May 6th Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Bengel shared news of D.C. Fire Lieutenant Kevin McRae’s loss of life in the line of duty after a 2-alarm high-rise apartment blaze at 7th & N Streets, NW.
  • Commissioner Gordon encouraged community members to participate in Garrison Elementary’s online auction to benefit the school PTA (note: the auction ended May 8). Gordon also invited community members to attend the May 7 Ward 2 Education Network Meeting and preceding meeting with Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennifer Niles, to learn about Garrison’s planned modernization.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sgt. David Terestre provided the monthly crime report. Terestre noted that crime in the past month was down compared to the same period in 2014. Terestre reminded community members that crime tends to uptick with the arrival of warmer weather, and noted ongoing challenges with auto break-ins, and a few robberies centered around 12th St, NW. In response to Commissioner questions, Terestre provided unclassified information about the recent shots fired on Riggs St, NW and the shooting at 12th & M St, NW (no arrest made).

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kate Gordon, Chair of the APC, presented the Committee’s recommendations from its April meeting. Gordon first recommended that the Commission not oppose to the new class “C” license request for XO Restaurant and Lounge (1426 L St, NW – 2F05), since the establishment is not located within 300 feet of any residence and there is thus no need for a Settlement Agreement. Gordon’s recommendation was approved by unanimous consent.
  • The Commission then voted unanimously (7-0) in support of the APC’s recommendations to send letters to ABRA protesting the Class “A” license renewals for the following establishments: 1) Barrel House Liquors (1341 14th St, NW – 2F03); 2) 9 & P St. Liquor (1428 9th St, NW – 2F06); 3) Modern Liquors (901 M St, NW – 2F06), and; 4) A-1 Wine & Liquors (1420 K St, NW – 2F05). Gordon noted that the vote in opposition of the above four license renewals was a procedural matter to delay the ABRA hearing dates in order to give the APC and full ANC an opportunity to review the licenses.
  • Lastly, the Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to send a letter to ABRA requesting that the agency enforce the noise standards in Vita/Mood Lounge’s (1318 9th St, NW – 2F06) Settlement Agreement, and rescind the license if not in compliance.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Deeley, Chair of the CDC, moved for and received adoption of the April CDC meeting report by unanimous consent. The report included the CDC’s recommendations to: 1) oppose the proposed concept design and massing for new construction at 1001 O St, NW; and 2) write a letter of support for Slipstream’s (1333 14th St, NW) potential participation in DDOT’s pilot “parklet” program.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel, Chair of the CPSC, shared that the CSPC did not meet last month. The Committee will try to meet this month.
  • Bengel noted the constant issues outside of ANC 2F on the 600 block of O St, NW by Kennedy Recreation Center, where there have recently been two shootings and increased MPD presence.
  • Bengel also shared that Jennifer Greene, Director of the Office of Unified Communications (the District’s 911 Call Center), resigned on May 5. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Geldart will serve as the interim director of the agency.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

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OLD BUSINESS

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NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to write a letter of support for the 2014 Capital Pride parade route, including support for Capital Pride’s request for 100% coverage from the Community Events Fund for MPD fees.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to write a letter of support for Alley closure application #S.O. 13-07989, which will allow for construction of the new mixed-use development project at Square 369 (new Marriott at 9th & L St, NW). Bengel noted that ANC 2F had supported the Planned Unit Development (PUD) project throughout the entitlement process, including letters of support to HPRB, the Mayor’s Agent, and the Zoning Commission.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to send a letter to the Historic Preservation Office protesting Board renewal of approval of the project concept at 1209 10th St, NW, given the amount of time that has passed since the original concept approval (the project concept had been approved in 2005 with ANC 2F support).

*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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