July 2013

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 pm.

A quorum of six out of six commissioners was present.

The agenda was approved unanimously as amended. [Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman].

The  June 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].

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for June.  The opening balance was $44,289.43.  There was a deposit of a D.C. allotment, $4,480.80 and a bank interest payment of $.39.  The ending balance was $44,770.62.  The treasurer’s report and the expenses within were approved unanimously. [Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Eckenwiler].

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for the quarter covering the period from April through June.  The balance forward from the ending balance of the previous quarterly report was $42,983.44.  Total receipts for this period were $7,819.18; total disbursements were $2,032.00.  The ending balance was $48,770.62.  The treasurer’s quarterly report and the expenses within were approved unanimously. [Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Kazmierczak].

Brief Community Announcements

  1. National Race To End Women’s Cancer, Betty Saylor.  The race will take place Sunday,                November 3, 2013, with setup beginning Saturday, November 2 at 10:00 pm and cleanup Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 pm.   The race course will affect only a small part of ANC 6C02, Louisiana Avenue to Columbus Circle.  Ms. Wirt, in whose SMD the race will occur, had no problems with the race logistics.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the race.  [Mr. Wirt/Ms. Schiffman].
  1. Arts grant for installation at Union Station, Jessica Ryan.  The grant application is for an interactive sound/art installation, “Bike through Bali.”  Ms. Ryan will travel to Bali to record the bike experience, then make it available to patrons at the installation for one to three months, spring/summer.  It is an FY2014 D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the grant application. [Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Ms. Schiffman].
  1. School options, Meg Bentley. This proposed project would gather information on ANC 6C schools for prospective parents seeking schools for their children’s needs.  The information gathering is envisioned to take three months.  No vote was taken, as this is an information-only item.   Meg Bentley, together with Emily Diamond-Falk, will report back on progress at the ANC 6C meeting in September.

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee (Comm. Eckenwiler, chair)

  1. Third and L Streets NE, modification to PUD, Dennis Hughes, Eric Segal, and team.  ZC # 05-36G is an application to include additional land and construction of a seven-story apartment house as Phase III of the project.  This application was heard at the June meeting, at which time ANC 6C asked for the record to be held open until July 15 to allow negotiation.  Discussion revealed that the project is not properly integrated with the existing approved portions of the PUD.  The commissioners subsequently voted unanimously to oppose the application.  [Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. 1177 Third Street, special exception for a rear addition, Emily Hirst.  BZA application 18616 seeks to increase lot occupancy from 60 percent to 69 percent with a rear addition.  Adjacent neighbors have submitted letters of approval.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application with several caveats:  the front facade and mansard roof would be maintained and the applicant would file SP101, an additional plat, with the BZA at the time of the hearing.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application. [Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Proposed zoning regulation revision, Joel Lawson from Office of Planning.  A PowerPoint  presentation outlined major changes that would affect ANC 6C and the Capitol Hill area, which included new tools to revise the measuring point for height of houses, pervious surface and front yard set-back requirements, parking with transit zone conditions, establishment of green area ratios, regulations governing alley lots and corner stores.  The draft report is currently being adjusted and will be presented to the Zoning Commission on July 29.  Official notification of public hearings, likely to occur in the fall, will be sent to ANCs.  Commissioners offered comments, although this is a nonvoting item at this time.

Transportation/Public Space Committee (Joe McCann, chair)

  1. Bicycle accommodation on G and I Streets NE.  A joint ANC 6A and 6C meeting was held June 17, at which time several alternatives were proposed to divert bicycle traffic to G and I Streets away from H Street and streetcar tracks, which have caused near accidents with bicycles;  some bicyclists have begun to use sidewalks on H, endangering pedestrians.  Alternative 2, contra-flow bike lanes was the preferred plan, with parking maintained on both sides of G and I and bicycles moving in the opposite direction of traffic.  This option appeared to offer improved safety for bicycles and vehicles.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support Alternative 2, with the following caveats:  DDOT should provide signage to prohibit bikes on H Street sidewalks, posted on sidewalks and at any curb cuts; warning signs should be posted on H denoting biking hazards; G and I should be repaved before striping; and two-way traffic should be maintained on I Street between 2ndand 5thStreets.  [Motion:   Mr. Goodman/Mr. Kazmierczak].
  1. 61 Pierce Street between First  Street and North Capitol NE, Camden NoMa driveway entrance, Public Space # 83112, Paul Tummonds and Marcelo Lopez.  The applicant proposes closing two curb cuts on Pierce Street and opening two others.  Improvements would include  street trees with surrounding planters, benches, and bike racks.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application. [Motion:   Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Uline Arena, 1130-1150 Third Street NE improvements, Public Space application # 83107, Kevin Crosby and Jigar Bhatt.  Proposed improvements include curb cuts, a cafe within the property line , benches  allowing seating face-to-face (to accommodate deaf persons in the community) , planter boxes, bike racks, a water feature in the pedestrian plaza, and 24-hour camera surveillance.  Although not part of the application, the applicants would participate in a voluntary agreement with the community if the outdoor cafe impacted nearby residences;  they would also provide lighting under the bridge.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application.  [Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Ms. Wirt].

Grants Committee (Comm. Kazmierczak, chair)

Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA (Stuart Hobson Middle School), Clayton Witt.  This application is for $850 to purchase durable equipment for the girls’ volleyball team.  The equipment would stay at the school.  The equipment would help create a competitive team and build skills for children in ANC 6C attending Stuart Hobson School.  The commissioners discussed the informal limitation on providing repeat grants to the same entity, having set a limit of no more than two grants to the same entity within a year.  This is the second grant application for Stuart Hobson.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the grant. [Motion:  Ms. Schiffman/Mr. Goodman].

Additional Announcements

  1. Parking concerns, Mr. Kip Edwards.  Mr. Edwards had concerns about three parking areas near his residence on the 200 block of I Street NE, one of which was parking under the H Street bridge.  Commissioners advised him to contact Joe McCann, chair of the ANC 6C Transportation/Public Space Committee, to get on the agenda for discussion of these concerns at the next committee meeting.
  1. Comm. Goodman announced Union Kitchen is participating in a voluntary agreement to reduce hours and scale back hours  if there were noise complaints.  New plans to improve public space with wooden planters and landscaping between the sidewalk and the property line at 1100 Third Street NE. Council Member Wells and Public Space are in support.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the public space improvements. [Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Comm. Goodman  announced he attended an ABRA hearing on Ibiza violations, including  altercations and lack of working cameras in the establishment.  The proprietors have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  He also stated that the recent shooting in the area has been confirmed to have occurred in conjunction with the Fur nightclub nearby.
  1. Comm. Wirt announced that ANC 6C traditionally takes a recess the month of August, and that the next regularly scheduled 6C meeting will be on September 10, a Thursday.  The second Wednesday of September was not available due to a previously scheduled meeting at Heritage.

Meeting Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.