June 2015

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

The chair asked for a moment of silence in memory of Charnice Milton, the Hill Rag reporter who was killed in late May, in honor of her contributions to the community. Ms. Milton covered the meetings of ANC 6C for many months.


A quorum of six out of six commissioners was present (Mr. Eckenwiler, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Miller, Mr. Price, Ms. Schiffman, and Ms. Wirt).

Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved without objection. Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Approval of May Minutes

The minutes were approved without objection, with the caveat that commissioners have one week to report any corrections.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report as follows.  The beginning balance was $47,357.89.

Check # 1303 was written for $162.00 for annual payment to D.C. Access web services for maintenance of the ANC 6C website.   There was a Bank of America interest payment of $0.41. The closing balance was $47,196.30.  The treasurer’s report was approved without objection. Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman.

There were no new expenses.

The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to approve a maximum of $300.00 to record the July minutes by a contractor, Ms. Susan Roe, because of the absence of Ms. Wirt at the July 8 meeting. Ms. Wirt usually takes the minutes. Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman.

Brief Community Announcements

  1. Capitol Hill Village—Ms. Mary Procter described benefits of joining Capitol Hill Village, which enables seniors to age in their homes on Capitol Hill.  Services include transportation, social workers, in-home repairs, programs addressing health, financial planning, housing options, and long-term care.
  2. Murals D.C.DPW sponsors a program supporting original works of art of buildings that previously had graffiti.  It plans a mural at the federal city shelter (CCNV) on the D Street side and asks for volunteers to sign up to discuss the mural at www.muralsprojectdc.org.
  3. Mayor’s office—Seth Shapiro announced two forthcoming weekend events sponsored by the mayor’s office: (1) an RFP sponsored by the deputy mayor’s office for parcel 42 in ANC 6E, with citizen input welcomed Saturday, 10 am-12 noon at the Howard Theater; and (2) a pride parade, 4:30 pm Saturday starting at 22ndand P Streets N.W.
  4. Commissioner announcements—Mr. Goodman announced that WunderGarten is open early Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with REI programs scheduled to begin once a week starting in the fall in anticipation of their store opening.  Mr. Price outlined a dog bite incident and shared regulations with the commissioners, recommending that they be posted on the 6C website. He also stated that Capitol Hill Village and AARP can flag issues for action for our ANC 6C seniors so that the appropriate committee can address concerns.  Mr. Eckenwiler announced that the Zoning Commission is to vote on height restrictions of pop-ups in the historic district, and the HPRB voted unanimously to extend the historic district between 2nd and 4th, F and H Streets on May 28.

Consent Calendar

  1. The ANC 6C Grants Committee amended the application slightly to encourage applicants to apply and to impose a tracking coding convention to ensure consistency.
  2. 600 H Street N.E.—Modification of the PUD to allow office space on the second floor rather than retail.
  3. 333 F Street N.E.—Recommend support for the concept of a rear addition, provided the addition is faced in brick.
  4. 318 (rear) Third St. N.E.—Recommend support for alteration and conversion of a non-residential building into a one-family dwelling.
  5. 700 Constitution Avenue N.E.—Public Space improvements previously approved for the former MedlinkHospital conversion to residential use.

The commissioners voted unanimously to support the consent agenda. Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Parks and Events Committee (Christine Healey, chair)

  1. The Washington Program for the Arts submission, Jump!Star,

was endorsed unanimously for a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Miller.

  1. No answer was received on Reservation 84 from the mayor.  Mr. Seth Shapiro from the mayor’s office stated he would look into the matter on behalf of ANC6C.
  2. There were no other voting items from this committee. Jerry Wall will chair the July meeting of this committee in the absence of Ms. Healey.

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee (Comm. Eckenwiler, chair)

  1. 215 A Street N.E., HPA 15-389, application for concept approval for roof addition and rear court enclosure—The commissioners were concerned about the mansard roof in the rear, which is visible from Temple Court.  They voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to support the concept, with two caveats: (1) They recommended that HPRB look into the matter of visibility from the rear; and (2) They expressed concern that mansard roofs in the rear not become a regular occurrence because they are not appropriate in the historic district.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman
  2. 433 6thStreet N.E., HPA 15-363, application for concept approval of attic addition—The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, in part to support, in part to oppose, as follows: (1) support for the roof addition, subject to sight-line studies and/or a flag mockup because the east side of the corner property is highly visible from E Street owing to the adjacent alley; (2) expressing concern about the proposed fence atop the retaining wall, given the uniformity of the dwellings constructed on this square; and (3) opposition to alterations in public space at the NE portion of the property (brick-enclosed deck and driveway). Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Price.
  3. 1152 4thStreet N.E., BZA 19032, application for a variance from the lot occupancy requirements and a special exception not meeting lot area requirements and rear yard requirements to construct a third-story addition and deck to an existing one-family dwelling.  The third-story addition will not be visible from the street.  Many properties on the block have decks, so the addition of this deck does not negatively affect neighbors’ right to light and air.  The commissioners voted 3:1:1 to support the application (Mr. Goodman recusing himself from the vote).  Motion:  Mr. Miller/ Mr. Price.
  1. 300 M Street N.E., ZC 14-19, application for a PUD and related map amendments from the

C-M-1 Zone District to the C-3-C Zone District. This case came before ANC 6C several times before for informational presentations.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application providing that certain amenities were included:  repair of sidewalks, new streetlights, curb extension/bulbouts, new fare gates at the M Street Metro entrance, and improvements to Two Rivers School and Planned Parenthood facilities at a level and scope to be determined.  Mr. Goodman is to be the designated representative, with Mr. McGinness as his alternate.  Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.


Transportation/Public Space Committee (Mr. Kazmierczak, chair)

  1. D.C. Streetcar update—No timeline for completion was given. Safety improvement studies continue. Questions to be answered pertained to elimination of parking on H Street and alterations to streetcar tracks to allow cyclists to cross the tracks safely.
  2. Louisiana Avenue cycle track—Joe McCann presented a proposal to request DDOT and the Architect of the Capitol to design and install a protected cycle track on Louisiana Avenue from Columbus Circle to Pennsylvania Avenue.  The addition would permit the cycle track to be a continuous route northward to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the proposal. Motion:  Mr. Miller/Mr. Goodman.
  3. DC Proposed Rulemaking on Signage—The commissioners voted unanimously to support the following: (1) Council approval is needed for creation of new Designated Entertainment Areas. (2) All rooftop signs are prohibited. (3) No new Special Signs (banners) can be created. (4) Variable Message signs are prohibited.  Motion:  Mr.Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  4. 700 Constitution Avenue N.E., Public Space application 109431—The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application for bike lanes and trees, no changes from the last round of discussions. Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Miller.
  5. New bike share station—A previous ANC 6C request for a new bike share station at 1stand K Streets N.E. needs to be readdressed; a station at 700 2nd Street NE is also welcome.  The commissioners recommend that allowing adjacent property owners to veto bike stations goes against important transportation needs of the community.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman.

Other Announcements

  1. Mr. Goodman announced that the nightclub Ibiza had its liquor license revoked.
  2. Mr. Michael Sims, a citizen, said he and his neighbors want to be informed of any actions on the development of the property at 315 H Street N.E. :Ms. Wirt provided the dates.

The meeting adjourned at 8;57 pm.