ANC2F Meeting Agenda for May 1, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON PLAZA HOTEL—10 THOMAS CIRCLE, NW

AGENDA

  •  Call to Order   7:00 pm

COMMUNITY FORUM

  •  Commissioner Annoucements    7:05
  • Report from Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Report on Franklin School, Reyna Alorro and Nimita Shah
  • Report from Office of Jack Evans, City Council Member, Ward 2
  • PSA 307 Report – Metropolitan Police Department, 3D
  • Community Announcements

-10 Minute Recess-

Business Meeting

  • Approval of Agenda  8:00
  • Approval of Minutes of Meetings of  March 6, 2013 & April 3, 2013

ABRA           (John Fanning, Chair)  8:20                                                                                                                   

License Renewals–Please note: All of the following liquor license renewals have petition deadline dates in the month of May. While the ANC does not intend to discuss them all individually, committee members and community members have this opportunity to discuss any relevant issues regarding licensees prior to renewal.

  • CulinAerie (1131 14th St. NW)
  • Bangkok One/China Café (1411 K St. NW)
  • Rice Restaurant & Bar (1608 14th St. NW)
  • Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • Loews Madison Hotel (1177 15th St. NW)
  • DC Coast (1401 K St. NW A)
  • Brasserie Beck (1101 K St. NW)
  • City Club of Washington
  • Donovan House/Zentan (1155 14th St. NW)
  • Siroc (915 15th St. NW)
  • Old Dominion Brew House (1219 9th St. NW)
  • Mio Restaurant (111o Vermont Ave. NW)
  • B Too (1324 14th St. NW)
  • Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
  • Georgia Brown’s (950 15th St. NW)
  • Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle NW)
  • Morrison-Clark Inn (1015 L St. NW)
  • Residence Inn/Wash.DC/Thomas Circle (1199 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • The Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW)
  • Casa Blanca Restaurant (1014 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • El Sauce Restaurant (1227 11th St. NW)
  • Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant (1415 14th St. NW)
  • Barcelona Restaurant (1622 14th St. NW)
  • Bar Bari (2000 14th St. NW)
  • The Pig (1320 14th St. NW)
  • Le Diplomate (1601 14th St. NW)
  • Teak Wood Restaurant (1323 14th St. NW)
  • Mayur Kabab House (1108 K St. NW)
  • Commissary (1443 P St. NW)
  • Cork (1720 14th St. NW)
  • La Villa Restaurant (1317 14th St. NW)
  • Crowne Plaza (1001 14th St. NW)
  • Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart (1334 9th St. NW)
  • The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center (1400 M St. NW)
  • Logan Tavern (1423 P St. NW)
  • The Catering Company of Washington (1341 L St. NW)
  • The Sphinx Club (1315 K St. NW)
  • Birch & Barley/Churchkey (1337 14th St. NW)
  • Veranda (1100 P St. NW)
  • Corduroy (1122 9th St. NW)
  • Drafting Table (1529 14th St. NW)
  • Stoney’s (1433 P. St. NW)
  • Four Points Hotel Washington DC Downtown (1201 K St. NW)
  • Post Pub (1422 L St. NW)
  • Rogue 24 (922-924 N St. NW)
  • Corduroy – 1122 9th Street, NW
  • Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.)–Amendment to Settlement Agreement to permit sidewalk café

Community Development Committee (Walt Cain, Chair)

  • 1601 14th Street, NW, Starr Restaurant –DDOT for support of Valet Parking Route-Aaron Melles
  • 1435 P Street, NW-DDOT for support of Sidewalk Patio
  • 1324 14th Street, NW-Information
  • Report from Parking Series Forum

Education Committee (Matt Connolly and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, Co-Chairs)                                     

  • Garrison Elementary Modernization
  • Update

Crime and Public Safety Committee (Christopher Linn, Chair)

  • Update

New Business

Treasurer’s Report (Matt Connolly, Treasurer)     9:00                                                                                              

  • Approval of Expenditures
  • Update

Adjournment    9:10                                                                                                                                                                

 

NOTICE:  The agenda attached to this notice of meeting is provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the meeting.  It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the ANC at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft.   Individuals who may have official business before the ANC 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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ANC2F Agenda for Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:00 PM

The Washington Plaza Hotel

# 10 Thomas Circle, NW

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Parking Forum “Visitor Parking”
  4. 1601 14th Street, NW, Starr Restaurant –DDOT Presentation for support of Valet Parking Route-Melissa McLeod
  5. Bicycle Lane between M Street, NW between 14th and 28th Streets-DDOT Informational Presentation-Michael Goodno
  6. 1435 P Street, NW-DDOT Presentation for support of Sidewalk Patio
  7. 1324 14th Street, NW-DDOT Presentation for support
  8. Open Forum

 

 

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Now Is the Time to Modernize Garrison Elementary

This morning parents, community members, and I urged the City Council’s Education Committee to finally fully modernize Garrison Elementary.  These improvements are long overdue.  Garrison has not been renovated since it opened in the 1960s, and modernization has been delayed at least three times.  DCPS’s proposal to finish improvements by 2022 is simply inadequate.  My testimony is below:

Councilmember Catania, I want to thank you again for speaking at the ANC’s education committee meeting last month.  As you probably remember, our conversation focused on bringing a sense of urgency to public education reform, and the understanding that parents and community members shouldn’t have to work this hard to get a quality public education.

It is with both of these issues in mind that I am here today to request that the City Council fully fund the modernization of Garrison Elementary School in FY 2015.[1]  Garrison has not been renovated since it opened in the 1960s, and the school’s modernization has now been delayed at least three times.  As recognized in the 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan issued by the Deputy Mayor for Education, “[f]acility condition and quality affect the safety and comfort of students and educators and can limit programming.  They may also influence parent and student perception about school quality.”[2]  This is especially true in my ANC and at Garrison.

According to the Master Facilities Plan, the population of 3 to 11 year olds in the area immediately surrounding Garrison will nearly double by 2017, and grow by another third by 2022.[3]  Despite this population growth, the Facilities Plan determined that our cluster receives among the fewest dollars per enrolled student, our facilities condition ranks among the lowest in the District, and it is among the clusters with the greatest need for strategic investment.[4]  These already poor numbers are even worse at Garrison, which has an educational facilities effectiveness (EFEI) score of 36 percent—one of the lowest in the District.[5]  In fact, Garrison is one of the only public schools in our cluster (DCPS or charter) that has not been partially or fully modernized.

We believe retaining families is essential to our community’s continued growth and stability and we are working hard to make sure that Garrison is a school we in Logan Circle and the District can all be proud of.  But Garrison needs capital investment in order to thrive.  Prospective parents will not invest in a school if DCPS is unwilling to invest with them.  Failing to invest in Garrison now could mean that we and DCPS will miss out on our neighborhood’s booming population of elementary aged school children.  Parents demand urgency:  They will not wait and see what happens in 2022, when the current modernization proposal is expected to be completed (likely even longer given the trend in the last four years).  By then these parents will have moved to a different neighborhood, out of the district, or will have found another school.

We are not asking for a brand new building or gold-plated facilities.  All we ask is for some urgent maintenance work on a school that hasn’t been renovated since the 1960s, and a commitment to start a modernization that will allow current and prospective parents to invest in a vision for their neighborhood school.  We believe these commitments, along with the demolition of the old pool house and athletic field improvements (which we expect to begin this summer), will show the community that the City and DCPS will engage with Garrison the way parents and community members already have.


[1] As a complete modernization according to the strategy recommendations in the 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan, and not a phased modernization.

[2] 2013 Public Education Master Facilities Plan at p. 30, available at http://dc.gov/DC/DME/Media%20Releases/newsroom_archive/Press%20Releases/Final%202013%20DC%20Public%20Education%20Plan.pdf.

[3] Id. at p. 55, Figure 4.7 (For Cluster 7—Shaw and Logan Circle).

[4] Id. at pp. 80, 84, and 115, Figures 5.23, 5.27, and 7.1.

[5] Id. at 87, Figure 5.30.

 

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ANC 2F and MPD Host Crime Awareness Event This Sunday

Community awareness about crime is one of several factors that can keep the crime rate low in our neighborhood. Therefore, ANC 2F and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are teaming up to host a Neighborhood Crime Awareness Meet-and-Greet outside Whole Foods on Sunday April 14th from 1-2:30 p.m. to share information and tips to avoid becoming a crime victim. Representatives from MPD and the ANC 2F Crime and Public Safety Committee will be on-hand to answer the community’s questions about neighborhood crime.

Typically, crime increases during warmer months as more people get out to enjoy our vibrant neighborhood. Now that warmer weather is finally here, now is the time to learn how to prevent crime and avoid being a crime victim! Property crime increased in ANC 2F in summer 2012 compared to summer 2011, driven by thefts and thefts from autos. While winter 2013 saw crime drop pretty dramatically, with your help raising our community’s awareness we can keep that trend growing this summer.

Stop by and learn how you can protect yourself and make our neighborhood safer this Sunday. ANC 2F will follow-up this event with a week of crime and safety tips on our Facebook and Twitter account – so friend and follow us today!

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Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7:00 PM

N Street Village 1330 N Street, NW

Meeting will be held on the 2nd floor, Courtyard Entrance

 

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. License Renewals–Please note: All of the following liquor license renewals have petition deadline dates in the month of May. While the ABRA Policy Committee does not intend to discuss them all individually, committee members and community members have this opportunity to discuss any relevant issues regarding licensees prior to renewal.
  • CulinAerie (1131 14th St. NW)
  • Bangkok One/China Café (1411 K St. NW)
  • Rice Restaurant & Bar (1608 14th St. NW)
  • Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • Loews Madison Hotel (1177 15th St. NW)
  • DC Coast (1401 K St. NW A)
  • Brasserie Beck (1101 K St. NW)
  • City Club of Washington
  • Donovan House/Zentan (1155 14th St. NW)
  • Siroc (915 15th St. NW)
  • Old Dominion Brew House (1219 9th St. NW)
  • Mio Restaurant (111o Vermont Ave. NW)
  • B Too (1324 14th St. NW)
  • Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
  • Georgia Brown’s (950 15th St. NW)
  • Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle NW)
  • Morrison-Clark Inn (1015 L St. NW)
  • Residence Inn/Wash.DC/Thomas Circle (1199 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • The Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW)
  • Casa Blanca Restaurant (1014 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • El Sauce Restaurant (1227 11th St. NW)
  • Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant (1415 14th St. NW)
  • Barcelona Restaurant (1622 14th St. NW)
  • Bar Bari (2000 14th St. NW)
  • The Pig (1320 14th St. NW)
  • Le Diplomate (1601 14th St. NW)
  • Teak Wood Restaurant (1323 14th St. NW)
  • Mayur Kabab House (1108 K St. NW)
  • Commissary (1443 P St. NW)
  • Cork (1720 14th St. NW)
  • La Villa Restaurant (1317 14th St. NW)
  • Crowne Plaza (1001 14th St. NW)
  • Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart (1334 9th St. NW)
  • The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center (1400 M St. NW)
  • Logan Tavern (1423 P St. NW)
  • The Catering Company of Washington (1341 L St. NW)
  • The Sphinx Club (1315 K St. NW)
  • Birch & Barley/Churchkey (1337 14th St. NW)
  • Veranda (1100 P St. NW)
  • Corduroy (1122 9th St. NW)
  • Drafting Table (1529 14th St. NW)
  • Stoney’s (1433 P. St. NW)
  • Four Points Hotel Washington DC Downtown (1201 K St. NW)
  • Post Pub (1422 L St. NW)
  • Rogue 24 (922-924 N St. NW)

4.  Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.)–Amendment to Settlement Agreement to permit sidewalk cafe

 

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Mayor Holding Budget Town Hall on April 20

Mayor Vincent C. Gray invites you to come join him for a presentation and open discussion about his 2014 proposed budget:

Ward 2
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Charles Sumner School – 1201 17th Street, NW

This is Ward 2-specific and will include lots of useful information.

Co-Hosted by

ANC 2A (Foggy Bottom)
ANC 2B (DuPont Circle)
ANC 2C (Penn Quarter)
ANC 2D (Sheridan-Kalorama)
ANC 2E (Georgetown)
ANC 2F (Logan Circle)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!

For any questions please contact:

James “Freddie” Bulger
Ward 2 Liason
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagment
Executive Office of the Mayor
(202) 340 7229
James.bulger@dc.gov

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Text of Resolution Regarding Proposed Liquor Moratorium

Here is the text of a resolution I have shared with my 2F colleagues and which I will ask them to discuss and vote on at our meeting tonight, which begins at 7 p.m.

(UPDATE: The ANC passed the resolution unanimously, 7-0.)

April 3, 2013
A Resolution by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F
Regarding the Proposed Liquor License Moratorium in the
Historic 14th and U Street Corridor

WHEREAS, The Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance on December 10, 2012, petitioned the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the District of Columbia (“ABC Board”) seeking to establish a moratorium on the issuance of new retailer-class liquor licensees; and

WHEREAS, The proposed moratorium would encompass a zone extending within the boundaries of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F (“ANC 2F”); and

WHEREAS, The written advice of ANC 2F, as an affected ANC, must be accorded Great Weight by the ABC Board, pursuant to section 13(d)(3) of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975; and

WHEREAS, The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has scheduled a hearing on the petition on May 22, 2013, and has solicited formal comments from affected ANCs; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2F has discussed and received public comments on the moratorium at meetings of its Crime and Public Safety Committee and ABRA Policy Committee, as well as three meetings of the full commission and a joint listening session held March 20, 2013, with ANCs 1B and 2B; and

WHEREAS, Community sentiment is strongly opposed to the moratorium, as evidenced by comments at the above-referenced meetings, as well as contacts from individual constituents, and an online petition with 1,196 signatures as of April 3, 2013; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2F welcomes the presence of liquor-licensed establishments, having endorsed the findings of the ARTS Overlay Review Committee, which stated that “restaurants and bars are an important ingredient in having a vibrant ARTS District: they contribute foot traffic to the arts and retail uses, and play an important role in achieving a vibrant and safe nighttime street environment”; and

WHEREAS, Serious concerns have been raised about the efficacy and advisability of moratorium zones elsewhere in the District of Columbia and whether they contribute the intended net positive effect to community values such as retail diversity and public safety; and

WHEREAS, The petition advances a number of dubious claims about issues such as crime rates and enforcement of existing zoning regulations under the Uptown ARTS Overlay; and

WHEREAS, Current tools exist, and other creative solutions should be pursued, to address the negative impacts raised in the petition; and

WHEREAS, Moratoriums are market-distorting mechanisms that unfairly advantage incumbent businesses; transform liquor licenses into commodities that may cost tens of thousands of dollars, pricing local entrepreneurs out of the market; depress the tax base; and discourage non-liquor amenities by making neighborhoods less desirable places overall for businesses to locate; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That ANC 2F advise the ABC Board to deny the pending petition to create a retail liquor license moratorium zone in the Historic 14th and U Street Corridor in its entirety, and to decline to move forward with any rule-making process to effectuate such a moratorium zone; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That ANC 2F Chairman Matt Raymond be directed to write a report elaborating upon the basis for this resolution that will serve as formal written advice to the ABC Board, to be voted upon at the May 2013 meeting of ANC 2F; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That such report include an acknowledgement of potential impacts that might accompany the growth of liquor licenses in our area and a focus on positive steps the community should take, short of a moratorium, to address those impacts; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That ANC 2F recommit itself to working with District agencies, the City Council, the Metropolitan Police Department, residents, the business community, neighboring ANCs and other stakeholders to improve the enforcement of all applicable laws and regulations governing liquor licensees and potential community impacts, and to seek changes in such laws and regulations, where deemed advisable.

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Director of the City Office of Planning at Tomorrow’s ANC Meeting

Dear Friends,
ANC 2F is pleased to announce that Harriet Tregoning, Director of the City Office of Planning, will be joining us at the April ANC meeting (Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel) to discuss the ongoing re-write of the city’s zoning code.  This process represents the first time that the zoning code has been rewritten since it was first adopted in 1958.  There have been over 1,000 amendments to the code since its adoption, but the current rewrite process will be the first comprehensive overhaul of the code in over 50 years.
The rewrite represents a vision for the future that will have a significant impact on the city and our neighborhood.  Director Tregoning has graciously accepted the ANC’s invitation to attend this Wednesday’s meeting, give a brief presentation on the rewrite process, and take questions from the ANC and the community.  Given this great opportunity, the ANC encourages residents to 1) check out the website for the zoning rewrite project to learn about the process and proposed changes (http://zoningdc.org/ ); and 2) spread the word to the community so that residents can attend and hear first hand of the proposed changes.  If you cannot attend Wednesday’s meeting, but have questions about the rewrite project, please feel free to email me directly and I will present them at the meeting.
The significance of this project and the opportunity to interact directly with Director Tregoning cannot be overstated.  The ANC would like to thank Sherri Kimble from Councilmember Jack Evans’ office for arranging the Director’s attendance and offering the residents of ANC 2F this great opportunity.
Walt Cain
waltcain@gmail.com
Chair, ANC 2F Community Development Committee
Commissioner, ANC 2F02

 

 

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