Wednesday, February 13, 2013
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Present: Commissioners Eckenwiler, Goodman, Kazmierczak, Price, Shiffman and Wirt
The meeting was convened at 7:02 PM.
Motion: A request was made to move 608 Constitution Avenue N.E. to the top of the zoning committee list.Mr. Goodman moved/Mr. Eckenwiler seconded a motion to accept the agenda as presented. The motion passed without objection.
Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to accept the December and January minutes as presented. The motion passed without objection, with the caveat that corrections will be accepted for one week.
- Treasurer’s Report
Mr. Price delivered the Treasurer’s Report for December. It showed an opening balance of $81,158.53. There was an interest payment of $.45. There were two counter/credit payments of $1,822 and $3,219.45 for a total of $5041.79, the last quarterly allotment. There were payments of $267 to Roberta Weiner for taking and transcribing the December 2012 minutes; and a payment of $85,932.87 to the DC Treasurer, leaving a balance of $.45. D.C. is to divide the money swept among ANC 2C, 6C, and 6E on the basis of population. Motion: Mr. Price moved/Mr. Eckenwiler seconded a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. The motion passed without objection.
Mr. Price then delivered the Treasurer’s Report for January 2013. There were outstanding commitments yet unpaid for $390 for business cards for the six ANC 6C commissioners;$216 for an ad for the Fagon Community News; $1,410 for one year of Hill Rag ads; $25 to reimburse Ms. Wirt for the payment to the Security Fund; and $160 for six months of postal box rental. The report showed an opening balance of $.45, and when Ms. Wirt deposited a check for $25 to pay the required ANC security fee, then an ANC check was written for that purpose, there was a bank overdraft charge of $16, leaving a negative balance of $15.55 ($41 in debits). Motion: Mr. Price moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. The motion passed without objection.
Mr. Price added that a quarterly allotment of about $4,000 is due within a week, and that DC will replenish ANC 6C funds, about $40,000 shortly, when the account should be solvent. New commitments/expenses to be approved are $386 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of January 2013 minutes, $25 to Ms. Wirt for the security fee, and $65 for ANC business cards for Mr. Kazmierczak (1/6th of the business card order approved previously). Motion: Mr. Price moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a vote to approve these expenses. The motion passed without objection.
- Brief Community Announcements
Historic Preservation Review Board
Amanda Molson, who has worked on Capitol Hill issues for the Historic Preservation Review Board, will, be moving on to other areas within HPRB. She introduced her replacement as Capitol Hill liaison, Frances McMillin. Motion: Mr. Price moved/Mr. Eckenwiler seconded a motion to send a letter to HPRB expressing gratitude to Amanda Molson for how she has delivered extraordinary service to our community. The motion passed without objection.
Capitol Hill Classic – May 19
Jason ________ presented information on the Capitol Hill Classic, to be held on Sunday, May 19. The 10K, 5K and fun run races, he said, provide half the budget for the cluster schools PTA. They have been working with MPD, the Capitol Police, and several churches on the route to make certain it goes smoothly. They explored doing it on Saturday but merchants objected and kids and volunteers are busy with regular Saturday activities. Ms. Schiffman said how much she appreciated what the race brought to the community. A resident said that not only was running the race her favorite community event, but her child talked about it all year. Motion: Ms. Schiffman moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to send a letter to the Emergency Management Task Force in support of the Capitol Hill Classic. The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
Bike DC – May 12
Rick Bauman presented information on Bike DC, a community bike ride, not a race, to be held on Sunday, May 12. It will go from the Folger to Arlington, and the churches on the route have been consulted. There is no complex traffic set-up. The beneficiary is the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA). Motion: Mr. Price moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to send a letter to the Emergency Management Task Force supporting Bike DC on May 12. The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
Capital Area Food Bank-Grow A Pantry
Jeremi Mathis, coordinator of the Capital Area Food Bank Grow A Pantry Program, presented information about his program. He is encouraging organizations to start their own food pantries, with materials supplied by the DC Central.
Jonah ______ presented information about Union kitchen, a new business starting at 110 Congress Street NE (at 2nd Street off of L). It’s a large warehouse that will be used as a commercial kitchen for individual caterers and cooks. They are working with the District government to develop it as an incubator for culinary businesses.
Trolley Update Meeting
An update meeting on the trolley and the next phase of the construction was announced for Tuesday, February 26 at the Miner School, 615 15th Street NE. The cars should have power by the end of 2013.
It was announced that ground was to be broken the week of February 11 for Capitol Place, the long-awaited development between 2nd and 3rd and G and H Streets.
- Planning, Zoning and Environment Committee
608 Constitution Avenue NE
This is a BZA request for support of a special exception to allow an addition to an existing one-family dwelling. The project involves the enclosure of an existing rear porch, the construction of a second story above the porch and the in-fill of a dogleg. The current lot occupancy will not be increased and letters of support had been received from the neighbors. Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler moved/Mr. Price seconded a motion for a variance and for a special exception for the construction of an addition at 608 Constitution Avenue NE. The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
.1005 1st Street NE – Greyhound Terminal
This is a request for support by FP Perseus for a special exception from the roof structure requirements; a variance from the loading requirements; and a variance from the court requirements for a mixed use project with office, retail, and residential components in the C-3-C District at 1005 1st Street NE, the former Greyhound bus terminal, which would be razed. The project will have 342,000 sq. ft. of office space; 65,000 sq.ft. of retail; and 245,000 sq. ft. of residential (about 300 units). One level of parking has been eliminated from the original plans, leaving 560 spaces. The development will have a green roof and the office/retail segment will be LEED Gold, and the residential piece will be LEED Silver.
The three variances include one for a the lack of a 1,1 roof setback on a small portion of the courtyard facing north, which will have minimal visual impact on observers of the property. The second will reduce the number of loading bays from twelve to eight; and the third will permit a 15’ court at the south end of the building, providing additional light and air to the residential part of the project. It is expected to complement an adjoining court to be built in the lot immediately to the south.
Mr. Goodman said that it was a wonderful project, and the setback from the street will enhance the potential park that will be there. He said the construction fencing has gone up, and he thanked the developer for bringing it to the neighborhood. Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to support the committee’s recommendation to approve the BZA application for a special exception and variances for 1005 1st Street NE. The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
214-236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 412-432 3rd Street NE
This is an application from the Heritage Foundation for a historic concept/alterations review, the raze of a non-contributing building, subdivision, and new construction. The project, which will also require zoning relief in a separate BZA hearing, has two separate elements: the raze of a non-contributing apartment building in the 400 block of 3rd Street, and the construction of six new townhouses on that parcel and adjacent, vacant parcels. In addition, the applicant seeks to make various alterations to 236 Massachusetts Ave., NE including extensive landscaping with terraces along both elevations on adjacent public space.
The Committee was most concerned about the substantial expansion of the penthouse on the roof of 236 and the lack of a sightline study for the Massachusetts Ave elevation. The applicant explained that zoning regulations require enclosures for roof structures above 4’ and they were trying to align it with an existing 12’ penthouse to minimize its height.
Another issue that was raised by several neighbors who attended the meeting is the plan of the developer to include 100 underground parking places in the redeveloped building. It was explained that that was a matter for a subsequent hearing at which zoning issues would be discussed. Stephen and Holly Gibbons and Dr. Avi Silbershatz and D. Valerie White, neighbors of the proposed project submitted written testimony. Mr. Goodman said that that the ANC should air the matter as soon as possible.
Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to support the Historic Preservation concept review without reservation. The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
- Alcoholic Beverage Committee
Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Price seconded a motion to approve the appointment of three new at- large members (6C 05) to the 6C Alcoholic Beverage Committee, appointed by Mr. Goodman: Tony Richardson, Micha Levin, and Drew Courtney. The motion passed unanimously.
- Grants Committee
Mr. Kazmierczak presented an updated grants guideline and information for the ANC 6C website. Now, he said, there was less money and it should be distributed more selectively. The new guidelines focus on three areas: public beautification; schools and youth organizations; and community service, such as organizations that help the homeless. The guidelines also contain detailed instructions for the application process including a timeline. The revised guidelines will be posted on the ANC website. Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak moved/Mr. Goodman seconded a motion to approve the updated grants guidelines, with the proviso that Mr. Kazmierczak can make edits to them as necessary. The motion passed unanimously.
- New Business
ANC Office Space
Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler moved/Mr. Goodman seconded the following motion requesting that the Mayor’s office fulfill its responsibility to find office space for the ANC:
WHEREAS Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C requires office space in order to carry out its
official duties; and
WHEREAS District of Columbia Code §1-309.13(q) entitles the Commission to “suitable office space in a District-owned or leased building; and
WHEREAS such office space, to be provided by the Mayor, shall be a minimum of at least 250 square feet and shall (if available) be located within the Commission’s boundaries, it is therefore
RESOLVED that the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C requests that the Mayor provide office space in conformity with District of Columbia Code §1-309.13(q).
The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
2nd and K Street NE Prostitution
Mr. Goodman, concerned about a continuing serious problem with prostitution around the corner of 2nd and K Street NE, offered the following resolution:
The residents of ANC 6C continue to be concerned about the rampant prostitution issues near the corner of 2nd and K Streets NE in the Near Northeast/NoMa neighborhoods. While the police presence has seemed to increase recently, this has also led to harassment of residents by some of the prostitutes. Motion: Mr. Goodman moved/Ms. Schiffman seconded a motion that the ANC request that Mayor Gray, MPD, the DC Council (and other agencies and individuals as appropriate) set up a public meeting ASAP to discuss these issues and potential strategies for combatting this dangerous and illegal activity.
Mr. Price asked why the ANC could not set up such a meeting. Mr. Goodman responded that the MPD has been working and making good efforts–there were 11 arrests in January—but because there’s been harassment, a more concerted effort is needed. The motion passed 6-0, unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 PM.