Category Archives: Minutes

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: January “Votes of the ANC” blog

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:

Election of 2015 ANC2B Officers
Commissioner Warwick moved to nominate officers as a slate. Commission Smith as Chair, Commissioner Maltz as Vice-Chair, Commissioner Upright as Treasurer, and Commissioner Mann as Secretary. Seconded by Commissioner Underhill. Passed by acclimation.

Commissioner Silverstein nominated Will Stephens as Dupont Circle ANC Chairman Emeritus. Seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 9-0.

Meeting Minutes & Work Calendar

Approval of December 2014 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Nichols moved to approve pending technical corrections, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 9-0.

General 

Request by Fresh Farms Market on Vermont Avenue for Letter of Support
Commissioner Feldstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 8-0.

Alcoholic Beverage Control Agenda

MS 1901, LLC t/a Melt Shop (#97642) for a stipulated and new Retail DR license at 1901 L Street NW. Fast casual artisan sandwiches, tater tots, soup, milkshakes, etc. Establishment will have 30 seats inside with approximately 10 sidewalk cafe seats. Hours 11 am to 9 pm Sunday through Saturday. (2B06)
Commissioner Maltz moved to support the stipulated license based on selling just a beer and wine, early closing at 9pm, and full hours of serving food, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 8-0.
Commission takes no action on the permanent full license.

Consideration of resolution for ABC Board to Address Recent Violence at Heritage India/Zanzibar at 1901 Pennsylvania Ave NW (ABRA-90050) (2B06)
Commissioner Smith moved to adopt the letter, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 8-0.

Discussion of West Dupont Moratorium Zone and Appointment of Working Group
Commissioner Warwick moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 7-0-2. The resolution reads as follows:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B appoints the following members to the ad-hoc created West Dupont Moratorium Working Group in order to create an impact driven and neighbor focused community engagement process regarding the future of the West Dupont Moratorium Zone.

1. Daniel Warwick (Commissioner, 2B02), Chair
2. Mike Feldstein (Commissioner, 2B01)
3. Patrick Kain
4. Karyn Robinson

Consideration of Resolution on Prioritizing the Reduction of Noise from Liquor-licensed Established – Commissioners Nichols and Warwick.
Commissioner Nichols moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 8-0-1. Commissioner Silverstein abstains. The resolution reads as follows:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B asks you to take act in early 2015 to address the disturbance to peace order and quiet created by amplified music emanating from on-premises alcoholic beverage retailers.

First, we believe the agencies responsible for enforcing noise laws at liquor-selling establishments should improve their enforcement of existing noise laws. We hope you will be leaders in interagency collaboration among the Alocholic Beverage Regulation Authority (ABRA), the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The 2014 ABRA noise task force is a starting place from which to draw experience to improve the effectiveness of noise enforcement.

Second, as diminishing noise from liquor selling establishments is a crucial quality of life concern for those who live, work, and play in The District, we believe now is also the time to study ways to systemically improve the noise laws and regulations that govern noise related to alcohol establishments.

While Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B contains just 3% of DC residents, we have a disproportionate number of liquor selling establishments in our ANC. We look forward to working with you to establish a framework for noise control in the District.

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

 

1330 Connecticut Ave NW. Historic preservation review for significant alterations to front, rear and side facades and use of public space. (2B07)
Commissioner Underhill moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas 1330 Connecticut Avenue has come before the ANC 2B Zoning Preservation and Development (ZPD) committee;

Whereas the project presented will be a new design that would require an alteration of the existing terms of the Planned Unit Development;

Whereas the new design presented better activates the pedestrian experience;

Therefore, ANC 2B is willing to support the project contingent upon demonstrating the following conditions:

(1) ANC 2B is notified of any changes to the Planned Unit Development (“PUD”).
(2) The project team consults with and reaches consensus with ANC 2B on a Memorandum of Understanding regarding construction.
(3) ANC 2B is notified of any material changes to the design.

1734 R Street NW. HPA 15-059 (2B03)
Commissioner Maltz moved to request a one month delay, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the applicant has not yet adequately notified neighbors of this project, but has expressed interest in working with the neighbors to obtain their input.

Therefore, ANC2B request a one month delay of the hearing of this case so that the input of neighbors can more appropriately be weighed. The delay is supported by the applicant.

1601 18th Street NW. BZA 18903 (2B03)
Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Underhill. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas 1601 18th Street NW is requesting a special exception to bring the existing usage into compliance with the applicable laws;

Whereas the tenants will be continuing to use the space in the same manner as it is currently being utilized;

Therefore; ANC2B supports the change of use formality.

2138 O Street NW. HPRB application for rear addition. (2B06)
Commissioner Silverstein moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Mann. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the project is within the existing character and nature of the block and not setting a new precedent;

Whereas the applicant has letters of support from the neighbors at both 2128 and 2132 O Street NW;

Therefore, ANC 2B is willing to support the project contingent upon demonstrating the following conditions:

(1) Meeting a flag test for the renovation that demonstrations that the addition would not be visible from O St. and

(2) Proof of outreach to the building across the street neighbors.

Motion to Congratulate John Jedzink on his election as Chair of the DCC
Commissioner Feldstein moved to approve subject to letter being drafted, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Adopted without opposition.

Appointment of Standing Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee
Commissioner Warwick moved to establish committee & nominate members & to assign the task of re-purposing itself to the committee, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B hereby appoints a standing committee to help the full ANC with issues regarding individual zoning and historic preservation applications as well as policy issues regarding development impacting the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

The following members will be appointed to the committee:

Daniel Warwick (Commissioner 2B02), Co-Chair
Mike Feldstein (Commissioner 2B01), Co-Chair
Stephanie Maltz (Commissioner 2B03)
Michael Upright (Commissioner 2B04)
Noah Smith (Commissioner 2B09, Chair ANC 2B – ex oficio)
Patrick Smith
Michael Biedler
Chris Furlong
Cathy Brooker

Members of the previous session’s committee who have not been reappointed will be invited to the February meeting of the ZPD committee as full members of the committee and may ask to be reappointed for the March ZPD meeting.

 

Administrative Matters

Treasurer’s Report Quarterly Report 1 FY15 Started with 77,680.70 ended 79,301.61
Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0.

Approval of $25 to participate in the ANC Security Fund
Commissioner Upright moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as:

Request for reimbursement to Will Stephens for $52 for ANC charges
Commissioner Maltz moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 8-0-1.

Request for reimbursement to Mike Silverstein for $60 for Name Plates
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 9-0.

Request for pre-approval for Noah Smith to Purchase Business Cards up to $500
Commissioner Upright moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Mann. Passed 8-0-1.

 

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: 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.

 

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: TPI Committee Meeting Minutes, June 5

ANC2B Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee
Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
Dupont Circle Resource Center (9 Dupont Circle NW)

Meeting Minutes

1. Introductions and review of scope of goals for the TPI Committee

In attendance:

Tom Hay
Daniel Warwick
Brian Knudsen
David Suls
Comm. Mike Feldstein (2B01)
Comm. Noah Smith (2B09)
Moira McCauley
Comm. Will Stephens (2B08)
Tom Lipinsky (Office of CM Evans)
James Nozar
Rudi Riet
Susan Volman
Sarah Moulton
Comm. Mike Silverstein (2B06)
Comm. Abigail Nichols (2B05)
Mike Brennan

Committee Chair Noah Smith (2B09) opened the meeting with a review and update of the scope and role of the committee:

-Communicate with the Dupont Circle community and serve as a resource for neighbors on matters related to transportation and the public infrastructure. -Coordinate with other ANCs -overlap of issues with neighboring ANCs is important to analyze so we can compare successes and failures.

-Citywide transportation and infrastructure issues – upcoming opportunity to comment on legislation – formulate a statement to contribute.

2. Update on progress of goals and assignments

Walking tours of individual SMDs so show DDOT deficiencies in pedestrian safety, parking and tree boxes-contacts have been made and will begin with 2B08 and Will Stephens.

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DDOT signage along 15th street cycle track is inconsistent and confusing -Contact has been made with DDOT. Discussed need for consistent signage. Many of the new enhancements across the city are in “beta” or testing mode, so permanent solutions are few and far between. Issues may be addressed once focus moves away from building new cycle tracks to actually maintaining the existing ones. Committee will look at national and international standards for signage. Uniformity and simplicity are key.

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Rudi Riet and Kishan Putta -Repainting of R and Q cycle tracks. -Contact has been made at DDOT about need for painting. DDOT agreed and said they would address. Need to track progress.

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Kishan Putta -16th street bus lane -Majority of DC Council have made statements in support. Feasibility study is next step and would address pedestrian safety.

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Mike Silverstein -Circulator advocacy -There have been public outreach events. SW Waterfront and Shaw / Dupont are being considered as part of new routes. National Mall route is also being considered with funding coming from parking fees around the Mall. Either way, it looks like Dupont will get a new route through the neighborhood.

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David Suls -Identify process to expand on street recycling -No specific process outside of a Business Improvement District (BID) to get recycling bins. Challenge may be who will be responsible for emptying the cans. Noah Smith will assist in getting contact at DPW.

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Mike Silverstein -WMATA -Dupont North Metro stop -allowing ANC to water trees on Metro plaza. Bring proposal to next meeting. Added to agenda for July.

4. Discussion on the Residential Parking Program (RPP) for 1000 Block of 16th Street, NW (2B05)

Residents of the 1000 block of 16th Street (2B05) want to be eligible to participate in the residential parking program (RPP) and receive RPP passes. Mike Brennan of the Presidential Coop in the 1000 block of 16th Street NW explained that his building is not part of the RPP program. He was told by DDOT that he needs to present a petition to the ANC for inclusion.

Noah Smith explained that in the RPP, buildings are tied to whether there is restricted parking on your block. Intent is not to change any of the parking spaces. There are no residential spots on the block. Noah suggested the ANC have more discussion and find out why the building was not included and the implications before endorsing the plan. The ANC offered to help the residents talk to the right people at DDOT to have their questions answered.

UPDATE: DDOT responded that the block is zoned commercial is not RPP eligible.

5. Draft Parking Statements

The committee spent considerable time defining the actual issues associate with parking in our neighborhood. This exercise is meant to develop clear and impactful goals for the committee to pursue related to parking this year. For each of the following issues, the committee will develop realistic options to address the concerns and present them to the community for guidance.

Visitor Parking Program (Will / Daniel / Noah)

Residents have difficulty securing parking privileges for recurring visitors, such as home health aides, contractors, and nannies.

Residential Parking Issues (Daniel)

Residents have difficulty finding parking within a reasonable distance of their homes.

Under Utilized Parking (Susan / Rudi)

There are parking spaces, both public and private, in our neighborhood that are underutilized. This could be due to a lack of awareness of private parking options, unnecessary restrictions in place, or poor utilization of multi-use parking, among other reasons.

Business Patrons (Moira)

Businesses often have difficulty guaranteeing parking availability for their patrons.

Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, at 7pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center

 

NEWS: June 2014 “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 overflow ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

 

Public Annoucements

Support of 17th Street Festival on Sept 13 – Passed 8-0.

 

General Items

Elections to fill vacancies in Secretary & ABRA Policy Committee Chair – Passed 8-0.

 

Regulatory Items

Alcohol Applications

Request for stipulated license for Custom Fuel Pizza Restaurant, 1600 block of Connecticut Ave for Sun-Sat 11am-3am [Note: Full license application will be on July 2014 agenda] (2B03) –  Passed (7-0). The Commission passed the following resolution: 

Whereas; at it’s regularly schedule meeting on June 11, 2014 the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (“ANC 2B”) considered a request by Custom 1635 CT, LLC (“applicant”) trading as “Custom Fuel”/“Fuel Pizza” for a new Retailer’s Class C/R ABC License and transfer of Existing Sidewalk Cafe permit, located at 1635 Connecticut Avenue, NW, (formerly the site of Potbelly), and; 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 FUEL PIZZA restaurant group presently operates establishments in the District of Columbia including two located at in ANC 2B, and another in ANC 2C, both of which had previously been granted stipulated licenses at the request of their respective ANCs;

Now therefore be it resolved; that ANC 2B Supports the request by Custom Fuel/Fuel Pizza for a new retailers C/R license and supports the request for a stipulated license.

Request for consent to exemption to single-sales ban at Hampton Inn (#901668) located at 1729 H Street NW. (2B06) – Passed (7-0).

 

Request for substantial change to hours of operation for the Bottom Line (#000755) located at 1716 I Street NW. – Failed (6-0).

 

Request (#ABRA-086789) by Penthouse Pool & Lounge (Vida Fitness), 1612 U St NW, for substantial change for: lateral expansion (to include 4th floor) and entertainment endorsement (DJ and live music) with hours Sun-Thur 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am. Petition Deadline 7/7/14; Roll Call Hearing 7/21/14. (2B08) – Passed (6-0). The Commission passed the following resolution: 

Whereas the original license application for the Penthouse Pool / Vida Fitness rooftop bar involved a lengthy, multi-party negotiation of a Voluntary Agreement;

Whereas entertainment was not envisioned in the original application or negotiations;

Whereas the current application involves entertainment, including in the outdoor space, in addition to expansion into a fourth floor indoor space;

Whereas the ANC has received numerous concerns from abutting and nearby neighbors regarding the potential for noise and other disturbance as a result of the substantial change request;

Therefore be it resolved that ANC 2B protests the request on the basis of peace, order, and quiet concerns, subject to the successful negotiation of a revised voluntary agreement / settlement agreement;

Be it further resolved that it is the Commission’s intention to facilitate discussion among all the relevant stakeholders to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement;

Be it further resolved that Commissioners Will Stephens (2B08), Noah Smith (2B09), and Mike Feldstein (2B01) are the Commission’s designated representatives on this matter.

 

Request (#ABRA-095296) for stipulated license and full license by Yamas Mediterranean Grill, 1946 NH Ave NW, for DR (restaurant, beer and wine only) for Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, no entertainment. – Passed (7-0).

 

Public Space Use & Applications

Request for approval for change in hours for sidewalk cafe for Floriana’s located at 1602 17th Street NW (#084579). Passed (7-0).

 

New street-side banners for Dupont. Passed (7-0).

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

BZA Case No. 18064 – 1820-1822 Jefferson Place, NW – Request for Extension. Passed (7-0).

 

BZA Case No. 18795 – 2123 Twining Court NW. Passed (7-0).

 

ZPD Committee

Francis Field Resolution. Passed (6-0). The resolution reads as follows: 

Whereas, ANC 2A, representing Foggy Bottom and the West End, and ANC 2B, representing Dupont Circle, are concerned about recent incidents and overall confusion involving dogs on-leash and off-leash in the park area along 25th and N Streets, NW.

This area is known as the “Francis Recreational Area.” Part is owned by National Park Service and is part of Rock Creek Park and part was deeded to the District during Home Rule and is managed by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. It includes Francis Field on 25th Street and the green space behind Francis-Stevens Educational Center. The area north of N Street is part of ANC 2B and the area south of N is part of ANC 2A.

In 2008-2009, a new master plan was approved for Francis Field, the land west of 25th Street in ANC 2A. The new plan included space for an off-leash dog park on DC’s portion of the land. West End Dogs filed and its application for a dog park was approved by Director Jesus Aguirre during the Fenty administration. However, no funding has been available for its construction during the Gray administration.

In 2009, ANC 2A passed an additional resolution unanimously supporting a dog off-leash time sharing arrangement on Francis Field until such time as the formal dog park was constructed. This is allowed per DC municipal regulations, and is currently in place at Friendship Playground in Chevy Chase.

Resolved that ANC 2A and ANC 2B will work with Francis Recreational Area stakeholders in order to ensure that dog owners have safe places for their dogs on-leash and off-leash. Additionally resolved that we urge the DC government to move forward with the funding of the off-leash dog park on Francis Field.

 

Administrative Matters

Approval of room rental of $75 in Luther Place for Ward 2 Education Network meeting on June 14 from 10 to 11:30 am. Passed (5-0-1).

 

Pride Parade – ordered two more banners, total cost was 500. Passed (6-0).

 

Motion to adjourn by acclimation – Moved by Commissioner Dwyer

 

 

 

 

NEWS: May 2014 Overflow Meeting “Votes of the ANC 2B”

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 overflow ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

 

Meeting Minutes

Approval of Minutes – April 2014 public meeting. Passed 6-0.

 

General Items

Resolution reaffirming support for covering Conn Ave NW underpass. Passed 6-0. The Commission passed the following resolution;

WHEREAS, in June 2010, the Commission passed a resolution asking the District (including the Office of Planning and the Department of Transportation) to study the feasibility of covering the Connecticut Avenue underpass north of Dupont Circle with park space;

WHEREAS, for many years, residents and other stakeholders in Dupont Circle have advocated for such a project, which would have an extremely positive impact on the community and take advantage of an underutilized piece of public space;

WHEREAS, over the past two years, an ad hoc group of Commissioners, business community representatives, and representatives from the Office of Planning, the Department of Transportation, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement have held a series of productive meetings to develop the project more concretely;

WHEREAS, the working group has developed an initial rendering of the park space (designed by a local volunteer architect) and an initial budget estimate for the work (developed by a local construction contracting company);

WHEREAS, the proposed project would cover the 1500 block of Connecticut Ave NW (between the Circle and Q Street NW) and a portion of the 1600 block of Connecticut Ave NW (just north of Q Street NW);

WHEREAS, Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans has endorsed the project at budget town hall meetings and other public fora and has requested that it be added to the capital improvement budget for FY 2015;

Therefore, be it resolved that ANC 2B continues its support for the Dupont Circle Underpass Project;

Be it further resolved that ANC 2B recommends that the City Council fully fund the project by allocating sufficient funds in Fiscal Year 2015 to allow for the project to move forward;

Be it further resolved that Commissioners Mike Feldstein (Mike.feldstein@dupontcircleanc.net) and Will Stephens (will.stephens@dupontcircleanc.net) be the Commission’s designated representatives in this matter, and that the matter be delegated to the Commission’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee for further follow-up and development.

 

Regulatory Items

Alcohol Applications 

New application (ABRA-094842) for Saloon 45, 1821 18th Street NW, for CT (tavern) license. Operation Hours (incl. 36-seat summer garden) 8am-2am Mon-Thu, 8am-3am Fri-Sat; Total occupancy 85; Petition due 6/9/14; Roll Call 6/23/14; Protest Hrg 8/6/14 (2B08). Passed 5-0.  The Commission passed the following resolution;

Whereas, Saloon 45 has applied for a new CT (tavern) license for the space at 1821 18th Street NW (formerly housing Sandy’s Flowers);

Whereas, the application requests interior hours until 2:00am Monday through Thursday and 3:00am Friday and Saturday;

Whereas, the application requests exterior hours (summer garden) until 2:00am Monday through Thursday and 3:00am Friday and Saturday, which exceed the Commission’s guidelines for outdoor space close to residents (11:00pm Monday through Thursday and 12:00am Friday and Saturday);

Whereas, this application is directly next door to Bar Charley, which has exterior hours of 11:00pm/12:00am and was the subject of a recent protest and good-faith Settlement Agreement negotiation when it sought a substantial change to extend interior hours to 2:00am/3:00am;

Whereas, the ANC is concerned with treating applicants fairly and consistently, and it would be unfair to Bar Charley to support or take no action on an application at an abutting address with later exterior hours, later interior service hours, and later closing hours;

Whereas, the ANC has additional concerns about the Saloon 45 application which were not present in the Bar Charley application, including the lack of history as an operator, a CT (tavern) license rather than a CR (restaurant) license with a minimum food sales requirement, and no kitchen;

Whereas, there is substantial concern among neighbors about the loss of retail in this corridor (18th Street NW from S Street NW up to U Street NW) to liquor-serving establishments;

Whereas, parking issues are a major concern in this part of the neighborhood, with heavy parking pressures from existing establishments, retail, and residents and their guests;

Therefore, be it resolved that ANC 2B protests this license application on the grounds of peace, order, and quiet, and parking concerns;

Be it further resolved that Commissioners Will Stephens and Mike Feldstein, with Commissioner Noah Smith as a back-up, are the Commission’s designated representatives for this matter.

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

Application to HPRB for construction at 1620 Q St (2B05). Passed 6-1.

Application to BZA hearing #18773 for construction at 1528 Church St (2B05). Passed 7-0.  The Commission passed the following resolution;

Whereas, this project which improves a single family dwelling received extensive attention and approval by ANC 2B during the historic preservation review process.

Whereas neighbors support the proposed changes.

Whereas this project contains an unusually large front yard which makes the lot coverage issues very minor.

Whereas the previous HPRB approvals implied the need for subsequent zoning variances from 1) the alley setback requirements of section 2300 and a special exception to allow a rear addition to an existing one-family row dwelling under section 223, 2) not meeting the lot occupancy requirements under 403, and 3) the rear yard requirements under section 404 in DC/R-5-B District at premises 1528 Church Street, N.W. (Square 194, Lot 802.)

Therefore, ANC 2B supports the above variances and special exceptions for 1528 Church Street NW as presented at the May 19, 2014, ANC meeting.

Application to BZA for construction at 1815 Riggs Place (2B01). Passed 7-0. The Commission passed the following resolution;

Whereas, ANC 2B supports the following zoning variance requests for the property located at 1815 Riggs Place as the request has been made to add an additional floor to this structure; and

Whereas, ANC 2B supports the following zoning variance requests; non-conforming structure, 2001.3, non-conforming open courts, 406.1, and FAR requirements, 402.4.

Therefore, be it resolved that ANC 2B recommends support of this project as presented.

 

Application to BZA hearing # 18763 for construction at 1512 P Street NW (2B05). Passed 7-0. The Commission passed the following resolution;

Whereas, this variance is sought in conjunction with a high quality restoration project which makes no changes to an existing footprint for a garage/deck/rear entrance that is at least 15 years old.

Whereas, neighbors, including the neighbor to the immediate east support the project in spite of the fact that the footprint of the deck/garage exceed lot occupancy and leave no open court

Whereas, the project will have no effect on the several residences to the west whose back yards have been paved for parking.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports a variance/special exception for 1512 P Street NW as presented at the May 19, 2014, ANC meeting.

 

Committee & Liaison Reports

Transportation & Public Infrastructure Committee

Motion to approve 3 new members to Transportation & Public Infrastructure Committee. Passed 7-0.

New Members: James Nozar, Saizah Moultan, Moira McCauly

 

Commissioner & Staff Reports

Web/IT Consultant: Motion to allocate $1,200 to retool ANC 2B Website. Passed 6-0.

 

 

Marijuana Dispensary Applications

4.Application for Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 1710 Rhode Island Avenue, NW 20036. [Note: At May 2012 meeting, ANC 2B approved this business for another address (1147 20th St NW)] Applicant Ms. Jen Brunenkant, Managing Member, Herbal Alternatives II, LLC (2B05). Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, on May 20, 2012, ANC 2B voted to support an earlier application by the same provider at a different address which did not work out.

Whereas ANC 2B does not have concerns regarding potential adverse impact of the proposed location to the neighborhood.

Whereas, ANC 2B does not have concerns about the over-concentration and acknowledges a lack of dispensaries in Ward 2; and

Whereas, ANC 2B does not have concerns regarding the proposed location’s proximity to substance abuse treatment centers, day care centers, or halfway houses.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports this application.

 

5.Application for Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW 20008. Applicant Mr. Michael Bobo, National Holistic Healing Center (2B01). Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas ANC 2B does not have concerns regarding potential adverse impact of the proposed location to the neighborhood.

Whereas, ANC 2B does not have concerns about the over-concentration and acknowledges a lack of dispensaries in Ward 2; and

Whereas, ANC 2B does not have concerns regarding the proposed location’s proximity to substance abuse treatment centers, day care centers, or halfway houses.

Therefore, ANC 2B supports this application.

Comments

Public Space 

6.Application for Valet Staging Area by Al Tiramisu (2014 P St NW) Tracking Number: 10125949 (2B02).  Passed 8-0.

7.Application for Valet Staging Area (renewal) by Vidalia. 1990 M Street NW. Tracking Number: 10126022 (2B06). Passed 8-0.

8.Application for Valet Staging Area for Kellari Taverna, 1700 K Street NW. Tracking Number: 10127113 (2B05). Passed 8-0.

 

General

9.Resolution regarding expansion of DPR early childhood programs. Passed 8-0-1.

Whereas the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) runs a popular early childhood education program called the Cooperative Play (COOP) Program at various DPR recreation centers across the District;

Whereas sustained community appeals resulted in DPR increasing the number of COOP program locations in the District from 9 to 12 for the 2014-2015 school year;

Whereas the demand still exceeds the supply of available COOP program seats, as evidenced by the the fact that the 50 new slots that were available for enrollment at 10am today, May 14, were filled within 15 minutes of the enrollment website going live;

Whereas parents have been asking for more affordable childrens programs in the District and only one COOP program is located outside the Northwest quadrent of the District;

Whereas many parents have complained that the current online system for COOP program enrollment is no longer adequate or fair, with those parents who can afford high-speed internet and multiple computers, and can afford to take time off from their workday, having a distinct advantage; and

Whereas certain families cannot afford to fully pay the monthly fee charged by DPR, or to volunteer one day per week every single week of the month, as is the standard requirement for enrollment in a COOP program;

Therefore, ANC2B requests that the DC Council, Mayor, and DPR consider expanding the number of COOP programs in the District, consider establishing COOP programs in all four quadrants, and consider making the programs more accessible for parents struggling to overcome economic hardship.

ANC2B also calls on DPR to review the current online enrollment system for the COOP program and to consider alternative enrollment systems, such as some form of randomized lottery, that may be more fair. DPR should also consider reviewing the online enrollment system for its summer camp programs, about which many parents have similar complaints.

 

10.Declaration of a Vacancy in ANC 2B02 and Appointment of Liaison. Passed 9-0.

11.Resolution Supporting the Repeal of Prostitution-Free Zones. Passed 9-0.

12.Revisions to Policies & Procedures Manual. Passed 9-0

 

Committee & Liaison Reports

13.Resolution to ensure quality neighborhood schools. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) were created to “advise the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and each executive agency…with respect to all proposed matters of District government policy,” including with respect to education;

Whereas, the government of the District of Columbia is obligated to accord “great weight” to advice from ANCs;

Whereas, the purpose of the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) is “to ensure that every student attends a great school, and that every school meets high standards in all areas that affect student achievement;”

Whereas, the Deputy Mayor of Education (DME) is currently leading “a comprehensive review of its (the District’s) student assignment policies, including school attendance boundaries and feeder patterns;”

Whereas, ANC 2B recognizes the importance of a quality public education to the health and vitality of all communities;

Whereas, ANC 2B values quality matter-of-right public schools from pre-school through high school and will work to ensure that all residents have access to this option within our community and throughout the city;

Whereas, ANC 2B recognizes that many parents desire clear and predictable pathways through the public school system and would prefer a school within the community;

Whereas Ward 2 demographics are rapidly changing, resulting in an increasing number of families with young children;

Whereas, Ward 2 does not have a comprehensive high school to serve children of high school age, and Ward 2’s by-right high school options are either overcrowded, of low quality, and/or several neighborhoods away;

Whereas Ross Elementary and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens are the only two DCPS elementary schools, and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens is the only DCPS middle school within the boundaries of ANC2B;

Whereas, students within the attendance boundary of Ross Elementary currently are also in the middle school attendance boundary of School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens;

Whereas, School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens is the closest middle school to Ross Elementary;

Whereas, the parents of Ross Elementary students, through their PTA and LSAT, have
expressed a preference for their children to attend School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens for a middle school;

Resolution

Therefore, be it resolved, that ANC 2B recommends that School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens middle school attendance boundaries remain unchanged to serve those living within the Ross Elementary attendance boundary.

And be it further resolved that ANC2B encourages study and exploration of the creation of a new high school to serve Ward 2.

14.Voting on new Public Safety Committee Committee. Passed 9-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, the Commission has for the last several years designated 1 or 2 persons as “public safety liaisons” to foster relationships with local police, to keep track of important public safety matters, and to host or co-host meetings from time to time on public safety issues ranging from pedestrian and bike safety to street crime and burglaries;

Whereas, the liaisons have been successful in helping the Commission keep abreast of these important matters;

Whereas, the Commission has now established a transportation and public infrastructure committee to handle, among other things, pedestrian- and bicycle-related matters;

Whereas, one of the benefits of establishing a committee is to involve more non-Commissioner community members in matters that are important to the neighborhood;

Whereas, there has been substantial change-over in MPD personnel since the revision of PSA boundaries in the Dupont Circle area;

Therefore be it resolved that the Commission hereby establishes a Public Safety Committee, the purposes of which are as follows:

  • To build and foster better relationships between and among Commissioners, community members, MPD representatives, and other public safety officials;
  • To involve more community members in public safety matters affecting the neighborhood;
  • To establish regular or semi-regular meetings with MPD and other public safety officials;
  • To make recommendations to the Commission on public safety policies, legislation, regulations, and other actionable items;
  • To work with other ANCs on common safety concerns;
  • To organize preparation of community impact statements for relevant sentencing hearings; and
  • To carry out such other tasks as may be delegated by the Commission.

 

15.Voting on Commissioner Putta as chair of  new Public Safety Committee Committee. Passed 9-0.

 

Administrative Matter

Treasurer’s Report

16.Approval of Quarterly Report. Passed 9-0.

NEWS: ANC 2B May “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 May meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

May 2014

1512 P Street NW (BZA)

1528 Church Street (BZA)

1710 Rhode Island Avenue (Medical Marijuana Application)

1718 Connecticut Avenue (Medical Marijuana Application)

Al Tiramisu (Public Space)

Covering Conn Ave NW underpass

JR’s Pride Parade Outdoor Beer Garden (General)

Kellari Taverna (Public Space)

Native Foods Cafe, 1150 Connecticut Av NW (Public Space)

Repeal of Prostitution Free Zones Amendment Act (General)

Saloon 45 (ABRA)

Vidalia (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.