Summary of April 2015 CDC Actions

The following is a summary of official actions* taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its April 22, 2015 meeting.

  • The CDC voted unanimously (12-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to HPRB in opposition of the updated design submitted for concept and massing of the proposed two-unit, three story project at 1001 O St, NW, due to lack of sufficient detail for a project of this type, and lack of conformity with the historic details in the neighborhood. The Applicant had initially presented to the CDC at the March 2015 meeting. The Committee unanimously felt the design was still inconsistent with the aesthetic context and architectural character of the neighborhood. Additionally, the Committee felt there was insufficient design detail in order to support the project in its entirety.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (12-0) to recommend that the full ANC support the general concept of installing a parklet in the street in front of Slipstream (1333 14th St, NW), provided that the parklet proposal return to the CDC for a full and through design review with community comment. Ryan Fleming, co-owner of Slipstream, solicited the Committee’s initial thoughts about his potential participation in DDOT’s pilot parklet program, which consists of placing 3 or 4 parklets (miniature parks constructed on raised platforms that would occupy public space the size of a parking spot in the parking lane of a street) in highly trafficked pedestrian areas of the city.

*All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the May 6, 2015 ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.

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Draft Apr. 22 CDC Agenda

AGENDA*

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
April 22, 2015
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

· Approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Approval of March 25, 2015 Meeting Minutes 7:00
OLD BUSINESS
· HPRB concept, massing, and design for new construction at 1001 O St, NW 7:05
NEW BUSINESS
· Support request for pilot “parklet” installation on street in front of 1333 14th St, NW (Slipstream Cafe) 7:30

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the CDC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. You many visit www.ANC2F.org for the most up-to-date version of any meeting agenda. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the CDC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Draft Apr. 15 ABRA Policy Committee Agenda

AGENDA*

ANC 2F ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
National City Christian Church (14th Street entrance)
Community Meeting Room (Ground floor, off atrium)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

· Review and approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Review and approval of March 18, 2015 meeting minutes 7:00
OLD BUSINESS
· Settlement Agreement with Chao Ku, LLC (1414 9th St, NW – 2F06) 7:05
· Settlement Agreement with The Dabney (1216-1226 9th St, NW – 2F06) 7:10
· Creation of APC presenter guidelines handout 7:15
NEW BUSINESS
· SA renewal for Batch 13 (1724 14th St, NW – 2F01) 7:25
· New Class “C” license request for XO Restaurant & Lounge (1426 L St, NW  – 2F05) 7:40

OPEN FORUM

 

· Neighborhood concerns over Vita Lounge (1318 9th St, NW – 2F06) SA violations 7:55

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the APC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the APC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Apr. 1 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Bengel shared that MPD made an arrest in the homicide of David Messerschmitt, who was murdered in the Donovan House Hotel on February 10.
  • Commissioner Tuma provided an update on the future of Garrison elementary. Tuma shared his excitement that the Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennie Niles committed to a $42 million modernization of Garrison, with an intended completion date of August 2017. Tuma has invited a representative from the DC Department of General Services to future ANC 2F meetings to talk to residents and provide updates of the modernization timeline and its progress. Tuma underscored the importance of ongoing community involvement in shaping a long-term plan for how Garrison Elementary and its fit into the neighborhood and the greater DCPS feeder system.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared two announcements: 1) two of the four escalators at the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station will be closed for repairs starting April 20; and 2) on April 2 there will be a Ward 2 town hall meeting with D.C. Water CEO General George S. Hawkins at Francis-Stevens Education Campus (Auditorium).
  • Eli Hoffman, Ward 2/3 Representative for the DC Public Schools Community Action Team, shared that Round 1 of the My School DC Lottery results were now available at www.myschooldc.org. Hoffman also encouraged community members to become mentors for the DC Public Schools’ Empowering Males of Color initiative.
  • Vanessa Thally, Chief of the Neighborhood and Victim Services Section of the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG), shared updates on OAG’s strategic goals to grow and strengthen its office. OAG hopes to accomplish this goal through proposed legislation that will grant its office greater independence, and allow OAG to keep a small fraction of the money the office brings in through settlements and claims.
  • Cheryl Morse and Attorney Eric Sears from the DC Office of the People’s Council; Mark Battle, VP of PEPCO for the DC Region; and Robert Robertson, representative of an intervening party in the Exelon/Pepco merger, each presented their views on the proposed $6.8 billion merger. Sears detailed the DC Office of the People’s Counsel’s reasons for opposing the merger. Battle shared commitments made by Exelon to address each of the concerns detailed by Sears. Robertson spoke specifically to concerns related to the merger’s impact on consumers’ ability to access electricity through renewable energy options. Community views on the merger were mixed, and the Commission acknowledged the complexity of determining the merger pros and cons for consumers.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kate Gordon, Chair of the APC, presented the Committee’s recommendations from its March meeting as individual business items. The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) in support of the APC’s recommendations to 1) enter into a Settlement Agreement (SA) with Chao Ku (1414 9th St, NW – 2F06); 2) enter into a Settlement Agreement (SA) with The Dabney (1216-1226 9th St, NW – 2F06), thus withdrawing the Commission’s previously filed protest of the Applicant’s request for a liquor license; and 3) not protest the license renewal for Continental Wine & Liquor (1100 Vermont Ave, NW).
  • Gordon also summarized the Committee’s non-binding, informal conversation with owner of Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW – 2F06, including the Committee’s numerous concerns about modifying the establishment’s Settlement Agreement to allow for sidewalk café service in a portion of Blagden Alley immediately outside the back garage door of the bar.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Deeley, Chair of the CDC, moved for and received adoption of the March CDC meeting report by unanimous consent. The report included the CDC’s recommendations to: 1) support Mount Olivet Lutheran Church’s (1306-1308 Vermont Ave, NW) request for a letter of support related to its DC Preservation League matching grant application for exterior brick repointing; 2) recommend that HPRB not approve the concept and massing for new construction at 1001 O St, NW.
  • Deeley also summarized the Committee’s non-binding, informal conversation with the owner of Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW – 2F06) about the same issue mentioned above in the APC Committee report. Deeley shared that it would be very unlikely that the DDOT Public Space Committee would permit sidewalk café use in a public alley, and that the Committee was extremely concerned about the precedent that would be set if such a use were allowed in the alley.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel, Chair of the CPSC, shared the Committee’s priorities for the year: prostitution, public drunkenness, and theft from autos. The next CPSC meeting will be in April, date TBD.
  • Bengel shared that he will be conducing a nighttime walking tour with MPD in order to identify lighting and other safety issues in SMD 2F06.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma, Chair of the Ed Committee, announced Garrison Elementary’s May 1-8 online fundraising auction to help pay for school field trips, cultural events, Teacher Appreciation Week, and other special programs for the kids.Tuma recognized local businesses contributing to the auction and encouraged others to join.

OLD BUSINESS

[none]

NEW BUSINESS

[none]

 

*Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the Regular Monthly Public Meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.

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Draft Agenda for April 1 Monthly Meeting

ANC 2F AGENDA

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7:00 PM
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY FORUM

 

•    Commissioner Announcements 7:00
•    Report from Councilmember Jack Evans’ Office 7:05
•    Report from Executive Office of the Mayor 7:10
•    Report from Metropolitan Police Department, Third District, PSA 307 7:15
•    DC Office of the People’s Council presentation on Exelon/Pepco merger 7:25
•    DC Public Schools Community Action Team for Wards 2 and 3 7:40
•    Progress of Garrison Elementary re-modernization 7:50
•    Community Announcements 7:55

 

– 5 minute recess –

 

BUSINESS MEETING

 

•   Approval of Agenda 8:05
•   Approval of Minutes for March 4, 2015 Monthly Public Meeting 8:05

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ABRA Policy Committee (APC) | Kate Gordon, Chair

•    Committee Report:o  New license request for Mercadito (901 Massachusetts Ave, NW)o  New Class “C” license request for Chao Ku (1414 9th St, NW)

o  New Class “CR” license request for The Dabney (1216-26 9th St, NW)

o  Discussion of SA Amendment for Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW)

o  License renewal and approval of hours for Continental Wine & Liquor (1100 Vermont Ave, NW)

8:10

 

 

 

 

Community Development Committee (CDC) | Kevin Deeley, Chair

•    Committee Report:     Committee votes:o  Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (1306-1308 Vermont Ave, NW) request for a letter of support related to DC Preservation League matching grant application

o  HPRB concept, massing, and design for new construction at 1001 O St, NW

      Other items:

o  Discussion of potential DDOT Public Space application for Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW)

8:25

 

 

 

 

Crime and Public Safety Committee (CPSC) | Charlie Bengel, Chair

•    Committee Report 8:35

Education Committee | Pepin Tuma, Chair

•    Committee Report 8:45
OLD BUSINESS[none]

 

NEW BUSINESS

•    Request for letter of support for 2015 Capital Pride Parade route 8:55
•    Discussion of Pepco/Exelon merger 9:00

 

TREASURER’S REPORT
•    Approval of Expenditures 9:20

 

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Commission. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Commission at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. Individuals who may have official business before the Commission or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Draft Agenda for Mar. 25 CDC Meeting

Note: The March 25, 2015 ANC 2F CDC meeting will take place at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, NW). The meeting will start at 7pm in the Community Room, which is accessible from the courtyard on the 14th Street, NW entrance (see previous blog post for map).

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AGENDA*

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
March 25, 2015 at 7:00pm
National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, NW)
Community Room (off of 14th St courtyard entrance)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

· Approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Approval of February 25, 2015 meeting minutes 7:00
OLD BUSINESS
· Amended BZA parking variance for 1216-1226 9th St, NW 7:05
NEW BUSINESS
· Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (1306-1308 Vermont Ave, NW) request for letter of support related to DC Preservation League matching grant 7:05
· Potential DDOT Public Space application for 1240 9th St, NW (Lost & Found) 7:15
· HPRB concept, massing, and design for new construction at 1001 O St, NW 7:35
· DDOT public space permit for 1400 14th St, NW 7:55

OPEN FORUM

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the CDC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. You many visit www.ANC2F.org for the most up-to-date version of any meeting agenda. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the CDC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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New Location for Mar. 25 CDC Meeting

map

 

WHERE: National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle, NW) – Community Room

WHEN:   Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00pm

Directions to the Community Meeting room: Enter through the side courtyard on 14th St, NW. Once you enter through the wooden doors, immediately turn to your right.

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March 4 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Kevin Deeley provided an update on the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s (DMPED) request for qualifications related to the redevelopment of the Franklin School. After having formally canceled ICE-DC’s bid to redevelop the building, DMPED pushed back the solicitation due date for new bids to May 4 so that two additional tours of the property could be conducted.
  • Commissioner John Fanning shared that El Sauce restaurant at 1227 11th St, NW lost its alcohol license and was closed. El Sauce had been a source of community concern and complaints because of repeated noise and disturbance issues.
  • Commissioner Pepin Tuma shared that the National Park Service placed new park rules signs in Logan Circle, including signs along the innermost fence prohibiting pets in the statue circle.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared four announcements: 1) March 5 will be declared a snow emergency day; 2) street sweeping will commence next week; 3) Evans’ office continues to request DDOT pothole repair in Ward 2; 4) and Commander Jacob Kishter was recently named MPD Commander of the Year.
  • Commissioner John Fanning shared three updates from the Executive Office of the Mayor: 1) a one-page “Facts on Marijuana in DC” infographic released by the Bowser administration; 2) Bowser named Gregory Dean, former Fire Chief for Seattle, as the new Chief for the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department; 3) Ward Core teams consisting of representatives from numerous DC government agencies have recently begun touring neighborhoods to identify issues and service needs.
  • Sgt. Sgt. Terestre provided the monthly crime report. In lieu of providing statistics, Terestre noted that total violent crime has remained the same last month over the same period in 2014, but thefts were higher.
  • Commissioner Tuma solicited community comment on the pending Exelon acquisition of PEPCO. Tuma noted that New Jersey and Virginia had approved the merger, while alluding to concerns about the merger in Maryland and the District. Tuma shared that March 18 was the end of the public comment period to Exelon, and that the public comment period to the D.C. Public Service Commission would end sometime in April.
  • Mr. Ron Dennis of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church at 1306-1308 Vermont Ave, NW asked the Commission for a letter supporting the church’s application for a DC Preservation League “Brick and Mortar” matching grant to cover the cost of repointing the historic building. The Commission referred the matter to the CDC for consideration at its March meeting.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kate Gordon, Chair of the APC, moved for and received adoption of the February 11 APC meeting report by unanimous consent. The report included the APC’s recommendation to enter into a Settlement Agreement (SA) with TG Cigars (1188 9th St, NW), and to protest the new ABRA license request for for Mercadito (901 Massachusetts Ave, NW) until such time that the Applicant reaches a SA with ANC 2F.
  • As a procedural measure, the Commission also voted unanimously (7-0) to protest the ABRA license applications for Chao Ku (1414 9th St, NW) and The Dabney (1216-1226 9th St, NW), since the petition date for both applications falls before the next full ANC meeting. The Commission acted to preserve its standing on both matters in case it is unable to reach an SA with each Applicant.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Deeley, Chair of the CDC, moved for and received adoption of the February 25 CDC meeting report by unanimous consent. The report included the CDC’s recommendations to: 1) support the HPRB concept, design, and massing approval for 920 N St, NW (Blagden Alley) with the provision that the Developer work with HPO to select a different brick color; 2) support the DDOT public space application at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave, NW to maintain an existing curb cut ; 3) support the DDOT public space application for a sidewalk café at 1333 14th St, NW (Slipstream Café), and; 4) support the BZA variance requests at 1413 Q St, NW( lot occupancy, minimum side yard setback, and non-conforming structure) needed to allow for a third story addition to the residence.
  • As a separate business item, Deeley invited the Applicant for 1337 11th St, NW to present updated plans to the Commission related to a DDOT public space application. Deeley explained that the CDC voted against the Applicant’s initial request and instead supported a public space application for a reduced area. Subsequent to the CDC’s vote, the Applicant presented a counterproposal with more green space than the CDC’s recommendation but a slightly different configuration in order to comply with fire code. Deeley felt the proposal was in the spirit of the CDC’s recommendation, and as such moved for and received the Commission’s support (7-0) of the application.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • No update.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma, Chair of the Ed Committee, encouraged community members to consider filling vacancies on the Ed Committee.
  • Tuma shared that the Ed Committee had recently joined with ANC 2B to meet with the Dept. of General Services and the Deputy Mayor of Education about the fate of Garrison Elementary re-modernization, and learned that a final decision was still pending. Tuma also shared that a request had been extended to the Deputy Mayor of Education to meet with the Garrison Elementary PTO about the issue.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to send a letter to DCRA requesting that the agency give “special attention” to review of the rooming situation and potential permitting/license violations at 1517 12th St, NW, given neighbor concerns about improper rental of interior spaces in the group home residence.

*Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the Regular Monthly Public Meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.

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Draft Mar. 18 APC Agenda

AGENDA*

ANC 2F ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
National City Christian Church (14th Street entrance)
Community Meeting Room (Ground floor, off atrium)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

· Review and approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Review and approval of February 11, 2015 meeting minutes 7:00
COMMUNITY FORUM

 

OLD BUSINESS
· New license request for Mercadito (901 Massachusetts Ave, NW – 2F06) 7:05
NEW BUSINESS
· New Class “C” license request for 1414 9th St, NW (Chao Ku – 2F06) 7:15
· SA Amendment for 1240 9th St, NW (Lost & Found – 2F06) 7:25
· New Class “CR” license request for 1216-1229 9th St, NW / Blagden Alley (The Dabney – 2F06) 7:35
· License renewal and approval of hours for 1100 Vermont Ave, NW (Continental Wine and Liquor – 2F05) 7:45
· Creation of APC presenter guidelines handout 7:55

OPEN FORUM

 

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the APC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the APC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Summary of Feb 2015 CDC Actions

The following is a summary of official actions* taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its February 25, 2015 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not result in or require a vote.  

Actions Taken:

  • The CDC voted unanimously (12-0) to recommend that the full ANC recommend HPRB concept, design, and massing approval for the proposed project at 920 N St, NW (Blagden Alley), with the prevision that the Developer work with HPO staff to select a different brick color that is more compatible with the colors of the existing buildings in Blagden Alley.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (12-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the DDOT Public Space Committee in support of the public space application to maintain an existing curb cut at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave., NW. The Applicant explained that acquisition of the smaller of the two lots triggered a procedural need to obtain a public space permit.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the DDOT Public Space Committee in support of the public space application for a sidewalk cafe at 1333 14th St, NW (Slipstream Café). The Applicant assured the Committee that there would be no permanent fixtures in the sidewalk café area, and that the space occupied would not extend out as far as that of neighboring Birch & Barley.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the DDOT Public Space Committee in support of the public space application for a sidewalk cafe at 1337 11th St, NW, contingent upon permitted use of a reduced area from that initially requested by the Applicant, such that the paved space of the permitted area not extend further east than the back wall of the three story part of the structure (not including the porch addition), and that the remaining portion of the space up to the alleyway be permeable green space. An earlier motion for full support of the Applicant’s initial request failed by a vote of 6-7.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC recommend BZA approval for the variance requests (lot occupancy; minimum side yard setback; and non-conforming structure) needed to allow for a third story addition to the residence at 1413 Q St, NW. The addition in question will not change the footprint of the home, and the addition height will be in line with existing structures on the block.

Other Items:

  • None

*All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the March 4, 2015 ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.

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