ANC 2B will not hold our monthly Zoning, Preservation, and Development (ZPD) Committeemeeting on Wednesday, June 6th.
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:.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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:.
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 (October 2014 and November 2014)
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.