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NEWS: December “Resolution Letters By Month” now posted

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

December 2014

1432 Swann St NW (HPRB)

1504 Swann St NW (BZA)

1504 Swann St NW (HPRB)

1541 T St NW (HPRB)

1617 Riggs Place (HPRB)

1826 15th St NW (HPRB)

1900 N Street (Public Space)

2112 R St NW (Public Space)

2127 N Street NW (HPRB)

NEWS: December “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:

 

Meeting Minutes

Approval of Minutes (October 2014 and November 2014)

 

General

Resolution to Support Delinking Soccer Stadium from Reeves Center (ANC1B) – Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 5-1-0. The resolution reads as:

Whereas, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 (Stadium Act) would approve agreements to acquire land at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, DC, prepare the land for development, lease the land to the DC United soccer team, enable the construction of a 20-25,000 seat soccer stadium, abate property and sales taxes, and develop adjacent land;

Whereas, the Stadium Act proposes to swap the District-owned Reeves Center located at 14th and U Streets NW for land at Buzzard Point, after which a private developer will redevelop the Reeves Center with a predominance of market rate housing;

Whereas, the plans to redevelop the Reeves Center were formed without community input;

Whereas, it is estimated that the Stadium Act will produce net new spending of $2.6 billion, including for both one-time construction benefits as well as the ongoing annual recurring benefits associated with the Stadium, the Buzzard Point hotel, the Reeves Center redevelopment and the new Ward 8 municipal center;

Whereas, this level of combined net new spending is estimated to support 1,683 new full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs), including both full and part-time jobs, and these new jobs are estimated to generate personal earnings of $1.3 billion in 2015 net present value dollars from 2015 through 2046;

Whereas, there are significant non-economic benefits that will also accrue from the soccer stadium project, including spurring economic development on Buzzard Point as much as ten years faster than would happen without significant governmental investment;

Whereas, it has been proposed that the Reeves Center will be replaced with a new government office building in Anacostia, which will also help to accelerate that area’s revitalization;

Whereas, despite the proposed benefits, the Stadium Act as negotiated can be improved upon by de-linking Reeves from the acquisition of land on Buzzard Point;

Whereas, recent appraisals value the Reeves Center at between $11 million and $20 million more than the price that the District is being paid for the property;

Whereas, the current administration has not initiated any action to fund the Ward 8 municipal office building;

Whereas, to protect District taxpayers, a higher value can be achieved by selling the property to the highest bidder;

Whereas, the DC Council Committee on Economic Development, chaired by Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser, proposes to remove the Reeves Center land swap from the Stadium Act and doing so addresses the problem of the current purchase price being below the appraised value, solves the concerns voiced by many community members that they have not participated in discussions about how the site should be redeveloped;

Whereas, removing the Reeves Center land swap from the Stadium Act also allows the District to require that the site include more affordable housing;

Whereas, the Stadium Act as proposed to be amended by Mayor-Elect Bowser ensures that residents have input into the future of their communities, saves the District taxpayers millions of dollars, spurs redevelopment of Buzzard Point, generates hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions in economic benefit, and results in the construction and operation of a state of the art home for DC United for decades to come, while also preserving the opportunity to redevelop the Reeves Center and develop a new municipal center in Ward 8 in consultation with the affected communities;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That ANC 2B supports Mayor-Elect Bowser’s plan to amend the Stadium Act to delink the Reeves Center from the stadium deal and to engage the community in discussions regarding the future of the Reeves Center and a new municipal office building in Ward 8.

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

HPRB Application for 2127 N Street NW
Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 5-0.

Resolution on ANC2B Support for Market Price Purchase of St. Thomas Land to Preserve Parkland (Commissioner Nichols) – Commissioner Nichols moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 1-5-0.

Rehearing for HPRB Application for 1617 Riggs Place, NW (HPA-14-723) (2B04) – Commissioner Putta moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 4-1-1.

1826 15th St NW – historic preservation review for rear garage and third floor (non-visible) construction (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

ANC 2B supports the project as presented, only if a flag test confirms that the addition is not visible from anywhere along the 1800 block of 15th Street. The ANC supports the garage portion of the project as presented.

1432 Swann St NW – historic review for third floor addition (non-visible)(2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the owners of 1432 Swann Street NW propose to add a third story to their home, which would not be visible from the street.

Be it resolved ANC 2B supports the project as presented.

1504 Swann St NW – historic and zoning variance review for rear second story addition (visible from Swann St) and roof deck (non-visible) (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant proposes a second story addition to the rear of their home; and

Whereas the addition will be entirely visible from there street; and

Whereas the applicant is requesting the addition due to the loss of light and air on their roof deck based on their neighbor’s previously approved project.

Therefore be it resolved ANC 2B supports the project based on the unique circumstance of the impact of their neighbor’s addition on light, air, and quality of life; and

Be it further resolved ANC 2B believes this addition will enhance the historic Swann Street facade by filling in a currently vacant air space.

1541 T St NW – historic review for roof deck (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant at 1541 T Street NW proposes to build a rear deck and a roof deck; and

Whereas the roof deck will not be visible from the street and is consistent with a previously supported roof deck on the same block;

Whereas the applicant has two letters of support from neighbors.

Therefore be it resolved that ANC 2B supports the project as proposed.

 

Public Space Use & Related Applications

Public space application for a curb cut for a new mixed use block-long structure at 1900 N Street. Curb cut is for the new building, and will be in the same approximate place as the existing curb cut for the existing structure. JBG is the developer, and will introduce the project to the ANC at this presentation. (2B06) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 5-0-1. The resolution reads as follows:

ABRA application, sidewalk cafe for Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Ave., 8 seats. (2B01) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 5-0. ANC protest application based peace order and quiet and public saftey.

Public space application for 2112 R St NW for a Sculpture. (2B02) Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 6-0.

 

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

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

November 2014

& Pizza at 1215 Connecticut Ave NW (ABRA)

15th Street Cycle Track (DDOT)

1508 Caroline Street (HPRB)

1924 14th St NW (DDOT)

Draft Circulator Transit Development Plan (DDOT)

Dupont Underground (DMPED)

Fresh Farm Markets (General)

Friends of Stead Park Support (General)

Grillfish (DDOT)

Nagomi(ABRA)

Phillips Collection (BZA)

Phillips Collection (HPRB)

Santa Charity Event (General)

Sauf Haus (ABRA)

Selam Restaurant (ABRA)

Traffic Signals (DDOT)

 

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: November ” Votes of the ANC” blog 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:

 

Meeting Minutes & Work Calendar

Approval of Minutes (October 2014)
November Regular Meeting minutes subject to technical changes – Delay to next meeting.

 

General

Request for letter of support to DC HSEMA for High Heel Race (which was held October 28th) – Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 7-0.

Request for support from Fresh Farm Markets to operate during winter months (January, February and March) – Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 7-0.

Friends of Stead Park Support Letters for Grand Re-Opening Celebration on November 15, 2014 from 11:30 – 1:30 and Pictures with Santa on December 6, 2014 from 11a-1p. – Commissioner Putta moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Stead Park’s acre of field space has undergone a transformation making it a multi-use resource for the community including a jogging track, a splashpark, a raised stage/pavilion, many trees/benches/tables, and an entrance connecting the park directly to the 17th Street commercial corridor;

Whereas some of the funding for this revitalization project came from a Planned Use Development agreement negotiated by ANC 2B;

Whereas, the renovations are now substantially completed;

Whereas, the Mayor is expected to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the field space for public use on Saturday, November 15;

Whereas, Friends of Stead Park is planning a Family Fun Field Day immediately following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and is obtaining the proper permits for doing so.

Be it resolved that ANC 2B supports the Stead Park Family Fun Field Day and congratulates Friends of Stead Park for helping to preserve neighborhood greenspace and revitalize it into an asset and amenity that all community groups and ages can enjoy together.

Be it further resolved that ANC 2B thanks Mayor Gray, Councilmember Evans, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of General Services for supporting this important project for our community.

 

Support for Photos With Santa Charity Event in Stead Park, Saturday, December 6, 2014 – Commissioner Putta moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Friends of Stead Park is planning a Photos with Santa event on
Saturday, December 6 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Stead Park;

Whereas, this event will feature photos with Santa, a singing elf, hot chocolate, and candy canes;

Whereas, in lieu of an admissions fee, Friends of Stead Park is asking participants to donate canned goods to benefit the following charity: Capital Area Food Bank.

Therefore, Be it resolved that ANC 2B supports the Photos with Santa in Stead Park event on Saturday, December 6.

 

Alcohol Applications 

Renewals

Class B Retail-Grocery license for New Hampshire Market. 1900 16th St NW (ABRA‐060454) (2B09) – No Action

Class B Retail-Grocery license for Trader Joe’s, 1914 14th Street NW (ABRA‐093455) (2B09) – No Action

Class B Retail-Grocery license for Prego Again, 1617 17th St NW (ABRA‐090326) (2B04) – No Action

Class B Retail license, Hampton Inn – White House Suite Shop (Single Sales Exception), 1729 H St NW (ABRA‐091668)(2B06) – No Action

 

General Alcohol Applications 

Review of Sauf Haus Settlement Agreement Amendment, 1216 18th St NW (ABRA-086803) (2B06). – Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 7-0.

Application for new CR liquor license application for “& Pizza” at 1215 Connecticut Ave NW. New restaurant that will prepare and sell pizza and have recorded music. Total occupancy of 52 with a sidewalk café of 11 seats. Proposed hours of operation for inside and sidewalk café: Sunday to Thursday 7 am to 2 am, Friday and Saturday 7 am to 3 am. Proposed hours of alcohol sales inside and outside is 8am to 2am weekdays and 8am to 3am weekends. (ABRA-096845) Petition Date is December 1, 2014; Roll Call Hearing Date is December 15, 2014 (2B05)- Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 7-0.

Request for substantial change from class CR (restaurant) to class CT (tavern) liquor license for Recessions at 1823 L Street NW. No changes to hours of operations or entertainment. (ABRA-060567) – The Commission takes no action.

Request for substantial change from class CR (restaurant) to class CT (tavern) liquor license for Selam Restaurant at 1524 U Street NW. No changes to hours of operations or entertainment. (ABRA-060080) (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved to protest on the basis of peace, order, and quiet subject to a successful settlement agreement or other resolution. Seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 6-0.

 

Stipulated License Request for Nagomi, 1990 M St NW Suite 100. Authentic Japanese restaurant. Occupancy 49. Hours of Operation and Alcohol Sales/Service: Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 11:00 pm (ABRA-096999)(2B06) – Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas; the applicant has requested that ANC 2B support the issuance of a Stipulated License in accordance with Section 200 of Title 23 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, (“23 DCMR §200”), to operate under the terms of that license application prior to the completion of the 45 day protest period, and;

Whereas; the hours of the stipulated license requested by Nagomi are similar to the existing hours of a similar establishment located on the same block;

Whereas; the stipulated license request includes hours that are substantially earlier than legal license hours;

Now therefore be it resolved; that ANC 2B Supports the request by Nagomi for a stipulated license.

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications 

Review of Use of Space Application for the Dupont Underground – Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development has requested the ANC’s comment on a short term lease of the Dupont Underground to the Arts Coalition for Dupont

Be it resolved the ANC strongly supports activating the use of the Dupont Underground for temporary uses to find the feasibility of a long term use when the ANC will give future feedback; and

Be it resolved that the ANC would like a member of the ANC to be on the Board of Directors of the Arts Coalition for Dupont.

Rehearing for HPRB Application for 1617 Riggs Place, NW (HPA-14-723) (2B04) – Moved to the next meeting.

 

HPRB Application for renovation and rear addition at 1508 Caroline Street (HPA 15-058) (2B09)- Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas Caroline Street NW is a one block historical treasure, whose unique qualities should be celebrated and protected;

Whereas Caroline Street NW is generally composed of matching paired row homes on both sides of the street, built together in the 1880’s;

Whereas the owners of 1508 Caroline Street NW have applied to the Historic Preservation Review Board to renovate the interior, add a third story to the front of the home, add a two story addition to the rear of the home, renovate and improve the front of the property to add an entrance to a basement dwelling and to generally match the look and design of its paired home at 1506 Caroline;

Whereas 1506 Caroline St NW added a third story addition in the late 1800’s;

Whereas Caroline Street NW is part of the U Street Historic District;

Whereas the neighbors of Caroline Street NW have met to discuss the proposed project and have agreed with the owner to two specific changes to the proposal; and

Whereas there is concern from Caroline Street residents that support for this project could lead to additional visible third story additions to the street, which is generally not supported by neighbors.

Therefore be it RESOLVED that ANC2B supports the project with the following three conditions:

That the proposed west side bump out addition not be greater than the current single story;
That there not be a visible west side terrace on any level; and
That support of this project NOT be considered precedent setting for this block or in anyway indicate support for a future proposal to add a third story front addition to a property on Caroline Street NW.

 

 

HPRB and BZA applications for Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street N.W., to enclose rooftop HVAC system (HPA 15-054) (BZA XXXX) (2B02) – Commissioner Feldstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the Phillips Mansion is requesting a BZA and HPRB variance for an HVAC system on the roof; and

Whereas there is a proposed visible addition of a roof over the HVAC system
Therefore be it resolved the ANC supports the project as proposed including potential future iterations of the concept on staff level; and

Be it further resolved the ANC believes the addition of a roof over the HVAC system will enhance the beauty of the neighborhood and protect the treasured institution of the Phillips Collection.

ANC2B Support for Market Price Purchase of St. Thomas Land to Preserve Parkland (Resolution Introduced September 29, 2014; Tabled Until November 12) (2B07)- Tabled to next ANC meeting and ZPD meeting.

 

 

Public Space Use & Related Applications 

Public Space application #10158637 for unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 1050 17th St NW (2B06) – Commissioner Stephens moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Motion to ask DDOT to table this issue to our December meeting.

Public Space application #10162018 for 3 valet parking spots at 1924 14th St NW (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 6-1-0.

 

Resolution in Support of the Draft Circulator Transit Development Plan. – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas ANC2B has been invited to comment on the DC Circulator 2014 Transit Development Plan Update;

Whereas the proposed extension of the Georgetown to Dupont Circle circulator to Howard University goes through ANC 2B on 18th Street;

Whereas ANC 2B find that the extension of Circulator Service from Dupont Circle to U Street and Howard University will benefit the neighborhood;

Whereas has previously expressed support for a expanded Circulator route from Dupont to Foggy Bottom and the Lincoln Memorial, and looks forward to a future Dupont Circle to Waterfront Circulator;

Whereas no specific routes have yet been devised, but that ANC2B encourages strong community engagement so that the neighborhood will have a chance to understand any impacts of stops on a street to traffic, parking, and the and the reliability of the Circulator to provide frequent service while serving high-demand areas with multiple traffic choke points; and

Whereas, vehicles northbound on 18th Street NW often face significant delays approaching Florida Avenue due to the signal timing, which could impact a Circulator service.

Therefore be it RESOLVED that ANC 2B enthusiastically supports the proposed plan to add more Circulator service to the Dupont neighborhood, and suggests DDOT staff conduct a walking tour on 18th Street NW between Dupont Circle and Florida Ave with the ANC’s transportation and public infrastructure committee in order to identify the best Circulator stop locations while conforming to Circulator service guidelines.

ANC 2B recommends DDOT request reliability data from WMATA’s previous service on 18th Street NW and a study of reusing infrastructure on 18th Street NW left behind from WMATA’s previous bus service, including bus pads between T St and Florida Ave NW.

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED that ANC2B general supports additional public transit options servicing our neighborhood.

Resolution to Evaluate Utility of Traffic Signals in Residential Dupont Circle. – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 7-0.

Resolution to Alter Signage on the 15th Street Cycle Track – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. – Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the signage on the 15th street cycle track is inconsistent, confusing and poorly placed;

Whereas poor signage can lead to dangerous interactions between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists;

Whereas there is no consistent signage warning drivers that a two-way cycle track exists on 15th street as they approach; and

Whereas ANC2B’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee performed an audit of the cycle track and developed recommendations in the attached powerpoint presentation.

Therefore be it RESOLVED that ANC2B supports the recommendations in the attached presentations, including changing the signage of the 15th St cycle track to:

Ensure the intended audience for each type of sign is clear and consistent
Simplify and make uniform all signs
Place signs at optimal height and location for visibility by their intended audience; and
Add more signs to inform cyclists and motorists about the existence of the cycle track and lane layout.
Be it FURTHER RESOLVED that ANC2B requests that DDOT make these changes during the regular springtime maintenance of the cycle track in early 2015.

ANC2B’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee is eager to discuss these requests with DDOT and is available for consultation during off-peak biking months so that installation can occur in the Spring.