Summary of CDC Actions: Sept. 28, 2016

The following is a summary of official actions* taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its September 28, 2016 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not require a vote.


1316 R St, NW (2F01)
HPRB concept, massing, and design for three story + basement rear addition

Carlos Vasquez, representative for the applicant, requested the Committee’s support for historic concept, massing, and design of a three-story and basement rear addition to an existing row home. Vasquez presented the applicant’s intention to restore the historic details of building (including façade, stairs, windows) removed by previous owners, maintain the existing four units, and use the proposed expansion space to convert the existing one bedroom units into two bedroom units.

Committee input: the proposed extension may have zoning (lot coverage) implications

Community input: concern over the substantial nature (albeit permitted) of the rear extension as compared to surrounding houses

Committee recommendation: that ANC 2F send a letter to HPRB recommending approval of the concept, massing, and design for the proposed addition (5-1)


1412 Q St, NW (2F02)
HPRB concept and design for renovation + partial four story addition

Greg Kearley, Managing Principal for Inscape Studio and representative for the applicant, requested the Committee’s support for historic concept and design of a partial four-story (plus basement) addition to an existing one-story structure at 1412 Q St, NW. Kearley presented the applicant’s desire to add an addition, in part to cater to the commercial tenant’s—The Bike Rack—desire for additional space. Kearley noted the design and massing were still conceptual at this point because of both ongoing conversations with HPO about their preferences and the applicant’s desire to consider ANC 2F’s input.

Committee input: refine the window layout on second and third floors; overall massing should be scaled back

Community input: owner has not reached out to immediate neighbors about this project; the addition is out of scale and character with the neighborhood; the addition will block neighbors’ light

Committee recommendation: None. Applicant agreed to engage neighbors in further conversation, revise plans, and return to CDC in October.


1232 9th St, NW (2F06)
BZA special exception (use requirement to establish animal care and boarding use)

Wagtime owners Lisa Schreiber and Ofer Khal requested the Committee’s support for a zoning special exception to allow for continued operation of their boarding and animal daycare business. Khal and Schreiber explained that the initial three-year term granted by BZA for their special exception was about to expire, so they had to go before Zoning again to request a permanent special exception.

Committee input: the outdoor (roof deck) component of daycare operations is the principal concern of the Committee and this component was the main impetus for the initial, three-year, conditional special exception.

Committee recommendation: that ANC 2F send a letter to BZA recommending approval of the application for the requested special exception (6-0)


DDOT Revision of Residential Parking Permit (RPP) Program
Committee discussion

Commissioner Deeley shared that DDOT has proposed a citywide revision to the RPP program, which would enforce resident-only parking on one side of the street. Deeley explained that ANC 2F already has this type of enforcement (including the related street signs), and suggested that ANC 2F share with DDOT its positive experience with these regulations.

Committee recommendation: that ANC 2F send a letter to DDOT expressing its positive experience with the resident-only restrictions on one side of the street, supporting continuance of this program, and renewing its previous request for extension of resident-only hours until 11pm (4-0-1)


*All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the upcoming regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC 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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APC License Renewal Decisions

ANC 2F ABRA Policy Committee (APC) Meeting Summary*

April 20, 2016

UNCONTESTED LICENSE RENEWALS
These are license renewals for which ANC 2F received NO community input expressing opposition or concern.

  • The Committee decided to take no action on the following license renewals in ANC 2F:
    1. & Pizza at 1400 K St, NW (2F05)
    2. B Too at 1324 14th St, NW (2F03)
    3. Baan Thai at 1326 14th St, NW (2F03)
    4. Barcelona at 1622 14th St, NW (2F02)
    5. Birch & Barley/Churchkey at 1337 14th St, NW (2F03)
    6. Brasserie Beck at 1101 K St, NW (2F08)
    7. CherCher Ethiopian at 1334 9th St, NW (2F06)
    8. Chix at 1121 14th St, NW (2F05)
    9. Commissary at 1443 P St, NW (2F02)
    10. Cork at 1720 14th St, NW (2F01)
    11. CulinAerie at 1131 14th St, NW (2F05)
    12. DC Thai Restaurant & Bakery at 1018 Vermont Ave, NW (2F05)
    13. Donovan House/Zentan at 1555 14th St, NW (2F05)
    14. El Rinconcito at 1129 11 St, NW (2F06)
    15. El Sol Taqueria at 1227 11th St, NW (2F07)
    16. Espita Mezcaleria at 1250 9th St, NW (2F06)
    17. Etto at 1541 14th St, NW (2F02)
    18. Great Wall Szechuan at 1527 14th St, NW (2F02)
    19. Hamilton Crowne Plaza at 1001 14th St, NW (2F08)
    20. Lalibela Ethiopina at 1415 14th St, NW (2F02)
    21. Le Diplomate at 1601 14th St, NW (2F01)
    22. Lincoln at 1110 Vermont Ave, NW (2F05)
    23. Loews Madison Hotel at 1177 15th St, NW (2F05)
    24. Logan Tavern at 1423 P St, NW (2F02)
    25. Maddy’s Tap Room at 1100 13th St, NW (2F05)
    26. Marriott Marquis at 901 Massachusetts Ave, NW (2F06)
    27. Morrison-Clark Inn at 1015 L St, NW (2F06)
    28. Post Pub at 1422 L St, NW (2F05)
    29. Red Light at 1401 R St, NW (2F01)
    30. Residence Inn at 1199 Vermont Ave, NW (2F05)
    31. Rice at 1608 14th St, NW (2F01)
    32. Sette Osteria at 1634 14th St, NW (2F01)
    33. Siroc at 915 15th St, NW (2F05)
    34. Stoney’s at 1433 P St, NW (2F02)
    35. Teak Wood at 1323 14th St, NW (2F02)
    36. The Catering Company of Washington at 1341 L St, NW (2F05)
    37. The Dabney at 1216/1226 9th St, NW (2F06)
    38. The Pig at 1320 14th St, NW (2F03)
    39. The Westin at 1400 M St, NW (2F05)
    40. Tortilla Coast at 1454/1460 P St, NW (2F02)
    41. Tortino at 1228 11th St, NW (2F07)
    42. Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle, NW (2F05)

CONTESTED LICENSE RENEWALS
These are license renewals for which ANC 2F did receive community input expressing opposition or concerns.

  • The APC voted (5-0) to recommend that the full Commission protest the Class “C” Restaurant license renewal for Drafting Table at 1529 14th St, NW (2F02), until such time that the Applicant enters into a re-negotiated Settlement Agreement with ANC 2F that accurately represents the nature of current business operations, and provides more specific provisions that can be enforced by ABRA.
  • The APC voted (4-0-1) to recommend that the full Commission protest the Class “C” Hotel license renewal for Mason & Rook/Radiatior (formerly Hotel Helix) at 1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW (2F03), until such time that Applicant enters into a mutually agreeable Settlement Agreement with ANC 2F that governs their interior operations.
  • The APC voted (4-0-1) to recommend that the full Commission protest the Class “C” Restaurant license renewal for Pearl Dive/Blackjack at 1612 14th St, NW (2F01) until such time the Applicant enters into a mutually agreeable Settlement Agreement with ANC 2F.

OTHER BUSINESS ITEMS

  • The APC voted (4-1) to recommend that the full Commission maintain its existing protest against the new Class “C” Restaurant license for Village Whiskey at 920 N St, NW Rear (2F06) until such time the Applicant enters into a mutually agreeable Settlement Agreement with ANC 2F.
  • The APC voted (5-0) to recommend that the full Commission maintain its existing protest against the Class “C” Restaurant license renewal for Table at 903 N St, NW (2F06) until such time the Applicant enters into a mutually agreeable Settlement Agreement with ANC 2F.
  • The APC voted (5-0) to recommend that the full Commission maintain its existing protest against the new Class “D” Restaurant license for 14th Street Café Asian Bistro at 1416 14th St, NW (2F02) until such time the Applicant enters into a mutually agreeable Settlement Agreement with ANC 2F.
  • The APC voted (4-1) to recommend that the full Commission support the endorsement sought by TG Cigar for a summer garden at 1118 9th St, NW (2F06). A representative for the License holder detailed the sound mitigation measures taken by the Applicant since the March APC meeting, based on the input and recommendations of community members and APC members who visited the site.

*Please note that this meeting summary is provided as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the 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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Summary of March 22 CDC Meeting

The following is a summary of official actions* taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its March 22, 2016 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not require a vote. Visit the CDC Committee page of this website to see copies of the presentation packets for the items below.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

  • The CDC voted (8-0-2) to recommend that the Commission send a letter to HPRB in support of the historic concept and massing for the rear and roof addition at 1534 14th St, NW, as show in the Applicant’s drawings.
  • The CDC voted (9-0-1) to request the Commission’s endorsement of the Committee’s plan to explore both the process and procedural implications of further defining the historic district guidelines for ANC 2F, with Committee members Helen Kramer and Commissioner Kevin Sylvester leading the exploratory effort.
  • The CDC voted (8-2) to recommend that the Commission contact the appropriate agency(ies) (WMATA and/or DDOT) and request removal of the bus stop shelter at 1336 14th St, NW. A representative for Jinya Ramen (the restaurant slated to open at the indicated address) brought the neighbor-supported request before the Committee with a desire to curtail ongoing litter problems and misuse of the shelter.
  • The CDC voted (7-0-2) to request additional information from DDOT about the proposed Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane in order to better understand the potential impact of the bike lane on travel routes within ANC 2F, and thereafter determine if action on ANC 2F’s part is needed.
  • The CDC voted (5-1-3) to recommend that the Commission send a letter to the Historic Preservation Office in support of the final design plans and concept of a one-story addition atop a commercial garage at 1317 Naylor Ct, NW, as presented by the Applicant.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (9-0) to recommend that the Commission support the Planned Unit Development (PUD) proposal for 1126 9th St, NW, including the zoning variance requests sought and the community benefits package offered by the Applicant.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (9-0) to recommend that the Commission send a letter to the Historic Preservation office with additional requested design changes to the proposed development at 1001 O St, NW, commenting in detail on the Applicant’s insufficient response to the concerns previously enumerated by ANC 2F, and providing recommendations for the types of improvements that will make the building more compatible with the historic character of the neighborhood.

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS:
[NONE]

*All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the April 6, 2016 ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC 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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MEETING SUMMARY: Feb 3 Regular Monthly Meeting

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Tuma thanked community members who joined the D.C. Resident “Snow Team” to help neighbors clear their sidewalks and stoops after the blizzard. Tuma encouraged community members to sign up for the Snow Team at snow.dc.gov.
  • Commissioner Gordon introduced her replacement for the 2F-01 Commission seat, Mr. Maurice Dorsey. This was Commissioner Gordon’s last meeting.
  • Commissioner Fanning shared public thanks for Commissioner Kate Gordon’s service on the Commission, her positive impact on the community, and her tireless efforts and leadership on the ABRA Policy Committee.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sergeant David Terestre of PSA 307 shared the monthly crime report. Total crime in PSA 307 is up slightly (by four crimes) in January 2016 as compared to January 2015. Two of the four crimes were property crimes, and the other two were robberies. Terestre noted that property crime is trending right now.  Lastly, Terestre shared updated contact info for PSA 307.
  • Terestre also introduced two special guests from MPD: the new Third District Commander, Stuart Emerman, who spoke to his vast experience in the Third District and his commitment to community engagement; and Detective Scott Guthrie, who provided a detailed overview of the Third District Detective office’s operations.
  • Sherri Kimbel from Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared three updates: 1) there is a lot of new legislation coming before the D.C. Council, feel free to contact Evans’ office for more information; 2) Jack Evans is now the Chairman of the Metro Board; 3) a request from Evans’ office for community feedback on how the city handled snow removal during the recent blizzard.
  • Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, shared three updates: 1) this week is the Mayor’s Education Week, tomorrow there will be a press conference called “From Birth to Books”; 2) the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was recently released; 3) please join the Snow Team to help out neighbors with snow removal.
  • Aaron DaNu with the MidCity Business Improvement District (BID) provided a progress update for the BID. The BID is currently working toward its 501(c)(6) designation. DaNu shared that the BID’s Board is comprised of the owners of numerous local businesses, including Ben’s Chili Bowl, Junction Vintage, 1905 Bistro, the 930 Club, Miss Pixie’s, and the founder of City First Bank. The main BID goals include: 1) increased foot traffic; 2) increased events that attract customers; and 3) marketing the BID as a place to live, work, and play. Find more info at www.midcitybid.org

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kate Gordon, Chair of the APC, moved for and received unanimous adoption (8-0) of the following business items from the ABRA Policy Committee’s Report from its January meeting:
    • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to enter into a new Settlement Agreement (SA) with Harvest Eats DC, LLC, dba Jinya Ramen Bar (1336 14th St, NW), based on the standard SA template, and reflecting the Applicant’s commitment to prohibiting employees from using the alley for non-work reasons, trash enclosure and rodent abatement guarantees, and summer garden closure no later than 10pm;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to enter into a new Settlement Agreement with Arlington Cinema, Inc. dba Drafthouse Comedy (1100 13th St, NW) in lieu of previous protest, and based on the standard SA template, and reflecting the Applicant’s commitment to no exterior trash, and prohibiting employees from being in the alley for non-work related reasons;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to enter into a new Settlement Agreement with Shaw Dining, LLC dba The Bird (1337 11th St, NW) based on the standard SA template, and reflecting the Applicant’s commitment to enclosed trash; conforming hours for summer garden and sidewalk café; and prohibiting employees in the alley for non-work reasons; and
    • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to modify the existing Settlement Agreement with TG Cigar in order to extend their operating hours until 2am Sunday through Thursday and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Finally, Gordon formally resigned as Chair from the APC, and with enthusiasm moved to appoint Commissioner Kevin Sylvester as new Chair of the APC; the motion was seconded and approved unanimously (8-0) by the Commission.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kevin Deeley, Chair of the CDC, ultimately presented each of the following Committee business items for individual adoption by the Commission:
    • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to request that DDOT extend the end time of Residential Parking Permit (RPP) hours in ANC 2F from 8:30pm until 11:00pm;
    • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to request that the Historic Preservation Office staff take [these ten] comments into consideration during its final permit review of the two-unit row house at 1001 O St, NW;
    • The Commission voted in favor (6-0-2) of empowering Commissioners Deeley and Bengel to negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement with the Applicant behind the Planned Unit Development at 1126 9th St, NW, with specific provisions for 1) enhancement of the proposed parking arrangement; 2) demonstrable and widespread community benefit; 3) continued discussions between the Applicant and community beyond the just residents at the Whittman condominium; 4) involvement of Councilmember Evans’ office in DDOT’s role in the PUD; 5) exploring a potential increase in the number of inclusionary zoning (IZ) units at the 50% area median income (AMI) level.
    • The Commission voted in favor (7-0-1) of supporting the DDOT public space application for a sidewalk café at 1337 11th St, NW (The Bird restaurant);
    • The Commission voted in favor (5-1-2) of recommending that the Historic Preservation Office postpone historic review of the concept, mass, and design of a third floor addition to an existing residence at 1334 Riggs St, NW until after conclusion of the Zoning review that will likely need to occur as a result of the proposed addition.
  • Commissioner Deeley also provided a summary of his, Commissioner Fanning and Commissioner Sylvester’s meeting with HPO staff Maloney, Callcott, and Meyer. Deeley characterized the meeting as productive, and relayed that HPO was very receptive to ANC 2F’s recent concerns about the Commission’s opportunity (or lack thereof) for input on HPO-reviewed projects. Going forward, HPO staff promised to be more meticulous about according all ANCs the opportunity to review projects and provide relevant input.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel, Chair of the CPSC, reported there would be a joint meeting with two other ANCs in the next month or two in an effort to “resurrect” interest and community participation in crime and public safety issues affecting ANC 2F and neighboring ANCs.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma, Chair of the Ed Committee, summarized the recent and informative meeting with Deputy Chancellor of Education for Curriculum, Brian Peck. Tuma also shared his positive feelings about an upcoming meeting on the status of construction at Garrison elementary.

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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Jan. 28 CDC Meeting Summary

Summary of CDC Actions

January 28, 2016

The following is a summary of official actions* taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its January 28, 2016 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not require a vote.

Actions Taken:

  • The CDC voted (5-2-2) to postpone historic review of the concept, mass, and design of a third floor addition to an existing residence at 1334 Riggs St, NW until after conclusion of the Zoning review that will need to occur as a result of the proposed addition.
  • The CDC voted (6-1-2) to recommend that the Commission support the DDOT public space application for a sidewalk café at The Bird, a restaurant set to open later this year at 1337 11th St, NW. The Committee’s support was contingent on a fifty-seat café limit; agreement by the Applicant to maintain green space on the east side of the sidewalk instead of brick; and agreement by the Applicant to install bollards or other similar structures to prevent cars from parking in the public space.
  • The CDC voted (8-0-1) to recommend that the Commission consider the following aspects of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 1126 9th St, NW as priorities in ongoing discussions and negotiations with the Applicant: 1) enhancement of the proposed parking arrangement; 2) demonstrable and widespread community benefit; 3) continued discussions between the Applicant and community beyond the just residents at the Whittman condominium; 4) involvement of Councilmember Evans’ office in DDOT’s role in the PUD; 5) an increase in the number of inclusionary zoning (IZ) units at the 50% area median income (AMI) level. Related to the Committee’s vote, Commission Kevin Deeley, CDC Chair, plans to write a letter to DDOT asking the agency to reconsider allowed usage of the curb cut in order to increase parking spaces.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (7-0) to send a letter to the Historic Preservation Office with requested design changes for the proposed development at 1001 O St, NW. The Committee’s comments related to fulfillment of numerous design improvements mandated by the Historic Preservation Review Board as part of the HPRB’s approval of the project.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (7-0) to recommend that the Commission request that DDOT extend Residential Parking Permit hours from an 8:30pm end time to 10:30pm.

Other Agenda Items:
[None]

*All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the February 3, 2016 ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC 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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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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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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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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Aug 26 CDC Meeting Summary

The following is a summary of official actions** taken by the ANC 2F Community Development Committee (CDC) at its August 26, 2015 meeting, as well as other agenda items that came before the Committee but which did not require a vote. 

Actions Taken:

  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the DDOT Public Space Committee in support of the public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at 1400 L St, NW (Bunna Ethiopian Café), provided that any planters positioned around the cafe area do not encumber a minimum ten foot clearance for pedestrian space.
  • The CDC voted unanimously (13-0) to recommend that the full ANC send 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 76%  just under 70% lot coverage, and 2) a rear yard setback special exception. View of the two-story rear addition to the existing residential structure will be completely obscured from the adjacent alley. The Applicant provided six letters of neighbor support for the addition and related special exception requests.
  • The CDC voted (11-1-1) to recommend that the full ANC send a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board in support of the concept and massing for 0012R Logan Circle, NW. The proposed project is a combination apartment/studio building with garage space on a small, currently vacant rear lot behind 1308-1310 Q Street, NW. The Applicant also detailed desired BZA special exceptions, but the Committee determined it could not make a recommendation until the Applicant filed a BZA case. The Committee expressed its concerns with adding density to an already dense area, and the precedent that might be set by supporting the related BZA requests.

Other Agenda Items:

  • The CDC tabled action on an Applicant’s request for support of the design for replacement of the front steps at 1517 Vermont Ave, NW. The Committee determined that the current steps are painted brownstone steps that are an original part of the building’s historic fabric, and as such the proposed removal of the stairs would not be in line with historic preservation guidelines. The Applicant also detailed a proposed back deck, which the Committee determined would require a zoning special exception. At the Committee’s suggestion, the Applicant agreed to return to the CDC at a future time to present the entire request for zoning special exception(s) and historic design plans.
  • The Committee debated the best course of action related to final design review for 1001 O St, NW, given that the Applicant declined to attend the CDC meeting and present a status update. After extensive discussion and a review of the HPRB’s instructions to the Applicant and HPO to communicate final design developments to ANC 2F, the Committee decided to follow up with HPO staff Brendan Meyer* (see note below), inform Meyer of the Applicant’s unwillingness to engage with the CDC, and determine when and how ANC 2F would have an opportunity to review the final design before desk approval.

*Note: subsequent to the August 26, 2015 CDC meeting, HPO staff member Brendan Meyer noted via email to ANC 2F Commissioners that the final approval process was ongoing and would eventually include DCRA’s review of multiple other disciplines required for permit approval (ie zoning, mechanical, and structural). Meyer explained that HPO would again review the design after the other disciplines had shared their comments and final approval, and at that time there would be another opportunity for the Applicant to engage ANC 2F before HPO’s final approval on behalf of the Historic Preservation Review Board.

**All actions taken by the CDC will be presented at the September 2, 2015 ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting for consideration and a final vote by the full Commission. Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the CDC 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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Aug 5 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Tuma announced the School Supply Drive for Garrison Elementary to provide students with the supplies needed to succeed in the new school year. Donated school supplies can be dropped off on Saturday, August 22 from 9am – 12pm at Garrison Elementary School (1200 S St., NW). See event flyer for more details.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sgt. David Terestre provided the monthly crime report, which compared crime statistics in PSA 307 from July 7, 2015 – August 4, 2015 to the same period in 2014. Accordingly, robberies are up from 6 to 8; property crime is down from 65 to 50; total violent crime is up by 1; and total crime (including all aforementioned stats) is down from 75 to 61. Terestre explained that despite community concern that crime is on the rise, the statistics reveal that crime in PSA 307 is actually on the decline (in contrast to other areas of the District where crime rates are indeed spiking). Terestre also shared a “For Your Safety” informational flyer about protecting your vehicle from theft and tampering.
  • The Commissioners thanked Terestre and the MPD’s Human Trafficking Unit for recent sting operations resulting in the arrest of over 100 “Johns” soliciting prostitution in the neighborhood.
  • Sherri Kimbel from Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared five updates: 1) Evans has been working closely with WMATA to address service and disruption issues; 2) Ward 2 Day at the National Building Museum’s “The Beach” display was a big success, and the next Ward 2 Day will be September 3 at Nationals Park; 3) Evans will be meeting with the Department of General Services in the next week about the delayed modernization progress for Garrison Elementary; 4) a brief summary of the June 30 Ward 2 Community Meeting about homeless encampments, and; 5) mention of the especially productive working relationship Evans has cultivated with DDOT as of late.
  • Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, provided 3 updates: 1) the Mayor’s six month progress report; 2) open enrollment for D.C. public school students to receive $100 in monthly Metro benefits starts April 17; 3) an upcoming Young Professionals event on Thursday, August 13 from 6-8pm at Penn Social, at which senior leadership from the Mayor’s Office will be in attendance.
  • Community member Janice Ferebee encouraged community members to attend the October 4th United to Face Addiction event on the National Mall. The event aims to ignite and grow an emerging national grassroots movement to solve the national addiction crisis.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the APC’s report from its July 2015 meeting, including:
    • Protest of the substantial change request (from Class “C” restaurant to Class “C” tavern license) for Veranda (1100 P St, NW) as a procedural matter in order to maintain ANC 2F’s standing in the upcoming ABRA hearing;
    • Support for entering into a Settlement Agreement with In Stereo, LLC (Name TBD – location is the first floor of Black Whiskey) at 1410 14th St, NW
  • Commissioner Gordon also informed the community that the proprietor for El Sol Restaurant & Tequileria (1227 11th St, NW) will present its request for a new Class “C” restaurant license at the August 19 APC meeting (current status: protested by ANC 2F), and that discussion between the community, ANC 2F, and Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW) about the establishment’s substantial change request for a Class “C” hotel license for a summer roof garden is ongoing.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the CDC’s report from its July 2015 meeting, including:
    • A letter advising HPO that ANC 2F’s consideration of the final HPRB concept review for 1001 O St, NW will be delayed due to the Applicant’s failure to adhere to Committee presentation procedures at the July meeting;
    • Protest of the DDOT public space application for an unenclosed sidewalk café at Bunna Ethiopian Cafe (1400 L St, NW), as a procedural matter due to the Applicant’s failure to attend and present at the CDC meeting.
  • As a separate business item, the Commission voted (6-1-1) to support the DDOT public space application (bollard exception) for 1530 14th St, NW, which will allow the owner to install bollards on the corner of the building and a guardrail along the alley-facing side of the building in order to mitigate the damage routinely caused by delivery vehicles using the alley.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel provided an overview of the July 9 Logan Circle Crime Prevention Meeting, at which Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, MPD Asst Chief Diane Groomes, and MPD Third District Commander Jake Kishter, among other MPD staff, were present.
  • Bengel also briefly discussed the recent homicides at 13th & Riggs and 7th & N, and the prostitution-related arrests made by MPD over the past month.
  • Lastly, Bengel provided a print out of the crime statistics for ANC 2F (which differ from the monthly PSA 307 crime stats presented by Sgt. Terestre), and reiterated Sgt. Terestre’s earlier point about grounding community concerns about crime levels in the reality of crime statistics.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma repeated mention of the August 22nd School Supply Drive for Garrison Elementary (see “Commissioner Announcements” section above).
  • Tuma also provided a brief overview of the July 8 Town Hall meeting discussion, which primarily centered on Garrison Elementary and the need for neighborhood schools in the District. Tuma mentioned that he had not yet received an update from the Dept. of General Services about the timeline for the modernization of Garrison Elementary.

OLD BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted (7-1) to approve the revised $500 grant application submitted by The Friends of Carter Barron Foundation for the Performing Arts. The grant monies will support advertising of the bus transportation that will be available for ANC 2F/Ward 2 residents from Garrison Elementary to the August 22 summer concert series event at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously to approve the $500 grant application submitted by “Moms of Logan Circle” in support of the 5th annual Little Goblins Parade on October 24. The grant monies will support community outreach expenses.

 

*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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