August 6, 2014 Public Meeting Summary

NOTICE: The September ANC 2F Regular Monthly Public Meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, September 10, 2014 at 7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • [None]

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Commissioner Walt Cain shared an update provided by Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office about Visitor Parking Passes (VPP). DDOT recently announced that all VPPs will be valid through the end of 2014 (instead of expiring at the end of the fiscal year on September 30).
  • Sgt. Terestre of Metropolitan Police Department PSA 307 presented the monthly crime report. Terestre noted a citywide increase in “strong arm” robberies (those without a weapon). Individuals who are walking alone while using cell phones have been frequent targets. Terestre shared highlights from an informational sheet entitled “Know How to Protect Yourself on the Street.” Thefts—particularly of bicycles—are slightly higher than this time last year. Theft from autos remains a persistent problem.
  • Sgt. Terestre also provided an update on MPD’s ongoing efforts to curb prostitution in the neighborhood, highlighting the July 26 sting operation resulting in six arrests. Terestre emphasized the importance of calling 911 whenever a community member witnesses a prostitution-, drug-, or other criminal-related deal in process.
  • Steve Zarpas and Jamie Hess, lifelong District residents and experienced tavern owners, gave an informational presentation about their plans to open a neighborhood tavern (Crowbar) that serves bar food in the former Ghana Café space at 1336 14th St, NW. Zarpas and Hess emphasized their desire to work with surrounding neighbors and residents to open a business that is welcomed by the community.
  • Mark Bjorge from the D.C. Office on Aging shared information about the District’s programs and services for District residents over 60 and those who care for them. Bjorge can be reached at (202) 374-9484 or mark.bjorge@dc.gov for additional information.
  • Karin Slenczka, Director of Administrative Services at the Residences at Thomas Circle (1330 Massachusetts Ave, NW), promoted two upcoming events benefiting senior residents of the District: the “Age-Friendly Block-by-Block Walk” on Saturday, September 6, and the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Saturday, October 25.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • The Commission unanimously (6-0) adopted the APC Committee report, which consisted of recommended support for an amendment to Tortilla Coast’s (1454-60 P St, NW) Settlement Agreement allowing the restaurant to operate during the following hours: Sunday through Thursday from 10am-1am (interior) and 10am-11pm (summer garden); and Friday and Saturday from 10am-2am (interior) and 10am-midnight (summer garden).
  • The next APC meeting will be Wednesday, August 20, 7pm at the N Street Village (1333 N St, NW) 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to adopt the CDC report from its July 30th meeting. The report included the Committee’s recommendation for disapproval of the DDOT Public Space application for 1322 14th St, NW (Dolcezza), due to the absence of the Applicant at the CDC meeting and the fact that the Applicant is already using the public space in question; an update about the planned unit development (PUD) for the new Marriott hotel at 9th & L Streets, NW (no action taken); and an update about the Committee’s decision not to take action on 1608 14th St, NW’s request to support HPRB approval of a rear addition to the property until the project architect and/or building owner are able to provide clarification about specific project elements and potential sight line impacts.
  • The next CDC meeting will be Wednesday, August 27, 7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW).

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Lallas provided a summary of the last CPSC meeting, at which an officer from MPD’s 3rd District VICE team was present to share information about VICE operations in the neighborhood. The Committee also discussed potential implications of the new District law decriminalizing marijuana possession, and inquired about the status of the open investigation into the April drive-by shooting on the 1400 block of R St, NW.
  • Lallas also proposed a Storefront Security Surveillance program for ANC 2F, through which local establishments could request partial grant funding for installation of security cameras that capture activity on public streets. Lallas shared information about Commissioner Walter Hilton’s efforts to implement a similar program for ANC 6E.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • No Committee update.

OLD BUSINESS

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NEW BUSINESS

  • Commissioner Peter Lallas engaged the Commission in discussion about implementing the previously discussed Storefront Security Surveillance program. The Commission primarily discussed the need to amend ANC 2F’s Bylaws to allow for grant funds to be awarded for this specific use. Lallas will work with the Crime and Public Safety Committee to assess the interest of ANC 2F establishments in the program, and figure out what Bylaw Amendments would be necessary. No official action was taken.
  • The Commission unanimously (6-0) decided to write a letter to DDOT endorsing its Notice of Intent for changes to the intersection at 12th St, NW and Massachusetts Ave, NW. The Commission’s letter will request clarification about the net loss of residential parking spaces resulting from the proposed changes. The letter will also include a request for inclusion of: 1) a protected left turn phase (a dedicated time for pedestrians to cross Mass Ave without allowing left-turning traffic onto west-bound Mass Ave) to reduce pedestrian/vehicular conflicts, and; 2) widening of the aforementioned crosswalk and relocation of the stop bars for cars.

*This meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the 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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