, so the agency piggy-backed on the July 8 ANC6B Transportation Committee virtual meeting.  Project Manager Greg Matlesky discussed the details of the three alternative designs for the project.  To see and hear a voice-over of that presentation, go here:

DDOT said it would incorporate feedback from the meeting and comments submitted on its website prior to July 31 into the selection of a preferred alternative by end of summer.  That will lead to a preliminary design phase and a second public meeting in late summer or early fall.

DDOT is on the agenda of the virtual meeting of ANC6B’s Transportation Committee next Wednesday, apparently seeking the Committee’s (and subsequently the full ANC’s) endorsement of Alternative A (see below).  Information on joining that meeting on-line will be posted Sunday night on Capitol Hill Corner’s feature:  The Week Ahead.   If recommended by the Committee the full ANC6B will consider the recommendation at its monthly meeting on September 8.

Alternative A

Alternate A – the design endorsed by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association – would provide  curbside 5 foot separated bike lanes on both sides of the street, each with a three foot buffer, then a lane for off-peak metered parking which becomes a dedicated bus lane during peak hours, and two traffic lanes.  The dedicated bus lane will decrease bus times in the corridor.  DDOT says this alternate will impact traffic flow the least.

Alternative B

Alternate B – would provide a 6 foot separated curbside bike lane, a 3 foot buffer, a full time metered parking lane, and two full time traffic lanes.   DDOT says under this plan, bus travel times worsen and the largest traffic delay occurs.

Alternative C

Alternate C – provides a 5 foot separated bike lane next to the median, a three foot buffer, metered off- peak parking along the curb which becomes a peak time dedicated bus lane, and two traffic lanes.

One Capitol Hill resident who lives near Independence Avenue and has raised concerns, expressed frustration to CHC about the lack of response from DDOT regarding the impact of the project on the neighborhood.  That resident noted the lack of communication and consultation with the community.  A virtual presentation to the ANC6B Transportation with minimal attendance is a poor substitute for a well-publicized in-person or even a separate virtual community presentation.  The resident notes that all three proposals involve reducing traffic lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue from three to two, and worries that this will divert much evening rush hour traffic through neighborhood streets to Independence Avenue, resulting in backups beyond those which already plague out-bound evening traffic.  Traffic in the two traffic lanes in all three scenarios will continue to be slowed by the backup in the median side lane – both in-bound and out-bound – as vehicles back up waiting to turn right or left across the median.

As part of the DDOT presentation to the Transportation Committee though, Matlesky noted that the pandemic has reduced total daily vehicular daily trips by 30 – 60%, and suggested that after the pandemics asides subsides, “we likely won’t see traffic return to pre-Covid levels for quite some time.”

Capitol Hill Corner reached out to Matlesky to ask if any study or thought has been given to where drivers seeking an alternate route to Pennsylvania Avenue might go, but as of press time had not received a response.


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