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District of Columbia Government

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A



Agenda for July 10, 2008


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


  1. Approve treasurer’s report and previous month’s disbursements.

  2. Approve monthly photocopying expenses.

  3. 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
  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., July 15, 2008 (3rd Tuesday)

7:30 Economic Development and Zoning – starts on page 25

  1. 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:

      1. No parking allowed on public space

      2. Only one curb cut per street

      3. No signs on public space

      4. No canopies, pumps, or gas distribution equipment on public space

      5. Easement of public space for access to the properly be limited in width to 15

      6. Landscape public space excluding driveway to provide screening

      7. Market rate rent to be paid to Washington, DC government for use of public space

      8. Gasoline containment/spill capture facilities and equipment be located on applicant’s property
      9. Driveway access into the property is curbed to prevent vehicular access to the public space.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., July 16, 2008 (3rd Wednesday)

8:00 Community Outreach – starts on page 30

  1. Next meeting – 7:30 p.m., August 11, 2008 (2nd Monday, usually 3rd)

8:10 Public Safety – starts on page 31

  1. Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., Jul 15, 2008 (Quarterly)

8:15 Transportation and Public Space Committee – starts on page 32

  1. Joint meeting held with EDZ, see EDZ recommendations.

  2. Next meeting – 7:00 p.m., July 21, 2008 (3rd Monday)

8:15 Unfinished Business

8:15 New Businessstarts on page 33


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. H Street Streecar Alliance. Mr. Fengler.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A

Miner Elementary School

June 12, 2008

Minutes
The meeting convened at 7:05 PM.

 

Present: Commissioners Alberti, Beatty, Fengler, Holmes, Mack, Marshall



Absent: Commissioner Nixon, Schultheiss


  1. 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.


  1. Agenda

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.

  1. Minutes

The May minutes were adopted without objection.

  1. Officers’ Reports

Chair

Mr. Fengler reported that he met with Councilmember Wells on two topics:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

Vice Chair

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.

Treasurer’s Report

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.



  1. 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.

Mr. Marshall reported that he is working on having property, currently for sale, at 9th and West Virginia Avenue converted to a dog park.

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.

  1. Committees


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.



Community Outreach

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.



Public Safety

There were no recommendations from the Committee.



Transportation

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.



  1. New Business

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


Mr. Wolfe,
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,

Joseph Fengler

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.

 

Attachment #3 - Summary of the Presentations


Developer

Argos Group

Gilberto Cardenos, President



Century Associates

Joel Kelty



DBLee Development

Dennis B. Lee, President



Architect

Architrave PC

Judith Capen



Century Associates

Joel Kelty



Hunt Laudi Studio

Julian Hunt, Lucrecia Laudi



Builder

Hamel Builders

Thomas Wahl



BDS Construction

CDG Construction

David Bishop



Special contributor

Hasson’s Education and Cultural Services

Bill Hassan



EHT Traceries, Laura Hughes

Specialists in architectural history and historic preservation

Sustainable design consultant Sustainable Design Consulting, Sandra Leibowitz,


LMH Architecture and Consulting

Lisa McCabe Hobbs, AIA, LEED ® AP



Green construction

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.


Community involvement

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.

EHT Traceries

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


n/a

Condominium or rental?

Condominium

Rental

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.




Engine House 10




Option 3




# Units

4

6

6

# Market Units

2 x 3 br., 1900 sf each, private patio

3 total:

1 x 1 br., 714 sf

1 x 1 br., 627 sf

1 x 1 br. loft, 1022 sf, roof deck



1 x 2 br., 1634 sf; 510 sf deck

1 x 1 br., 1030 sf; 280 sf deck



# Affordable

1 x 2 br., 810 sf

1 x 3 br., 1100 sf



3 total:

2 x studio, 413 sf

1 x studio, 465 sf


1 x 1 br., 810 sf; 100 sf deck

1 x 1 br., 940 sf; 120 sf deck



# Accessible

n/a

TBD per codes

2 efficiencies, 544 sf each

Other space


n/a

1 x day care space, 1520 sf.

6 x art studios, 156 sf each

# Parking spaces

5

6 legal parking spaces for apartments (1 per unit) + transient parking for daycare


2 + 1 space dedicated to ZipCar

Matter of right or zoning relief needed

Matter of right

Matter of right

Matter of right

Rooftop access

None

Yes—for loft apartment only

Yes—4 roof decks

Footprint change

None

None

Relocating stairwell outside the body of the building
Upper levels rise to from 36’ 6” to 40’; set back from parapet so as not to be visible from street

Green space

Eliminate concrete areas in front and on side of building; landscape

Retains concrete front apron for transient parking for day care
Day care play space, 1086 sf

Apartment rec space, 590 sf

Landscape design to be determined during design phase after project award


Key to the project; functional landscaping captures runoff, uses native/adapted species that need no irrigation.

Precinct 9 Police Station




Option 1




# Units

4

6

6

# Market Units

2 x 3 br., 1900-2000 sf each, private patio

1 x 1BR @ 452 SF

1 X 1 BR @ 576 SF



2 x 1 br., 1224 sf each; includes basement as bedroom area

1 x 1 br., 1 office, 1188 sf

1 x 2 br., 1440 sf


# Affordable

2 x 2 br., 850-860 sf each

1 X 2BR @ 795 SF

1 x 2 br. loft, 982 sf; roof deck

1 x 2 br. loft, 941 sf; roof deck

1 x 2 br. loft, 778 sf



1 x 1 br., 1008 sf

# Accessible

n/a

TBD – per code requirements


1 x 2 br., 1440 sf

# Parking spaces

4

Curb cut will be abandoned



6 legal parking spaces (1 per dwelling unit)


2 + 1 space dedicated to ZipCar

Matter of right or zoning relief needed

Matter of right

Zoning relief needed

  • Matter of right – 3 stories & 40 feet

Matter of right

Rooftop access

None

Two units will have roof decks

One unit will have small balcony

Remainder of roof will be green roof


Yes; individual decks and common roof terrace area

Footprint change

None

None

Upper levels rise to from 36’ 6” to 40’; set back from parapet so as not to be visible from street
“build out to 60% lot occupancy as an addition to enclose a courtyard garden in the old parking area”

Façade changes

n/a

None

Changes to side elevation to improve light and air circulation

Green space

Eliminate concrete areas in front and on side of building; landscape


Drive aisle will be restored as patio or landscaped for outdoor rec area for residents

(landscape to be designed during design phase of project)



Eliminate concrete areas in front and on side of building; functional landscaping to capture runoff. Native/adaptive species that require no irrigation.





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