ANC 6A Report - June 2016

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Chair Phil Toomajian called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Mike Soderman, Patrick Malone, Calvin Ward, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, Matt Levy, and Stephanie Zimny in attendance. Omar Mahmud was unable to attend.

The meeting began with a community presentation from Karima Holmes, director of the Office of Unified Communications (OUG). Holmes’ January appointment was confirmed in May.

  • Holmes recommends preparing for a possible emergency by visiting smart911.com. Residents can enter basic information about themselves and family members that will save time if they need to contact the police or fire departments. The system is keyed off the phone number of the caller.
  • Wait times on 311 are getting longer. Residents are encouraged to use alternate means of contact such as 311.dc.gov and seeClickFix.com. By the end of June it should be possible to text 311.
  • Quality assurance has recently been instituted; a sample of 911 calls is reviewed so that feedback and training can be provided – not just disciplinary action.
  • A transcription unit now maintains records of all 911 calls for a period of three years, and all 311 calls for 30 days.
  • Public group tours of the call center are available.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Actions

The commissioners voted unanimously to support a stipulated endorsement for a request by Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St. NE) to increase its seating capacity from 18 to 36.

Commissioner Toomajian reported that the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Agency (ABRA) has responded to the protest of Touche’s (1123 H St. NE) liquor license by imposing conditions intended to mitigate noise concerns. The roof deck will close earlier, and the establishment has been reminded that it may not have entertainment on the roof deck.

Transportation and Public Space Actions

The Transportation and Public Space Committee had forwarded a recommendation that the ANC write a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) asking that repairs to the Stadium Armory segment be completed before the beginning of the school year. However, that had already been incorporated into the plans thanks in large part to the support of Councilmember Charles Allen. No action was taken.

The commissioners voted unanimously to request that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) include a study of the 19th Street and Benning Road intersection, and a request for a crosswalk on the west side of this intersection, with the already planned study of 18th Street and Benning Road.

Economic Development and Zoning Actions

An application for a special exception from use and lot occupancy requirements to convert a two-story, one-family dwelling into a three-unit apartment house at 1121 G St. NE (BZA 19300) received unanimous support, provided that the condominium bylaws specify private trash management at the rear and the developer makes best efforts to replicate the porch cover and extend it to the addition.

The developers of 11 15th St. NE plan to renovate and expand the existing apartment house and requested a variance from the off-street parking requirements (BZA 19307). The recommendation of the Economic Development and Zoning Committee was that the ANC support the request on condition that residential parking-permit (RPP) restrictions are placed on two of the units. Abutting neighbors asked that the ANC offer to lift the RPP restrictions in exchange for concessions from the developer regarding the effect of construction on their own properties. However, the developer was not prepared to commit to specifics, and the importance of a consistent ANC policy on RPP was cited. The commissioners voted 6-0-1 (Levy abstaining) to approve the original recommendation.

The commissioners voted unanimously to delay consideration of zoning relief at 1111 H St. NE (BZA 19308) until the July meeting. A shadow study indicates that the requested exceptions and variances would reduce sunlight by half for many adjacent residents. Neighbors and other community members attended the meeting and spoke out against the request, stating that the zoning relief would have a negative impact and would not provide a public benefit.

Laura Gentile has resigned from the Economic Development and Zoning (ED&Z) Committee; Jake Joyce was confirmed as a new member.

Single-Member District Reports, Officer Reports, Other Announcements

The commission will not meet at Miner Elementary School in July because the school will be closed. An alternative location, to be determined, will be posted on the calendar page of the ANC 6A website.

Commissioner Toomajian reported a successful cleanup day at Sherwood Recreation Center. The Argonaut provided food for the event.

Commissioner Soderman reported that the dialysis center in his single-member district (300 Eighth St. NE) has been sold, and the developer plans 42 condos. The community has many concerns including how the façade will fit with the Capitol Hill Historic District.

All ANC positions are up for reelection. Persons interested in running for commissioner may pick up their nominating petitions to have their names placed on the ballot for the general election in November. The filing deadline is Aug. 10.

ANC 6A has repeatedly expressed concerns about the issuance of DDOT’s regulations regarding the implementation of resident-only parking restrictions on residential streets. No additional requests for RPPs will be considered until the regulations have been issued. The regulations are now being evaluated at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

The search for a new principal for Miner Elementary School is underway.

The School Improvement Team at Maury Elementary School is not receiving the information needed regarding the planned renovation.

The PTA at Ludlow Taylor Elementary School raised $40,000 at a recent fundraising auction – substantially more than at previous fundraising events.

The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs is sponsoring a series of events in Chinatown Park (bounded by Sixth Street, I Street, Fifth Street, and Massachusetts Avenue NW). Tai chi class is held every Thursday in July at 8 a.m., and yoga every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

 

ANC 6A meets on the second Thursday of every month (except August) at Miner Elementary School. However, the July meeting will take place at an alternate location; check website for details.

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

Alcohol Beverage and Licensing, third Tuesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center.

Community Outreach, fourth 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.

Visit www.anc6a.orgfor a calendar of events, changes of date/venue, agendas, and other information.