July 2015

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ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6C
REGULAR MEETING
JULY 8, 2015

MINUTES

The regular meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C (ANC 6C) was held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 7:00 P.M., at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE.  Daniele Schiffman (6C01); Scott Price (6C03); Mark Eckenwiler (6C04); Chris Miller (6C05), Treasurer; and Tony Goodman (6C06), Acting Chair, were in attendance.

Call to Order

Acting Chair Tony Goodman called the meeting to order at 7:02 P.M. and noted the presence of a quorum.

Approval of Agenda

Commissioner Scott Price moved that the agenda be approved.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

 

Approval of Minutes

Acting Chair Goodman moved that the minutes of June 10, 2015, be approved, on the condition that commissioners would have one week to make editorial changes.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Chris Miller presented the treasurer’s report for the month of June 2015, which is attached.  Acting Chair Goodman moved that the treasurer’s report be accepted.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

    

Community & Commissioner Announcements

Commissioner Price announced Caroline Crenshaw resigned as the 6C03 representative on the Parks and Events Committee and Megan Devant agreed to become the representative.  Acting Chair Goodman announced Ms. Meti Zeyege, an at-large member of the Parks and Events Committee, resigned, and he invited individuals who are interested in serving to refer to information that will be placed on the website.

 

Consent Agenda

Acting Chair Goodman moved to approve the following items:

  1. Grant application revision for budget and receipt submissions;
  2. 200 K Street NE, minor revisions to façade; and
  3. 16 M Street NE, #110288, mixed use development in NoMa.

The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

 

Grants Committee

  1. H Street Main Street grant review

Committee Chair Sonte DuCote reported the committee’s recommendation to award $1,800.00, covering traffic control signs, stands, and barricades, to be paid to the vendor as a direct expense.  Commissioner Eckenwiler moved to approve the committee’s recommendation.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

Committee Chair DuCote provided information from the committee’s report, which is attached, on the following two items:

  1. Cycle 1 financial reports
  2. Spend down plan, book box grants, and Cycle 3 outreach

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  1. Union Kitchen Grocery, 538 Third Street NE, #10187773, new sidewalk café

Acting Committee Chair Mark Eckenwiler presented the attached general provisions and reported the committee’s recommendation to support the application, provided the permit contains the restrictions as written, with further consideration given to the details of the enforcement mechanism.  William Merrill, 231 F Street NE, stated he appreciates the restrictions developed by Acting Committee Chair Eckenwiler and is concerned that the applicant may interpret the permit to develop a restaurant.  Lori Thomas, who lives next door to the applicant on 3rd Street NE, inquired whether a sidewalk cafe is permitted in a residential area and commented that enforcement by city agencies is problematic.  Davis Feickert, who lives seven houses away, expressed support for restrictions and suggested that the applicant be required to address outstanding issues, such as the stop work order, before being issued the permit. Acting Chair Goodman moved to support the application with the general provisions, except for the restriction banning dogs.  Acting Committee Chair Eckenwiler offered the following friendly amendments:  (1) to add that ANC 6C will send a letter to the District Department of Transportation’s Public Space Committee expressing conditional support on these or substantial similar terms and ANC 6C’s opposition otherwise; and (2) in the general provisions, to strike “ANC 6C designee” and insert “Commissioner for Single Member District 6C04.”  Both friendly amendments were accepted.  Acting Chair Goodman offered a friendly amendment to add the installation of a bike rack to the general provisions, as long as doing so does not create Americans with Disabilities Act issues.  The motion, as amended, was adopted by a vote of 3-2 (Commissioners Price and Daniele Schiffman voting in opposition).

  1. Indigo, 243 K Street NE, new sidewalk cafe, #10190957, Indian restaurant

Acting Committee Chair Eckenwiler reported a motion to support the application failed in committee by a vote of 3-4 and no further action was taken.  Owner Dinesh Tandon addressed several issues, including number of seats, hours, and the fireproofing and permanence of the structure.  Peter Luce, 239 K Street NE; Mike Templeton, 301 K Street NE; Gary Barber, a neighbor and a member of the Transportation and Public Space Committee; and Matt Campolongo, who lives around corner on Parker Street NE, all spoke in support of the application.  Acting Chair Goodman moved to support the application with the changes made in the document provided this evening.  The motion was adopted by a vote of 3-2 (Commissioners Eckenwiler and Miller voting in opposition).

  1. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 700 I Street NE, signage

No representative from Pilgrim Baptist Church was present, and Acting Committee Chair Eckenwiler recommended reading the committee report, which is attached, regarding this item.

  1. Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E St NE, revised teacher/staff parking

Acting Committee Chair Eckenwiler reported the committee’s recommendation to support the proposal, which is attached.  Valerie Jablow, a parent of a former Stuart-Hobson Middle School student, asked questions to clarify the proposal.  District of Columbia Public Schools representative Patrick Davis made brief comments on the development of the proposal.  Acting Committee Chair Eckenwiler moved to approve the committee’s recommendation. Acting Chair Goodman offered a friendly amendment to designate Commissioner Eckenwiler to work with District of Columbia agencies on the enforcement mechanism, which was accepted.  The motion, as amended, was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

Parks and Events Committee

Acting Committee Chair Jerry Wall presented the committee’s report, which is attached, covering the following items:

  1. Pocket park at 100 K Street NE;
  2. NoMa Parks Foundation developments; and
  3. Miscellaneous ongoing committee concerns.

Acting Committee Chair Wall provided an update on Reservation 84, indicating that the Office of Planning has initiated a project on small parks where ownership has been transferred to the District of Columbia, which will primarily determine jurisdiction.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee

  1. Batter Bowl Bakery, 403 H Street NE, ABRA # 099176, new license class CR and stipulated license

Committee Chair Drew Courtney reported the committee’s recommendation to support the request for a stipulated license and protest the new license application, which will permit the development of a settlement agreement by Committee Member Jared Alves and the establishment.  Commissioner Price moved to approve the committee’s recommendation.  Commissioner Eckenwiler offered a friendly amendment to add that Committee Chair Courtney serve as an alternate to Committee Member Alves, which was accepted.  The motion, as amended, was adopted by a vote of 4-0 (Commissioner Schiffman not present).

Committee Chair Courtney provided information from the committee’s report, which is attached, on the following two items:

  1. Wunder Garten, 150 M Street NE, Bastille Day celebration; and
  2. 301 H Street NE, possible craft beer retailer

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee

315 H Street NE, ZC #15-07, consolidated planned unit development, 125 residential units with ground-floor retail

Committee Chair Eckenwiler presented the committee’s report, which is attached, and reported the committee’s recommendation to oppose the application.  John Begert of MRP Realty and Christine Roddy of Goulston & Storrs commented on committee consideration, areas for improvement, and scheduling.  Clarence Mobley, a resident and deacon of Northeast Holy Trinity Church, 709 4th Street NE, expressed concerns about motor vehicle access to the church’s property during construction.  Acting Chair Goodman moved to oppose the application, unless the committee at its September 2015 meeting agrees that the applicant has addressed all of the issues in the committee’s report, in which case ANC 6C will send a letter of support.  Committee Chair Eckenwiler offered a friendly amendment to strike “unless the committee at its September 2015 meeting agrees that the applicant has addressed all of the issues in the committee’s report” and insert “except in the case where the committee votes to support,” which was accepted.  The motion, as amended, was adopted by a vote of 5-0.

The meeting adjourned at 9:11 P.M.

Susan Eads Role, Secretary Pro Tem