Meeting Notices and Agenda Highlights
Lower Columbia Heights, Lower Georgia Avenue, Shaw, U Street, Pleasant Plains
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW.
Agenda items include:
■ consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C modify the opening hours in the settlement agreement with the Bottle Shop.
■ consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C encourage Alfresco to withdraw for now its application for a restaurant license to sell beer and wine since the establishment is at least one year from opening, but to protest the application if Alfresco does not agree to withdraw the application.
■ consideration of a committee recommendation that ANC 1C not protest El Gavilan Grocery’s application for a new Alcoholic Beverage Control license.
■ consideration of whether to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Rioja Market for a Class B beer and wine license at 1824 Columbia Road NW.
For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org.
Foggy Bottom, West End
At the commission’s Sept. 19 meeting:
■ commissioners agreed to postpone final approval of an agreement with George Washington University Hospital that would allow it to build a helipad at its 900 23rd St. NW facility. The commission wants to ensure the agreement would be legally enforceable before taking further action. Speakers were split over the proposed agreement, which ANC 2A had already preliminarily approved.
■ a Metropolitan Police Department officer reported that the neighborhood had two violent crimes during the prior month, down from three during the same period last year. Property crimes fell from 69 to 59, while theft from autos increased about 40 percent.
■ Joe Florio of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ office reported that Metro is replacing tracks because the new trains are heavier than the old ones and the old tracks cause vibrations in nearby buildings.
■ it was reported that reconstruction work is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2018 on the Stevens School building at 1050 21st St. NW. The ground floor will be a 10,000-square-foot leased-out day care center, while the upper floors will become part of School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens. The developer, Akridge, hopes to start work on the adjoining 2100 L St. NW office building in January or February. The adjacent alley will be closed during the day, but will open during the evenings.
■ George Washington University’s new president, Thomas LeBlanc, introduced himself. A former computer scientist, he said he spent 20 years at the University of Rochester and then 10 at the University of Miami, where he was the provost and chief financial officer.
■ commissioners unanimously passed a resolution praising the retiring George Washington University director of community relations, Britany Waddell. Commission chair Patrick Kennedy said she “went above and beyond” her duties.
■ Boston Properties and George Washington University gave a presentation on plans for a 450,000-square-foot modern glass-fronted commercial building with at least 320 parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail space and a day care center at street level. As community benefits in the project’s zoning application, the developers plan to allocate $350,000 for improving the Foggy Bottom Metro station; $30,000 for a statue of Duke Ellington at Duke Ellington Park; $150,000 for a water fountain and sidewalk improvements on 26th Street in the West End; improvements in the National Park Service site at Pennsylvania Avenue, 21st Street and I Street; and $20,000 for a garden at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens between the school and the pool. New traffic signals are planned at I and 26th streets NW. The proposal also includes changes in the university’s campus plan for administrative space. Commission chair Patrick Kennedy expressed concerns about using current administrative space as an investment property, and requested details about any relocations.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support an application for an unenclosed high-end sidewalk cafe at the Fairmont Hotel at 2401 M St. NW with 10 tables, 32 seats and four umbrellas. Hotel owner Jim Landau said the space is now used by a limousine office, which would move elsewhere within the hotel.
■ commissioners unanimously endorsed Nobu’s plans for a valet staging zone at the restaurant, with two spaces at 2525 M St. NW.
■ commissioners unanimously supported George Washington University’s plans for 36 no-smoking signs across the campus.
■ commissioners unanimously expressed concerns about the D.C. Department of Transportation’s plans for a contra-flow bus lane on H Street NW, fearing it will affect the loading and unloading of passengers at local businesses, including a hotel. ANC 2A chair Patrick Kennedy said an alternative might be to have the bus lane on I Street.
■ commissioners unanimously endorsed a plan for the crosstown H1 Metrobus route to offer service throughout the day in both directions.
■ commissioners unanimously adopted a fiscal 2018 annual budget of $19,379 with a $76.97 surplus. It includes $1,500 in grants, down from 2017’s budgeted but not appropriated $2,000. The largest single item is $13,134 for personnel.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Room 151, Duques Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details, visit anc2a.org.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ special election for the vacant seat representing single-member district 2B07 (voting will continue during the meeting until 9:30 p.m.).
■ announcements and public comments, including a presentation on proposed legislation on the sound level of street buskers.
■ update regarding the signing of a settlement agreement with Safeway, 1701 Corcoran St. NW, regarding its Alcoholic Beverage Control application for a beer and wine license.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Heist, 1216 18th St. NW, for a substantial change to its Class C nightclub license to permit one hour of operations beyond the end of alcoholic beverage sales, service and consumption (resulting in hours of operation from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday).
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by DC Cafe, 2035 P St. NW, for a substantial change from a Class D restaurant license to a Class D tavern license.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control license application by Shop Made in DC, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, for a new Class C restaurant license (retail shop that features products made by local D.C. artists with a small cafe; seating capacity of 110 inside; total occupancy load of 141; sidewalk cafe with 35 seats; hours of alcoholic beverage sales, service and consumption on premises from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; hours of operation on sidewalk cafe from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; hours of alcoholic beverage sales, service and consumption on sidewalk cafe from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; hours of live entertainment inside premises from 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday).
■ consideration of several alcoholic beverage license renewal applications for grocery stores and markets.
■ consideration of a letter to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board regarding future alcohol operations at 2147 P St. NW.
■ discussion regarding the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s proposed rulemaking on changes to the D.C. Municipal Regulations.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application at 1610 Riggs Place NW for variances from the floor area ratio requirements and the lot occupancy requirements to construct a rear three-story egress stair in an existing one-family dwelling.
■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application at 1619 Swann St. NW for facade alterations and a roof deck at the rear of a noncontributing building.
■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application at 1520-1522 T St. NW for concept approval of alterations and subdivision to combine two row houses into a single residence with a rooftop addition.
■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application at 1406 21st St. NW.
■ consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application at 1529 16th St. NW for concept approval of a rooftop penthouse and rear additions.
■ consideration of a public space application by Ted’s Bulletin for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe with eight tables and 22 seats at 1818 14th St. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application by Shop Made in DC for a new unenclosed sidewalk cafe with 16 tables and 32 seats at 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
■ consideration of a public space application by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District for the installation of a sculpture pad on the median near 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the D.C. Department of Transportation’s bike lane concept for 17th Street NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the D.C. Department of Transportation’s proposal to improve safety at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and R Street NW and the intersection of Connecticut and Florida avenues NW.
■ consideration of a resolution regarding the draft 2017 DC Circulator Transit Development Plan.
■ announcement of the results of the election for the vacancy in single-member district 2B07.
For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net.
Downtown, Penn Quarter
At the commission’s Sept. 18 meeting:
■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jerome Merrill reported a decline in property crimes but said five violent crimes occurred in the area during the prior 60 days, including two deadly weapon assaults and a robbery at a Washington Hilton garage.
■ Kindy French reported that Friends of Belmont Park volunteers are cleaning the park and planning further improvements, subject to city approval.
■ commissioners voted unanimously to support renovations to 2318 California St. NW. Architect Francisco Beltran said he is working with neighbors, and ANC 2D chair David Bender praised Beltran for working with the commission.
■ Joe Donovan and David Julyan reported that they plan to propose legislation restricting noise levels by street musicians so that it is not audible beyond 50 feet. Currently, noise is restricted by largely unenforceable decibel limitations. Commissioners will consider the issue at its October meeting.
■ Arthur Mason urged commissioners to recommend the installation of a hand railing at the Spanish Steps, citing D.C. law mandating railings for three or more steps except on federal government property. Commissioner Ellen Goldstein said the Historic Preservation Review Board would review any designs.
■ commissioners unanimously opposed a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a new parcel cabinet and an expansion of the front yard pavement at 1824 24th St. NW.
■ commissioner Ellen Goldstein reported that a grant proposed by the ANC 2D last year for the Washington English Center was not allowed by the District government. She also said she has asked D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to work on reducing federal government helicopter noise, and reported that the city is working on improving safety at the corners of Connecticut Avenue and R Street NW and of Florida and Connecticut avenues and S Street NW.
■ ANC 2D chair David Bender told mayoral candidate Manley Collins that commission rules do not allow candidates to address the commission. Bender also asked for help compiling a list of area foreign government-owned buildings and checking their condition.
■ Lee Butler of the Washington Studio School at 2129 S St. NW reported an enrollment of 200 students for the fall semester.
Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, Cloisters
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 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, Oct. 4, 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, Oct. 12, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ police report, including discussion of a request to improve pedestrian safety at Wisconsin Avenue and W Place NW and a request regarding speeding on the 3800 block of Davis Place NW.
■ discussion regarding an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Trader Joe’s at the old Holiday Inn site and the company’s request for ANC 3B support for a Class B retail license for beer and wine sales. (The ANC will open a four-week comment period to hear from the community, with plans to act on the request at its Nov. 9 meeting).
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit Domino’s to open an eat-in, carryout and delivery operation at 2330 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
■ consideration of a resolution requesting action on traffic and parking congestion at W Place and Wisconsin Avenue NW and another formalizing a previous request that the D.C. Department of Transportation remove two parking spots on Wisconsin Avenue to improve sightlines for cars entering Wisconsin from the west side of Fulton Street.
■ commissioner updates.
■ open forum.
Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, Cathedral Heights
At the commission’s Sept. 18 meeting:
■ commissioners adopted a resolution honoring Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Ralph Neal for his nearly 40 years of service.
■ officials involved with the rebuilding of Beach Drive NW reported that the project’s first phase wrapped up in August and the second phase has begun. The roadway has now closed from Tilden Street north to Joyce Road NW for the next stage of work.
■ representatives of the team behind the Cleveland Park Library work at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW described the project.
■ D.C. Department of Transportation construction manager Paul Hoffman discussed the agency’s streetscape revitalization plan targeting drainage issues along Connecticut Avenue NW’s commercial corridor. Hoffman said that he expects the project to break ground in summer 2018.
■ commissioners voted to urge officials to assess the environmental impacts of a planned public outdoor pool at Hearst Park, located just south of Hearst Elementary at 37th and Quebec streets NW.
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 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, Oct. 4, in Room K-106, Kresge Building, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ police report.
■ community concerns.
■ commissioner updates and community alerts.
■ consideration of a public space application at 4890 Hillbrook Lane NW.
■ consideration of a public space application at 1516 Foxhall Road NW.
■ presentation on a new ANC 3D website.
For details, visit anc3d.org.
Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, American University Park
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Room NT07, Washington College of Law, American University, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ announcements/open forum.
■ police report.
■ presentation by Tenleytown Main Street regarding a grant proposal for WinterFest.
■ discussion and possible vote on a grant application for support of Zoo Day (now Family Fun Day) by Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home.
■ discussion of and possible vote on a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception for an addition at 3909 Huntington St. NW.
■ discussion of and possible vote on the Alcoholic Beverage Control license application for Buredo on Wisconsin Avenue NW.
■ presentation of plans for mixed-use redevelopment of the Dancing Crab/Tenley Gastropub lots on 41st Street NW.
For details, visit anc3e.org.
Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 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, Oct. 23, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit anc3g.org.
Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Crestwood, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the community meeting room at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit anc4a.org.
Petworth, 16th Street Heights
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the basement meeting room at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
Agenda items include:
■ announcements by agency representatives and elected officials.
■ community comment.
■ presentation by Dr. Jenifer Smith of the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences.
■ presentation by Zachary Eldredge on DC Reinvest.
■ presentation by Morelands Tavern.
■ consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception to permit conversion of a row house to a three-unit condo building at 428 Randolph St. NW.
■ consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Yes! Organic Market Petworth, 4100 Georgia Ave. NW.
■ consideration of ANC 4C’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.
For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.