Nov. 19, 2014 CDC Meeting Summary

Summary of CDC Actions

November 19, 2014

The following is a summary of official actions* taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its November 19, 2014 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not require a vote.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The December CDC meeting will NOT be held on the usual fourth Wednesday of the month due to the Holidays. Instead, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Subscribers to ANC 2F’s email list will receive additional reminders about the date change.

Actions Taken:

  • The CDC voted unanimously (8-0) to recommend that the full ANC support the DDOT Public Space application for a sidewalk café consisting of four two-top tables at 1320 14th St, NW (The Pig).
  • The CDC voted unanimously (11-0) to recommend that the full ANC support the BZA FAR and parking relief variances requested by 1218 9th St, NW. The project, whose HPRB components had previously received the support of ANC 2F, will combine three historic row houses into a “funky commercial area.” The requested FAR relief will allow the Applicant to build a third floor for commercial office space within the previously-approved project massing. The Committee supported the 14 parking spot variance request, while requesting that the Applicant provide bike and car share memberships to the office space tenants to discourage driving.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (11-0) to support the raze application submitted to the Mayor’s Agent by the property owner of 1618 14th St, NW; the CDC’s vote of support was specifically contingent on the Applicant’s agreement to preserve and rehabilitate the front façade of the building. Deputy Preservation Officer Steve Callcott was present to speak to HPO’s written opinion about the raze application, which detailed the structural deficiencies of the building as originally constructed; the subsequent deterioration from water damage; and the owner’s diligence in following recommendations of HPO staff over the period of a year to undertake extensive structural engineering studies. Both the Applicant and the HPO report contended that preservation of the existing structure (except for the façade) would require extensive and ultimately counterproductive reconstruction efforts.

Other Agenda Items:

  • The architect for the HPRB concept/addition application for 1428 9th St, NW returned to address the Committee after an initial design presentation at the October 2014 CDC meeting. The architect presented two iterations of the design preferred by the Committee at the October meeting. The Applicant requested HPRB support for concept, massing, and design, but the Committee ultimately took no action on the request due to the significant zoning variance implications of the architect’s designs. The CDC asked the Applicant to go through the necessary zoning process before returning to the CDC to request HPRB support.
  • The Committee held an initial discussion about the Community Benefits Package associated with the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the proposed Marriott hotel on the northwest corner of 9th & L Streets, NW (Square 369). The developer (Quadrangle) and its legal counsel enumerated the community benefits included in their PUD application, including: the significant expense and logistic complexity of historic preservation of numerous buildings on the site (and announcement of the preservation/relocation of the Lergen building along L St, NW); the affordable housing component of the project; additional jobs created; and the needed contribution to the city’s hotel room stock. Several members of both the Committee and community rebuked what they felt was a closefisted $15,000 in financial support pledged by the Developer to be split evenly among the nearby 10th Street Park, Gompers Park, and Thomson Elementary. Representatives of the Whittman and Quincy Court Homeowners Associations spoke in support of the PUD. After extensive dialogue between the Developer, Committee, and community, the CDC voted unanimously (11-0) to postpone its vote on whether or not to recommend ANC support of the PUD until the December 17th CDC meeting. The Committee asked the Developer to return to the December meeting with a more clearly enumerated list of the public benefit elements of the PUD, including overall direct and in-kind financial contribution, and comparison with the Community Benefits Packages of other recent PUDs in the District.

*All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the December 10, 2014 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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2 comments to Nov. 19, 2014 CDC Meeting Summary

  • Lisa

    I apologize in advance to the ANC folk whom I used to defend heartily until they lost me at the approval of everything having to do with the now ‘funky’ 1218 9th project- what’s their community benefit package anyway? The last long statement about the Marriott and the PUD sounds like they did present a fairly comprehensive list that appears more than sufficient about what they are contributing to, and preserving within, the neighborhood. Maybe this is just politics trying to squeeze out money of the deep pockets but to push this great project even one month off is a disadvantage to the neighborhood that cannot be recouped. That these huge developers have to sit down with rubes concerned with hyper-local issues and personal whim/taste is laughable. The ANCs are going to render themselves obsolete with small-time wrangling.

    • Lisa

      Of course I confused the 1218 Gang of Three project with the neighboring properties (1212 9th and 917 M) and the bridge and their parking issues and their alley setbacks and massing and whatever else things I thought could never get approved but did.