ANC 6C Minutes
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 7 pm, Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm.
A quorum of five out of six commissioners was present (Mr. Eckenwiler, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Kazmierczak, Mr. Price, and Ms. Wirt). Ms. Schiffman was absent.
Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was approved as amended, with an addition of an item under the Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee. Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Price. The vote was unanimous.
The November minutes were approved with the usual caveat that commissioners will have one week to submit corrections before they are posted on the ANC website. Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler. The vote was unanimous.
Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for the month of November as follows. The beginning balance was $48,687.98. Receipts included a refund from the Stuart Hobson volleyball grant of unspent money, $17.00, and an interest payment of $0.40. No checks were written during the month. The closing balance was $48,705.38. The treasurer’s report was approved without objection. Motion: Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt.
A new expense was submitted by Mr. Kazmierczak for $344.34, which is the remaining amount due to legal counsel retained by ANC 6C previously for defense on the part of the community in opposition of the Tru Orleans liquor license. Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Goodman. The motion passed unanimously.
Brief Community Announcements
- Psychiatric Institute of Washington—Mr. Lonnie Hutchinson briefly described the institute’s services and submitted handouts with more detail.
- Mr. Joseph Slovinec, candidate for Ward 6 city council—Mr. Slovinecdescribed his platform for election and some of the problems he hopes to address if elected.
- FolgerTheater—Mr. Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, described his plans for the theater for the future, including ADA compliant access to the front of the theater for people in wheelchairs.
- Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County, March 30 event—GenaMitchell described the logistics and details of the event, which affects only the west end of ANC 6C02. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the event. Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman.
- Commissioner announcements—(1) Mr. Kazmierczakstated that any new license at the Tru Orleans location cannot have an entertainment endorsement; they must close windows and doors, must enclose the second floor, must close the patio at 10 pm, and can have no loud music. (2) Mr. Goodman stated that the protest against Ibiza had a status hearing at which ANC 6C was represented by himself, and 11 residents formed a party and hired a lawyer, which will mean ANC 6C does not need to retain a legal consultant. Mediation is scheduled for February 2014. He also stated that the Greyhound bus station has been demolished. (3) Ms. Wirt stated that the protest hearing against 301 Massachusetts Avenue went well, and that the decision will be rendered in 90 days.
Transportation/Public Space Committee (Mr. McCann, citizen chair)
- Rock n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, March 15—The applicant could not attend so the item is postponed until the ANC 6C January 8 meeting. The committee voted to support the event if (1) the applicant works with MPD to open 3rdand 4thStreet traffic eastbound on H Street NE; and (2) after the event there is a discussion with ANC 6C regarding improvements, including possible route change to the trails to relieve pressure on the community. No vote will be taken until the applicant appears in January. signage.
- Truck and bus routes—Mr. EuloisCleckley presented for DDOT. The commissioners stated signage is needed on 6th Street, especially between Florida Avenue and K Streets NE, to prevent trucks and buses from traversing the residential street. Signage is also needed on the 800 and 900 blocks of 5th Street. MPD will not issue warnings or tickets to trucks and buses until signage is up. The approved truck/bus route should also receive signage. Cameras to assist in recording violations will be explored in January. The commissioners voted unanimously to support signage and MPD enforcement. Motion: Mr. Goodman/Ms. Wirt.
- Loading zones for H Street on the numbered residential side streets on H Street NE—Mr. EuloisCleckley presented for DDOT. The commissioners expressed concern that DDOT consulted with businesses and carriers regarding loading zones but did not reach out to the ANC 6C community. Mr. Cleckley stated there is a 90-day period during which DDOT will evaluate and analyze placement of loading zones. The commissioners voted unanimously to request more specific details on loading zones and a public forum at which the ANC 6C community would be allowed to weigh in early, within the first 30 days of the 90-day period. Motion: Ms.Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.
- Sixth Street NE improvements—Currently 6thStreet is two-ways between Florida Ave and K Streets NE. The commissioners voted unanimously to request one-way traffic in sync with other 6th street traffic, ADA compliant sidewalks, trees and green space, and bicycle facilities (bicycle paths marked on pavement). Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
- Beatles’ 50thanniversary event at Uline Arena—The DC Preservation League presented the logistics of the event on February 11, 2014. Street closures include 3rd and M and several feet into 2nd Street NE. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the event and the street shutdowns. Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Kazmierczak.
- H Street Streetscape damage—Mr. McCann stated he had received assurances from DDOT that the stones in the sidewalk would be replaced and the bases of streetlamps would be in position.
Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee (Mr. Eckenwiler, chair)
- 911 2ndStreet NE (non-voting)—The developer plans to raze the existing historic structure, which lies outside the historic district, to construct a by-right 42-unit complex with a mix of one, one and a half, and two-bedroom units. Fourteen parking spaces will be provided as required.
- Apollo project, 600 block of H Street NE, north side (non-voting)—ANC 6C previously voted to support this project in June 2013. Whole Foods will occupy the ground floor, with a possible health club in the remaining nonresidential space. Murry’sagreed to a lease buyout, pending clearing out storage facility tenants, many of whom are difficult to contact, which could delay the project. Demolition could begin as early as the first quarter of 2014. Retail and residential spaces are projected for occupancy about 2 years after construction begins.
- 600 block of H Street NE, south side (nonvoting)—homes on the south side of the site have been surveyed for pre-construction condition, with monitoring equipment in place. Ground floor will be a CVS store with DC government tenants on floors 2-5. Delivery is expected October 2014. The new building at 625 H (current parkinglot) will have 307 residential units and a ground floor mix of bank and or coffee shop retail. The check-cashing operation will not remain.
- 501 H Street NE—The development will have 3 floors of retail including the basement, 30 rental units, and no onsite parking except a few spaces off the alley possibly for a car-sharing service. Mr. Kazmierczakheld a meeting with residents who are concerned about lack of parking and impact on RPP spaces. Discussion at the committee focused on sidewalk clearance on H Street, access off 5th Street, and a possible PUD condition barring RPP for tenants. The developer will make a formal PUD filing in 3-4 months.
- Pop-ups—Pop-ups, additions on homes outside the historic district, are subject to building code violations, zoning violations, lack of enforcement against both, and general aesthetic concerns. Council Member Wells sent a letter to Office of Planning asking them to address the matter as part of the zoning regulation rewrite. PZE Committee members will prepare a detailed statement in future months on specific problems of pop-ups, including too much weight on party walls, and recommend specific action by DC officials. The matter will come to ANC 6C for a vote in January.
Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee
Alibi, 237 Second Street NW, request for new liquor license—Ms.Wirt, in whose SMD this establishment is located, stated that there are no residents nearby, that this business is frequented by MPD officers, and therefore should not be a problem.
Grants Committee (Mr. Kazmierczak, chair)
Mr. Kazmierczak stated that likely J.O.Wilson will present a grant application next month.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.