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Community Connections Puts Its Building at 8th and Penn Avenue SE Up for Sale

The Community Connection Building at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Community Connections Puts Its Building at 8th and Penn Avenue SE Up for Sale

by Larry Janezich

As first reported by Daniel J. Sernovitz of The Washington Business Journal on Tuesday, Community Connections at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, has put its building on the market.  According to Sernovitz, the commercial real estate broker Avison Young has listed the 65,000 square foot property which is currently assessed by the city at $18.8 million.

Community Connections, founded by Helen Bergman, MSW, and Maxine Harris, PhD, in 1984 is the largest not-for-profit behavioral health provider in the city, serving more than 3,000 annually.  In addition to behavioral health, they provide homelessness/housing and outpatient addiction services. They acquired the former furniture store for their headquarters in 2006 for $12.5 million.

The WBJ reports that a spokesman for Avison Young told them that the gentrification has caused many low-income residents who were clients of the non-profit to relocate, which led the company to seek an outlet in another part of the city.  Or maybe they just decided to cash in on one of the most valuable properties on Capitol Hill.

The WBJ article reports Avison Young got 50 inquiries within 90 minutes of hinting the property was coming to market.  There is substantial ground floor retail space which, in addition to Community Connections, includes a Dunkin’ Donuts as well as a Yes! health food store, the latter fronting on Barracks Row.

Given the trends of investment and development in the area, odds seem to favor mixed use residential/retail for the building’s future, though there are other options.

One nearby group of businesses which some say will benefit from a new owner for the building are the those in the 400 block of 8th Street, which – rightly or wrongly – point to Community Connections as a source of a diverse collection of street loungers and panhandlers which has contributed to the perception of this part of Barracks Row as a “troubled block.”  Community Connections has sought to participate actively in the community to engage any of their clients who might be a habitué of the block.

The building is directly across 8th Street from the Eastern Market Metro Plaza – scheduled for a $21 million makeover due to break ground in December.

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The Week Ahead…Eastern Market Metro Park Planning Committee Meets Wednesday

Sun on Silk at Eastern Market Flea Market, Sunday, September 15, circa 9:30am.

The Week Ahead…Eastern Market Park Planning Committee Meets Wednesday

by Larry Janezich

Monday, September 23

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Ludlow Taylor Grant

Community Comments

Coffee & Conversation at Southeast Library, 2 – 3 pm. 

Coffee & Conversation brings together users from all walks of life in informal conversation focused on relevant and engaging topics discussed over a cup of coffee. Through this exchange of ideas, Coffee & Conversation promotes the library as a place to meet your neighbors and focuses on what people have in common rather than their differences.

Tuesday, September 24

ANC6B Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center, to set the agenda for the October meeting of the full ANC.  

Wednesday, September 25

DGS Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Group meets at 1:30pm, Southeast Library, lower level, do discuss the plans for the redesign of Eastern Market Metro Plaza. 

Agenda not available at press time.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meets at 7:00pm in the North Hall of Eastern Market.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Election of Officers: Chuck Burger

Capital Improvements Report on Eastern Market Signage

Market Managers Report

    • Status of the HVAC system
    • Marketing and Promotion
    • Lease update
    • Parking
    • Business/ Strategic plan update

Eastern Market Metro Plaza Update

Membership Report: Chuck Burger

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Community Forum – Swampoodle – 7:00pm, at Hill Center.

Agenda:

History buff Matthew Gilmore will give a talk entitled “Making Washington’s ‘Swampoodle’: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley.”  Mr. Gilmore will explore questions of the origin of the name “Swampoodle,” of the northern Capitol Hill neighborhood’s reputation, and of its place in Washington DC and Irish-American history.  Swampoodle in 19th Century was nationally known as a dangerous place; it was also the center of the Irish-American community in Washington.  At that time, Swampoodle became shorthand for the Government Printing Office (similar to Foggy Bottom standing in for the State Department).

The talk will be preceded by an organizational business meeting at 6:30 pm, at which the CHRS FY2019 budget will be approved.

The event is free and handicapped-accessible and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Department of General Services’ Plan for Redesign of Eastern Market Metro Plaza Hits Snag

Wednesday night’s ANC6B Special Call Meeting on Redesign of Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  The meeting was held in The Corner Store, 9th and South Carolina Avenue, SE.  At right, Commissioner Steve Holtzman (foreground) and ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman.  Other ANC Commissioners are seated in the audience.  

Department of General Services’ Plan for Redesign of Eastern Market Metro Plaza Hits Snag

by Larry Janezich

Wednesday night, ANC6B voted 6 – 0 to ask for a delay in the Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Public Space Committee (PSC) hearing on the Department of General Services’ (DGS) plan for redesign of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  The action seems to be in keeping with a conclusion DDOT and other city agencies have reached independently.

The Public Space meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th and as of this writing, the DGS application is currently on the tentative agenda.  Wednesday night’s meeting was a “Special Call” meeting of the ANC to hear from residents and to submit comments before that meeting.  (It is possible that PSC will hold the hearing regardless of the request, but circumstances seem certain to require a second appearance before the agency at their October meeting.)

Asked for comment, on the Commission’s action, ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman said, “Over the course of a two hour meeting, the community was clear that without the release to the public of the Transportation Study and a Maintenance Plan, the PSC should not go forward with a hearing on DGS’s application.  Attendees and commissioners developed a list of critical elements that are missing in the current design to make the plaza function and manageable.”

In laying the ground work for Wednesday night’s meeting, ANC6B Commissioner Steve Holtzman whose single member district abuts Parcel 1 on the north, found through conversations with city officials that the DDOT has not accepted the Transportation Study for the project.  That study was done for the city by a private contractor.  Holtzman said that a city official had told him the study was flawed and will require an additional month for review.  One issue about which residents expressed most concern is the reversal of traffic flow on D Street on each side of the Metro Plaza.  Without a clear idea of what to expect, residents and the ANC are unable to weigh in owing to the lack of a Transportation Study.

In addition, Holtzman said there were other concerns being raised after review by other city agencies which would seem to require additional time to resolve.

One of the most serious critiques came from the Department of Urban Forestry, which recommended relocation or resurfacing of the playground, moving the proposed splash pad on Parcel 1, banning the use of heavy equipment in all critical root zones, and dealing with the likelihood all of the trees planned for the bio-retention area will die.

Holtzman cited the lack of transparency in the process and the unwillingness of DGS and other agencies to consult with the community as being responsible for a number of concerns.  Some of the issues which remain unresolved include a performance pavilion for Parcel 4 (nearby neighbors have noise concerns), lack of a photometric study of the lighting, and infrastructure plans for supplemental electrical and water outlets.

DGS will hold a meeting of the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Team on Wednesday, September 25, at 1:30pm, in Southeast Library, lower level.  More information may be available then.  The meeting is open to the public.

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CM Allen, MPD & DC Housing Authority Police On Recent Shooting/Crime Near Potomac Gardens

Councilmember Charles Allen at Monday night’s Safety Meeting on Shootings in SE

Officials at Monday night’s meeting: (l-r), 1st District Captain Aubrey Mongal, 1st District Commander Morgan Kane, Deputy Chief DC Housing Authority David Taylor, ANC6B07 Commissioner Kelly Waud.

CM Allen, MPD & DC Housing Authority Police On Recent Shooting/Crime Near Potomac Gardens

by Larry Janezich

Public officials turned out in force for Monday night’s Safety Meeting at Chamberlain School in Southeast organized by ANC6B07 Commissioner Kelly Waud: Councilmember Charles Allen, Deputy Chief David Taylor of the DC Housing Authority, 1st District Commander Morgan Kane, and 1st District Captain Aubrey Mongal.  Waud was looking for new ideas on what the community can do to address the incidents of violent crime in the community.

Police say there have been 6 violent crimes in the neighborhood in the past 60 days – the most alarming was a shooting on Saturday, August 31, at 1200 I Street, the entrance to Potomac Gardens.  One of two juveniles on a moped opened fire toward a group outside the complex.  There were no injuries but the windshield of an Uber driver was hit.  Video led to the identification and arrest of two juveniles and the recovery of a gun.  In addition, there were three robberies and two assaults with a deadly weapon.  All of the cases have been closed except one which was a domestic violence issue.  MPD says perpetrators in all of the incidents were from outside the neighborhood.

Of the instances of gunshots where shell casings were recovered but no apparent target was evident, police say they classify these not as crimes of violence, but as an unlawful discharge of a weapon or as a property crime.

Waud’s particular concern was the area between 12th and 14th south of Pennsylvania Avenue where groups gather, including the 1100 block of K Street, 13th and I Streets, and other nearby corners.

Deputy Chief Taylor said that much of the hanging out around Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments happens because friends and relatives of the residents who live in those places congregate in “comfort zones” outside the complex because there are restrictions on who can enter.  This can lead to violence if there is conflict in the city; people who hang out here are easy targets because they are there every day.

As for what to do about it, in three meetings in September concerning violent crime on or near Capitol Hill, police have emphasized a strategy of engaging the community to be its eyes and ears in a partnership to prevent crime as opposed to looking at MPD solely as a tool for enforcing the law after the fact – a new emphasis on preventing rather than being reactionary.

Commander Kane, who last Monday had appeared at a routine MPD crime briefing before ANC6D to talk about shootings in Southwest, stressed then that the police needed help from the community.  She and CM Charles Allen had carried the same message to a September 5 meeting in Hill East regarding shootings in the 1400 block of A Street, SE.

Kane and Allen reinforced that message last night.  Allen emphasized his support for Kane, commending her strategic approach aimed at developing a closer and more cooperative relationship between the community and the police.  Allen cited the virtually invisible work of undercover police, the efforts of the Neighborhood Office of Safety and Engagement in violence interruption, the success of the Pathways Program in getting at-risk individuals off the streets and into the workforce, and the construction of positive spaces such as the two triangle parks on Potomac Avenue to help bring the neighborhood together.  Allen praised the work of non-profit organizations such as Little Lights as a way for volunteers to get the neighborhood involved in solving its problems.  He said MPD can’t do it all – that residents share responsibility for prevention.

Kane cited the importance of mobilizing city agencies to address structural problems such as lighting, the lack of parking signs which permit outsiders to park all day on I street between 12th and 13th Streets, and the removal of furniture on the street which encourages groups to gather.  Kane urged residents to sign up for the 1st District listserv Group to receive community alerts on violent crime (see below)* and she appealed to residents to understand the limitations under which police have to operate – there is no anti-loitering law in DC (having been ruled unconstitutional by the courts).  She said that the 1st District is the busiest in the city, with the highest number of calls for service – but do not hesitate to call 911.  Kane asked residents to pay attention to how laws and budget matters impact the police, and whether or not cases resulting from police arrests are being prosecuted.  She encouraged the use of video surveillance cameras (see below)** and said that though they are not an effective deterrent, they help police close cases.  She said, “I would love to see you come together – you want your community back – we need to hear from you and be able to work with you.”

Commissioner Waud summed up, saying what she was hearing is the need for better lighting, use of video cameras, appropriate parking signs, attention to other structural issues, engagement, and volunteers.  Waud, for her part, announced she is developing a plan to turn two redesigned Potomac Avenue triangle parks into the kind of community interactive space which Allen envisions.  She sees the space as a place for exercise groups both private and perhaps from Atlas Gym, playground use by students from Pioneer Academy, and events such as an upcoming Harvest Fest she plans to organize as well as smaller community events.  She welcomes ideas.   She urged community to support for non-profits like Little Lights and For the Love of Children, either by volunteering or contributing financial support.

*Sign up for the 1st District listserv Group here:  https://mpdc.dc.gov/node/207402 Go to the First District and click on this link: MPD-1D-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

**A link to information on the Mayor’s Private Security Camera Rebate Program is here:  https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program

 

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The Week Ahead… Community Safety Meeting Monday Night

Looks like Tommy Glasgow at Eastern Market’s Market Lunch has planted a flag. Click to enlarge.

The Week Ahead…Community Safety Meeting Monday Night

by Larry Janezich

Monday, September 16

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

Among the items on the draft agenda:

Consideration of support for closing the 800 – 1000 block of East Capitol Street on the evening of October 31, 2019, if requested by the residents of those blocks.

Drafting of initial recommendations to improve safety and accountability for shared bikes, scooters and mopeds. These may include: requiring companies to provide usage and compliance data to DDOT or another City agency, establishment of appropriate parking locations and regulations governing their use, transfer of enforcement to DDOT (to include enforcement of age and occupancy restrictions). A DDOT representative will attend.

Revisiting the issue of maintaining public access to pocket parks. If families with young children are in attendance, this item will be taken out of order at the beginning of the meeting.

If time permits: consideration of proposing specific “micromobility corral” locations.

Community Safety Meeting at 7:00pm, Friendship Chamberlin School, 1345 Potomac Avenue, SE.

Agenda:

MPD First District Commander Kane and MPD officials are expected to attend the meeting which will focus on the recent shootings in Hill East, at 12th and I Streets, SE. This follows Kane’s appearance at ANC6D last Monday night to discuss a series of shootings in SW.

Tuesday, September 17

ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of recent changes to ABL Committee membership.

Duffy’s Irish Pub, 1016 H Street, NE – Discussion of substantial change application for addition of sports wagering to operations.

Gold Room Bar/Lounge, 1370 H Street, NE – Discussion of restaurant liquor license application.

ANC6B Working Group on Barracks Row meets at 6:30pm, at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 1st Floor Conference Room.

Agenda not available at press time.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board of Directors meet at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE.

Agenda not available at press time.

Wednesday, September 18

ANC6B holds a Special Call Meeting on Eastern Market Metro Park Project at 7:00pm at The Corner Store Arts, 900 South Carolina Avenue, SE. The purpose of the meeting will be to finalize and vote on ANC6B’s formal review of the DC Department of General Services (DGS) Eastern Market Metro Park Project (EMMPP) for submission to the DC government Public Space Committee as an input into its September26th hearing on the project.

Residents will be given an opportunity to speak and are also encouraged to send ANC6B any written comments prior to the meeting. Detailed information on the project can be found at https://dgs.dc.gov/page/eastern-market-metro-park-project

Agenda:

Brief Summary of the Plans submitted by DGS to the DC Public Space Committee

Comments and questions by members of the Community

Commissioners’ discussion and finalization of draft text of ANC6B’s submission to the Public Space Committee re the EMMPP application.

Vote of ANC6B on final text of Review Submission.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

114 15th Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application, to permit construction of a two-story rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit.

901 H Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for a Modification of Consequence to an approved PUD to permit veterinary hospital use in the ground floor of the approved mixed-use residential building on the Property.

1101–1107 H Street, NE – Zoning Application to re-zone the five properties along the south side of the 1100 block of H Street, NE – from NC-16 to NC-17.

1356 North Carolina Avenue, NE – Historic Preservation Application for special exceptions to construct a one-story rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit.

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

Agenda:

Presentation: Advice from Our Arborists – Ward 6 Arborists, Steve McKindlely-Ward and Alex Grieve will be the featured speakers.

Opening Reception for art exhibition at Hill Center, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Hill Center Galleries invites you to an opening reception with the following artists as they celebrate a series of exhibitions featuring:

Holly Ahrens

Alan Braley

Nico Gozal

Tara Hamilton

Warren Jackson

Khanh Nguyen

John Pacheco

Tim Eggers, Tex Forrest & Rance Rupp

Young Artists from Nairobi

Exhibitions run September 12-December 1, 2019 For more info see here: http://bit.ly/2kMz2QK

Thursday, September 19

Third Thursday Event, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, on the C Street Plaza SE, between 7th & 8th Streets, SE.

Live music, games, interactive art, kid’s activities, business specials, etc. – organized by Eastern Market Main Street.

House Committee on Oversight and Reform meets at 10:00am in Room 2154 Rayburn to hold a public hearing on a bill provide statehood for the District of Columbia.

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Racine Says It’s Too Early to Think About It, But He Sure Sounds Like a Candidate

DC Attorney General Karl Racine at last Monday night’s meeting of ANC6D.

Racine says It’s Too Early to Think about It, But He Sure Sounds Like a Candidate

By Larry Janezich

Karl Racine had a busy day last Monday.  Mid-day, he was on the steps of the Supreme Court, announcing along  with Texas State Attorney General Paxton an antitrust investigation of Google and Facebook filed with 48 other State and Territory Attorneys General.  And yet, there he was at 7:00pm in the DCRA HQ in Southwest, in response to a request from ANC6D Chair Gail Fast to give a presentation about the work of the Office of the Attorney General.  He sat patiently, with about 80 other attendees, through 20 minutes of introductions and community announcements by commissioners and members of the community before taking the podium to give an overview of how his office operates and how he has used the law for the benefit of the city’s residents.

He said that the 2014 election when he was elected demonstrated that DC residents wanted an AG “answerable to the people and not to the boss.  People wanted an independent Attorney General with resources to work in the public interest for DC residents.”  His mission, as he sees it, is to maximize use of the law in way to “help those of us more vulnerable than others.”  Racine cited examples:

Affordable housing – his office went after slum lords like Sanford Capitol and pushed them out of the District for seven years.

Workers’ rights – he pursued wage theft and worker mis-classification, bringing suit against Power Design which relied on wage theft as a business model.

Consumer protection – his office mediates residents’ complaints to bring resolution to complaints without filing a law suit.

Elderly Abuse – the office’s Elderly Abuse Prevention Section has detailed an assistant to the office of the US Attorney to prosecute scammers taking advantage of elders.

Public Safety – he stated his deep commitment and noted his office’s limited prosecutorial ability:  all juvenile cases (“wrapping arms around juveniles who touch the justice system can avert a lot of potential dangers”) and 25% of adult misdemeanors.   (The Office of the US Attorney General prosecutes adult felonies in the District.)

In addition, Racine noted that he had sued Facebook, is investigating Google for anti-competitive activities, and has been active in suits against the Trump administration regarding immigration and student borrowers.

In response to a question from a commissioner, Racine took a deep dive into the controversial Second Look Act, expressing some reservations, and calling out the US Attorney’s Office for misrepresentation regarding law enforcement issues in the District.

After the meeting, CHC asked Racine if he is going to run for Mayor.  He said, “It’s way too early to think about anything like that.”  Maybe.  But it didn’t look that way Monday night.

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DDOT: Resident Only Parking Signs and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The corner of South Carolina and 10th Street features a brand new four way stop, freshly painted crosswalks, and Zone 6 Resident Only Parking signs on both sides of the street. Click to enlarge and zoom in to look at the Zone 6 Resident Only Parking sign with red lettering on the for right.

Resident Parking Only signs went up the last week of August on these streets.

DDOT: Resident Only Parking Signs and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

by Larry Janezich

Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, DDOT just can’t stop doing the wrong thing on parking signs. The DC Department of Transportation has launched a frenzy of activity in ANC 6D under pressure from CM Charles Allen to restore cross walk markings and from ANC6D to install four way stop as well as Zone 6 Resident Only Parking signs.

Residents of in many parts of ANC 6B04 have objected to the new red-lettered Resident Only Parking signs being put up on both sides of the street in their blocks. In fact, DDOT was supposed to put them on one side only.

The push for one-side-of-the-Street Resident Only parking signs came from constituents of Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg. They were concerned about loss of parking because of the numerous multiunit residential projects and going up in and around Oldenburg’s single member district. Developers often agree to try to keep residents of multiunit buildings from applying for Residential Parking Permits.

Oldenburg, after surveying both her residential and business constituents, obtained support from ANC6B to request the Resident Only Parking signs on one side of the blocks in her district. Oldenburg said the constituents’ requests came initially in March 2018 and it took her until November 2018 to survey her constituents and to get support from the ANC. The signs started going up six months later.

The first incorrect signs showed up in the 1100 block of G Street last July. Oldenburg notified the Department of Transportation they were doing it wrong. A month later in late August, Oldenburg did a block by block survey and sent the information to the Department of Transportation about blocks which had not yet received signage and blocks where it had been done wrong.

Yet, the incorrect placement of signs continued. During the last week of August, Resident Only Parking signs went up north of Pennsylvania Avenue, as shown on the above map.

“What I don’t understand is why it was not immediately corrected,” Oldenburg told CHC, “I talked to Jeff Marootian, Director of DDOT, yesterday, and told him to please figure out how to fix it. He said he would look into it. I’m ready to take a ladder and screwdriver and take down the signs myself. If I had it to do again it would be easier to do key blocks rather than the entire single member district. Constituents and ANC commissioners are frustrated over the process – it took a year and a half, and it’s been a lot of work.”

Neighbors can call the main DDOT number (202) 673-6813 to express concern, which might help speed the process. Residents who have not done so can receive an annual visitor’s parking pass for guests as a temporary fix. See here: https://ddot.dc.gov/page/visitor-parking-pass-program

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Two New Children-Oriented Retail Outlets Coming to 600 Block of PA Avenue

The theme at 625 Pennsylvania will be child’s play …

…and child learning at 621 Pennsylvania.

Two New Child Oriented Retail Outlets Coming to 600 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue

by Larry Janezich

Two new child oriented retail outlets are coming to the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, this fall.  The former Mattress Firm at 625 Pennsylvania is scheduled to reopen as a children’s play and clothing outlet. Details are fuzzy, but what comes to mind is something like Skill Zone on Barracks Row with a retail clothing component.  A name and more information will be available by the end of September.

Also, Bourbon Coffee at 621 Pennsylvania is gone and Mathnasium – an internationally franchised math tutoring company – has taken over the space as of September 1.  The company will offer its proprietary Mathnasium Method, which their website says encompasses a complete curriculum from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade math and delivers a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs.  According to management, Mathnasium will open in November.  More info here:  https://www.mathnasium.com/capitolhilldc

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The Week Ahead….Rep. Norton at ANC6A on Thursday/DC Attorney General Karl Racine at ANC6D on Monday

The work of Capitol Hill artist Dick Cronin is on display at the Corner Store through October 20.  He developed his gift for depicting the exaggerated characteristic as art director at WETA and in 20 years at video post-production computer animation companies. 

The work spans his 40 year career as an artist and caricaturist.  The Corner Store (9th and South Carolina) exhibit is open Thursday, 5 – 8 and Sunday, 12 – 3, and by appointment – call David Weiner of the “21 Gessford Court Players” at 202 494 4435.  Photo credit:  Dick Cronin

The Week Ahead…

By Larry Janezich

Monday, September 9

ANC6D meets at 7:00pm, 1104 4th Street, SW

Among items on the draft agenda:

Commissioner Anthony Dale announces his last meeting as Commissioner of 6D05.

Special Presentation – DC Attorney General Karl Racine.

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

Consent Agenda

SOME’s Trot for Hunger – Nov. 28.

Lansburgh Park Approval for Amplified Sound.

Richard Wright Charter School

Regular order:

Revel Moped Sharing – Revel Transit .

Parking Enforcement Issues – DPW.

Short-term Solutions for Greenleaf – Director Garrett.

Culture House CFA Application.

Randall School Update.

Dacha, 79 Potomac Avenue, SE.  Amendment to community agreement for Entertainment Endorsement.

Potomac Distilling, 1130 Maine Avenue, SW. Amendment to Community Agreement for third Summer Garden.

Sports Wagering.  Summary of policies/process+ABC Committee recommendation re criteria & information from Licensees. [Final rules adopted 8/22/19]

555 E Street, Establish Penthouse Bar & Restaurant.  Zoning adjustment application.

Digital Signage.  Letter of Support to Zoning & DCRA.

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

Bethel Church Project, Curb Cut.

Tuesday, September 10

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm, in Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Among items on the draft agenda:

Ambar.  523 8th Street, SE – Substantial Change to liquor license application to expand to 3rd floor, adding 56 additional seating and increasing total occupancy from 140 to 196.

The Brig.  1007 8th Street, SE – Substantial Change to liquor license application to add sports wagering to their operations. Establishment will have two self-service kiosks, and geo-fenced applications for phones while on the premises.

Wine and Butter.  1023 East Capitol Street, SE – Substantial Change to liquor license, request for a Class Change from Retailer “B” to Retailer’s Class “B” Full-Service Grocery store.

Hine Restaurants. 320 7th Street, SE – New Retailer’s Class C Restaurant with a seating capacity of 230 and Total Occupancy Load of 400 and Summer Garden with 150 seats; Hours Of Operation For Inside Premises And Outside In Summer Garden: Sunday through Thursday 7am – 12am, Friday and Saturday 7am – 2am; Hours Of Alcoholic Beverage Sales, Service, And Consumption For Inside Premises And Outside In Summer Garden: Sunday through Thursday 8am – 12am, Friday and Saturday 8am – 2am.

District Soul Food Restaurant & Lounge. 500 8th Street, SE – Class “CR” Restaurant License Renewal.

Payne School Public Art – ANC support letter for grant application.

Eastern Market Metro Plaza Parks.  Public space permit for permanent improvements.

715 North Carolina Avenue, SE. Historic Preservation Application, concept approval to remove rear addition and construct new addition, convert from 2 unit to single family dwelling.

Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE.  Historic preservation application, concept approval for one-side porch addition and associated paving;

Pineapple and Pearls. 715 8th Street, SE – Public Space Permit application to add furniture/equipment to cafe plans.

224 South Carolina Avenue, SE.  Zoning adjustment application for second story rear addition.

1429 D Street, SE.  Zoning adjustment application to permit a one-story existing accessory structure at the rear of an existing, attached principal dwelling unit.

Potential ANC 6B Map Amendment to rezone the triangle bounded by 11th Street, Southeast Freeway, and the Anacostia River from high intensity industrial uses (PDR-4) to medium density mixed use zoning.

Notice of Intent re installation of curbside bike and scooter parking “corral.”

Request to DDOT to Relieve Congestion at 3rd and Virginia Avenue, SE.

Wednesday, September 11

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Streets Market. 51 M Street NE -New entertainment endorsement.

Brothers Burger Bar. 707 H Street NE – Change to Class C tavern license.

Town, 2.0.  1001 North Capitol Street, NE – Class C nightclub license.

2nd and F Streets, NE.  Micromobility Corral.

1st and K Streets, NE.  Proposed Capital Bikeshare Station.

300 block of M Street, NE.  Notice of intent to changes to bike lane.

215 G Street, NE, Logan School.  School bus operations.

1st and L Streets NE, Street, Storey Park.  Bay projections, new construction.

224 C Street, NE.  Zoning adjustment application to construct a one-story rear addition.

667 F Street, NE – Historic preservation application — Concept approval, garage, rear door, rear deck.

609 H Street, NE.   Zoning adjustment for a special exception for operation of a massage establishment.

310 5th Street, NE.  Special exceptions to construct a two-story rear addition.

215 G Street, NE, Logan School.  Revised application, modernization and addition.

NoMa Parks Foundation update.

K, L, M Street NE underpass encampments.

Historic police/fire call boxes.

New voting precinct in ANC6C.

Thursday, September 12

ANC6A meets at 7:00pm at Miner Elementary School, 601 Fifteenth Street, NE

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentations:

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) – 1D Representative and 5D Representative (TBD)

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton

Kitchen Cray, 1301 H Street, NE – Application for a new restaurant liquor license.

Dirty Water, 816 H Street, NE – Application for substantial change in liquor license to allow sports wagering to its operations.

Montana Liquors. 710 H Street, NE – Request to transfer license.

Smokin’Pig. 1208 H Street, NE – Request for license transfer application by Naomi’s Ladder.

Gold Room Bar/Lounge. 1370 H Street, NE – Liquor license application.

Duffy’s Irish Pub. 1016 H Street, NE – Request for substantial change to liquor license to add sports wagering to its operations.

Change in membership of Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee, i.e., the removal of Jay Williams, Reuben Baris, and Ramin Taheri; and addition of  Nicholas Alberti (as Co-Chair with Mark Samburg) and Laura Gentile.

1519 Constitution Avenue, NE – request for ANC support application to install a gate to access parking spaces at rear of establishment.

114 15th Street, NE –  Zoning adjustment to permit construction of a two-story rear addition to and existing principal dwelling.

901 H Street, NE –  Zoning adjustment to permit veterinary hospital use in the ground floor of mixed use residential property at this address.

1101 – 1107 H Street, NE –  Zoning application to change five properties on south side of 1100 block of H Street, NE, from NC-16 to NC-17.  4. Recommendation: ANC 6A send a letter of support to BZA for an application to rezone the five properties along the south side of the 1100 block of H Street NE from NC-16 to NC-17. ( The NC-16 zone is intended to permit mixed-use development at a moderate-density with an emphasis on the provision of retail uses.  The NC-17 zone is intended to permit mixed-use development at a moderate- to medium-density with an emphasis on the provision of retail uses.)

1356 North Carolina Avenue, NE –  Zoning adjustment to permit construction of a one story rear addition to and existing principal dwelling unit.

Horror on the Hill: Readings from His Hideous Heart with Dahlia Adler and Jessica Spotswood

7:00pm, at Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE.

East City Bookshop and Historic Congressional Cemetery welcome editor and author Dahlia Adler for an evening amongst the tombstones, featuring readings from His Hideous Heart, a collection of 13 retellings of Edgar Allen Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales.  The event will be moderated by local author Jessica Spotswood. The event will be held at Historic Congressional Cemetery.

Friday, September 13

National Carousel Association holds a public Crank Organ Fest at Eastern Market North Hall, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. 

The fest is part of the Association’s annual convention in Washington, September 11 – 15.

A Street Organ (or Crank Organ) is a mobile mechanical pneumatic organ powered by an organ grinder turning the crank. We will have several different examples, with different mechanisms to create the notes, and playing different types of music and. The owners will play (crank) them and explain how they work. Guests may also try their hand at cranking. The key is to crank at a rate suited to the music.

Beer and Wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  For more info, see here:  http://carousels.org/

Saturday, September 14

Friends of Southeast Library Book Sale.  10:00am – 3:00pm  At Southeast Library, lower level.

 

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CM Allen Urges Collective Action to Address Hill East Shootings

Councilmember Chariles Allen at last night’s community meeting on the two recent shootings in Hill East.

Commander Morgan Kane, MPD First District and Chander Jayaraman, ANC6B Commissioner and Chair of the ANC.

Some 70 neighbors turned out for Wednesday night’s community meeting.

CM Allen Urges Collective Action to Address Recent Hill East Shootings.

by Larry Janezich

Last night, CM Charles Allen told a community meeting on the August 28 double shooting in the 1400 block of A Street, SE, “We can’t think of this as only a police issue,” and urged that the community pull together in a collective effort to find meaningful solutions to violence in the neighborhood.  One of the victims was Robert Chandler* (see below), a community activist, who was seriously wounded but is recovering and expected to be discharged from the hospital next week.  The other victim was shot in the calf and was released from the hospital after being treated.  Some 70 neighbors attended the meeting which was held at the Community Action Group Headquarters at 124 15th Street, SE, and organized by ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman.

Commander Morgan Kane of the MPD’s First District said police had minimal information on the shootings.  So far, she said, the investigation has revealed that a “mixed group was hanging out when two individuals walked up – something was said – and there was gunfire.”  There were two guns involved and six shell casings were recovered.  “We don’t have a lot of information on who the shooters were,” she added.

Allen, who lives about five blocks away, pointed to actions he had taken in the immediate aftermath:  DOT has changed lighting in an effort to create a safer space and he has received a commitment from the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement to insert violence interrupters into the neighborhood.  In addition, he is supporting Jayaraman’s efforts to promote community engagement through social events.  He stressed the need for residents to engage and get to know the police officers patrolling their streets.

One of the problems which appear to have defied enforcement attempts is the presence in the neighborhood of outsiders who deal drugs.  Residents complained that they see a familiar pattern of narcotic unit arrests followed by displacement of the problem to a few blocks away.  Often, violence is associated with illegal activity and meetings such as Wednesday night’s meeting results in a temporary increase in MPD activity.  Kane explained that she has to deploy resources in a balanced way throughout the First District and urged residents to take advantage of the Mayor’s Private Security Camera Rebate Program, saying “If we can’t prevent crimes, we need the tools to bring justice to victims and victim’s families.”  She said the First District Crime Suppression Unit would follow up on the work of the narcotics unit in the 14th Street hot spot.

ANC6B Commissioner Denise Krepp, a frequent critic of the US Attorney’s office failure to prosecute, pointed to a list of about 100 Hill East crimes since 2016 which she had compiled.  Of those, only five or six had been prosecuted, and when she asked why cases had not been perused, she said, the response was, “We can’t tell you.”  She urged attendees to work together and individually to hold the US Attorney’s office accountable.

Allen said that “Meetings like this keep the momentum going and allow us to move forward.  MPD is a great partner, but we need a holistic approach and we can’t just look at enforcement.  We have to look at why there’s a problem.  Is it resources?  Employment?  This is your neighborhood and we have to decide what we want the steps forward to be … we can’t have a top down approach.”

The councilmember also urged being careful about the “us vs. them” sentiments evident in some of the concerns raised, referring to different viewpoints expressed by life-long residents and those who are more recent arrivals.  Some attendees in the diverse group cited personal experiences illustrating problems relating to police officers while others felt police were not being diligent enough in addressing quality of life issues in the neighborhood.  Community activist Maurice Cook stressed that police resources are distributed unequally, and other parts of the city are “ten times worse.”  He said that police don’t protect all residents the same and much depends on how you prioritize your own well-being.

Kane said that many times police are put in the middle of what should be a community conversation:  “We try to focus on robbery, guns, and shootings.”  She urged the community to increase communication with the police and said she would emphasize to her officers the need to engage the residents of the neighborhood on a personal level.

In the interests of furthering community engagement, Jayaraman announced that he was sponsoring a block party at 14th and A Streets, SE, on September 29.

A link to information on the Mayor’s Private Security Camera Rebate Program is here:  https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program

*A Go Fund Me page to help cover medical expenses for Robert Chandler is here:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/hill-east-together-for-robert

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