February 5, 2014 Public Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Walt Cain shared news of the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development’s (DMPED) selection of the ICE-DC/EastBanc Inc. proposal for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School. The site will become a contemporary art, performance, and education destination with a café and arts bookstore.
  • Cain also noted the upcoming community forum on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn (815 14th St, NW) from 6-8pm, which will showcase the four options DMPED is currently considering for the revitalization of Franklin Square Park.

COMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ shared that the Department of Public Works is behind schedule on picking up Christmas tress and trash due to the recent winter storms. Kimbel encouraged residents to call DPW at 202-737-4404 if their trash has not been collected recently.
  • Kimbel also shared that obtaining a full budget for the modernization of Garrison Elementary is a top priority on Councilmember Evans’ agenda. A meeting about the modernization of the school and project timeline, featuring representatives from DCPS, will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 6-8pm at Garrison Elementary.
  • Lt. John Kutniewski (John.Kutniewski@dc.gov or 202-359-0914), the new team leader for Metropolitan Police Department PSA 307, presented the monthly crime report. There has been a decrease in overall crime—including property crime and violent crime—compared to the same period last year.
  • Evelyn Israel of DDOT announced the Series 2 meeting schedule for the North-South Corridor Planning Study. The study is part of a DDOT effort to identify and evaluate premium transit alternatives that improve public transport services and capacity along the corridor from Takoma to Buzzard Point. Click here for the meeting schedule.
  • Rita Bamberger from the Holladay Corp., architect Eric Colbert, and Construction Team Manager Steve Weatherbee presented preliminary design plans for a 67-unit luxury condo project at 1309-1313 13th St, NW (current location of the Mr. Wash and Chinese carryout)—a by-right project. Colbert, Bamberger, Weatherbee and team presented design details, outlined the construction schedule, discussed options to minimize construction impacts to neighbors, addressed community concerns, and answered attendee questions.
  • Reverend Adam Briddell of Asbury United Methodist Church invited the community to a briefing on prostitution and human trafficking issues affecting the community. The briefing is scheduled for February 20th at the church. Visit the church’s web site for more information.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Fanning shared that the APC is in the last stages of finalizing modifications to the Committee’s scope and responsibilities document, which will help refine the Committee’s purview and processes in the future.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Cain went over two items discussed at the January 22, 2014, CDC meeting: the establishment of a greater 14th & U Business Improvement District (BID) and the possibility of enhanced parking for local businesses and visitors at 1325 S St., NW.
  • Cain noted that the formation of the BID is in its initial stages, though funds have been set aside to hire an Executive Director in the near future. No official BID boundaries have been established.
  • Regarding community parking options for 1325 S St., NW, Cain stressed that the site is property of the Department of Parks and Recreation and that no party has made formal plans or taken specific action regarding the possibility of future community parking at the site. The possibility is in the idea and brainstorming phase. The full Commission adopted the CDC report, which included a recommendation from ANC 2F to the City Council that it explore public parking options for the site.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Lallas announced that the first CPSC meeting of the year would be Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Tentative agenda items include a discussion on prostitution in the neighborhood, violent crime, narcotics operations being undertaken by MPD, and community efforts to help stop crime before it happens.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • The February Education Committee meeting was earlier today at Cardozo High School. The meeting focused on school boundaries and feeder patterns. The Committee is hoping to secure the District Chancellor as a guest speaker for the March meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously to write a letter to the ABC Board appealing the Board’s decision to dismiss ANC 2F from standing in the matter of 1318 9th St, NW’s (Vita Restaurant & Lounge/Penthouse Nine [formerly Mood Lounge], ABRA #86037) liquor license renewal. The Commission hopes to regain standing in order to oppose renewal.
  • Commissioner Melcher shared that 1209-1213 10th St, NW (The American, ABRA #092766) has been required to re-placard notices of their liquor license application due to irregularities with their first round of posting. The Commission voted unanimously to protest the application so that the Commission would have an opportunity to negotiate a Settlement Agreement with the restaurant that addresses a number of community concerns. Commissioner Raymond noted that the ANC would withdraw its protest in the future should an SA be successfully negotiated.
  • The Commission voted 6-1 to support the request of 920 14th St, NW (The Park at Fourteenth, ABRA #075548) to terminate its existing Settlement Agreement (SA). Among other reasons, the Commission voted for termination in order to bring the Park in line with other establishments in the Central Business District. 

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted 6-1 to support the Marriott Marquis’ (901 Massachusetts Ave, NW, ABRA #093961) application for a full hotel liquor license.
  • The Commission voted unanimously to enter into a Settlement Agreement amendment with 1435 P St, NW (Number Nine, ABRA #086354) to allow for a live piano player on Friday nights from 9pm to midnight, and to strike any reference to the prohibition of fundraisers in the establishment’s SA. The ANC will support a stipulated license until the ABC Board decides the matter.
  • The Commission agreed to write a letter supporting the modernization of Fire Engine Company 16 (1018 13th St, NW). The project had come before the ANC several years ago but was delayed due to funding issues. The modernization work is planned to begin in late June/early July and will take approximately 13 months, during which time the fire station will relocate to Shaw Junior High.

*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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