Sep. 2 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Bengel thanked the ANC 2F Commissioners who participated in the recent Pizza for Police night, at which pizza was purchased for officers stationed at the police outreach center at 7th & O Streets, NW, and toys were purchased for neighborhood children.
  • Commissioner Tuma provided a brief summary of the recent Public Safety Discussion for ANC Commissioners and Civic Leaders convened by Councilmember Anita Bonds. Bonds convened the meeting to discuss strategies and develop a community response to combat the District’s rising homicide rate. Over 100 ANC Commissioners and civic leaders from every ward attended the meeting. Tuma felt the meeting’s focus on specific short- and long-term action plans across various disciplines was extremely productive.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sgt. David Terestre provided the monthly crime report, which compared crime statistics in PSA 307 from July 22, 2015 – August 21, 2015 to the same period in 2014. In sum, overall crime is at the same level. Conversely, overall crime in the sixty-day period (June 22 – August 21) is down compared to last year, and overall crime in the year-to-date period (Jan 1 – August 21) is down significantly compared to last year. Terestre also noted that crime in both ANC 2F (which encompasses other PSAs) and the entire 3rd District is also down over the past 30 days compared to the same period in 2014.
  • Sherri Kimbel from Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared three updates: 1) Evans’ office gave away 2,200+ tickets for tomorrow’s Ward 2 Night at Nationals Park; 2) Thursday, September 10 is Ward 2 Night at Shakespeare Theatre, which will feature A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Residents should call 202-724-8058 or email staff member Amorde Brabham at abrabham@dccouncil.us for tickets; 3) the end of the DC Council recess is approaching, and Councilmembers will face off at a ping pong tournament in Farragut Square the afternoon of September 4.
  • Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, provided 3 updates: 1) thanks to Commissioners Tuma and Fanning for their involvement with the Garrison Elementary school supply drive, and thanks to Commissioner Gordon for her donations; 2) the Mayor’s six month progress report; 3) a two-page action plan from the Mayor’s recent press conference addressing the uptick in violence and the Mayor’s plan to address it; 4) the final Ward 2 AlleyPalooza— a DC program to reconstruct and repair eight alleys in each of the eight wards across the city—will take place at 2515-2517 K St, NW.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Gordon, Chair of the APC, presented each of the business items comprising the APC Report individually for the Commission’s review:
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to refer the substantial change request from Class “C” Restaurant to Class “C” Tavern for Veranda (1100 P St, NW) back to the APC for further discussion with the Applicant and community, given the Commission’s concerns about the transferability of a tavern license to a future owner. A prior motion to support the requested substantial change failed by a vote of 3-4;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to enter into a new Settlement Agreement with Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St, NW), based on the standard ANC 2F SA template, with support for a sidewalk café, and the following revisions made subsequent to the APC-endorsed SA: 1) kitchen facilities will remain open until a minimum of one hour prior to closing; 2) with a full service menu until at least 10pm (with the exception of days on which operations cease prior to 10pm, during which a full service menu is offered until closing); and 3) the option to offer a light fare menu after 10pm;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to modify ANC 2F’s existing Settlement Agreement with Modern Liquors (1200 9th St, NW) to allow extended hours of operation: Monday – Saturday, 10am to midnight; Sunday: 9am to 10pm;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to protest the new license application for “Naylor Stables, LLC” (name TBD) at 1322 9th St, NW as a procedural matter in order to maintain ANC 2F’s standing in the upcoming ABRA hearings.
  • Gordon then shared updates on two business items on which the Committee had not taken formal action:
    • The Applicant for El Sol Restaurant & Taqueria (1227 11th St, NW) failed for a second time to attend the [August] APC meeting, and as such, the next step in the Applicant’s license request process will be a September 10 ABRA mediation meeting;
    • Discussions continue between the community, ANC 2F, and the Applicants behind Hotel Helix’s (1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW) substantial change request for a Class “C” Hotel license for a summer roof garden.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kevin Deeley, CDC Chair, moved for and received unanimous adoption (7-0) of the following two Committee Report business items that received the unanimous support of the Committee at its August 2015 meeting:
    • A letter in support of the DDOT public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at Bunna Ethiopian Cafe (1400 L St, NW), provided that any planters positioned around the cafe area do not encumber a minimum ten foot clearance for pedestrian space;
    • A letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment in support of two special exceptions related to a rear addition at 1319 Naylor Ct, NW: 1) a lot coverage special exception to allow just under 70% lot coverage, and 2) a rear yard setback special exception.
  • Deeley then separately presented one Committee business item that did not receive unanimous Committee support, as well as one new business item, respectively:
    • The Commission voted (6-0-1) to write a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board in support of the proposed concept and massing for 0012R Logan Circle, NW;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to write a letter to the DDOT Public Space Committee recommending denial of Studio Theatre’s (1501 14th St, NW) application for an unenclosed sidewalk café, as a procedural matter in order to maintain ANC 2F’s standing in the matter.
  • Finally, Deeley provided brief updates on Committee business items for which a Commission vote was not required:
    • The Applicant requesting historic design support for the replacement of front steps at 1517 Vermont Ave, NW will return to the CDC to re-present its request, including zoning special exception(s) and updated historic design plans;
    • The Commission will continue to follow up with HPO staff regarding the Applicant’s for 1001 O St, NW’s unwillingness to engage with the CDC about the final design review process. The Commission will determine when and how ANC 2F will have an opportunity to review the final design before desk approval, as directed by the HPRB.
    • Deeley will coordinate with the CDC, ANC 2F Commissioners, and DMPED to organize a special meeting at which the finalists for the latest round of the Franklin School redevelopment project will present their proposals to the community for feedback.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel noted that the CPSC had not met recently, but shared an update on the crime and safety situation in ANC 2F. MPD stings have resulted in over 200 arrests related to prostitution, notably reducing prostitution activity in the neighborhood. Bengel said he was pleased to share news of Mayor Bowser’s recently released crime plan, which responded to community pleas for action, and incorporated several points in Bengel’s own call for action. Bengel acknowledged that while crime in ANC 2F was level, citywide stats showed a clear uptick in violent crime over the past year.
  • Commissioner Tuma made a request for the community to go beyond vigilance and reporting of crimes, and stay both active throughout criminal proceedings. Tuma noted that the writing of Community Impact Statements were an effective way to ensure the community’s voice is heard.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma thanked the participants of the recent Garrison Elementary school supply drive and welcomed the start of the new school year. Tuma shared that he, parents, and other stakeholders of the Garrison Elementary modernization process planned to meet with the Department of General Services in the upcoming weeks to ensure the project moves forward.

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

NEW BUSINESS

  • Commissioner Gordon, APC Chair, urged the Commission to consider retaining legal counsel to represent ANC 2F in future ABRA issues of significant community concern. Gordon noted that other ANCs hire legal counsel for this purpose. Commissioner Bengel affirmed the need for ANC 2F to “have an expert in [our] corner.” The Commission took no official action, but agreed to discuss the topic further and make a formal decision at the October regular monthly meeting.

*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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