Dec. 10 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

SPECIAL NOTE: The next regular monthly public meeting will be on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00pm. The location of the meeting will be confirmed shortly and shared via email and the ANC 2F blog. At that time, the new ANC 2F Commission will set all meeting dates (including Committee meeting dates) for 2015.

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Lamare shared that the Kingman Boys and Girls Club is in need of tutors for children in grades 2 through 7 on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Kingman has offered a wonderful academic support program for children for many years, and any help would be greatly appreciated. Interested parties should contact Allen Richardson, the Kingman Education Director, at 202-483 1210 or by email at allen.richardson@dc.gov
  • Commissioner Cain encouraged community members who are interested in serving on one of ANC 2F’s Committees to email anc2foffice@gmail.com with their contact information. Interested individuals will be placed on a list for consideration by the newly appointed Committee Chairs in January 2015.
  • Commissioner Melcher announced the disbanding of the Washington Convention Center Advisory Committee (under the Committee’s sunset clause) after 19 years of existence. The Committee’s purview—an advisory role on a wide variety of community issues related to the Convention Center—will be assumed by ANCs 2F and 6E.
  • Commissioner Cain recognized the service of the outgoing Commissioners (Raymond, Lallas, Melcher, Dahle, and Cain) at their last regular monthly meeting, and welcomed incoming Commissioners Tuma, Bengel, Sylvester, Gordon, and Barry, who will assume their roles on January 2, 2015.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office provided the following updates:
  1. Her kind words and sincere gratitude for the service of outgoing Commissioners Raymond, Lallas, Melcher, Dahle, and Cain.
  2. The District Council recently voted to “surplus” the Francis Stephens School in Foggy Bottom. The building will become joint office space and a school to train teachers specializing in autistic student education. Kimbel noted that the Council’s decision to surplus the Francis Stephens School bodes well for the upcoming decision on surplusing the Franklin School in ANC 2F in order to become the ICE-DC contemporary art space.
  • Sgt. Terestre, accompanied by Officer Garcia, a recent addition to PSA 307, provided the monthly crime report (Nov 9 – Dec 9). Violent crime (robberies and assaults) in PSA 307 is up ony slightly (3 vs. 1 in the preceding 30 day period). Property crime (burglaries and thefts), a persistent problem in PSA 307, has increased significantly in the past 30 days. Home burglaries, which have been concentrated in Logan Circle along 14th Street, have ticked up. Theft from autos has spiked: 43 vs. 27 in the preceding 30 days, with the principal problem area being between O and M Streets, NW and 9th to 14th Streets, NW.
  • Terestre also shared that 28 “detail officers” (cadets currently in training) will be paired with current officers in ANC 2F during the holiday season for additional police coverage.
  • Thor Nelson with the Office of Planning announced the release of the Environmental Assessment for the Franklin Park Vision and Transformation Plan. Nelson handed out copies of an Environmental Assessment newsletter, which details the three proposed transformation plans, including the preferred plan known as “The Edge” site plan. Nelson encouraged community members to provide comments on the Plan/EA during the open comment period, which will close on January 9, 2015.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to adopt the APC Committee report, which included support of Settlement Agreement (SA) modifications requested by the owner of three restaurants: 1423 P St, NW (Logan Tavern), 1443 P St, NW (Commissary), and 1320 14th St, NW (The Pig). The SA amendments (one for each restaurant) allow for operations until 1:00am each year on New Year’s Eve.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to support the following Applicant requests considered at the CDC’s November 19 meeting: 1) DDOT public space application for 1320 14th St, NW (The Pig); 2) BZA variance requests for 1218 9th St, NW; and 3) a demolition permit request for 1618 14th St, NW, contingent on the preservation and restoration of the building’s front/façade wall.
  • Before endorsing the demolition permit request for 1618 14th St, NW, the Commission entertained extensive community input. Several community members expressed their dismay that a demolition permit would “reward” the negligent behavior of the owner of the building, who allowed the structure to be “de facto demolished by decay.” Other community members expressed concern that forcing the owner to preserve the façade would complicate development possibilities, potentially risk continued inaction on the owner’s part, and thus “punish” surrounding neighbors. At least one community member spoke to the “unadorned but pleasing” aesthetic of the pre-Civil War structure’s façade, noting that the building’s historic significance lies with the architectural insignificance that reflects the time in which the structure was built.
  • The CDC report also included a summary of the presentation given by the Applicant behind 1428 9th St, NW (initial HPRB design presentation), and a reminder that the CDC will be considering the Community Benefits Agreement that will accompany the Planned Unit Development for the proposed Marriott hotel project at 9th & L, NW at the upcoming CDC meeting on Wednesday, December 17.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • No Committee update.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • No Committee update.

OLD BUSINESS

  • None

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission set the meeting date for the first ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting of 2015: January 7, 2015 at 7:00pm (location to be confirmed). At that meeting, the new ANC 2F Commission will set all meeting dates for 2015.

*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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