The Week Ahead….and a lot is going on at Eastern Market

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) met in the North Hall of Eastern Market last Wednesday. Chair Donna Scheeder reported that the Department of General Services had coughed up budget documents long sought by EMCAC and outlined a process for EMCAC review of the budget going forward. DGS Director Gillis will meet with South Hall merchants to talk about leases for which the merchants have long been been pressing. There’s on-going wrangling with the city about where the money for capital improvements will come from, but application of statute requiring the city to pay for those improvements won’t happen before the next fiscal year – meanwhile, funds for repairs are being taken out of Market income. A lot of issues are  brewing concerning the fate of the South Hall food merchants, the best use of the 200 and 300 blocks of 7th Street, the relationship between Eastern Market and Eastern Market MainStreet, and community representation on EMCAC. Recently, a group of nearby residents has revived the defunct Eastern Market Development and Preservation Corporation to add another voice to the mix, ostensibly on behalf of the South Hall Merchants – who are at odds with the outside arts and crafts vendors over the closure of the 200 block of 7th Street to traffic on the weekends. More later.

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

The Week Ahead…

Monday, April 30

Three Ward 6 Candidates for City Council Compete in Hill Center Forum – Monday, 4/30, 7-9 PM at Hill Center. 

Here’s a link to the WaPo article on the three candidates https://wapo.st/2vOuxKw

Tuesday, May 1

There will be no meeting of ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee in May.

Wednesday, May 2

ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee meets at 6:30pm in Northeast Library, 7th & D Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

222 8th Street, NE – Application of Berkeley Square Capitol for concept approval for a rear addition.

732 4th Street, NE – Revised application for concept approval for rear and rooftop additions.

732 4th Street, NE – Revised application, for a special exception from the lot occupancy requirements , to construct a three-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit in the RF-1 Zone at 732 4th Street, NE.

1125 7th Street, NE – Discussion of potential BZA appeal of permit B1805207, issued on April 18. This is a revision to permit B1706219, for which ANC 6C has a pending appeal (BZA 19550) on multiple grounds. [6C06]

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

Items on the draft agenda include:

Presentation/discussion on proposed Capitol Hill Circulator Routes

Presentation/discussion on traffic calming (tentative)

Thursday, May 3

ANC6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will me at 7:00pm at Hill Center, 921, Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. 

Among items on the draft agenda: 

K&W Legacy, LLC, t/a Capitol Hill Wine & Spirits 323 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License with a Tasting Endorsement.

Ventura, LLC, t/a Albert’s Liquors, 328 Kentucky Avenue, SE; Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License.

RMG, Inc., t/a World Wine & Spirits, 1453 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License with a Tasting Endorsement.

AKB Enterprise, Inc., t/a Gandel’s Liquors, 211 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License with a Tasting Endorsement.

Bhuller’s Corporation, t/a JJ Mutt Wine & Spirits, 643 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License.

Hayden’s Inc. t/a Hayden’s, Inc., 700 North Carolina Avenue, SE, Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License.

B&) (sic) Liquors, Inc., t/a Chat’s Liquor, 503 8th Street, SE; Renewal of an existing Class A Retail License with a Tasting Endorsement.

Candidate Forum – Democratic Chair Primary Candidates Phil Mendelson and Ed Lazere.  7 – 9 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, I 400 Street, SW. 

 Here’s a link to a WaPo article on the candidates:  https://wapo.st/2jhPsfO

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Mayor’s Office Cancels Reservation 13 Groundbreaking – No Effect on Schedule Says Developer

Chris Donatelli (left) and Brian Rogers, President and Vice President of Donatelli Development respectively, appeared before Hill East residents and others on Monday night to brief them on the status of their Reservation 13 development.

ANC6B Commissioner Krepp acted as moderator for the meeting, as Donatelli fielded audience questions.

Some 40 + community members turned out for the meeting, which included residents from Ward 7, in which Reservation 13 lies.

Here’s a schematic of the footprints of the two buildings. The lower and larger building in on Parcel G-1. The smaller building is on Parcel F-1 which is just east of the Stadium Armory Metro. Massachusetts Avenue, C Street, and Burke Street will be extended into the project.

Here’s an artist’s rendition of the completed project.

Mayor’s Office Cancels Reservation 13 Groundbreaking – No Effect on Schedule Says Developer

by Larry Janezich

Monday night, just before Donatelli Development met with residents to update them on development plans for Reservation 13, ANC6B Commissioner Denise Krepp received a call from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development informing her that the ceremonial groundbreaking on the project, scheduled for May 2, had been cancelled.

The news came as a surprise to developer Chris Donatelli, President of Donatelli Development, who said it would not affect the work on the project, which is already underway.

ANC6B’s Hill East Task Force, chaired by Krepp, scheduled the meeting at St. Coletta’s to provide an opportunity for Hill East residents to hear an update on the long awaited Donatelli/Blue Skye two-building mixed use project for Reservation 13.

Donatelli told some 40 Capitol Hill residents that the larger of the two projects – the mixed use building on Reservation Parcel G-1 – would take two years to complete.  Construction of the second smaller mixed use building on Parcel F-1 will take 18 months.  Since construction on the second building will start about a year into work on the first building, the entire project should be complete in 2.5 years, and initial move-ins could occur about 18 months from now, as the first units in the first building are finished and available for occupancy.

The residential units in both buildings will be apartments.  The larger building will contain 262 units and the smaller will have 91 units.   Both building will have below grade parking.  There will be a combined total of about 20,000 square feet of first floor retail in both buildings.

Donatelli said his company does not pre-lease the retail space, but he envisions a small grocery, restaurants (both sit down and fast casual), and community supporting retail such as a bank.  He said he is also interested in providing space for locally-owned retail rather than national chain retail.

Most of the meeting was devoted to taking questions from members of the community.  A number of issues arose which the developer did not have ready answers for, including the breakdown of units by number of bedrooms, the percentage of affordable units, how much the units would rent for, the details of the construction schedule, the amount of parking devoted for retail, how much construction truck traffic would be generated, and who will manage the projects upon completion.  Commissioner Krepp said she would work with members of the community to draft a letter to the, with the expectation that answers would be forthcoming by the end of the week.  The developer indicated he could respond by weeks-end.

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The Week Ahead….Reservation 13 Update on Monday

Prince – June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016. This memorial was created in the weeks following Prince’s death by an unknown artist on the southeast corner of 5th and G Streets, SE.

The Week Ahead….Reservation 13 Update on Monday

By Larry Janezich

Monday, April 23

ANC 6B Hill East Task Force meets at 7:00pm at St. Coletta’s, 1901 Independence Avenue, SE.

Agenda:

To hear representatives from Donatelli Development give an update on development at Reservation 13, Parcels F-1 and G-1.  In October of 2017, the city said “unequivocally” that the Reservation 13 Project would break ground in the 1st Quarter of 2018.  See CHC post here: http://bit.ly/2zjnQxs

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:

Committee Business and community comments.

Councilmember Allen’s annual Ward 6 Budget Town Hall, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Watkins Elementary School, 420 12th Street, SE. 

The purpose of the meeting is to hear from Ward 6 residents about their priorities for schools, parks, roads, etc. The event begins with Councilmember Allen laying out the budget as proposed by the Mayor, and explaining what his priorities are as the Council finalizes the budget.

Tuesday, April 24

ANC6B’s Executive Committee meets at 7:00pm, Hill Center.

Agenda: 

To set the agenda for the full commission meeting on May 8.

Wednesday, April 25

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) meets in North Hall, Eastern Market at 7:00pm. 

Among items on the agenda:

Report on the April 12th budget briefing with the Department of General Services.

Strategic Plan Process for Eastern Market and Status of the 300 block of 7th Street, SE.

Market Managers Report

Saturday, April 28

Volunteer Capitol Hill, April 28, 10:00am to 1:00pm at Hill Center. 

Volunteer Capitol Hill is an annual event designed to showcase a wide variety of opportunities for volunteer service.  The event benefits nonprofit organizations by helping them recruit potential volunteers as well as network with other nonprofits, and it benefits members of the community by helping them match their skills and interests to the needs of the organizations.  This event is open to the public.  Among the groups participating are the following:  AARP Experience Corps, A Wider Circle, Best Kids, Capitol Hill Village, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Capitol Hill Rotary Club, College Bound, Common Threads, Community of Hope, Cultural Tourism, DC Central Kitchen, DC Department of Parks & Rec., DC Superior Court Mental Habilitation, DC Family and Youth Initiative, Eastern Market Mainstreet, For Love of Children, Higher Achievement, Live it Learn it, Playtime Project, Reading Partners, Seabury Resources for Aging, Ward 6 Dems.

BRMS Taste of 8th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Barracks Row. 

For tickets and additional information, see here: http://www.barracksrow.org/

Sunday, April 29

Eastern Market Main Street Night at the Market, 6:00pm to 9:00pm at North Hall, Eastern Market. 

Tickets:  $25 online, $30 at the door.  For tickers and more info, see here:  http://bit.ly/2qOwqSy

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Frager’s Garden Center Opened Today at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue – Photos

Frager’s Garden Center opened at 8:00am, Sunday, April 22, at its new location – back on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Today’s opening will feature 20% discount between 12 noon and 4pm.  Here’s some additional shots of the space.

 

Frager’s Garden Center Opened Today at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue – Photos

by Larry Janezich

Frager’s Garden Center has returned to 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue.  It opened for business at 8:00am this morning in the parking lot behind Hype Café.  The anticipated April 1 opening was delayed by cool weather and other factors.

The event will be celebrated today by a “Garden Party” from 12 noon until 4 pm, featuring 20% off.

The hours of operation for the new location will be Sunday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday, 7am – 5:55pm; and weekdays, 7am – 7pm.

For more on Frager’s relocation, see CHC posting here:  http://bit.ly/2F1Xe6U

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Hilleaster Pat Taylor Talks about Her Path to Activism

Hilleast activist Pat Taylor (Photo: Pat Taylor)

 

Hilleaster Pat Taylor Talks about Her Path to Activism

by Larry Janezich

Pat Taylor has been an activist in Hill East since she moved to 17th Street SE in 1988 but her commitment to public policy issues stretches back decades before that.

In Hill East, she is best known as a strong advocate of repurposing unused private space and is one of the founders of Kings Court Community Gardens.* Taylor also found and helped acquire the land for the Green Seed Community Garden,** and is currently involved with helping Greenfield Community Garden own its land.***  She hosts an annual get-together of all Capitol Hill’s community garden coordinators.

But Taylor also convinced DDOT to alter traffic patterns at two 17th Street intersections – one at C Street, the other at Potomac Avenue – to make those intersections safer for drivers and pedestrians.  She was a longtime advocate for putting the defunct Hill East Boys and Girls Club into a good community use before the city finally accepted a proposal from a developer to convert it to senior cohousing.  She has lobbied the ACLU to take up the cause of reforming communication policies for inmates.  In the late 1980s Taylor worked with fellow Hill East activist Jim Myers to focus the city’s attention on the crack cocaine epidemic that was destroying lives and community in Hill East.

Taylor came to DC upon resigning from the State University of New York after 20 years of teaching political science to seek ways to be more involved in social policy.  Capitol Hill Corner asked her to reflect on her path to activism.

Taylor said, “I grew up in the northern Vermont town of Richford – one mile from the Canadian border. There were 24 in my high school graduating class – 2/3 were girls. Only three of the 24 – all of them girls – went to college.  My mother had gone to college and was determined that her three daughters would as well.  I wasn’t interested until I visited my older sister at Antioch College and found that I liked it.”  She walked over to the admissions office and enrolled.  “Antioch College was the most liberal college in the US when I went to it.  Pete Seeger, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and unable to get work in many venues, came every year to perform at Antioch.  It was here I developed a profound commitment to social justice.”

An unofficial but significant benefit for young women in the 1950s came from Antioch’s off-campus work program.  Six months a year students worked at full time jobs all across the nation – living in new places, finding their own housing, learning about public transportation.  From these work experiences – a different one each year – Taylor says, “I learned that I could always find a way to live in a strange place and make enough money to live on.  They gave me the confidence to travel to strange places.  They gave me a kind of freedom that few women my age had.”

After college, Taylor didn’t know what she wanted to do so she went to Europe and stayed there for four years, living in Spain, Germany and France.  Most of these years she worked for the US Army in recreation centers for enlisted personnel on Army bases and traveled widely in Western Europe.

After four years, she had enough of being an on-looker in foreign countries and returned to the US to get a Master’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Connecticut.  Six interviews for college teaching positions produced six job offers.  “In five of them, she said, “the faculty was close to 100% male and plainly awkward around this potential first female colleague.”

She accepted an offer from the State University of New York – “That’s where I became an activist.  I joined a group of female faculty, most of whom felt discriminated against by male colleagues.  We used to meet and share stories about discrimination.”   When the state legislature passed the Taylor Law (granting New York public employees the right to unionize) faculty formed a union to oppose the already existing faculty Senate that Taylor says was effectively an arm of the administration –  “One of the first things we did was ask for a list of faculty salaries, and published it.  This was during the Vietnam War and I soon joined students and fellow faculty members in protesting the war.  The FBI tried to recruit faculty members on our campus to spy on war protestors.”

Speaking of her 20 years at the college, Taylor said she liked teaching and appreciated the freedom to teach what she wanted but came to the realization that she needed to make a change.  Asked why, Taylor said that being the only faculty member in comparative government and subscribing to a political theory that governmental forms are determined by economics rather than the dominant paradigm that democracies like the US are the highest form of political evolution left her feeling like an outsider in her own field.  She decided that to be effective on social justice issues, she needed to get into policy, eventually settling on health care.

She started getting involved inhealth care policy while still at SUNY, becoming a community representative in Rochester’s regional health care program, volunteering “for every committee and task force I could” and in the process getting a free education in health care policy.

A sabbatical from teaching allowed her to go to Washington where she knocked on Congressional doors, offering her services.  She was hired by the Senate Special Committee on Aging for the duration of her sabbatical to work on Medicare legislation.  In that position she had a major role in planning committee hearings and writing a Medicare reform bill.

The experience strengthened her resolve; she resigned from SUNY and moved to DC – “I had a difficult time getting a job – this was a young town and nobody wanted to hire their mother.” To support herself, she worked a series of temporary jobs.

She finally landed a job at the Department of Health and Human Services, in the agency housing federal programs that worked to improve health care for low income people, minorities and rural residents.  She ended up at the Office of Rural Health Policy where she “created an academic grants program for the study of rural health care access issues and policies”.

On urban living, Taylor says, “My idea of cities was formed in Europe – people walking, parks, public transportation, and low rise buildings – and DC had sun all winter whereas Rochester was grey for five months a year.  DC was the American city I’d been looking for.”  She had lived that first year in the 200 block of Maryland Avenue and after returning to DC, in a group house on Seward Square.

In 1988 she received an inheritance and bought a house on 17th  Street for $100,000.  She said she was one of those who Jim Myers characterized as “risk oblivious,” adding, “When I moved in, there were open air drug markets within blocks of my house and drug dealers shooting at each other in the night. Also, this neighborhood of white collar civil servants was 98% African American.  Many of my white friends thought the neighborhood dangerous, but I’ve never been mugged and never had my house broken into.”  She joined Myers in his public relations campaign to heighten awareness of the crack cocaine epidemic infecting Hill East.  “Myers, she said, “had a wonderful knack for creating eye-catching posters and messages on tee shirts to call attention to Hill East drug problems.”

Taylor wonders whether such committed public activism which she has been a part of is possible anymore – “organizing and advocacy have moved to cellphones and social media and that has made it difficult for a neighborhood to  come together in meetings.  Without getting people in a room face to face, to engage in back and forth discussions, how do you develop consensus on community issues?  How do you know your neighbors.

*bounded by 14th and 15th Streets, South Carolina and C Street

**bounded by 17th and 18th  Streets, D and C Streets

***bounded by 16th and 17th Street, Independence and Massachusetts Avenues

 

 

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The Week Ahead….

U.S. Capitol Building hidden by cherry blossoms. April 4, 2018.

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Monday, April 16

DPW observes Emancipation Day.  No trash pickup. 

CANCELLED:  ANC6A Transportation and Public Space Committee.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE (Photo ID required). 

Tuesday, April 17

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of license renewal for Sky Globe, Inc. t/a Grand Liquors at 409 15th  Street, NE.

Discussion of license renewal for Jumbo Liquors, Inc. t/a Jumbo Liquors at 1122 H Street, NE.

Discussion of license renewal for 18th & D Liquors, Inc. t/a Master Liquors at 1806 D Street, NE.

Discussion of license renewal for Andy Lee Liquor t/a New H Wine & Spirits at 914 H Street, NE.

Discussion of request by On the Rocks at 1242 H Street NE to amend its settlement agreement to allow patron seating, food preparation, and/or storage on its third and fourth floors.

The CHRS Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE.

Wednesday, April 18

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Capital East Apartments – HPRB recommendation on the plans for the rehabilitation and addition of a new roof deck at the Capital East Apartments, located at 816 E Street, NE & 518 9th Street, NE.

1371-1375 H Street, NE – Application for zoning adjustment by DC Super Pack LLC, for a special exception to operate an animal boarding use in an existing building.

121 Tennessee Avenue NE – Application for zoning adjustment –  special exceptions from the nonconforming structure requirements, from the rear yard requirements, and from the lot occupancy requirement, to construct a two-story addition to an existing one-story rear addition to an attached principal dwelling unit.

Gallaudet University – Application for a zoning change to modify their 2012 Campus Plan to remote the Ballard North dormitory.  Ballard North is vacant and is in poor condition.  Gallaudet intends to disconnect Ballard North from campus utilities this summer and then demolish the building over the winter break.  A representative from Gallaudet will come to present, answer any questions and formally ask ANC 6A for its support.

Thursday, April 19

Sector Two (PSA 104, 107, & 108) meets at 7:00pm, at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE.

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Kelly Waud Sworn In Today as Commissioner for ANC6B07

Councilmember Allen administers the oath of office to Kelly Waud, ANC6B07.

Congratulations.

Kelly Waud Sworn In Today as Commissioner for ANC6B07

by Larry Janezich

Kelly Waud was sworn in by Councilmember Charles Allen as Commissioner to fill the ANC6B07 seat for the unexpired term of Commissioner Aimee Grace who resigned earlier this year.  The term will run until January, meaning the seat – along with all other ANC seats – will be up for election this November.  Waub was the only candidate to emerge during the special election following Grace’s resignation.

Capitol Hill Corner asked Waud what her goals are for the balance of her term.  Waud said, “I’d like to build on the progress Aimee Grace made in redeveloping the pocket parks on Potomac Avenue.  We have completed designs that reflect the goals of the neighborhood and will need to identify additional funding to complete the approved design.”

Waud has been an active resident member of ANC6B’s Transportation Committee concerned with the proposed continuing development of the Southwest Boulevard.  6B07 is a diverse single member district, including the commercial strip on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, Harris Teeter, the Potomac Avenue pocket parks, Potomac Gardens, and Hopkins Apartments.  The district borders the major CAS Riegler mixed use retail/150 – 180 apartments at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, currently under construction, and is seeing other new residential construction as evidenced by plans for a multi- residential building in the in 1300 Block of K Street, SE.

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The Week Ahead….Motorized Scooters Appear on Capitol Hill

Bird electric scooters aim to give dockless bikes a run for their money. This one was at 7th and PA, SE today. Here’s a WaPo article – https://wapo.st/2GHNx25 

This pair was at 10th and South Carolina.

The Week Ahead….

by Larry Janezich

Monday, April 9

ANC6D meets at 7:00pm at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor.

Items on the draft agenda include:

Public Safety Report- First District MPD (PSA 105 & PSA 106) Capt. Pulliam, Lt. Queen

Presentation:  Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia – Cameron Windham Min.

Presentation:  Save Our Tips – Kevin Wrege

Levy @ DC United, 100 Potomac Ave, SW: transfer of multi purpose facility liquor license w/substantial changes

Boomerang Boats: 1300 Maine Avenue, SW: change of location & other changes – amendment to Community Agreement.

Cap Liquors: 1301 South Capitol Street, SW: Class A retail renewal liquor license with amendment to Community Agreement to continue perpetual single sales.

Officina, 1120 Maine Avenue, SW: new restaurant and off premises liquor licenses with summer gardens and entertainment.

Oath Pizza, 110 M Street, SE: proposal for restaurant liquor license with entertainment and sidewalk café, and Community Agreement.

Oath Pizza 110 M Street, SE – Public Space Application for Sidewalk Café.

Peet’s Coffee 1115 New Jersey Avenue, SE – Public Space Application for Sidewalk Café.

Forest City Yards West – Pre-filing Presentation.

Additional funding for SW Library – Letter of Support.

Discussion of 2nd Street, SW Cycle Track.

Update on Eisenhower Memorial Closing of Maryland Avenue.

Tuesday, April 10

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Torai Grill & Sushi, Inc. t/a Torai Grill & Sushi ; 751 8th Street,  SE – restaurant liquor license.

1420 Pennsy LLC t/a Trusty’s Bar; 1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; liquor license renewal.

Monkoor Corporation t/a S.E. Market ; 1500 Independence Ave SE; liquor license renewal.

Wine Root, Inc t/a New Congressional Liquor ; 404 1st Street, SE; liquor license renewal.

1247 E Street, SE; two-year time extension of variance/restaurant use; Owner: 1247 ESE, LLC,.

500 13th Street, SE; use variance/office use in the RF-1 Zone ; Owner: Fulcrum Properties Group.

818 Potomac Avenue, SE; Paving: ADA Curb Ramp, Paving: Curb & Gutter(s), Paving: Driveway(s) New- Commercial, Paving: Leadwalk Only, Paving: Patio (porous concrete/pervious pavers ONLY), Paving: Sidewalk(s), Landscaping: Tree Planting, Projections: Areaway Entrance, Projections: Bay Window(s), Over Head Work: Streetlight(s) Installation

816 Potomac Avenue, SE; concept/four-story side addition; Owner: Thomas Jefferson Real Estate, LLC.

Letter to HPO regarding staff level review.

Letter to MPD regarding statistics.

Wednesday, April 11

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Allure Lounge, 711 H Street NE – Settlement Agreement.

Red Bear Brewing Company, 1130 3rd Street NE – new license.

Discussion:  NoMa Farmers Market, 1st and Pierce Street, NE, Sundays 7:30am-3:00pm May-October.

Cava Grill, 523 H Street NE – Public Space Application for an unenclosed sidewalk café.

Buredo, 111 K Street, NE – Public Space Application for an unenclosed sidewalk café.

Discussion:  DDOT budget oversight hearing, April 24 – issues to raise at the hearing.

732 4th Street, NE, Historic Preservation Application – concept approval for rear and rooftop additions.

732 4th Street NE, Zoning Adjustment Application – special exception from lot occupancy requirements.

1139 6th Street NE, Zoning Adjustment Application – special exceptions to construct rear and third story addition.

Discussion of legislation: Department of Buildings Establishment Act of 2018, (split off from DCRA).

NoMa Parks update.

Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017, B22-0072 and Residential Composting Incentives Act of 2017, B22-501.

Thursday, April 12

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

Among items on the draft agenda:

Presentation:  Metropolitan Police Department representatives from First and Fifth Districts.

Presentation:  D.C. Department of Health Rodent and Vector Control | Gerard Brown, Program Manager.

Consideration of Committee Recommendation: The ANC not protest the license renewal of 7 River, LLC t/a 7. River Mart (250 11th Street NE).

Consideration of Committee’s Suggested Motion: The ANC protest the license renewal of Sky Globe, Inc., t/a Grand Liquors (409 15th Street NE) unless the ABL Committee recommends not protesting at its April 17, 2018 meeting.

Consideration of Committee Recommendation:  ANC 6A send a letter of conditional support to DDOT for Loaf Coffee’s (101 15th Street NE) public space application for a sidewalk cafe if and only if trash storage has been moved off of public space prior to the April 12,2018 ANC 6A meeting. Support should also be conditional on the applicant’s agreement to a. operate the sidewalk café space from 7:00am to 9:00pm M-F and 8:00am to 9:00pm, S-S; b. take reasonable efforts to contain noise within the sidewalk café space; c. agree not to play music, amplified or otherwise, including live performances; c. use easily moveable chairs and table which will be stored and locked up when not in use; d. no trash container on public space; e. maintain tree box, sidewalk and gutter cleanliness.

CHRS Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm, Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE. 

Saturday, April 14

Friends of the Southeast Library Book Sale Saturday, April 14, 10:00am-3:00pm.

History, biography, mystery, fantasy, literature, photography, cookbooks – many brand new. Plus, most books are only $1. Proceeds from sales help fund library programs for children.

 

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Final 3 Days of the 2,000 plus Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanic Garden – Photos

 

Final 3 Days of the 2,000 plus Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanical Garden – Photos

by Larry Janezich

This year, the Orchid Show runs through Sunday, April 8.  There are more than 2,000 orchids in bloom throughout the conservatory – 600 in the Great Arch alone – including many unique and rarely seen orchids from the Botanic Garden’s and Smithsonian Gardens’ extensive plant collections.

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Sroufe Sworn in for ANC6B02 Seat – Waud Certified as Sole Candidate for ANC6B07 Seat

Councilmember Charles Allen administers the oath of office earlier today to Jerry Sroufe as commissioner for ANC6B02.

Sroufe Sworn in for ANC6B02 Seat – Waud Certified as Sole Candidate for ANC6B07 Seat

By Larry Janezich

Jerry Sroufe was sworn in by Ward 6 Council Member Charles Allen as the new commissioner for ANC6B02 this morning, and Capitol Hill Corner confirmed that Kelly Waud was certified as the only candidate for the ANC6B07 seat.  Both were the only candidates for the unexpired terms – respectively – of commissioners Diane Hoskins (6B02) and Aimee Grace (6B07) who resigned earlier this year.  Waub could be sworn in in the next few days, in time for the next meeting of ANC6B on Tuesday, April 10.

Tomorrow afternoon both Waud and Sroufe and new commissioners from other ANCs will participate in an orientation briefing given by Gottleib Simon, Executive Director of the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

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