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.
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 does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. The location has not been determined. For details, visit anc2a.org.
At the commission’s July 12 meeting:
■ commissioner Amy Johnson said she has been working with the D.C. Department of Transportation to secure sidewalk repairs on 20th Street between S Street and Florida Avenue NW. Work is scheduled to begin soon, she said.
■ Metropolitan Police Department Cmdr. Stuart Emerman and Lt. Dave Augustine provided details on more than 59 gunshots that were fired into buildings on July 8 in the early morning in an alley behind the 1500 block of U Street. Neighbors said they’ve heard unsubstantiated rumors that the gunshots may have been the result of an altercation that spilled out of a nearby house party; Emerman and Augustine said they’re aware of a house party but so far don’t have evidence that it’s related to the incident.
Neighbors implored the police to take more measures against further crime in that part of the neighborhood, noting there was also a mugging incident nearby earlier this year.
■ commissioners invited residents of all ages to attend the seventh annual 17th Street Festival organized by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. All 300 business booths for the program have already been sold out, commissioner Randy Downs said.
■ commissioner Daniel Warwick announced that ANC 2B is seeking candidates to fill John Kupcinski’s 2B07 seat after Kupcinski moved out of the neighborhood.
■ commissioners voted 7-0, with Amy Johnson abstaining, to request that the city arrange for School Without Walls to add a new campus in the old Stevens School building at 1050 21st St. NW, following recent news that Ivymount, a special-needs education program, has been dropped from the redevelopment of that site. Florence Harmon of ANC 2A (Foggy Bottom, West End) asked commissioners to support the new School Without Walls campus, pointing out that the two commissions previously collaborated to help save the Francis-Stevens Education Campus — now School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens — from planned closure five years ago.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for the new restaurant City Tap House at 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW. The applications requests a license for 300 inside seats, including a 40-seat bar. Commissioners explained the protest is a procedural mechanism to help secure a settlement agreement, which they’re confident they can achieve with the applicant in time for the restaurant to open on schedule in mid-September.
Several residents said they’re concerned about the restaurant’s plans for a sidewalk cafe on the block, but commissioners said they’ll consider that issue specifically once the applicant submits a public space request.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for Effigy, a new nightclub with nude dancing planned for 1720 I St. NW. Commissioners said they want to be closely involved in security plans for the establishment.
■ commissioner Stephanie Maltz said that contrary to claims from residents at a previous meeting, ANC 2B’s 1978 agreement with Safeway at 1701 Corcoran St. NW did not specify that the store would refrain in perpetuity from selling beer and wine. Commissioner Nick DelleDonne, who opposes Safeway’s request for permission to sell beer and wine, said he hopes to be involved in ANC 2B’s discussions with the store going forward. Maltz replied that she has been working with the store in accordance with ANC 2B procedures that generally afford commissioners the right to take the lead on projects in their own single-member districts.
■ commissioner Scott Davies reported that ANC 2B’s vote to protest a liquor license application for Dacha Beer Garden at 1740 14th St. NW was not submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration on time due to a clerical error. ANC 2B instead submitted a letter supporting the formal protest from neighboring ANC 2F (Logan Circle), in whose district the establishment falls.
■ commissioners voted 6-0, with Stephanie Maltz and Scott Davies out of the room, to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a two-year extension on construction plans to renovate an eight-story office building at 1600 I St. NW. The developer had previously secured support from ANC 2B and approval from the board to proceed with its planned work, but construction was delayed long enough that the original approvals are set to expire.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public space application for a 24-seat sidewalk cafe at Wawa, 1119 Connecticut Ave. NW. Commissioners praised the chain, which plans to open numerous stores in the Washington area over the next few years, for matching its plans to ANC 2B’s preferred standards for bioretention on that block.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public space application for an eight-seat sidewalk cafe at Buredo, 1213 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ commissioners voted 6-1, with Daniel Warwick opposed, to request a slate of local improvements from the D.C. Department of Transportation, including sidewalk repairs along Connecticut Avenue and asphalt patches on various roads. Warwick opposed the resolution because he felt that members of ANC 2B’s transportation committee hadn’t had enough time to properly assess proposed additions to the list, though he said he supports the effort overall.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority consider adding evening, nighttime and reverse rush-hour service on the H1 Metrobus line from Foggy Bottom to Columbia Heights. Patrick Kennedy, chair of ANC 2A, argued that existing ridership on the rush-hour line justifies bus service throughout the day.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets’ application for consideration in the national Great American Main Street Awards. Commissioners also voted 7-0 to spend $1,150 on portable toilets for the Main Streets group’s 17th Street Festival.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public space application from the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington for a valet staging zone with two spaces at 1700 H St. NW, provided that the application only represents an attempt to officially permit what has already been taking place on the site.
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, in the Howland Center at the National City Christian Church, 5 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
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 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The location has not been announced. For details, visit anc3e.org.
Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness
At the commission’s July 18 meeting:
■ commissioner David Dickinson reported that Sidwell Friends School will brief commissioners in November on plans for the former Washington Home property. Administrators are now considering relocating its high school there and moving the lower school to the current high school location; earlier plans had called for keeping the high school in place and using the Washington Home for younger students, who would relocate from a Maryland campus.
■ the National Park Service’s Michael McMahon reported that the Beach Drive project’s first segment is scheduled for completion the last week of August. At that point, work will begin on the second phase between Tilden Street and Broad Branch Road, which should be completed in late November or December.
Phase 3, between Broad Branch and Joyce roads, will begin this fall and be completed by next summer. Phase 4, between Joyce Road and the Maryland line, will begin next summer and be completed late 2019. Phases 2 and 3 include full-depth pavement reconstruction, new curbs and gutters, retrofitted storm drainage systems and steel backed timber guardrails. Extensive work will also be performed on the Blagden Bridge.
■ Department of Parks and Recreation landscape designer Peter Nohrden reported that work will start soon to mitigate stormwater runoff from Hearst Park onto Springland Lane NW. He also reported that the agency plans to hold community meetings for feedback on three possible locations for a Hearst Park swimming pool. One would replace a tennis court and would not affect any heritage trees. A second would require rotating the current soccer field and would affect trees by compacting soil. A third, near the trees, would directly impact them. The department hopes to break ground for the pool in 2020, assuming Hearst’s hydrology is satisfactory. It has $2 million available for the project, he said.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support public space permits for curb cuts at 3301 Fessenden St. NW and 4915 30th St. NW. No neighbors voiced objections.
■ commissioners unanimously voted to urge Mayor Muriel Bowser, the D.C. Council and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to oppose attempts to prohibit the District from spending money implementing its Death with Dignity Act, and to also oppose efforts to repeal it.
■ Robert Deyling, chair of ANC 3F’s Streets and Sidewalks Committee, reported on the completion of a six-week block-by-block survey of the area that found 362 problems, 70 percent of which involved maintenance and repair. Most could be solved through the 311 system and follow-up by committee members. Deyling said the top priority should be sidewalk repairs and next the need for new infrastructure, largely sidewalks. Then should come better signage and roadway repairs, he said.
■ the University of the District of Columbia’s Juanita Gray announced that the school will host a party with the Van Ness community at the student center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19. The family-oriented event will feature a petting zoo and face painting for children, she said.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to establish a minimum financial cushion and an emergency fund for ANC 3F. Commission treasurer Shirley Adelstein said the current $77,185 bank balance is “more reasonable” than the $165,000-plus that ANC 3F had in the bank three years ago.
■ commissioners unanimously voted to authorize vice chair Patrick Jakopchek and chair Malachy Nugent to represent the commission on issues before the Public Space Committee on Aug. 24.
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 does not have a regular meeting scheduled in August. 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 email@example.com or visit anc3g.org.
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.