November 2012

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Present: Commissioners Crews, Dixon, Goodman, Price, Richardson, Silver, Wilsey and Wirt

(Mr. Silver arrived at 8:15 PM.)

The meeting was convened at 7 PM.

  1. Agenda

Motion: Mr. Price moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to accept the agenda as presented.  The motion passed without objection.

  1. Minutes

Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to postpone consideration of the October minutes until the next meeting.

  1. Treasurer’s Report  

Quarterly Report – 4th Quarter FY 12

Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to approve the Quarterly Report for the 4th Quarter of FY 12 (June-September).  The motion passed without objection. Mr. Richardson said it is due November 29th.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Richardson presented the following expense for approval; Roberta Weiner submitted a bill for transcribing the full ANC meeting for October. Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/.Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to accept the expense.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Richardson delivered the Treasurer’s Report for October.  It showed an opening balance of $84,029.74.  There was an interest payment of $.67.  Checks were written for $869.92 to the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools for a grant for football uniforms (Check #1253); Allied Party Supplies for  grant to H Street Main Street for security barriers for the H Street Festival (Check #1254); and Roberta Weiner for transcribing minutes for the November meeting, (Check #1255), leaving a balance in the checking account of $77,864.50.  Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. The motion passed without objection.

  1. Brief Community Announcements

ANC Election Results

Ms. Wirt announced the ANC election results:

  • 6C01 Daniele Schiffman(new)
  • 6C 02 Karen Wirt (returning)
  • 6C 03 Scott Price (returning)
  • 6C 04 Mark Eckenweiler(new)
  • 6C 05 Mark Kazmierczak(new)
  • 6C 06 Tony Goodman (returning)


  • Mark Dixon (to 6E 06)
  • Keith Silver (retiring)
  • Kevin Wilsey(to 2C 03)
  • Bill Crews (retiring)

By-laws Change

Mr. Crews announced that he will present a by-laws change in committee structure at the December meeting.

Rock and Roll Marathon – March 16, 2013

Diane Thomas presented information on the revised route and plans for the Rock and Roll Marathon, which will take place on March 16.  She began by saying it was the eighth year it was being run, and that it had had a $152 million impact on the city last year.

She said it would begin at 8:30 AM and be completed by 11 AM, with clean-up completed 60 minutes later.  Mr. Price noted that the route has been modified and commended Ms. Thomas in reaching out to the community. He said, however, that the police have not been aware of the exit places, and said he hoped they will be working better with MPD.  Mr. Crews reiterated that the new start and finish will be at 14thStreet and Constitution Avenue, and at RFK. Mr. Goodman said he had no problem at all with the race, and it presents a great opportunity for runners to run and watchers to watch in the community.  Mr. Crews said he would support the race.  Ms. Wirt said she could not support the race because it is too large for the narrow residential streets.  Motion: Mr. Goodman moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to send a letter to the Emergency Management Task Force in support of the Rock and Roll marathon on March 13th.  The motion passed 4-2-1, with Commissioners Wirt and Crews opposed.

Jingle All the Way 8K Race – December 9


Lee Granados presented information on the Jingle All the Way 8K Race to take place downtown on Sunday, December 9th. Mr. Wilsey said he had spoken with the event organizer and was impressed with the arrangements they have made. Motion: Mr. Wilsey moved/Mr. Crews seconded motion to send a letter to the Emergency Management Task Force in support of the Jingle All The Way 8K Race on Sunday, December 9th.  The motion passed without objection.

  1. Transportation and Public Space Committee

Thaaja Indian Food Bar – 2335 2nd Street NE


This is a request for support for a public space permit for Thaaja, a 167 sq. ft. sidewalk café which will have eight tables, 16 chairs, and two umbrellas located at 2335 2nd Street NE.  It is currently before the ANC applying for a liquor license.  The hours of the patio will be until 11 PM on weekdays, and midnight on weekends.  Thaaja is located next to the hotel at that location, and is, in fact, in the hotel building, with  adoor on Florida Avenue and a door on 2nd  Street.  The tables will be on 2nd Street.  Motion: Mr. Goodman moved/Mr. Wilsey seconded a motion to approve the Committee’s recommendation to support a public space permit for the area on 2nd Street for Thaaja Indian Food Bar at 2335 2nd Street NE. The motion passed unanimously, 7-0.

300 L Street NE

Mr. McCann said this was a non-voting item; the applicant submitted a public space application six to eight months ago and it never came to the ANC because of changes to the original plans.  The applicant seeks to close 4-5 curb cuts.  There are no trees involved, only grass, except along the L Street side of the building (the entrance is on 3rd Street).  This is because there is a sewer line running underneath the building that is a hundred years old and would be at risk with trees.

Mr. McCann said that the committee was not impressed with the lack of trees, no presence of bike racks and while eliminating curb cuts not adding any benches. In short,  there was nothing to trigger stopping or enjoying the building.

Motion: Mr. Goodman moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to send a letter to DDOT and the owner, including:

  • A request for the Public Space tracking number and a written explanation as to why it has not been forthcoming.
  • An answer as to why, with a building that will be large and has a large excavation, the old pipe could not have been replaced.
  • A request for more bike racks.

The motion passed without objection.

  1. Planning, Zoning and Environment Committee

Committee Chair Mark Eckenweiler announced that committee meetings would be moved to Kaiser Permanente headquarters on 2nd Street NE through 2013.  He then reported on the following issues:

Gallaudet University Campus Plan

Gallaudet is not within the bounds of 6C but it borders the community, and the goal of the plan, required every ten years by the District, according to Gallaudet, is to make the campus relate better to the community with “more porous edges,” as well as to add about 100,000 sq. ft. of new building space.  It would also return two buildings, Fay House and Ballard House, to their original use as residential buildings.

The plan also proposes a new pedestrian entry to the campus at 6th Street and Florida Avenue, with a mixed-use building on 6th Street.  The plan also includes a request for support of a special exception because of a zoning criterion: “use as a college or university shall be located so that it is not likely to become objectionable to neighboring property because of noise, traffic, number of students, or other objectionable conditions.” Motion: Mr. Price moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to accept the committee’s recommendation that the ANC support Gallaudet’s request for special exception review and approval of the Gallaudet University Campus Plan.  Mr. Goodman said that the university has been excellent at outreach to the community, which also brings the students into the neighborhood.  The motion passed unanimously, 8-0.

1139 Abbey Place NE

This is a request for support for a BZA special exception to allow a rear deck on an existing one-family row house at 1139 Abbey Place NE. This, according to Mr. Eckenweiler, is a “straightforward” request to construct a deck, bringing the lot occupancy to slightly over the matter-of-right maximum of 60%.  There were no letters of support from neighbors, but Mr. Goodman has spoken with the neighbors, and they were not opposed.  Motion: Mr. Goodman moved/Mr. Price seconded a motion to accept the committee’s recommendation to support the application for a special exception for construction of a deck at 1139 Abbey Place NE.  The motion passed 6-0-2, with Mr. Crews and Mr. Richardson abstaining.

Miller’s Court/319 A Street NE, rear

This is a request for support for a historic preservation concept review for construction of a two-story alley dwelling at 319 A Street NE/Miller Court.  The project involves re-subdividing the lot occupied by 319 A Street, and joining the southern 28’ to an existing lot occupied currently by an alley garage now used for storage.  The concept draws heavily on other nearby alley dwelling immediately to the west. The parapet of the building will be 22’ high. The owner of the three alley dwellings expressed “guarded” support of the project, saying the construction will be inconvenient, but it would provide additional eyes on the alley, the idea of which led him to support the project.

The owner of 321 A Street, who expressed concern that the windows be of frosted glass, submitted a letter of non-objection.  Motion: Mr. Crews moved/Mr. Price seconded a motion to accept the committee’s recommendation to support the application with the caveat that there are no windows that overlook the alley. The motion passed 7-1 with Mr. Richardson in opposition.

410 E Street NE – Stuart Hobson Middle School

Mr. Eckenweiler reported that  the architect and School Improvement Team Leader of the Stuart Hobson Middle School renovation returned to the Committee with a revised set of drawings with a more regular rhythmic pattern of windows and recesses, and also reported that the school will be built to LEED Gold standard.  This was a non-voting item.

He said that many people, including current and past PTA presidents and many local residents and school parents favored the design, but that there were a few people who objected to the juxtaposition of modern and traditional design.  He said there were still secondary issues, such as fence height, and requested that the school representatives  continue the dialogue on these issues.  Mr. Eckenweiler said that he and committee Vice Chair McGinnis could provisionally support the revised drawings, noting that the new proposal better respects the window pattern and arrangement of the existing school.

  1. Grants Liaison

Stuart Hobson Middle School

This is a new application to round out a grant previously given for equipment for the football team.  It was suggested they return. In answer to a question, the ANC was told that 100% of the students live in Ward 6. Motion:  Mr. Crews moved/Mr. Price seconded a motion to approve a grant of $855.52 for equipment for the Stuart Hobson football team.  The motion passed without objection.

H Street CDC Holiday Eventj

This is a request for funds for a community holiday festival that, according to Mark Dixon, will bring the community together. Motion: Mr. Dixon moved/Mr. Crews seconded a motion to approve a grant to provide written advertising materials for the H Street CDC holiday festival at the Atlas Theatre. The motion passed without objection.

Innovative School of the Performing Arts

This is a continuation of a grant the ANC made last year to Charles Garris and his program at Walker Jones Elementary School, which he completed successfully and filed all his reports in a timely fashion.

Mr. Silver said that while Mr. Garris is a deserving person, the ANC has to monitor and oversee the program, and so he was asking to delay the vote on the program until next month. He said the applicant should provide criteria and goals for the program and metrics on the success of the program.  Mr. Silver said he, together with Mr. Dixon, wants to visit the site and check out the funding.  Mr. Goodman said it will delay the grant until December, but will provide an opportunity for distributing the materials.  The issue was tabled until December.

  1. New Business

Holy Rosary Church

This is a request for a letter of support for a mural celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Holy Rosary Church at 595 3rd Street NW.  The letter would be part of a grant application to the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities.  The mural would be executed by the students of DC muralist Byron Peck’s City Arts program on a wall that was being torn down in a few years.  Mr. Goodman raised the point that it is a religious project, and has a crucifix in its design, and there would be no District funds available for such a design.  It was suggested that the design could be changed so that the religious aspects were removed.  Motion: Mr. Price moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion that the ANC not send a letter of support for the mural on the Holy Rosary wall.  The motion passed 5-3 with Commissioners Richardson, Wilsey and Wirt in opposition.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PM.