September 2015

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

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Call to Order, Quorum

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

Approval of the Agenda

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

Approval of July 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 for July and August 2015

Mr. Miller presented the treasurer’s report as follows.  The beginning balance was $47, 169.69.

Check # 1304 was written for $120.00 for sign-language assistance at a community meeting in ANC 6C06.  Check # 1305 was written for $300.00 for the minutes to be transcribed for the July ANC 6C full-Commission meeting by Susan Eads Role, the administrative assistant.   There were Bank of America interest payments of $0.41 and $0.43, and a DC allotment of $3,337.28.  The closing balance was $50,114.81.  The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the treasurer’s report.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve an extension contract for the administrative assistant through December 31, 2015.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Motion: Ms. Wirt/Ms. Schiffman.

The quarterly report (April-June 2015), which has already been submitted to the D.C. Auditor, was approved unanimously.  Motion:  Mr. Miller/Mr. Eckenwiler.


Brief Community Announcements

  1. Planned Parenthood—Diane Conocchioli, community concerns. Following these remarks, Rev. Patrick Mahoney asked to have a separate meeting and was referred to the SMD commissioner who represents the area where a Planned Parenthood facility is to be built.
  2. The first six months of Mayor Bowser’s term were summarized, including sidewalk repairs, tree planting, lights, public safety improvements, and homelessness initiatives, by Frank Maduro, who provided his contact information for any questions: (202) 538-0313.  He announced that at ANC 6C request, Reservation 84 at Constitution and 7thStreets N.E. is being transferred to DPR so that citizens can know the agency with jurisdiction and apply to contribute to its upkeep.
  3. Commissioner announcements—Mr. Eckenwiler addressed the matter of lack of adequate alley drainage in the alley bounded by Third and Fourth Streets, F and G.  He asks that the next “Alley Palooza” sponsored by the Mayor’s office take up this matter.  Mr. Miller mentioned the need to revisit 15-minute parking near Ludlow Taylor School, which is being ignored or abused.  The neighbors are gathering evidence for future action.

Consent Calendar

  1. MBT study, safety and access report—A joint report by NoMa BID, DDOT, MPD, and local developers proposes numerous recommended improvements to the Metropolitan Branch Trail to improve safety and increase use of the trail.
  2. 51 N Street N.E., new construction (curb cuts)—A new mixed-use project bordered by N, First, and Patterson Streets N.E. seeks to close four curb cuts on N Street and two curb cuts on Patterson. Streetscape design will be submitted separately.
  3. Snow removal proposed rule—ANC 6C would support this proposed rule providing that the requirement that curb cuts be shoveled be removed; the penalty for not shoveling snow should be enforceable at 8 hours, not 24 hours; and seniors over 65 should have an exemption from shoveling if all members of the household meet that criterion.
  4. 602 A Street N.E., BZA 19087, second-story rear addition
  5. 215 A Street N.E., BZA 19087, three-story addition

Since there were no objections to any of these items being placed on the consent agenda, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve the consent agenda in its entirety. Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Grants Committee (Sonte DuCote, chair)

In the absence of Ms. DuCote, Ms. Wirt reiterated the next ANC 6C grant cycle deadline, September 15.  Grant instructions had a broken link on the 6C website but the link has been restored.

Alcohol Beverage Regulation Committee (Drew Courtney, chair)

  1. Sugar Factory, 50 Massachusetts Ave N.E., new tavern license # 09949—The commissioners voted unanimously to protest the license in order to negotiate a settlement agreement with the community, and to support the stipulated license request upon completion of the agreement. Designated representatives are Tom Beline, a member of the 6C ABL Committee, with alternate Drew Courney, Committee chair.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  2. Alibi, 237 Second Street N.W., class CR license # 097969—The commissioners voted unanimously to protest the license in order to negotiate a settlement agreement with the community, and to support the stipulated license request upon completion of the agreement. The request includes an entertainment endorsement. Designated representatives are Drew Courtney, Committee chair, with alternate Sally Donner, Committee member.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Miller.
  3. Wunder Garten, 150 M Street N.E., Octoberfest special permit for festival October 2-4.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the Octoberfest.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

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

  1. 100 K Street N.E.—pocket park with new construction of a mixed-use residential building.  The park is near a WMATA tie-breaker station that powers Union Station and three metro stations, which requires maintenance by personnel and trucks.  The park was designed with a mountable curb leading to the facility, with a retaining wall and landscaping separating the park from the drive to the facility.  The public space to the east of the project would be used for loading and unloading of service vehicles.  A flag person would assist when vehicle service is needed.  The commissioners voted 3:1:0 to support the public space application.
  2. D.C. Streetcar on H Street and safety issues—Safety improvements include red stripes along parking lanes on H Street NE (already installed); rebuilding four platforms because of train clearance and ADA compliance issues; outreach along the Hopscotch Bridge; and repairing the pedestrian sensor for the crossing signal at the crest of the Hopscotch Bridge (planned).  Mr. Eckenwiler requested improvements in the signaling at 3rd and H Streets.  A letter is to be sent to the streetcar team and DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo requesting improved pedestrian signal signage at 3rd and H.

3,  NoMa underpass at M Street N.E.—(nonvoting item), a summary, based on an earlier presentation by Stacie West, was given of plans for lighting to simulate “rain,” varying light intensity to simulate waves (lighting to be over walkways, not roadways), and motion sensors to make lights interactive with traffic and pedestrians.  The current “Washington globe” lights will be removed.

Parks and Events Committee (Christine Healey, chair)

  1. There were no voting items from this committee for the month of September.
  2. The committee also reported on the NoMa underpass art projects with an update.  The update included Amtrak approval for connecting the M Street projects vaults to the underpass, a pocket park on the northeast edge of the M Street underpass, discussion of benches at this location for Gallaudet students, moving a bike station, and activation of the M Street underpass art project lights by motion and the L Street art project lights by sounds.
  3. An update was given of the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation Design Competition.  Three finalists have been chosen for the design of the commemorative, with a final decision of the jury expected on October 31.  The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation hopes it will be able to obtain the necessary federal approvals and complete its fundraising in order to have groundbreaking occur in 2017.  The committee expressed concern about the fate of the Red Oak on the land whose root system is under most of the site.
  4. The committee recommended approval of the 100 K Street NE public space application.
  5. The committee noted that Reservation 84 has been assigned to the Department of Parks and Recreation.  This should allow members of the community to apply to adopt the park.

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

  1. 525A Street N.E., HPA # 15-502—application by Capitol Hill Baptist Church for concept approval of an access ramp in public space. The discussion focused on details of the hand rail and safety rail on the ramp, with the recommendation that the ramp be no wider than necessary.  After hearing the applicant’s explanation of plans for the ramp width, the commissioners voted unanimously to support the application.  Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/ Mr. Miller.
  2. 315 H Street NE, # ZC 15-07—revised  applicationfor a consolidated PUD on the south side of H Street between 3rd and 4th Streets NE in the C-2-B Zone District of the H Street Overlay and housing subarea.  In response to the committee’s concerns, the revised application adds bike racks, fenestration to the east and west elevations, security lighting to the adjacent alley, and increases the rear surface brick coverage.  Other features include no RPP in sale agreements,  affordablehousing, 100 ft. of storage for ANC 6C, retail loading on 4th Street, and landscaping and maintenance of tree boxes.  The developers were amenable to considering anti-reflective glass on south windows, a lockable rear security gate, and relocation of a signal box.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the project, 4:0:0.  Two residents of the adjacent condo homeowners’ association, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Simms, requested a copy of the traffic study for the project.  The developer agreed to provide it.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.