The Hill Rag

12/03/2016 - 11:11am
Neighbors came out in force at the November meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C to oppose a planned two-story carriage house on the 100 block of Eighth Street NE. The arguments over the building’s proposed height, the alley’s overall accessibility to large vehicles like fire trucks, and the potential crowding of an already small passageway filled the meeting. Though commissioners sided with neighbors for now, the issue surfaced concerns heard frequently around... >>more
12/03/2016 - 11:11am
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Oct. 17. Chair Andy Litsky (6D04), Commissioners Marjorie Lightman (6D01), Stacy Braverman Cloyd (6D02), Roger Moffatt (6D05), Meredith Fascett (6D07), and Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) were present for the entire meeting. Vice Chair Rachel Reilly Carroll (6D03) joined toward the last third. The Wharf Representatives of The Wharf provided an update on the project’s progress. Z Dock is nearly ready to accommodate the live-a-boards near Seventh... >>more
12/03/2016 - 11:11am
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Chair Phil Toomajian called the meeting to order, with Commissioners Calvin Ward, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, Matt Levy, and Stephanie Zimny in attendance. Omar Mahmud, Mike Soderman, and Patrick Malone were absent. The meeting included several community presentations. Ward 6 State Board of Education Joe Weedon, Ward 6 State Board of Education member, related that both of his children are enrolled at in-boundary schools; his daughter attends Eliot-Hine... >>more
12/03/2016 - 11:11am
At its Nov. 10 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B supported an appeal to the Zoning Administrator in regard to a long-delayed construction project and acted on a range of liquor- and zoning-related matters. The meeting also provided a brief forum on problems with Washington Gas’s Project Pipes. The quorum: Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), Diane Hoskins (6B02), Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04), Steve Hagedorn (6B05), Nick Burger (6B06), Daniel Chao (6B07), Chander Jayaraman (6B08), Daniel... >>more
12/03/2016 - 11:11am
Support for Capital Vista Community Project A representative of Voltron Community Partners (comprised of Dantes Partners, Spectrum Management, Menkiti Group, and Bailey Real Estate Holdings) spoke at the meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E and asked support for a workforce housing project that will be developed on the corner of Second Street and New Jersey Avenue NW. The group was selected by the city through a competitive solicitation process to develop an empty triangular... >>more
12/03/2016 - 10:36am
District Wharf Update A press event was held on Nov. 16 at District Wharf with the Spanish tall ship replica “El Galeon” as a backdrop. It was announced that law firm Fish+Richardson will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the top two floors of 1000 Maine, a 250,000 square-foot trophy office building just starting to come out of the ground on Parcel 1 of District Wharf, near the Municipal Fish Market. The law firm will move from its current downtown location by May 2018. This is... >>more
12/03/2016 - 10:03am
In the first week of October an ad asking $300 for a Surly Long Haul Trucker bicycle in DC popped up on the website OfferUp. It looked clean, and the seller, “Jay,” listed it as having “normal wear” for a used bike. One problem: that bike retails at nearly $2,000. Local DC biker Chris Olin and BikeIndex.org’s Bryan Hance saw the ad and knew the seller had stolen it. No one resells a $2,000 bike for $300. The two cross-referenced it with BikeIndex’s... >>more
12/03/2016 - 9:42am
Confusion over new custodial and security costs sent several afterschool programs in the District into a panic in September. The DC Department of General Services (DGS) started charging rent in the 2016-17 year to use the buildings, and DC Public Schools (DCPS) increased the fees for the security and custodial services. For non-DCPS programs like Springboard Education, the annual cost to run programs out of DCPS schools skyrocketed. The programs had paid nothing before the 2016-17 school year,... >>more
12/03/2016 - 9:18am
It’s important to remember that DC residents and businesses can still get insurance for all of 2017 through DC Health Link, our local insurance marketplace, despite uncertainty about the future of federal health insurance programs following the national elections. We don’t know what will happen to these programs, but it will not affect healthcare options for next year. Consumers should take advantage of their choices now. Nationally consumers are taking note. Over a million people... >>more