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The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights and Photos

The City Wide ANC Caucus – coordinated by former ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman – met last Monday.  Commissioners expressed interest in finding ways that the city’s 300 ANC commissioners can assist the administration in the roll out of programs.  One suggestion was to help coordinate Covid 19 vaccine distribution.  Tyler Williams, Director of Operations for the Mayor’s Office on Community Relations, was present and offered to liaison the Caucus and “Senior Leadership”.  The Caucus in laying plans to hold a virtual COVID 19 Vaccine Hesitancy Town Hall Meeting to encourage vaccination. 

Tuesday, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee, chaired by Corey Holman, met and considered Barracks Row Chipotle’s request to continue operating as a fast food restaurant.  A potential sticking point regarding rodent control seemed to have been resolved as neighbors – led by Linda Elliott – praised the efforts of the Chipotle management and building owner Guy Silverman for addressing their concerns by effectively creating an indoor cooled trash room.  The Committee also voted unanimously to appeal the decision of the Zoning Committee to disregard building codes and issue a permit to change a single family dwelling at 207 3rd Street, SE, to a six unit multi-family building.  (Correction:  an early version of this post showed a photo of 203 3rd Street, SE. CHC regrets the error.)

Prefabrication sketches for “Loveful Hands” and “Found You”.  The jury is still out on the colorful “Weavings.”

DGS briefed the Eastern Market Metro Park Taskforce on Wednesday on the renovation of the Eastern Market Plaza.  There are weekly meetings regarding the fabrication of the two pieces of public art.  The city is funding “Loveful Hands” by Jay Coleman for Parcel 4 near the Metro entrance, and Barracks Row Main Street is funding “Found You” – three rabbits playing hide and seek by Beth Nybeck– to be installed near the playground on Parcel 1.  The pieces will be fabricated over the summer and installed late summer or fall.  Project Manager Diego Martinez said there was no update on a potential third installation – “Weavings” by Hiroshi Jacob – near Trader Joe’s.  Dave Perry of Barracks Row Main Street said Barracks can’t commit to funding “Weave” at this point, but “conversations continue.”   DGS is projecting a late spring grand opening for the renovation project. 

Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg’s ANC6B’s Transportation Committee met on Wednesday and resident member Brian Kirrane unveiled an interactive internet tool to assist in an ANC6B intersection audit.  He gave Mark Sussman much credit for technical assistance in the development of the tool and said they were closing in on a launch date.  The purpose of the tool is to collect data on the details to evaluate how each of the some 270 intersection in ANC6B is managed to help the ANC assess future traffic management needs. The tool will seek input from nearby residents of each intersection on how traffic is regulated, the timing of traffic signals, and details on crosswalks, ramps, and safety bollards.  Kirrane said other ANC’s might find the tool useful.  See below. 

The Week Ahead…ANC Highlights and Photos

By Larry Janezich

ANC highlights:

  • Monday – ANC6D. Councilmember Charles Allen appears at ANC6D.
  • Tuesday – ANC6B. Andrew DeFrank, Ward 6 Community Engagement Specialist, District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
  • Wednesday – ANC6C. Councilmember Charles Allen appears at ANC6C.  MPD Captain Hrebenak discusses recent carjackings. 
  • Thursday, – ANC6A. Andrew DeFrank, Ward 6 Community Engagement Specialist, District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

Monday, March 8

ANC6D will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

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

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • Presentation: Councilmember Charles Allen will update the ANC on Ward Six. 
  • Executive Office of the Mayor, Budget.
  • Westminster DC.]45 Q Street, SE.
  • 150 I Street, SW.
  • Cotton Annex.
  • Parcel 47D/Republic Portals IV
  • DOEE Programs Overview

Tuesday, March 9

ANC6B holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to access the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/event/full-anc-meeting-2/?instance_id=99

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation: Andrew DeFrank, Ward 6 Community Engagement Specialist, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • Presentation: Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic – Solar for All and Solar Works DC.
  • Letter to ABRA Requesting delay in protest petition deadline for Handle 19 at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.
  • The Ugly Mug Dining Saloon/Valor Brew, 723 8th Street, SE. Application to add Sports Wagering and Game of Skill endorsements to their operations sports wagering through mobile app and physical consoles for the electronic game of skill Dragon’s Ascent.
  • Chipotle, 413 8th Street SE. Zoning adjustment application – special exception to extend the terms of the special exception granted on July 19, 2011, for an additional ten (10) years, to allow a fast food restaurant use. 
  • 102 9th Street, SE. Zoning adjustment application – special exception to construct a penthouse addition to an existing three-story, attached, principal dwelling unit.
  • 610 South Carolina Avenue, SE. Zoning adjustment application – exception to construct a one story addition to two-story building.
  • 1819 A Street, SE. Zoning adjustment application – special exceptions to construct a third story and a three-story rear addition, and to convert an existing two-story, detached, principal dwelling unit to a three-story, semi-detached, three-unit residential building.
  • 411 New Jersey Avenue, SE. Zoning adjustment application – special exception to construct two new, three-story, principal dwelling units.  
  • 15 8th Street, SE. Historic preservation application – concept review for 2-story rear addition adjacent to alley. 
  • 207 3rd Street, SE. Committee recommendation to appeal the decision of the Zoning Commission to disregard building codes and issue a permit to change a single family dwelling at 207 3rd Street, to a six unit multi-family building. 
  • Resolution for Security at RNC Capitol Hill Club and DNC National Democratic Club Regarding January 6th Insurrection on the Capital.

Wednesday, March 10

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C 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: MPD Captain Hrebenak—Recent carjacking occurrences.
  • Presentation: Council Member Charles Allen will update the ANC on the state of Ward Six.

Consent Calendar

  • Uncorked, 22 M Street NE, Class A liquor license.
  • Short-term rental rulemaking, second round, Airbnb legislation.
  • 307 A Street NE, Zoning adjustment application for special exception to add one-story rear addition.
  • 410 East Capitol Street, NE, Historic preservation application. Replacement of a one-story addition with a two-story addition.

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  • New sidewalk café, 111 K Street NE, Public space application.
  • Letter regarding H Street NE safety concerns.
  • DDOT performance oversight hearing, written testimony.
  • Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV Project DEIS.

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee

  • Capitol Crossing, future – (nonvoting). Second stage PUD application.

Thursday, March 11

ANC6A 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:

  • Presentation: Andrew DeFrank, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Community Engagement Specialist
  • Letter to ANC6A ABRA licensees via mail to physical addresses and/or e-mail regarding recent amendments to ANC 6A’s template settlement agreements as well as ANC 6A’s intent to cease enforcement of anti-loitering provisions in existing settlement agreements, and further authorize expenditure up to $150.00 for the costs of paper, printing, and postage.
  • Transportation and Public Space
  • Joint ANC6A and ANC6C letter to DDOT requesting a comprehensive review of safety and traffic concerns on H Street, NE, from North Capitol to 15th Street NE.
  • Joint ANC6A and ANC6C letter to Letter to Mayor Bowser, the DC Council, DDOT, and DCOP regarding solutions for H Street NE.
  • Motion to designate ANC6A Chair Amber Gove, or another Commissioner authorized by the Chair, to provide testimony on behalf of ANC 6A at the March 23, 2021 roundtable “Transportation in the District after the Pandemic”, sponsored by the DC Council.
  • 1637 D Street, NE. Letter to BZA opposing the Application for a special exception  to construct a two-story with basement addition to an existing, nonconforming, two-story with basement, principal dwelling unit at 1637 D Street, NE.
  • 135 13th Street, NE. Letter of conditional support to BZA for a specialexception for constructing a second dwelling unit at 135 13th Street, NE.
  • 1101 H Street, NE. Letter of conditional support to BZA for special exception and an Area Variance to permit the construction of a new mixed-use residential building at 1101 H Street, NE.   
  • Ad Hoc By Laws Committee
  • Approve February 2021 committee report.
  • Letter to WMATA expressing support for the continued operation of bus transit, particularly lines used by transit-dependent neighbors and residents of 6A and Ward 6.

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Mayor Bowser’s March 4 Situational Briefing – Hints at “Loosening Up” & New Preregistration

Mayor Bowser’s March 4 Situational Briefing – Hints at “Loosening Up” & New Preregistration

by Larry Janezich

Posted March 4, 2021

At today’s briefing, Mayor Bowser pointed to the lifting some of the restrictions on travel for those fully vaccinated and announced a tentative date of March 15 for a phased in resumption of high school sports.  Bowser also hinted at a broader loosening of restrictions.  DC Department of Health is expected to make recommendations mid-month for those needing lead time to think about reopening.  “Knock on Wood that things go well”, Bowser said, “I think by mid-month some things might be loosening up.” 

Guidance for travel:    Travel related quarantine and testing requirements may be waived for:

  • Those fully vaccinated against COV-19 AND
  • Travel is within 90 days of the last required dose AND
  • Who do not have any Covid symptoms

See here:  https://bit.ly/2Pv7LRT

It is recommended to bring your vaccination card with you while travelling in case documentation is requested.  Those not fully vaccinated still need to be tested before coming to DC

Bowser announced that this is the final week using the current system to book appointments.  Next week (date TBA) DC DOH launches a new pre-registration system for making vaccine appointments.  Eligible individuals can visit the website portal or call the DC Call Center.  The website portal will be open 24/7/365.  The Call Center will be open 9 – 7, M-F, and 9-4 on weekends.  https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc

  • Those who are registered will be notified by phone call and/or text when they have an opportunity to make an appointment.
  • When making an appointment, residents will be offered a selection of vaccination sites which will list which vaccine is available at those locations.
  • Preregistration does not mean every senior will be offered an appointment before those in a population with lower eligibility.
  • Timing of registration is weighted least in terms of priority for scheduling appointments. DC Health hopes residents who are not in an eligible population will not attempt to preregister until their population is eligible. 
  • There are other opportunities for making vaccine appointments by calling health care providers, DC health care centers and dialysis centers. For a list, click on link above.
  • Appointments will continue to be set aside for residents living in top priority zip codes.

DC DOH is working to open or expand high capacity vaccine sites administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  Residents will need an appointment through: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc   

Other highlights:

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (new)
  • Providence Health System (already open – will expand)
  • Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights (already open – will expand)
  • Children’s National Hospital is vaccinating DC residents 16 or 17 with qualifying medical conditions. https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine 
  • All teachers and staff who work for a school or child care facility are eligible for vaccination and are encouraged to use the DC pre-registration portals.
  • 1011 people have been vaccinated at 11 out of 12 DC Housing Authority Sites
  • Nesbitt said that large walkup sites are not being considered because standing in queue for “hour upon hour to be told that the site is out of vaccine is not a good experience and not what the customer wants”.
  • No thought is being given at present to a vaccination passport.

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The Week Ahead … ANC Meeting Highlights – Finn McCool’s Closes – Photos

Finn McCool’s – the Irish Pub Tavern on Barracks Row – has closed, as reported by Eater Washington DC:  http://bit.ly/3b0euvs  The space will become a new tavern serving American fare run by a new operator, according to Tom Johnson of the Hill Restaurant Group which ran McCool’s.  Johnson’s group recently relinquished its lease on the former Orchid, which has morphed into Extreme Pizza run by Bombay Street Food owner Asad Sheikh.

Also on Wednesday, the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee held a virtual meeting.  Chair Donna Scheeder announced the resignation of Johnathan Page as the Mayor’s representative on the Committee.  Page has relocated off the Hill.  Market Manager Barry Margeson discussed a plan to expand Market hours – 9:00am until 6:00pm Tuesday thru Friday; 8:00am until 5:00pm on Saturday; and 9:00am until 5:00pm on Monday – timing TBA. 

The Week Ahead and ANC Committee Highlights

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 28

ANC COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday, ANC6B Transportation Committee discusses the Baltimore/DC Maglev DEIS.

Thursday, ANC6C Transportation Committee considers a letter to city officials on H Street safety issues and also discusses the Baltimore/DC Maglev DEIS.

THE WEEK AHEAD…

Monday, March 1

ANC6C Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Draft agenda: 

  • Uncorked, 22 M Street, NE.  Transfer Application for Retailer’s Class “A” Liquor Store.

Tuesday, March 2

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 102 9th Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception to construct a penthouse addition to an existing three-story, attached, principal dwelling unit.
  • 413 8th Street, SE, Chipotle – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception to allow (continue) a fast food restaurant use.
  • 610 South Carolina Avenue, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception to construct a one story addition to two-story building. 
  • 411 New Jersey Avenue, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application – Special Exception to construct two new, three-story, principal dwelling units. 
  • 1819 A Street, SE – Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special Exceptions to construct a third story and a three-story rear addition, and to convert an existing two-story, detached, principal dwelling unit to a three-story, semi-detached, three-unit residential building.
  • Text Amendment to add Inclusionary Zoning Requirements to NC-6 (Lower Barracks Row).

ANC6C Environment, Parks, and Public Events Committee which usually meets this date will not meet this month.

Wednesday, March 3

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

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • Demonstration of ANC6B Traffic Calming Inventory Draft
  • Request to Convert Several Blocks in 6B04 to Two-Way
  • Discussion on the Baltimore/DC Maglev DEIS

ANC6C Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For more info on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6c.org/march-2021-virtual-meeting-details/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW – Capitol Crossing – Informational presentation on to-be-filed second-stage PUD application for the Center Block of the Capitol Crossing development project. This application is for the last two buildings in the project. It includes a commercial building on which will be developed with a hotel and ground floor retail, and a residential building which will include 50 affordable housing units and ground floor retail.
  • 622 Eye Street, NE – Further-revised application of VBS Community Builders LLC, 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.
  • Short-term rental rulemaking (2nd round) – Proposed DCRA regulations implementing the 2019 Council legislation regulating Airbnb and similar short-term lodging arrangements. The PZE and ANC 6C reviewed and commented on the initial draft regulations in November 2020; owing to the number of comments, DCRA has issued a revised proposal. Deadline for comments: Mar. 22, 2021. (Original proposed rulemaking; ANC 6C comments; second proposed rulemaking; underlying legislation)
  • 307 A Street, NE – Application for a special exception from the lot occupancy requirements to construct a one-story rear addition to an existing attached three-story principal dwelling unit.
  • 410 East Capitol Street, NE – Application for concept approval to replace an existing one-story rear addition with two-story addition.

Thursday, March 4

The ANC6B Alcohol Beverage Committee – usually scheduled this day – will not meet this month

ANC6C Transportation and Public Space Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Second MoveDC survey: www.WeMoveDC.org.
  • 111 K Street, NE – New Sidewalk Café.  Public Space Application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at the southeast corner of K Street, NE and 1st Street NE. The proposed 216 sq. ft. cafe will include a total of 10 tables, or 27 seats total, with umbrellas. Hours listed on the application are from 8am or 10am until 11pm or midnight, 7 days a week.
  • H Street NE safety concerns.   A joint meeting between ANC 6A and 6C Transportation and Public Space Committees was held on February 16 on H Street NE safety concerns. The Committee will review the joint letter as drafted by a subcommittee of members from both ANCs requesting solutions for H Street NE.
  • DDOT Performance Oversight Testimony.  The hearing record for the Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment held DDOT’s performance oversight hearing on Friday, February 26, 2021 will close 14 days after the hearing date. The Committee will consider and make any recommendations for the ANC to submit written testimony for the record.
  • Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV Project DEIS.  Comments are due on April 22, 2021 for the Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV Project
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Committee will discuss the DEIS and any received community feedback.

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Daily COVID Case Rate Out of the Red – Bowser Situational Update, Monday, Feb 22

 

Daily COVID Case Rate Out of the Red – Bowser Situational Update, Monday, Feb 22

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 22, 2021

Mayor Bowser held a Situational Briefing on COVID-19 today and took questions afterward.  Here are some key takeaways:

  • The daily case rate is below 15 – out of the red at 14.9 cases per 100,000, expressed as a 7 day rolling average. The last time it was this low was early to mid-November.  This means we are in the mid-level of community spread. 
  • 995 Washingtonians have died from coronavirus. The mayor encouraged residents to continue to wear masks, continue to social distance, and to get vaccinated. 
  • DC is seeing a downward trend in testing. Bowser said, “We’re not happy about that.”  Testing is around 25,000 a week – the lowest since the last week of September or first week of October.  During the holidays testing was up to 50,000 a week.  La Quandra Nesbitt encouraged residents to get tested if they are not in their usual state of health.  If the 45% to 55% number of asymptomatic cases are not picked up by testing it can have an impact (by lowering) the apparent daily case rate.
  • Free testing locations and info on pre-registering can be found here. https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testing
  • As of February 20:
    • 15,575 doses of vaccine have been delivered
    • 92,600 first doses have been administered
    • 17,590 doses will be delivered this week
  • Inclement weather delayed last week’s delivery to DC; that delivery will arrive early this week and be in addition to the 17,590 doses scheduled to arrive this week.
  • Because of the late delivery, hospitals and health care systems have had to cancel some first appointments and reschedule. Residents will be notified by those hospitals or health care systems.  No appointments made through the DC portal have been cancelled.
  • Last week, an unemployment insurance vendor issue caused a delay in the delivery of payments for 39,000 DC residents. The problem has been identified and resolved.  Those payments should arrive in bank accounts Tuesday or Wednesday. 
  • There have been no changes in quarantine requirement for travelers into the District. See restrictions here:  https://bit.ly/37FZGA2
  • There is no new information on the time line for taking down the fence around the Capitol complex. Bowser said they will be making specific inquiries. 

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The Week Ahead – New on Barracks Row – Photos – Meeting Highlights

New on Barracks Row:  Arena Social Arts Club, 507 8th Street, SE, will open this spring as an art and event space dedicated to the visual arts, concentrating on artists of color.  The recently renovated building with 7,000 square feet of space served until recently as Shakespeare Theater’s Rehearsal Hall.  Behind the enterprise is Ian Callender – creator of Blind Whino, now Culture House at 700 Delaware Avenue, SW.  Callender:  “It’s not just a gallery space we’re after, we want to create a delicate balance where we could hold an art opening or fancy wedding one afternoon and the next day we could hold a kids arts and crafts event or an ANC meeting in the same environment.”  For more info go here:  https://www.arenasocial.org/ Here’s more on Callender from an article a couple of years ago in The Southwester: http://bit.ly/3sgRgah

Also new on Barracks Row is Movement Methods Chiropractic at 719 8th Street, SE, second floor.  Dr. Daniel Osborn, a board certified chiropractic physician, specializes in sports medicine and treating all types of sports-related injuries.  Here’s the website for more information or to book appointments – or call 202-547-0317.

 

The Week Ahead – New on Barracks Row – Photos – Meeting Highlights

by Larry Janezich

This Week’s Meeting Highlights:

Wednesday – DGS Virtually Briefs EMMPAT on Eastern Market Metro Park Progress.

Wednesday – Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting.

The Week Ahead…

Monday, February 22

ANC 6A Community Outreach Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation: Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld, Serve Your City on behalf of Ward 6 Mutual Aid.
  • HIPS Presentation: Cyndee Clay, Shakita Chapman, and Tamika Spellman.

Tuesday, February 23

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

Agenda: 

  • To set the agenda for the March meeting of ANC6B.

Wednesday, February 24

DGS will hold a virtual meeting to brief the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Taskforce on progress on the redevelopment of Eastern Market Metro Park.  The meeting is monthly, and usually occurs at 1:00pm. 

  • Information on joining the meeting will be available day of – usually mid-morning.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:30pm – one-half hour later than their usual meeting time. 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Report of the Chair
  • Budget Review Status
  • Security at Eastern Market
  • Report of the Market Manager
    • Strategic Plan update
    • return to normal operating hours update
    • Status of the conflict resolution proposal
    • Signage and banner update
  • Capital Improvements Report: Monte Edwards
  • Tenant’s Council Report
  • Eastern Market Metro Plaza Update

Thursday, February 25

ANC6A Ad Hoc By Laws Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

  • Call-in information will be posted 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Agenda:

  • To consider revision of the ANC6A By Laws

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Two ANC’s & H Street Businesses Have Had Enough of DDOT’s Slights

Two ANC’s and H Street Businesses Have Had Enough of DDOT’s Slights

By Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night, the Transportation Committees of ANC6A and ANC6C held an unusual joint meeting to plan a response to DDOT’s ignoring repeated requests to address traffic and safety issues on H Street NE.  The committees are chaired respectively by Mark Brumer and Christy Kwan.  Brumer chaired the joint meeting.

Commissioners cited a January 10, 2021, letter signed by 25* H Street businesses to then DDOT Director Jeff Marootian describing a December 22nd incident when a reckless driver lost control while speeding down H Street NE and crashed into Joy of Motion Dance Center, severely damaging the studio space. The letter said, “Luckily, no one was hurt, but with this being the third such incident in three months along the H Street Corridor, next time we might not be so lucky.  We … believe that the current configuration of H Street a public safety hazard and urged DDOT to consider large-scale safety improvements.”

The ANC Committees want a comprehensive review of transportation and safety issues on H Street and are requesting a traffic study of the corridor from North Capitol to 15th Street NE.  A Special Committee was formed to write a letter to DDOT, copying CM Charles Allen. The letter will reiterate the asks from the H Street merchants which they believe will make H Street safer:

  • Bus/Streetcar-only lanes. Convert the right travel lanes in each direction to all-times, red carpet bus/streetcar-only lanes. Bicyclists should not be encouraged to ride in these lanes due to the danger associated with the streetcar tracks.
  • Wider Sidewalks. Reclaiming a significant portion of on-street parking spaces would allow for creation of wider sidewalk “bulb” outs. This space could be used for increased transit rider space, al fresco dining, and bicycle parking.
  • Pick-Up/Drop-off Zones only. Long-term parking on H Street should not be allowed. We propose those remaining spaces not reclaimed by sidewalk be used as pick-up/drop-off zones with maximum parking time of no more than 30 minutes.

Once drafted, the letter will come up before the full ANCs for their approval, probably at their March meetings.

Among the city agencies which give the ANCs short shrift, DDOT has a reputation of being especially cavalier in attitude.  ANC6B has jousted with DDOT for years over traffic safety issues on the “17th Street Speedway”.  Marootian has recently moved on, having been named as Special Assistant to the President for Climate and Science Agency Personnel in the Biden Administration.

The 25 businesses signing the letter to DDOT are as follows:   Atlas Doghouse, Atlas Performing Arts Center, AtlasVet, Aurora Salon, Craft Beer Cellar, DC Harvest, Fare Well, Granville Moore’s, H Street Country Club, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Maketto, Moody Graham Landscape Architecture, Mozzeria DC, Pie Shop, Physicality DC, Pow Pow, Rice Bar,  [solidcore], Solid State Books, Sospeso, The Daily Rider, The Pug, The Queen Vic, Toki Underground, Yoga District.

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Bowser Situational Briefing: New Group Eligible for Vaccination Starting Today

Bowser Situational Briefing:  New Group Eligible for Vaccination Starting Today

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 18, 2021

Mayor Bowser held a Situational Briefing today and announced two new groups eligible to sign up for vaccinations. 

The first group becomes eligible today at 6:00pm in certain zip codes along with those who are 65 and/or are members of an eligible workforce group.  Tomorrow the new group will be added to those 65 and/or are members of an eligible workforce group living anywhere in the city.  Those in the new group include: grocery store workers, Health and Human services outreach workers, workers in manufacturing, and those in food production.

This week the Thursday and Friday sign up portals and phone lines open at 6:00pm – next week they will open at 9:00am, and alternate by week thereafter.  The Call Center Number is 855 – 363 – 0333.  The website is https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc

The second group will become eligible on Monday, March 1.  This is 1C Tier 1 – those from 16 to 64 with qualifying medical conditions.  Those conditions include:

  • Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other Chronic Lung Disease.
  • Bone Marrow and Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Heart Conditions, such as Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, or Cardiomyopathies
  • HIV
  • Hypertension
  • Immunocompromised State
  • Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurologic Conditions
  • Obesity, MBI – 30 kg/m2
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe Genetic Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia

Those signing up will self-attest when registering.  Documentation from a health care provider will not be required. 

Asked about the eligibility for postal workers who were originally between the grocery workers and those with medical conditions, Bowser said the city is hoping to arrange vaccinations for them through FEMA along with other federal employees. 

For additional details on Bowser’s presentation, including a complete list of those DC is now vaccinating, go here:  https://bit.ly/2OFylaz

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Handle 19 Will Reapply for Gambling License After DC Lottery Denial

Handle 19 Will Reapply for Gambling License After DC Lottery Denial

by Larry Janezich

Posted on February 17, 2021

According to an article by Jill R. Dorson published in the internet trade publication Sportshandle http://bit.ly/2NCtWof , Handle 19 – whose sports betting application was denied by DC Lottery – has withdrawn the application and will restructure the business and reapply in the next 60 – 90 days.  The company had the right to withdraw after the denial, but in doing so, forfeits the $100,000 application fee.  It will have to pony up another $100 grand to resubmit.  Vetting a new application will take another six to nine months, pushing any opening into next year. 

ANC6B in support of nearby neighbors, voted last November to file a protest with ABRA against a liquor license for Handle in hopes no liquor license would discourage the owners from opening at the location close to neighborhoods, schools, and day care centers.  The ANC previously supported a sports gambling license for The Brig on Barracks Row.  The difference is that The Brig is not located near schools and day care, and sports gambling is a component of the Brig’s primary business rather than the main business.    

Last night, ANC6B sponsored a community meeting to receive a briefing from attorney Kerry Verdi – whom the Commission has engaged to represent them – about the status of the ANC’s liquor license protest.  The virtual protest hearing before ABRA is scheduled for April 8, at 10:00am.  The ANC is protesting the license as not appropriate on the basis of peace, order, and quiet including noise and litter and residential parking needs and vehicular and pedestrian safety.  A separate ANC motion to dismiss the license application on the basis that the proposed business can’t meet the 45% annual income from food sales based on its seat-to-occupancy ratio was denied as being premature. 

Handle 19 can open a sports book without a liquor license, but must have some other auxiliary business at the location – a requirement which would be satisfied by food service that does not include serving alcohol.  Handle says it will open once it gets a wagering license, liquor license or not.

Owner Shane August continues to hope to find a way to convince neighbors that his business will be an asset to the community and help revitalize the hard hit hospitality sector on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. 

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Barracks Row Extreme Pizza Opens WED Feb 17 with Classic, GF, and Cauliflower Crusts

Barracks Row Extreme Pizza Opens WED Feb 17 with Classic, GF, and Cauliflower Crusts

by Larry Janezich

Posted February 16, 2021

Barrack Row’s newest restaurant – Extreme Pizza – is opening on Wednesday in the space formerly occupied by Orchid at 520 8th Street, SE.  It will join four other pizza providers on 8th Street – &Pizza, Pizza Boli’s, Matchbox, and Mediterranean Café, but it will be the only one offer four different crusts: classic, wheat, gluten free and cauliflower.

On the menu:  Double columns of Gourmet Signature Pizzas – 15 Carnivore and 10 Veggin’ Out – or the Create Your Own Pizza with an astonishing number of toppings – including vegan bites and cheese. 

Also on the menu:  9 different subs, farm fresh salads, 5 different wings, sides, and desserts. 

You can see their menu here on FB: https://www.facebook.com/ExtremePizzaBarracksRow  

According to Wikipedia, the company was founded in San Francisco in 1994 and has more than 30 locations in the US.  The theme of West Coast restaurants is extreme sports, and the décor features photos of athletes in action.  Restaurants on the East Coast differ in that they reflect the style and local of the neighborhood.

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The Week Ahead – Highlights of Upcoming ANC Meetings – Photos

Here’s a link to a petition against building a permanent fence around the Capitol:  http://bit.ly/3jTpbCT

The Week Ahead – Highlights of Upcoming ANC Meetings – Photos

By Larry Janezich

Posted February 14, 2021

Highlights of Upcoming ANC Meetings

  • Tuesday – ANC6A & ANC6C Transportation Committee hold a joint meeting on H Street traffic and safety issues
  • Wednesday – ANC6D holds a special meeting on Public Safety, with CM Charles Allen

The Week Ahead…

Tuesday, February 16,

Special virtual Joint Meeting of ANCs 6A & 6C Transportation & Public Space Committees at 7:00pm, to discuss speeding and safety issues along the H Street Northeast corridor.

For info on joining the meeting, go here: 

https://anc6a.org/community-calendar/

Among items on the agenda:

  • Introductions & Announcements (10 minutes)
  • Community Comment (90 minutes)
  • Please Note: Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes per person so that all participants have the opportunity to speak. Additional public comment or materials can be submitted for the record in writing via email.
  • TPS and ANC member discussion of action items and next steps.

Ward 6: DPR Ready2Play Virtual Meeting, from 6:30-8:00pm

  • The Ready2Play team will be hosting a series of virtual meetings by ward to discuss the Ready2Play Master Plan and the recreational needs and desires of the different neighborhoods within each ward. To register for the Ward 6 meeting go here:  https://bit.ly/3jLXA6N

Wednesday, February 17

ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee virtual meeting, 7:00pm.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 1637 D Street, NE. Zoning Application for a special exception to permit construction of a two-story with basement addition to an existing, nonconforming, two-story with basement, principal dwelling unit.
  • 135 13th Street, NE. Zoning Application for a special exception for constructing a second dwelling unit.  
  • 1101 H Street, NE.  Zoning Application for a special exception to permit the construction of a new mixed-use residential building. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

ANC6D Special virtual Meeting on Public Safety, with CM Charles Allen, 7:00pm. 

For information on joining the meeting, go here: https://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Introduction of the Commission and Featured Guests
  • Southwest Public Safety Meeting w/ Councilmember Charles Allen

Thursday, February 18

Mayor Bowser’s 2021 Budget Engagement Forum #2, at 6:00pm. 

For information on how to register and receive a video link for the event, go here: http://bit.ly/2Nqtzgy

  • Join fellow DC residents at virtual forums to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration as the FY2022 budget is developed.

Twitter: @MayorBowser Instagram: @Mayor_Bowser Facebook: facebook.com/MayorMurielBowser

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