May 2014

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 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. Eckenwiler)

Ms. Wirt introduced the concept of a consent calendar, approved in 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. Eckenwiler).

The items approved without objection were as follows:

– April 2014 minutes

– Transportation, Public Space Committee

RPP request for the 700 block of 1st Street NE

Resolution supporting sidewalk repair funding

103 Fourth Street N.E., special exception, addition to row house

1162 Abbey Place, N.E., special exception for rear deck addition

1200 1st Street N.E., solar panels on roof not visible from the street.

Treasurer’s Report

 

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for April.  The beginning balance was $48,116.25.  There were two withdrawals for grants:  check # 1287, $2,736.32 to the Capitol Hill Peabody garden project, and check # 1288, $3,180.00 to J.O.Wilson School through its Community Fund for an educational production.  There was an interest payment of $0.38.  The closing balance was $45,380.31. The report and its expenses within were approved unanimously (Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Kazmierczak)

The quarterly report for January-March 2014 was also presented.  The report and the expenses within were approved unanimously. (Motion:  Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt)

Mr. Eckenwiler introduced a new expense for the month of May:  $4.49 for bottled water for members of the Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee.  The supply was said to last for a number of months.  The motion to approve the expense was approved without objection. (Motion:  Mr.Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman)

Community Announcements

 

  1. UGA (University of Georgia)—KinleyBray.   Mr. Bray described the project for which construction is estimated to begin in January 2005.  Carolyn Crenshaw from the community expressed support.  Mr. Price stated the cooperation between the developer and the neighborhood has been optimal.  Mr. Eckenwiler questioned an illegal parking space on the C Street side of the project.  The developers stated  the space would be removed in the project construction.
  2. Specialty Hospital, new developments—Calvin Smith, presenter.  Mr. Smith stated there are no bankruptcy proceedings, despite rumors.  New construction of a 140-unit building adjacent to the hospital will begin soon.  The hospital is requesting five parking spaces on the Seventh Street side because of  loadingdeliveries.  The matter will go to ANC 6C in June.  A plan to erect a wall on the C Street side will also go to the ANC in June.  He stated he hopes to continue to work closely with ANC 6C.
  3. Children’s Defense Fund, request for support of tax-exempt bonds—Rich Gollup

The Children’s Defense Fund is seeking to refinance its debt to pay off existing bonds and do some renovation to its headquarters on E Street N.W.  The organization supports efforts to help poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, and efforts to instill a joy of learning and support scholarships for these children. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the refinancing.  (Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt)

  1. Commissioner announcements

-Mr. Goodman announced ribbon-cutting events:  G and I bike paths, two-way lanes; a new cycle track in NoMa, and artwork installation at 1st and M Streets N.E.   He also announced an RFP for the NoMa park program to begin with submissions in the summer to beautify underpasses at K, L, M, and Florida Avenue. North Capitol and M is starting to lease its 330 units, with 30 % affordable housing.  DDOT expects to announce next week performance parking revenues awarded to the community.  ANC 6C submitted recommendations for the use of these revenues.

-Mr. Price announced two meetings:  May 21, 6:30 pm, N.E. Library to discuss reconfiguration of Maryland Avenue to ensure pedestrian safety; and June 16, 6:00 pm, N.E. Library, a quarterly meeting between the community and the National Park Service to discuss Stanton Park lawn reseeding to take place over nine months from November through June or July.  He asked the community to submit other items for discussion at this parks meeting.

 

Transportation/Public Space Committee (Joe McCann, Chair)

  1. Two Rivers Public Charter School, public space application—Doug Hollis.

The school proposes to set back public benches against the building to provide more public space for sidewalk, opening 6 feet of sidewalk space and providing greenery plus bike racks. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application (Motion:   Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler)

  1. 200 K Street N.E., Toll Brothers, public space application—Will Latanzio

Curb cuts are consolidated into two; trees are added except for where sewer lines occur; more seating on benches and bike racks have been added.  The application was supported without objection (Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler)

  1. 100 L Street N.E., nonvoting item.  Developers presented plans to provide a plaza for about 1,000 community people to assemble, plus access to the bike trail.  Concern was expressed about turn space for trucks.  The developer is required to come back to the ANC as the application moves forward.  Mr. Eckenwilerexpressed a request for a big-picture view  with a seamless connection  between the plaza and the bike paths.
  2. DDOT performance parking, nonvoting item. Mr. Evian Patterson presented data and testified that rates are adjusted by time and demand.  This should take the pressure off parking on adjacent streets.  Currently parking charges are $.75 per hour during the day; $2.00 per hour evenings.   DDOT intends to install sensors to measure use of performance parking.   It is an ongoing pilot project.
  3. RPP—Currently there is a moratorium on ward-only signage.  DDOT is setting criteria and defining what are “traffic generator” areas.  Visitor parking placards were mailed (a Council mandate), but DDOT has determined visitor placards should be applied for online, not mailed.

Mr. Kazmierczak provided an update on 360 H Street NE requesting and obtaining RPP parking.  DDOT has since ruled it is a commercial building and no residents can get or renew RPP parking.

  1. Repeat RPP violators—Mr. Eckenwilerstated that enhanced penalties for repeat RPP violators were enacted into law in 2011:  a fine of $30 for an unlawful stay over 2 hours, and a fine of $60 for each subsequent violation.  This law has not been implemented despite Mr. Eckenwiler’s efforts to rectify.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support a letter to encourage enforcement the law. (Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Price)
  2. Camera at 2ndand F and photo-enforced signage—A letter from ANC 6C to Sam Zimbabwe of DDOT in February, upon second request from ANC 6C, received a response that MPD controls signage.  Mr. Eckenwiler asks that a letter be sent to MPD chief Lanier requesting installation of photo-enforced signage on 2nd Street at E, F, and G, with a copy to DDOT asking for the camera to be relocated from 2nd and G to 2nd and F where  pedestrian safety is a concern.  It should be noted in the latter that Sam Zimbabwe of DDOT indicated support. The commissioners voted unanimously to support. (Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Kazmierczak)
  3. Bicycles on H Street N.E.—A request is to be sent to DDOT prohibiting bicycles on narrow H Street sidewalks.  Too many bicycle accidents have resulted.  The request is for pavement stamping to alert bicyclists.  The support was unanimous. (Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt)  It was subsequently decided that signs indicating alternative bike routes on G and I Streets N.E. should be placed on  bike share stations to alert bicyclists of the hazards on narrow H Street sidewalks as well as streetcar tracks.

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

337 H Street N.E., FOIA request to DCRA—Mr. Eckenwiler.  335 H collapsed onto 337, and 337 was deemed vacant.  It should have been taxed at the class 3 rate but that never happened.  It has been taxed at a standard class 2 property. No repairs have been done in the last 1-1/2 years.  The owners got a waiver stating the property was being marketed.  Mr. Eckenwiler moved that ANC 6C make a FOIA request, with preauthorized FOIA fee payment up to $50.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the letter. (Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman)

Alcoholic Beverage Committee

  1. Shake Shack, 50 Massachusetts Ave.N.E.—In the absence of Drew Courtney, committee chair, Mr. Kazmierczaksummarized the application for a new restaurant at Union Station with only a small (5%) portion of its sales on beer and wine.  It plans a summer garden inside the mezzanine and hopes to open June 9.  The owners request a stipulated license in addition to approval of their liquor license.  The request was supported without objection (Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Kazmierczak)
  2. 400 H Street, former TruOrleans restaurant, status, nonvoting item—Mr. Kazmierczak explained that Tru Orleans still holds the liquor license, with the restrictions as a result of ANC 6C’s protest. Management is restructuring, with Tru Redding (Tru Orleans owner) still involved.  No placarding is required if a new restaurant opens but the protest restrictions remain in place, including enclosing the second floor space.  The new restaurant, “Driftwood Kitchen,” will feature American cuisine with a Middle East influence, fancy cocktails, and beer.  Mr. Kazmierczak stated ANC 6C will watch the new establishment carefully to ensure the conditions of the protest agreement are enforced.  Mr. Roger Hicks stated Eric Toller, business manager of the restaurant said he knocked on doors on 4th Street to discuss the new restaurant, although he doubts that this happened.  He encouraged ANC 6C to stay vigilant.
  3. Ibiza status, nonvoting item—Mr. Goodman stated that ABRA granted a continuance for the protest hearing from April 30 to August 13.  Ibiza has now reopened but occupies half the original space as a result of a DCRA order.  Ibiza is still under bankruptcy protection.

Grants Committee (Sonte DuCote, chair)

  1. J.O. Wilson grant for school garden—Ms. DuCote described the grant request for $2,000, which would entail vertical gardens for strawberries and a shed.  The vertical gardens are already constructed; the shed is not.  The D.C. Auditor stated that grants cannot be given for work already completed.   The 6C committee voted to deny the grant and asked the applicant to resubmit based on uncompleted work.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the committee’s recommendations.
  2. The Grants Committee will meet the last Thursday of each month at Northeast Library, 7 pm.  It voted to place a moratorium on any new grants until August 31 to allow time to review grant requirements and forms.  It is considering quarterly deadlines to keep grants within ANC 6C Auditor required reporting periods.  The commissioners voted to support the moratorium and encouraged the committee to try to finish earlier.  The vote was 4:2:0 (Motion:Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Price)

Parks and Events Committee

Mr. Goodman described the need for the formation of this committee, which would reduce the workload of the Transportation/Public Space Committee.  It would have 6 members, 1 nominated by each commissioner, with 3 at large members.  The committee is especially needed to oversee NoMa park projects.  Mr. Goodman offered to write the committee charter, find a meeting place, and serve as acting chair until the committee gets going. The commissioners approved the committee formation unanimously (Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler)

318 Third Street N.E., Request for Handicapped Parking Spot

   Ms. Wirt asked for support for a handicapped constituent whose application has already been approved by the D.C. Department of Transportation. The commissioners voted to support the application 5:1:0 (Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman)

Mr. Eckenwiler asked for support for a letter to DDOT stating the agency is not following its legal obligation to post such applications in the D.C. Register, according to 18-DCM 2703.7.  The commissioners voted  unanimously to support the letter. (Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman)

The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 p.m.