Draft Dec. 2 Regular Monthly Meeting Agenda

ANC 2F AGENDA

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7:00 PM
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)
Note: Please visit www.anc2f.org to see the most up-to-date version of this agenda, which includes tracked additions and deletions that occur after this version of the agenda is distributed by email.

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY FORUM

 

•    Commissioner Announcements 7:00
•    Report from Metropolitan Police Department, Third District, PSA 307 7:05
•    Report from Councilmember Jack Evans’ Office 7:15
•    Report from Executive Office of the Mayor 7:20
•    Community Announcements 7:25

 

– 5 minute recess –

 

BUSINESS MEETING

 

•   Approval of Agenda 7:30
•   Approval of Minutes for November 4, 2015 Monthly Public Meeting 7:30

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ABRA Policy Committee (APC) | Kate Gordon, Chair

•    Committee Report:
o  New Class “C” Tavern license request for “Naylor Stables, LLC”/TBD
(1322 9th St, NW – 2F06)
7:35

 

Community Development Committee (CDC) | Kevin Deeley, Chair

•    Committee Report:
o  HPO concept and design for rooftop terrace at 920 (Rear) N St,
NW
(2F06)
o  BZA area variance request to allow for a second story addition on
an existing historic non-conforming structure at 1317 Naylor Ct, NW
(2F06)
o  DDOT public space application for bollard exception at 1430 Rhode
Island Ave, NW
(2F03)
o  BZA special exception from nonconforming use requirements to
allow food market/café at 1221 Massachusetts Ave, NW (2F08)
7:45

 

Crime and Public Safety Committee (CPSC) | Charlie Bengel, Chair

•    Committee Report 8:00

Education Committee | Pepin Tuma, Chair

•    Committee Report 8:10
OLD BUSINESS
[none]

NEW BUSINESS

[none]
TREASURER’S REPORT
•    Approval of Expenditures 8:20

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Commission. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Commission at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. Individuals who may have official business before the Commission or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Draft Nov. 24 CDC Agenda

AGENDA*

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesday, November 24, 2015  |  7:00pm
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

 

Note: this meeting occurs on a TUESDAY, not the usual Wednesday for CDC meetings. 

 

Note: please visit www.anc2f.org to see the most up-to-date version of this agenda, which includes any tracked additions and deletions that occur after the agenda is distributed by email.

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

· Approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Approval of October 28, 2015 Meeting Minutes 7:00

 

OLD BUSINESS
[none]
NEW BUSINESS
· HPO concept and design for rooftop terrace at 920 (Rear) N St, NW (2F06) 7:05
· BZA area variance request to allow for a second story addition on an existing historic non-conforming structure at 1317 Naylor Ct, NW (2F06) 7:25
· DDOT public space application for bollard exception at 1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW (2F03) 7:45
· BZA special exception from nonconforming use requirements to allow food market/café at 1221 Massachusetts Ave, NW (2F08) 8:05

OPEN FORUM

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the CDC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. You many visit www.ANC2F.org for the most up-to-date version of any meeting agenda. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the CDC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Nov. 12 Special Meeting Summary (Historic Franklin School Redevelopment)

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Image credit: Dantes Partners & UberOffices presentation deck

November 12, 2015 Special Meeting SUMMARY

Franklin School Redevelopment Presentations

At the November 12, 2015 ANC 2F Special Meeting, the Commission and members of the ANC 2F Community Development Committee considered four redevelopment proposals for the historic Franklin School, and ultimately voted on a redevelopment recommendation to make to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). The meeting summary follows.

Overview of redevelopment process

Lee Goldstein, assigned DMPED project manager for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School, provided an overview of the D.C. government’s process to date in seeking to rehabilitate the historic building located at 925 13th Street, NW (2F08). Goldstein explained that five of the redevelopment teams that initially responded to the Request for Qualifications issued on February 5, 2015 were subsequently chosen (on August 21, 2015) to compete to redevelop the historic Franklin School through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

The RPF process closed on October 16, 2015, and four of the redevelopment teams elected to move forward: 1) Aria Development Group; 2) Dantes Partners; 3) Friedman Capital Advisors, LLC, and; 4) Thoron Capital, LLC. Representatives for the four redevelopment teams were in attendance to present their proposals to ANC 2F and the community.

Goldstein shared additional details about the process, including:

  • the Office of the Deputy Mayor anticipates selecting a development team for the Franklin School by the end of the year (which may or may not involve a “best and final offer” round);
  • the project will involve a long-term (50-99 years) ground lease;
  • the proprietary financial information behind each of the competing teams’ proposals will be released after the winning team/proposal has been chosen;
  • the National Historic landmark status of the Franklin School means both exterior and major interior elements must be preserved, and that the final project design will go through the appropriate Historic Preservation Review Board process(es).

 

Proposal #1: Friedman Collaboration for the Arts

Proposal: arts, hotel, and food destination  View proposal

Adam Williamowsky, Director of Eat+Drink Operations at Streetsense, and Ian Callendar, co-founder of Blind Whino nonprofit arts club and event space, presented their proposal for a “SoHo House-style” hotel with complementary community-focused, multi-usefunctions. The proposal included provisions for 16-24 guest rooms; large multi-use common areas; a major food and beverage component with an educational (i.e. cooking school/vocational training) focus; a gym; and a substantial arts component. Callendar described how would the proposal envisioned reactivating the Franklin School through the creation of a dynamic arts space that would include street arts, murals, graffiti, performances, live art, and dance.

Commission and community questions were raised about the financial feasibility of the project; the nature of the nonprofit uses (including Blind Whino as well as other nonprofits and NGOs); and the team’s thoughts on hotel market saturation in D.C.

Proposal #2: ARIA Development Group

Proposal: hotel, restaurant, and bar  View proposal

Kristiana Wilson and Yuri Blazar of the ARIA Development Group, and Ralph Cunningham and Heather Rao of Cunningham Quill Architects presented their proposal for a design-focused boutique hotel with 65-80 rooms, and an “innovative first floor” and rooftop restaurant, which would serve as a culinary and entertainment destination. The proposal included provisions for shared room concepts and different price points; a commitment to LEED building standards; a proposed side-yard addition accessible on K Street, NW; and plans to partner with local nonprofits to display artwork.

Commission and community questions were raised about the impact of the proposed side-yard addition on the existing courtyard space; the proposed use(s) of the Great Hall space (for events, etc.); and the extent to which the existing classroom spaces would be divided up into smaller spaces for hotel rooms.

Proposal #3: Dantes Partners and UberOffices

Proposal: co-working office space  View proposal

LaToya Thomas and Corey Powell of Dantes Partners, and Raymond Rahbar, co-founder of UberOffices, presented their proposal for a flexible co-working and office space solutions venue for small business teams and entrepreneurs. The team’s vision consists of 33,000-38,000 square feet of 24-hour usable workstation space, a central pantry/hub for tenants, shared reception and office facilities, and ample communal work and meeting space. The proposal included provision for public tours of the historic space; access to local community groups for meetings; and neighborhood-serving retail and/or amenities space along the 13th Street walkway.

Commission and community questions were raised about the retail vision for the 13th Street walkway; the nature of the “24-hour” use of the space; and the team’s willingness to make specific commitments for public use of meeting and co-working space.

Proposal #4: Thoron Capital & Georgetown University

Proposal: technology, arts, and media center  View proposal

Robert Taylor of Thoron Capital, Proferssor Anthony Cook of Georgetown University, and architects Chris Gray and Gretchen Pfaehler of Beyer Blinder and Belle presented their proposal for a technology, arts, and media center envisioned as the “Y Combinator start-up model meets Julliard” with live performance, educational activity, and a dynamic space where technologists, artists, and entrepreneurs come together. The proposal included mention of arts and media technology certification programs for area youth and teachers; an incubator to encourage arts, technology, and media start-ups and job creation; and the opportunity for numerous public-focused performances, talks, events, and exhibits.

Commission and community questions were raised about the ongoing revenue streams for the project; and the extent to which community members would have access to the spaces, classes, and activities offered.

CDC and Commission Deliberation

The Community Development Committee (CDC) and Commissioners established the following criteria for their evaluation of the proposals:

  1. preference for proposed uses that respect the historical functions of the school (education, art, and culture);
  2. overall viability and self-sustainability of the proposal (both financial and operationally);
  3. tax revenue generated for the city;
  4. intangible benefits generated for the city and immediate neighborhood (i.e. vitality for the surrounding  neighborhood, an elevated arts & culture scene for the city, etc.);
  5. creation of employment for District residents;
  6. “fit” within the context of the greater comprehensive plan/vision for Franklin Square; and
  7. community/public access to the building, its spaces, and amenities.

Based on the preceding criteria, the CDC and Commission evaluated the merits of the four proposals, and solicited community input. Topics of discussion related to evaluation of the proposals included: viability of the proposals if/when there is an economic downturn; the operator’s ability to sustain operations and provide for community benefit in the long term; preservation of the “historic volumes” of the interior spaces; diversity of uses and aspects of community benefit; and potential public access limitations for the two hotel proposals.

Ultimately, Commissioner Deeley moved that ANC 2F communicate to DMPED its first and second choices for redevelopment of the historic Franklin School: the Thoron Capital/Georgetown University proposal, and the Friedman Collaboration proposal, respectively. Deeley’s motion included a recommendation that DMPED enter into a “best and final offer” process with both redevelopment teams, and that as part of the “BAFO” process, both teams detail a specific Community Benefits Package for public access and use (i.e. which spaces, how often, under what circumstances, etc.). The motion also requested that DMPED’s selection satisfy the above mentioned seven criteria to the fullest extent possible. Deeley’s  motion was seconded and approved unanimously (5-0) by the Commission.

The Commission thanked all four redevelopment teams for their proposals, while noting that the Commission felt the Thoron/Georgetown and Friedman Collaboration proposals were better suited for the disposition of a public property, use of the historic space, and provision of community benefits.

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Draft Agenda Nov. 18 APC Meeting

AGENDA*

ANC 2F ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
National City Christian Church (14th Street entrance)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

· Review and approval of Meeting Agenda 7:00
· Review and approval of October 21, 2015 meeting minutes 7:00
OLD BUSINESS
·  New Class “C” Tavern license request for Naylor Stables, LLC/TBD
(1322 9th St, NW – 2F06) Status: protested by ANC 2F
7:05
NEW BUSINESS
[none]

OPEN FORUM

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the APC. It is, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committee at the meeting, which may result in additions or deletions to the draft. Individuals who may have official business before the Committee or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or the APC Chair in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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Nov. 4 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary*

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Deeley reminded the community of the November 12th Special Meeting (7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel; see agenda), at which the Commission will consider four redevelopment proposals for the Historic Franklin School and make a recommendation to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Officer Burgos of PSA 307 shared the monthly crime report. Over the past month there has been a slight increase in robberies (as compared to the same time period in 2014) largely due to cell phone thefts. Overall thefts as well as property crime is down significantly. In response to Commissioner Fanning’s question about the recent stabbing at Vermont and N Street, NW, Burgos shared that the incident was domestic in nature. In response to a community member question about an incident on the 1200 block of O St, NW, Burgos shared there had been a vehicle break-in and a suspect questioned in relation to the crime.
  • Mark Battle, Pepco Vice President for the D.C. region, and his colleague, Chris Taylor, provided an update on the proposed Pepco/Exelon merger, including details about the recently reached settlement plan with the D.C. Public Service Commission. In August, the Commission ruled against the proposed merger, determining that the parties had not established a tangible benefit to District customers. In response, Pepco and Exelon presented a settlement plan to address three of the Commission’s major concerns: rates; reliability; and renewables. Accordingly, Battle shared the following settlement plan details: 1) customer bills will be lower in both the short and long terms (no merger costs will be passed on to customers electricity rates); 2) there will be a five-year rate freeze; 3) Exelon agreed to exceed the Commission’s standards for service reliability (fewer and shorter outages than the Commission permits); 4) Exelon will establish use and production standards concerning renewable energy that will match DC’s sustainability goals (including build-out of 10mW of new solar energy; creation of four micro-grids to help with distributed generation; purchase of additional 100mW of wind power; and contribution of $17 million into D.C. renewable energy programs). The D.C. Public Service Commission and other District stakeholder agencies have all agreed to the settlement plan and are now supportive of the merger. View the Merger Settlement Fact Sheet for more information.
  • Sherri Kimbel from Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared four updates: 1) neighbor complaints, ANC 2F action, and the resulting city intervention resulted in discontinuation of illegal parking at a lot near 14th St and Corcoran St, NW; 2) a non-permitted fence at 10th & O Streets, NW has been removed; 3) a draft version of the 14th Street Streetscape Plan was recently released; and 4) the 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade on October 24 was a resounding success.
  • Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, shared four updates: 1) mention of the Mayor’s Six Month Progress report; 2) a one-page informational sheet on the Mayor’s Safer Stronger Plan to tackle the citywide increase in violence; 3) a one-page informational sheet on the Mayor’s Homeward D.C. Plan to eliminate chronic homelessness by 2020; and 4) mention of a “few small victories” in recent months including parking restriction enforcement and rodent abatement.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Gordon, Chair of the APC, presented each of the business items comprising the October ABRA Policy Committee Report individually for the Commission’s review:
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to enter into a new Settlement Agreement (SA) with Table restaurant (903 N St, NW), based on the standard SA template, and reflecting the Applicant’s requested change from a Class “D” to a Class “C” Restaurant license. Gordon shared that ANC 2F is not party to the current Settlement Agreement.
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to enter into a new Settlement Agreement with Columbia Room (1224 9th St, NW) in lieu of protest, and to support a stipulated liquor license. The Commission’s vote detailed specific restrictions on the establishment’s summer garden operating hours, valet parking, outdoor music, and dance floor.
    • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to enter into a modified Settlement Agreement with Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island, NW), which will allow for operations under a Class “C” hotel including a new summer rooftop garden. The Commission’s vote detailed specific restrictions on the establishment’s summer garden operating hours, patrons of the pool, smoking, use of bar and tableware, and live music.
  • Gordon then shared three other Committee updates:
    • No action will be taken on Barrel House Liquors’ (1341 14th St, NW) request for a license transfer application to 1339 14th St, NW since the Applicant agreed to a ninety-day lease extension, obviating the need for a license transfer at this time.
    • The Applicants behind Naylor Stables, LLC’s new license request at 1322 9th St, NW are at long last in touch with the ANC 2F Commissioners and amenable to discussions about their application.
    • Commissioner Gordon will resign from her position as Chair of the APC as well as from her 2F-01 seat on the Commission as of January 7, 2016, given her upcoming move out of ANC 2F boundaries.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kevin Deeley, CDC Chair, moved for and received unanimous adoption (7-0) of the following two business items from the CDC’s October meeting Report:
    • A letter in support of DDOT’s Notice of Intent for installation of  contra-flow bicycle lanes on N St, NW between 15th Street and Vermont Ave, NW, provided that the bicycle lanes are placed adjacent to the curb and flexible bollard posts are installed between the bicycle and parking lanes;
    • A letter in support of the BZA variance requests for 0012R Logan Circle, NW, including relief for lot occupancy; rear yard setback; alley lot setback; and single record lot requirements for issuance of a building permit.
  • Deeley then separately presented two Committee business items, both of which were approved by the Commission:
    • The Commission voted (4-2-1) to support DDOT’s Notice of Intent for installation of contra-flow bicycle lanes on M St, NW between 9th Street and Blagden Alley NW, provided that the bicycle lanes are placed adjacent to the curb and flexible bollard posts are installed between the bicycle and parking lanes;
    • The Commission voted (3-2-2) in support of converting two of the six newly created street parking space on the north side of Corcoran St, NW (east of 14th St, NW) to Zipcar-only parking spaces.
  • Following an update provided by Commissioner Kevin Sylvester on the permitting and construction status of the residential project at 1001 O St, NW, the Commission unanimously (7-0) adopted Commissioner John Fanning’s resolution requesting that DCRA not issue any construction permits for the project until after ANC 2F has had the opportunity to consider the final project design, as instructed by the Historic Preservation Review Board.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel noted that the CPSC had not met recently, but shared that homicides are up 100% in D.C. over a year ago, and that the much anticipated and hoped for dip in October crime levels did not come to fruition.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • No update.

OLD BUSINESS

  • NONE

NEW BUSINESS

  • NONE

*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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Special Meeting: Nov. 12 Franklin School Redevelopment

ANC 2F AGENDA

***SPECIAL MEETING***
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00 PM
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

HISTORIC FRANKLIN SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS
Overview of redevelopment process
Lee Goldstein, Office of Deputy Mayor for
Planning and Economic Development

 

7:00

 

 

Friedman Collaboration for the Arts

Proposal: Arts, hotel, and food destination
View proposal

7:05

 

CDC/ANC questions re: Friedman’s proposal 7:15

 

Aria Development Group

Proposal: Hotel, restaurant, and bar
View proposal

7:20

 

CDC/ANC questions re: Aria Development
Group’s proposal
7:30

 

Dantes Partners and Uber Offices, LLC

Proposal: Coworking/office incubator proposal
View proposal

 

7:35

 

CDC/ANC questions re: Dantes Partners’ proposal 7:45

 

 

Thoron Capital & Georgetown University

Proposal: Arts incubator
View proposal

7:50

 

CDC/ANC questions re: Thoron/Georgetown proposal 8:00

 

Further questions and recommendations from
the CDC
8:05

 

Public testimony 8:20
Deliberation by the ANC 8:50

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