May 11, 2011
Present: Commissioners Dixon, Hamilton, Phelps, Richardson, Silver, Wilsey, Wirt
Motion: Three items were added to Community Announcements: Dennis Houlihan of Solis Nua; Commissioner Richardson with remarks about Commissioner Silver; and a discussion of redistricting. Motion:Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to accept the minutes as amended. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to approve the minutes as presented, with the proviso that changes can be made for one week after the meeting. The motion passed without objection,
- Treasurer’s Report
Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to approve the Quarterly Report for the 2nd Quarter of FY 11. The motion passed without objection.
Mr. Richardson asked for approval for the following expenditures: Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Mr. Silver seconded a motion to approve a payment of $280 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of the April minutes. Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to approve an expenditure of; $162 to DCAccess for website management; both motions passed without objection.
Mr. Richardson presented the Treasurer’s Report for April 2011. The opening balance was $93,563.77. There was a quarterly disbursement from the District of $5.041,34and an interest payment of $.77. There was a disbursement of $270 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of the March minutes (check #1202); $65 to Karen Wirt for reimbursement of expenses for business cards (check #1203); $216 for ad to Capitol Community News (check #1204); $1,974 to Capitol Community News for monthly meeting ads (check #1205); and $325 to Keith Silver for reimbursement for Walmart meetings (check #1206), leaving a balance of $95,728.88. Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to accept the March 2011 Treasurer’s Report as presented. The motion passed without objection.
- Community Announcements
H Street Trolley Meeting
Ms, Phelps reported that a joint meeting with ANC 6A, 6C and 5B was held on April 20 at the Atlas Theatre. It was attended by about 125 people. Scott Kubly, who is the project manager for DDOT, gave a brief presentation, and, she said, essentially there’s nothing new. He took questions for about 1 ¼ hours. He said the streets and sidewalks would be done by June, and they were still on track on the trolley: it would start running toward the end of 2012. The April budget proposal had $99 million over seven years for planning for the trolley. The money for H Street is committed.
DC Vote Signage
Mr. Hamilton reported that DC Vote is trashing the neighborhood by putting illegal signs up saying Don’t Tread on DC, and it’s not effective advocacy. Most of them have come down, but the ANC should request that City government enforce its sign laws. Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Richardson seconded a motion to ask DDOT to enforce the political signs law and fine DC vote for their signs. Ms. Phelps suggested adding that DC vote should be asked first to remove the signs. The motion passed without objection.
Dennis Houlihan presented information on Solis Nua, which is an Irish arts organization that has presented a number of events in the community. They are now about to present Swampoodle, a play about the old Irish neighborhood in what is now NoMa. They did eight performances of a play combining the history of the neighborhood and the Uline Arena, where the performances will be held.
Mr. Richardson congratulated Mr. Silver who organized ANCs for a march to the Capitol on voting rights. He said that Mr. Silver got “knocked about” a little and was arrested. He said the Mayor was there, although he didn’t get arrested this time. He said there were ANC commissioners representing every ward in the march, and it was a great success.
Roberta Weiner gave a brief description of the redistricting process and its critical importance to Ward 6 and ANC 6C because, while Ward 6 has enough residents to meet legal requirements, Wards 7 and 8 do not, and the Council Redistricting Committee may move parts of 6C to make up the difference. While the Wards are supposed to remain contiguous and compact, there are threats to Penn Quarter, NoMa, Sursum Corda, and Chinatown. Ms. Phelps added that hearings on the issue had taken place while Councilmember Wells was away, but that he is committed to keeping the ward together. Naomi Mitchell, Councilmember Wells’ community liaison said that as soon as the budget is complete, a mock map will be presented and there will then be a public hearing. She said that rather than losing people and neighborhoods, he would like to reclaim Kingman Park, which was moved to Ward 7 ten years ago, and has been isolated and lacking in proper city services since then. Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to send a letter to the Council Redistricting Committee, with copies to Council President Kwame Brown and Councilmember Wells in support of maintaining Ward 6 boundaries as they are currently, and saying they should consider all other options rather than decimating the communities of ANC 6C. The motion passed unanimously.
- Alcoholic Beverage Committee
Graffiato – 707 6th Street NW
Mr. Wilsey introduced Hilda Staples, who, with chef Mike Isabella, will open Graffiato, an Italian restaurant, at 707 6th Street NW, They are applying for a stipulated license so they can open in June. The building is currently empty, and is next door to the space that came before the Commission last month, where a new building will be built to house a Thai restaurant. Mr. Wilsey reported that he has spoken with the neighbor of the building, whose only concern is the potential for late night noise. The committee voted to ask the full ANC to support the granting of the license. Motion: Mr., Wilsey moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to write a letter to the ABC board in support of granting a stipulated license to Graffiato, 707 6th Street NW. The motion passed without objection.
Mr. Richardson announced that he had negotiated a VA with TruOrleans, which passed at the ABC. He also said he is in mediation with Boundary Road at 414 H Street NE and is very close to an agreement, and it contains everything he wanted.
- Youth and Education
Mr. Hamilton announced that Cheryl Worley, the Principal at J.O Wilson had been named a Teacher of the Year.
He also reported that Rosa Simon, who has been with DCPS for 53 years, and worked at Ludlow-Taylor for 33 years, is being honored by having the all-purpose room named after her. Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to send a letter to Ms. Simon congratulating her on this notable award and thanking her for her service to the District’s children. The motion passed without objection.
Mr. Hamilton said he had met with two volunteers and they had worked out a mission statement for the Youth and Education Committee, which he distributed and asked for comments.
- Public Space and Transportation
Committee Chair Joe McCann presented the following items for action:
1201 6th Street NE
This is a request to support a metal fence surrounding a patio at 1201 6th Street NE. It currently exceeds City regulations for height. The committee voted unanimously to support the fence height. Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Richardson seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to support the fence application at 1201 65th Street NE. The motion passed without objection.
500 New Jersey Avenue NE – Billy Goat Tavern
This is a request for support for a public space permit for the addition of seven tables, an addition to existing eight tables, seating 32 people. Their hearing is on May 26th. The committee agreed unanimously to support the addition. Ms. Wirt said she spoke with the board chair of the neighboring condo and they had no objection. Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr., Richardson seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to support the application for a public space permit to add seven tables to the outdoor patio at the Billy Goat Tavern. The motion passed without objection.
417 H Street NE – Sidamo
This is a request for support of a public space permit to put two tables and four chairs in front of Sidamo, the coffee bar at 417 H Street NE. The café has a garden in the back and these tables are just an added marketing point. The committee unanimously approved the request. Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation and write a letter of support for a public space permit for the placement of two tables and four chairs outside Sidamo at 417 H Street NE. The motion passed without objection.
707 6th Street NW – Graffito
This is a request for a public space permit to place two large planters outside the entrance to this new restaurant at 707 6th Street NW (across from the Verizon Center). The planters are 2’x2’. Mr. Wilsey thanked Hilda Staples, one of the owners, for doing everything by the book, and Ms. Phelps welcomed the restaurant to the neighborhood. They did not, however, have their paperwork on the permit, and after a motion was made and approved, they were asked to wait a month until the ANC had their paperwork. By the end of the meeting, however, they had determined that their schedule would preclude their waiting the month. Mr. Wilsey said he had met with the neighbors and there was no problem. Motion: Mr. Wilsey moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to accept the committee’s recommendation, pending the receipt of necessary paperwork, to support a public space permit for the installation of two planters at Graffito. The motion passed without objection.
1200 1st Street NE – Farmer’s Market
Donné Malloy, who was not at the committee meeting, presented information on a new Farmer’s Market to take place on Wednesdays beginning June 1 and running through October 25th at 1200 1st Street NE in front of a building to the West of Harris Teeter. There will be 6-7 vendors, and they will not be blocking building entrances. She is working with the NoMa BID. Ms. Malloy said she is Loree Murray’s daughter-in-law, which met with much approval.
Ms. Phelps said that the market is in her SMD and it was an area where you couldn’t get fresh fruits and vegetables, and she is delighted to be able to support local vendors. Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Dixon seconded a motion to write a letter of support, pending the arrival of necessary paperwork for the Farmer’s Market at 1200 1st Street NE, The motion passed without objection.
- Planning, Zoning and Environment Committee
Committee chair Rob Amos reported the following items:
19 I Street NW – Gonzaga College High School
This is a request for a two-year extension of a BZA order for the construction of new facilities at Gonzaga College High School. Jeffrey Utz of Goulston and Storrs represented Gonzaga.
In 2009, the ANC approved a special exception so that Gonzaga could construct new academic and athletic facilities, a below ground parking garage and other campus modifications as well as relief for court requirements.
The applicant meets the criteria for an extension: there is no substantial change to the project, zoning regulations, or other material facts; and the applicant has provided an affidavit showing good cause for the extension citing an inability to obtain to obtain necessary funding for the project. The project was to be funded by donations which have slowed as a result of the economy.
The committee recommended approval of the two-year extension.
Mr. Dixon said he had feedback from people who own property behind the site and are waiting for something to happen so they can do something with their property.
Motion: Mr. Silver moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to support a two-year extension of the BZA permits for the construction project at Gonzaga College High School. The motion passed without objection.
Florida Avenue NE – Gateway Market Project
This is a request for a two-year extension for the consolidated PUD and related map amendment for the Gateway Market project at the Florida Avenue Market.
The ANC supported the original request in 2009. It is for a mixed use project incorporating retail, office and residential uses. The project will feature pedestrian friendly streetscape, sidewalk seating areas, underground parking and bicycle parking.
The applicant meets the requirements specified for an extension. There is no substantial change to the project, zoning regulations or other material; facts. The applicant has provided affidavits showing good cause for the extension citing an inability to obtain necessary funding for the project. The applicant is currently in negotiations with two potential joint venture partners. The Committee recommended that the full ANC support the extension.
Ms. Phelps pointed out that the project is in ANC 5B, across from 6C, and the ANC fought hard to be included as a party to the original PUD. Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Richardson seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to support a two-year extension for the Gateway Market project. The motion passed without objection.
331 A Street NE
This is a request for support of a Historic Preservation Review Board request for the addition of below-grade windows, raised rear roof for increased ceiling height and mechanical equipment, new rear doors and stucco replacement on all rear facades.
There is no increase in the footprint of the building. HPRB requested a “flag test” to see how visible to raised roof would be from the street, and while it doesn’t show on A Street, a portion would be visible from 4th Street.
The committee had no real issues with the basement excavation and the addition of basement windows. There was some discussion about the visibility of the roof line, but not strong enough opposition to request that the ANC not approve the application. The applicant has a letter of support from one neighbor but has been unable to reach the other and provided certified mail receipts to indicate her efforts.
Motion: Ms. Phelps moved/Mr. Richardson seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to support the HPRB application for basement windows and a raised roof for 331 A Street NE. The motion passed without objection.
- Final Comments
601-645 H Street NE
Mr. Richardson thanked Mr. Amos for all his hard work on the project, and said the neighbors, along with Mr. Richardson had met at the lawyer’s office and progress appears to be happening.
Ms. Phelps distributed two options of draft by-laws changes with changes in language for committees. She said the discussion of these changes began two years ago, and there had been further discussion at an ANC 6C special housekeeping Saturday meeting at which there had not been a quorum. She said she hoped the members would think about them and they can be discussed at the ANC’s next meeting. Motion: Mr. Silver moved/Mr. Dixon seconded a motion to move discussion of the by-laws to the June meeting. The motion passed without objection.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.