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Capitol Hill ANC Unofficial Election Results

Capitol Hill ANC Unofficial Election Results

by Larry Janezich

Posted November 4, 2020

Here are the election results for ANCs 6A, 6B, 6C, and 6D, as of 1:57am Wednesday morning.

There are three Single Member Districts (6B07, 6D01, and 6D02) where there were only write-in candidates.  Those votes will be counted and the candidates’ names and vote totals will be posted on the DC Board of Elections website some time next week.

Capitol Hill ANC Election Results

by Larry Janezich

Here are the election results for ANCs 6A, 6B, 6C, and 6D.  There are three Single Member Districts (6B07, 6D01, and 6D02) where there were only write-in candidates.  Those votes will be counted and the candidate’s names and vote totals will be posted on the DC Board of Elections website some time next week.

ANC6A01

  • Keya Chatterjee                                492      54.42%
  • Marie-Claire Brown                         398      44.03%

ANC6A02

Phil Toomajian                                            640      93.84%

  • Unopposed

ANC6A03

  • Michael Soderman                            632      95.47%
  • Unopposed

ANC6A04                             

  • Amber Gove                                         591      79.54%
  • Ali Gardezi                                            146      19.65%

ANC6A05

  • Laura Gentile                                        658      85.34%
  • Timothy W. Drake                                 106      13.75%

ANC6A06

  • J. Amons, Sr                                               56          6.8%
  • Robb Dooling                                           402      48.85%
  • Kate Robinson                                          360      43.74%

ANC6A07

  • Daniel M. Lee                                           178       27.47%
  • Sondra Phillips-Gilbert                           420         64.81%
  • Rico Dancy                                                  41          6.33%

ANC6A08

  • Brian Alcorn                                             622      94.39%
  • Unopposed

ANC6B01                             

  • Jennifer E. Samolyk                                  447      91.79%
  • Unopposed

ANC6B02                 

  • Gerald Sroufe                                              603      94.66%
  • Unopposed

ANC6B03

  • Brian Ready                                                 490        71.01%
  • Gerardo Mijares                                          188         27.25%

ANC6B04

  • Kirsten Oldenburg                                      564         94.31%
  • Unopposed

ANC6B05

  • Steve Holtzman                                            720          98.5%
  • Unopposed

ANC6B06

  • Corey Holman                                              797       96.49%
  • Unopposed

ANC6B07     

  • Write In                                                          201           100%

ANC6B08

  • Paul Blair                                                         182     25. 71
  • Peter Wright                                                     502     70.9%

ANC6B09

  • Andre Speaks                                                   329      39.35%
  • Alison Horn                                                      494      59.09%

ANC6B10

  • Denise Rucker Krepp                                     605       94. 24%
  • Unopposed

ANC6C01

  • Christine Healey                                             497        95.39%
  • Unopposed

ANC6C02                             

  • Karen Wirt                                                       315      94.59%
  • Unopposed

ANC6C03

Jay Adelstein                                                               679      95.77%

  • Unopposed

ANC6C04

  • Mark Eckenwiler                                               782      90.82%
  • Unopposed

ANC6C05

  • Joel Kelty                                                            1,018     94.96%
  • Unopposed

ANC6C06

  • Drew Courtney                                                 1,775      96.57%
  • Unopposed

ANC6D01     

  • Write in                                                                 324      100%

ANC6D02

  • Write in                                                                 413      100%

ANC6D03

  • Ronald Collins                                                       587      94.68%
  • Unopposed

ANC6D04                 

  • Andy Litsky                                                          909      95.99%
  • Unopposed

ANC6D05

  • Fredrica Kramer                                                   848     95. 39%
  • Unopposed

ANC6D06                             

  • Rhonda Natalie Hamilton                                    727      95.91%
  • Unopposed

ANC6D07

  • Edward Daniels                                                      1,388     65.75%
  • Eric S. Blaylock                                                           655      31.5%

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

By Larry Janezich

Posted on November 1, 2020

The Week Ahead

Monday, November 2

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

Please see https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/ for an attendee link and WebEx meeting instructions.

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Giant, 300 H St. NE, Renewal of Class B Liquor License. 
  • Union Kitchen, 600 H St. NE, Renewal of Class B Liquor License.
  • Adams Market, 700 F St. NE, Renewal of Class B Liquor License.
  • Whole Foods Market, 600 H St. NE, Renewal of Class B Liquor License.
  • Old City Market and Oven, 522 K St. NE, Renewal of Class B Liquor License.
  • Streets Market, 51 M Street, NE, Renewal of Class B Liquor License.

Games of Skill Discussion

ABRA Notification Issues Discussion

Tuesday, November 3

The ANC6B Planning & Zoning Committee will NOT meet this month. 

ANC6C Environment, Parks and Events Committee is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm, but has not released an agenda. 

Wednesday, November 4

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

Please see https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/ WebEx meeting instructions.

Among items on the draft agenda:

14 5th Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for special exceptions to construct a one-story accessory structure with a new principal dwelling unit in the RF-3 zone.

1165 3rd Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for special exceptions to construct a three-story rear addition to an existing attached dwelling unit.

Short-term rental rulemaking – Proposed DCRA regulations implementing the 2019 Council legislation regulating Airbnb and similar lodging arrangements. Deadline for comments: November 16.

ANC 6B Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00p. 

Please see https://anc6b.org/calendar/ for WebEx meeting instructions.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Vision Zero Enhancement Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019.  Chris Laskowsky, Ward 6 Councilmember Allen’s Legislative Director.

Requests for support of the 17th Street, SE, Traffic Safety Assessment.

Letter to DDOT on FY22-25 Capitol Plan Funding for widening the eastbound exit off SE/SW Freeway onto 11th Street, SE.

Thursday, November 5

ANC 6B Alcohol Beverage Control Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

Please see https://anc6b.org/calendar/  for WebEx meeting instructions.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Handle-19, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE – New liquor license with sports gambling endorsement. 

Renewal of Class B Liquor Licenses for grocery stores.

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

Please see https://anc6c.org/hot-topics/  for an attendee link and WebEx meeting instructions.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Traffic calming requests for 5th Street, NE.  Neighbors along 5th Street NE have noted that 5th Street is frequently being used by drivers to cut through the neighborhood to get to/from Florida Avenue to H Street, NE. A traffic safety assessment for 5th Street, NE,  between K and M Streets, NE, was submitted to DDOT last August and results are still pending. In the meantime, neighbors are requesting the ANC’s support for additional and/or reconfigured speed humps along 5th Street, NE. Speed humps already exist between L and M Streets,  NE, but neighbors have noted that drivers will quickly accelerate/brake in between the traffic calming measures.

MoveDC 2021 update.  DDOT is updating its long-range transportation plan through an effort called move DC 2021 and recently held virtual town halls and continues to hold telephone office hours for the general public. The Committee will review and provide feedback on: (1) the stated goals/policies; and (2) the interactive “Mobility Priority Network” maps for transit, bicycle, and freight.

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Eastern Market Advisory Committee Supports Major Changes for Market

Eastern Market Advisory Committee Supports Major Changes for Market

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 29, 2020

Last night the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) voted overwhelmingly to endorse the $300,000 strategic plan commissioned by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to ensure the future of Eastern Market and “reestablish the central place of the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in the midst of a rapidly changing economy.”  The long-awaited plan was made public on October 7th and recommends major changes.

The letter to the Department of General Services (DGS) – drafted by EMCAC Chair Donna Scheeder and ANC6B representative Jerry Sroufe – recommended that the agency officially approve the implementation of the report and sought details on some issues which the report did not specifically address. 

The strategic plan recommends replacing existing governing authority for the market – DGS with EMCAC in an advisory role – with a nonprofit public authority for the market composed of an equal number of representatives from the DC government and existing Eastern Market stakeholders.  The report states, “We do NOT recommend privatizing the market, a sentiment resoundingly reflected in survey responses.”

Among the study’s recommendations:

  • Form implementation working group
  • Restructure membership of the EMCAC
  • Transition management to a nonprofit public authority
  • Establish current leases for South Hall merchants
  • Build an online ordering system/pickup system
  • Set up a pilot for temporary food stalls in the North Hall
  • Focus on sourcing locally in origin labeling
  • Set up tables and chairs in the North Hall
  • Reconfigure the stalls in the south hall

The first step in the plan would be to form an Implementation Group charged with effecting the recommendations of the strategic plan.  The Implementation Group would be made up of representatives from the DC Council, DGS, EMCAC and other stakeholders including the market’s merchants, vendors and farmers, and three representatives from “established substantial Capitol Hill community organizations or commissions that directly interact with Eastern Market Special Use Area operations on a regular basis.”  In addition, members “should demonstrate a resume of professional expertise in relevant fields such as retail, marketing, law, planning, historic preservation, or finance.”

Here’s a link to the Eastern Market Home page: 

http://easternmarket-dc.org/about/eastern-market-strategic-plan/

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The Week Ahead…and Some Photos from the Week Past

The Week Ahead…and Some Photos from the Week Past

By Larry Janezich

Posted October 25, 2020

Monday, October 26

ANC6A Community Outreach Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

Call-in Number: 202-860-2110 – Meeting number (access code): 172 269 2929

For those attending via WebEx: use this link:

https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/onstage/g.php?MTID=e35f9d0b99782378c2344fee9a01848f6

Among items on the agenda:

  • Ludlow Taylor Grant Requests:
  • A grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (LTES) Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) for the purchase of school supplies for the students of Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School.
  • A grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School LTES) Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) to purchase IXL supplemental learning software for use at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School.
  • A grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (LTES) Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) to support the LTES City Year Program

Tuesday, October 27

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

Agenda:

The agenda for the full ANC Committee meeting on November 10.

For those attending via WebEx: use this link:

https://dcnet.webex.com/dcnet/j.php?MTID=m272ef78ccedec6a0a272724a914b7d46

Meeting number: 172 082 7218

Password: 3AtXmJanN43

Host key: 284766Join by video system

Dial 1720827218@dcnet.webex.com

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

+1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)

1-650-479-3208 Call-in number (US/Canada)

Access code: 172 082 7218

Wednesday, October 28 Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm. 

A link to access the meeting will be posted as soon as it is released.

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Report of the Nominations and Credentials Committee: Election of Officers, Chuck Burger.
  • Eastern Market Strategic Plan study.
  • Report of the Market Manager.
    • Covid restrictions at the Market update –
    • Possible return to normal operating hours update –
    • Revenue and expenses –
    • End of fiscal year –
    • HVAC status –
    • Status of the conflict resolution proposal –
    • Holiday Market plans)
  • Capital Improvements Report: Monte Edwards.
  • Tenant’s Council Report.
  • Eastern Market Metro Plaza Update.

DGS will host a virtual public meeting of its briefing for the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Team. Among the items on the agenda is a discussion of the 8 public art concepts earlier this week on Capitol Hill Corner.

  • Information on the time and on joining the meeting will be posted as soon as it is available.

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8 Public Art Concepts for Eastern Market Metro Plaza

by Larry Janezich

Last Wednesday, the Department of General Services hosted a virtual public meeting to hear presentations from 8 artists who unveiled their concepts for the public art commission for Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Members of the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Taskforce made up of community stakeholders will each vote for one by Friday, October 23, and then discuss the selection(s) at their regularly scheduled October meeting on Wednesday October 28.

Below are images captured from those offered by the artists in the order of presentation, with excerpts from artist’s remarks explaining the works. 

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ANC6B Asks City to Rescind Extra Days/Hours for Alcohol Sales During Inaugural

ANC6B Asks City to Rescind Extra Days/Hours for Alcohol Sales During Inaugural

By Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night, at its October meeting, ANC6B sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council asking that they rescind the decision to more than double the number of days around the presidential inaugural when alcohol could be served until 4:00am.   

The DC Budget Act approved in July extended those days and hours until 4:00am for 16 days – up from 7 days during the last inaugural – from January 9 to January 24.  Lawmakers reasoned the change would help business recover lost COVID-related revenue and boost revenues for the city. 

Commissioner Jerry Sroufe of ANC6B suggested and authored the letter after raising concerns that the event will attract a large number of protestors – some of whom might be armed – and that expanded service could frustrate efforts at reducing the spread of COVID. 

Commissioner Samolyk suggested a broader conversation taking into account the needs of the bars and restaurants before sending the letter.  Chair Brian Ready said he wanted bars and restaurants to succeed, but the last thing he wanted to see is a COVID outbreak on Capitol Hill. 

The current public health emergency expires on January 31, with no assurance it will be extended.  Commissioner Oldenburg suggested that extension of the emergency would override the Budget Act’s relaxed alcohol serving provisions. 

The letter states that the ANC understands the financial needs of the city resulting from the COVID pandemic but:   

“Because of our concerns for the physical safety of District residents and our desire to protect them from virus spread, we respectfully request that District leaders rescind the provision of extra days and extra hours during the 2021 Inauguration.”

The vote to send the letter to the Mayor and City Council was 6 – 2- 1. 

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The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Week Past

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Week Past

By Larry Janezich

Posted October 18, 2020

The Week Ahead…

Monday, October 19

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

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

  • Announcement of opportunity for community input on moveDC, the District’s long-range transportation plan. www.wemovedc.org
  • Consideration of additional pedestrian/traffic safety issues, as suggested by commissioners and community members (see list at end of document) – this will be taken out of order or postponed to allow time for adequate discussion of time-sensitive new business items.
  • Public space application at 205 15th Street, NE, for exception from fence requirement and an 8×10 ft. accessory building in public space.
  • Presentation, by Marcy Bernbaum of the Downtown DC Public Restroom Colleagues, on the opportunity for ANCs to suggest pilot locations for public restrooms pursuant to the Public Restroom Facilities Installation and Promotion Act of 2018. Consideration of proposing a pilot site on the H Street corridor. [link to basic information provided by People for Fairness Coalition (PFC): https://pffcdc.org/what-we-do/publicrestrooms/

Additional Pedestrian/Traffic Safety Discussion/Consideration List

  • Making Acute Angle Intersections Safer – Drivers make fast turns from diagonal streets (NC/TN/MD) onto letter/number streets. Requesting raised crosswalks/speed humps/bulbouts/traffic calming
  • Intersection of A Street and North Carolina Avenue NE – most hazardous aspect is traffic traveling east on North Carolina Avenue and turning in on A Street.
  • 1100 and 1200 block of F Street, NE
  • 1300 block of G Street NE, south of Maryland Avenue, NE
  • 200 block of 9th Street NE traffic calming. Look for message from DDOT –Mike
  • Traffic on the 200 block of 9th Street NE; residents believe that the timing of the lights makes this a faster – and therefore preferred route over 8th Street. Request adjusting the lights ((rather than speed humps) due to noise and vibration.
  • Concerns that discouraging truck traffic on 10th and 12th Streets will increase such traffic on 11th Street, NE.

Tuesday, October 20

ANC6B’s Barrack’s Row Working holds a virtual meeting at 6:30pm. 

For information on joining the meeting, go here:  https://anc6b.org/calendar/

Agenda:

This meeting will focus on COVID-19 issues such as social distancing, loan/grants and preparing for winter.

Presentations: Q & A with District Agencies

1. Jennifer McCahill from the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife & Culture.

2. Andre DeFrank – Community Engagement with DDOT (Tentative)

3. Representative from Great Streets and Retail

4. The Office of the Deputy, Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (Tentative)

5. Tyler Williams – Ward 6 Liaison Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

6. Representative from the Department of Public Space (Tentative)

Wednesday, October 21

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

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

Among items on the draft agenda: 

  • 909-911 I Street, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for special exceptions to allow the construction of two new, attached, three-story flats with a penthouse. 
  • 722 19th Street, N – Zoning Adjustment Application special exceptions to allow construction of a second-story rear deck addition to an existing semidetached principal dwelling.
  • 1250 Constitution Avenue, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for a special exception under the off-site parking spaces requirements to relocate 8 of the required parking spaces to the adjacent street to enlarge the outdoor play area at Maury Elementary School.
  • 1447 Maryland Avenue, NE – Zoning Adjustment Application for a special exception from the minimum parking requirements to construct a two-story addition to permit a mixed-use building with 9 residential units.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Preservation Café:  “Homicide on the Hill”.  Author Robert Pohl will present a Halloween special at this virtual Preservation Café. 

“Homicide on The Hill”, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Like every neighborhood, Capitol Hill has had its share of murders in its long history. Even the white-domed Capitol has been the location of a brutal murder, though the more usual backdrop for such events were the alleys and hovels in the poorer sections of the neighborhood.

https://bethpurcell.my.webex.com/bethpurcell.my/j.php?MTID=m8769eb968984e9f566355044a7d4bfa7

Call in number: 415-655-0001

Meeting password: 42556933#

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ANC6B Commissioners Slam Process on Change to Boys and Girls Club Project

ANC6B Commissioners Slam Process on Change to Boys and Girls Club Project

By Larry Janezich

Posted October 14, 2020

Last night, ANC6B grudgingly signaled its approval of changing the proposed conversion of the Boys and Girls Club from a mixed-income condo project to a 100% affordable rental project for seniors, while criticizing the process leading to the proposal.  In 2019, Mayor Bowser’s announced a goal of adding 1200 new affordable housing to Capitol Hill by 2025. 

The commission voted 8 – 1 to agree to support the reuse of the Boys and Girls Club as 100% affordable senior housing but because of the failure of DMPED to engage the community, asked that the council vote to permit the change not be taken before its November 17th meeting to ensure 6B and neighbors have more time to evaluate the changes. 

Commissioners Jayaraman, Krepp, and Holman, all expressed disappointment with DMPED’s failure to engage the community in the conversion.  Jayaraman recalled the city’s similar agreement to the conversion of one of Blue Skye’s  residential buildings on Reservation 13 to 100% affordable housing without community input, and Holman admonished DMPED, “Come on, guys – do better work.”  Krepp – a long time critic of DMPED’s lack of transparency regarding development of Reservation 13 – said that she felt the ANC was getting “jammed – deliberatly” and said that the radical changes justified re-starting the process. 

The original plan toe convert the Boys and Girls Club to European style co-housing for seniors proved to be unworkable when the project estimates came in above budget owing to increased construction costs, unforeseen environmental issues, and the COVID factor which imperiled a co-housing model based on common space for residents to interact.  Developer Joel Kelty said that under conventional financing, providing 15% of the units at 50% of market value was infeasible because of the challenge of finding purchasers who would qualify.  

Now Kelty – with the blessing of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED – is asking the City Council to modify the terms of the agreement with the city to allow construction of 100% affordable housing for 55 and up seniors. 

In March of 2015, the ANC flatly opposed the conversion to 100% affordable housing as proposed by the politically-connected developer Dantes Partners, which was the only proposal meeting the narrowly drawn criteria in the Request for Proposals (RFP).  After negative reaction from the community, the project was transferred from the Department of General Services to DMPED which called for a new RFP.  Kelty was awarded the bid with a proposal for 29 age-restricted 1, 2, and possibly 3 bedroom condo units with 2 caretaker units and about 1850 square feet of community space over  Morningstar Development which would have provided 31 conventional multi-generational 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condo units and about 3000 square feet of community space.

An important factor in the decision was the support of Capitol Hill Village for Kelty’s plan, as well as the sense that it was a better fit in the community. 

With the Mayor’s office pushing for more affordable housing on Capitol Hill and the support of DMPED, conversion to 100% affordable units allows Kelty to seek Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding which provides a tax incentive to construct or rehabilitate affordable rental housing for low-income households. LIHTC subsidizes the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income tenants.

Kelty – and DMPED – need the council to approve extension of the term sheet detailing the disposition of the property which expires December 4, because DMPED does not have authority to do it on its own.  Capitol Hill Village has endorsed the new plan.  Reaction of the nearby neighbors has been mixed, with some expressing frustration at the downgrading of what was once a mixed income project and others just wanting renovation to start on the deteriorating Hill East eyesore. 

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ANC6B To Postpone Vote on Gaming License for Handle 19

ANC6B To Postpone Vote on Gaming License for Handle 19

by Larry Janezich

Posted October 13, 2020

Shane August hoped to open the Handle 19 sport betting venue at 319 PA Avenue in mid-November but instead of getting support from the ANC tonight, will have to wait another 30 days for a vote on his request for a liquor license with a gaming endorsement.  The ANC is the first hurdle in the approval process, followed by Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration approval and a final approval by DC Lottery. 

The license came up before ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee last Thursday night. 

A lot of the nearby residential neighbors are not happy with the business coming into the community.  They say it will attract people from outside the area, create parking and traffic problems, and provide an increased crime risk in a neighborhood of families with young children.   One resident suggested a 45 day delay to allow time for the community to be adequately notified. 

The ABC committee and the full ANC ultimately have two choices.  It can support the request for a license and negotiate a Settlement Agreement to restrict operations, or it can protest the license.  The latter is a long hard process, in the words of Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg.  The ABC committee is charged with recommending a path forward to the full ANC. 

At Thursday’s meeting, ANC Chair Brian Ready pressed the opposing sides to see if common ground could be found.  Handle 19’s attorney said they were willing to delay the application for 30 days to discuss the issues and try to reach a Settlement Agreement. 

Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, in whose district the establishment lies, moved to recommend to the full ANC that the deadline for filing a protest be deferred  until November 13, in hopes neighbors and the owner will engage in a dialogue to see if the issues can be resolved in a way that would allow the license to move forward.  The motion was agreed to, 7 – 0 – 1.  The full ANC will consider the recommendation at tonight’s meeting, and is expected to agree to it. 

The license will come up again before the ABC Committee on November 3, where the Committee could vote to support, to protest, or to take no position.  The recommendation would then come before the full ANC at its November 10 meeting. 

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Confused About the proposed Helipad on Water Street? Here’s the Latest.

Confused About the proposed Helipad on Water Street?  Here’s the Latest.

By Larry Janezich

Posted October 12, 2020

Considerable uncertainty has accompanied a proposal by Congressional Aviation to relocate their helipad and fueling station to Water Street, SE, near the huge mixed use project at 1333 M Street and the Washington Boatyard.

ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee heard from Congressional Aviation’s owner last Tuesday night in an effort to bring some clarity to the matter.

Geoff Rankin is the owner of Congressional Aviation.  His lease on the ground down river where he currently has a helipad for helicopters used by MPD and area hospitals is expiring and is not going to be renewed.  He’s looking for a new site and after considering several other locations which proved to be unfeasible is eying a space on the Anacostia River near 1333 M Street, SE.

Rankin says his company provides an essential service in terms of public safety and unless he can begin construction soon, he thinks it will “go away”.  Neighbors and ANC6B acknowledge that, but don’t want the helipad located there, citing noise concerns.  Representatives from 1333 M Street project have not yet weighed in, and Rankin says that at the moment, there are no city agencies that support his proposed use of the site for a helipad.  City officials say there are no current plans to support a helipad for the site. 

Commissioners had harsh words for the Mayor saying that Mayor Bowser needs to show some leadership on this and to figure out where the facility needs to go, without making this corner of the city a “dumping ground.” 

In July, ANC6B supported filing a map amendment to zone the site that Rankin is looking at, limiting its use to open space, park, and low density riverfront-oriented retail. On Tuesday the Committee recommended that the full ANC to proceed with the filing and the Commission is expected to approve that recommendation at its October meeting Tuesday night.  Planning and Zoning Committee chair Corey Holman said that the filing will result in a Zoning Commission Review which should result in a hearing and a decision from the Commission on the rezoning proposal.  Currently the land is un-zoned and subject to development and use by an executive order of the Mayor. 

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