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NEWS: ANC 2B November 2015 Final Agenda posted

The final agenda for tomorrow’s ANC 2B November meeting has been posted and can be viewed at the following link:

November 2015 Final Agenda

The meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm in room 500 of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Please note that, due to Veterans Day, this is a different date than the ANC’s usual 2nd Wednesday meeting.

NEWS: ANC 2B November 2015 Agenda posted

The agenda for the ANC’s November meeting has been posted and can be viewed at the following link:

November 2015 Agenda

The meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm in room 500 of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Please note that, due to Veterans Day, this is a different date than the ANC’s usual 2nd Wednesday meeting.

NEWS: ANC 2B “Resolution Letters by Month” posted

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

September 2015

TNR Program for Feral Cats (General)

Kids Zone in Stead Park (General)

Bicentennial Picnic in Stead Park (General)

1508 Caroline St NW (BZA)

1315 22nd St NW (HPRB)

1220 Connecticut Ave NW (ABRA)

1215 Connecticut Ave NW (Public Space)

1100 15th Street (BZA)

ANC 2B September “Votes of the ANC” posted

This  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 ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

Consent Items for Adoption – General 
Commissioner Mann moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 6-0.

Resolution in support of zoning relief for 1100 15th Street, NW (Washington Post building)to allow mechanical penthouse walls to be of unequal height (BZA application No. 19095) (2B05) The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant at 1100 15th Ave NW requires a zoning variance to reduce the height of certain portions of its proposed penthouse to comply with current zoning regulations; and

Whereas ANC 2B commends the developer for applying for the variance which minimizes penthouse height in certain locations rather than a variance which maximizes height.

Be it RESOLVED ANC 2B supports the project as proposed.

Resolution of support for use of Stead Park on September 13th at 11am for a picnic hosted by the Foundry UMC in honor of its 200 years as a congregation. Stonewall Kickball to share field beginning at 2pm. Bill McLeod available to answer questions.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Control Agenda 

1132 19th St NW – “Bonfire” – ABRA 099786 – Application for CR license for new restaurant with modern American cuisine and entertainment. Occupancy load is 136. HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday through Thursday 10am – 2am, Friday and Saturday 10am – 3pm. HOURS OF SALES/SERVICE/CONSUMPTION: Sunday through Thursday 10am – 2am, Friday and Saturday 10am – 3am. HOURS OF OPERATION OF ENTERTAINMENT: Sunday through Thursday 6pm – 2am, Friday and Saturday 6pm – 3am. (2B06) – Take No Action

 

1220 Connecticut Ave NW – “DVL” – ABRA 099876 – Application for a new CT (Tavern) license. NATURE OF OPERATION: Light fare to mix with rare bourbons. No hood for food service. DJ and bands on occasion
depending on the event. No nude performances. No dancing provided. Seating for 30 and Total Occupancy Load of 250. HOURS OF OPERATION, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES/SERVICE/CONSUMPTION AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:
Sunday through Thursday 10 am – 2 am, Friday & Saturday 10 am – 3 am. (2B07)
Commissioner Nichols moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Dos Ventures, LLC, has applied for a Retailer’s Class “C” Tavern with entertainment endorsement with requested seating of 30 and occupancy of 250 for a business to be named Saint Yves at 1220 Connecticut Avenue, NW., (ABRA 099876).

Whereas, this is an increase in occupancy over the previous tenant, Bertucci’s Restaurant, which had an occupancy of 114.

Whereas, the previous business was a restaurant without a bar area, and this changes the alcohol license classification for this site from a restaurant to a tavern classification for a this site,

Whereas there is already large occupancy licensed for restaurants, taverns, and nightclubs in the vicinity of the proposed site which create problems that reduce peace, order, and quiet.

Whereas, the total occupancy of alcohol establishments in Club Central has continued to increase since ANC2B expressed concerns about the large number of taverns and nightclubs in Club Central in a policy resolution dated May 17, 2010.

Therefore, in order to minimize any impact of additional tavern/nightclub alcohol service on the neighborhood, ANC2B protests this license application on the basis of peace, order, and quiet. Furthermore, the goals of ANC2B will be to ensure that any settlement agreement will prevent negative impacts on neighborhood peace, order, and quiet.

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications 

1508 Caroline Street, NW, (BZA 19044) rear and side additions, heard by ANC and HPRB last year for historic considerations. Now requires zoning variance. (2B09) Commissioner Smith moved to support, seconded by Commissioner . Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant at 1508 Caroline Street NW is requesting a special exception to the zoning regulations for an addition to their property; and

Whereas the property is on Caroline Street NW within the U Street Historic District;

Whereas Caroline Street is unique and composed of pairs of identical houses;

Whereas a small shed on the side of 1508 Caroline Street, constructed prior to the enactment of the historic district, breaks this pattern;

Whereas there is concern from immediate neighbors that the proposed addition will negatively impact their light and air quality as well the health of trees on their property;

Whereas there is concern that the side addition could be precedent setting for the street and few neighbors would like to see the separated homes expanded on the property lines to become row homes.

Whereas ANC 2B reviewed the project at our September 2, 2015 Zoning, Preservation, and Development meeting and supported a compromise (which has since been fully incorporated into the plans) that would retain the one story addition on the side of the building where the shed is now, while angling the rear of the house so that the addition will not impede the light and air of the neighbor to the West.

Therefore be it RESOLVED for the reasons specified above that ANC 2B supports the project as proposed.

Be it further RESOLVED ANC 2B supports the project conditioned on the consultation of an arborist to protect trees on and adjacent to the property during construction.

Be it further RESOLVED that ANC 2B does not believe support for this special exception would constitute precedent for other houses on the block to expand laterally, because of the pre-existing structure on the property line.

 

1315 22nd Street, NW. Historic Preservation review for construction (HPA 15-574). (2B06) Commissioner Smith moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant at 1315 22nd St NW has received support from immediate neighbors; and

Whereas the project is within the context of the block.

Be it RESOLVED ANC 2B supports the project as proposed.

 

DDOT/Public Space Permit Applications 

750 17th Street NW. (DDOT Tracking Number 113081) Public Space application for canopy on premises by John Hancock Life Insurance Co. (2B06) – Take No Action

 

1215 Connecticut Ave NW – & Pizza – application for new unenclosed sidewalk cafe. Six seats. (DDOT Tracking Number 10200432, Review Due September 17, 2015) (2B05)
Commissioner Nichols moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, &Pizza at 1215 Connecticut Avenue has applied for public space to seat six persons at three tables. (DDOT Tracking Number 1020043),,

Whereas, ANC2B supports the business’s desire that its establishment be visible to customers, and understands that sidewalk eating can be part of creating such visibility,

Whereas approving the applied-for space would leave a conduit of only eight feet in a busy area of Connecticut Avenue and would, furthermore, interrupt a long stretch of open sidewalk that creates an elegant view on Connecticut Avenue,

Whereas ANC 2B public space guidelines require ten feet of public space where sidewalk cafe’s are permitted;

Whereas, it appears that noncompliance with public space permitting by other businesses in the block may be adversely affecting the visibility of &Pizza,

Therefore, ANC2B does not support this application. However, ANC2B will work with &Pizza and other businesses to find solutions that support &Pizza and other businesses in the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue.

Be it further RESOLVED that ANC 2B would support a permit for 2 tables and 4 chairs close to the storefront in the future, if discussions with the owners regarding outdoor alcohol consumption and service are completed to the satisfaction of ANC 2B.

Administrative Matters 

Approval of August 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Mann moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 6-0.

Motion to approve $220 request from 17th street festival.
Commissioner Upright moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 4-1-1.

Other Items from Commissioners or Staff 

Resolution to DOEE requesting to reconsider the TNR program for feral cats in the District (10 mins) (Mann)
Commissioner Mann moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS the District Department of Energy and the Environment has released a draft of the proposed “Wildlife Action Plan”

WHEREAS the plan recommends revisiting the successful Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) program for feral and alley cats across the District and instead sending them to already-overcrowded animal shelters, suggesting that feral cats are an invasive species that inhabit National Parks and damage bird, reptile, and mammal populations.

WHEREAS the Washington Humane Society has expressed opposition to this proposal because when the cats arrive at the crowded shelters they would most likely be unadoptable and euthanized, and WHS continues to support the TNR program, having performed TNR on over 8,000 feral cats in DC at no cost to taxpayers.

WHEREAS the District’s TNR program has been considered a model for the rest of the nation by advocate Alley Cat Allies.

WHEREAS feral cats help control the rodent and insect populations in many alleyways in Dupont, and are often cared for by neighbors and residents in Dupont, and concerns remain that this action would have a negative affect on neighborhood pest control.

THEREFORE ANC 2B asks that the DOEE reconsider ending the TNR program for feral cats in the District and remove this proposal from the Wildlife Action Plan.

 

Adoption of New Position Description for Executive Director (10 mins) (Smith)
Commissioner Smith moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Mann. Passed 6-0.