Glover Park ANC reaches compromise with Domino’s

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A Domino's pizzeria is planned at 2330 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/October 2017)

Plans to open a Domino’s in Glover Park advanced this month when Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B (Glover Park, Cathedral Heights) conditionally supported the restaurant’s zoning application.

Domino’s has proposed to move into part of the Calvert Center at 2330 Wisconsin Ave. NW, a site that has a land-use designation requiring fast-food or food-delivery establishments to secure special exception approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Domino’s is slated to present to the zoning panel Dec. 20.

The planned Glover Park Domino’s is slated to replace a Georgetown location at 3255 Prospect St. NW, a property now slated for redevelopment. The new Wisconsin Avenue restaurant will include dine-in, carryout and delivery service, and company officials say it will open in late spring.

While some residents expressed dismay that another fast-food establishment might come to Glover Park — 122 residents signed a petition in opposition of the restaurant last month — ANC 3B members said there was little to be done aside from forging an agreement with Domino’s. As a precedent, Chipotle received a similar zoning exception a few doors down.

ANC 3B chair Jackie Blumenthal said that Glover Park’s rental rates deter retailers from moving to the neighborhood, resulting in a string of empty storefronts along its Wisconsin Avenue thoroughfare. Small businesses often struggle to stay afloat in Glover Park, Blumenthal said, adding that half of the Calvert Center is still vacant.

ANC 3B offered support based on an agreement with Domino’s that spells out specific restrictions related to trash, rodents, noise and traffic management.

While Blumenthal acknowledged residents’ concerns about late hours of operation — the chain typically stays open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends — she conceded that this was its business model and little could be done.