Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
Meeting Notices and Agenda Highlights
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.
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.
Foggy Bottom, West End
At the commission’s July 19 meeting:
■ West End Library manager Kevin Osborn announced that the newly constructed branch at 1101 24th St. NW will be opening this fall. He also urged the community to take advantage of the library’s summer reading suggestions.
■ commission chair Patrick Kennedy announced that the discussion on the George Washington University Hospital helipad proposal had been deferred to a later meeting, as commissioners were not able to reach an agreement before the meeting. Several residents expressed displeasure with the hospital, while others including Foggy Bottom Association president Marina Streznewski brought up the importance of such a helipad in a truly dire situation.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe with 12 tables and 48 seats at Bluestone Lane, 1114 24th St. NW. This Australian-style restaurant has 24 locations nationally, with 10 more on the way, the restaurant representative said.
■ Megan Kanagy from the D.C. Department of Transportation updated residents on the Downtown West Transportation Planning Study, which looked at two local corridors: Pennsylvania Avenue NW between the White House and Washington Circle, and H Street NW north of the White House. The agency is recommending wider sidewalks with a cycle track on each side of Pennsylvania Avenue, along with the addition of a bus lane on H Street. Kanagy described the travel benefits with this new proposed system and announced that the agency will move into the preliminary engineering phase of the project. Next steps will include more surveys, selection of streetscape materials, and public realm design, as well as dealing with concerns about loading and curbside parking issues. Regarding the bus lane, Commissioners were particularly concerned about Ubers and the nearby hotel, both of which require space to load and unload. Commission chair Patrick Kennedy hopes the agency will explore putting the new bus lane on I Street rather than H Street because it would provide a direct connection to Metro.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support the installation of a Capital Bikeshare station at 23rd and M streets NW. Transportation planner Alexandra Frackelton said installation would occur within the next few weeks.
■ commissioners told residents that representatives of the Hilton Garden Inn at 2201 M St. NW inadvertently filed a Zoning Commission application for a 22-foot sign instead of the intended 10-foot sign. The application has been withdrawn and the hotel subsequently filed the correct application, commissioner Florence Harmon said.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to protest the opening of a new strip club Effigy at 1720 I St. NW on the grounds of adverse impacts on property values and on peace, order and quiet. Owner Stevan Lieberman and his lawyer presented the design for the strip club, maintaining that it will be a “sophisticated” and “multifaceted” establishment. Residents and local business owners expressed outrage, which commission chair Patrick Kennedy attributed to “discomfort with the business model and the perceptions that come with that.” Commissioners also authorized the use of $5,000 in ANC funds for legal counsel during the protest.
■ commissioners voted 7-0, with Florence Harmon recusing herself, to support a public space application for the Red Cross’ sculpture relocation project at the corner of 18th and E streets NW. Because the federal government is taking over the old Red Cross building at 430 17th St. NW, all logos of the Red Cross must be removed, and the proposal called for the relocation of a sizable sculpture to the southeast corner of 18th and E. The change would have minimal disturbance to topography, the project team said, and benches and gardens will be installed in the surrounding area. Despite the vote of support, commission chair Patrick Kennedy said that he didn’t feel the Red Cross followed through with its previous obligations to the neighborhood. He also predicted that the new spot for the sculpture will not be as popular for the community.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 in favor of a proposal to turn the Stevens School building at 1050 21st St. NW into an additional campus for School Without Walls. Commissioners heard from Don McGovern, who is planning on partnering with George Washington University to create a neighborhood elementary public charter school with his wife; he wants to situate the program in the Stevens School space. While the commissioners admired his public service to the community, they were adamant that the historic building should return to the D.C. Public Schools system. Two parents also attended the meeting and urged that the school return to public school use, as the current area school is overcrowded. Richard Livingstone from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations said that the mayor is interested in keeping this an educational space, and supports the idea of it returning to the public school system.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 in support of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on Sept. 23. Race organizers expect 500 participants, and the event will affect roads that include Independence Avenue, 15th Street and the Whitehurst Freeway.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 in support of the annual Nation’s Triathlon pending confirmation of the route map. The race will take place Sept. 10 with 3,500 expected participants, and the E Street Expressway would be among the affected roads.
■ commissioners took no action on a historic landmark application for the U.S. Department of State’s Harry S. Truman Building at 2201 C St. NW. Commission chair Patrick Kennedy said he has no particular fondness for the building.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 in support of the “Burial Assistance Program Increase Amendment Act of 2017” with no discussion.
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.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ update regarding the vacant commissioner position for single-member district 2B07.
■ presentation regarding Pepco’s Capital Grid infrastructure upgrade project.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Local 16 for a substantial change to its Class C restaurant license at 1600 U St. NW to allow a change of hours.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by the Commonwealth of Australia to demolish its existing chancery building at 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW and replace it with a new chancery building.
■ consideration of a public space application by City Tap House for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application by Dunkin’ Donuts for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 1107 19th St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application by Rockrose Development for a new curb cut at 1900 M St. NW to replace the existing one on the property.
■ consideration of a public space application by the Embassy of Argentina to install a brick wall at 1815 Q St. NW in the rear of the property.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the Stead Park permit application for the Washington Jewish Music Festival’s Day in the Park event on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.
■ presentation and consideration of a resolution regarding the proposal to install a contra-flow bus lane on H Street NW and to add protected bike lanes and make other public space improvements on Pennsylvania Avenue NW as part of the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Downtown West Transportation Planning Study.
The commission will hold a community meeting regarding Safeway’s application for a Class B grocery store license at 1701 Corcoran St. NW. The discussion will include issues that neighbors would like to see addressed in a possible settlement agreement with the establishment. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the ballroom of the Chastleton, 1701 16th St. NW.
For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net.
Downtown, Penn Quarter
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.
Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, Cloisters
The commission will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ public safety and police report.
■ consideration of a resolution requesting immediate resources to ensure adequate lighting and camera coverage in the area by 3500 Water St. NW.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by the Wine Outlet for a new retailer’s Class B license at 3210 Grace St. NW.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Church for a new Class C restaurant license at 3222 M St. NW.
■ consideration of a resolution to change the representative for the ANC 2E protest of the Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Cafe Georgetown for a new Class D restaurant license at 3141 N St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application by the Georgetown Business Improvement District to install tables, chairs and planters at 1046 Potomac St. NW in the street next to Blue Bottle Cafe and behind Dean & DeLuca.
■ community comment, including updates from the offices of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans.
The commission will hold its next regular meeting 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit anc3b.org.
Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, Cathedral Heights
At the commission’s July 17 meeting:
■ a spokesperson from the nonprofit Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive explained the group’s efforts to promote the health, rights and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support an application to relocate a curb cut in preparation for a new single-family house at Woodland Drive and 29th Street NW. A street tree will also be relocated or replaced as part of the project.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support upscale diner Silver’s alcohol license, paving the way for its planned Aug. 28 opening date. As part of a settlement agreement with ANC 3C, the restaurant at 3404 Wisconsin Ave. NW can provide limited outdoor music for up to two days a week between Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to endorse Donohoe’s plans to redevelop 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW with 716 residential units, a health club, restaurants and retailers.
■ commissioner Lee Brian Reba reported that a section of Beach Drive NW is on track to reopen in August.
■ commissioner Gwendolyn Bole told residents that she had asked the D.C. Department of Transportation to investigate safety issues at the intersection of southbound Connecticut Avenue with 24th Street NW.
■ commissioner Beau Finley reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation plans to extend the bicycle lane on Porter Street NW to reach Quebec Street NW.
■ commissioner Maureen Boucher reported that the 3900 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW had been the site of two crashes in the past month. The Metropolitan Police Department has asked the D.C. Department of Transportation to take a closer look at the intersection and the traffic patterns around this area.
Boucher also reported that she met with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority about an illegal discharge from The Lencshire House at 3140 Wisconsin Ave. NW that is flowing into the stormwater drains.
■ commissioner Emma Hersh reported that trees had been trimmed at 34th and Porter streets NW. In addition, Hersh told residents that citations are being given to idling buses on Connecticut Avenue NW near the National Zoo.
■ commissioner Malia Brink told residents that she had met with the D.C. Department of Transportation to discuss the possibility of renovating the steps that connect Woodland Drive NW to Massachusetts Avenue via 29th Street and Normanstone Lane. She said she showed the agency the degraded condition of the steps, and said the park needs to be restored and lighting added. Brink reported that she’s working with the Woodland Normanstone Neighborhood Association Association and said that plans have been delayed because the Transportation Department is not sure who owns the land.
■ commission chair Nancy MacWood reported a rat infestation behind the buildings on the 3200 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW. She also said that she has asked the D.C. Department of Transportation to increase the time periods of one-hour parking zones for that block. MacWood also plans a walk-through of the Macomb Street playground with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
■ commissioner Angela Bradbery updated residents about the Newark Street playground. The city has fixed a number of broken items, she said; however, one of the water fountains is broken again. Bradbery also reported that city representatives recently met with residents at McLean Gardens to answer questions about the city’s parking plan for police during construction of a parking garage at the 2nd District Headquarters at 3320 Idaho Ave. NW, in preparation for the addition of a short-term family shelter on the property.
The commission is tentatively scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org.
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.
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.
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.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.
Agenda items include:
■ commissioner and community announcements.
■ review of the results of the pilot survey on the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center and adoption of a plan for conducting a comprehensive survey in September.
■ discussion and possible vote on whether to purchase microphones and a video camera to permit video recordings of ANC meetings beginning in September.
■ discussion and possible vote on whether to purchase a copier rather than continuing to lease the equipment.
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.
Petworth, 16th Street Heights
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the basement meeting room at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ agency and elected officials’ reports.
■ community comment.
■ presentation by the office of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine.
■ presentation by the nonprofit HIPS regarding its work.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding DC Fair Elections Coalition proposals.
■ discussion of letters of support for proposed amendments to the D.C. Comprehensive Plan.
For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.