In Your Neighborhood: Sept. 27, 2017

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E reviews a proposed development project. (Brady Holt/The Current/July 2017)

Meeting Notices and Agenda Highlights

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

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 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, 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

Foggy Bottom, West End

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Room 223, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. For details, visit

Dupont Circle

At the commission’s Sept. 13 meeting:

■ commissioner Amy Johnson said constituents have reported complaints of ATV and dirt bike “gangs” going through streets. She said residents should call police if they see dangerous activity. Meanwhile, regarding the liquor license application for the Safeway at 1701 Corcoran St. NW, she said there will be an update given in October and that dialogue with the grocery is ongoing.

■ commission chair Nicole McEntee announced there will be a special election at the commission’s Oct. 11 meeting to fill the vacant 2B07 seat. Voting, open to all registered voters from that single-member district, will last from 7 to 9 p.m. The winner will be announced that night. Candidate Kari Cunningham, president of the Friends of Stead Park, said she believes “local government can work when we collaborate, coordinate and focus on our common values.” Meanwhile, candidate Sean Trainer said his upbringing at 1751 Church St. NW, which used to be a runaway shelter, inspires him to serve the community.

■ Judy Williams from the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health said she has received several calls from the community regarding people living in tents in the area. She said the city is reaching out to those individuals and offering mental health services and other resources, while trying to urge them to move to a shelter. She said residents can report encampments to

■ Kari Cunningham, president of Friends of Stead Park, announced a Sept. 23 community input meeting for the park modernization project.

■ commissioners voted 7-0 to protest a nightclub license application for Rewind at 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW, in order to reach a settlement agreement.

■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support a stipulated liquor license for Union Trust at 740 15th St. NW.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application to add a habitable penthouse at 730 15th St. NW.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application for 1521 17th St. NW to build a rear addition and an additional floor, contingent on the rear addition being made of brick and a current bay projection being maintained.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition and rooftop addition to a three-story rowhouse at 1727 S St. NW, contingent on the property owners engaging in further community outreach.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to pass a resolution supporting an amendment to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act that would exempt accessory units within homes. TOPA allows renters the first opportunity to purchase a property if it is being sold.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application by Gregorys Coffee for a new sidewalk cafe at 1900 L St. NW.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support a public space application to install a handrail at 2121 Newport Place NW in order to comply with ADA regulations.

■ commissioners voted 7-0 to support the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation’s application for tax-exempt revenue bonds. Commission chair Nicole McEntee abstained.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to improve bicycle and traffic signs and markings around Dupont Circle. The resolution also asks for bicycle lanes to be painted green.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to ask the city to install LED lights on 11 lamp posts located near the busy nightlife district south of Dupont Circle.

■ commissioners voted 8-0 to support the District’s use of $7.5 million from the Volkswagen emissions settlement to purchase DC Circulator buses that run on electricity.

■ commissioners voted 7-1 to support bus-only lanes on 16th Street NW during rush hour, with restrictions in effect southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening. They also asked the city not to remove the northbound bus stops at L and Q streets as proposed.

■ commissioners voted 5-1, with one abstention, to censure ANC 2B member Nick DelleDonne, citing “discriminatory and disrespectful behavior.”

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit

Downtown, Penn Quarter

At the commission’s Sept. 11 meeting:

■ Brian Baker, acting director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, announced that the city is highlighting its Ready DC initiative. He said that having a plan and an emergency kit is imperative, and he encouraged residents to check for instructions on emergency preparations.

■ Jenifer Smith, director of the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences, discussed her agency’s work.

■ Richard Livingstone of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office reported the city’s unemployment rate declined by 1 percent.

■ Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Jonathan Dorrough reported that violent crime fell 40 percent in the area from last year, and said the city was planning to remove a tent city on 9th Street NW. Local residents complained of a lack of police officers there and on 5th Street between F and G streets NW.

■ David Julyan announced that a group is drafting legislation to address noise caused by street musicians. Current laws limiting noise to a specified decibel level are difficult to enforce, he said. The group instead proposes basing limits on the ability to hear noise at specified distances, as is done elsewhere; a licensing requirement is also under consideration. Residents praised the proposal, saying people working at home are often bothered by the noise levels, and the commissioners unanimously supported the idea.

■ commissioners unanimously supported the Run for the Badge 5K race on Oct. 14 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. starting in the 400 block of F Street NW and continuing into Southwest. Affected roads will be closed from 4 a.m. until noon. About 400 runners are expected and the entry fee is $40.

■ commissioners unanimously supported the 16th annual 5K Thanksgiving Day Trot to benefit So Others Might Eat, which expects 8,000 to 9,000 participants.

■ commissioners unanimously supported the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington’s plans to move a synagogue, built in 1876, to the southeast corner of 3rd and F streets NW and to construct a modernistic museum. Architect Susan Ponnerer described minor changes from plans presented in August.

■ commissioners deferred supporting plans to expand square footage of the Weschler Building at 905-909 E St. NW by building a sixth level not visible from the street, and asked the Historic Preservation Review Board to delay its consideration of the concept. The plans are being redesigned after meetings with affected nearby condominium residents who expressed concerns that the expansion could impact the historical value of an adjacent alley.

■ the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Megan Kanagy described plans to possibly convert an H Street NW lane between New York and Pennsylvania avenues into a contra-flow bus-only lane to accommodate westbound travel. There are concerns due to an adjacent hotel where parking would be impossible as well as retail and office buildings. Kanagy said she is checking into how similar approaches have worked elsewhere. Commissioners unanimously supported the idea.

■ commissioners unanimously supported after-hours construction from late September through January at 900 New York Ave. NW.

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 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, Oct. 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact

Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale, Cloisters

At the commission’s Sept. 6 meeting:

Richard Livingstone of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office reported that Bowser had issued a statement in support of undocumented Americans in response to the president’s comments about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Bowser is also ramping up rodent abatement efforts in the city, with a focus on city trash.

Eric Langenbacher of the Burleith Citizens Association reported that trees on a stretch of T Street NW are dying, but it wasn’t yet clear who owns the land and was responsible for removing the trees. Langenbacher also told residents that anti-Semitic graffiti had been found at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts but was removed by the city.

Joe Sternlieb of the Georgetown Business Improvement District announced that the 23rd annual Taste of Georgetown would be held Sept. 24 on K Street between Thomas Jefferson Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW.

The organization is also working on getting more public bathrooms in the area, he said. Sternlieb also announced that the D.C. Department of Transportation would be holding a community meeting at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 about proposed lighting slated for Key Bridge.

commissioners honored Metropolitan Police Department officer Antonial Atkins, who plans to retire Jan. 1.

commissioners voted to support the D.C. Department of Transportation’s efforts to improve safety along K Street/Water Street NW, including adding meters to some on-street parking spaces, constructing a protected bike lane and making other changes.

commission chair Joe Gibbons said he supports Ward 5 D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie’s bill that would more strictly regulate Airbnb.

commissioners voted to support a special event application for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on Sept. 16 on the conditions that there be no amplified music and that residents be permitted entry to the block where their home is located.

commissioners voted to oppose an outdoor music permit application for Long & Foster’s Family Fun Day in Rose Park on Sept. 16, saying that allowing an outdoor DJ at the event would disrupt neighbors and would also set a bad precedent for future events.

commissioners voted to support the reinstatement of a Metrobus D6 bus stop at the intersection of 35th Street and Reservoir Road NW.

commissioners voted to support the installation of a new sidewalk on the north side of the 3900 block of Reservoir Road NW.

commissioners voted to support an application by Cafe Divan at 1834 Wisconsin Ave. NW to permit alcohol on its outdoor patio facing 34th Street.

commissioners voted to support updated designs for the West Heating Plant development proposal at 1051 29th St. NW.

commissioners voted to support a change in an application for a renovation at 3419 Q St. NW to specify the use of wood for window materials.

commissioners supported the intent to remove a pool and pool house from designs at 3241 R St. NW. The project also includes installation of a permeable driveway surface.

commissioners voted to oppose an application to retain illegally installed red LED lights at 1601 Wisconsin Ave. NW, which they said had been in use for more than five months.

commissioners voted to oppose an application for alterations to a home at 3149 O St. NW on the grounds that the proposal is not compatible with the neighborhood’s historic character.

commissioners voted to support a concept design for alterations to a residence at 3273 P St. NW, while noting that adjacent neighbors had not been consulted about the application.

commissioners voted to support the installation of two signs at 1351 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

commissioners voted to oppose a proposal for alterations to a residence at 1022 29th St. NW, because of the proximity of proposed windows to the lot line, as well as a roof deck that would impede the privacy of adjacent residents.

commissioners voted to oppose an application regarding a commercial space at 3040 M St. NW due to incomplete project plans and the lack of a presentation to the commission.

commissioners voted to support an application at 3222 M St. NW to improve outdoor conditions near the C&O Canal, while citing concerns about light pollution.

commissioners voted to support a proposal by Sweetgreen, 1044 Wisconsin Ave. NW, to remove an asphalt surface and install a public, landscaped green space.

commissioners did not vote on a proposal to build a Wawa convenience store at 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW because the applicant did not attend the meeting. Commissioners cited concerns about window advertising, trash, loading, traffic and architecture.

commissioners did not vote on an application for alterations to Epiphany Catholic Church at 2712 Dumbarton St. NW because the applicant’s presentation was incomplete.

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the second-floor Heritage Room at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW.

Agenda items include:

public safety and police report.

public safety announcement by Lt. Christopher Cunningham of the U.S. Park Police.

financial report and approval of ANC 2E’s fiscal year 2018 budget.

update from the offices of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans.

presentation by Karima Holmes, director of the D.C. Office of Unified Communications.

updates from the Citizens Association of Georgetown, Burleith Citizens Association, Georgetown Business Improvement District, Georgetown Business Association and Georgetown Village.

announcements by the Friends of Rose Park, Friends of Volta Park, Friends of Book Hill Park, Friends of Montrose Park, Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park and Mount Zion Cemetery.

announcement regarding the Montrose Park fall cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 30.

presentation by the D.C. Department of Transportation regarding D.C.’s new dockless bikeshare companies.

presentation by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

“Behind the Table” information regarding new Georgetown University on-campus dining options and the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment.

presentation regarding D.C. Council Bill B-22-0092, the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017.

consideration of a resolution regarding the DC Circulator’s proposed 2017 Transit Development Plan, including the elimination of certain stops along the Georgetown-Union Station route.

consideration of a resolution requesting the D.C. Department of Transportation to consider the need for a Section 106 review regarding the types of replacement bulbs being used in neighborhood streetlights.

consideration of a public space application by EastBanc for streetscape improvements at 2715 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception from the rear addition requirements to construct a three-story rear addition to an existing one-family dwelling at 3629 T St. NW.

consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board permit application for partial demolition and for third-floor and rear additions at 1728 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: various sites in Georgetown, installation of historic markers, concept; 1649 34th St. NW, residence, parking pad, fence, concept; 1601 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, LED sign for Exxon, permit; 1608 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, sign for OKI Bowl, permit; 3149 O St. NW, residence, alterations, permit; 1427 Wisconsin Ave. NW, commercial, sign, canopy replacement, permit; 1051-1055 29th St. NW (West Heating Plant), industrial, demolition, permit; 2900 M St. NW, commercial, installation of awnings, permit; 3040 M St. NW, commercial, installation of wall mounted sign and awning, permit; 3607 M St. NW, commercial, installation of blade signs, free-standing signs and LED sign, permit; 3100 South St. NW, commercial, addition, concept; 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, commercial, replacement of roof trellis, concept; 3044 O St. NW, residence, stair replacement, permit; 1619 30th St. NW, multi-family residence, site work, permit.

For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit

Logan Circle

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

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. For details, email or visit

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

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

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

Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, American University Park

At the commission’s Sept. 19 meeting:

■ a representative from the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home requested an ANC 3E grant for a community festival on Oct. 28. The commission will vote on the application at its next meeting.

■ commissioners voted 5-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 4348 Garrison St. NW, where the homeowner is seeking relief from a front yard area requirement to build an addition.

■ commissioners voted 5-0 to write a letter in support of Janney Elementary School’s planned 5K race and fun run on Nov. 18.

■ commissioners voted 5-0 to support a planned unit development application to build a 143-unit mixed-use development at 4620 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Commissioners and developer Urban Investment Partners said they agreed on a community benefits package that includes setting aside 10 percent of the units as affordable, renovating the Chesapeake House at Fort Reno Park for community use, laying underground utility lines on Wisconsin Avenue and meeting sustainability goals.

■ representatives from Georgetown Day School discussed the traffic and parking management plans for their proposal to move their lower school to the school’s Tenleytown campus. Commissioners said they did not think the school was doing enough to reduce car traffic and incentivize carpooling and transit for families. The school hopes to reduce single-occupant auto use from 61 percent to 50 percent, while boosting walking and bicycling to school for students in the neighborhood. ANC 3E chair Jon Bender hinted the school might not receive the commission’s support unless major changes are made to morning traffic volume. The school is scheduled to come before the Zoning Commission in late October. “I think you need to come back with a better idea,” Bender told school representatives.

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. For details, visit

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

ANC 3/4G
Chevy Chase

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 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 Sept. 5 meeting:

commissioners agreed to consider ANC 4A’s 2018 fiscal year budget at its October meeting. The $44,800 budget includes $18,200 for personnel; $9,300 for office supplies, equipment and printing; $5,000 for office costs; $5,000 for communications; $8,000 for grants; $2,200 for service purchases; and $600 for local transportation and bank charges.

commissioners unanimously approved a renewal of office manager Jim Irwin’s contract at $17.50 an hour for an average of 20 hours a week.

commissioners unanimously supported the application of the Community Alliance for Upper 14th Street for a $200,000 Main Street grant. The organization focuses on the economic development of 14th Street NW between Spring Road and Longfellow Street, and Kennedy Street from 14th Street NW to North Capitol Street. Rob Pigott, the group’s vice chair, said the organization hopes to retain and recruit businesses that support the neighborhood, improve commercial property facades and interiors, keep streets clean, attract customers and promote the area.

commissioners unanimously voted to commend Merrit Drucker for his contributions as the city’s Ward 4 neighborhood services coordinator, Clean City coordinator, director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, and director of facilities for St. Elizabeths Hospital. The commissioners also asked Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd to urge his council colleagues to also pass a commendation.

Phillip McAuley of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office announced that she plans to expand the District’s apprenticeship program and get more students to regularly attend classes. Commission chair Steve Whatley asked McAuley to return for the October meeting to report on why the D.C. Department of Transportation did not repave the block between Fern Street and Fern Place when it otherwise repaved Georgia Avenue NW from Aspen Street and Eastern Avenue. He argued that repaving the block separately will result in greater expense.

commissioners voted 4-2, with Stacey Lincoln and Patience Singleton opposed, to increase membership of its Special Committee on Design Review from nine to 12. Penelope Codrington, Chris Galloway, David Gillers, Naima Jefferson, Willow Lung-Amam, Kris Nelson, Carin Ruff and Stacey Lincoln were unanimously appointed. Robert Bettman was appointed with Singleton opposed. Penelope Codrington, Anne Whatley and Ernest Green were appointed with Lincoln opposed. David Mackoff was appointed with Lincoln abstaining.

commissioners unanimously supported minor changes in Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden’s conceptual design for a 90-unit condominium building  and a 290- to 295-unit rental apartment building with ground-floor retail space in the former Walter Reed campus.

Dwight Polglaze of Konica Minolta discussed the possible joint purchase with ANC 4B of a combined printer/scanner/copier. If one machine is purchased, the cost would be $7,260. Should both commissions buy machines, the combined cost would be $12,300. Several attendees asked if the commission had gotten quotes from other vendors and were told that as of yet they had not.

Jackson Carnes of Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd’s office reported on the groundbreaking for the $160 million modernization of Coolidge High School and was asked to request a traffic light at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Fern Street NW.

after the meeting was adjourned, commission chair Steve Whatley said he had forgotten to inform residents that commission member David Wilson had resigned his 4A07 seat. Prospective candidates must file petitions with the Board of Elections by Oct. 3, he said.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 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

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. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit