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.
At the commission’s June 14 meeting:
■ commissioner Mike Silverstein said that commissioner Scott Davies was absent from the meeting due to naval reserve duties in the South Pacific.
■ commissioner Daniel Warwick said that next month ANC 2B will consider a public space application for a sidewalk cafe at D.C.’s first Wawa location, 1111 19th St. NW.
■ commissioner Amy Johnson reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation has installed a new Capital Bikeshare station at Connecticut Avenue and R Street NW in front of Starbucks. This location and another recently installed station at 15th and M streets NW are the first in the city that dispense Bikeshare keys on-site; other stations require users to obtain keys ahead of time.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to honor Tom Lipinsky, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ communications director, who will depart the job and move to Boston at the end of June. Lipinsky was instrumental in numerous Dupont Circle initiatives and programs, including cleanups on T Street, the 17th Street Festival and the Groundhog Day celebration, commissioners said.
■ Jerry Chapin, Ward 2 liaison to Mayor Muriel Bowser, announced that the city is undertaking an eight-week effort to address graffiti issues, including a personnel increase at the Department of Public Works. Residents are encouraged to call or text 311 to report graffiti.
■ Bill McLeod from Dupont Circle Main Streets announced that this year’s 17th Street Festival will take place on Aug. 26.
■ commissioners voted 4-3 to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a beer and wine license at Safeway, 1701 Corcoran St. NW. Neighbors have complained about the store’s lackluster stock and have worried that having beer and wine available at Safeway could cannibalize small-business liquor stores in the area. Commissioners will undertake further discussion with Safeway over the next month.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a tavern liquor license for the new Dacha Beer Garden location planned for 1740 14th St. NW. The location falls within ANC 2F (Logan Circle), but ANC 2B commissioners said concerns extend into their neighborhood about the impact of a large beer garden on peace, order, quiet, residential parking and pedestrian safety.
■ commissioners took no action on an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a tavern license for Prequel, the local restaurant incubator that’s relocating from 918 F St. NW to 919 19th St. NW.
■ commissioners took no action on an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a restaurant license for Donburi at 1134 19th St. NW, which will serve as the Japanese fast-casual eatery’s second location, after its first in Adams Morgan.
■ commissioners took no action on an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a tavern liquor license for Saint Yves at 1220 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ commissioners voted 4-1, with Nick DelleDonne opposed and Stephanie Maltz and Daniel Warwick abstaining, to recommend that the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration allow the East Dupont Circle Moratorium Zone to expire on Aug. 21. The moratorium currently prohibits any new nightclub licenses and more than two new tavern licenses in the area 600 feet in any direction from 17th and Q streets NW.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application to convert a four-story building at 1902 R St. NW into a four-unit apartment house. The project requires relief from floor area ratio requirements to fill in existing porches and add square footage of habitable space.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application by Akridge for streetscape improvements as part of its new development at 1101 16th St. NW. Changes will include new sidewalks, street trees, a fence, a retaining wall and bike racks.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application by Liberty Property Trust for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe with nine tables and 17 seats for the office building at 1100 17th St. NW. Commissioners said their support for the project is conditional upon the applicant securing outdoor seating inside at night and ensuring that a security officer conducts hourly checks of the premises during the day.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation delay consideration of a public space application for a sidewalk cafe with six tables, 12 seats and four umbrellas at Chopt, 1629 K St. NW. Commissioners said they’ve received conflicting information about whether the sidewalk cafe is situated on public or private space.
■ commissioners voted 7-0, with John Kupcinski abstaining, to support a proposal to convert two metered parking spaces outside 1701 17th St. NW for use by car-sharing services. During the meeting, Zipcar also requested a third space, which commissioners opposed due to lack of notice. They requested that a D.C. Department of Transportation official attend the next meeting of ANC 2B’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee meeting to explain why the agency appears to support adding a third car-sharing space at that site.
■ commissioners voted 7-0, with John Kupcinski abstaining because he had been out of the room during discussion, to support the 17th Street NW Storm Drain Mural Project, which will promote the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity in lieu of previously proposed rainbow crosswalks. Painted storm drains will be located at 17th Street’s northwest corners with P and Church streets NW, and on its southeast corners with R and Corcoran streets NW. The D.C. Department of Transportation rejected the earlier rainbow crosswalk proposal due to federal regulations that prevent the alteration of crosswalks on D.C. streets.
■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities grant application from the DowntownDC Business Improvement District to install a public mural in the Vermont Avenue NW exit of the McPherson Square Metro station.
■ commissioners voted 4-1, with Nick DelleDonne opposed and Stephanie Maltz, Mike Silverstein and Amy Johnson abstaining, to request that the D.C. Council restore funds for a streetcar extension from Union Station to Georgetown in future budget cycles.
■ commissioner John Kupcinski announced that he will be retiring from ANC 2B after the July meeting because he and his wife are moving to the Palisades in anticipation of their new baby in the fall. Kupcinski, who represents areas south and east of Dupont Circle itself, was elected to the 2B07 seat in October 2015.
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
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 [email protected].
Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, Cloisters
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include:
■ public safety and police report.
■ community commendations for former commissioners Ron Lewis, Tom Birch, Bill Starrels, Reed Howard and Jeffrey Jones, and former ANC 2E executive director Leslie Maysak.
■ updates from the offices of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans.
■ presentation by Sonya Chance regarding rat abatement efforts by the D.C. Department of Public Works and the D.C. Department of Health.
■ community feedback regarding the Lawyers Have Heart 5K and 10K special event.
■ discussion of DC Streetcar expansion to Georgetown from Union Station.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding D.C. Council Bill B22-0080, the Access to Justice for Immigrants Amendment Act of 2017.
■ consideration of the D.C. Department of Transportation’s notice of intent regarding installation of protected bicycle lanes on K Street/Water Street NW and bicycle lanes on Wisconsin Avenue NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the D.C. Department of Transportation’s proposal to eliminate the Wisconsin Avenue NW portion of the DC Circulator route between Georgetown and Union Station.
■ consideration of a special event application for the Nation’s Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 10.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Cafe Georgetown for a new Class D restaurant license at 3141 N St. NW.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Starbucks for a special exception from the use requirements to open a 45-seat coffee shop at 3347 M St. NW.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception from rear-yard requirements to construct a rear addition to a one-family house at 2716 O St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application by Say Cheese! for a new sidewalk cafe at 1132 29th St. NW.
■ consideration of Old Georgetown Board items: 1649 34th St. NW, residence, parking pad, fence, concept; 3259 R St. NW, residence, two-story rear addition, alterations, site work, concept; 3520 Reservoir Road NW, residence, deck replacement, permit; 1601 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, sign alterations, permit; 1723 Wisconsin Ave. NW, mixed-use, rear and rooftop addition, demolition, alterations, permit; 1728 Wisconsin Ave. NW, mixed-use, rear and rooftop addition, demolition, alterations, permit; 3257 N St. NW, residence, alterations, concept; 3232 O St. NW, residence, rear addition, alterations, concept; 3217 P St. NW, commercial, four-story addition on the site of a parking lot adjacent to two-story building, concept; 3273 P St. NW, residence, alterations to front and rear entrances, creation of parking area with gate, concept; 3317 P St. NW, residence, rear addition, concept; 3220 Volta Place NW, residence, rear addition connecting main house to garage, concept; 1022 29th St. NW, residence, addition, concept; 1101 30th St. NW, office building, alterations to main entrance, permit; 1232 31st St. NW, commercial, sign for Compass, permit; 1250 31st St. NW, residence, iron railing replacement, concept; 3111 K St. NW, mixed-use, sign for Colonial Parking, permit; 3106 M St. NW, commercial, alterations to storefront, concept; 3132 M St. NW, office building, installation of replacement signage, permit; 3288 M St. NW, commercial, sign for Georgetown Allure, permit; 3347 M St. NW, commercial, signage, alteration to entrance for ADA, concept; 3601 M St. NW, multi-family residence, new construction, revised concept; 1001 Paper Mill Court NW, residence, addition of window at attic, permit; 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, mixed-use, signs for The Foundry, permit; 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, signage and awnings, alterations, concept; 1249 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, alterations, signs for Kendra Scott, permit; 1342 28th St. NW, residence, rear addition, alterations, permit; 1525 29th St. NW, residence, removal of pool, deck, stone wall and portion of driveway, permit; 2801 M St. NW, commercial, temporary sign for “Office Space for Lease,” permit; 2823 N St. NW, residence, revised geothermal wells, permit; 3044 N St. NW, residence, addition, green roof, concept; 3030 Q St. NW, residence, alterations to front walkway, lighting, alterations, rear deck, permit; 3043 West Lane Keys NW, residence, window and door replacement, permit; 1613 30th St. NW, multi-family residence, structural stabilization of rear multi-story balcony, permit; and 2457 P St. NW, residence, roof replacement, alterations to fenestration on rear elevation, installation of roof deck, permit.
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
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
At the commission’s June 8 meeting:
■ commission chair Jon Bender announced that Georgetown Day School will present revisions of its plan for a new Tenleytown campus at the July meeting. The presentation had been scheduled for the June meeting, but school representatives decided to postpone.
■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill reported that there was only one violent crime in the neighborhood in the past 30 days, as opposed to two during the comparable period last year. Burglaries went up from four to seven over the past month year-to-year, Hill said.
■ representatives from Urban Investment Properties and Hickok Cole Architects presented revised plans for mixed-use redevelopment of the existing building at 4620 Wisconsin Ave NW. The community benefits package now includes a full-service restaurant within the building’s retail space, and a planned penthouse has been removed to make the building less imposing. Reactions to the plans were mixed, with commissioners and neighbors expressing both praise and criticism. Developers will return to ANC 3E in July.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to establish goals for the upcoming revision of the D.C. Comprehensive Plan that include affordable housing and community benefits, protection of tenants, inclusion of families, clarification of zoning authority, improvements to transparency and clarification of planned unit development policy.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to support a D.C. Council bill that proposes to study the feasibility of adding public restroom facilities downtown.
■ commissioners voted 4-0 to request from the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability a “careful, open process” to amend the District Personnel Manual with opportunities for input. Commissioners said confusion has emerged recently over which rule manual ANC members are required to follow, and that the government appeared to change expectations without offering proper notice to commissioners.
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
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.
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
At the commission’s June 14 meeting:
■ local resident Dan Rowland reported that AT&T will construct a 120-foot-high service pole at Roosevelt High School to replace the current 80-foot pole.
■ commissioner Bennett Hilley reported that development requests are under review for the old Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road NW.
■ commission chair Zachary Teutsch called the new 14th Street express bus “a major accomplishment of the ANC,” and reported that staffing at Upshur Pool will soon allow the kids’ swimming area to open. Teutsch also announced that a massage place will open at 3705 14th St. NW.
■ commissioner Michael Halpern said he expects a planned median on Arkansas Avenue NW near Taylor Street to prevent unsafe left turns at the intersection.
■ commissioner Karen Cooper said an upcoming community meeting will discuss a planned juvenile center at 4211 9th St. NW.
■ Pastor Mac Coyoy presented plans for redevelopment of the Centro Evangelistico Church at 9th Street and Georgia Avenue NW. He said the five-story building will include two levels of underground parking, classrooms for daycare and after-school programs, a fellowship hall with meeting rooms and a top floor sanctuary that will accommodate 500 people.
■ Pepco’s Travoris Culpepper described a planned $800 million infrastructure upgrade, which includes four transmission lines to improve the system’s backup. Assuming approval from the D.C. Public Service Commission, 10 to 20 feet of construction per day is scheduled along New Hampshire Avenue NW from Georgia to Missouri avenues beginning summer 2018, including Riggs Road to 6th Street; then 6th to Eastern Avenue and back to New Hampshire.
■ commissioners postponed until July a vote on D.C. Council legislation to make public funds available to political candidates who limit donations from D.C. residents to small amounts. A group backing the legislation said 60 percent of political contributions come from corporations, political action committees or non-D.C. residents.
■ commissioners voted 5-2 to recommend that the Board of Zoning Adjustment allow a project at 429 and 431 Quincy St. NW to have three units instead of the two ordinarily permitted by zoning. The commission took no stand on proposed rear additions. Immediate neighbors supported the proposal, though others opposed the rear additions, saying they’d be too close to homes across an alley and would set a dangerous precedent.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support replacement of gasoline- or oil-powered leaf blowers in D.C. by electric machines within three years — the general lifespan of the current devices. Besides noise, they cited evidence that the current blowers produce waste affecting ozone levels and health issues including high blood pressure, particularly among the elderly and the young.
■ commissioners unanimously requested a traffic study for Quincy Street, Kansas Avenue and 13th Street NW. Commissioner Bennett Hilley reported numerous problems in the area, including drivers speeding and running stop signs.
■ commissioners unanimously voted to ask the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to waive fees for a community meeting on the corner of 8th and Randolph streets NW.
■ commissioners unanimously passed a bylaw amendment requiring a 48-hour advance circulation of proposals and resolutions unless the commission votes for an exception.
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.
For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.