September 2013

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ANC 6C Minutes
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.

A quorum of six out of six commissioners was present.

The agenda was approved unanimously as amended. [Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Eckenwiler]

The July and August 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 July and August. The beginning balance was $48,770.62.  There were two  interest payments of $.41; a funds reinstatement from the D.C. Auditor of $517.15, and an FY2013 1Q quarterly allotment of $3,337.28. There was a recurring PO rental of $165 reimbursed to Ms. Wirt. There was a grant check for $850 written on July 10 to Stuart Hobson for volleyball equipment, which was not cashed as of the end of August.  Thus there was a discrepancy of $850 between the ending ledger balance of $48,275.87 and the ending Bank of America balance of $49,125.87.  Mr. Price is pursuing the matter with both the bank and the grantee that received the $850 check.  The treasurer’s report and the expenses within were approved unanimously. [Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Kazmierczak]

Community Announcements

  1. Ms. Wirt announced the HPRB historic homeowner grant program, whereby homeowners can receive up to $25,000 for renovation of homes in the historic district.  Contact information was included in the ANC agenda.
  2. Ms. Jessica Schulte presented the Komen 3-day event, which is run entirely on sidewalks, with racers crossing at crosswalks with the traffic lights, and no police needed to block off streets.  The event  causesminimal disruption to traffic in the community.  The vote to support was unanimous [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman].

Grants Committee (Comm. Kazmierczak, chair)

  1. Capitol Hill Village, represented by Katie McDonough, seeks a $500 grant to present a symposium on aging, with the money devoted to rental of space for the event. The vote to support was unanimous [Motion:Ms. Wirt/Mr. Kazmierczak].
  1. H Street Main Street, represented by Anwar Saleem, seeks a $5,000 grant to support health and safety at the H Street festival on September 21.  This year the event was expanded into ANC 6C territory as far west as Fourth Street NE. Comm. Eckenwiler admonished the rep for failing to inform the ANC in a timely manner and merely coming to request monetary support.  A request to support $5,000 for porta-johns and ambulances/EMS safety support failed (with commissioners voting in opposition 4:2:0).  A motion to support $2,000 to support porta-johns succeeded,   5:1:0 [Motion: Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt].

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

  1. 14 Fifth Street N.E., John Coplen.  HPA 13-556 is an application for concept approval to construct an addition to the rear of an existing row dwelling.  The immediate neighbors have expressed support for the project. The vote to support, providing revised drawings are submitted, was unanimous [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman].
  1. 319 A Street N.E., John Fitzgerald.  BZA 18651 is variances to subdivide a portion of two lots to construct a new single-family dwelling in an alley lot in the CAP/R-4 district at the rear of 319 A Street N.E.  The proposed structure will occupy 100% of the small lot, with on-site interior parking provided.  ANC 6C previously approved the concept in November 2012.  Neighbors have indicated support providing the construction is limited to the hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  The vote to support was unanimous. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman].
  1. 501 H Street N.E., non-voting item, information only, Mr. Eckenwiler.  Douglas Development has acquired title to 501 H Street N.E., the former headquarters of the H Street CDC.  The plan is to raze the existing building and construct a new building with a commercial FAR of 2.0.  Zoning relief will be necessary.  The project will use the PUD process.  The plan is to have three floors of retail, one entirely below grade.  There will be setbacks on two sides with a terrace on top of the second floor retail, and no parking on site.  No firm schedule has been set for beginning the project.  Paul Millstein, the applicant’s representative, will return to ANC 6C later in the fall for additional discussion.
  1. Third and L Street, Union Place, Chip Glasgow.  ZC 05-36G came before ANC 6C in July and received a vote of opposition; the developer asks ANC 6C to reconsider its plans for parking, loading, and amenities.  The commissioners voted to oppose, stating it is not integrated into other parts of the existing buildings on the block.  The vote was 3:1:2. [Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Proposed changes to the zoning regulations, Mr. Eckenwiler.  The hearing schedule will be released shortly by Office of Planning.  The PZE plan is to have a meeting at which OP staff would be present to provide information and answer questions on the changes.  A second meeting will be held by the PZE to make recommendations regarding the proposed zoning changes.  There will be at least one meeting of the full Commission devoted solely to the proposed changes.
  1. 700 A Street N.E., Mr. Eckenwiler.  This is a request by PZE Committee member Bobbi Krengel to send a letter to HPO requesting action on their requirement for the owners to restore the stained glass windows.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman]

Transportation/Public Space Committee (Joe McCann, chair)

  1. 301 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., proposed sidewalk cafe,  FrankOrtiz and Richard Marcus, architect.  Application 84021 proposes two sidewalk cafe  extensions  for the Third Street side of the restaurant in addition to the seating already on the Massachusetts Avenue side.  The northern extension, unenclosed and covered by an awning , would add 3 tables and 11 chairs; a southern extension would be enclosed in glass and have a tin roof, with 6 tables and 17 chairs. A number of residents stated concerns about noise and hours. The southern extension, closest to residences, would be double paned glass with weather stripping and foam insulation, but would not be 100% soundproofed.  The commissioners voted unanimously to delay decision until October when the hours of operation could be negotiated to better match the hours of other restaurants across the street.  [Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Pocket parks and 616 M Street N.E., Mr. McCann.  This is an alert that came from ANC 6A chair, David Holmes, thatDC pocket parks are being taken over by private interests who obtain them from DDOT Public Space.  616 M Street is an example; it was reported for building onto a pocket park space,  a stop work order was issued, and the owners must dismantle the structure on the pocket park.  The problem is confusion among DC agencies as to who controls which parks.  The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter to the mayor, DDOT, Council Members Wells and Cheh and the At-Large Council Members recommending the pocket parks be placed under DC Parks and Recreation, no leases be given to private parties for portions of pocket parks, and clarity be established regarding park oversight. [Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt].  A second vote was taken to send a letter to DDOT opposing 616 M Street N.E. private development on Reservation 280.  The vote was unanimous. [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Notice of Intent, Maryland Avenue, improvement of pedestrian safety and change of traffic patterns, NOI 13-104-PPSA.  The commissioners voted to support the following conditions: (1) reduction of travel lanes for vehicles from a 2 through lanes in each direction to 1 through lane in each direction between 3rdStreet and 4th Street NE and 7th Street and 14th Street NE; (2) installing left turn pockets at all intersections except 7th Street N.E.; and (3) Removal of north-south conflict points between vehicles and pedestrians. Northbound traffic on 7th Street will be required to turn right onto D Street.  Southbound traffic will be able to make a right turn right or left onto Maryland Avenue. The project is a three-year pilot, after which, if successful, the project will be permanently implemented. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the NOI. [Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Notice of Intent, 100 block of F Street N.E., conversion to two-way traffic for F Street between Columbus Circle and 2ndStreet N.E., NOI 13-58-TST.  Several commissioners attended a meeting to discuss this previously with Mr. James Cheeks of DDOT (Mr. Eckenwiler, Ms. Wirt, as well as Mr. McCann, chair of the 6C Transportation/Public Space Committee).   They reported there are many moving parts to this intersection, and more study is needed by DDOT before 6C can agree to this NOI.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the request for further study. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman].
  1. Notice of Intent, bike lanes on F Street N.E., 8thStreet to Columbus Circle, NOI 13-58-TST.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support bike lanes on F Street N.E. between 2nd and 8th Streets but nothing west of 2nd Street until the previous item # 4 is addressed. [Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Ms. Wirt].
  1. New traffic signal at 2ndand Florida N.E. , NOI 13-99-TDA.  The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a new traffic signal at this intersection, with a stripped crosswalk on the west side and elimination of the “push to walk” feature in favor of  regular timed intervals for pedestrians to cross.[Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler]
  1. Visitor Parking Permits (VPP).  The commissioners voted unanimously to support Mr. Eckenwiler’sletter opposing distribution of VPPs to all residents of the City as it opens up opportunities for fraud and abuse and does not protect the residents, and to send the letter to the DDOT Director, Mr. Sam Zimbabwe, and Council Members Wells and Cheh. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman]

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee

  1. TruOrleansat 400 H Street N.E. and Fur at 33 Patterson Street N.E. have closed.
  2. 2Motions to remove several members from the committee were tie votes, 3:3:0.

Meeting Adjournment 

The meeting was adjourned after 9:39 pm.