In Your Neighborhood: May 31, 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

At the commission’s May 17 meeting:
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to pass a resolution honoring Carmen Jenkins-Frazier, a teacher at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, for winning a PBS Digital Innovator award.
■ commissioners voted 6-0 to appoint a delegation of four commissioners to engage with George Washington University Hospital on a proposal for a new helipad and then report back to the ANC and the community. Major issues under discussion will include hours of operation, number of flights and potential mitigating measures for noise and vibrations.
■ architecture students from Catholic University presented concept ideas to improve the streetscape around Virginia Avenue and Potomac River Freeway. Their plan would create a pedestrian connection between the waterfront and the Kennedy Center. It would also add bicycle lanes on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway and upgrade the design elements on the waterfront.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to table a discussion on the Stevens School since there are no longer plans to house a special education program in partnership with Ivymount School. According to a letter from the deputy mayor of education, D.C. Public Schools “has decided not to move forward” with that program, which had been in the works since 2012. Stevens has sat vacant since 2008, and commissioners expressed frustration that the plans were scrapped.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support Boston Properties’ plan as part of its public space application to relocate a Capital Bikeshare station nearby as they develop 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a public space application by Pan American Health to add two more 20-foot flagpoles outside their building at 525 23rd St. NW.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support Zipcar’s proposal to reserve four parking spaces in the neighborhood for its car-sharing program.
■ commissioners voted 7-0 to urge the city not to install LED lights on the Pennsylvania Avenue NW bridge over the area of Rock Creek Park that connects to Georgetown until there is further study of potential harmful effects from LEDs.

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

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

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


At the commission’s May 15 meeting:
■ D.C. Department of Transportation associate director Evian Patterson said his agency was prepared to implement “resident-only” parking within ANC 2D, reserving one side of each residential street in Sheridan-Kalorama for vehicles with Zone 2 parking permits. Patterson also discussed issues of security needs and paparazzi taking up parking spaces surrounding high-profile residents; complaints that two-hour restrictions for non-residents aren’t adequately enforced; and concerns about the number of parking spaces reserved for diplomatic properties. Later in the meeting, ANC 2D voted 2-0 to join the resident-only parking program, with the restrictions due to begin as early as this month.
■ John Carlos Green, spokesperson for D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine, discussed the office’s priorities: public safety, consumer protection, affordable housing and the enforcement of an “honest government.” Residents praised the office’s successful efforts to remove a notorious Airbnb listing that frequently hosted parties of 200 to 300 guests, and urged the office to continue closing disruptive Airbnb properties.
■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jerome Merrill reported that it has been a “quiet month” in Sheridan-Kalorama with three thefts from auto and one stolen vehicle. Residents asked about a recent home invasion and sexual assault, but Merrill said he wasn’t able to share more details because it’s being handled by the Sexual Assault Unit, which he said cannot release information unless there is a threat to the community. In response to concerns about backyard intrusions, Merrill assured residents that police were “working on it” and had stepped up alley patrols. Residents expressed concerns about a lack of parking enforcement in the area; Merrill promised to have traffic operations officers look into the issue.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application for renovations to the former Textile Museum, 2320-2330 S St. NW. The property was recently purchased by Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who is converting it into a single-family home. Demolition is expected to begin in the next two weeks and completion is predicted for the first quarter of 2019.
■ Cheryl Morse of the Office of the People’s Counsel briefed residents about AltaGas’ planned purchase of Washington Gas. She expressed skepticism about the merger, due to its wide-reaching impacts on D.C. residents, its speed, and the fact that it would be paid in cash. The District’s Public Service Commission will need to approve the merger, she said. Morse also cautioned attendees that residents have been receiving a high volume of phone calls from third-party suppliers imploring them to switch their service. She encouraged them to review information about the companies before switching. Morse also criticized Pepco’s proposed rate increase, which calls for an additional $76.8 million in revenue. The sum is “much higher than anything else they’ve ever asked for,” Morse said.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support an application from the Friends of Belmont Road Park group to become the city’s official partner for the former paper road between Kalorama Circle and Connecticut Avenue NW. Members of the new nonprofit group encouraged residents to propose uses for the property, which was transferred from the D.C. Department of Transportation to the Department of Parks and Recreation several years ago.
■ commissioners voted 2-0 to support plans to replace a window at a historic residence at 2206 Decatur Place NW. The house is poorly maintained, and the windows are in “bad shape” and expensive to repair, architect Norman Smith said. The planned restoration will ensure the property can stand for an additional 50 to 100 years, he said.
■ Alan Wurtzel asked for ANC 2D support in pressing Argentina to improve a property it owns at 2136 R St. NW. The dilapidated building borders Wurtzel’s home and has remained vacant since he moved in 23 years ago, he said. According to Wurtzel, the property is infested with rats and parts of the facade are in danger of collapse. Commissioner Ellen Goldstein expressed reservations about Wurtzel’s chances of success in efforts to restore the site, based on unsuccessful experiences she said she has had with the State Department about a similarly abandoned foreign-owned property.

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. Thursday, June 29, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. 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

At the commission’s May 15 meeting:
■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Ralph Neal reported that overall, crime is down in the neighborhood from last year, but thefts and thefts from autos are both up. Neal projects that thefts will continue to rise over the next few months, and he urged residents to safeguard their possessions.
■ Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor for public safety, outlined Mayor Muriel Bowser’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. The portion under his purview focuses on resolving longtime staffing issues in the city’s emergency services; encouraging and incentivizing D.C. emergency officials to live in the city; and improving the city’s responsiveness to emergency calls from residents.
■ Steve Callcott of the D.C. Historic Preservation Office announced that he will now serve as the community’s contact for projects within Cleveland Park, while his colleague Anne Brockett will continue to handle Woodley Park. Callcott said that Historic Preservation Review Board applicants are now required by law to post a large sign announcing the application in front of the property, within public view. The preservation board is also moving to make its entire catalog of existing and past applications electronic, similar to the current setup for Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment cases. The board is also focusing more now on notifying ANCs of projects affecting their areas, Callcott said.
■ Pierre Abushacra of the Cleveland Park Business Association and Susie Taylor of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association announced that they have secured permits to launch a six-month pilot program for a new neighborhood farmers market along Connecticut Avenue, between Newark Street and the post office at 3430 Connecticut. Representatives of both groups said they’ve heard widespread support for the proposal from neighbors and business owners. The market will run on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 3. Another citizens association member said he recently talked to Brookville Market owner Mike Shirazi, who had expressed concerns when a similar proposal arose in 2013; this time, according to the resident, Shirazi said he’s willing to test out the market and see if it has a net-positive effect on his business.
■ commissioners voted 5-4 not to oppose Washington International School’s latest proposal for a new science building on its Tregaron campus, 3100 Macomb St. NW. ANC 3C chair Nancy MacWood had proposed a resolution to oppose the designs — as the commission did for two previous iterations — but it failed on a 4-5 vote, with several commissioners arguing that the plans marked a significant and sufficient improvement over previous designs.
■ commissioners voted 8-1, with Lee Brian Reba opposing, to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board application for a restaurant liquor license at the Silver Cathedral Commons at 3404 Connecticut Ave. NW. A majority of commissioners said they wanted more time to “take the pulse of the neighborhood” before issuing support. Commissioners separately voted 9-0 to support a public space application for a 68-seat sidewalk cafe at Silver, and recommended that the D.C. Department of Transportation consider relocating a nearby Capital Bikeshare station in the process.

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. Agenda items include:

■ police report.
■ community concerns.
■ consent calendar consideration of removal of opposition to curb cuts at 3006-3016 University Terrace NW.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a substantial change at Et Voila, 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW, to add a wine pub permit.
■ presentation by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on its Zoning Commission application.
■ presentation by DC Water regarding Foxhall Village.
■ presentation by the Office of the Attorney General.
■ other commission business, including comments on the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability’s proposed ethics rules for advisory neighborhood commissioners and creation of a Committee of the Whole for revision of bylaws.

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. Agenda items include:

■ announcements/open forum.
■ police report.
■ presentation by Georgetown Day School on revised plans for campus expansion, including a traffic study.
■ presentation by Urban Investment Partners on revised plans for redeveloping the property at 4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
■ discussion of and possible vote on a resolution regarding the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability’s proposed changes to ethic rules for advisory neighborhood commissioners.

For details, visit

Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness

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

At the commission’s May 2 meeting:
■ Mayor Muriel Bowser discussed her proposed budget and fielded questions from the community. Bowser said her budget includes $10 million for the renovations to Shepherd Elementary School, including the gym and public space, as well as a five-year plan to fix the 30 percent of neighborhood streets and 7 percent of major roads that are in poor condition. Several residents complained about residential parking problems, saying it’s difficult to contact apartment dwellers to sign petitions for Residential Permit Parking. Others expressed dissatisfaction with the enforcement of parking regulations. Bowser said she would investigate both matters, and promised to examine the need for more speed cameras on Missouri and Georgia avenues NW.
■ Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham reported that citywide violent crime fell 24 percent from the same period last year.
■ commissioners voted to contribute $1,954 to the 16th Street Heights Civic Association to finance its health and wellness day at Brightwood Education Campus, contingent on approval from the D.C. auditor. Gale Black and Patience Singleton abstained.
■ commissioners unanimously opposed a proposal that would allow businesses employing up to 10 people to give residential parking permits to their employees.
■ developers of the Walter Reed Town Center presented their concept, including ground-floor retail, with residential and office space above it. They said they will ask the commission to recommend design approval at its June meeting.
■ commissioners voted to approve establishing a design committee to review new building proposals and make advisory recommendations at least 14 days prior to the commission’s next public meeting, with Gale Black and Dave Wilson opposed and Phyllis Green abstaining.

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. Agenda items include:
■ consent calendar, including a resolution regarding a Board of Ethics and Government Accountability draft advisory opinion.
■ community concerns.
■ police report.
■ reports from the offices of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd.
■ presentation by Sarah Fashbaugh of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration regarding the Ward 4 liquor license moratorium on the agency’s procedures.
■ consideration of a resolution recommending an exemption from the Ward 4 liquor license moratorium for ANC single-member districts 4A02 and 4A03.
■ consideration of a resolution rescinding support of a public alley closure on the site of the Jamal’s Gateway DC project.
■ presentation on and consideration of a resolution regarding the Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden development team’s plans for Building I/J on the Walter Reed campus.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding a Blagden Terrace NW sidewalk.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding construction worker parking at Carter Barron.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding LED streetlights.

For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit

Petworth, 16th Street Heights

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