March 2015

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm.


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

Ms. Wirt removed the 538 Third Street NE item from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee because no update had been received before the meeting.  The agenda was approved without objection.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Miller.

Approval of February Minutes

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

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report as follows.  The beginning balance was $47,681.35.  At the beginning of February the auditor’s ledger is $29.49 lower than the bank statement due to two checks that were written in January but not cleared until February. The imbalance continues in February due to check 1298 for $95.00 for Commissioner Miller’s ANC business cards that was written in February but not cleared until March.  There was an interest payment of $0.37.  The closing balance was $47,652.23.  The treasurer’s report was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Miller.

Consent Calendar

  1. Naming of alley—Mrs. Connie Tipton presented a request to name an alley between East Capitol, A, 7th, and 8thStreets N.E. after her late husband, Tip Tipton, as suggested by her neighbors with an accompanying petition.  The naming of the alley is to acknowledge Mr. Tipton’s many contributions to the improvement of the neighborhood, including redevelopment of the Eastern Market Metro plaza, serving as board chairman of Baracks Row Main Street, and repaving of the alley after 50 years of wear and tear. The request is to be sent to Council Member Charles Allen, who has agreed to take it to the Council for a vote.  The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the request.  Motion:  Ms. Schiffman/Mr. Goodman.
  2. Invitation of Mr. Evian Patterson, city-wide parking programs manager, to attend the April meeting of the 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee to discuss parking issues—Parking issues include H Street bus stops, Logan School parking signage at 2ndStreet, Ludlow Taylor School signage at 7th and G Streets, progress of resident-only parking restriction policy, and H Street loading zones.  Ms. Wirt moved to send a letter of invitation, which Mr. Patterson said was necessary. Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Miller.  Discussion focused on why a letter was needed and that it would establish an unnecessary precedent. Mr. Frank Maduro, representative of the Mayor’s office, who was in attendance, stated he would ensure that Mr. Patterson attends the meeting, and that no letter of invitation was needed.  Ms. Wirt withdrew her motion.  A constituent in attendance, Mr. Kerpa Anu, asked the commissioners to address the bus stops and parking on 3rd and 4th Streets as part of the discussion with Mr. Patterson.

Brief Community Announcements

  1. Office of People’s Counsel—Ms. Cheryl Morse provided a brief summary and literature describing the Office of People’s Council, including a meeting for commissioners scheduled for Saturday, March 14.
  2. Cluster Schools—Mr. Vince Morris, president of the Stuart Hobson PTA, stated that the increasing number of charter schools is destabilizing DC public schools by siphoning off students, increasing traffic commuting, and resulting in loss of a sense of neighborhood.
  3. Mr. Eckenwiler nominated Tom Beilineto serve as his 6C04 representative on the 6C Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee.
  4. Commissioner announcements—Mr. Goodman mentioned two new residential buildings in 6C06 that will open soon at 60 L and 55 M Streets and will bring an additional 1,000 units.  Mr. Price stated he has high hopes that this year’s Rock n’ Roll Marathon will go a bit smoother.  He also mentioned that construction continues at the former MedlinkHospital, and neighbors thus far are pleased with progress.  Mr. Miller announced that Douglas Development has filed for a project at 500 H, and he hopes to negotiate community benefits. Ms. Wirt stated that signals at 2nd Street and D, and at 2nd Street and Massachusetts have been adjusted with audio signals for a vision-impaired constituent who lives nearby, and that a sign has been requested from DDOT to alert drivers to watch out for this pedestrian and his service dog.
  5. Frank Maduroof the mayor’s office mentioned city-wide walk-throughs by a team of agency representatives who address “fixit” needs, such as needs for trash collection, lighting, pothole repair.  He asked for volunteers to help with high school spring cleaning.  His contact numbers are (202) 528-0786 and (202 538-0313.

Transportation/Public Space Committee (Mark Kazmierczak, chair)

  1. 237 2ndStreet NW, sidewalk café application #10177205—The applicant presented plans for a sidewalk café at the committee meeting, including a proposed removal of a tree box by DDOT with ADA-compliant curbs.  The enclosed structure plans did not appear to comply with DDOT requirements.  The applicant did not want a vote of opposition so asked to return next month with revised plans.  Mr. Kazmierczak is checking exact requirements including height of walls, transparency, distance for pedestrian walkways, and the requirement that sidewalk cafés must be built to be disassembled within 24 hours. Mr. Eckenwiler said the relationship between the former owner and the new one is not clear.
  2. Streetcars on H Street—Mr. Goodman presented a letter recommending to Mayor Bowser, adjacent ANCs, DDOT, FEMS, and Council Members that the streetcar be extended east to Minnesota Avenue and beyond, west to Georgetown via the K Street transit way.  Ms. Wirt stated she would support the letter if it included mention of the need for safety.  Mr. Goodman agreed to add a sentence addressing safety.  Mr. Price said he would oppose because he did not have enough data.  The commissioners voted to send the letter. The motion passed 5:1:0. Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  3. Mr. Kazmierczak said going forward the committee wants to address valet parking, which is not yet a problem in 6C, as well as work with the 6C  Parks and Events Committee to improve green spaces.

Parks and Events Committee (Christine Healey, chair)

  1. Ms. Healey stated the committee is working to assist District residents in making improvements in green spaces, pocket and triangular parks.  District residents, including a member of the committee are applying to improve Reservation 84, located at Constitution, Massachusetts Avenue, and 7thStreet through the Adopt-a-Park program where citizens can assist with gardening and maintenance.  The question is who has authority over Reservation 84—DPR, DDOT, or another agency.  The committee recommended a letter of inquiry be sent to the various possible agencies who might have jurisdiction over the park.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the letter.  Motion:  Mr. Miller/Ms. Schiffman.
  2. Ms. Healey reported that the committee had heard from NoMa BID about the L street Plaza development and a possible location for the Summer Screen program. Ms. GalinBrooks, in attendance, asked the commissioners for assistance in finding another location for the NoMa summer screen outdoor movies because the usual location that NoMa has used for seven years is no longer available.  Mr. Eckenwiler stated there is a vacant lot on the south side of H Street, opposite the Giant Market, and that it could be a possible new location.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee (Drew Courtney, chair)

  1. Addis, 707 H Street NE—With an ABRA hearing scheduled for Monday, March 16, negotiations are moving along for a settlement agreement.  The committee recommends protesting this license because of hours and entertainment endorsement concerns.  The establishment is also asking for a stipulated license, allowing them to serve alcohol before the license is formally approved.  Approval of the stipulated license by ANC 6C would be contingent on settlement of acceptable terms in the settlement agreement. Mr. Courtney stated that going forward the committee wants to address pub crawls in the settlement agreements.  The commissioners voted to send a letter of protest to ABRA, designating Mr. Miller to represent ANC 6C with Mr. Courtney as the alternate.  Motion:  Mr. Miller/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  2. Po Boys—Mr. Courtney stated that Po Boys has refiled for an entertainment endorsement, and they will be coming back to the committee to request it.

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

  1. 411 H Street NE, BZA # 18957, special exception from H Street Overlay requirements for fast-food restaurant occupying two existing row houses, 411 and 413 H Streets NE—The committee was concerned with noncompliance of nonwaivablespecial exceptions and whether a variance is required instead concerning separation of fast-food establishments from residential zones and trash enclosures.  The committee would support the variances if certain conditions were met addressing delivery location and removal of trash, recyclables, and grease; exhaust fans; people congregating at the rear of the property; subordination of carry-out service; nondisposabletableware for on-premises dining; and restoration of the show window architectural feature at 413 H.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the committee’s recommendations.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt.
  2. 1270 4thStreet NE—Mr. Goodman summarized progress in extending Neal Place westward and amenities including a temporary pocket park in the space occupied by the future Neal Place extension protected bikeway (cycle track).  He underscored the need for “eyes on the bicycle track” for public safety.  Discussion included the type of bike trail and location as well as location of a DDOT Bikeshare station and a missing curb cut at 4th and Neal Place that is not ADA compliant.  The committee’s recommendations for amenities were as follows:  funding a Bikeshare station, paying for construction and maintenance of a paved roadway, cycle track, and 8-feet sidewalks to the west of the project between Morse Street and Neal Place, filling in gaps on the west side of 4th Street from Neal Place to New York Avenue NE., revising the west façade to include clear glass windows, and committing to perform street cleaning and trash collection on both sides of 4th Street NE.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the recommendations.  The vote included request for party status and designation of Mr. Goodman to represent ANC 6C in matters pertaining to this application, with Mr. Ryan McGuinness as his alternate.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman.

New Business

  1. Ms. Naomi Mitchell from Council Member Allen’s office distributed information on the new D.C. marijuana law.
  2. It was announced that Mr. Goodman is serving as co-chair of the new D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council.
  3. A citizen in attendance asked if the November 14 minutes could be posted on the ANC 6C website, as they appeared to be missing.  Mr. Goodman stated he would look into the matter.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.