In Your Neighborhood: May 24, 2017


Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

Meeting Notices and Agenda Highlights

To find links to your ANC’s website, click here. Visit the District’s ANC office to see maps of commission boundaries by ward.

Lower Columbia Heights, Lower Georgia Avenue, Shaw, U Street, Pleasant Plains

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. For details, visit

Adams Morgan

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit

Foggy Bottom, West End

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details, visit

Dupont Circle

At the commission’s May 10 meeting:
■ commission chair Nicole Mann reported that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has tentative plans to install a chiller on Connecticut Avenue NW in order to reduce persistent high temperatures in the underground Dupont Circle Metro station.
■ commissioners voted 5-0 to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a 155-seat restaurant license, a 25-seat sidewalk cafe and entertainment endorsement for the new sports-themed restaurant B&B, 1351 Connecticut Ave. NW. ANC 2B plans to work with the applicant on ensuring that nighttime hours are consistent with other neighborhood establishments.
■ owners of Dacha Beer Garden discussed plans for a new location at 1740 14th St. NW. Neighbors on nearby S Street are concerned that the controversial establishment will bring unwanted noise and disruption, and chair Nicole Mann said the current proposal doesn’t fit with the commission’s guidelines for summer garden and sidewalk cafe hours. ANC 2B will vote on the liquor license in June.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception from the off-street vehicle parking and long-term bicycle parking requirements as part of construction of a rear addition at the Middle East Institute, 1761-1763 N St. NW. Commissioners urged the institute to consider providing bicycle spaces on public space instead.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition and roof deck within the existing footprint of the residential building at 2121 Newport Place NW. ANC 2B generally rejects roof deck applications, but the one proposed for this site is small enough that commissioners aren’t concerned about disruption.
■ commissioners reported that an after-hours construction permit for weekend work has been granted to the Fannie Mae development at 1100 15th St. NW. Thus far, the commission has not received any complaints about noise, though several commissioners said they’re concerned about construction impacts on cyclists and pedestrians in the area.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to request numerous Dupont Circle-specific amendments during the upcoming revision of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, including completion of a proposed cap park over Connecticut Avenue’s Dupont Circle underpass; preservation of arts and cultural history of LGBTQ communities in the neighborhood through sustained, city-subsidized programming; improvements to the streetscape along Connecticut and Massachusetts avenues; construction of an expanded community center at Stead Park, including a children’s library; enhanced transit options for connecting Dupont Circle to Shaw and the U Street corridor; and consideration of protected bike lanes along Massachusetts Avenue and 17th Street NW.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to request that the city enforce a $20,000 fine against Marx Realty for forcing the closure of the popular Sunoco station at 22nd and P streets NW last December. Commissioners also requested that the station reopen, and that the city reject any construction permits for the site that don’t include reopening the station.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a public space application for an unenclosed, 32-table, 85-seat sidewalk cafe at the new restaurant Prequel, relocating to 919 19th St. NW from 918 F St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 5-0, with Randy Downs abstaining, to oppose a public space application for a new sidewalk cafe with nine tables and 44 seats at Claudia’s, 1501 K St. NW. Commissioners said they’re concerned that the width of the cafe would pose a threat to pedestrians, who might have to walk in the street to pass the restaurant.
■ representatives of OTO Development announced plans to break ground on a new boutique Marriott hotel at 1112 19th St. NW during this year’s fourth quarter, with a 22-month work schedule currently expected. The building will be constructed by-right, and the company will return to ANC 2B later with a public space application for a sidewalk cafe.
■ a representative of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District announced plans to restrict parking on the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Connecticut Avenue NW between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., as part of the group’s broad effort to address nightlife concerns in the neighborhood. The business group hopes that restricting parking will minimize congestion and other disturbances caused by the frequent arrival and departure of taxis and rideshares on those blocks.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to support a proposal from ANC 2B member Randy Downs to install temporary rainbow crosswalks on 17th Street NW for Capital Pride weekend. Downs had hoped to get the city to install permanent rainbow crosswalks, but his efforts were thwarted by several technicalities in federal highway regulations.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit

Downtown, Penn Quarter

At the commission’s May 8 meeting:
■ commissioners announced that ANC 2C will debut a new website prior to the June meeting.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a summer garden and entertainment endorsement for Hill Country to serve barbecue at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. The temporary “pop-up” business will run from June 9 to Labor Day. Commissioners requested that the applicant amend its application to finish entertainment by 10 p.m. on weekends to be consistent with other area establishments.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support a public space application for an unenclosed 12-seat sidewalk cafe at Proper 21, 1319 F St. NW.
■ Brian Eklund of Hines announced that construction on the Conrad Hotel at 950 New York Ave. NW remains on schedule and has reached grade level. The building will consist of concrete on all floors except the third, which will be constructed out of structural steel. Eklund also announced that some early-morning deliveries of materials will take place before rush hour for a month beginning in late June or early July.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application for the new Apple Store at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Commissioners and residents appeared eager to welcome Apple to the neighborhood and described the plans as attractive and innovative.

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, in Room G-9, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. For details, visit or contact


The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact

Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, Cloisters

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include:
■ public safety and police report.
■ financial report.
■ update from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office.
■ update from the office of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans.
■ presentation from Allison Greenberg regarding the Georgetown Heritage project.
■ presentation from Sonya Chance regarding rat abatement efforts by the Department of Public Works and the Department of Health.
■ discussion regarding ANC 2A’s proposal for the Rock Creek Parkway Bypass Initiative.
■ presentation on the DC Streetcar extension from Union Station to Georgetown.
■ discussion of a contractor parking proposal and a Sunday work permit application for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts modernization project.
■ discussion of an application for an after-hours work permit application for the construction project at 3150 M St. NW.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a new Class C restaurant license and a request for a stipulated license at Ladurée, 3060 M St. NW.
■ consideration of a request by Café Divan at 1834 Wisconsin Ave. NW to amend the establishment’s settlement agreement, along with a request for a stipulated license.
■ consideration of a settlement agreement for an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a new Class D restaurant license at Grace Street Coffee Roasters, 3210 Grace St. NW.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception from the penthouse screening requirements at Ladurée, 3060 M St. NW.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application to build a rear deck at the house at 1959 39th St. NW.
■ consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: 3327 Dent Place NW, residence, alterations to front entry and first-floor windows, window replacement, concept; 1426 35th St. NW, residence, deck alteration, permit; 3149 O St. NW, residence, alterations, concept; 1529 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, blade sign for Kung Fu Tea, permit; 3000 M St. NW, mixed-use, new mixed-use building (commercial/hotel), permit; 3601 M St. NW, multi-family residence, new construction, revised concept; and 2725 N St. NW, residence, rear addition, window and door replacement, concept.

For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit

Logan Circle

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

Glover Park, Cathedral Heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, email or visit

Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, Cathedral Heights

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.
For details, visit

Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, Palisades, Kent, Foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in Elderdice Hall, Kresge Building, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit

Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, American University Park

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Room NT08, Washington College of Law, American University 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW. For details, visit

Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness

At the commission’s May 16 meeting:
■ commissioner Patrick Jakopchek reported that enforcement has recently increased during the evening rush hour at Porter Street and Connecticut Avenue NW due to conflicts between pedestrians and drivers. He also reported that the newly renovated Tilden Hall apartment building at 3945 Connecticut Ave. NW is slated to welcome residents in July.
■ commissioner Shirley Adelstein announced that her commission area’s quarterly meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 6 at 3003 Van Ness St. NW.
■ Melissa Lee of the Sheridan School announced plans for a playground renovation, which ANC 3F will consider in June. The project involves upgraded facilities and new trees within the same 5,000-square-foot footprint. A local resident said water drainage is a problem because there used to be a stream there, and urged the school to coordinate plans with neighbors to prevent disruption.
■ DC Water’s Tanya Hedgepeth and Nyika Roberson-Ramos reported that the agency plans to replace about 500 linear feet of 100-year-old 8- and 6-inch water mains on Idaho Avenue NW between Tilden Street and Springland Lane; Springland between Idaho and Reno Road; and Reno between Springland and Rodman Street. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in June and be completed in February 2019. Normal work hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, they said, although at times the contractor will work at night or on weekends. Some trees may be removed.  There might also be some lane closures, and any no-parking zones will be posted 72 hours in advance. Temporary above-ground piping, covered by asphalt and ramping, will be needed for some homes. If service needs to be shut off, affected residents would be notified at least 48 hours in advance. In the event of any water discoloration, residents were advised to flush cold-water taps for 15 minutes. If the water is still not clear, residents should contact DC Water’s Drinking Water Division or the 24-hour emergency command center.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support the Forest Hills Playground Concert Series on June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
■ commissioners unanimously approved a $3,661 grant to the Hearst Elementary School PTA for equipment for the autism classes.
■ commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on amendments to the District’s 20-year Comprehensive Plan, which will be considered later this year.

Among changes ANC 3F suggested were more apartment housing with retail on the first floor; a de-emphasis on auto-oriented designs and surface parking; and greater density near Metrorail stations and on major streets with strong bus service. It also called for more large office buildings with street-level retail in the Van Ness area and more off-street parking.

Along Connecticut Avenue, it called for continuing high density with single-family homes on side streets, consistent with the existing neighborhood character. It suggested creating and maintaining more hiking and walking paths along tributary streams, particularly in Soapstone Valley. It also called for preserving the large park adjacent to the former Intelsat building at 4000 Connecticut Ave. NW as well as other small parks. It requested no new commercial drive-thrus to ensure pedestrian safety.

The proposal also recommended better erosion control by engaging the public on stormwater runoff issues and a higher priority on improving public libraries and schools, including the University of the District of Columbia.

Many residents want to limit growth west of Rock Creek Park, the ANC 3F resolution states, though others would increase it through more residential density near Metro stations and on main thoroughfares.

It recommended a Ward 3 senior center to serve the needs of many local elderly residents living below the poverty line, and also called for financial help and urban design guidelines through programs like Great Streets to upgrade aesthetics of small-business storefronts.

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit

ANC 3/4G
Chevy Chase

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803, email or visit

Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Crestwood, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the community meeting room at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit

Petworth, 16th Street Heights

At the commission’s May 10 meeting:
■ a representative of Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd’s office reported the following: that HAWK pedestrian signals are being installed at Georgia Avenue and Emerson Street NW; that there would be a meeting with city officials about entrances and scheduling if Roosevelt High School’s pool is opened to the community; and that there is $2 million in the proposed budget for the Petworth Recreation Center.
■ a Metropolitan Police Department representative reported that while overall crime in the area is down from last year, robberies have increased in some locations.
■ a representative from Roosevelt High School reported that AT&T will be installing a cell tower on the sports fields starting June 18.
■ commissioners unanimously approved supporting the development of permanent supportive rental housing at 1433-1435 Spring Road NW by community-based organization So Others Might Eat.
■ commissioners said they will consider a special exception application for a three-unit condominium with a rear addition at 429-431 Quincy St. NW at ANC 4C’s June meeting.
■ commissioners voted 2-0, with six abstentions, to support a traffic study of the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Emerson Street NW. Several of the abstaining commissioners were worried that any changes could drive traffic to adjacent streets.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to request an accelerated West Education Campus modernization.
■ commissioners asked the Office of Planning for a 30-day extension of the deadline to suggest amendments of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
■ commissioners voted 6-2, with Ulysses Campbell and Timothy Jones opposing, to revise the job description for ANC 4C’s administrative assistant.

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in the basement meeting room at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit