TOMORROW 9am: Exclusive Ward 2 Hour at Nt’l Bldg. Museum’s The Beach!

The beach
TOMORROW, July 28, from 9:00-10:00am is Ward 2 Hour at The Beach!

The National Building Museum invites the Wards of Washington, D.C. to its popular Summer Block Party. This summer, the Museum is partnering with Snarkitecture, a Brooklyn-based design firm, to bring the beach indoors—no sunscreen required. As part of the D.C. community, the Museum invites members of each Ward to visit the Museum and BEACH with free admission during your Ward Day.

401 F STREET,NW  | 202-272-2448  |  www.nbm.org

Ready to Visit for Ward 2 Day? Here’s what you need to know:

  • The BEACH will open early for each exclusive Ward Day hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; admission for Ward residents is free until 11 a.m.
  • All visitors must use the F St. doors between 5th St. and 6th St. The Museum is metro accessible via the Red line (Judiciary Square) and the Green/Yellow line (Gallery Place-Chinatown). Please note that all visitors may be subject to a bag check upon arrival.
  • Your Ward Day is determined by your zip code, please bring a valid form of I.D. to present to the admissions desk to confirm your zip code.
  • The general public will be admitted into the Museum at 10 a.m.
  • All visitors must check in at the Museum’s admissions desk to receive their complimentary entrance and admissions wristband to the BEACH and Museum exhibitions.
  • Light refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at Firehook Bakery on the Museum’s first floor starting at 9a.m. and at Union Kitchen inside the BEACH beginning at 10 a.m.

What is The Beach?

An interactive 10,000 square foot installation in the Museum’s Great Hall, designed with an “ocean” filled with nearly 1 million translucent plastic balls and a shoreline spotted with beach chairs and tables.

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ANC 2F Commissioner Vacancies

NOTICE: Two concurrent special election processes will begin on Monday, March 10 to fill the ANC 2F Commissioner vacancies for Single Member Districts (SMDs) 2F-03 and 2F-08, seats previously held by Commissioners Chris Linn and Matt Connolly, respectively.

Interested parties may pick up petition forms for the vacancies from the Board of Elections (BOE, at 441 4th St, NW – 2nd floor North) starting Monday, March 10, and must collect at least 25 signatures from registered D.C. voters within the same SMD (collecting more signatures is strongly recommended). Completed petitions must be submitted to the BOE by the end of the day on Monday, March 31.

The petition Challenge Period will run from April 3 through April 9. At a to-be-determined ANC 2F regularly monthly public meeting (likely May 2014), a special election will be held for both seats. An uncontested seat would automatically be assumed by the sole candidate for that particular SMD.

Please contact anc2foffice@gmail.com should you have any questions about the process.

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Historic Franklin School To Become Art Museum

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Image credit: DCist.com

Yesterday, the Mayor’s office issued a news release announcing the selection of the partnership between EastBanc Inc. and ICE-DC for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School. The space will be converted into a contemporary arts, performance, and educational destination. The site will also include a new café and arts bookstore. The proposal beat out three others, including a boutique hotel  and a work space for tech entrepreneurs.

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A Fond Farewell from Matt Connolly (2F08)

Matt-Connolly-photoAs many of you already know, I will be resigning as an ANC commissioner at the end of January. My fiancée and I had an opportunity to return home to Boston that we couldn’t pass up. Although I am excited to move closer to family, I am sad to move from this wonderful neighborhood.

I firmly believe in the concept attributed to Helen Keller, among others, that “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” My fellow commissioners, my education committee co-chair Evelyn Boyd Simmons, and Sherri Kimbel from Councilmember Evans’ Office probably know my approach better than most, as I constantly seek their help on, well, everything.

We have accomplished a lot in my two years on the Commission. Among my favorites:

  • We worked hand in hand with parents and community members to successfully remove Garrison Elementary from the DCPS closure list, and persuaded the City Council to begin modernizing the school this year;
  • Working with Evelyn, we showed the important role an ANC can play in education issues. With the ANC’s support, we founded the Ward 2 Education Network, which provides a community forum to discuss local education issues. What started as a partnership with LCCA, it has now expanded to include three ANCs and three community associations, in Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom;
  • Working with Sherri and a host of DC agencies, we resolved a huge rat problem on the 1100 block of Mass that had been plaguing the neighborhood for years.

We have also made substantial progress in other areas, but more needs to be done. We need to find the remaining money to fully modernize Garrison and fix the grounds so that we have the strong neighborhood school our children deserve. The Franklin School building will soon have a new tenant, and we have taken steps to turn Franklin park into a world-class area. Although I no longer can play a part in the work left to be done, I look forward to seeing and hearing about everything you will continue to do.

I am very grateful for the support and guidance everyone has given me these last two years. And to my constituents, thank you for the trust you put in me.

Sincerely,

Matt Connolly

 

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DDOT Proposals for 12th St & Mass Ave, NW Intersection

At the upcoming ANC 2F regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel (click here for meeting agenda), the ANC 2F Commissioners will review two District Department of Transportation (DDOT) proposals for improving traffic flow through the troubled intersection at 12th St, NW and Massachusetts Ave, NW. You may review plans of the existing intersection and DDOT’s two proposals below. Please consider attending the meeting if you have questions about the proposals, and more importantly, to provide community feedback to both the Commission and DDOT.

Please note that the below proposals are draft plans. DDOT has indicated there are a few adjustments to be made to each proposal that are not currently reflected in the plans.


Existing intersection 


DDOT Proposal #1


DDOT Proposal #2

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What do you want to see at the Franklin School?

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At its December meeting on Wednesday, December 4, the Commission will consider the four proposed projects for the Historic Franklin School, and advise the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development on which project is in the best interests of our community.  The four proposals are:

  • CoStar Group & Abdo Development—Office space to be used as a CoStar technology hub and learning center
  • Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group & Bundy Development Corporation—Office space for the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs, including work space and affordable housing for technology entrepreneurs
  • Douglas Development—A boutique hotel and restaurants
  • Institute for Contemporary Expression & EastBanc—An art gallery, restaurant by ThinkFoodGroup, bookstore, and café.

The four developers presented their projects at a community forum on October 30, 2013, and responded to questions from the public.  The presentations are located on the Deputy Mayor’s website, as well as a summary of the community’s questions and developers’ responses.

ANC 2F invites your feedback on these proposals.  Please send comments to your local ANC commissioner (see list below), and we hope you can join us at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

 

SMD Name Phone Email
2F01      Peter Lallas            (202) 821-3160         peterlallas@gmail.com
2F02 Walt Cain (601) 941-9869  waltcain@gmail.com
2F03 Chris Linn (202) 669-6771  chris@chrislinn.org
2F04 John Fanning (202) 510-1983  johnjfanning2@yahoo.com
2F05 Jim Lamare (202) 292-1974  jwlamare@gmail.com
2F06 Greg Melcher (202) 713-0457  melcherg@aol.com
2F07 Matt Raymond (202) 744-1921  matt@mattraymond.com
2F08 Matt Connolly       (202) 347-3590     connolly.matthew@gmail.com

Find your Commissioner here.

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ANC 2F Meeting Agenda for November 6, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F

REGULAR MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:00 PM

Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

AGENDA

 

Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY FORUM 

  • Commissioner Announcements
  • Report from Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Report from Office of Jack Evans, City Councilmember, Ward 2
  • Report from Metropolitan Police Department, Third District, PSA 307
  • Self-presentation of La Colombine coffee bar (Blagden Alley)
  • Presentation from DDOT on reconstruction of pedestrian ramps along K St, NW between 12th and 21st Streets, NW (Lee Wilson)
  • Presentation from Office of Planning on Franklin Park (Thor Nelson)
  • Presentation of team proposals for redevelopment of historic Franklin School:
    • Abdo Development and CoStar Group
    • Bundy Development Corporation, Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group and the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs
    • Douglas Development
    • EastBanc, Inc., Institute for Contemporary Expression (ICE-DC) and the ThinkFoodGroup
  • Presentation by DC Board of Elections on the Precinct Boundary Efficiency Plan
  • Community Announcements

– Five minute recess – 

BUSINESS MEETING

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes for July 10, 2013 Regular Monthly Public Meeting
  • Approval of Minutes for October 3, 2013 Regular Monthly Public Meeting

Committee Reports

ABRA (John Fanning, Chair)

  • 1209 – 1213 10th Street, NW / Blagden Alley (The American), Settlement Agreement
  • 920 14th St, NW (Park Place), petition to terminate current Settlement Agreement; APC voted (4-1-1) not to terminate SA
  • License Renewals:
    • 1435 P St, NW (Number Nine) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1610 14th St, NW (Ghibellina) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1415 P St, NW (Vegas Lounge) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1301 K St, NW (Capitale) – APC voted (6-0) to support license renewal
    • 1318 9th St, NW (Vita, formerly Mood Lounge) – APC voted (6-0) to protest license renewal

Community Development Committee (Walt Cain, Chair)

  • 1101 Rhode Island Ave, NW (CAS/Riegler), recommendation of support for BZA request for variances
  • Discussion of Visitor Parking Program for ANC 2F
  • Removal of WMATA bus stop on west side of 14th St, NW (south of Rhode Island Ave, NW), recommendation of support

Crime and Public Safety Committee (Chris Linn, Chair)

  • Consideration of Community Impact Statements for:
    • 2012 CF2 007826: District of Columbia Vs. BAILEY, CARLITO and 2012 CF2 007828: District of Columbia Vs. WATKINS, RICKY C
    • 2013 CF2 011010: District of Columbia Vs. COLE, GREGORY A

Education Committee (Matt Connolly and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, Co-Chairs)

  • Update 

Old Business

[none]

New Business

  • Recommendation for Franklin School redevelopment proposal

Treasurer’s Report

  • Approval of Expenditures
  • Update

 

NOTICE: This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Committee.  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 a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

 

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Historic Franklin School Redevelopment Presentations

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In July of this year, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) selected four teams to develop proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School (facing the east side of Franklin Square). On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Thomson Elementary School Auditorium (1200 L Street, NW), the four teams (Abdo Development, Douglas Development, ICE-DC, and Lowe Enterprises) will present their development visions of the site to the community.

This is a public meeting. All interested community members are invited to attend. For more information, visit DMPED’s web site.

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Visitor Parking Pass Program for ANC 2F?

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At ANC 2F’s October meeting, Councilman Jack Evans said that if the ANC passed a recommendation for a visitor parking pass in ANC 2F, he would ensure that it is implemented. The plan currently in place for Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, and parts of 6 provides for one pass per household. These passes are designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on residential parking zoned streets. The passes are only valid during the hours of residential parking enforcement and in the same zone and ANC boundary as the residence where the pass was issued.

ANC 2F wants to know if there is interest in having a visitor parking program within the ANC and we want to hear from you! Please contact your local ANC commissioner (see list below) and plan to join us at the October Community Development meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

SMD Name Phone Email
2F01 Peter Lallas (202) 821-3160  peterlallas@gmail.com
2F02 Walt Cain (601) 941-9869  waltcain@gmail.com
2F03 Chris Linn (202) 669-6771  chris@chrislinn.org
2F04 John Fanning (202) 510-1983  johnjfanning2@yahoo.com
2F05 Jim Lamare (202) 292-1974  jwlamare@gmail.com
2F06 Greg Melcher (202) 713-0457  melcherg@aol.com
2F07 Matt Raymond (202) 744-1921  matt@mattraymond.com
2F08 Matt Connolly (202) 347-3590  connolly.matthew@gmail.com

Find your commissioner here

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ANC 2F APC Meeting Agenda for October 23, 2013

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 2F
ALCOHOL POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:00 PM
The Residences at Thomas Circle (Meeting Room)*
1330 Massachusetts Ave, NW
*Please note this meeting is taking place at the Residences at Thomas Circle, NOT at the Washington Plaza hotel.

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Approval of Agenda
REQUEST TO TERMINATE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
  • 920 14th St, NW (The Park)
LICENSE RENEWALS

  • 1435 P St, NW (Number Nine)
  • 1610 14th St, NW (Ghibellina)
  • 1415 P St, NW (Vegas Lounge)
  • 1318 19th St, NW (Vita Restaurant, formerly Mood Lounge)
  • 1301 K St, NW (Capitale)

LICENSE MODIFICATION REQUEST

  • 1336 14th St, NW (Ghana Cafe)

NEW LICENSE REQUEST

  • 1333 14th St, NW Glass House Coffee

OPEN FORUM

 

NOTICE:  This agenda provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contains matters that are expected to come before the Committee.  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 a Commissioner in advance of the meeting. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

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