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, July 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, July 5, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include:
■ possible consideration of whether to protest or approve a settlement agreement for a new restaurant license for Zenebech.
■ possible discussion of vehicular and pedestrian safety on 18th Street NW in the context of the June 8 hit-and-run that seriously injured two Metropolitan Police Department officers and one D.C. Department of Transportation employee.
■ consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C support the proposed replacement and entrance driveway to the building at 2100 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ possible presentation by Pitango Gelato regarding its public space application for an outside patio, and possible consideration of actions regarding the proposal.
■ possible consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C protest the license renewal of the Phoenix restaurant and lounge.
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. For details, visit anc2a.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net.
Downtown, Penn Quarter
At the commission’s June 19 meeting:
■ resident Sally Berk announced that Saone Crocker, a neighbor who edited the Sheridan-Kalorama Historical Association newsletter, died of cancer on the morning of June 18. Crocker also served on the board of the Washington Humane Society for a decade, according to another resident, who said her memorial service will be in September.
■ commission chair David Bender announced that Historic Preservation Review Board consideration of an application for window replacement at 2206 Decatur Place NW has been delayed until July, at the request of the applicant.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to urge the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability not to include ANC members in the city’s code of conduct for government officials. Such a move would force ANC members to fill out a lengthy series of forms that ask for detailed information about stock holdings and other personal matters. Commission chair David Bender said he doesn’t believe providing that information is necessary to ensure that ANC members aren’t engaging on issues where they have conflicts of interest.
■ commissioner Ellen Goldstein reported that two Pakistani properties in the neighborhood that have been vacant for decades will be offered by the city in a tax sale in July.
■ commissioner Ellen Goldstein said that ANC 2D’s current available funds total $10,935.31.
■ commissioners voted 1-0, with Ellen Goldstein abstaining, to reimburse Goldstein $59.52 for office supply expenses.
■ a Metropolitan Police Department representative reported that eight thefts from auto had occurred in the neighborhood since the last meeting. Meanwhile, an investigation was ongoing into the June 18 fire at 2448 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
■ Tom Lipinsky, communications director for Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, reported that Evans has secured $29 million in funding for the Commission on the Arts and Humanities in the recently approved fiscal year 2018 budget. He also reported that estate and business taxes will be reduced in the next fiscal year as previously scheduled.
Lipinsky offered an update on the new Metrorail hours beginning June 25. Trains will run from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Finally, he said that Evans’ office has reached out to the Office of Foreign Missions regarding the next steps for a vacant Argentinean property still owned by that country’s government and paying taxes at the diplomatic rate despite no longer being considered diplomatic.
■ commissioners and residents agreed that the neighborhood’s new residential permit parking program has been a success, with only a very small number of neighbors dissatisfied with the new parking arrangements.
■ Andrew Wiley and Crystal Robinson of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs offered an overview of the city’s permitting process for building projects of all shapes and sizes. Several residents asked whether Wiley’s office has authority handle cases of illegal construction; Wiley said he would take a look but couldn’t promise enforcement action unless the parties who constructed illegally were to seek another permit for the same site.
■ Andre Lee of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment announced the agency’s intention to host more community events, and possibly offer ANC members the opportunity to offer filmed testimonials on local access television.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support a D.C. Department of Transportation collaborative project to replace the city’s streetlights, provided that the lights do not exceed a rating of 2700 Kelvin, and that businesses and commercial establishments are prohibited from installing LED signs that detract from residential areas. Presenters from the DC Street Light Task Force implored residents to stand up against Kelvin lights with a rating of 4000, arguing that they’re harmful to sleep and health.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support a special event application for Mitchell Park Day on Oct. 29 from 12:30 to 6 p.m.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support funding and implementation of the “death with dignity” measure, following approved D.C. Council legislation that has been the subject of congressional attacks. A rider in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would block D.C. from spending local funds to implement the law.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to seek an intern who will be compensated with a $500 stipend plus travel expenses to take a written inventory of the neighborhood’s diplomatic and foreign-owned properties.
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
At the commission’s June 29 meeting:
■ Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans reported that the council had held a hearing the day before on his bill to extend the Jackson Art Center lease at 3050 R St. NW for 20 more years. He’s now waiting on Mayor Muriel Bowser to submit legislation of her own on the extension, and he hopes to find money in next year’s budget to help maintain the property.
■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Gary Durand reported that crime in the neighborhood has decreased year-to-year in all areas except thefts from businesses.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to issue community commendations for former commissioners Reed Howard, Ron Lewis, Tom Birch, Bill Starrels and Jeffrey Jones, as well as former ANC 2E executive director Leslie Maysak, who now serves in the same role for the Citizens Association of Georgetown.
■ Richard Livingstone, Ward 2 liaison to Mayor Muriel Bowser, discussed the mayor’s “Back to Basics” initiative this summer, which involves the government redoubling its efforts to resolve residents’ day-to-day needs. Projects include graffiti removal and rat abatement.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to strongly request that permitting agencies more closely review routes for races in the neighborhood, following a high volume of neighbor frustrations over the Lawyers Have Heart 5K & 10K race. Numerous residents reported hearing significant amplified noise from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on June 10, commissioner Lisa Palmer said. Others said they were barred from driving in and out of their homes during the race, despite promises to the contrary from organizers, according to Palmer.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the D.C. Council include university students in its bill “Access to Justice for Immigrants Amendment Act of 2017,” which would tap city grant funds to provide legal counsel for the city’s immigrant population. ANC 2E did not otherwise take a position on the bill. Commissioner Zac Schroepfer, a Georgetown University student, said several of his immigrant constituents hope they can take advantage of the proposed funds should the bill get passed and an emergency arise.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a D.C. Council bill that would renew for 20 years the Jackson Art Center’s lease on the city-owned building at 3050 R St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation extend the public comment period for a notice of intent to remove 40 parking spots and install protected bike lanes along Water and K streets NW east of Wisconsin Avenue. The proposal would also include new bike lanes on the block of Wisconsin south of South Street, and would require the removal of six parking spots on Wisconsin. Some neighbors and commissioners argued that the need for protected bike lanes and their potential positive impact outweighs the consequences of losing parking, while others balked at the prospect of more visitors to the neighborhood parking in residential areas instead. Commissioner Lisa Palmer said she has heard from the Transportation Department’s Sam Zimbabwe that the agency has agreed to let ANC 2E weigh in at its September meeting, with the goal of starting construction on the project before the end of the year.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation maintain DC Circulator service along Wisconsin Avenue, rather than cutting it to make way for Circulator lines elsewhere in the city as is currently being considered. Commissioner Zac Schroepfer said his university student constituents would be devastated to lose an important means of accessing internships downtown, and other commissioners said the neighborhood’s senior population also relies on the service. An agency official said a draft proposal for the future of the Circulator will be available at the end of July, with a public comment period open until September.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a special event application for the Nation’s Triathlon on Sept. 10, provided that Whitehurst Freeway is the only street closed and that no amplified noise is used during the race.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a beer and wine license and entertainment endorsement for Cafe Georgetown at 3141 N St. NW on the basis of peace, order and quiet. Commissioners said they don’t yet have enough information about the nature of its requested entertainment endorsement to support the application.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception from use requirements to open a 45-seat Starbucks location at 3347 M St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to take no position on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception from rear-yard requirements to construct a rear-yard addition to a single-family house at 2716 O St. NW. Commissioners said the project has a “tortured history” of neighbor disputes on which they don’t feel comfortable registering an opinion.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public space application for a sidewalk cafe at Say Cheese! at 1132 29th St. NW.
■ commissioner Rick Murphy announced that developers of a controversial building project at the former Marvelous Market building at 3217 P St. NW have pulled previous design proposals and plan to introduce revisions at a later date.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the owner of Metro Motors at 1601 Wisconsin Ave. NW address numerous neighborhood concerns over the brightness of an LED sign less than 6 feet off the ground at the station. Commission chair Joe Gibbons said the sign is incompatible with the historic streetscape of Georgetown and requested that the applicant present alternative lighting schemes to ANC 2E before proceeding.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to offer several comments on an Old Georgetown Board application for signage at the new Starbucks location at 3347 M St. NW: opposition to a proposed blade sign, praise for the applicant’s approach to interior trash, a request that cans remain in the interior trash room except during pickup; support for a door design that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and opposition to artwork on the building’s 34th Street facade.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for alterations to front and rear entrances and the creation of a gated parking area of the house at 3273 P St. NW. Commissioners said the available plans did not provide enough information for them to weigh in.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for a rear addition connecting the main house at 3220 Volta Place NW to its garage. Commissioners said the available plans did not provide enough information for them to weigh in.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to express size concerns over an Old Georgetown Board application for an addition at 1029 22nd St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to express objections to the following aspects of an Old Georgetown Board application for signage, awnings and alterations to 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW for a planned Wawa location: the size of lettering and images on outdoor signs; window coverings on Prospect Street and Wisconsin Avenue; and window advertising. Commissioners also requested additional trash receptacles and fenestration analysis at the site, more information on loading processes, and assurances that the store will not cause undue noise and congestion.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to express concerns over an Old Georgetown Board application for the removal of a pool, deck, stone wall and driveway portion at 1525 29th St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to request more time to review an arborist’s findings before taking a position on an Old Georgetown Board application for modifying geothermal wells at the house at 2823 N St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for installation of a green roof at the house at 3044 N St. NW, due to the proposed green roof’s resemblance to a roof deck, which Old Georgetown Boad generally opposes.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for alterations to the front walkway, light alterations and rear deck installation at 3030 Q St. NW, due to insufficient drawings from the applicant.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support an Old Georgetown Board application for roof replacement, alterations to rear fenestration and roof deck installation at 2457 P St. NW. ANC 2E typically opposes roof deck applications, but commissioner Monica Roache said this one is acceptable because it’s very low to the ground.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to end ANC 2E’s contractual relationship with Marsh Bookkeeping Services. ANC 2E executive director Peter Sacco plans to manage bookkeeping for the commission himself going forward.
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, July 5, 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 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW.
■ police report.
■ presentation by Tanya Hedgepeth and April Bingham of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority regarding plans for replacing residential water meters and the schedule for work in Glover Park and Cathedral Heights.
■ presentation by Circe Torruellas, project manager of the DC Circulator bus system for the D.C. Department of Transportation, regarding the status of the 2017 Transit Development Plan, including changes in Circulator routes being considered by agency officials, the results of a recent survey, and further opportunities for public input.
■ consideration of a proposed resolution requesting stop signs on Cathedral Avenue near Glover Archbold Park to reduce speeding and make it safer to use driveways and crosswalks in the area.
■ consideration of a letter regarding a draft opinion on ethical standards for advisory neighborhood commissioners, including a provision that could affect their ability to participate in other nonprofit or community groups.
■ open forum.
Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, Cathedral Heights
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org.
Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, Palisades, Kent, Foxhall
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, in Room K-106, Kresge Building, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include:
■ police report.
■ community concerns.
■ institutional updates regarding American University, Georgetown University, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital.
■ consent calendar review of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance/special exception to allow construction of a deck and screened porch at 5186 Fulton St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application at 2905 University Terrace NW for paving a driveway behind sidewalk (porous/pervious only).
■ consideration of a public space application by Et Voila! at 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW for expansion of a restaurant patio.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a new Class C restaurant license for Sweet Agave, 5105 MacArthur Blvd. NW.
■ presentation by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority regarding Foxhall Village.
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. For details, visit anc3e.org.
Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness
At the commission’s June 20 meeting:
■ commissioner Pat Jakopchek announced that ANC 3F’s Parks Committee intends to submit a grant application to Casey Trees in the spring for more tree plantings in the neighborhood. In the meantime, he said the committee is developing a report pinpointing where new trees are most needed.
■ commissioner Pat Jakopchek said that the city has completed its study on the impact of a pool on Hearst Park’s stormwater management, but hasn’t released its findings to the ANC.
■ resident David Bardin said that he hopes the commission will add a resolution to its agenda that addresses a provision in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal that would block implementation of the District’s recently passed assisted suicide law.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to pass a resolution suggesting that the city initiate a study creating a pocket park at 36th Street and Reno Road. The triangular plot of land is currently National Park Service property, bounded by Warren Street to the north. The commissioners also suggested closing the part of 36th Street that runs adjacent to the land, in order to create a safer park and address speeding on Reno Road. Several residents at the meeting resisted that traffic tweak, and they wanted proof of traffic crashes at the intersection to warrant a change based on safety.
■ officials from the Sheridan School at 4400 36th St. NW presented plans for a playground renovation. The school plans to move its Yuma Street fence 8 feet closer to the sidewalk to enlarge the play area, an idea that drew criticism from some neighbors at the meeting. One resident said moving the fence would mean more noise closer to homes across the street. ANC 3F did not weigh in on the issue, and chair Malachy Nugent said residents should make their concerns known to the Board of Zoning Adjustment.
■ the owners of 3103 Albemarle St. NW presented on plans to file a planned unit development application to build six town houses. The former residence of the Polish ambassador on the property has been declared a historic landmark, and the home and its driveway will not be touched. A neighbor of the property said he is concerned with water runoff as a result of new construction at the site, adding that some of the surrounding homes were built on top fill land and the underground water flow could be disrupted. Owners assured him that before moving forward with any construction, they will retain a geotechnical engineer to perform studies.
■ commissioners heard presentations from a group campaigning against the installation of bright LED lights in city streetlights. A member of the DC Street Light Task Force said she was concerned since studies have found that Kelvin rates in the 4000 and 5000 range produce blue light that can be harmful to sleep patterns. D.C. Department of Transportation representative Suzette Robinson said the city will begin testing 3000 Kelvin LED lights this fall in Mount Pleasant and along Massachusetts Avenue NE. She said the city will continue to investigate LED technology as it prepares a lighting management plan.
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 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, July 10, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include:
■ presentations by the D.C. Department of Health, the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development and the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development on rat abatement measures that can be implemented in areas around the Connecticut Avenue NW commercial corridor.
■ presentation by Emily Dalphy of the D.C. Department of Transportation on plans for changes to the intersection of 41st Street, Military Road and Reno Road NW.
■ consideration of the final community survey plan on the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center.
■ discussion of the costs to upgrade microphones for video recording meetings.
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, July 12, in the basement meeting room at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ community comment.
■ presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation on a proposed traffic change at Arkansas Avenue and Taylor Street NW.
■ presentation regarding Emery Recreation Center.
■ presentation regarding Bluebell Spa, 3704 14th St. NW.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 4009 Georgia Ave. NW for zoning relief to allow for a floor-to-ceiling height less than 14 feet on the ground level of the structure.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding DC Fair Elections Coalition proposals.
■ consideration of D.C. Department of Transportation proposals for traffic calming for Varnum Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW.
For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.