7:00 pm Call to order, adopt agenda and approve previous meeting’s minutes – starts on page 3
7:05 Community Comments (2 minutes each)
7:10 Officer Reports:
Chair (2 minutes)
Vice-Chair (2 minutes)
Secretary (2 minutes)
Treasurer (2 minutes) - starts on page 20
Approve treasurer’s report and previous month’s disbursements.
Approve monthly photocopying expenses.
3rd quarter financial report.
7:20 Single Member District reports(2 minutes each)
Standing Committee Reports:
7:20 Alcohol Beverage Licensing – starts on page 22
Recommendation: The Committee, with a quorum, recommends the ANC seek a VA with the Radius at Ohio with stipulations regarding noise mitigation, reserving the right to protest if the VA is not signed by both parties before the petition date.
Recommendation: The Committee, with a quorum, recommends the ANC seek legislation which would modify current ABRA process to allow an ANC party status in a protest of an establishment which the ANC has a Voluntary or Cooperative Agreement on file with ABRA.
Recommendation: The Committee, with a quorum, recommends the ANC seek legislation which would increase the number of residents or property owners from 5 to 15 to protest a liquor license and require that all fifteen live within a 600 foot radius of the establishment.
Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., July 15, 2008 (3rd Tuesday)
7:30 Economic Development and Zoning –starts on page 25
Recommendation: The Committee, with a quorum, recommends the ANC send a letter to the District of Columbia Department of Transportation Public Space Committee requesting they review the plan for 1400 Maryland Avenue NE and work with the Dag Petroleum to meet the following limitations:
No parking allowed on public space
Only one curb cut per street
No signs on public space
No canopies, pumps, or gas distribution equipment on public space
Easement of public space for access to the properly be limited in width to 15’
Landscape public space excluding driveway to provide screening
Market rate rent to be paid to Washington, DC government for use of public space
Gasoline containment/spill capture facilities and equipment be located on applicant’s property
Driveway access into the property is curbed to prevent vehicular access to the public space.
Recommendation: The Committee, with a quorum, recommends the ANC send a letter to the District of Columbia Bureau of Zoning Adjustment requesting that they postpone the hearing on this special exception application until the District of Columbia Department of Transportation Public Space Committee makes a determination on the applicant’s public space application.
Recommendation: The Committee, with a quorum, recommends the ANC send a letter to the District of Columbia Department of Transportation Public Space Committee, requesting this public space application receive a public hearing.
Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., July 16, 2008 (3rd Wednesday)
8:00 Community Outreach –starts on page 30
Next meeting – 7:30 p.m., August 11, 2008 (2nd Monday, usually 3rd)
8:10 Public Safety – starts on page 31
Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., Jul 15, 2008 (Quarterly)
8:15 Transportation and Public Space Committee –starts on page 32
Joint meeting held with EDZ, see EDZ recommendations.
Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., July 21, 2008 (3rd Monday)
8:15 Unfinished Business
8:15 New Business – starts on page 33
408 18th St. N.E. – BZA #17812: Application of the owners of Roma Café for a variance from the use provisions to allow catering services/bakery under subsection 701.1, in the C-1 District a premises on 409 18th St, N.E., (Square 4547, Lot 809). Ms. Nixon.
RFP for ANC 6A Agenda Package Development. Review of draft request for proposal to contract services for coordinating, developing, editing, and distributing the ANC6A Agenda Package on an annual basis. Mr. Schultheiss
Community Presentation – Joy of Motion Dance Studio
Polly Thibedeau, of Joy of Motion Dance Studio in the Atlas Theatre building made a presentation of the programs they provide and their community outreach. Among the projects she highlighted are the Motion Express, which reaches out to ten public and charter schools in the neighborhood; Teen Outreach, funded by the NEIGHBORHOOD Investment Fund, a summer program that teaches, in addition to dance, job skills, resume preparation, nutrition, conflict resolution and money management; Seniors in Motion and Project Motion. They also have a work/study program, which allows students to take classes in exchange for working at the studio.
A new number 3 was added to New Business to discuss Office of Planning goals for the 6A community. A new number 2 was added to the ABL committee report for a vote on an amendment to the ANC‘s voluntary agreement on pub crawls. The May agenda, as amended, was adopted without objection.
The May minutes were adopted without objection.
Mr. Fengler reported that he met with Councilmember Wells on two topics:
Main Street H Street Director Anwar Saleem has requested additional funds of the H Street Clean and Safe Program. Mr. Fengler said that he and ANC 6C would like to see the execution of Clean and Safe with the money already available, and that it should run for a year on existing funds to see how it is working before more money is allocated.
The Ward Six ban on singles, which would allow voluntary agreements to permit singles to be sold by individual merchants. He said that “part of me” likes the ban.
Mr. Holmes reported that he has spoken with Transportation Director Emeke Monome about the large number of trees in the ANC area that have died or are dying. He said that the Ward Six arborist reported that the average wait for urgent tree removals last year was over a year. Moneme asked for a memo, and Holmes requested dollar figures contract information and other data from the budget officer for the Urban Forestry Administration (UFA)—she said she didn’t have the information and referred him to her superior, who hasn’t returned his phone calls.
Mr. Alberti presented the Treasurer’s Report. The opening balance of the checking account was $15,819.89. The savings account had an opening balance of $4,180.94, and there was an interest payment of $1.03, for a balance of $4,181.97. There was a disbursement of $6,019.50 from the DC Government. The following disbursements were approved: $25 to Nick Alberti for petty cash (Check #1376); $293.93 to FedEx/Kinkos for copying expenses (Check #1377); $500 to Capital Community News for an ad (check #1378); $127.50 to Roberta Weiner for the transcription of minutes (Check #1379); and $140.61 to FedEx/Kinkos for copying expenses (Check #1380). The closing balance was $20,752.35. The report was adopted without objection
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Holmes seconded a motion that $600 be approved for copying for ANC materials, and that up to $60 be approved for copying for each Committee’s materials and each SMD’s materials for the next month. The motion was adopted without objection.
Mr. Alberti announced that he had received a letter from the District saying that the next disbursement has been released.
Single Member District Reports
Mr. Fengler reported that the noise legislation had passed with an amendment that rendered the bill meaningless. The bill would have limited noise to 70 decibels, but was passed with an amendment by Councilmember Brown that raised the level to 80 decibels inside a home. He said it was like having a baseball game in the living room. He said that Councilmember Brown had betrayed the ANC, and he’s now claiming he’s passing the noise bill.
Mr. Alberti reported on the appeal of the permit issued to AppleTree. There’s been no decision, but BZA questioned the fact that DCRA hadn’t finished its review.
Ms Beatty reported that the maintenance has been poor at Lovejoy Park, and a letter has been written to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
She also reported that there are problems at 15th and D Streets with drug dealing and eroding infrastructure. She said that after six months of calling many agencies, the Mayor’s Office finally responded, and an interagency task force will address the many issues.
Ms. Mack reported that speed bumps were installed last month on Benning Road. She also said that the ANC has a letter in the record of the Benning Road Redevelopment Framework.
Mr. Holmes reported that some trees. a year after removal had been requested, have finally been taken down, including one over a gas line and one towering over Jacob’s Coffee House.
He said that a house at 1210 I Street is being used for prostitution.
At 13th and Florida Avenues, at the Capitol Oasis, the property adjacent to Jimmy’s Tires, a 10’ deep hole had been dug, which filled with water. A West Nile investigator inspected the hole, and the water is being treated every six days to kill the larvae.
At 920 11th Street there is an abandoned house that has a tree grown inside the house. It is splitting pipes, and sewage is coming up into the house.
Finally, he reported that after two years, the sidewalks in the 800-900 blocks of I Street are being fixed.
Alcohol Beverage Licensing
Red and Black Summer Garden
Ms. Beatty reported that the ABL Committee had moved to approve the application of the Red and Black for a summer garden if steps are taken to mitigate the noise on H Street.
Motion: Ms. Beatty moved/Mr. Fengler seconded a motion to support the Committee’s recommendation that it support the request of Red and Black for a summer garden, if steps are taken to mitigate noise on H Street. The motion passed without objection.
Amendment to ANC 6A Voluntary Agreement on Pub Crawls
Ms. Beatty reported that the issue of pub crawls on H Street came up when the Capitol Hill Restoration Society referred to their House Tour H Street restaurant tour as a “pub crawl.” The ABL committee discussed the possibility of including exceptions for charity events in standard voluntary agreement language. She reported that there was little enthusiasm by either the community or business owners for the change. Therefore the ABL Committee adopted a motion to not amend the voluntary agreement to exempt charity events from the pub crawl language.
The Committee’s report was accepted without objection.
Economic Development and Zoning
225 9th Street NE
This is a request for support at a Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) hearing for the demolition of a garage and the construction of a new garage with a roof deck. The garage projects four feet into the alley.
Motion: Mr. Fengler moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the ANC accept the Committee’s recommendation (without a quorum) to support the historic preservation aspects of Mr. Fire’s garage project, with encouragement to move the garage back out of the alley.
Am amendment was proposed by Mr. Holmes and seconded by Ms. Mack that after the word support the following language is added: “provided that the homeowner provides the Commission with letters of support from the immediate adjacent neighbors for the garage expansion plans”
Mr. Holmes said that neighbors have expressed concern about the roof deck and the height of the structure, which sits on the high point of the square. He also reported that the adjacent neighbors have not been presented with a request for agreement with the current plans, or with the plans themselves.
Lou Fiore, the owner of the property, expressed frustration at the delays in moving forward with the project. Mr. Holmes said that the first item is the letter to HPRB, following which a letter to BZA will deal with other issues. The HPRB is scheduled for June 18th.
Motion: Ms. Beatty moved/Mr. Holmes seconded a motion that any letters have to be received before the HPRB meeting on June 18th. There was no vote on the motion.
Mr. Alberti said that the garage should be brought back to the original property line. Mr. Holmes reiterated that the neighbors want to see the plans.
Motion: Mr. Holmes moved/Ms. Mack seconded a motion that the ANC will support the HPRB application if no letters of opposition are received by Mr. Holmes from adjacent neighbors before the HPRB meeting on June 18th. The motion passed 5-1. Mr. Alberti offered an amendment that the HPRB should be encouraged to move the garage back out of the alley. The amendment failed – 2-3.
Motion: Ms. Beatty moved/Mr. Fengler seconded a motion to strike “with encouragement to move the garage back out of the alley from the original language. The motion passed 5-0.
The final version of the motion, as passed, reads: The ANC votes to support the historic preservation aspects of the garage project at 225 9th Street NE, provided that no letters of opposition are received by Mr. Holmes prior to the HPRB meeting on June 18th. The motion passed 5 – 1 with Mr. Alberti voting against it.
Firehouse and Police Station Redevelopment
Mr. Fengler said he was happy that there were three great proposals for the redevelopment of the old firehouse and police station, but he was pleased with the Committee’s selection of the Argos project because it is low-density and 9th Street is already jammed.
Each of the three developers was invited to give a brief presentation. All the groups are committed to sustainable construction, and will use either Green Communities or LEED standards.
Barbara Hallek said the Committee looked at the density and the design, and found the outside staircase proposed by D.B. Lee out of keeping with the neighborhood. She said that all the projects had things worth recommending, but that Argos met more of the criteria looked for by the community.
Mr. Holmes pointed out that Argos proposed large units, which will encourage families to make a commitment to condos and create a solid foundation for the community.
Mr. Marshall asked who would manage the day care proposed in the Century proposal. He was told that discussions have been held with Jenkins Hill nursery school, which is looking for a new home.
A representative of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development reported that they would like to select a developer during June, and have the land disposition agreement passed by the City Council before the end of the year.
Motion: Mr. Fengler moved/Mr. Holmes seconded a motion to support the proposal by the Argos Group for the redevelopment of the old firehouse and police station. The motion passed 6 - 0.
The report of the Zoning and Economic Development Committee was accepted without objection.
Motion: Mr. Fengler moved/Ms. Beatty seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to approve a grant of $1000 to KidPower for the purchase of books and supplies for its summer program. The motion passed without objection.
The Committee’s report was accepted without objection.
There were no recommendations from the Committee.
Motion: Mr. Fengler moved/Ms. Beatty seconded a motion to accept the Committee’s recommendation to send a letter to DDOT requesting improved pedestrian crosswalk markings and signs. The motion passed without opposition.
The Committee’s report was accepted without objection.
AppleTree and the Public Charter School Board Motion: Mr. Fengler moved/Mr. Holmes seconded a motion to authorize Nick Alberti, David Holmes or any other officer of ANC 6A to represent the ANC in opposition to the establishment o a school at 138 12th Street NE as authority for an expansion campus goes before the Public Charter School Board, including a letter expressing that opposition. The motion passed without objection.
Request to Contract Services for ANC Agenda Package
Mr. Fengler raised the issue of the time it takes to edit and assemble the monthly agenda packet and asked the ANC to consider the possibility of contracting someone to be responsible for developing, editing, assembling and distributing the monthly agenda packet. He said that he is working with Bill and Nick to have someone else undertake what is a major project each month.
Letter from the Office of Planning on Ward 6 Priorities Mr. Fengler said that the Office of Planning has sent out a letter delineating a plan for Ward 6 redevelopment, and he suggested that the ANC prepare a response commenting on the proposed plan.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
June 17, 2008
Mr. Joseph Wolfe, Project Manager
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
801 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20002
At our regularly scheduled monthly public meeting on June 12, 2008, and with a quorum of commissioners present, we voted unanimously to recommend the Mayor select the Argos Group to develop the fire station located at 1341 Maryland Avenue, NE and police station located at 529 9th Street, NE.
Our Commission has been very active regarding these two properties over the past few years. We have experienced delays due to: (1) lack of clarity on which department (Department of Housing and Community Development versus Office or Property Management) had responsibility for the properties; (2) the properties were transferred to National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC) for disposal; and (3) the dissolvent of the NCRC which transferred the properties back to the city (summary of correspondence provided at attachment #1).
We would like to thank your office for a process that has produced three excellent proposals for our community to consider. We also appreciate the extra month your office provided our community to review the plans (schedule provided at attachment #2). It is important to note that these proposals were bundled together – meaning that we had to select one developer who meet our requirements for both properties. To that end, we conducted a through review of all the proposals (summary provided at attachment #3). In addition, we posted all the developers proposals on our website to provide complete transparency (http://www.anc6a.org/LUdocs.html). We gave each developer time to make presentations at three different public meetings over the last two months. To summarize, the Commission’s rationale to recommend the Argos Group was based: (1) lower density, (2) home-ownership versus rental units and (3) matter-of-right development.
Prior to this bid process, our Commission opposed any community-based residential facility and stated that we would give strong preference to bidders with proven record of successful residential development for multi-family residential uses (in attachment #1, see letters dated February 14, 2005 and December 10, 2004). Our support for the Argos Group proposal is consistent with over three years of Commission dialog, input and correspondence for the disposition of these two properties.
On behalf of the Commission,
Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
cc: Councilmember Tommy Wells
Attachment #1 - Summary of correspondence 1. Letter to Director, Department of Housing and Community Development on February 24, 2004 regarding bad conditions of police station. http://www.anc6a.org/525on9St.doc 2. Letter to DHCD on May 20, 2004 requesting the opportunity to provide uses for these properties. http://www.anc6a.org/525on9_1341MD.pdf 3. Letter to OP on June 17, 2004, requesting assistance with DHCD to allow community input on "uses" for these properties. http://www.anc6a.org/525on9_1341MD0604.pdf 4. Letter to DHCD on October 18, 2004 indicating that we will be submitting our recommended "uses" for both properties in a few months. http://www.anc6a.org/Firehouse9thMD.pdf
5. Letter to DHCD on November 18, 2004 requesting ANC participation in RFP process for both properties. http://www.anc6a.org/1341MD525on9RFPrep.pdf
6. Letter to DHCD December 10, 2004 regarding ANC recommended uses for the Police Station. http://www.anc6a.org/525on9RFPinput.pdf 7. Letter from DHCD regarding November 18, 2004 request to participate in RFP process for both properties. http://www.anc6a.org/1341MD525on9RFPrepReply.pdf 8. Letter to DHCD on February 14, 2005 regarding the ANC recommended uses for the Fire House. http://www.anc6a.org/MDFirehouseInputRFP0205.pdf 9. Letter to OP on June 15, 2005 requesting status on disposition of both properties (they were transferred to NCRC). http://www.anc6a.org/1341MD525on9disp.pdf 10. Letter to NCRC on August 5, 2005 inviting them to our ANC meeting to discuss plans for both properties. http://www.anc6a.org/1341MD525on9inv.pdf 11. Letter to CM Ambrose on September 29, 2005 regarding "ownership" of both properties. http://www.anc6a.org/1341MD525on9dispAmbrose.pdf 12. Letter to NCRC on October 3, 2005 regarding ANC recommended uses for Police Station. http://www.anc6a.org/525on9ComPref.pdf 13. Letter from NCRC stating agreement with ANC recommended uses for Police Station. http://www.anc6a.org/525on9NCRCreply.doc
Attachment #2 - Timeline for disposition of the old police and fire station.
Gilberto Cardenos is LEED certified. Determination regarding which green standard (LEED or Green Communities) will be made once the design is complete.
Judith Capen is committed to green construction.
Green Communities requirements or LEED will be met
LMH Architecture & Consulting, Lisa McCabe Hobbs; pursuing LEED certification for both projects.
Hasson’s Education and Cultural Services: educates groups of DC public school students in the design and development process.
Design/development process involves the community residents directly as well.
Periodic updates to ANC ED&Z committee
Project website that tracks progress on the project including drawings, photos
Also web page for community feedback
Community Construction Watch Tours
Historic preservation goals
Architrave PC Architects/ Judith Capon is a 30-year Hill resident; specializes in historic preservation. Member of CHRS.
Specialists in architectural history and historic preservation
Project will apply comply with requirements for Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit and meet Standards of Secretary of the Interior
Condominium or rental?
Century Associates developed three different proposals for each site. The summary information below corresponds to the proposals that offer alternative uses for the buildings. Other proposals are described below this chart.