June 2016

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7 pm
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.

Quorum

A quorum of 6 out of 6 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.

Minutes

The May minutes were approved unanimously with the usual caveat that the commissioners will have one week to submit any corrections before the minutes are posted on the ANC 6C website.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Treasurer’s Report

The May report showed an opening balance of $46,278.37. Check 1316 was written for $15,00.00,  There was an  April bank interest payment of $0.38. Check 1317 for $1,500 was written to Stephen Kukoy as a deposit for redesigning the ANC 6C website.  Check 1321 was written for $162, an annual recurring fee to D.C. Access for hosting the ANC 6C website.  There was a May bank interest payment of $0.37. The closing balance was $43,117.12.  The treasurer’s report was approved without objection. Motion:  Ms. Wirt/ Mr, Miller.

A recurring expense was introduced for payment to the Hill Rag for posting monthly ads encouraging citizens to sign up for ANC 6C committees, as well as for an annual ad in the Hill Rag Guide, totaling $1,522.50.  This expense includes a 50% discount for community organizations.

All expenses were approved unanimously.  Motion:  Ms.Wirt/Mr. Miller.

Brief Community Announcements

  1. Capitol Hill Village—Mr. Bill Sisolak, a former ANC 6C commissioner, announced a Capitol Hill Village seminar June 15, 10 am to 3 pm at Capitol Hill Center, 9thStreet and Pennsylvania Avenue SE to discuss one-level living for seniors.
  1. Rachel Mariman, Ward 6 representative from the Mayor’s office,  announcedthe Deputy Mayor for Economic Development’s plans for a June 21 launching of an RFP for the Northwest One site, 6:30 pm, at the RH Terrell Recreation Center, 155 L Street N.W., a discussion of the community’s goals and preferences for the site.  She also mentioned meetings to gather input from the community at the Constitutional Convention for D.C statehood, June 13, 17, and 18.  Questions can be directed to www.statehood.dc.gov. Statehood and the proposed constitution will be on the November 2016 ballot.  She gave her contact information as Rachel.mariman@dc.gov, (202) 538-1241.
  1. Commissioner Announcements

Mr. Goodman mentioned construction of approximately 2,500 apartment units at locations in N.E. including North Capitol, 200 K Street, 90 K Street, 51 N Street, 55 M Street, and 61 Pierce Street. Next Saturday, June 11, there is a NoMa meeting 10 am to 2 pm, to address a park at 3rd and L Streets N.E. On June 17,  5:45 pm, there is a DDOT walk scheduled beginning at Union Market to show the community the New York Avenue trail.

Mr. Miller announced that the alley between 5th and 6th Streets N.E. north of H Street N.E. is scheduled to be rebuilt next month.  The alley near 732 6th Street N.E. will take six months to repair.

Ms. Wirt announced the D.C. tuition assistance grants program, for which residents can apply for tuition at out-of-state institutions across the United States, with sign-up available the month of June at the Office of the Superintendent of Education, 810 First Street N.E. during business hours as well as Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm.  She thanked the Heritage Foundation for providing a Bike Share station across the street from Heritage as an amenity for the townhomes constructed on the 500 block of 3rd Street N.E. She also announced the sign-up schedule for commissioners who want to run again in 2017:  Beginning July 11 at the Board of Elections and including Saturdays.  Petitions must be turned in by August 10, close of business.

Consent Calendar

  1. 816 6th Street NE—BZA 19266, special exception from home occupancy requirements to establish a child care center with 12 children and 3 adults in an R-4 district.  Concerned neighbors asked that a condition be imposed that customers not park or obstruct vehicle passage in the alley at the rear of the establishment.  A second condition was clarification that employees be limited to a maximum of 2 plus the owner.
  1. 315 H Street N.E.—Public space application 1363336, mixed use construction on the south side of H Street NE, currently a vacant lot. Support to be conditioned on bicycle racks along H Street beparallel to the sidewalk so as not to obstruct pedestrians or vehicular traffic; and removal of a dead tree at 311 H and replacement with a live tree.
  1. 701 H Street N.E.-Fresca TacquertiaRoticeria, public space application 10249288, unenclosed sidewalk café.  Support is conditioned on tables closest to alley being removed and bike racks placed there; no trash receptacles on public space; hours 9 am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday, 9 am through midnight Friday and Saturday.
  1. 145 N Street N.E.—Seoul Spice, application for unenclosed sidewalk café, hours 11 am-10 pm Sunday- Saturday.  Conditions for support include 10 feet of sidewalk space for pedestrians and ADA accessibility.  160 square feet for the sidewalk cafe does not technically meet DDOT guidelines requiring 15 square feet per seat, but the ANC does not see any safety or accessibility concerns.
  1. 1200 6thStreet N.E.—Support of striping of this block to connect to the cycle track on 6thStreet north of Florida Avenue; striping coincides with installation of bicycle lanes on M Street N.E. this summer.  The design includes a two-way cycle track along the east side of 6th Street to mirror the conditions north of Florida Avenue.  The design is for the short-term.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve all items on the consent calendar. Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman.

Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant, 707 H Street N.E., ABRA # 097534, request for reconsideration by ANC 6C of settlement conditions, was deferred due to ABRA concerns about violations to the settlement agreement.

Parks and Events Committee

  1. Mr. Eckenwiler explained the PUD process to committee members and the roles of the Zoning Commission and Bureau of Zoning Adjustment.
  1. 2Design for the park at 3rdand L Streets N.E.—The NoMa Parks Foundation is scheduled to release its next version of the park design on June 11.  Three different options were presented at the May community meeting.  The latest iteration contains elements from all three options, with refinements based on community comments.  The park will serve children, adults, and dogs, with a fenced dog play area and a Wallholl play structure, benches, and two water fountains. A petition with at least 50 signatures is needed for a dog park. A friends of the dog park association needs to be established for the dog park. Also discussed were plans for maintenance and sanitation, and whether the benches would be constructed so as to discourage sleeping. The ANC will have an opportunity to comment on the public space application and the dog park application. Later in the meeting the commissioners voted 5:0:1, to send a letter to DPR, DGS, and NoMa BID in favor of the concept of a park for children, adults, and dogs, including a Wallholla, with a recommendation for major treatment of the adjoining wall and curb extensions, as well as an offer to assist in establishing the friends of the dog park, as part of a continuing dialogue concerning the park.
  1. Other news—NoMa Parks is committed to the NoMa Green being a people park.  The new half-acre nearby could possibly be used for a dog play area.  StoreyPark has no change in status and will be used again this year for Summer Screen movies.  Amtrak has recently raised an issue for the first time concerning the M Street underpass art project.  Efforts are being made to resolve three questions raised by DDOT.

Transportation and Public Space Committee

  1. Florida Avenue N.E. Multimodal Transportation Study, 1stto 14th Street improvements—The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to oppose the plan and reiterate the position it took at its April 2014 meeting, including support for plan 3A, lack of inclusion of bike lanes east of 8th Street N.E., lack of sharing the DDOT preferred plan with the public, prioritization to vehicular traffic at the expense of other modes of transportation (e.g., bike lanes cannot be buffered), turn lane problems, path under the metro/Amtrak bridge should be on the south side of Florida Avenue, and bike lanes do not continue the entire length of Florida Avenue.  Motion: Mr. Miller/Mr.Goodman.  Mr. Eckenwiler added that design review should include community input at the 30%, 60%, and 90% stages. Mr. Price stated that problems during the Maryland Avenue traffic study mirrored the problems here and asked for Maryland Avenue to be addressed as well.
  1. 200 K Street N.E. construction plan—Mr. Goodman asked for better traffic control at the construction site:  disallowing trucks in the area between H, Florida Avenue, and 3rdStreet N.E., using North Capitol, 1st, and 2ndStreets N.E. as alternative north-south ways to get into and out of the site, and maintaining pedestrian access around the perimeter of the project.  He called for better enforcement to ensure compliance with approved plans and monitoring of the situation, especially trucks arriving before 7 am.  He asked that if trucks are found by DDOT to be violating the terms of the route that the site be shut down as often and as long as necessary to ensure compliance. The commissioners voted unanimously to support.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  1. DDOT response to parking at Stuart Hobson Middle School—The commissioners discussed the teacher parking violations, the unsatisfactory DDOT response to ANC complaints, and the penalty to be imposed for teachers if the parking arrangements were not honored (parking to go back to beginning at 8 am instead of 7:30 am).  A letter is to be written to the mayor with a copy to Council Member Allen pointing out these problems and requesting an in-person meeting to resolve the situation.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Price.

Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee

  1. 226 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., HPA 16-391—Application to demolish a noncontributing structure and in its place construct a building to be added to the existing Heritage Foundation structure.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the concept, with the following concerns:  (1) The terrace top of the new structure should be free of tents, umbrellas, and other items creating visual clutter and detracting from the streetscape; (2) although Heritage states its need for security, commissioners expressed concern that the landscape plan should relate better to the sidewalk and passersby; some welcoming features, such as benches, would greatly improve the concept proposal; and (3) the adjacent building’s base (with ashlars) should be continued and align the stone courses at the top of the first floor so as to better harmonize the two buildings.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Miller.
  1. 301-333 N Street N.E., BZA 15-28—A consolidated PUD and PUD-related map amendment. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the project, although there were concerns about the overall height and bulk on the 4thStreet side.  The building does not step down away from the railroad track toward the lower density neighborhood to the east.  Recommendations are as follows:  (1) Make modifications to the 4th Street side of the building to soften the transition to lower density adjacent sites; (2) Provide funds for Two Rivers Public Charter School no later than the issuance of an above-grade building permit because these improvements are designed to help mitigate the increased shade on the school’s play spaces; (3) Ban trucks serving the building from using 4th Street by use of signs and alley paving treatments; (4) Require that 50 % of the facades on 3rd, N, and 4th Streets be of clear glass visible to at least 15 feet into the interior spaces.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman.  Mr. Goodman was designated representative for ANC 6C on this project, with Ryan McGinness as his alternate.
  1. 300  8thStreet N.E., HPA 16-443, Concept approval application to demolish a noncontributing structure and to construct a new four-story residential building with penthouse.  The committee opposed the concept, and the applicant will come back to the ANC next month.  There is a meeting scheduled to address the project June 23 at the Northeast Library.
  1. D.C. Council Roundtable on DCRA—ANC 6C requested and has arranged that there be a roundtable July 12 with Vincent Orange’s Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs to review DCRA work.  Mr. Eckenwiler was designated representative for ANC 6C.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman.

Grants Committee

No business this month.

The meeting adjourned at 8:51 pm.