NEWS: February “Votes of the ANC” blog posted

This new blog, “Votes of the ANC” will be posted on the day after our monthly meeting to explain the votes that took place the night before. The language in resolutions will still be up to final review and some changes may be made.  Last night at our regular ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

 

Meeting Minutes

Approval of January 2015 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Upright moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 9-0.

 

General Agenda

Discussion and Adoption of 2015 ANC2B Goals
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Mann. Passed 9-0.

Determination of 2015 Committees and Working Groups

Commissioner Nicole Man to Chair Transportation & Public Infrastructure Committee. Motion by Commissioner Smith to support, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 9-0.

Commissioner Warwick to be Chair of Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee. Motion by Commissioner Smith to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0.

Commissioner Michael Upright to Chair Workgroup on Chronic Homelessness in Dupont. Motion by Commissioner Smith to support, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 9-0.

Commissioner Silverstein to Chair South of the Circle Late-night Workgroup. Motion by Commissioner Smith to support, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 8-0-1.

Commissioner Maltz to be Liaison to Ward 2 Education Coalition. Motion by Commissioner Smith to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0.

Request for letter of support for use of Stead Park by Stonewall Kickball.
Motion by Commissioner Nichols to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the DC Department of Parks and Recreation has requested a review of a request by Stonewall Kickball to increase its Sunday permitting hours from 11 a.m. to 6;30 p.m. to 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning with its spring season in March 2015,

Whereas, there is not expected to be any negative effect on the peace of surrounding neighbors in their homes because
a)The change is a change in structure and not in the actual use of the park by Stonewall Kickball; Stonewall Kickball in the past and as planned under this permit schedules its regular season games to end by 6 p.m. and then occasionally uses additional time to complete a game when, for some reason – rain delay, etc., a game can not be played or completed as scheduled. This change “pre-permits” for occasional use that is now governed by a more complicated permitting process that results in the same park use. Most Sundays the park will be available for general use after 6:30 p.m.

b)Any noise during games will be reduced because Stonewall Kickball will be playing only one game at a time this season and home plate has been moved to a location in the northwest corner of the park where residents are less likely to be bothered by any noise.

c)Stonewall Kickball will inform the community of the days and times of its regular and rescheduled games.

d)Stonewall Kickball will continue to work with the community on any issues that may arise.

Whereas, besides the recreational benefits to its participants, Stonewall Kickball has a long standing relationship with Stead Park and the Dupont Circle Community that improves the neighborhood through park maintenance, bringing revenue to local businesses, and donations to a variety of DC charities.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports this permitting request by Stonewall Kickball.

WHEREAS, Stonewall Kickball has provided a healthy, wholesome recreational outlet for participants for the past nine years, and
WHEREAS, Stonewall Kickball has been a good neighbor, raising funds for worthwhile charitable causes, and is an important social outlet for the LGBT community and its allies, and
WHEREAS, Stonewall Kickball is a non-profit organization that pays more than 15-thousand dollars in fees for use of the field at Stead Park, and
WHEREAS, Stonewall Kickball members spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each season in the 17th Street business district alone, and
WHEREAS, Dupont Circle ANC 2B supported the recent renovation of Stead Park with the stipulation that it would allow enough space for two simultaneous games, but the new layout does not allow for two games to be played safely at the same time,
THEREFORE, ANC 2B strongly supports Stonewall Kickball’s application for the use of Stead Park, including allowing them to play on Sunday evenings until 8pm.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Control Agenda

 

Application of DeSales Restaurant Group, LLC t/a Parlay at 1827 M St NW. Substantial change of CR (restaurant) license for hours of operation, alcohol sales and live entertainment. ABRA-097074
Motion by Commissioner Maltz to support, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 8-0.

 

Discussion of the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Zone and Deliberation of a Motion to Delay the Expiration of the Moratorium by 120 Days
Motion by Commissioner Warwick to support, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

ANC 2B requests a 120 day extension of the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Zone. ANC 2B requests this extension to analyze the impact of a potential request for renewal on peace, order, and quiet, residential parking, over-concentration, and property values in the locality. ANC 2B further requests the additional time due to a newly inaugurated commission which precluded beginning the community engagement process before January 2015 and a desire to fully understand neighbors’ thoughts on the moratorium through public meetings, online comments, and a report drafted by a working group. While the extension is for 120 days, ANC 2B will submit a recommendation to the ABC Board during or before May 2015

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

2201 P St NW (BZA # 18926) (2D) (10 mins)
(Special Exceptions) Pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3104.1, for a special exception from the child development center requirements under § 205, to operate a child development center of 74 students aged 12 months to six years including 18 staff, in the R-3 District at premises 2201 P Street, N.W. (Square 2510, Lot 827).
Motion by Commissioner Warwick to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas 2201 P St NW, the School for Friends at Church of the Pilgrims, is requesting a special exception pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3104.1, for a special exception from the child development center requirements under § 205, to operate a child development center of 74 students aged 12 months to six years including 18 staff, in the R-3 District at premises 2201 P Street, N.W. (Square 2510, Lot 827).

Whereas the site has been operated as a child development center since the mid-1960’s and provides a public good of preschool for neighborhood children.

Whereas expanding the number of allowed students will allow more neighborhood children access to the facility.

Whereas the project is adjacent and abutting ANC 2B located in 2D and ANC 2D has already given a letter of support to the project.

Therefore; ANC2B joins ANC 2D in support of the special exception to expand the child development center.

 

 

1745 N St NW (BZA #18946) (2B05) (10 mins)
(Special Exceptions) Pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3104.1, for a special exception from the historic resource parking requirements under § 2120.6, to provide 13 parking spaces rather than the 15 parking spaces required for an addition to historic structures in the DC/SP-1 District at premises 1745 N Street, N.W. (Square 158, Lot 84).
Motion by Commissioner Warwick to support, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant, BZA #18946 seeks a special exception pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3104.1, for a special exception from the historic resource parking requirements under § 2120.6, to provide 13 parking spaces rather than the 15 parking spaces required for an addition to historic structures in the DC/SP-1 District at premises 1745 N Street, N.W. (Square 158, Lot 84).

Whereas previous iterations of the project included 26 parking spaces, requiring an underground parking structure with exorbitant costs and potential impacts to the structural integrity of historic buildings on and near the project.

Whereas the entrance to the alley providing access to parking is narrow and more parking may have adverse impacts on neighbors.

Therefore ANC 2B supports the special exception as presented.

 

 

1734 R St NW (HPA 15-059) (2B03) (10 mins)
Historic Preservation review of a proposed conversion of row house to a four unit building.
Motion by Commissioner Maltz to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant proposes conversion of a row house to a four unit building.

Whereas the property is located adjacent to the Ross School.

Whereas the ANC is concerned about construction impacts on neighbors and the Ross School, but is encouraged by discussions between the architect and PTA and neighbors.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports the project as proposed but urges further collaboration among neighbors and Ross Elementary in order to reduce construction impacts on all neighbors.

 

 

DDOT Public Space Committee Applications (8:55pm) (30 mins total)

 

Patterson Mansion public space application – 15 Dupont Circle NW (2B07) (10 mins)

Motion by Commissioner Underhill to support, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 7-1-1. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant redeveloping the Patterson Mansion requests moving sidewalk grates, moving the bus stop, adding a bike stand, adding special paving, and changing the flower box on public space;

Whereas ANC 2B supports the moving of the bus stop to a location better serving WMATA buses; and

Whereas the applicant has agreed to add additional bike racks on the west side (Dupont Circle side) of the public space.

Whereas ANC 2B requests DDOT take a second look at the possibility of maintaining curb cuts at the entrance to the Patterson Mansion to consider the issues regarding traffic flow and pedestrian safety.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports the public space application as proposed.

 

 

1255 22nd St NW (2B06) (10 mins)
Conversion of empty office building to residential.
Motion by Commissioner Warwick to support, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant at 1255 22nd St NW is requesting an alley vacation to build a continuous residential building on two lots.

Whereas the alley vacation will include a permanent easement for vehicles to serve adjacent buildings.

Whereas the conversion of abandoned office space to residential is a positive result of the project.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports the alley vacation as proposed.

 

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