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The Week Ahead…& Photo Essay: MLK Library Part I

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, has undergone a complete $211 modernization.  MLK Library is the only building in DC designed by architect Mies van der Rohe and the only Mies Library in the world.

This 1968 bronze bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Joseph Stein, is the first representation of the Library’s namesake one encounters entering the MLK Memorial Library.  The Library was named after King in 1971, two years after the death of designer Mies van der Rohe.

A restored mural greets visitors in the MLK Library Lobby.  The mural was painted by artist and Civil Rights Activist, Don Miller (1923 – 1993).  For more info, go here:  https://www.dclibrary.org/exhibits/kingmural

The two-story Main Reading Room with a spectacular ceiling by noted artist Xenobia Bailey. 

Bailey’s astral ceiling with galaxial and planetary mobiles evokes the cosmos and perhaps the creation myths of the African and Native American people whose patterns Bailey often references in her art.

The expansive roof terrace and green space – with views of downtown DC are especially captivating at dusk – is one of several event spaces available for rent throughout the Library. 

The Week Ahead & Photo Essay: MLK Library Part I

by Larry Janezich

Monday, June 6

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

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

Among items on the agenda:

  • (Agenda not available at press time.)

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An In-Person Convo with CM Charles Allen on His Goals for Ward 6, Monday, June 6

  • CM Charles Allen will participate in an in-person conversation on the future of Ward 6 on Monday, June 6, at 7:30pm in the covered outdoor Town Square Towers Pavilion, 700 7th Street, SW, Rear.  The event will provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions about his goals for the next four years, assuming he is re-elected.  (Allen is the only candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Ward 6 City Council, so the odds are good.)  Allen has represented Ward 6 for two terms. 

Register here for the event:  https://www.mobilize.us/ward6demsdc/event/464318/  

Tuesday June 7

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

For info on joining the meeting, go here: https://bit.ly/3Miqk3J

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • 1609 G Street, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application. Special Exception to construct a third story and three-story rear addition, with cellar, to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit.
  • 274 Kentucky Avenue, SE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Variance to construct a second story rear addition, to an existing, attached, three-story principal dwelling unit.
  • 321 D Street, SE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Concept: Construct a rear three-story addition; add a partial third floor on the existing house and renovate the existing house.

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AnC6C Environment, Parks and Events Committee holds 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:

  • (Agenda not available at press time.)

Wednesday, June 8

ANC6C holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

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

Among items on the agenda:

  • Public Announcement:  Public Restrooms Pilot – Marcia Bernbaum.
  • New ABRA license, Washington Marriott Capitol Hill Hotel, Class C Hotel and Class B 25 percent licenses.
  • ABRA liquor license renewals: Phoenix Park Hotel, 50 North Capitol Street, NW; Café Berlin, 332 Massachusetts Avenue, NE; Junction Bistro Bar & Bakery, 238 Massachusetts Avenue, NE; Nando’s Peri-Peri, 411 H Street, NE; Carving Room NoMa, 130 M Street, NE; Courtyard by Marriott Washington D.C./U.S. Capitol, 1325 2nd Street, NE; Fancy Radish, 600 H Street, NE; Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol; Indigo-Indian Food on the Go, 243 K Street, NE.
  • 1005 First Street, NE.  Public Space Application.  Projection on the corner along First Street NE and L Street NE for a new restaurant entrance and façade.
  • 301 Massachusetts Ave NE, Public Space Application.  Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza, Outdoor seating, including enclosed sidewalk Café on Third Street, NE.
  • Bike parking corral at 6th and K Streets, NE, and general discussion of bike corrals in ANC 6C.
  • DDOT discussion: H Street, NE, bus priority; Massachusetts Avenue, bike lane improvements. 
  • Stanton Park traffic signals
  • 301 K Street, NE.  Zoning Adjustment Application.  Special exception from lot occupancy requirements to construct two rear decks to an existing three-story flat. 
  • 663 Maryland Avenue, NE.  Historic Preservation Application.  Concept approval for a two-story rear addition.
  • 301 Florida Avenue, NE.  Zoning Application.  Consolidated PUD to construct a new 12-story plus penthouse mixed-use building with 115 dwelling units, all affordable to income levels at or below 50 percent AMI and ground space dedicated to nonresidential use.
  • Union Station Expansion Project and other Union Station issues.
  • Discussion of Grant Application: Story of Our Schools – Montessori Project.

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

For info on how to join the meeting, go here: https://anc6b.org/event/1237/?instance_id=216

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Letter to DDOT in support of 17th St/19th St project
  • Letter to DDOT on Southeast Blvd Design

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Thursday, June 9

ANC6A holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Presentation:  Shared Responsibility for Our Urban Tree Canopy – Alexander Grieve, Urban Forester, District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
  • Presentation:  Introduction and Status of Vacant Properties in ANC 6A – Isaac Boateng, Ward 6, Account Manager, Office of the Director, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).
  • Letter to DDOT reiterating its previous requests for traffic calming measures on H Street, NE, and requesting their implementation by February 1, 2023, including a westbound speed camera on the 1300 block; sidewalk extensions/bulb-outs at 14th Street, 10th Street, 8th Street, and 6th Street; a midblock crosswalk in the 1300 block of H Street NE; and a red painted bus-only lane similar to other installations.
  • Letter to DDOT supporting the project to increase safety on 17th Street and 19th Street for all users, and provide the opportunity for ANC 6B and ANC 7D to join the letter.
  • Letter to each DC Council Member in support of the Safe Routes to School proposed legislation. In particular, the ANC supports the bill’s requirement to install vertical safety features in proximity to schools, given DDOT’s recent refusal to install raised crosswalks near Maury Elementary on 13th Street NE.
  • Letter to DDOT urging coordination between the annual repaving projects and the installation of speed humps/speed tables, including a list of currently open TSIs on blocks scheduled for repaving.
  • Letter of support to BZA for special exception zoning relief occupancy requirements, special exception zoning relief and an area variance at 1252 H Street, NE
  • Letter of support to BZA for special exception zoning relief from the minimum vehicle parking requirements to construct a front, rear, and third floor addition with penthouse, and to convert to a mixed-use, nine-unit apartment house with first floor retail, an existing, attached, six-unit, two-story with cellar, mixed use building at 1447 Maryland Avenue, NE
  • Letter of support to HPRB for historic review of the construction of a rear addition at 1320 North Carolina Avenue, NE.
  • Letter of support to BZA for special exception zoning relief from the lot occupancy requirements from the rear addition requirements to construct a third story and rear addition, and convert to a flat, an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit at 647 16th Street, NE.
  • Motion to approve the Ludlow Taylor Elementary School Food Print grant for $2,500 dollars.
  • Motion to approve the Eliot-Hine Middle School Band grant for $2,000 dollars.
  • Motion to approve a proposals that 501(c)3 and non 501(c)3 organizations that demonstrate a public benefit to the ANC6A community be eligible for grants.

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ANC6B will hold a Special virtual meeting and ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will hold a virtual meeting both beginning at 7:00pm.   **Please Note: These renewal cases will be discussed, and a vote taken in the Special Meeting preceding the ABC Committee Meeting.

  • **Taco City DC, 1102 8th Street, SE: Class “CR” Restaurant License:
  • ** Trattoria, 504 8th Street, SE.  Class “CR” Restaurant License. 
  • **Little Pearl, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • ** Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE.  Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • **We, The Pizza, 305 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Class “CR” Restaurant License.
  • **Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Class “D” Restaurant License. 

The ANC6B will then consider the following new liquor license request and the following renewal requests. 

  • New liquor license:  Ginza BBQ Lounge and Karaoke Spot, 526 8th Street, SE. Request for NEW Retailer’s Class C Tavern;
  • Renewal of liquor licenses:  ZOCA & Crush by ZOCA, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Santa Rose Taqueria, 301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE; Newland, 327 7th Street, SE; Harvest Tide Steak House, 212 7th  Street, SE; Casa de Comidas, 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; La Casina DC, 327 7th Street SE; Bullfrog Bagels/Pesce, 317 7th  Street, SE; Eat BRGZ, 250 7th  Street, SE; The Duck and The Peach/The Wells/La Collina, 300 7th Street, SE; Tunnicliffs Tavern, 222 7th  Street SE; Chiko, 423 8th Street SE; Ambar, 523 8th  Street SE; Las Placitas, 1100 8th  Street, SE; Café 8, 424 8th Street, SE AND DDOT Public Space Application to Extend Outdoor Sidewalk Patio Space; Paraiso, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Belga Cafe, 514 8th Street SE. 

Friday, June 10

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

Saturday, June 11

Southeast Library Book Sale, 10:00am – 3:00pm.  403 7th Street, SE.

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CM Charles Allen Talks About the Future of Ward 6 on Monday

CM Charles Allen Talks About the Future of Ward 6 on Monday

CM Charles Allen will participate in an in-person conversation on the future of Ward 6 on Monday, June 6, at 7:30pm in the covered outdoor Town Square Towers Pavilion, 700 7th Street, SW, Rear.  The event will provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions about his goals for the next four years, assuming he is re-elected.  (Allen is the only candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Ward 6 City Council, so the odds are good.)  Allen has represented Ward 6 for two terms.

Register here for the event:  https://www.mobilize.us/ward6demsdc/event/464318/

Sponsors of the event include The Hill Rag, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, the Southwester, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, and DC Young Democrats.

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Mott’s Market Is on the Market Again!

Mott’s Market at 223 12th Street, SE. Photo: Hillary Russell

Mott’s Market Is on the Market Again!

by Hilary Russell

The neighborhood coalition to save the historic corner grocery store at 223 12th Street, SE, has been galvanized by the new “For Sale” sign at this address. As Capitol Hill Corner reported (https://bit.ly/3rje3Ee numerous neighbors established an LLC (limited liability company) and made a serious bid to buy the building in April.  The winning bidders were long-time Capitol Hill residents Amit and Veronique Singh – not, as rumored, a developer.  This couple found a larger, three-unit building on G Street, SE, that they prefer very soon after and closed that sale on May 31.  That’s why 223 12th Street is back on the market.  Evidently, there’s nothing wrong with the building, which is now listed for $1.35 million—$100,000 more than the April price.

The coalition is ramping up to make another serious offer that preserves a valued neighborhood resource and prevents its potential conversion to condos. A meeting hosted by Jordan LaCrosse on June 2 ran numbers and confirmed the coalition’s commitment to buy the building and rent the store space to a vendor who shares the community’s values.  The core group pledged to reach out immediately to new and existing supporters, put up new signs, and get press coverage.

For more information, send an email to SaveMottsMarket@gmail.com and consult www.mottsmarket.com

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ANC6B To Hold Special Meeting on Six Liquor License Renewals

by Larry Janezich

ANC6B has scheduled a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00pm to consider liquor license renewals for six restaurants:

  • We, the Pizza, 305 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
  • Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
  • Taco City DC, 1102 8th Street, SE
  • Trattoria Alberto, 504 8th Street, SE
  • Little Pearl, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
  • Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE

Among a slew of renewals the full ANC will consider at its June 14th meeting, these six have a drop dead date of June 13 for the ANC to file a protest against the licenses.  Hence the need to consider them in a special meeting.  Some commissioners suggested the renewal for We, the Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery could be controversial given the spotty track record of the restaurants’ adherence to Settlement Agreements governing operations – agreements which Brian Ready, chair of the ABC Committee regards as inadequate.

Once the full ANC disposes of the six cases, the ABC Committee will continue to consider 18 additional renewals, all of which have a June 20 protest deadline.

Info on how to join the meetings will be posted on Sunday’s The Week Ahead.

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The Week Ahead…(Chess at Eastern Market Metro) & Some Photos from the Past Week

The Week Ahead…(Chess at Eastern Market Metro) & Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Sunday afternoon, R&B/Soul band Elroy International performed at Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Founder and front man Michael Elroy Craig started the band in 2020.  Sunday was the first time the band performed here.  Craig says he has partnered with Image Society to bring his music to Metro Plaza and hopes to perform once a month throughout the summer.  Image Society is a Global Conservation community organization dedicated to the preservation of culture through exposure and education by offering classes in music, graphic design, video editing, social media development, entrepreneur development and life skills. 

Meanwhile, this was the scene over at the West Front of the US Capitol as preparations continued for Sunday night’s Memorial Day Concert.  Security was tight, and the closed area extended from the West Front all way to Second Street west of the Capitol. 

Here’s some video from around 7:30pm on Friday evening at 13th and South Carolina Avenue, SE.  It looks like Prince George’s County Police pursued a vehicle into the District resulting in a chase through the Hill East neighborhood and a crash.  MPD was lax in posting a DC Alert to enlighten residents, but tweets from witnesses alleged there were seven MPD and Prince Georges County police vehicles involved.  Witnesses said that an individual – possibly a juvenile  occupant of the crashed vehicle – was being detained.  Witnesses also reported a surveillance helicopter overhead which may have been looking for another individual who was reported to have fled the scene.  No word how this comports with MPD regulations regarding pursuit of vehicles.  Video credit:  Brian Alcorn. 

 

Thursday evening at MLK Library, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan applauds the presentation of Dirk Lohan – architect and grandson of Mies van der Rohe.  Van der Rohe designed the recently completed $211 million renovation of MLK.  Reyes-Gavilan said “MLK is the only Mies building in DC and the only Mies Library in the world.”  Lohan toasted his just-finished hour long talk entitled “Mies and Me,” with an admittedly fake martini, a tribute to a long stretch of Thursday evening conversations with Mies which featured martinis and cigars.  Lohan’s recollections of his grandfather – spiked with numerous anecdotes – highlighted van der Rohe’s transformation from a classical architect to a modernist following WWII. 

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee held a virtual meeting on Wednesday night.  The committee discussed possibilities for honoring former chair Donna Scheeder, who passed recently but came to no final decision.  Acting chair Chuck Burger expressed his hope that a permanent chair could be appointed by the next meeting on June 29.  He said he had had discussions with CM Allen regarding the vacant seat on the Committee (both the slots for members designated by Allen and Mayor Bowser are currently unfilled) and said he hoped both of these would be filled by fall. 

And finally, last week on Monday night, the four Democratic candidates for DC mayor participated in a forum at Hill Center:  Muriel Bowser, Robert C. White Jr., Trayon White Sr., and James Butler.  The forum was sponsored by The Hill Rag and Ward Six Democrats and moderated by Sam Ford, bureau chief of ABC Channel 7 News.  The the station carried the proceedings live.  Here’s some video showing what being in the room was like. 

The Week Ahead…(Chess at Eastern Market Metro)
by Larry Janezich

The Week Ahead…

Tuesday, May 31
ANC6B Executive Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm to set the agenda for the June meeting of the full ANC on June14. 

For info on how to join the meeting, go here:  https://bit.ly/3lYHk4g

Thursday, June 2
ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

·       1005 First Street, NE – Public Space Application for projection on the corner along 1st Street, NE, and
L Street, NE, for a new restaurant entrance and facade.
·       301 Massachusetts Avenue, NE – Public Space Application for outdoor seating including a sidewalk
café on 3rd Street for Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza. 
·       Proposal for a bike parking corral at 6th and K Street, NE, and general discussion of bike corrals in
ANC6C.
·       Update on Maryland Avenue, NE, streetscape improvements.

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Friends of Southeast Library hold an in-person monthly meeting at Southeast Library at 5:30pm. 

Friday, June 3
·       Chess in the Park at Eastern Market Metro Plaza from 1 to 4pm, sponsored by the U.S. Chess Center.
·       Friday Night Live Jazz at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, weather permitting.  (Info on
the featured artist was not available at press time.)
 
Saturday, June 4
Chess tournament for kids from 10:00am – 1:00pm. 
·       This FREE tournament will be hosted by the US Chess Center and Barracks Row Main Street Program
for students in grades 2-8. Students need to register via the U.S. Chess Center to be entered in the
tournament. Registration and more information can be found on the U.S. Chess Center’s website
here:  https://register.chessctr.org/a/easternmarketmetro

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Week Past + Redistricting Update

The final map for Hill East Single Member District Boundaries. Friday afternoon, the City Council’s Redistricting Subcommittee voted to recommend to the City Council Committee on the Whole that Hill East be divided into north and south components, each part of a different Ward 7 ANC.  Hill East residents and the commissioners of the former Ward 6 ANCs (ANC6B and ANC6A) have struggled mightily for a single Ward 7 ANC west of the river.  The Committee on the Whole will vote to place the entire ANC/Single Member District boundary plan on the Council’s agenda for the next legislative meeting.  Theoretically, once before the Council, changes could be made.  If Council passes the plan on the initial vote, a second and final vote will occur at the next legislative session.  The measure then goes to the Mayor for her signature. 

Here’s a rendering of what a completed Southeast Boulevard Project could look like if DDOT gets federal funding to finish this project.  Last Thursday, at a Special Meeting of ANC6B, the commission agreed to a letter of support requested by DDOT to accompany an application for a federal grant to complete the Southeast Boulevard and Barney Circle Projects. A coterie of residents of L Street between 13th and 15th Street voiced opposition, citing their concerns their quality of life will suffer if the project moves forward.  Plans would include an underground garage for Circulator buses.  ANC6B has long expressed reservations about the bus garage but also stated that a 100% electric bus fleet would mitigate some of the issues. 

There’s been major progress on The Ethel on Reservation 13 since we last visited.  A sign says “Coming March 1013 – 100 units of Permanent Supportive Housing, work force training opportunities, transitional housing, 11,000 square feet of retail.  Permanent Supportive Housing provides long-term housing voucher and intensive case management to individuals and families who are chronically homeless and continue to be at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  

Progress on new Pacci’s Italian restaurant on Lincoln Park.  There’s been a lot of activity at the proposed restaurant at 106 13th Street, SE.  The building formerly housed the Park Café, Ninnella, and the Lincoln Park Kitchen and Wine Bar.  A complete renovation has been underway and owner Spiro Gioldasis had hoped to open in 2019, and might have but for the pandemic.  Much of the gutting and renovation has been done, and it looks like the workers are closing in on the final build out. 

Here’s a shot inside from last week – still a ways to go.  For more on Pacci’s restaurants, go here:  https://www.paccistrattoria.com/

Here’s a shot of Session Americana performing at the Hill Center on May 15 as part of the free outdoor American Roots Music Series.  Out of Boston, Session Americana is a rock/folk band/collective of musicians that move in and out of the band and performances.  Americana music meets at the starburst crossroads of American music traditions including folk, gospel, blues, country, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and bluegrass.  For more, go here: https://www.sessionamericana.com/  

The Week Ahead…

by Larry Janezich

Monday, May 23

Forum:  DC Democratic Mayoral candidates Primary, at Hill Center, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

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

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

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

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ANC 6A Community Outreach Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Ludlow-Taylor Grant Application – Erin K Johnston, Co-Chair, LT ES PTO Grants Committee; Angeline Spain, Co-Chair, LT ES PTO Grants Committee
  • Eliot Hine Grant Application – Arijua McCarter, 8th grade student

Tuesday, May 24

ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meeting CANCELLED

Wednesday, May 25

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.

For info on how to access, go here:  TBA

Among items on the draft agenda, go here:  TBA

Friday, May 20

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

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Barracks Row Developer Eyes Project on H Street, NE

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

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

Barracks Row Developer Eyes Project on H Street, NE

By Larry Janezich

Posted May 19, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

By Larry Janezich

Posted May 15, 2022

Monday, May 16

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

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

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

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

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

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

Wednesday, May 18

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

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

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

Thursday, May 19

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

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

Agenda:

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

Friday, May 20

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

Saturday, May 21

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

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

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Neighbors Alarmed Over Drug Sales In Alleys Near H Street NE

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

Neighbors Alarmed Over Drug Sales In Alleys Near H Street NE

by Larry Janezich

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

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

Residents cited their observations in support of the allegations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Larry Janezich

Posted May 11, 2022

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

Allen singled out the following projects:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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