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ANC 2B Resolution on future of West Dupont Moratorium Zone

The following resolution was passed at the May 13th meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B 4-2-1.

Whereas Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (ANC 2B) appointed a Working Group on the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Zone at the January 12th meeting of the Commission; and

Whereas the Working Group held three public meetings regarding the future of the moratorium, conducted an online questionnaire, and reached out to neighbors over three months; and

Whereas the Working Group recommended the ANC should not extend the moratorium due to the desire to spur economic development, the potential for perverse economic incentives, and to encourage good business; and

Whereas ANC 2B recognizes the divisive nature of conversation regarding liquor licenses and the published intent to remove the moratorium led to more public involvement than was received during the working group process; and

Whereas ANC 2B believes the negative impacts of liquor selling establishments are contingent on operating practices and proximity to residential units rather than the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) license classification system; and

Whereas ANC 2B acknowledges the long history of West Dupont as a mixed use neighborhood with apartments, condominiums, and late night businesses located next to each other; and

Whereas ANC 2B recognizes the amenities and availability of late night food service and entertainment options are what drives many neighbors to choose living in Dupont Circle; and

Whereas ANC 2B acknowledges late night amenities are often paired with late night problems—including the disruption of resident sleep due to disregard for peace, order, and quiet—ANC 2B believes these problems are based on the operating behavior of business owners, attentiveness of Metropolitan Police Department patrols, and effectiveness of ABRA and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) enforcement of noise ordinances; and

Whereas ANC 2B finds the negative impacts of some late night liquor selling establishments are managed ineffectually through the current MPD, ABRA, and DCRA enforcement mechanisms, and

Whereas the West Dupont Moratorium provides a limit on quantity of liquor licenses, it does not offer protection against the negative operating practices of businesses disturbing residential peace including through amplified noise and base music which pierces through residential windows; and

Whereas within the moratorium zone there is a statutory limit of two Class A licenses, three Class B licenses, three CX (multipurpose, such as The Phillips Collection or Cosmos Club) licenses, six CT (tavern) licenses, and zero CN (nightclub) licenses; and

Whereas among the statutory limit of liquor licenses, all are currently in operation except for one Class B license and two CT licenses; and

Whereas ANC 2B believes licenses for off-premises consumption of alcohol—Class An and Class B licenses—are not drivers of peace, order, and quiet violations; and

Whereas multipurpose licenses are only available for venues serving alcohol at special events such as the Phillips Collection, O Street Mansion, and Cosmos Club; and

Whereas the differences between a restaurant, tavern, and nightclub license are based on a scale of food service and entertainment where restaurants are required to serve food up to two hours before closing and have revenue of $2,000 or more in food service per occupant based on Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board certified certificate of occupancy or receive at least 50% of their revenue from food service while taverns and nightclubs have no food service requirement; and

Whereas restaurants and taverns may request endorsements for entertainment and dance floors above 140 square feet, nightclubs are granted an entertainment endorsement and a dance floor of unlimited size based on the virtue of their license, and may offer entertainment by nude performers; and

Whereas lifting the moratorium in its entirety would allow nightclubs to enter West Dupont while West Dupont has not had a nightclub for at least twenty years; and

Whereas the addition of a nightclub to West Dupont would be disruptive to the peace, order, and quiet of our and any mixed use neighborhood based on the guaranteed entertainment endorsements and lack of food service inherent in the license class.

Therefore be it RESOLVED while ANC 2B can endorse the Working Group’s report to not request and extension on Class A, B, X, and T (liquor store, beer and wine store, multipurpose license such as the Phillips Collection or Cosmos Club, and tavern) licenses—in addition to the current lack of limitation on restaurant licenses—ANC 2B cannot support the recommendation to lift a moratorium on nightclub licenses.

Be it further RESOLVED ANC 2B 
petition 
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 action, with a modification so the moratorium is solely a continuation of the limitation on CN (nightclub) establishments in the same geographic region as the current moratorium zone; in this petition; ANC 2B will request the ABC Board lift the restriction on quantity of Class A, B, X, and T licenses similar to the lifting of Class R (restaurant) licenses in 2011.

Be it further RESOLVED that ANC 2B work with ABRA, the ABRA noise task-force, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, and the Zoning Commission, neighbors, businesses, and other stakeholders to codify a city-wide restriction on nightclubs next to residential buildings and residential buildings next to nightclubs so that three years from now, the blunt instrument of a moratorium zone will no longer be needed to protect residents in West Dupont.

Be it further RESOLVED the ANC’s South of the Circle Working Group be expanded to include the area encompassed by the West Dupont Moratorium Zone.

NEWS: Proposed Resolution Affirming Support for Conn Ave Underpass Project

This resolution will be proposed at the ANC’s May 19th special meeting:

Resolution affirming support of covering Dupont underpass

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.

My Resignation

Friends,

I write to you today to inform you that I will be resigning from my position as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of Single-Member District 2B02. I am relocating to Petworth, where I have recently purchased a home. While I am very excited to be a homeowner and to remain here in the District, I am also sad that I have to leave the community I have called home for over 10 years now.

As Commissioner, I have been fortunate enough to play a role in a number of important changes and developments across Dupont Circle. Before I resign, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, my community and supporters, and reflect upon some of the things that we have accomplished together.

I must give thanks to the dedicated public servants in District government for their tireless efforts to assist me and my fellow Commissioners as we work to make neighborhood services operate smoothly and to keep Dupont Circle a destination for locals and tourists alike. My Single-Member District has benefited the diligent efforts of folks like Matthew Marcou at the District Department of Transportation, as well as Ruth Werner, and Sherri Kimbel; two of the truly outstanding staff members of Councilmember Jack Evans.

I would also like to voice my appreciation to those at the Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA), with whom I have worked very closely in my capacity as ABRA Committee Chair with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). I am grateful for the assistance of Fred Moosally, Martha Jenkins, Bill Hager, LaVerne Fletcher, and Sarah Fashbaugh for their continued assistance in helping the ANC on alcohol policy matters ranging from small questions about the particulars of a Settlement Agreement to briefings on moratoria.

My appreciation also extends to the outstanding community groups I have worked with throughout my term, including Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, and Dupont Festival. Each makes vital contributions to our neighborhood and its unique character.

I am extremely appreciative to have had the opportunity to work with a number of talented Commissioners during the past three and half years. During my first term, I was able to serve with the support of long-time community leaders such as Bob and Susan Meehan, Victor Wexler, and Phil Carney. The guidance of Ramon Estrada on ABRA matters has proven to be invaluable; Jack Jacobson’s dedicated work ethic and focus is something I have strived to emulate during my two terms; and, I owe my initial interest in running for this position to the mentorship of Mike Silverstein and Mike Feldstein.

To my current colleagues, I could not be more proud to work with you. I know that under the leadership of my friend Will Stephens this Commission has and will continue to set the standard for the rest of the District. I could not possibly be more optimistic about the range of talents and experience my newer colleagues Leo Dwyer, Stephanie Maltz, Kishan Putta, Abigail Nichols, and Noah Smith bring to Dupont Circle. I am excited to watch them excel and regret that I will not have the opportunity to continue to work with them on the vast array of projects we have undertaken.

Over the past three and a half years, we have worked together to improve our neighborhood and make it a better place to live. I am proud to have helped bring more bicycle parking and bikeshare stations to my neighborhood; established model standards for businesses and residents to follow with regard to both public space and Settlement Agreement negotiation; led the discussions allowing for increasing restaurant licenses both on P Street and 17th Street; helped establish new rules and guidelines to improve the governance of our ANC; and supported progressive zoning and historic preservation guidelines to support the future growth of the District.

Finally, I would like to show my appreciation to my 2B02 constituents that I have tried my best to serve over the course of my terms. To the folks at The August apartment building where I have lived these past 10 years: thank you for your continued support and encouragement. To the folks I have worked with on different projects ranging from liquor matters, to zoning, and transportation (Karyn Siobhan Robinson, Peg Shaw, Alan Rueckgauer, Jonathan Padget, Rudi Riet, and far too many more) thank you for your passion and commitment to making our neighborhood a better place.

At the conclusion of our May 14th meeting, I will formally tender my resignation. With my absence on the Commission, I will be nominating our outstanding public policy intern and ANC2B02 resident Daniel Warwick to serve as liaison to the ANC until my replacement is elected. I encourage you to reach out to him and introduce yourself; I know that he will serve our community well.

Thank you for your time and for allowing me to serve. Know that I will always remain an active advocate for the well-being of my community District-wide, and that I look forward to working alongside you to help make the District of Columbia a better place for all of its residents.

All the best,

Kevin O’Connor

NEWS: Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee Agenda for 5/7/2014

ZPD Draft Agenda (May – 2014)

Meeting to take place at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW on Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00pm

  • Application to HPRB for construction at 1337 22nd St (2B06)
  • Application to HPRB for construction at 3 Dupont Circle (2B02)
  • Application to HPRB for construction at 1620 Q St (2B05)
  • Application to BZA hearing #18773 for construction at 1528 Church St (2B05)
  • Application to BZA for construction at 1815 Riggs Place (2B01)
  • Review – Zoning Policy and Procedures Manual

BLOG: Congratulations to Dupont-area CityPaper 2014 “Best of DC” Winners!

Congratulations to the many Dupont-area winners in the Washington CityPaper’s 2014 “Best of DC” Readers Poll!  If you want to remember why we all love living in this neighborhood, look no further than this annual list.

This year’s winners in Dupont include:

  • Best Alcoholic Punch (runners-up):  Golden Brown & Delicious, Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Best Burger (runners-up): Shake Shack
  • Best Craft Beer Selection (runners-up): Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Best Doughnuts (runners-up): Golden Brown & Delicious, Krispy Kreme
  • Best Downtown Lunch: Roti
  • Best Fried Chicken (runners-up): Golden Brown & Delicious
  • Best Gourmet Pizza (runners-up): Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Best Hangover Breakfast: Ted’s Bulletin (winner), Local 16 (runner-up)
  • Best Hookah Lounge: Chi Cha Lounge
  • Best Ice Cream Shop (runner-up): Dolcezza Gelato
  • Best Italian Restaurant (runner-up): Al Tiramisu
  • Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Ted’s Bulletin
  • Best Korean: Mandu
  • Best Late-Night Eats: Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Best Margarita (runner-up): Lauriol Plaza
  • Best Martini: Dirty Martini
  • Best Milkshake: Ted’s Bulletin
  • Best Neighborhood Brunch: Local 16
  • Best Restaurant: Le Mirch
  • Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays: Komi
  • Best Restaurant When You Pay: Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Best Rooftop Bar (runner-up): Local 16
  • Best Salad: Sweetgreen
  • Best Sandwich: Taylor Gourmet
  • Best Singles Bar: Local 16
  • Best Tasting Menu: Komi
  • Best New Restaurant (Staff Pick): Iron Gate
  • Best Soft-Serve (Staff Pick): Doi Moi
  • Best Value Multi-Course Meal (Staff Pick): Little Serow
  • Best Cocktail Bar (Staff Pick): 2 Birds 1 Stone
  • Best Craft Beer Bar (Staff Pick): Pizza Paradiso
  • Best Art Class (runner-up): ArtJamz
  • Best Art Gallery (runner-up): Phillips Collection
  • Best Comedy Venue: DC Improv
  • Best Exhibit: Van Gogh Repetitions @ Phillips Collection
  • Best Lounge: 18th Street Lounge
  • Best Museum off the Mall: Phillips Collection
  • Best Performance Artist (runner-up): Aaron Myers (artist-in-residence @ Black Fox Lounge)
  • Best Singer (runner-up): Aaron Myers (artist-in-residence @ Black Fox Lounge)
  • Best Reading Series: Three Tents @ The Big Hunt
  • Best Arts & Crafts Store (runner-up): Beadazzled
  • Best Book Store (runner-up): Kramerbooks
  • Best Consignment Shop: Secondi
  • Best Doggie Day Care: CityDogs
  • Best Farmers Market (runner-up): Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market
  • Best Gym (runner-up): Vida Fitness
  • Best Hair Salon (runner-up): Bang Salon
  • Best Mani/Pedi (runner-up): Mimosa Salon
  • Best Place to Buy Fur Handcuffs (runner-up): The Pleasure Place
  • Best Place to Buy Jewelry (runner-up): Lou Lou
  • Best Place to Buy Vinyl: Joint Custody
  • Best Place to Buy Wine (runner-up): Trader Joe’s
  • Best Public Wi-Fi: Starbucks
  • Best Therapeutic Massage: Unwind Wellness Center
  • Best Vintage Clothing Store: Treasury Vintage Clothing & Curios
  • Best Wedding Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Best Old-World Barber (Staff Pick): Diego’s Hair Salon
  • Best Home Merchandising (Staff Pick): GoodWood
  • Best Proposed Circulator Expansion (Staff Pick): Abe’s to Ben’s route
  • Best Place to Buy Old Shoes (Staff Pick): Secondi
  • Best Neighborhood for Dining: 14th Street (winner), U Street (runner-up)
  • Best Neighborhood for Night Life: U Street

BLOG: Proposed Revisions to ANC2B’s Bylaws

As discussed at ANC2B’s March 2014 meeting, I intend to propose the below revisions to ANC2B’s Bylaws at our April 2014 regular meeting – April 9. All deletions are indicated by strikethrough and all proposed additions are bold and italicized.

Please email your thoughts on the proposed revisions to us or leave them in the comments section.

-Kevin O’Connor

Commissioner, ANC2Bo2

Bylaws of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B

ARTICLE I — NAME:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B shall be known as the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, or ANC 2B. The Commission is established pursuant to the D.C. Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act its successors, and the Comprehensive Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Reform Amendment Act.

ARTICLE II — PURPOSE:

Section 1 — The Commission may advise the Council, Mayor, and Executive Branch agencies, and independent agencies, boards, and commissions of the government of the District of Columbia with respect to all matters of District governmental policy or service delivery. Such matters include, but are not limited to, decisions regarding urban planning, transportation, public works, streetscape improvement, neighborhood services, business revitalization, parks and recreation, social services, education, health, public safety, taxation, and cleanliness and sanitation which affect the Commission area. More specifically, the Commission shall consider administrative applications and proposed policy changes regarding, but not limited to, zoning, public space, parking and transportation, historic preservation, property use and occupancy, alcoholic beverage control, public safety, and comprehensive planning. The views of the Commission shall be granted “great weight,” as defined by D.C. law, when adopted by a majority of the Commission in a public meeting.

Section 2 — The Commission may present its views to public and private entities including, but not limited to, District, regional, or federal government agencies.

Section 3 — The Commission may initiate its own proposals for neighborhood, District, regional, or federal government action.

Section 4 — The Commission shall receive, investigate, and consider constituent concerns and complaints. When appropriate, the Commission shall attempt to resolve the concern or complaint. The Commission may transmit such issues to the appropriate public or private entity for resolution.

Section 5 — Each year, the Commission shall file an annual report with the Council and the Mayor for the preceding fiscal year. Such report shall provide a summary of the Commission’s activities for the prior fiscal year and provide pertinent recommendations for the improvement of services, policy, or programs.

Section 6 — The Commission shall when appropriate, constitute the citizen advisory mechanism required by law or regulation.

Section 7 — The Commission shall carry out any other function as shall be provided by law or regulation.

ARTICLE III — MEMBERS:

Section 1 — The Commission shall be comprised of the Commissioners duly elected and certified by the Board of Elections and Ethics to Single Member Districts within the Commission’s boundaries. The boundaries of the Commission and Single Member Districts shall be developed after the decennial census in a process determined by the Council.

Section 2 — Commissioners shall normally serve for a term of two years beginning noon on the second day of January following the election. In the case of a vacancy, such vacancy will be filled for the balance of the term of office in accordance with law and the regulations of the Board of Elections and Ethics.

Section 3 — Each Commissioner shall have one vote in Commission matters. If a Commissioner may not be in attendance for a particular vote related to a specific matter, the Commissioner may assign her/his vote in the matter to another Commissioner. In such cases, the Commissioner shall assign the proxy by signed letter to the Secretary indicating the specific matter and required vote.

Section 4 — Commissioners shall take due diligence to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest on matters before the Commission. A Commissioner shall notify the Commission of any instance where she/he has a financial or personal interest in an action before the Commission. A Commissioner shall not participate in the deliberations of or vote on any motions related to a matter where she/he has a direct financial interest. If a Commissioner is involved in civic, business, political, or neighborhood organizations with business before the Commission, she/he shall notify the Commission of this and of her/his role in the matter. When appropriate, a Commissioner may be excused from participating in a matter to avoid an actual or perceived conflict of interest.

ARTICLE IV — OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES:

Section 1 — In January of each year, the Commission shall elect from among its members a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and such other officers as may be determined by the Commission. Additional elections may be held at any regular meeting upon approval of a motion supported by a majority of Commissioners.

Section 2 — A quorum for the election of officers shall be a majority of the Commissioners.

Section 3 – In the event of a tie vote, the election of a Commission officer will be decided by a coin-flip.

Section 4  3 — The Chairperson shall serve as convener of the Commission and shall chair the meetings. During meetings, the Chairperson shall rule on motions and procedural issues; such rulings may be reconsidered consistent with the parliamentary authority. The Chairperson shall supervise employees and manage the business operations of the Commission.

Section 5  4 — The Vice Chairperson shall fulfill the obligations of the Chairperson in her/his absence. The Vice Chairperson shall provide such assistance to the Chairperson as is requested and shall perform such duties as may be delegated by the Chairperson.

Section 6 5 — The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of minutes of public meetings and for maintaining the official records of the Commission. Employees may be assigned by the Commission to assist with these tasks.

Section 7 6 — The Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal management of the Commission and for maintaining the financial records of the Commission. Financial management shall be conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and Commission’s guidelines.

Section 8 7 — In the case of a vacancy in any office, the Commission shall elect a new officer at its next public meeting.

Section 9 8 — The Commission may create standing and ad hoc committees, the members of which may include Commissioners, residents, and other members. The Chairperson of each committee shall be a duly elected Commissioner.

Section 10  — At the December meeting of the Commission, the Commission shall select a temporary “Election Chairperson” to manage the election of officers at the January meeting, as described in Section 1 of this Article.  The “Election Chairperson” shall be selected from among the Commissioners or Commissioners-elect who will be in office at the January meeting.

ARTICLE V — MEETINGS:

Section 1 — Residents from within the Commission’s boundaries and invited guests may present testimony during the Commission’s deliberations on matters. The view of residents shall be considered during the Commission’s deliberations.

Section 2 — No official actions may be taken by the Commission unless a quorum is present. A quorum is a simple majority of the Commissioners.

Section 3 — Official actions, except for the amendment of these Bylaws, shall be approved by a simple majority of those Commissioners present and voting. In the case of a tie vote, in accordance with  Robert’s Rules of Order. the Chairperson’s vote shall be the deciding vote.

Section 4 — The Commission shall meet no less than nine times annually and shall normally meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at a place to be determined and publicly posted.

Section 5 — The Commission may periodically host “town hall” or community meetings to address particular issues or concerns.

Section 6 — Special public meetings of the Commission may be called by the Chairperson to address issues that must be considered between regularly scheduled public meetings. Special public meetings may also be called at the written request of two Commissioners. The purpose of the special public meeting shall be stated in the request. Commissioners shall receive at least two days notice for duly called special public meetings. Reasonable public notice shall also be provided for special public meetings.

ARTICLE VI — FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:

Section 1 — The Commission shall develop and adhere to financial management guidelines consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

Section 2 — The Commission shall consider and adopt a budget outlining revenues and expenditures planned for each fiscal year. The budget may include unbudgeted reserves. The budget shall be approved in final by a simple majority vote at a public meeting within a month from the date that the Commission is informed of its annual appropriation. The Commission may amend the budget by simple majority vote at any time during the fiscal year.

Section 3 — The Treasurer shall prepare financial reports outlining expenses and revenues for approval by the Commission in a public meeting on a quarterly basis. The report shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Auditor of the District of Columbia.

Section 4 — The signature of two officers shall be required on all drafts, money orders, and expenditures of the Commission. An officer may not sign a draft, money order, or expenditure intended for the reimbursement of expenses which she/he incurred.

Section 5 — The Treasurer shall serve as the Commission’s contact with the Auditor of the District of Columbia or other District officials on financial matters. Should the Treasurer be the subject of an audit or other investigation, the Chairperson will assign another Commissioner to assume these duties until such audit or investigation is closed.

ARTICLE VII — PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY:

The most recently revised edition of Roberts’ Rules of Order shall govern the deliberations of the Commission except when the rules are inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Commission may adopt.

ARTICLE VIII — OTHER PROVISIONS:

Section 1 — All staff members employees of the Commission shall be hired by the Commission and shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission. The Commission shall establish position descriptions for its employees. The staff members employees of the Commission may be hired on a full-time or part-time basis and for an indefinite or for a definite term. Persons hired by the Commission shall meet the qualifications established by the position description.

Section 2 — Copies of these Bylaws shall be made available to the public.

Section 3 – The Commission shall conduct its business in accordance with the most recently approved version of the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission Policy and Procedures Manual.

ARTICLE IX — AMENDMENT OF THE BYLAWS:

At least two weeks notice, to each Commissioner and the public, shall be given prior to consideration of any modifications, deletions, or additions to these Bylaws. A two-thirds majority of the Commissioners is required for such amendments to be passed.

Adopted as revised — May 13, 2009

 

NEWS: Public Safety Meeting 3/10/2014 7pm

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will host a public safety meeting Monday night, March 10th at 7pm at the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW.

The meeting is in response to a series of violent crimes in the area south of Dupont Circle and other nightlife areas in DC. Residents and officials will be briefed on recent incidents and steps being taken to ensure public safety.

Representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department will take part, along with the Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Other District officials will also be there.

The primary focus of the meeting will be public safety, but there will also be an update on steps being taken to enforce the District’s noise laws.

NEWS: Minutes from the Feb. 19, 2014 ABRA Policy Committee

Committee Members In Attendance:

Commissioner Kevin O’Connor (2B02)

Commissioner Abigail Nichols (2B05)

Commissioner Noah Smith (2B09)

Ruth Horn, Dupont Circle Citizens Association Representative

Discussion on Proposed Public Safety Meeting 

Discussion focused on where a public safety meeting should be held

Commissioner Nichols strongly believed meeting should be held within “club central”

Questions were focused on to whom the main audience of the meeting will be

It was decided that notice of the meeting should go to Jefferson Place, Palladium, and N St Follies

Invitations should be extended to MPD, ABRA, and the Golden Triangle BID

The Committee agreed to ask about the following at the meeting:

Ask if the ANC can provide support by asking MPD to extend support to the Club Action Team to Sunday.

Propose that the ANC support increasing the funding for additional ABRA investigators

Ask Golden Triangle BID to conduct additional outreach to property owners where nightclubs are located.

Protest Updates

Bistro Bistro (2B01): Lost standing and currently seeking reinstatement

Fireplace (2B02): Protest drop, reimbursable detail has been reinstated, will work with DDOT on use of public space. Public Safety meeting with MPD forthcoming.

Midtown (2B05): April 2014 protest date, near agreement on Settlement Agreement

Dirty Martini (2B05): April 2014 protest, near agreement on Settlement Agreement

Rose Bar (2B05): Protested as of 2/18/2014, near agreement on Settlement Agreement

Public Bar (2B06): Settlement Agreement agreed upon by all parties

18th St Lounge (2B06): replacarded on 2/21

Bar Code (2B05): still negotiating over use of public space – April 2014 protests date

Bar Charley (2B08): close to a Settlement Agreement with all parties

Chi-Cha Lounge (2B08): Awaiting update

Additional Items

Commissioner O’Connor will survey members about changing meeting times for future meetings.

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: Proposed resolution for alley deck project at 1412 Hopkins St NW

The following is the ANC 2B Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee’s proposed resolution for the rear deck at 1412 Hopkins St NW:

Proposed resolution for 1412 Hopkins

Whereas the Zoning Preservation and Development Committee was presented with a request for a zoning variance for the residence of 1412 Hopkins Street NW for a rear patio elevated to the first floor from the ground floor;

Whereas the applicant committed that the north structural steel column and bollard be located at the midpoint of the north side of the patio, instead of at the corner of the patio;

Therefore be it resolved that ANC 2B supports the request for zoning variance, provided that the column and bollard are relocated as described above, based on the following:

  1. the patio will improve the quality of air and light by raising the exterior space above the neighboring concrete wall that currently blocks light and air;
  2. the project improves the equity of the property because the neighboring patio is similarly elevated; and
  3. the project does not incur additional hardship to the neighbors but improves the aesthetic of the alley.