ANC 2F Meeting Agenda for February 5, 2014

AGENDA

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 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 Executive Office of the Mayor 7:05
·      Report from Office of Jack Evans, City Councilmember, Ward 2 7:10
·      Report from Metropolitan Police Dept, Third District, PSA 307 7:15
·      1309-1313 13th Street, NW (Holladay Corp.) development plans presentation 7:20
·      Community Announcement 7:35

 – 5 minute recess –

BUSINESS MEETING
·      Approval of Agenda 7:45
·      Approval of Minutes for Jan. 8, 2014 Monthly Public Meeting 7:45

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Alcohol Policy Committee (APC) | John Fanning, Chair

·      Modifications to APC’s scope and responsibilities 7:50

Community Development Committee (CDC) | Walt Cain, Chair

·      Establishment of a Mid City/Logan Circle Business Improvement District 8:00
·      Community parking recommendation for 1325 S St, NW 8:10

Crime and Public Safety Committee (CPSC) | Chris Linn, Chair

·      Committee Update 8:20

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

·      Committee Update 8:30

 

OLD BUSINESS

·      Appeal of ABRA letter of dismissal re: 1318 9th St, NW (Mood Lounge/Vita)  8:40
·      ABRA protest for 1209-1213 10th St, NW (American [restaurant])  8:50
·      920 14th St, NW (The Park) request to terminate Settlement Agreement  9:00

 

NEW BUSINESS

·      901 Massachusetts Ave, NW (Marriott Marquis) ABRA new license request 9:10
·      Settlement Agreement amendment 1435 P St, NW (Number 9) for live music 9:25

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

·      Approval of ANC Quarterly Report for Q1 FY14 2013 9:40
·      Approval of Expenditures 9:45

 

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Committee.  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 a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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2 comments to ANC 2F Meeting Agenda for February 5, 2014

  • Arthur Brough

    Seldom has there been a more offensive occasion than the presentation by the Holladay Corporation of the plans for their new, superfluous, and offensive yuppie kennel on 13th Street.

    It’s by no means clear how the previous and long-standing height restriction was evaded, but the whole process stinks, like the presenters, of corruption.

    Among the gems that emerged was the fact that the new building is not 60 feet tall, as advertised, but 75 feet tall–a lie to which the architect, Eric Colbert, admitted with a damp but unmistakable simper of self-satisfaction that would have earned him a fist in the face in more virile surroundings.

    An obviously paid-off claque of Logan Circle yuppies heckled questioners in a remarkably, but unsurprisingly ill-bred fashion, while those directly affected–or with the brains to grasp the long-term implications–sat in silence, stunned at the audacity of the fraud being laid out before them.

    The new building will add to the burden of traffic on the Circle’s already dangerously overcrowded streets. When asked why so little parking is being provided, the presenters merely simpered that they were selling to young people? who don’t drive cars?. This was another piece of cheap and cowardly sarcasm revealing the utter contempt in which the Holladay Corporation held those in attendance.

    The new construction will not only overshadow the Iowa Condominiums–the whole thing, not only a few townhouses, but vital portions of the entire complex. It will also severely damage, not enhance, the value of property in the Iowa, causing a wave of move-outs at fire-sale prices and a severe degeneration in the quality of residents moving in.

    But the damage to The Iowa is only the tip of the iceberg.

    The pointless and tasteless City Market development will soon choke O street with bumper-to-bumper traffic around the clock, while the other developments now coming on line will increase population density well beyond the carrying capacity of services.

    This is bound to crash the much-vaunted DC real estate prices across the board at some point in addition to making the area a misery to inhabit for anyone who likes to be sober when not working. Commuting through or from the mid-city area will become impossible.

    The illusion of personal service provided by the police for the current Logan Circle elite will not be sustainable under conditions of severe overcrowding.

    14th street after eleven or so at night on any weekend is already a scene of public drunkenness that would cause mass arrests anywhere else.

    Elderly residents of the area and anyone who looks out of place are constantly being harrassed (shoved off sidewalks, “accidentally” slammed, verbally abused) as things stand now. The frequency and severity of these seldom-reported and never-prosecuted assaults by the young and wealthy is bound to increase dramatically, especially as public drunkenness increases.

    The developers will make their money and be long gone before the suckers who are now flocking in discover what a bad bargain they have made.

    Too bad that the damage will have been done by then. It’s a great shame that so few understand this dynamic.