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NEWS: March “Resolution Letters by Month” are posted

The following letters that were transmitted to D.C. government agencies as the result of ANC actions at the Commission’s February meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

March 2015

The Wydown (Public Space)

Retirement of Commander Michael Reese (General)

1909 K St NW (ABRA)

1827 M St NW (ABRA)

1776 I St NW – Best Sandwich (Public Space)

1717 Connecticut Ave NW (ABRA)

1534 Swann St NW (BZA)

HPA 14-530 1772 Church Street, NW 

NEWS: March “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 Februry 2015 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Upright moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 8-0.

 

General Agenda Items

Commander Michael Reese Retirement Award
Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 8-0.

Request for Support of an Alley Mural on the 1500 Block of U St NW (2B09)
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0.

Alley Mural at 1610 U St NW (2B08)
Commissioner Mann moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 7-1-1.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Control Agenda

*Note: Commissioner Silverstein chooses to recuse himself from ABRA related matters because he sits on the city ABC board.

Request by The Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market at 1717 Connecticut Ave NW for a stipulated license for a Class B Beer and Wine license. Hour of sales is 10am to 10pm seven days a week. (2B01)
Commissioner Feldstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 8-0.

Request by Parlay at 1827 M St NW (#097074) for Approval of Stipulated License for additional hours for which they had previously applied. (2B06) (10 mins)
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0.

Request by Look at 1909 K St NW for substantial change to its license to change from a Class “C” Restaurant to a Class “C” Tavern. Hours of operation, sales, entertainment and sidewalk cafe operations will remain the same as below. (2B06) (10 mins)
Commissioner Smith moved to protest based on peace, order, and quiet. Seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 8-0.

 

DDOT Public Space Committee Applications 

Public Space Permit application #10177129 for New Sidewalk Cafe Un-Enclosed at 1924 14th St NW – The Wydown (2B09) (10 mins)
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 6-3.
Amendment 8-1-0.
The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the Wydown at 1924 14th St NW has applied for a sidewalk cafe occupancy permit;

Whereas the street-scape on the sidewalk of the 1900 block of 14th St. NW, including very large tree boxes, does not provide substantial space for both a sidewalk café and pedestrian right-of-way;

Whereas ANC 2B’s published Public Space Guidelines call for at least ten feet of open pedestrian space on all sidewalks, but also that each application should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis;

Whereas the Wydown has proven to be a good neighbor, willing to find a solution that works for all parties, and there is significant public benefit in supporting outdoor seating on this block, where there is nearly none; and

There are several successful and not successful examples of sidewalk cafes on 14th St. that allow less than ten feet of pedestrian sidewalk space.

Therefore be it RESOLVED that ANC 2B supports this public space application if the plans are redesigned and resubmitted to allow at least eight (8) feet of pedestrian clearance on the sidewalk.

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications 

Zoning variance application (#18951) for construction of a rear deck at 1534 Swann St NW (2B09)
Commissioner Warwick moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0.

Rehearing of Historic Preservation Review for St. Thomas Church Development, 1772 Church St NW (2B07) (40 mins)

1. Presentation of new designs by CAS Reigler and St. Thomas Church
2. Questions and comments from Commissioners
3. Questions and comments from the public
4. Vote on resolution

Commissioner Underhill moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 7-0-2. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas St. Thomas’ Parish Episcopal Church proposes to build a church at the intersection of 18th and Church Streets, NW, and developer CAS Riegler proposes to build a residential building facing Church Street at 1772 Church Street, NW;

Whereas, ANC 2B values the contributions St. Thomas’ Parish has made to the community;

Whereas, ANC 2B respects St. Thomas’ right to use the land at 1772 Church Street, NW for religious purposes without undue economic burden;

Whereas, 1772 Church Street, NW is included in the Dupont Circle Overlay District, the purpose of which is, among other things, to preserve and enhance the unique low scale, predominately residential and historic character, and independent small retail businesses of Dupont Circle, given the high-density development pressures caused by its proximity to the Central Employment Area and the Dupont Circle Metrorail Station;

Whereas, 1772 Church Street, NW is included in the Dupont Circle Historic District, and as such has protections to assure that alterations of existing structures are compatible with the character of the historic district, and to assure that new construction and subdivision of lots in an historic district are compatible with the character of the historic district;

Whereas the historic district and historic overlay designation supersedes the underlying zoning and may result in a development unable to maximize the height and density allowed by the underlying zoning;

Whereas at the HPRB hearing on October 2, 2014, HPRB members expressed concerns about both the church and residential components of the project as presented; and HPRB remanded the project with recommendations of changes needed to remedy deficiencies before submitting revised plans for its review;

Whereas ANC 2B believes changes made after the October 2, 2014 HPRB meeting do not adequately address concerns raised in the prior review by HPRB, including:
· HPRB’s finding that the residential building’s height, mass, and architectural character should be significantly redesigned to be more residential in character;
· HPRB’s finding that significant further design work was needed to improve the church’s relationship to the historic district;

Whereas the changes since previous concept design has pushed massing towards the public alley rather than re-conceptualizing the design;

Whereas the residential design as presented on March 4th, 2015 at the ANC 2B Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee meeting would be supportable if the residential component in height or bulk were compatible with the historic character and texture of the Dupont Circle neighborhood and in particular with the 1700 block of Church Street, NW;

Whereas many residents of the Dupont Circle neighborhood have expressed opinions that the designs of the two structures do not relate as well to the street as other buildings in the historic district, lack pedestrian-scale detailing, interfere with sight lines and maintain a horizontal and “boxy” appearance;

Therefore, be it RESOLVED that ANC 2B recommends that the Historic Preservation Review Board find the proposal compatible with the Dupont Circle Historic District if and only if the following is met:

Design and materials
•Alterations are made to the exterior design so that the corrugation of the Church Street buildings’ facades and the rhythm of the Church Street buildings’ roof lines are in scale with the surrounding buildings. In particular, design changes should be made to draw the eye more toward the church component of the project and to reduce the visual impact of the residential component;

•Alterations are made to make the church and residential exterior, materials and design more compatible with the historic character and scale of the neighborhood, representative of the remaining low density residential townhomes and buildings as intended by the letter and the spirit of the Dupont Circle Overlay. ANC 2B finds that the buildings are too angular, too symmetrical and lack architectural character that would enable the buildings to blend into the neighborhood, particularly in relation to Church Street.

Amendment to delete paragraph.
Commissioner Feldstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Failed 2-7.

•While ANC 2B does believe that a more modern and varied design could be compatible in the neighborhood, the church and residential designs as they stand today need additional architectural features that echo the neighborhood’s features, as illustrated by some of the buildings shown on page A-4 of the March 4, 2015 proposal. In particular, the articulation of the residential bays should be a more dramatic 4-5 feet offset to articulate the bays. The small, dark window panes throughout the residential component do not echo the rhythm of the street. With respect to the church, the horizontal terra cotta panels conflict with the vertical design elements and the campanile is strongly vertical, but is clad in short horizontal pieces, which is visually incongruent.

Massing and impact
•The residential building seen from adjacent at-grade vantage points including the entirety of Church Street, P Street, 18th Street, and the public alley between Church and P Streets be between 40 and 59 feet tall, including mechanicals, and maintain existing setbacks. This should be confirmed by a series of flag tests before substantial construction; ANC 2B understands this requirement may result in the reduction of total square footage of the residential component of the building and we encourage HPRB to limit the massing on the alley side;

•The project team considers a small setback, permanent easement, or other traffic circulation solution on the alley between the parking garage entrance and 18th Street to enhance mobility of alley users, more easily accommodate two-way traffic, and ameliorate congestion caused by the 33 new parking spaces, the purpose of which is to further enable the free circulation of vehicles and pedestrians through the public alley;

Future collaboration
•A committee led by ANC 2B—including neighbors, St. Thomas, the project team, and DCCA—continues to engage in proactively addressing zoning and quality-of-life related matters prior to a zoning hearing;

•The project team submits a study of the effects on traffic and congestion, both on the 1700 block of Church Street, NW and in the alley between that block and the 1700 block of P Street, NW, and develops strategies to ameliorate any negative impact prior to a zoning hearing;

•The project team hires a professional arborist and submits plans to the ANC and HPRB that include methods to protect and preserve existing trees to the extent possible and, where not possible, to replace them;

Be it further RESOLVED that ANC 2B supports treating this project as including two separate structures, each of which is subject to the requirements of DC law and policy and each of which should comply with the letter and the spirit of historic preservation, zoning, and zoning overlay provisions.

 

NEWS: February ” Resolution Letters by Month” are posted

The following letters that were transmitted to D.C. government agencies as the result of ANC actions at the Commission’s February meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

February 2015

1255 22nd St NW (DCRA)

1734 R St NW (HPA)

1745 N St NW (BZA)

1827 M St NW (ABRA)

2201 P St NW (BZA)

Patterson Mansion (Public Space)

Stonewall Kickball events in Stead Park (General)

West Dupont Liquor Liscense Moratorium Zone (ABRA)

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.