Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
Meeting Notices and Agenda Highlights
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Lower Columbia Heights
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. For details, visit anc1b.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include:
■ consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Phoenix Restaurant Lounge for a new restaurant license to serve wine and beer at 2434 18th St. NW, with the intent to reach a settlement agreement.
■ possible consideration of a proposal to support a permit for the eighth annual Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series.
■ consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C issue a $1,000 grant to Cultural Tourism DC for the booklet “Roads to Diversity: Adams Morgan Heritage Trail.”
■ possible consideration of a resolution asking the D.C. government to fund the initial operating cost of an express bus service for the 14th Street NW corridor.
■ presentation from Westbrook Partners regarding a proposed development at 2300 16th St. NW, and possible consideration of a resolution on the project.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a restaurant license for Ben Tre Vietnamese Cuisine, 2418 18th St. NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org.
At the commission’s March 17 meeting:
■ Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans discussed the city’s strong financial fortunes and warned of the possible citywide impacts if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and withholds federal grant money from cities that continue to act as sanctuaries for immigrants. He also said the District is still hard at work addressing homelessness, and urged residents to advocate for Metro as it faces major financial trouble.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to urge city agencies and officials to begin much-needed improvements to School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St. NW, as soon as possible. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans promised to schedule a meeting within a few weeks with involved parties.
■ Chris Sondreal of the Ward 2 Education Network urged residents to attend newly instated D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson’s Ward 2 community discussion on April 24 at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St. NW, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
■ a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant announced that the neighborhood saw two violent crimes and 36 property crimes over the prior 30 days.
■ Alicia Knight of George Washington University, Jake Stroman of Boston Properties and David Avitabile of Goulston & Storrs presented plans for the redevelopment of a university-owned building at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW and an adjacent university administrative office building at 2121 I St. NW. The project will resemble Boston Properties’ nearby development of the mixed-use, university-owned building The Avenue at 22nd and I streets, which contains residences, office space, ground-level retail and a below-grade Whole Foods. Developers will pursue the project through the planned unit development process, and will seek to rezone a small portion of Rice Hall to a higher level of mixed-use. Zoning applications for the project will be filed in early April, developers said.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to allow ground-level retail and a rooftop cafe at the Boathouse development, 2601 Virginia Ave. NW. Urban Investment Partners is overhauling and expanding the former George Washington University dormitory building with ground-level retail and apartments above. The project team wants the option to add a private juice or snack bar next to the top-level fitness center, though initial plans for such an offering have been scuttled for now.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application for removing one of four curb cuts at the Boathouse development project, 2601 Virginia Ave. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a substantial change from Class D to Class C for the restaurant license at Campono, 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The new license will allow the restaurant to sell spirits in addition to the already-permitted beer and wine.
■ Haley Peckett of the D.C. Department of Transportation reported that her agency is currently weighing the benefits and costs of a proposed DC Streetcar extension that would run from Union Station to Georgetown. Residents will have a chance to weigh in at an as-yet-unscheduled public meeting in May. Commissioner Florence Harmon said she has observed that taking the existing streetcar along H Street NE can be slower at times than walking the same distance. Commissioner William Kennedy Smith indicated that he’d prefer a new bus line because it would have more flexibility on the roadway and potentially cost less, though Henson said a previous study determined that a streetcar would be more effective.
■ Gary Griffith from Friends of Francis Field announced that the field, between 25th Street NW and Rock Creek, will close in June for needed repairs and reopen in spring 2018. Community members are also invited to volunteer for a May 13 Casey Trees planting event for 45 new trees at the field.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to request that DC Water adjust hours for its planned project on 18th Street from K Street to Pennsylvania Avenue NW to avoid clashing with morning and afternoon rush hours.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a Department of Parks and Recreation permit application to use Duke Ellington Park at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and 21st and M streets NW for the annual Duke Ellington Birthday Concert. The date for this year’s concert has not been set, though Ellington’s birthday is April 29.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Room 103, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details, visit anc2a.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net.
At the commission’s March 13 meeting:
■ commission treasurer Kevin Wilsey reported that as of Feb. 28, there was $40,511.49 in the ANC 2C treasury. The commission unanimously approved its treasurer’s report for the Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 quarter.
■ commissioners unanimously approved time limitations for speakers due to their growing agenda, but acknowledged that they may be overridden by the commission if necessary.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support the Office of the People’s Counsel’s recommendation that Pepco receive merely a $25 million rate increase rather than the $78 million it has requested. Marc Battle, Pepco’s regional vice president argued that it’s the first increase since 2013 and power outages have declined 42 percent since then. When asked about increasing prices during peak transmission times and lowering them during off-peak hours, Battle said the firm would consider it. The Public Service Commission will accept public comment on the rate application through April 25.
■ Richard Livingstone of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said Metro will operate on its Saturday schedule during snow events. He also announced that new D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson will meet with the Ward 2 community on April 24 at 6 p.m. at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, 2425 N St. NW.
■ Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Jonathan Dorrough reported that area violent crime fell dramatically from last year, with a slight decrease in property crime during the same period. He also said that stationing 15 officers in Chinatown from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. has resulted in a decline in the juvenile delinquency rate there. When a resident complained about street musicians blocking sidewalks, Dorrough suggested they call 911 and said he will study the matter.
■ commissioners took no action on an application to raze Chinatown buildings formerly housing the Tai Shan Restaurant at 622 H St. NW and SunTrust Bank at 624 H St. NW. A replacement design has not been developed. Carolyn Abbey of Oxford Properties said the property at 624 H is vacant and the one at 622 is not considered historic. Architect John Eisen also said the walls of 622 H St. are cracked and tiles are falling off. Gallery Place resident Howard Marks urged commissioners to oppose the permit without a restoration plan, as the view could be obstructed.
■ commission chair John Tinpe said ANC 2C will study an application by the Committee of 100 on the Federal City to preserve the Smithsonian’s Haupt Garden at 1001 Independence Ave. SW. A representative of the Smithsonian said the committee’s report “doesn’t coincide with history” and that much of its information “is out of date.”
■ commissioners unanimously supported the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and its related 5K Children’s Run on Saturday, April 12, as a fundraiser for Children’s National Medical Center; the Race 4 Hope to benefit the Brain Cancer Cure and National Brain Tumor Society on Sunday, May 7; and Girls on the Run DC, a 5k race for ages 8 to 13 on Sunday, June 4.
■ commissioners unanimously approved changing the closing times from 10 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday at the sidewalk cafes of Farmers & Distillers at 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW and Smith Restaurant at 901 F St. NW.
■ commissioners unanimously supported an application for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe with hours of 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at Chop’t Creative Salad Co., 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The hours on Saturday and Sunday would be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support Capital Bikeshare locations at the corners of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW and 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
■ commissioners unanimously supported naming an alley between F and G streets from 9th to 10th streets NW as McGill Alley after a late local architect, and G Street between 8th and 9th streets NW as Paul Devrouax Way after the late architect who was the first African-American architect to design a building in downtown D.C., the Pepco Building.
■ commissioners changed the date of their next meeting from April 10 to April 17 so as not to conflict with the first night of Passover.
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, in Room G-9, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. For details, visit anc2c.us or contact [email protected]
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact [email protected]
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include:
■ public safety and police report.
■ announcement regarding the launch of the new ANC 2E website.
■ updates from the offices of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans.
■ brief presentation on the March 29 community meeting regarding the C&O Canal restoration project.
■ update regarding the Duke Ellington School of the Arts modernization project.
■ presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation and the Georgetown Business Improvement District regarding the BID’s proposed traffic plan for K Street/Water Street NW.
■ announcement from the Georgetown Business Improvement District regarding its French Market event from April 28 through 30.
■ announcement from the Georgetown Business Improvement District regarding the BID’s Georgetown Gateways Community Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the Georgetown Library.
■ update regarding the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project.
■ presentation by Heroes for Hearts, a group founded by Georgetown University students to provide free CPR training.
■ presentation and consideration of a resolution regarding the D.C. Department of Transportation’s proposed installation of LED streetlights.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the D.C. Department of Transportation’s proposed removal of the traffic signal at the Georgetown Park parking garage on Wisconsin Avenue south of M Street NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding advertising on Capital Bikeshare stations.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the proposed creation of Georgetown Main Streets.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding possible federal action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.
■ consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: National Park Service, Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW, repairs, fire equipment, permit; 3336 Reservoir Road NW, residence, rooftop addition, concept; 3217 Volta Place NW, residence, alterations, concept; 1647 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, sign for Pillar & Post, awning, concept; 3257 N St. NW, residence, garage door reconfiguration, HVAC relocation, concept; 1051 29th St. NW, multi-family residence, new building, site work, concept; 3031 M St. NW, commercial, signs for Johnny Rockets, existing alterations without review, permit; 3023 P St. NW, residence, alterations to front stoop and rear gate, permit; 2706 Olive St. NW, residence, alterations, concept; and 3035 West Lane Keys NW, residence, alterations, concept.
For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ discussion regarding neighborhood concerns about the abrupt closing of the Whole Foods store at 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW for renovation with Mary Ann Sack, the company’s executive marketing coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic region, and Todd Schrecengost, the company’s metro D.C. marketing team leader.
■ presentation by goPuff, an online grocery and alcohol delivery service, on its plans to move from Water Street NW in Georgetown to 2121 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Glover Park, where it would operate out of the rear loading dock. The company is seeking to transfer its existing Class A liquor license to the new location; an existing settlement agreement prohibits deliveries after midnight.
■ consideration of a letter endorsing a permit for Glover Park Day.
■ consideration of a letter to support including funds for Clean Teams in the District’s fiscal year 2018 budget.
■ update regarding advice on DC Water billing questions.
■ update regarding the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment’s contract for an assessment of airplane noise.
For details, email [email protected] or visit anc3b.org.
Massachusetts Avenue Heights
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Elderdice Hall, Kresge Building, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include:
■ police report.
■ community concerns.
■ presentation on proposed ANC 3D budget, with period for review and comment by citizens.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to allow a porch on single-family dwelling at 3816 49th St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application for a circular driveway at 4344 Forest Lane NW.
■ consideration of a settlement agreement with Kristina’s Cafe and Pastries, 4418 MacArthur Blvd. NW.
■ consideration of a bamboo screen required as a condition in connection with a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 5120 Fulton St. NW.
■ presentation by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority on its small diameter water main replacement program.
■ presentation by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration on omnibus legislation of 2016, general agency processes and upcoming training sessions.
■ commission discussion and vote on the ANC 3D’s fiscal year 2017 budget.
■ commission discussion of grants policy and a draft grant application.
■ report on the March 15 meeting of the American University liaison committee meeting.
■ presentation by ANC 3D’s Website Redesign Committee and related resolutions.
■ other commission business, including a proposed resolution on additional manners of giving notice of meetings and a report on six-month goals to date.
■ discussion of the proposed establishment of a committee of the whole for bylaw revisions.
For details, visit anc3d.org.
American University Park
At the commission’s March 9 meeting:
■ Leigh Catherine Miles of Tenleytown Main Street announced plans for a public meeting on improving the landscaped triangle park at 42nd Street, Fessenden Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW. The April 4 meeting will begin with a walkthrough at the park at 6:30 p.m. and continue with a facilitated session at 7 p.m. nearby at Hera Hub DC, Suite 100, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
■ a Wilson High School graduate announced he is leading a group that hopes to turn the Chesapeake House, at 4023 Chesapeake St. NW, into a community music and art center space. The building is being restored by the National Park Service.
■ commissioners requested more enforcement of illegal parking from Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill.
■ a resident who said he was recently mugged at gunpoint spoke to ANC 3E about aerial video technology used to fight crime in Baltimore. The concept involves a small human-powered airplane flying over a city with cameras able to track the movement of criminal suspects. Commissioners raised concerns about surveillance and privacy if the idea were implemented in the District.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to provide the ANC with a final study on the planned removal of a traffic signal at 46th and Van Ness streets NW. For 90 days, the Transportation Department will test the intersection as a four-way stop, citing neighborhood requests and a study that found the intersection did not meet the threshold for a traffic signal. A final study will be completed during the 90-day period before a permanent decision is made on whether to remove the stoplight equipment.
■ the commission held a panel discussion on a D.C. law that gives young offenders the opportunity for a lenient sentence, the Youth Rehabilitation Act. Panelists discussed a Washington Post investigation that found violent criminals sentenced under the law have gone on to commit repeat violent crimes. Advocates of the law from D.C. Lawyers for Youth said it serves as an “alternative to prisons” for many young people. Denise Krepp, a Hill East advisory neighborhood commissioner, said the Youth Act should not be applied to violent crimes.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a $2,000 grant request from the Wilson High School marching band. The money will go toward new uniforms and upgraded equipment, according to the group’s grant application.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to support limited parking on the north side of 4100 Yuma Street NW.
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room NT08, Washington College of Law, American University, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3e.org.
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit anc3f.com.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803, email [email protected] or visit anc3g.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. Agenda items include:
■ consent calendar for a letter of support for a certificate of need for Kahak Health Services and a letter of support for Jack & Jill DC to use Shepherd Field.
■ community concerns.
■ police report.
■ reports from the offices of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd.
■ presentation regarding a request by AT&T for modification to its antenna at 4300 16th St. NW.
■ presentation and consideration of a resolution regarding conceptual design for Walter Reed Area VU.
■ presentation and consideration of a resolution regarding modification to the D.C. International Public Charter School’s building.
■ consideration of a proposal to establish a standing committee on design review.
The commission will hold a special public meeting to discuss Pepco’s proposed rate increase at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the community meeting room at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit anc4a.org.
Petworth/16th Street Heights
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the basement meeting room at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.