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NEWS: Draft Resolution on the Proposed 14th and U Moratorium

ANC2B will present the below resolution at its regular meeting on May 8 at 7pm at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW).

We encourage interested individuals to contact their Commissioners to share their thoughts on the proposed Resolution in advance of the meeting on May 8. ANC2B has hosted and co-hosted several listening sessions on this topic, but we continue to welcome community feedback prior to our vote. Unfortunately, due to the ANC schedule there will only be a limited time to debate the matter at the meeting.

For more information on the proposed moratorium, we encourage you to read about the proposal, put forth by the Shaw-Dupont Citizen Alliance here (via Borderstan).

Three other ANCs have voted on the matter as well. ANC6E and ANC1B do not have resolutions available online. ANC 2F’s resolution is here.

Feel free to leave your comments below or contact your Commissioner directly.

Here is the text of the Resolution:

Dupont Circle ANC 2B
Proposed Resolution on a Liquor License Moratorium Petition in the

14th and U Street Corridor

To Be Considered at the May 8, 2013 Meeting of ANC 2B

  WHEREAS, The Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance on December 10, 2012, petitioned the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the District of Columbia (“ABC Board”) seeking to establish a moratorium on the issuance of new retailer-class liquor licensees, including restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, and caterers; and

  WHEREAS, The proposed moratorium would encompass a zone extending within the boundaries of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (“ANC 2B”); and

  WHEREAS, The written advice of ANC 2B, as an affected ANC, must be accorded “Great Weight” by the ABC Board, pursuant to section 13(d)(3) of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975; and

  WHEREAS, The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has scheduled a hearing on the petition on May 22, 2013 and has solicited formal comments from affected ANCs; and

  WHEREAS, ANC 2B has discussed and received public comments on the proposed moratorium at a joint listening session held March 20, 2013 with ANCs 1B and 2F, a further listening session hosted by ANC 2B’s ABRA Policy Committee on April 17, 2013, an ABRA Policy Committee meeting on May 1, 2013, and a full ANC 2B meeting on May 8, 2013 – in addition to individual and online community outreach between Commissioners and constituents; and

  WHEREAS, based on these discussions, ANC 2B believes that overall community sentiment is opposed to the moratorium, including residents within and outside of the proposed moratorium zone; and

  WHEREAS, ANC 2B has two liquor license moratoria in its boundaries and has a unique perspective on the effectiveness, including positive or negative outcomes, that a moratorium may have; and

  WHEREAS, ANC 2B believes there is insufficient evidence that a new moratorium will positively impact rates of crime, noise, parking concerns, and other issues; and

  WHERAS, ANC 2B believes a moratorium under existing law is a blunt tool that does not allow petitioners to request more reasonable boundaries; and

 WHEREAS, ANC 2B believes that current tools exist, and other creative solutions should be pursued, to address the concerns raised in the petition, including enforcement of the existing ARTS Overlay, use of Settlement Agreements, encouraging reimbursable police details and specialized police units in the area, and a series of dedicated taxi stands; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2B acknowledges the negative impacts that accompany the growth of liquor licenses in our area; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2B sees positive steps the community should take to address those impacts, including ensuring a well-functioning Advisory Neighborhood Commission and ABC Board with the authority to appropriately punish delinquent licensees; and

WHEREAS, ANC2B has previously been very successful in utilizing these tools, such as Settlement Agreements, to help ensure that the needs of residents are appropriately balanced with the desires of the business community to effectively manage noise, public safety, and parking concerns; and

WHEREAS, A new moratorium would be a market-distorting mechanisms that would unfairly advantage incumbent businesses by transforming liquor licenses within the moratorium zone into commodities that may cost tens of thousands of dollars, pricing local entrepreneurs out of the market; and

WHEREAS, Moratoria treat all liquor-licensed establishments the same and do not distinguish among types of licenses and between good and bad actors, rather than allowing the ANC and the ABC Board the opportunity to consider each potential application on its own merits; and

WHEREAS, ANC 2B believes that many of the new businesses, including liquor-licensed establishments in the proposed moratorium zone have been welcome and positive additions to the 14th and U Street neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, There has been strong collaboration among ANC’s 2B, 1B, 2F, and 6E throughout the new moratorium petition process and all ANC’s have come to similar to conclusions regarding the proposed moratorium; and

Therefore, be it RESOLVED, that ANC 2B advise the ABC Board to reject in its entirety the pending petition to create a retail liquor license moratorium zone in the Historic 14th and U Street Corridor and to decline to move forward with any rule-making process to effectuate such a moratorium zone; and

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That ANC 2B recommit itself to working with District agencies, the City Council, the Metropolitan Police Department, residents, the business community, neighboring ANCs and other stakeholders to improve the enforcement of all applicable laws and regulations governing liquor licensees and potential community impacts, and to seek changes in such laws and regulations, where deemed advisable; and
Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, ANC2B strongly urges the Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration to develop a formal and transparent process with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Zoning to enforce the existing ARTS Overlay in the neighborhood.

NEWS: DDOT to host MoveDC transportation planning meeting 5/8/13

This from DDOT:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, April 26, 2013

DDOT Media Contact: Monica Hernandez – 202-671-2261, monica.hernandez@dc.gov

 

 

***PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE***

 

moveDc Transportation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting to Take Place Wednesday, May 8

 

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a moveDC Transportation Plan Advisory Committee (TPAC) on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

 

The TPAC is made up of District residents from each Ward that are active in transportation-related issues and other civic endeavors and is charged with acting in an advisory role to the moveDC project team throughout the plan development process.  moveDC is a collaborative planning effort, led by DDOT’s Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration (PPSA), to develop a Multimodal Long Range Transportation Plan for the District of Columbia.

 

All TPAC meetings are open to the public.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings. Each meeting’s agenda will be structured to offer time for presentation and sharing of information, discussion by the TPAC and questions and discussion with the public.

 

What:                   moveDC Transportation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting

When:                  Wednesday, May 8, 2013

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where:                National Capital Planning Commission (Commission Chambers)
401 9th Street NW, Suite 500 (North Lobby)

 

Please note all meeting attendees will be required to show state-issued identification to pass through security at the meeting venue.

More information on the time and location of each meeting is available in the calendar section of the moveDC website (http://www.wemovedc.org/calendar.html).

Follow the moveDC project online at www.wemoveDC.org, on Facebook (facebook.com/WeMoveDC) and Twitter (@wemovedc).

NEWS: DDOT to host session on M Street bike lane 5/15/13

This just in from DDOT:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, April 26, 2013

Media Contact: Monica Hernandez at 202-671-2261, monica.hernandez@dc.gov

 

***PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE***

DDOT Invites Public to Meeting on Protected Bike Lane on M Street, NW

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting on May 15 to present and take comments on a proposed protected bike lane for M Street, NW.

The protected bike lane for M Street, NW is proposed to be installed between 14th Street and 28th Street, and is tentatively scheduled for installation this summer.  Separated by flexible posts, the bike lane will be placed on the north side of the road.  It will be serve as a westbound complement to the recently installed L Street, NW bike lane, and will similarly provide bicyclists with more protection from cars than a typical bike lane.  Plans for the proposed protected bike lane will be available for review at the meeting.

 

What:               M Street, NW Protected Bike Lane Public Meeting

 

When:              Wednesday, May 15, 2013

                          6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Where:             West End Library

1101 24th Street, NW

 

Get there:        Bikeshare:              Kiosks at 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and 22nd Street and I

Street, NW.

Circulator:              Woodley Park / Adams Morgan / McPherson Square Route

Metrorail:               Foggy Bottom Station (Blue and Orange Lines)

Metrobus:              Visit www.wmata.com

Parking:                  On-Street metered parking is available.

NEWS: Liquor License Renewal Season!

Over the course of the coming months, ANC2B will be reviewing the Alcohol licenses for all restaurant licenses within our boundaries. This includes both DR (Beer and Wine) and CR (Spirits, Beer and Wine) licenses across all nine single-member districts.

This is the community’s opportunity to weigh-in and review the establishments located in our neighborhood. As Commissioners, we review each of the establishments to see if they have notable incidents on their ABRA compliance history and gather input from our neighbors as well.

As you can tell, the list below is quite extensive and covers a lot of establishments. It may be difficult for each of us to keep tabs on any issues that may exist with a particular establishment. We strongly suggest that you notify your Commissioner about any issues you may have in advance of our meeting so that your thoughts may be weighed during our consideration of each license.

We will post a new list each month as the renewals come in to us.

First Set: Renewal of CR (restaurant full bar) licenses:

Petition date 4/29/13; Hearing date 5/13/13

  1. Alero Restaurant, 1724 Conn Ave NW (2B01)
  2. Thai Chef, 1712 Conn Ave NW (2B01)
  3. City Lights of China, 1731 Conn Ave NW (2B01)
  4. Food Corner Kabob, 2029 P St NW (2B02)
  5. Scion Restaurant, 2100 P St NW (2B02)
  6. Kramerbooks & Afterwards Café, 1517 Conn Ave NW (2B03)
  7. Dupont Italian Kitchen, 1637 17th St NW (2B04)
  8. Mari Vanna Restaurant, 1141 Conn Ave NW (2B05)
  9. The Meeting Place, 1707 L St NW (2B05)
  10. Trattu, 1823 Jefferson Pl NW (2B06)
  11. Sichuan Pavilion, 1814 K St NW (2B06)
  12. The Palm, 1225 19th St NW (2B06)
  13. Bertucci’s, 1218 Conn Ave NW (2B06)
  14. Otello, 1329 Conn Ave NW (2B07)
  15. Café Citron, 1343 Conn Ave NW (2B07)
  16. Kababji, 1351 Conn Ave NW (2B07)
  17. Selam Restaurant, 1524 U St NW (2B09)

Petition date 5/6/13; Hearing date 5/20/13

  1. Mandu, 1805 18th St NW (2B01)
  2. Pesce, 2002 P St NW (2B02)
  3. Ping Pong, 1 Dupont Circle NW (2B02)
  4. Raku, 1900 Q St NW (2B03)
  5. McCormick & Schmick, 1652 K St NW (2B05)
  6. Vapiano, 1800 M St NW (2B06)
  7. Nooshi, 1120 19th St NW (2B06)
  8. Vidalia, 1990 M St NW (2B06)

Second Set: Renewal of DR (restaurant beer/wine only) licenses (Petition date 5/6/13; Hearing date 5/20/13):

  1. Zorba Cafe, 1612 20th St NW (2B02)
  2. Loeb’s Deli, 1712 I St NW (2B06)

Third Set: Renewal of CX (multi-purpose) licenses (Petition date 5/6/13; Hearing date 5/20/13):

  1. Art Jamz, 1728 Conn Ave NW (2B01)
  2. Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW (2B05)

Fourth Set: Renewal of C (hotel) licenses:

Petition date 4/29/13; Hearing date 5/13/13

  1. Hilton Washington Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Mass Ave NW (2B02)
  2. Tabard Inn, 1739 N St NW (2B05)

Petition date 5/6/13; Hearing date 5/20/13

  1. Courtyard by Marriott, 1600 Rhode Island Ave NW (2B05)

Fifth Set: Renewal of C (club) licenses:

Petition date 4/29/13; Hearing date 5/13/13

  1. Cosmos Club, 2121 Mass Ave NW (2B02)

Petition date 5/6/13; Hearing date 5/20/13

  1. Sulgrave Club, 1801 Mass Ave NW (2B07)

NEWS: Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee Meeting 4/2/13

Meeting of the Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00pm @ the Dupont Circle Resource Center (9 Dupont Circle NW)

(1) Brief update on Dupont Underground project
(2) Application to HPRB for 1216 18th St NW (HPA #13-212) (future location of Guitar Bar) for rooftop deck and concealment of mechanical equipment
(3) Application for 2123 Twining Court (former location of Omega nightclub) for roofdeck as part of conversion to residential use
(4) Application to HPRB for 1412 T Street for construction on vacant lot
(5) Proposed comments on the Office of Planning’s “Historic Preservation 2016” plan (link available here)