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NEWS: ABRA Committee Meeting, Sept 17

The ABRA Committee of ANC2B will discuss revisions to existing guidelines for alcohol service in outdoor space at its 8:00 p.m. (note time change), September 17, 2014, meeting.  Draft minutes of the ABRA Committee’s August 20, 2014 meeting follow.

ANC 2B ABRA (Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration) Committee

Draft Minutes– Wednesday, August 20,2014, Dupont Circle Resource Center

Next Meeting:  8:00 p.m. (note time), Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Member Attendance: Chair: Commissioner Abigail Nichols (2B05) (replaced Kevin O’Connor at June 2014 ANC meeting), Ruth Horn, Dupont Circle Citizens Association (2B01); Ramon Estrada, at large (2B09); Caroline Mindel (2B08)

Others: Elwyn Ferris, Jonathan Padget, Sarah Peck

Committee Mission.  Abigail distributed the relevant pages of the ANC2B manual that describe the mission of the ABRA Committee.  She noted that the committee has no authority but rather makes recommendations to the Commission.  Therefore it is important that resident members keep-in-touch-with/lobby their commissioners about committee recommendations.

Meeting administration.  All meetings are public meetings.  Ruth Horn and Jonathan Padget agreed to help with communications for the committee.

Membership:  The Committee agreed we should aim for resident members  directly affected by the various alcohol business areas.  Jonathan Padget from the west P Street area agreed to be nominated for committee membership.  The committee needs a member living close to the 17th Street establishements.

Abigail will reach out to our business members to discuss how we can make best use of their expertise.

ABRA News: 

  • Ozio Board Order limiting roof top music
  • Chi Cha Lounge where the ABC board did not support residents complaints
  • Café Asia – August 15 lifting of summary suspension
  • Saloon 45 Hearing, August 6, where Councilmember Jack Evans and ANC2B argued against any license being granted.  Sarah Peck said this is an important part of the protest process and that it is not too late to ask to submit findings of fact and conclusions of law.  The hearing lasted 8 ½ hours; there was discussion of why this was.

Problem Areas and Information Sharing:

  • Jonathan Padget described noise created by catered evens at Anderson House; he has been working with the manager there.  Said MPD would only respond to complaints about noise that was disturbing the neighborhood after 10 pm.
  • Ruth Horn and Caroline Mindel described voice noise disturbances (in contract to amplified music)
  • Ruth Horn said that protestants should realize that there avenues of appeal beyond the ABC Board decision.

Committee Activities:  Members agreed to work on the following tasks:

  • Ramon Estrada will recruit a committee intern
  • Caroline Mindell will consult Elwyn Ferris and explore how tracking ABRA enforcement actions can inform neighbor work with alcohol establishments.
  • Abigail Nichols will begin modifying the March 2011 ANC2B “Guidelines on Sidwalk Café/Outodor Restaurant Use to include outdoor alcohol service on privately-owned space.
  • The Committee will invite Tom Lipinsky from Councilmember Jack Evans to a future meeting.
  • The Committee will look for opportunities to describe the many trouble-free settlement agreements and other neighbor/establishment successes.
  • The Committee will anticipate the April 11, 2015, expiration of West Dupont Circle Moratorium.

Agenda for Next Meeting:  Outdoor alcohol service and use of ABRA data on enforcement.

NEWS: Further Information on Special ANC2B Meeting to Review St. Thomas Church Development Project (1772 Church St NW) (2B07)

September 2014 Special Meeting Agenda

Further Information on Special ANC2B Meeting to Review St. Thomas Church Development Project (1772 Church St NW) (2B07)

Monday, September 29, 2014

1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Room 500

7 – 9 p.m.

September Special Meeting Agenda on St. Thomas Church Development

Review and comment on a working draft resolution for discussion at this meeting 

On September 29, 2014 at 7pm the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission will hold a special meeting to discuss and vote on a Historic Preservation Review Board application for development at 1772 Church Street NW. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in this meeting. Public comments may have to be limited based on the number of attendees and time constraints.

The ANC will not discuss this matter at its regularly scheduled Wednesday September 10th meeting. A revised agenda for the September 10th meeting has been distributed.

This project was presented to the ANC at its July meeting and since then the developers have made revisions to the plan based on ANC comments. Those changes will be reviewed on September 29th.

The ANC provides recommendations to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Church Street project will be presented to the HPRB on October 2nd. Members of the public are encouraged to testify before the Board or to send written comments. More information on how to testify or submit comments is available here.

To review the revised project plans, click here.

To provide comments to ANC Commissioners prior to the meeting, please email commissioners@dupontcircleanc.net.

Check the Dupont ANC website for further information and updates.

NEWS: August “Resolution Letters by Month”

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:.

August 2014

Support of Foundry Methodist Church Homeless March (General)

Support of CX License Application for Heurich House (ABRA)

Street Fixture or Furniture (Exception) at 1100 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW (Public Space)

Public Space Permit application # 10147525 for valet staging at 1223 Conn Ave NW (Dirty Martini) (Public Space)

Flagpole(s) (Exception) at 1050 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW (Public Space)

Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U Street NW (Public Space)

Application for special exception BZA #18-802 for construction at 1727 Mass. Ave (BZA)

Application for rear deck at 2028 Hillyer Pl NW (BZA)

Application for exterior renovations, rear addition and roof deck to 1459 S St NW. (HPRB)

 

These letters can also be viewed on the “Resolution Letters by Month” page of the ANC website, along with other letters sent on behalf of the Commission in previous months.

NEWS: August “Votes of the ANC” Posted

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

 

Approval of Minutes

1. June Regular Meeting minutes – Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 5-0-1.

2. July Regular Meeting minutes subject to technical changes – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 5-0-1.

Public Announcements

3. Commissioner Silverstein announced a March for Homeless from Foundry Methodist Church on August 17th at 12:30pm. Commissioner Silverstein moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Foundry Methodist Church is sponsoring a Walk/Run to End Homelessness, on Sunday August 17th at 1230pm and

Whereas, monies raised from this event will be matched by a corporate sponsor and used to fund Back on My Feet, a program to help the homeless, and

Whereas, Dupont Circle ANC strongly supports such programs, having facilitated grants totaling $40,000 this year to Charlie’s Place and Sasha Bruce Youthworks, two local non-profit organizations that provide food, counseling, medical services, and shelter to area homeless people,

Whereas, there is still much work to be done to address the challenge of homelessness in the District and our neighborhood, and

Whereas the Dupont ANC must continously reaffirm our neighborhood’s committment to addressing the needs of the homeless.

Therefore, Dupont Circle ANC 2B supports the Foundry Methodist Church Walk/Run to End Homelessness and urges our friends and neighbors to participate in this worthwhile event.

 

Regulatory Items

Alcohol Applications

4. Request by Heurich House Museum located at 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW for CX license as an exception to the West Dupont Moratorium (2B06) – Commissioner Maltz moved the below resolution, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas Heurich House Museum, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW, has applied for a Special Purpose (CX) license with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA); and,

Whereas Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (ANC2B) finds no adverse impact to the neighborhood due to this application; and,

Whereas ANC2B finds that a CX license would be in line with the historic nature of the establishment, which was the home of famous brewer Christian Heurich, and, is in fact often referred to as “the Brewmaster’s Castle;” and,

Whereas the Heurich House Museum has, at no point, ever been within the boundaries of the West Dupont Circle Moratorium Zone as defined in the map on ABRA’s own webpage (Attachment 1) and as codified in DC Code at Title 23 of the DC Municipal Regulations, Chapter 3, Section 307.2 (Attachment 2);

Be it resolved that ANC2B supports the filing of the application by Heurich House Museum for a CX license; and,

Be it further resolved that ANC2B strenuously objects to any assertion that Heurich House Museum exists within the boundaries of the West Dupont Circle Moratorium Zone as defined in DC regulations.

5. Request for substantial change to license for Cities (086319) located at 919 19th Street NW entertainment endorsement of the sidewalk cafe. Entertainment will include jazz bands,steel drums and a DJ. Sidewalk cafe capacity is 64. Current hours of operation, sales, service, consumption: Sunday through Thursday 8am-2am and Friday and Saturday 8am-3am. Current hours of operation, sales, service and consumption for sidewalk cafe: Sunday 12p-2am, Monday through Thursday 11:30am-2am, Friday through Saturday 11:30am-2am and Friday through Saturday 11:30am-3am. Proposed hours of Entertainment for sidewalk cafe: Sunday through Thursday 6pm-2am and Friday and Saturday 6pm-3am. (2B06) – Commission Maltz moved to withdraw the protest from last month because of the location, because of the proximity to residents and hotels, and because there is no change or extension of hours, Seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0.

ABRA Policy Committee

6. Items: Commissioner Nichols would like to nominate Caroline Mendel to the committee. Commissioner Nichols moved to nominate Caroline Mendel, Seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0-1.

Public Space Use & Related Applications

7. Public Space Permit application #97200 for Fixture: Street Fixture or Furniture (Exception) at 1100 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036. – Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0.

8. Public Space Permit application #96863 for Fixture: Flagpole(s) (Exception) at 1050 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036. – Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0.

9. Public Space Permit application # 10147525 for valet staging at 1223 Conn Ave NW (Dirty Martini) – Commissioner Stephens moved to ask for a delay to Public Space and to object to it because the infrastructure is changing, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 6-0.

10. Public Space Permit application #10138103 for valet staging for Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U Street NW – Commissioner Stephens moved to object and ask for a delay and to ask for guidance from DDOT if a valet station should be ever across from a Fire Station, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 6-0.

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

11. Application for rear deck at 2028 Hillyer Pl NW – Commissioner Smith moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicants seeks zoning variances for increasing lot occupancy, increasing floor area ratio and an addition to an already non-conforming structure for the purpose of constructing a rear deck.

Whereas the applicant presented four letters of support from direct neighbors;

Whereas the proposed deck is consistent with the rest of the alley, including its direct neighbor; and

Whereas the proposed deck will not negatively impact privacy or light and air quality for the direct next door neighbors.

Therefore be in RESOLVED that ANC2B supports these variances as presented, based on drawings drafted on December 2, 2013.

 

12. Application for special exception BZA #18-802 for construction at 1727 Mass. Ave – Commissioner Smith moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, the applicant for 1727 Massachusetts Ave NW seeking a special exception BZA #18802 to convert 800sf of residential space in the Winthrop condominium into commercial office space;

Whereas the applicant has reviewed the condominium’s bylaws and has confirmed that the conversion is not prohibited;

Whereas this space has been used as commercial or non-resident space for over a decade without complaint; and

Whereas the owners of the unit have sent a letter to all condominium residents notifying them of the proposed conversion and have received no negative feedback.

Therefore be in RESOLVED that ANC2B supports this special exception.

 

13. Application for exterior renovations, rear addition and roof deck to 1459 S St NW. (HPA 14-516) – – Commissioner Smith moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant is seeking to renovate an existing single family home into two units, erect an addition to the rear of a historic structure, add a roof deck, and renovate the front facade;

Whereas the applicant only seeks a modest rear addition, which is consistent with the other homes on the block;

Whereas the proposed addition will only be minimally visible from 15th St and no part of the proposed construction will be visible from S St;

Whereas the applicant has presented letters of support from both immediate next door neighbors;

Whereas the proposed roof deck is not precedent setting and would nearly match a deck immediately next door; and

Whereas the applicant proposes to restore the historic front bay windows and facade to match the rest of the block.

Therefore be it resolved that ANC2B supports this project as presented.

 

Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee

14. Appointment of New Member: Daniel Warwick – Commissioner Smith would like to nominate Daniel Warwick to the committee. Commissioner Smith moved to nominate Daniel Warwick, Seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0.

15. Commissioner Stephens would like to nominate Commission Feldstein to replace and Chair the ZPD committee. Commissioner Stephens moved to nominate Commission Feldstein, Seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 5-0-1.

 

General Items

16. Consideration of financial contributions to support 17th Street Festival – Commissioner
Maltz moved to support the financial invoice to support 17th Street Festival in the amounts of $1,280 for Porta Potties and $800 of additional allowable cost, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0.

Administrative Matters

17. Pass financial report for FY 2014 quarter 3 – Commission Maltz moved to approve the financial report for FY 2014 quarter 3. Passed 5-0-1.

18. Affirm re-engagement Deschaine Fellow Nicole for Summer Semester (May-Aug)- Commission Stephens moved to re-engagement Deschaine Fellow Nicole for Summer Semester (May-Aug). Passed 6-0.

19. Affirm re-engagement Deschaine Fellow Nicole for Fall Semester (May-Aug)- Commission Stephens moved to re-engagement Deschaine Fellow Nicole for Summer Semester (May-Aug). Passed 6-0.

20. Affirm re-engagement of Coudriet Fellow Daniel for pro-rate Summer Semester (June 1st- July 9th)- Commission Maltz moved to approve the Coudriet Fellow Daniel pro-rate for Summer Semester. Passed 6-0.

21. Reimbursement of Pride Parade candy expenses for up to $115 – Commission Maltz moved to approve the reimbursement of Pride Parade candy expenses for $100 up to $115. Passed 6-0.

NEWS: July “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:.

July 2014

1220 19th Street (Public Space)

1727 Mass. Ave (BZA)

2012 ANC2B Resolution on Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Safety Improvements (General)

Bottom Line (ABRA)

Cities (ABRA)

Custom Fuel Pizza (ABRA)

Honoring Dupont Festival (General)

MinuteClinic (DoH)

St Thomas Church (HPRB)

Support of Garrison Market (General)

Taylor Gourmet (Public Space)

 

These letters can also be viewed on the “Resolution Letters by Month” page of the ANC website, along with other letters sent on behalf of the Commission in previous months.