May 2009

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Heritage Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Minutes

Present:  Commissioners Brown, Dixon, Docter, Phelps, Richardson, Silver, Velasco and Wirt

The meeting opened at 7:04 pm

  1. Agenda

Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to accept the agenda.  It was approved without objection.

  1. Minutes

Mot ion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to approve the April minutes, with minor amendments.  They were approved without objection.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Richardson submitted the May Treasurers Report.  There was an opening balance of $81,966.98, including an interest payment of $3.37.  There were payments of $33.83 to Commissioner Docter for office supplies (Check #1143); $232 to Roberta Weiner for taking and transcribing minutes (Check #1145); $5 for a bank service charge; and $444.50 to DC Access for web hosting (Check #1146), leaving a balance of $81,933.15.

Mr. Richardson submitted a quarterly Report for the second quarter of FY09 for submission to the DC Auditor.

Mr. Richardson also submitted a proposed budget for the ANC for this year.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, Quarterly Report and proposed budget.  The motion passed without objection.

Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to approve the allocation of up to $65 for the purchase of a digital tape recorder for the transcription of minutes.  The minutes passed without objection.

  1. Community Announcements

National Building Museum Festival of Building Arts

Ellen Jackman, of the National Business Museum requested a letter of support to the Emergency Management Task Force for a street closing of F Street in front of the museum on Saturday, October 10th t for the annual Building Museum Festival of the Building Arts.    The street will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for some exhibitions relating to the festival.  Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to send a letter to the Emergency Management Task Force in support of the street closing on October 10th.  The motion passed without objection.

City Vista Affordable Housing

Joe Carroll, Assistant Vice President of Lowe Development presented an update on the City Vista project.  He gave a brief review of the project and reported that they had followed through on their commitments to the community including the Safeway and the hardware store that have opened.  He said they have built 635 residential units. There are seven units of affordable rental housing left, and they are in the final stages of their lottery on the rentals.  He said that the true goal of the project is to create a true community.  He said he came to the ANC to let it know that they are there to be part of the neighborhood.  He said he can be reached at 496-2922.

Golden Rule Center

Elizabeth Askew, of First Mission Development and Dan Henson, of Henson Development came before the Commission to ask for a letter of support for an application to the District for 9% tax credits for financing the project.  The letter is due by June 1st.

The project will have 60 affordable rental units: four “two-over-two” style townhouses on L Street NW, and a five-story apartment building on 1st Street NW.  The project w as originally to include a high-rise apartment, which won’t be built at this time because of the economy.   Mr. Silver said that Golden Rule was within three SMDs, but it was a moral cornerstone of the city, and has been providing affordable housing since 1937.

Mr. Velasco asked about displaced residents, and was told that 27 families had been displaced by the demolition of the previous structures on the site, and they were working with them.  Motion:Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Dixon seconded a motion to send a letter of support to the City in support of the tax credits for Golden Rule.  The motion passed without objection.

Police Week 5K Race

Brian Vorndran asked for a letter of support for the Emergency Management Task Force for a 5K National Police Week race to take place on May 16, 2009, beginning at 9 a.m.  The street closures will be between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Mr. Dixon seconded a motion to send a letter of support to the Emergency Management Task Force for the race.  The motion passed without objection.

ITU Triathalon

Ira Brody, representing the ITU Triathalon to take place on June 21st, 2009, asked for a letter of support to the Emergency Management Task Force and outlined the streets within the ANC that would be affected by the race.  Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to send a letter of support to the Emergency Management Task Force supporting the ITU Triathalon on June 21st.  The motion passed without objection.

Higher Achievement Green Apple Awards

Jessica Thomas, Ward 6 coordinator for Higher Achievement, announced the organization’s Green Apple award ceremony at Ludlow Taylor Elementary School on May 18th and invited Commissioners to attend.  She said that the program had had a very successful year, including two students being accepted at Duke Ellington High School.

  1. Old Business

Public Safety

Mr. Dixon introduced LaVerne Holiday who runs the MPD VINE program for crime victims.  She said they have a three pronged program: dealing with cold cases; dealing with current cases; and dealing with domestic violence.  She said they educate people about their rights, especially in the Hispanic community, and work on crime victim’s compensation as well.  She distributed brochures, and said VINE can be reached at 727-6181.

Grants Committee

Stanton Park Neighborhood Association Scholarship Funds

Mr. Hamilton presented a grant proposal from the Stanton Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) for $1500 for SPNA’s annual scholarship fund.  The proposal is the same as last year’s, and will be used to provide scholarships for high school seniors.  Motion: Ms. Brown moved/Mr. Silver seconded a motion to approve the allocation of $1500 to SPNA for scholarships.  Ms. Wirt asked that the motion be amended to say that the scholarships be given to residents of ANC 6C.  The motion passed without objection.

North Capitol Collaborative Scholarship

Ms. Brown presented a proposal from the North Capitol Collaborative for $1000 to provide scholarships for 40 children in the North Capitol area to assist parents with camp, registration and other summer program costs.  Motion: Mr. Silver moved/Mr, Dixon seconded a motion to grant $1000 to the North Capitol Collaborative for scholarships for summer programs.  The motion passed without objection.

Licensing and Permits Committee

Civil Penalties Proposed Rulemaking

Ms. Phelps reported that ABRA has issued a proposed expanded list of civil penalties for violations of licensing requirements and voluntary agreements that can be imposed without ABC hearings.  While many of the new penalties are good, she expressed her concern about the over-generous number of violations that are allowed before a license can be revoked.  Motion:  Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Richardson seconded a motion to sending a letter to ABRA supporting the changes to current regulations, but urging reconsideration of the number of primary violations allowed before revocation of an ABC license. The motion passed without objection.

Commendation for ABRA Acting Director

Motion: Miss Phelps moved/Mr. Richardson seconded a motion to send a letter of commendation to ABRA commending Fred Mousally, ABRA’s interim director, for the progress the agency has made since he assumed the job, and the improvements he has instituted in the agency’s operations.  The motion passed without objection.

Transportation Committee

Armand’s Pizza Public Space Permit

Committee co-chair John Kelly  reported that Armand’s Pizza at 226 Massachusetts Avenue NE has applied to a public space permit to install a new awning.  He said that the committee had supported the request.  Motion: Mr. Hamilton moved/Mr. Silver seconded  a motion to support the committee’s recommendation to send a letter of support for a new awning for Armand’s Pizza.  The motion passed without objection.

J.B. Johnson Nursing Center – 901 1st Street NW

This is a public space request for ten additional parking spaces at the J.B Johnson Nursing Center, but they have not appeared before the committee.  Ms. Phelps said she can follow up with Public Space so they can have an opportunity to present to the ANC.

Request for Stricter Parking Regulations at 4th Street between K and L Streets NW

This was a request by Merc Fox, a resident at 4th St NW for the Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Association that the ANC request that “No Parking/No Standing” restrictions be imposed on the east side of the 1000 and 1100 blocks of 4th St NW as a means to curb prostitution activity.  The request is for “No Parking/No Standing” for all vehicles for 12 months; “No Parking/No Standing” for all vehicles except Zone 6 residents for the ensuing 12 months; reassessment of parking restrictions in the 25th.  The request was unanimously approved by the Committee. Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation and send a letter to DDOT requesting that the stricter parking regulations for 4th Street NW between K and L Streets be placed in effect.  The motion passed without object tion.

Parking in Public Space

Mr. Kelly announced that the Capitol Hill Restoration Society would have a discussion of the regulations covering parking pads on public space (driveways) on May 20th at Ebenezer Coffee House, with people from DDOT.

Zoning and Planning Committee

Two Rivers Charter School

Committee chair Rob Amos reported that his is a request for support for a BZA Variance for off-street parking.  This is a request to increase the parking from three spaces to 10 spaces, because of potential for growth of school.  The school has informal arrangements with Gallaudet and Grainger for additional parking.  The committee recommended that the request be supported.  Ms. Phelps remarked that this is a big issue for the school, and it will do no harm to the public good.  She said that the school is an important asset to the community.  Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion accept the committee’s recommendation and send a letter of support to the BZA for the variance for additional parking spaces requested by Two Rivers Charter School.  The motion passed without objection.

NoMa Vision Plan – Committee of the Whole Hearing, May 21

Mr. Amos reported that the Committee recommended supporting the NoMA Vision and Development Strategy as written, with the addition of three additional areas of study (see motion below)..Ms. Phelps said that the City Council Committee of the Whole will hold a hearing on the NoMA Vision Plan on May 21st.  Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Docter seconded a motion to accept the .Committee’s recommendation to support the NoMA Vision Plan and Development Strategy as written, but request that the Council of District of Columbia and DDOT consider three additional areas of study:

  • Narrowing Florida Avenueto two lanes in each direction to provide for the requested enhanced sidewalk widths, protected left turn lanes, and on-street parking.
  • Extending 2ndStreet from L to N Streets within a narrow right=of=way restricted to pedestrians and bicycles.
  • Creating additional park/public space from a portion of an un-built redevelopment site

The motion passed without objection.

Small Area Plan for the Florida Avenue

Mr. Amos reported that the Committee had discussed the SAP at its meeting with Melissa Bird of the Office of Planning, and that Tony Goodman, a committee member had given an excellent summary of the SAP, including recommendations for areas for further study.  He said that it appears to be more of a “vision” than an actual plan because DC does not own the site and there are 66 individual owners.  Ms. Phelps aid that the Office of Planning has done a lot of work, but there are lots of aspects it doesn’t deal with.  She said that while the NoMA vision plan is a spectacular and specific plan, the SAP is vague, and not a building document.  There are no details on how truck traffic to and from the market will be handled, there are zoning issues, and parking and other issues. It needs work before any work can be done on the Market or the area.  Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion authorizing MS. Phelps to continue working on the SAP until it meets ANC needs.  The motion passed without objection.

Chinatown BID Streetscape and Lights

Mr. Docter reviewed the history of attempts to implement a streetscape plan for Chinatown, and reported that the problems with the 6th Street/Massachusetts Avenue/Chinatown Park have been resolved, and that DDOTY is now involved with assistance in addressing some of the issues in that area.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 p.m.