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Information on ANC 2B Hearings for 2016 Alcohol License Renewals

Hello neighbors,

As some of you might have seen from ANC 2B’s regular April meeting agenda that was sent out earlier this week, the ANC will begin considering a series of alcohol license renewals during next Wednesday’s meeting. According to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), approximately 1,500 alcoholic beverage licenses from across the city are due to be renewed in 2016. This includes all restaurant, hotel, multipurpose facility, club, marine vessel, train, caterer, tavern, and nightclub licenses. Due to the fact that ANC 2B contains a large share of the city’s alcohol licenses, the ANC will set aside time during several upcoming regular meetings in order to consider the renewal of licenses.

The alcohol license renewal process is a critical time for the ANC to ensure that establishments are following the rules and being good neighbors. The process allows for the ANC to work with individual establishments to address any concerns from their neighbors. Community members are thus encouraged to attend the ANC’s meetings where renewals are being considered and to voice concerns about any individual establishments that are up for renewal.

I have created a list of the establishments whose license renewals will be considered during the ANC’s regular April meeting next week. The list can be found below:

ANC 2B License Renewals for April 2016 Meeting

Please note that the establishments included in the list are only the ones whose renewal hearing date in front of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has been set for before the ANC’s regular May meeting on May 11, 2016. There will be time set aside for community members to raise any concerns regarding the establishments included in the attached list during next Wednesday’s meeting.

As a reminder, the ANC’s regular April meeting will be next Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW. A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here.

Additionally, more information on the 2016 alcohol license renewal process can be found here.

Please let your single member district commissioner or I know if you have any questions about this matter. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Sincerely,

Peter Sacco
Executive Director
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B

AGU and ANC 2B to host public meeting on renovation of AGU headquarters (2000 Florida Ave NW)

Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) invite you to an informational reception to learn about and provide feedback regarding the plans to renovate the AGU Headquarters Building.

Where: AGU Headquarters, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW
Conference Room A
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Please see the  AGU Community Meeting Flyer for more information and a rendering of the renovated building. We hope to see you on Wednesday!

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

November 2015

HDCMS Streetlight Banner Permits (Public Space)

Universalist National Memorial Church Zoning Variance Review (BZA)

1700 Connecticut Avenue NW- Starbucks (ABRA)

1327 Connecticut Avenue NW- The Manor (ABRA)

ABRA Investigations in West Dupont

DC Council Bill B21-401 Regarding Farmers Market ABRA Licenses

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW- The Carlyle Hotel (ABRA)

1514 Q Street NW (HPRB)

1514 Q Street NW (Zoning Administrator)

1415 22nd Street NW (HPRB)

1711 New Hampshire Ave (BZA)

1501 K Street NW- Claudia’s Steakhouse (DDOT Public Space)

NEWS: ANC 2B November 2015 Final Agenda posted

The final agenda for tomorrow’s ANC 2B November meeting has been posted and can be viewed at the following link:

November 2015 Final Agenda

The meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm in room 500 of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Please note that, due to Veterans Day, this is a different date than the ANC’s usual 2nd Wednesday meeting.

NEWS: ANC 2B May Meeting “Votes of the ANC” blog posted

This new blog, “Votes of the ANC” will be posted on the day after our monthly meeting to explain the votes that took place the night before. The language in resolutions will still be up to final review and some changes may be made.  Last night at our ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

 

Minutes

Approval of April 2015 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 6-0.

 

General

Resolution Supporting Funding for SWWFS
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, The School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens (SWWFS) is a DC Public School at 2425 N St NW, in the West End/Foggy Bottom neighborhood within ANC 2B, and

WHEREAS, SWWFS has seen its enrollment double in the last two years to 416, and

WHEREAS, SWWFS school building will reach its capacity of 500 at the start of the 2015/16 school year beginning in September 2015, with students representing all eight wards and it even has a waiting list of more than 500 additional applicants, and

WHEREAS, SWWFS has not received a Phase 1 nor is this summer’s more than a very small stabilization effort, which is some of the first renovations monies the school building has seen since the 1920’s. Furthermore, in 2008 when Stevens Elementary was merged into the Francis building, it received a “schools blitz” of very limited scope to update early childhood classrooms rooms with such things as age-appropriate toilet facilities, but little more than that, and

WHEREAS, DC’s Department of General Services says the school that has received essentially no substantial work similar to Browne, Eliot, and Jefferson, among other DCPS facilities, and

WHEREAS, SWWFS was allocated $2.5 million in capital improvement funds in FY 2015, to plan a full modernization and all to take care of modernize some short-term priorities such as its cafeteria and auditorium, and

WHEREAS, SWWFS is not able to complete a third priority – the updating of its gymnasium – until more funds are allocated, and

WHEREAS, DC’s Department of General Services says it needs support to expedite cafeteria and auditorium work to be contracted and completed by the beginning of school and November (respectively), and

WHEREAS, DC Public Schools has fully signed off on the cafeteria and auditorium projects, and

WHEREASM SWWFS is schedule to receive an additional $20.178 million in funding in FY2019 that was previously schedule to be released between FY2015 and FY2019, and

THEREFORE, be it resolved that ANC2B asks DGS and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to continue making all due efforts to help bring the FY15 projects to contract, beginning of work and completion and,

Be it resolved that ANC2B asks Council Member David Grosso (chair of DC Council Education Committee), DC Council Education Committee, and Ms. Jennifer Niles (Deputy Mayor for Education) to schedule funds of approx. $3-4 million to accomplish updates to the gymnasium in FY 2016, and

Be it resolved that ANC2B asks Council Member David Grosso (chair of DC Council Education Committee), DC Council Education Committee, and Ms. Jennifer Niles (Deputy Mayor for Education) to restore full modernization funding to SWWFS for FY 2017 or 2018.

 

Application for Alley Closing and Alley Dedication, (N/S Alley between 15th and 16th Streets, NW) by 1100 15th St, LLC
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Maltz. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas Carr Properties is developing the northwest corner of 15th and L Streets by replacing three existing buildings including the Washington Post Building with a large office building with street level retail space,

Whereas all other aspects of this project are a matter of right,

Whereas the Developer is going to improve flow in the alley by donating an easement of land to widen the north-south alley that runs north from L Street, NW, between 15th St and 16th Street,

Whereas the request for an alley closing affects a small stubb alley currently used only by the Washington Post,

Whereas the new project obviates the need for this alley because it provides alternative parking and delivery arrangements,

Whereas other businesses abutting the alley support this request,

Therefore, ANC2B gives its support to closing the alley in Square 197 as requested by Carr Properties.

 

 

Alcoholic Beverage Control Agenda

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

Renewal Applications

1926 I St NW – Pan Mar Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#060242) (2B06) – No Action
1325 Connecticut Ave NW – Crown Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#088121) (2B06) – No Action
1015 18th St NW – S & R Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#060716) (2B06) – No Action
1133 20th St NW – The Wine Specialist – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#087537) (2B06) – No Action
2018 Florida Ave NW – Universal Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#072213) (2B01) – No Action
1821 M St Nw – Bell Wine & Liquor – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#095984) (2B06) – No Action
Off Premises Storage Unit Permit, Federal Spirits, 1629 K St. NW, Suite #300 (ABRA – 089730) (2B05) – No Action

Vote on Recommendations for the Future of the West Dupont (P Street) Liquor License Moratorium (2B02)
Commissioner Warwick moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 4-2-1. The resolution reads as follows:

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 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 occuipant based on 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 
the 
Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) 
for 
a 
renewal of 
a 
modified
 West 
Dupont
 Circle
 Moratorium 
for 
a 
three‐year 
period
 from 
the
 date 
of 
Board
 action, with a modification so the moratorium is solely a continuation of the limitation on CN (nightclub) establishments; 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.

New application for 1528 Connecticut Ave NW – Beefsteak – Class C Restaurant (#098308) Hours of operation, sales and sidewalk cafe 10am to 11pm all days. (2B02) – Take No Action

New application for a substantial change addition of two summer gardens, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW – Embassy Row Hotel – Class C Hotel (#093645) Hours of operation of summer gardens, 11AM-11PM all days on rooftop, 11AM-11PM Sunday-Thursday, 11AM-12AM Friday-Saturday on lobby patio (2B02) – Take No Action

Application for a Summer Garden Endorsement by Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Ave, NW (ABRA-077109). (2B05)
Commissioner Nichols moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Underhill. Passed 5-1-0. Amendment Failed. The resolution reads as follows:

Application for a stipulated license Summer Garden Endorsement by Beacon Hotel, protest on the basis of peace order and quiet. 1615 Rhode Island Ave, NW (ABRA-077109). (2B05)
Commissioner Nichols moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 5-1-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Application for a substantial change of hours for live entertainment at Stetson’s, 1610 U St NW. Current hours of live entertainment: Wednesday from 8pm to midnight. Proposed hours of live entertainment: All days from 6:30pm to 1am. (#060455) (2B08)
Commissioner Mann moved to support the protest, seconded by Commissioner Smith. Passed 6-0. The resolution reads as follows:

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

 

HPRB Application for Liquor store front restoration at Connecticut and Q St NW (2B03)
Commissioner Maltz moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 4-0-3. The resolution reads as follows:

1337 Connecticut Ave (#18906) (BZA) (2B07)
Commissioner Underhill moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Nichols. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Rehearing: 1772 Church St NW (HPRB) (2B07)
Commissioner Underhill moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Amendment by Maltz, Warwick. Passed 4-3. Amendment by Maltz, Smith. Passed 5-2. Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows:

NEWS: April “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 April meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

April 2015

Washington DC Jewish Community (General)

Veloce (Public Space)

Stonewall Kickball (General)

Melt Shop (Public Space)

Kramer Books (Public Space)

District Taco (Public Space)

DC Black Pride Festival (General)

Capital Pride Parade (General)

Bistro Bistro (Public Space)

1758 Church St NW (HPRB)

1719 T ST NW (HPRB)

1717 Pennsylvania AV NW (Public Space)