In Your Neighborhood: Aug. 16, 2017

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E reviews a proposed development project. (Brady Holt/The Current/July 2017)
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Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

Meeting Notices and Agenda Highlights

To find links to your ANC’s website, click here. Visit the District’s ANC office to see maps of commission boundaries by ward.

ANC 1B
Lower Columbia Heights, Lower Georgia Avenue, Shaw, U Street, Pleasant Plains

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. For details, visit anc1b.org.

ANC 1C
Adams Morgan

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org.

ANC 2A
Foggy Bottom, West End

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Room 221, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details, visit anc2a.org.

ANC 2B
Dupont Circle

At the commission’s Aug. 9 meeting:

commissioners discussed the vacant 2B07 seat, and announced that the commission will hold a special election for the position during its October meeting if more than one candidate qualifies for the position.

commissioner Scott Davies discussed a planned renovation of the Dupont Circle Resource Center at 9 Dupont Circle NW, and asked people to remove anything stored there. ANC 2B will spend $30,000 on the project.

Jerry Chapin of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office urged anyone seeing graffiti or evidence of rodents to call 311. He also reported that recent flooding under Scott Circle was caused by a pump malfunction, which has been corrected, but added that there was damage to nearby private property and to public space.

Joe Florio, representing Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, said the council will reconvene Sept. 15 but Evans’ office remains open during the summer recess.

Jennie Chang announced that School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens will hold a Night Out and Silent Auction on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. She also reported that the school lost $100,000 of Title I funding.

Bill McLeod of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets announced that the 17th Street Festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, between P and R streets NW. Several area restaurants will participate in the event, which will also include music, art and other vendors, and a kids’ area.

the Dupont Circle Citizens Association’s Robin Diener announced that her group’s 50th anniversary house tour will take place Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature 20 homes, and the Temple of the Scottish Rite will host the afternoon tea. Volunteer guides and house captains are needed and should call 202-431-9254.

the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s Renee Moore said her group will conduct a site visit to look for problems on K Street NW from 14th to 21st streets, a high accident area, on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and report any findings to the D.C. Department of Transportation.

Kary Cunningham of the Friends of Stead Park said her group is conducting a survey and setting priorities for the $10 million that has been allocated for a renovated recreation center.

commissioner Amy Johnson said ANC 2B members are considering how best to achieve their goals and objectives, which include improving residents’ quality of life and strengthening community participation in commission activities. A report is scheduled for December or January.

Pepco’s Linda Greenan and Stephen Hoskins described the company’s planned $800 million 10-mile underground grid project to increase reliability and allow for growth. Plans call for building a new substation in the Mount Vernon Square area, as well as upgrading the one at 1001 Harvard St. NW starting in 2019 and the one at  2119 Champlain St. NW in 2022.

commissioners voted unanimously to protest proposed alcohol license changes to Local 16, 1600 U St. NW. The application called for changing the weeknight closing time from midnight to 2 a.m., and would have included the rooftop. Owner Aman Ayoubi agreed to sign an agreement limiting the change to inside.

commissioners voiced no objections but did not vote on an application to extend a nightclub license at 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW to the ground floor from an upstairs level.

Owner Arman Amirshahi said he wants both floors available for patrons, but will not sell liquor downstairs. The commission will consider the application in September.

commissioners voted unanimously to support a project to replace the Australian chancery at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 16th Street NW. Plans call for demolishing the existing six-story building to construct a more modern five-story glass and copper chancery with similar height and a green roof. Parking will be in the adjacent alley and under the building.

commissioners voted 5-2 to support City Tap House’s public space application for a sidewalk cafe at 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW in a non-residential area, but stipulates that the furniture be brought inside at closing or by midnight.

with one abstention, commissioners supported the Washington Jewish Music Festival’s request to use Stead Park from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, for face painting, snow cones and balloon animals and until 8 p.m. for music for young adults.

with one abstention, commissioners supported a sidewalk cafe application for Dunkin’ Donuts at 1107 19th St. NW, which would close weekdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Commissioners also supported Pisco y Nazca’s application for a canopy over its sidewalk cafe at 1823 L St. NW.

D.C. Department of Transportation planner Megan Kanagy described plans for two-way bus service on one-way H Street NW between New York and Pennsylvania avenues to speed bus travel times on H and I streets. The commission unanimously supported further study. Some attendees of the meeting feared the change would make it difficult for Hampton Inn guests at 1729 H St. to load and unload vehicles and could also negatively affect other nearby businesses.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net.

ANC 2C
Downtown, Penn Quarter

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in Room G-9, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. For details, visit anc2c.us or contact 2C@anc.dc.gov.

ANC 2D
Sheridan-Kalorama

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact 2D01@anc.dc.gov.

ANC 2E
Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, Cloisters

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com.

ANC 2F
Logan Circle

At the commission’s Aug. 2 meeting:

a sergeant from the Metropolitan Police Department’s 3rd District reported that that instances of crime had declined compared to the same period last year. The sergeant also reported that 18 individuals had been arrested for soliciting prostitution.

Jerry Chapin of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office discussed initiatives to prevent graffiti and provide rodent abatement.

Jenifer Smith, director of the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences, reported that the agency will host two community outreach days next month at its location at 401 E St. SW: a “kickoff” day on Sept. 18 between 10 a.m. and noon, and a “fact vs. fiction” workshop Sept. 20 between 6 and 8 p.m. She also encouraged high school and university students to apply for internships at the agency.

commissioners voted 8-0 to protest a Class C restaurant license for Supra at 1013 M St. NW.

commissioners delayed a vote to permit recorded music in the summer garden at TG Cigar, 1118 9th St. NW, with plans to take it up at ANC 2F’s September meeting.

commissioners voted 8-0 to send a letter to the D.C. Urban Forestry Division flagging several damaged fences around tree boxes in the 1400 block of 14th Street NW and the 1300 block of P Street NW.

commissioners voted 8-0 to authorize spending $1,000 to hire a sound engineer to evaluate Dacha Beer Garden’s request to play outdoor music at 1740 14th St. NW.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.

ANC 3B
Glover Park, Cathedral Heights

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org.

ANC 3C
Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, Cathedral Heights

The commission has decided not to hold a regular meeting in August. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org.

ANC 3D
Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, Palisades, Kent, Foxhall

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Room K-106, Kresge Building, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3d.org.

ANC 3E
Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, American University Park

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW. For details, visit anc3e.org.

ANC 3F
Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 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.

ANC 3/4G
Chevy Chase

At the commission’s July 24 meeting:

commission chair Randy Speck said that ANC 3/4G will continue to urge elected officials to stop Congress from interfering in local matters, including the District’s Death with Dignity Act.

commission chair Randy Speck reported that he had walked Tennyson Street NW between Utah and Oregon avenues with residents and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd on July 24 to highlight the increased traffic congestion after Oregon was closed. Residents told Todd that congestion has been exacerbated by the rerouting of the E6 bus on Tennyson Street. Neighbors have asked the D.C. Department of Transportation to conduct a study, and the agency is currently weighing mitigation strategies for the street. Ideas include installing a temporary speed monitor sign, a bump-out or appointing an “E6 supervisor.”

commission chair Randy Speck reported that the D.C. Public Service Commission reduced Pepco’s requested rate increase from $77.49 million to $36.88 million — about $2 per household per month.

commission chair Randy Speck reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation has installed a “No Left Turn” sign from the alley behind 5333 Connecticut Ave. NW.

David Rydzeski of the DC College Savings Plan discussed the tax benefits for residents who contribute to an approved plan. Participants can defer taxes on their contributions up to $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for joint filers. Contributions are tax-free if spent for education-related reasons.

Michael Warner, a representative for Americans for Transit/Save Our System, described their “Save our System” campaign to improve Metro’s bus and rail system. Warner outlined the group’s objectives, which include providing a reliable transit system based on investment and management improvements rather than privatization. It also calls for establishing flat rates and free transfers between bus and rail.

Manley Collins announced that he will be a candidate for mayor in 2018 and encouraged residents to visit manleycollins.com for details.

Michael Chuko of the D.C. Urban Forestry Division reported that he examined two canopy trees outside 5333 Connecticut Ave. NW and determined both are dying, and recommended that they be removed “as soon as possible.” Chuko said that when Cafritz, the building’s developer, applied to build a circular driveway in 2014, he was opposed because the trees would not survive.

a DC Water representative, Tanya Hedgepath, discussed a citywide project to install new water meters and assured attendees that because about 95 percent are in public space, most residents will not be inconvenienced. To date, about 25,000 meters have been replaced in the city.

Hedgepath also provided an update on the Oregon Avenue NW sewer rehabilitation project that began in December 2016. The majority of the work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, with a small amount lasting until spring 2019. Hedgepath also reminded residents that free water quality tests are available any time by calling 202-612-3440.

Joseph Walton of the Department of Energy & Environment discussed pest control in the area. He said that most chemical controls are counterproductive because pests become resistant, and pest control is best achieved through proper sanitation.

commission chair Randy Speck provided an update on an upcoming survey to assess the Chevy Chase Community Center’s programs and facilities, ahead of a planned renovation. The survey is scheduled to begin in September and will be available to Chevy Chase residents, anyone who has attended classes at the center over the past two years, and other interested stakeholders.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803, email chevychaseanc3@verizon.net or visit anc3g.org.

ANC 4A
Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Crestwood, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights

The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in July or August. The commission meets next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. The location has not been announced. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit anc4a.org.

ANC 4C
Petworth, 16th Street Heights

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the basement meeting room at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.