ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
Present: Commissioners Eckenwiler, Goodman, Kazmierczak, Price, and Wirt
Absent: Commissioner Schiffman
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm.
A quorum of five out of six commissioners was present.
The agenda was approved unanimously with several minor modifications. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Kazmierczak]
The March 2013 minutes were approved unanimously with the caveat that any corrections could be submitted within one week of the meeting. [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr.Kazmierczak]
Mr. Price gave the treasurer’s report. The opening balance was $45,412.56. There was an interest payment of $.09. Checks 1263-1269 were written as approved in the March treasurer’s report: two checks to the Hill Rag for ads, $ 216 and $1,410; reimbursement for the post office box from January through June, $160; security fund, $25; ANC business cards for Mr. Kazmierczak, $65; transcription for the December and January minutes, $385; and transcription for the February minutes, $167.50. The ending balance was $43,536.94. The treasurer’s report was approved unanimously, 5:0:0. [Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman]
Mr. Goodman suggested, and the commissioners agreed, that the one-page treasurer’s report be attached to the minutes as a general policy.
Brief Community Announcements
- Law Enforcement Run to Remember, KaiaGreene. The event will be held October 13 with approximately 400 runners. She summarized the route and logistics and stated she had checked with Ms. Schiffman, in whose SMD the route would traverse. The commissioners approved the event unanimously, 5:0:0. [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler] Mr. Eckenwiler commended Ms. Greene on coming before the ANC months before the event.
- Maryland Avenue update, Mr. Price. This project runs the length of Maryland Avenue N.E. from the Supreme Court to BenningRoad. The construction will widen the median and have a left turn lane, with one lane in each direction. Construction will start in July, with curbs and bollards. The community will have to give up a few parking spaces, but modifications will improve the safety at the very dangerous intersection of 7th, D, and Maryland near the N.E. Library. There is a Facebook page, Marylandavenueneighborhood (all one word), which will post the latest news on the project. Mr. Price thanked everyone who has helped, including ANC 6A.
- Upcoming events include the mayor’s budget town hall at Logan School, April 25; the NoMa annual meeting, April 11; and a Hill Center Housing Symposium to provide information on housing alternatives for seniors, May 3. Mr. Eckenwileralso announced a school renovation meeting, SIT, at Stuart Hobson School April 11.
- Ray Swandabriefly summarized the work of the D.C. Commission on Aging, which works with seniors to let them know what services are available to them. He asked for ANC 6C to send him representatives to serve on the Ward 6 team.
Grants Committee (Comm. Kazmierczak, chair)
Mr. Kazmierczak introduced the first grant reviewed by his committee, a children’s gardening project for Peabody Elementary School. Sue Bloom, school librarian and co-leader of the project, described the program for 3-4-5 year olds that combinesgardening and cooking with math and science. The grant will be used for teacher manuals, mulch, toner, etc. The grant request for $1,762 to partially fund the Healthy Sprouts Initiative and Story of Food was approved unanimously, 5:0:0 (check # 1270). [Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Ms. Wirt]
Mr. Goodman announced a project in his SMD run by Union Kitchen on Congress Street that is opening without a liquor license and will enable food trucks to operate, offer services such as BBQs, picnics, markets, etc. until the area is developed.
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee (Tony Richardson, chair)
- Giant Food, stipulated license, Steve O’Brien. Giant Food, opening May 3, 2013, seeks approval for a stipulated license so that it can open with beer and wine on its shelves. It will come back before the ANC when it applies for a liquor license. The applicant needs a stipulated license because DC ABRA is defining a full-service grocery store and this application must wait until the definition is developed. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5:0:0, to approve the stipulated license. [Motion: Mr.Kazmierczak/Mr. Eckenwiler]
- A number of establishments in ANC 6C are applying for renewal of their liquor licenses: YoSushi, East Street Café, B. Smith’s, Hikari Sushi and Sake Bar, The 116 Club, The Monocle, Kyoto Sushi, Hyatt Regency New Jersey Avenue, Marriott 2ndStreet, and Ethiopic. The commissioners had no problems with these establishments and approved them as a group unanimously, 5:0:0. [Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Eckenwiler]
Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee (Comm. Eckenwiler, chair)
- Murry’sand H Street Storage, 600 block of H Street N.E., ZC # 12-18, amended site plan, Trent Smith. The project has been modified to include a specialty grocery store. The largest change is truck traffic diversion to 7th Street to unload and return to H Street; automobiles would use the 6th street entrance (Transportation/Public Space Committee chair, Joe McCann contributed to this discussion, reporting from his committee). Several residents were in attendance stating they had concerns about safety, loss of parking spaces, truck turning space on 7th Street, and need for a traffic impact study. Mr. Kazmerczak proposed support for the project because it shifts the burden from all vehicles on 6th to trucks on 7th street without creating additional burden overall. The commissioners voted to support the project with a request that the developer work with the community to address resident concerns. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5:0:0, to support the project. An amendment was added to ensure that 50% of ground level window display on H Street be unobstructed. [Motion: Mr. Ekenwiler/Mr. Price]
- Heritage Foundation ,208, 214, 236 Massachusetts Avenue NE and 426-430 3rd Street N.E., BZA # 18531, application for a variance from floor area ratio requirements, a variance from the roof structure height provisions, a variance from the nonconforming structure provisions, a variance from the vehicle location and lot line requirements for a parking lot, and a special exception for accessory parking, Harold Bingham and Eric Korsvall. ANC 6C approved the HPRB application for six row houses in February. Today’s meeting focused on the DDOT traffic impact study, the emissions vent, and modifications to both the emissions and the number of vehicles to be parked in the underground facility. Residents in attendance supported the project, and the applicant reported 42 letters of support from neighbors. Concerns of citizens previously voiced had been addressed. Following a question/answer session, the commissioners voted unanimously, 5:0:0, to support the project. [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman]. The vote included two additional statements: support for a bike share station and encouragement of BZA to grant relief for the roof structure at 236 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
Note: Mr. Kazmierczak departed at this point in the meeting.
- Heritage Foundation, amended application, sidewalk café, HPA # 13-107, concept approval of alterations. ANC 6C voted to support the HPRB application for this project in February. The HPRB Board voted to reject the request to cut substantially into the berm along 3rdStreet, although the board left open the option for the applicant to return for additional discussion. Of the five proposals the applicant put forward in response, the commissioners favored the original proposal, and did not believe disturbance of the berm would do substantial harm to the site’s historic status. The commissioners voted unanimously, 4:0:0, to support this position. [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler]. Ms. Adams, representative for the applicant, asked for an ANC representative to appear at the April 25 hearing.
- 301 H Street N.E., a matter-of-right project to construct 25 condo units on 2ndthrough 6th floors with ground floor retail. Construction will begin in 3 months, completion in 9-12 months. The project will require a curb cut and relocation of a bike share station across 3rd Street on the west side. This is a non-voting, informational item.
- UlineArena, 1140 3rd Street N.E., HPA # 13-160, concept approval of alterations, Kevin Crosby. The applicant seeks approval of a project that entails ground floor retail with three floors of office use, addition of one story to the ice house structure and significant use of terraces on the west side (Delaware Avenue). The applicant will “pull volume” from the roof envelope on the west elevation to create accessible upper –floor terraces. The parking garage concept has changed to a geometric pattern of metal panels. The commissioners voted unanimously, 4:0:0, to support the concept application, with the caveat that the 3rd Street parking garage façade needs further study. [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler]
- 650 C Street N.E., BZA # 18545, rear addition, Mike Fowler. This is an application for a special exception to allow a rear addition to an existing one-family semi-detached dwelling not meeting the lot area, lot occupancy, rear yard, and nonconforming structure requirements in the R-4 district. The project demolishes an existing one-story frame addition and replaces it with a larger two-story addition. Lot occupancy increases from 61.1% to 76.7%. Neighbors submitted letters of support. The commissioners approved the application unanimously, 4:0:0. [Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman]
Transportation/Public Space Committee (Joe McCann, chair)
- Zip Car application, 740 5thStreet N.E. and 808 3rd Street N.E., Scott Hall. This application is to set aside two metered spaces at both above-mentioned locations near the H Street corridor. Lack of community support resulted in the applicant withdrawing the 5th Street location. The commissioners did support a location of two spaces on the southern-most side of the northwest corner of 3rd and H Streets N.E. and encouraged the applicant to seek Zip Car space in the Giant Food store parking lot across the street. The commissioners voted unanimously, 4:0:0, to support both the 3rd Street location and the Giant Food parking lot. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt]
- RPP parking proposal, initiated by this committee. Mr. Price commended the committee for developing this proposal, to whichcommissioners have contributed. The proposal will be sent to Sam Zimbabwe of DDOT as that agency begins to rethink RPP and VPP regulations. The commissioners voted unanimously, 4:0:0, to support the proposal, with a one-week period during which minor corrections/typos can be submitted. [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Price]
- Florida Avenue Diet Project, update, Mr. Goodman. The study to improve this roadway is close to completion next spring. Then DDOT will provide sidewalks and bike lanes with bollards as temporarymeasures until major construction occurs to narrow the roadway, expected to begin in 2016 or 2017. Mr. Goodman will continue to monitor progress and push DDOT to address this roadway.
Ms. Wirt added that ANC 6C needs to revisit all such requests sent to DDOT in the past two years for lack of action.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm.