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October 7th ZPD and St. Thomas Development Public Input Meeting

The October 7th Zoning, Preservation, and Development Meeting of ANC 2B will be held in the West Wing meeting room of the Embassy Row Hotel at 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW. The meeting will begin at 7PM and consider three regulatory applications as well as a public input meeting on the development at 1772 Church St NW.

Regulatory Agenda 7:00PM-7:30PM

1600 I St NW / 888 16th Street NW (Motion Picture Association of America) Applications to the a) Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and a) the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA):

a) HPRB Application No. 15-575, A noncontributing structure, Historic Preservation Review Board (Hearing Scheduled for October 22 (or 29 overflow))
b) BZA Case 19122 (i) to allow an increase of an existing, and (ii) to allow a portion of an existing roof structure to be devoted to enclosed communal amenity space that is to an outdoor roof terrace, to allow the renovation and expansion of the existing office building on the Subject Property in the SP-2 District.

1415 22nd St NW, Commission of Fine Arts Review

1514 Q St NW, Historic Preservation review of rear addition

1325 21st Street NW rear addition HPRB # 15-632 Note: delayed to November agenda at applicant’s request

Public Input Meeting 7:30-9:00PM

Following HPRB’s review of the St Thomas Church development at 1772 Church Street NW, the applicant applied for a zoning variance. When the applicant applied for a zoning variance, the ANC convened a small group of neighbors, the developer, the church, and the ANC to discuss reaching a memorandum of understanding regarding the construction and operational impacts of the development. The public input meeting is to engage the broader community on concerns and items for consideration. Committee members will be at the drop-in meeting to hear concerns in small groups.

If you have any questions before the meeting, please reach out to Commissioner Daniel Warwick.

Listed below are items the committee has already brainstormed for consideration.

Pre-construction Items:

  • Transportation Analysis
    • Trip Generation Study
    • Alley Width/Configuration
    • Alley Management Plan
  • Arborist Assessment (Street Trees)
  • Existing Conditions Survey
    • Neighboring Homes
    • Settlement Monitoring
  • Construction Staging Plan
    • Sequencing of Church/Residential Construction
    • Sidewalk/Alley/Roadway Restrictions
    • Overall Project Schedule

Construction Items:

  • Point of Contact Identification
  • Hours of Construction
  • Rodent Control
  • General Liability Insurance
  • Neighboring Property Surveys
  • Maintenance Reimbursements
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Alley and Parking Access
    • Notice of Closure
    • Parking Reimbursement
  • Construction Dust Mitigation
  • Construction Worker Parking
  • Alley Resurfacing

Operational Items:

  • Public & Private Outdoor Space
    • Usage
    • Noise Controls
    • Light Controls
    • Privacy
  • Trash Collection
  • Loading Zone Operations
  • Rear Door Access/Restrictions
  • Property Management Contact Identification
  • Community Utilization of Facilities
    • Meeting Space
    • Parking
  • Secondary Church Functions
    • Funerals
    • Weddings
    • Special Events
    • Potential Future Uses
  • MOU Specific Items
    • Effect of Agreement
    • Enforcement
    • Modifications

NEWS: ANC 2B August “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:.

August 2015

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW (BZA)

1103 19th St NW – DC Pizza (ABRA)

1120 19th St NW – Olivia’s Diner (DDOT)

1215 Connecticut Ave NW – &Pizza (DDOT)

1528 Connecticut Ave NW – Beefsteak (DDOT)

1637 17th St NW – Dupont Italian Kitchen (ABRA)

1750 H Street NW (Public Space)

1926 14th St NW – Tico (ABRA)

Friends of Stead Park activities (DPR)

Urging DDOT to Monitor Traffic Pattern Changes for Construction at 15 Dupont Circle NW (DDOT)

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: ANC 2B to Host City and PEPCO on January 14 to Discuss Recent Power Outage

At its regular monthly meeting on January 14th at 7:00 pm at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Ave NW) the Dupont Circle ANC will host Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, and representatives from the Mayor’s Office and PEPCO to discuss the response to the recent neighborhood-wide power outages.

On January 6th an underground cable fault occurred shortly before 7 a.m. near 18th and Corcoran streets, NW.  That affected three underground feeders and led to power outages for approximately 6,100 customers. At first, customers were told power would be restored before noon. That assessment was incorrect, but residents made plans without proper information, and some were stranded in unheated homes in sub-freezing temperatures. By nightfall, a warming center had been set up in Petworth, but it was more than 2 miles away, and many residents did not learn about it until after dark. Many did not feel safe leaving their homes to walk icy sidewalks with no street lights.
 
Above all, our neighbors did not receive enough timely and accurate information to make proper decisions about their own health and safety. While the ANC fully understands that infrastructure breaks down and that it can be difficult to diagnosis and fix the problem, our concern here is about how we respond to such emergencies. What went wrong here, what can we learn from that, and what steps can we take now to improve our communications systems so that future emergencies are better managed?

At the same meeting, four new Commissioners and five returning Commissioners will be sworn in by Mr. Evans and the ANC will discuss a range of regulatory applications as well as their 2015 goals. The full agenda, which will be updated on Sunday, is available HERE.

NEWS: ANC 2B January 2015 Regular Meeting Agenda

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

January 2015 Meeting Agenda

As always, the meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of the month — on the 14th of this month — at 7pm in the Brookings Institution building at 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

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: ANC’s Transportation Committee Recommends Three Proposals to Keep Neighborhood Moving Safely and Efficiently

The Dupont Circle ANC’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee has been hard at work the last several months on several projects intended to help keep our neighborhood safe and moving efficiently. This Wednesday, the committee will present three of those projects to the ANC and seek their support. We hope you can join us at 7pm at the Brookings Institution on November 12th to discuss the following resolutions:

  • Traffic signals on 60 second cycles in residential areas might not be the most efficient or safe way to control an intersection. Led by new member David Alpert, the committee has recognized potentially inefficient traffic signals in residential areas and requested a study of their appropriateness for the neighborhood. There are several options for remedy, including elimination of traffic signals or a simple change to their timing.

 

  • The committee, led by Susan Volman and Rudi Riet have audited the utility and appropriateness of signage along the 15th Street Cycle Track and recommended comprehensive changes to signage for bikers, motor vehicles and pedestrians. Inconsistent, confusing and poorly placed signage along 15th Street can lead to dangerous interactions among all road users. The Committee’s audit (including pictures!) resulted in several recommendations for infrastructure changes that bring our cycle tracks in line with international standards and better prepare users for potential hazards. The Committee recommends that by Spring 2015, DDOT replace the signage of the 15th Street 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.
  • The committee recommends enthusiastic support for the DC Circulator plans for expansion through Dupont Circle to Howard University and is asking for further opportunities to provide input. The committee supports any and all additional public transit options in our neighborhood and had previously recommended a new Circulator route from the National Mall to U Street.

The full ANC agenda for this Wednesday is available here.

NEWS: Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee Meeting Agenda

November 2014 ZPD Agenda

ANC 2B Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee

November 5, 2014 7:00 pm
Dupont Circle Resource Center – 9 Dupont Circle NW

 

1617 Riggs Pl NW. (2B04)

1506 Q Street, NW HPRB (#14-517) (Dupont Circle Historic District). Owner Sean Neilan; Architect KC Price. Conversion with rear addition. (2B05)

1508 Caroline Street NW. Total renovation, including rear addition and basement build-out, to match paired home next door. HPRB (2B09)

1504 Swann Street NW. Filling in 2nd level with visible addition. HPRB and BZA (2B09)

Phillips Collection at 1600 21st Street NW. Covering HVAC system on roof. HPRB and BZA. (2B02)

Dupont Underground Change in Use of Space

NEWS: October “Votes of the ANC” blog has been 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:

 

Election to fill the vacancy in position of Vice-Chair

Commissioner Smith moved to nominate Commissioner Stephens as Vice-Chair, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Approved by acclimation.

 

Meeting Minutes & Work Calendar

Approval of Minutes (September & September Special Meeting 2014)

September Regular Meeting minutes subject to technical changes – Commissioner Stephens moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 5-0.

September Special Meeting minutes subject to technical changes – Commissioner Stephens moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 5-0.

 

Alcohol Applications

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

Renewals

Class B Retail-Grocery license for Dupont Market at 1807 18th St NW (ABRA-021578) (2B01) – No Action

Class B Retail-Grocery license for Oasis, Inc 2024 P St NW hours of alcohol sale/service Sunday-Saturday 9am-12am (ABRA-014153) (2B02) – No Action

Class B Retail-Grocery license for Metro Supermarket 2130 P St NW hours of alcohol sale/service Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-8pm (ABRA-074057)- No Action

Class B Retail-Grocery license for 1500 Market at 1500 Massachusetts Ave NW (ABRA-060717) – No Action

Class B Retail-Grocery license for Marbi’s Newsstand at 1730 Rhode Island Ave NW (ABRA-092424) – No Action

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

HPRB Application by 1617 Riggs Place, NW (2B04) – Commissioner Feldstein moved for a one month delay to look at the matter more in depth and to get the Dupont Conservancy position. seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 7-0.

HPRB and BZA (BZA #18844) Applications by 2131 N Street NW for two-story rear addition of approximately ten feet. Kim Kemper to present. Hearing: 9/23/2014 (2B06) – Commissioner Silverstein moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant is seeking to a two story addition to the rear of the property;

Whereas the applicant is seeking a lot coverage variance based on a historic alley setback below current zoning minimums;

Whereas the applicant has presented letters of support from neighbors;

Whereas the proposed addition is in alignment with neighbors and is not precedent setting;

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

 

HPRB (#14-638) 1108 16th St NW (16th Street Historic District). Owner Red Multi Family: Attorney Anne H. Adams, Esq., Goulston and Storrs; Architect Jane Nelson, Nelson Architects. Project adds stories to the former Planned Parenthood Building to create a mixed use building of offices and residences. (2B05) – Commissioner Feldstein moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the proposed project adding residential is in a historic district and subject to HPRB review;

Whereas the applicant proposes to retain the first and second floor facades and proposes to use building materials consistent with the historic nature of the neighborhood.

Whereas consultation with residential neighbors finds not objection.

Therefore ANC 2B has no objection the project as proposed.

BZA (#18866) 1108 16th St NW (16th Street Historic District) – Commissioner Feldstein moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant proposes several zoning variances including a “quantity of parking variance”, adding office space and residential units in a SP zone, and not meeting the minimum courtyard width for a residential building; and

Whereas if residents and office tenants desire reserved parking spaces there are multiple parking garages in the vicinity of 1108 16th St NW which offer reserved parking; and

Whereas the minimum courtyard width variance is only required due to the developer’s choice to provide a courtyard for more open space, light, and air for residents, office tenants, and neighbors, and the ANC believes the voluntary development of a courtyard below minimum width is better than having no courtyard.

Therefore ANC 2B has no objection to the project as proposed.

HPRB (#14-517) 1506 Q Street, NW (Dupont Circle Historic District). Owner Sean Neilan; Architect KC Price. Conversion with rear addition. (2B05) – Commissioner Nichols moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, ANC does not support this project until we are able to review through our ZPD committee to allow the community and stakeholders to be involved.

WHEREAS, the developer did not attend the ZPD meeting and thus it is not ANC 2B’s fault that they did not got through the normal process.

HPRB Application by 1841 15th Street NW for two story addition (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 4-0-2. Commissioner Maltz and Nichols abstain. The resolution reads as follows:

ANC2B does not object to the project as presented, however we encourage HPRB and HPO staff to consider whether a rear addition of 15.5 feet is appropriate for the street and compatible with the neighborhood.

ANC2B supports the use of materials, landscaping, and lighting that are as appropriate, beautiful, and enhancing as possible—particularly for the eastward facing wall that neighbors will see.

Finally, ANC2B will continue to support a dialogue between neighbors in an effort to find ways to minimize impacts of the proposed construction on quality of life, safety, and beauty.

 

 

Consideration of resolution to submit to Board of Zoning Adjustment on appeal (#18851) for the issuance of a building permit for a rear deck at 1536 T Street NW. Note that the ANC will address only its own procedural history and not the plans or provisions for the construction, which was supported by the ANC earlier this year. (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas an appeal (#18851) has been filed with the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the
issuance of a building permit for a rear deck at 1536 T Street NW (permit #B1409246);

Whereas the appellant’s statement indicates that their basis for appeal includes all the grounds for opposing the granting of zoning relief at the same location (#18725);

Whereas ANC2B adopted a resolution in support of the zoning relief for this address on February 17, 2014;

Whereas the appellant’s statement lists one basis of their appeal to be “The Advisory Neighborhood Commission report supporting the proposed variances was a legal nullity because improperly noticed. Its recommendation was, therefor, a nullity.”;

Whereas ANC2B responded to several Freedom of Information Act requests in February and March of 2014 regarding the notice provided for ANC meetings in February;

Whereas ANC2B testified before the Board of Zoning Adjustment in March 2014 providing both support for the zoning relief and defending the proper notice of the February 17, 2014 meeting; and

Whereas the Board of Zoning Adjustment unanimously approved the zoning relief for this address and noted in their decision the following:

“The Party in Opposition argued that ANC 2B had not provided proper legal notice for its
February 17, 2014 meeting at which the Applicant presented its request and the ANC voted to
recommend approval. Whether that is correct depends upon an interpretation of the ANC statute
and the bylaws of ANC 2B. Both the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman (also the SMD in this
case) attended the BZA hearing and provided testimony that offered a reasonable interpretation
that the ANC’s recommendation in this case was duly and validly issued. This Board is only
charged with interpreting the Zoning Regulations and will defer to the ANC with respect to the
laws and bylaws that govern its procedures.

However, the Board also concludes that even if it had found the ANC’s recommendation to not
be valid, the Board would still approve this Application. The Board found that the Applicant met the burden of proof for being granted the variances independent of anything stated by the ANC, and therefore even if the ANC letter had never been received, the result would have been the same.”

Therefore, be it RESOLVED that ANC2B maintains that it’s meeting on February 17, 2014 was properly noticed and that the Board of Zoning Adjustment should continue to give great weight to it’s resolution regarding this case.

Attached to this resolution shall be ANC2B’s resolution from February 17, 2014 and the written testimony of Commissioners Noah Smith and Will Stephens to the Board of Zoning Adjustment on March 11, 2014.

Annual Review of Zoning Variance (special exception) for Universalist National Memorial Church at 1810 16th St NW to allow a theater in the basement. (2B09) – Commissioner Smith moved the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas in 2012, the Universalist National Memorial Church applied for a variance from the use provisions for theater performances on the basement level in the DC/R-5-B District at premises 1810 16th Street, N.W. (#18471);

Whereas in November 2012, ANC2B adopted a resolution supporting the variance with the following conditions:

1) Restrict to the front entrance of the Church all audience and staff coming to all public events held in the auditorium, whether sponsored by Spooky Action Theater or sponsored by the UNMC;
2) Restrict to the front entrance staff and performers coming to the Church for rehearsals or auditions;
3) Restrict to the front entrance audience, staff and performers who leave the building for smoking breaks or intermissions;
4) Exceptions to these restrictions are ADA access, which is best accomplished through the alley entrance, deliveries of materials and equipment, and emergency exit ;
5) Limit attendance to productions by the theater renting space in the UNMC auditorium to 75, though other non-performance events sponsored by the theater or any event sponsored by the UNMC itself may use the full 225 person capacity of the auditorium; and
6) Remove the restriction on the number of performances that may be held during a one-year period.

Whereas the variance was granted with the ANC’s conditions in place;

Whereas one additional condition of the special exception is that “The Church shall meet with the ANC annually to discuss any concerns and the need to implement any new mitigation measures.”

Whereas the Spooky Action Theater, which operates in the basement of the Church, has approached the ANC to discuss its annual obligation for meeting and discussion of concerns and whereas Commissioner Smith has spoken with several neighbors who do not have additional concerns about current operations, and who indicated that the above referenced conditions are being met.

Therefor be it RESOLVED that the Church has met its annual obligation to meet with the ANC and that ANC2B continues to appreciate the Church’s and Theater’s willingness to meet with and address concerns from neighbors.

 

Rehearing: Application for valet staging zone for Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW – Commission takes no action.

Application for new driveway at 1711 Massachusetts Ave. (#98466) (2B07) – Commissioner Smith moved to support the application, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0.

 

Report of Transportation & Public Infrastructure Committee

Nomination of David Alpert to serve on the TPI Committee. Vote to approve new members of the Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee, David Alpert. Moved by Commissioner Smith, Seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0.

 

Finance/Treasurer Items

FY14 Q4 $77,680.02. Motion on quarterly report. Motion by Commissioner Maltz, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 5-0.

Budget Updates: Motion to adopt new budget which has 23 items and not 24, subject to finding a place to add workers compensation. Motion by Commissioner Maltz, seconded by Commissioner Stephens. Passed 5-0.

Reimbursement of Pride Parade candy expenses for up to $20 – Commission Stephens moved to approve the reimbursement of Pride Parade candy expenses for $20, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 5-0.