ANC 6A Report - January 2015

New slate of commissioners elected, sworn in

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a motion to nominate and elect the following officers: Commissioner Phil Toomajian, chair; Commissioner Omar Mahmud, vice-chair; Commissioner Calvin Ward, secretary; Commissioner Stephanie Zimny, treasurer. The following commissioners were newly elected: Phil Toomajian, ANC 6A02; Matt Levy, ANC 6A04; Patrick Malone, ANC 6A05 and Stephanie Zimny, ANC 6A06.

New permanent committee members nominated, elected

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a motion to nominate members of the permanent Committees for 2015: Economic Development and Zoning Committee: Dan Golden (co-chair), Andrew Hysell (co-chair), Laura Gentile, Missy Boyette, Brian Carlson, Justin Thornton, Michael Hoenig, Stephanie Zimny; Transportation and Public Safety: Todd Sloves (co-chair), Omar Mahmud (co-chair), Jeff Fletcher, Andrea Adleman, DeLania Hardy, Lara Levison, Christine Ennis, Hassan Christian, Elizabeth Nelson; Alcohol Beverage Licensing: Jay Williams (co-chair), Christopher Seagle (co-chair), David Oberting, Michael Herman, Roger Caruth, Adam Healy; Community Outreach: Pat Joseph, Roni Hollmon, Dana Wyckoff (co-chair), Raphael Marshall (co-chair), Shirley Worthy, Gladys Mack, Jean Kohanek, Joyce West. 

Proposals for Kramer St. lot 

Three different groups are bidding to fill the empty lots, owned by the DC government, on Kramer St., between 15th and 16th St. NE. One group is proposing energy and space efficient row-homes that fit in with the character of the neighborhood. More will be discussed in detail at the next Economic Development and Zoning committee meeting.

Rosedale Library to grow a garden

Rosedale Library is putting together a panel to work to install a garden. Contact the librarian by emailing  HYPERLINK "mailto:rosedalelibrary@dc.gov" rosedalelibrary@dc.gov or calling 202-727-5012 if you are interested.

Truck trouble on 11 St. NE 

A resident complained of large trucks barreling down 11th St. NE to access Route 295 now that the 11th St. Bridge is open. She said that she is concerned about the speeding because the area is residential and has a lot of pedestrians. 

Alcohol, Beverage and Licensing committee business

Commissioners voted 8-0 to approve a recommendation that the ANC protest the Class C Tavern License renewal of Lattice Partners LLC t/a Copycat Co. at 1110 H Street NE, unless a signed settlement agreement is submitted prior to the date of the protest hearing. ABL Chair Jay Williams is authorized to complete the settlement agreement. 

In an unanimous vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC oppose the request by 1101 Convenience Mart at 1101 H Street NE, for an exemption from the Ward 6 singles ban. Commissioners felt that that part of the neighborhood was not ready for a ban on the sale of single beers. 

Commissioners voted 7-0-1 to approve a recommendation that the ANC approve an amendment to its Settlement Agreement with Cusbah at 1128 H Street NE stating that (1) the establishment's sidewalk cafe close at 11:00 p.m. on weeknights and 1:30 a.m. on weekends and (2) no noise from the sidewalk cafe will be heard from any nearby residence, and that the ANC withdraw its protest of Cusbah's license renewal. The outside patio is now closed and noise will be less likely to spread, commissioners said. 

Transportation and Public Space Committee business

In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC write a letter to DDOT requesting additional pedestrian crossing signage at the intersections where 16th St. NE crosses C St. NE and North Carolina Ave. NE, with an additional request that DDOT also consider installation of crosswalk lighting if available. 

Economic Development and Zoning committee business

In an 8-0 vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC write a letter of support to BZA regarding the requested zoning relief for 240 9th St. NE, supporting the applicant's requests for variances from the alley setback requirements and accessory building height requirements under and for a special exception from the lot occupancy requirements to permit the construction of a second story on an existing garage in the R-4 district.

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a recommendation that the ANC write a letter of support to HPRB regarding the design of the proposed second story on the existing garage at 240 9th St. NE.

Commissioners voted 7-0-1 to approve a recommendation that the ANC write a letter to BZA taking no position on the requested zoning relief for 815 8th St. NE specifically, the applicant's request for special exceptions for the construction of a two-story rear addition to an existing single-family dwelling not meeting the lot occupancy requirements, the rear yard requirements, the open court requirements and the nonconforming structure requirements, in view of the fact that, in the ANC's view, additional zoning relief from the accessory building height requirements should be required for the proposed structure. The owner wishes to build a wooden trellis connecting the existing home to what is now a garage; and building a second story on the garage so it can be rented out as an additional apartment. Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve a friendly amendment that the ANC send a letter to BZA authorizing Andrew Hysell to be the main contact in this matter. 

Commissioners voted 7-0-1 to approve a recommendation that the ANC write a letter to the Zoning Administrator requesting that the pending application for zoning relief for 815 8th St. NE be reviewed to determine whether additional zoning relief from the accessory building height requirements is required for the proposed structure and stating that, in the ANC's view, such relief should be required.

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a recommendation that the ANC write a letter of support to BZA regarding the requested zoning relief for 915 C St. NE, supporting the applicant's requests for special exceptions, for the construction of a two-story rear porch addition to an existing single-family dwelling not meeting the lot occupancy requirements the minimum lot size requirements, the open court requirements, and the nonconforming structure requirements in the R-4 District.

In an unanimous vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC write a letter of support to HPRB regarding the design of the proposed two-story rear porch addition at 915 C St. NE, on the condition that the downspout not be visible from the facing porch.

Commissioners voted 8-0 to approve a recommendation that the ANC write a letter of support to BZA regarding the requested zoning relief for 1020 F St. NE, supporting the applicant's request for special exceptions for the construction of a third-floor addition to an existing single-family dwelling not meeting the lot occupancy requirements, the rear yard requirements, and the nonconforming structure requirements in the R-4 District.

Other business

Frank Maduro, the new Ward 6 liaison to the mayor’s office, introduced himself. Any concerns, comments or questions can be directed to him by email at Frank. Maduro@dc.gov or by calling 202-538-0313. 

The 6A committees meet at 7 p.m. at the following dates:

Alcohol Beverage and Licensing, third Wednesday Tuesday of every month at the Sherwood Recreation Center.

Community Outreach, third Monday of each month, Maury Elementary School.

Economic Development and Zoning, third Wednesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center.

Transportation and Public Space, third Monday of every month, Capitol Hill Towers.

Please visit www.ANC6A.org for the latest information regarding meetings.