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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