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, Aug. 3, at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. For details, visit anc1b.org.
At the commission’s July 5 meeting:
■ commissioner Hector Huezo invited residents to attend ANC 1C’s Committee of Public Services and the Environment meeting on July 26 at the Kalorama Recreation Center, 1865 Kalorama Road NW. The main agenda item will be the Adams Morgan Vision Framework.
■ commissioner Hector Huezo announced that the renovation of Unity Park at the corner of Euclid and Champlain streets NW is almost finished, with a grand reopening ceremony expected to take place on July 15.
■ resident Jean Stewart announced that she is working with Citizens’ Climate Lobby to build grass-roots support for a city carbon tax to fund efforts to curb harmful emissions. Draft legislation from the group will be presented to the D.C. Council this fall, she said.
■ Ward 1 D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau offered an overview of her bill to provide rental assistance from the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development to small businesses. Nadeau fielded questions from Kalorama Citizens Association president Denis James, who raised concerns that the legislation would offer undue city support to building owners who don’t have businesses’ best interests at heart. Nadeau also affirmed her commitment to constituent services and assured residents that her office is paying close attention to discussions of safety on 18th Street, following a deadly hit-and-run incident in June.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to provide a $1,000 grant to VIDA Senior Centers, 1842 Calvert St. NW, for art supplies that will be used for a recently established program for socially isolated seniors.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to provide a $1,000 grant to organizers of Adams Morgan Day 2017 for printing a banner and other promotional materials for the Sept. 10 event. Commissioners asked planner Carol Miller to look into ways to make this year’s banner reusable in future years.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a public space application for alterations and refinements to the driveway at Kalorama Apartments, 2100 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a public space application for a 16-seat outdoor patio for Pitango Gelato, which plans to open its third D.C. location at 1841 Columbia Road NW in the next few weeks.
■ commissioners and residents discussed various options for improving vehicular and pedestrian safety on 18th Street between Columbia and Kalorama roads NW, including restricting Uber and Lyft from picking up in that area, establishing designated parking spots for ride-hailing services waiting to pick up customers, and closing that stretch to vehicles during peak nightlife hours.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to approve a settlement agreement and stipulated license for Zenebech, which is relocating from its former location at 608 T St. NW in Shaw to an Adams Morgan spot at 2420 18th St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to protest a liquor license renewal for the restaurant and lounge Phoenix, 1837 Florida Ave. NW. Commissioner Amir Irani said owners of the restaurant have been unresponsive after an initial presentation to ANC 1C earlier this year. According to commissioner Amir Irani, the establishment secured support from ANC 1C on a liquor license application earlier this year. But the establishment instead acquired an existing license from safekeeping, which precluded ANC 1C from weighing in. Irani said he and fellow commissioners think the establishment might prove more disruptive to the community than they originally thought.
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
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW.
■ police report.
■ presentation by Karima Holmes, director of the D.C. Office of Unified Communications, regarding 911 and 311 call center operations.
■ consideration of a resolution authorizing ANC 2A to enter into an agreement with George Washington University Hospital regarding the operations of a proposed helipad at 900 23rd St. NW.
■ presentation regarding the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Downtown West Transportation Planning Study.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the proposed installation of a Capital Bikeshare station near the intersection of 23rd and M streets NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding a Historic Preservation Review Board application for landmarking the U.S. Department of State’s Harry S. Truman Building at 2201 C St. NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the public space application by Bluestone Lane for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe with 12 tables and 48 seats at 1111 24th St. NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding a public space application by the American Red Cross to relocate the sculpture located at the intersection of 20th and E streets NW to the intersection of 18th and E streets NW.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a new Class C nightclub license for Effigy at 1720 I St. NW. The applicant hopes to transfer an existing license at 2840 Alabama Ave. SE from safekeeping to the new location. The maximum number of seats is 350, the occupancy load is 500 and nude performances would be permitted.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding illegally installed exterior signage at 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
■ consideration of a special event application for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on Sept. 23.
■ consideration of a special event application for the Nation’s Triathlon on Sept. 10.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the disposition of the former Stevens School building at 1050 21st 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. For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net.
Downtown, Penn Quarter
The commission does not have a regular meeting scheduled in July or 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 does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 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, Aug. 2, 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
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
At the commission’s July 5 meeting:
■ neighbors of 3112 New Mexico Ave. NW said a structure was built without a permit on that property. One neighbor said it “looms over my backyard.” Commissioner Mike Gold reported that several calls have been made to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs regarding this issue.
■ commissioners voted 9-0 to send a letter to D.C. Department of Transportation director Leif Dormsjo urging the agency to find solutions to traffic flow problems along MacArthur Boulevard, Loughboro Road, Dalecarlia Parkway and Arizona Avenue NW. About a dozen residents at the meeting also spoke about the need for traffic calming on residential streets in the area, claiming an increase in traffic with drivers cutting through the neighborhood streets due to the popular navigation application Waze.
■ commissioner Troy Kravitz announced that a neighborhood forum regarding American University will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 on the second floor of the university’s Mary Graydon Center.
■ commissioners voted 9-0 to support a Zoning Commission minor modification request by Wesley Theological Seminary to increase the number of units allowed to be rented to non-Wesley graduate students, because the seminary said its space is otherwise not being used.
■ commissioners voted 7-1, with Troy Kravitz abstaining, to support a public space application to repave a driveway with permeable material at 2905 University Terrace NW.
■ commissioners voted 9-0 to support additional outdoor seating for the restaurant Et Voila! at 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW. The eatery currently has four outdoor seats and plans on expanding to 10 seats and five tables.
■ commissioners voted 9-0 to approve a settlement agreement with Sweet Agave, a Tex-Mex restaurant set to open in August at 5105 MacArthur Blvd. NW. The restaurant is seeking a liquor license and seating for 75 indoors and eight outdoors.
■ representatives from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority gave an update on their plans to replace 85,000 water meters citywide. They reported that the meter replacements for homes and small retail establishments is moving ward-by-ward, and will be completed next summer. They also announced water main cleaning projects for Foxhall Village, to increase water pressure and upgrade aging infrastructure. They said the community will be notified ahead of time if water outages are needed.
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
Due to conflicts with members’ travel schedules, the commission has rescheduled its July meeting, which is now set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room NT08, Washington College of Law, American University 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ announcements/open forum.
■ police report.
■ presentation by Georgetown Day School on its revised plans to add its lower and middle school to its existing high school campus at 42nd and Davenport streets NW.
■ presentation by Valor Development on its revised plans to build a mixed-use project at the former Superfresh site at 4330 48th St. NW.
■ presentation by Urban Investment Partners on its revised plans for redeveloping a mixed-use property at 4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
■ presentation by Washington Gas regarding its accelerated pipeline replacement project.
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.
At the commission’s July 10 meeting:
■ commission chair Randy Speck said that some drivers have disregarded the new one-way section of 39th Street NW near Reno Road, illegally heading northbound. He blamed inadequate signage, and new “Do Not Enter” notices are now in place.
■ HyeSook Chung, deputy mayor for health and human services, and Gerard Brown, a program manager with the D.C. Department of Health, reported on the District’s rat abatement program.
They explained that leftover scraps of food on the ground from construction workers’ lunches and poorly closed trash cans both contribute to the rat problem. When commissioners expressed concerns about rats in the Connecticut Avenue NW commercial corridor, they were assured the Department of Health tries to check the holes where rats live every 30 days.
Brown also said that before the District will give building owners a raze permit, there is always an inspection looking for rats. When a resident said a serious roach problem exists at two Connecticut Avenue buildings scheduled for demolition, Brown said that members of the public can request inspections.
Trash compactors help with the rat problem, said Chung, and companies in “good standing” with the District government can apply for government financial help under a pilot project to purchase compactors.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to conduct a 40-person pilot survey this month, ahead of a more complete survey in September, regarding the planned renovation of the Chevy Chase Community Center. As now written, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Commissioners said a pilot is needed to ensure that nothing has been overlooked.
■ commissioners said they will consider at their July 24 meeting whether to spend about $550 for speakers and a camera to video record ANC 3/4G meetings. Commission chair Randy Speck said the commission has the funds.
Speck also announced that the commission will not meet in August.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 24, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include:
■ commissioner and community announcements.
■ presentation by Michael Chuko of the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Division and arborist Trini Rodriguez representing Cafritz Enterprises on the status of street trees in front of 5333 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ presentation by Tanya Hedgepeth of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority on the installation of new water meters.
■ presentation by Joseph Walton of the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment on “integrated pest management” and how pest control can be accomplished without the use of hazardous chemicals unless needed as a last resort.
■ review of the results of a pilot survey on the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center.
■ discussion and possible vote on a proposal to acquire video recording equipment.
■ discussion and possible vote on the purchase or lease of copier equipment at the end of the current lease.
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. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.