ANC 2E debates traffic issues


Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E adopted several proposals at their July 2 meeting related to car and bicycle traffic.

The commission:

  • endorsed the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s plan for a 2-week test this summer of allowing cars to access Rock Creek Parkway from K Street during the evening rush hour. It requires a sharp left turn onto the parkway. Jamie Scott, director of planning and economic development for the BID, said his organization expects the change to reduce congestion, but it could cause northbound traffic delays.
  • approved a three-month test of temporary bicycle lanes on portions of K Street, Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and decided to request a traffic circulation study.

On other issues, the commisson:

  • opposed granting liquor licenses to three properties seeking to operate outdoor summer gardens until settlement agreements can be negotiated. They are Georgetown Social, 2920 M St.; Chanterelle, a new French restaurant at 3251 Prospect St.; and Cube and Bale, also at 3251 Prospect.
  • backed a plan to turn the West Heating Plant, 1055 29th St., into a condominium. The building’s west wall would be preserved, and an elevated park is slated for the building’s south side.
  • supported entertainment at Georgetown Inn-Daily Grill.
  • supported the Georgetown BID’s plan to use temporary bollards on M Street between 37th Street and Wisconsin Avenue during events which have permission to widen the area’s sidewalk.
  • voted to allow George’s Kind of Falafel and Cheesesteak to place two tables in front of 1205 28th St. if they reach an accord with neighbors concerned about noise and trash.
  • supported a special exception for a second-story rear addition at 1519 28th St. and renewal of an exception allowing Halcyon Georgetown, a non-profit, to use a residential building at 3400-3410 Prospect St.
  • opposed a variance for an apartment above a garage at 3520 S St. and a request for bike racks at 3150 M St..
  • informed the Old Georgetown Board that the commission would not support proposals from the owner of 3210 Volta Pl. for a rear outdoor staircase and deck addition or a change in a second story window as they would not be representative of the historic district.
  • questioned whether proposed signage at 1069 Wisconsin Ave. and window enlargements at 1228 27th St. would be appropriate in an historic district, and
  • recommended that the Board deny a request to replace a shed at 2706 Oliver St. with an addition. The historic home was once owned by the chef Julia Child.

Davis Kennedy