ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
214 Massachusetts Avenue NE
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
A quorum of six out of six commissioners was present (Mr. Eckenwiler, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Kazmierczak, Mr. Price, Ms. Schiffman, and Ms. Wirt)
The agenda was approved unanimously as amended. (Motion: Mr. Price/ Mr. Goodman)
Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for June. The beginning balance was $42,038.68. There was an expense for bottled water provided to the 6C Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee for $4.49. There was an interest payment from Bank of America for $.035. The closing balance was $42,034.54. The check #1290 for $4.49 had not cleared the bank at the time of the meeting, so the bank statement showed $42,039.03, which indicated the check for $4.49 had not yet cleared. The discrepancy will be resolved with the next bank statement once the check has cleared. The report and its expenses within were approved unanimously (Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman)
The quarterly report for April-June 2014, due at the DC Auditor on August 29, was presented and circulated to the commissioners for review and officers to sign. The quarterly report and the expenses within were approved unanimously (Motion: Mr. Price/ Mr. Eckenwiler)
- Mr. Kazmierczak announced that Michio’s at 5thand H Streets NE is opening soon and he has been in negotiations with the owners for a settlement agreement regarding hours and other details of operation. He also stated that Tru Orleans, newly purchased by Driftwood Kitchen, will open next month, with operation governed by the previous settlement agreement, open 7 days a week, doors closing at 10 pm, etc. The manager is Eric Toller.
- Mr. Price announced temporary safety improvements at 7thand Maryland, the NE Library site. He is working with DDOT to get as much done as possible in the next several months to enhance pedestrian safety at that intersection.
- Mr. Eckenwiler announced a unanimous vote by the ANC 6C Plannng, Zoning, and Environment Committee to support including the blocks bounded by 2nd, 4th, F and H Streets NE in the historic district. A special meeting of the full ANC 6C commission will be held July 22, 7:00 pm, at Kaiser Permanente, 700 2ndStreet NE, with the community present, to vote on this initiative. The affected neighbors will receive a leaflet regarding the meeting.
Committee Membership Changes
Mr. Goodman announced several changes to committees: Ms. Caroline Crenshaw to chair the ANC 6C Parks and Events Committee (Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Price, unanimous); Mr. Ned Russell to serve as an at-large member of the ANC 6C Transportation/Public Space Committee (Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Price, unanimous); Mae Carroll to serve as the ANC 6C06 member of the ANC 6C Parks and Events Committee (no vote required according to the 6C bylaws); and Sally Donner to serve as the ANC 6C05 member of the Parks and Events Committee (no vote required according to the 6C bylaws).
Ms. Wirt announced a consent calendar, approved as a special order in standard parliamentary procedure, whereby the commissioners consider items that would not require a discussion or a vote, but could be approved by special order. If any one member wanted an item removed from the consent calendar, it would be placed on the agenda for discussion. The special order for a consent calendar was approved unanimously, as a procedure that would save time when no discussion is needed. (Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman). It was suggested by Mr. Eckenwiler that this could be a regular part of each ANC meeting without explanation of standing order requirements each time. Ms.Wirt said she would check parliamentary procedure with Gottlieb Simon regarding standing order requirements and report back by the next meeting.
The special order for a consent calendar was approved unanimously (Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman).
The items approved without objection were as follows:
- June 2014 minutes
- ABRA application for Hyatt Place, 33 New York Avenue NE hotel, request to serve alcohol with room service and a small café on premises
- Alley dedication, Capital Place PUD, north-south alley between G and H Streets, 2ndand 3rd Streets NE, previously approved by ANC 6C as part of the PUD.
The items on the consent calendar were approved unanimously. (Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler)
Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee (Comm. Eckenwiler, chair)
- 630 D Street NE, HPA 14-448, concept approval for façade alterations, basement entrance, and addition—Richard Thoreson and Lucy Brown. The applicants stated they must adjust the front of the residence because the rear is difficult to negotiate. They want to prepare the residence for their aging. Mr. Dru Tallant from CHRS stated that the CHRS position is against alterations to the historic character of the front of the residence, although Capitol Hill Village supports aging in place. Mr. Tallant presented three triggers for alteration, which are not satisfied in this case: (1) persons residing at the premises must be disabled at the time of the application; (2) disability must be related to need at the time of the application; and (3) any alteration must not fundamentally alter the historical fabric. The applicants advocate cutting through the historic granite retaining wall at the front of the residence to build a wheelchair-accessible entrance.
The motion to support the application was made. (Motion: Mr. Price/ Mr. Kazmierczak). The
commissioners voted 3:3:0 to support the application. The motion failed. Although the commissioners asked if there was a second motion to resolve the situation, no motion was made.
- 700 Constitution Ave. NE, HPA 12-150 and 24-392, concept revision, rooftop equipment and landscaping. Mr. Terry Busby, representing the applicant, described the plans for renovation. CHRS representative Dru Tallant cited a number of features that were acceptable, including restoring cartouche elements, metal balconies, doors at the ground level clear, not opaque glass. Also cited were restoring the retaining wall at acceptable heights, restudy of window wells, and courtyard elevations. The rooftop elevations were the main concern, whereas DC Zoning had required a trellis to join rooftop elements, CHRS wanted no rooftop structures visible from the street in the historic district. Several neighbors, including Mr. and Mrs. Bridges, Mr. Glasser, and Ms. Krengel, testified, largely approving HVAC separation and cautioning against rooftop social gathering creating unwanted noise. The developer representatives agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the community to support controlling noise from rooftop social activities. The commissioners then recommended removing the rooftop trellises, asked the developer to petition DC Zoning to accept this, and pledged ANC support for the request. The commissioners voted unanimously to accept both the memorandum of understanding and the removal of the rooftop trellis. (Motion: Mr. Price/ Mr. Kazmierczak)
Transportation/Public Space Committee (Mr. McCann, chair)
- Stuart-Hobson School parking. The ANC committee voted to support teacher parking on three sides of the school, 4th, 5th, and E Streets NE, but no parking on F Street for teachers, reserving that space for residents. That provides 42 spaces for teachers to park between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the standard 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm reserved for two-hour parking afterwards. The commissioners voted unanimously to support this proposal, with the understanding that DDOT will not provide signage so indicating these conditions unless/until a permit is acquired for renovation. If no construction permit of the playing field is obtained within 6 months of the issuance of the permit, parking policy should be to revisit no parking 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for teachers. The vote was unanimous to support this proposal (Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman). Mr. Eckenwiler added that the school must come back to the ANC with the plans for the playing field.
- 237 Second Street NW—Public Space application # 94554 for a sidewalk café. Mr. McCann stated that the enclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables is not in compliance with DC Public Space regulations in that it is permanent and cannot be disassembled within 24 hours. The sidewalk café creates little space on the sidewalk for pedestrians to pass, with insufficient clearance, especially at the treebox. The current owner, Martin Scahill, stated the enclosed café had been in place for a number of years and that it did not cause a problem. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5:0:0, to oppose the application (Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler). Commissioner Schiffman departed at this point, leaving 5 commissioners, still making a quorum.
- Trucks on 3rdStreet NE. The commissioners noted that during streetcar track construction on H Street at 3rd , trucks temporarily could travel north-south on Third Street north of H to access the Giant Food store at 3rd and H because that portion of 3rd Street was closed. Now that 3rd Street is open, trucks are still using 3rd, ignoring no-truck signage. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5:0:0, to write letters to DDOT and Giant Food regional managers regarding the need to keep trucks off 3rd Street NE. (Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler).
Parks and Events Committee (Comm. Goodman, acting chair)
- Triangle Parks. Mr. Goodman stated Jay Kinard attended the July committee meeting and indicated attendance at future discussions. The committee will work with NPS and DDOT to address concerns with triangle parks. DDOT recently reversed its position on a triangle park (Reservation 84) where a resident had been allowed to use part of the park for private use.
- Playable Art Sculpture. Mr. Goodman stated the NoMa neighborhood was selected for installation of art sculptures that are also playground equipment and interactive elements for children. This program is run by the Office of Planning. The selected site is along the Metropolitan Branch Trail between L and M Streets NE. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the plan and request that the site be maintained before the sculpture installation. Letters are to be sent to NPS, Office of Planning, and the NoMa BID (Motion: Mr. Goodman/Ms. Wirt).
- Mid-City East Plan. Mr. Goodman asked for support for the reconstruction of the N Stret, New York Avenue, and North Capitol Street intersection, which is part of the Mid-City East Plan. Reconstruction would entail realigning the intersection, removing parking spaces, and other changes that would improve the safety and aesthetics of the intersection. The motion passed unanimously, 5:0:0 (Motion:Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler).
- 507 K Street NE. Mr. Kazmierczak asked for support for a letter to the real estate agents who would sell this property, pointing out the various violations at the property and their responsibility to inform any prospective buyers of the outstanding issues regarding the property. The motion passed unanimously, 5:0:0 (MotionMr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Eckenwiler).
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.