ANC 6A Report - September 2015

Report from Executive Office of the Mayor

Seth Shapiro, the Ward 6 liaison, reported that a review of the first six months of Mayor Bowser’s term has been published. He presented an outline of the mayor’s safety plan (details available at mayor.dc.gov/page/saferstronger). Community members are being asked to sign a pledge of support for the mayor’s plan to end homelessness in the District. The pledge forms provided for this purpose focused on collecting extensive contact information and did not include any specific recommendations or suggest any actions one might take or activities one might engage in. The form is available at mayor.dc.gov/homewarddc. Shapiro also reported on FitDC, a health and wellness initiative that links residents to nutrition and physical fitness resources in their communities. A series of Ward Walks is planned, including one through Rosedale (dpr.dc.gov/featured-content/fit-dc).

Presentation by Department of Government Services

Jackie Stanley of theDepartment of Government Services (DGS) explained that DGS has the responsibility for construction and maintenance of all District facilities except libraries. She reported that an RFP has been issued for work on the Madison Shelter project, a women’s facility at 10th and G streets NE. She also reported that a new camera system would be installed to address community concerns regarding criminal activity in the immediate vicinity of the shelter. Upgraded security cameras have already been installed at the Sherwood Recreation Center, across the street.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee Actions

Commissioners voted 7-0-0 to support a request by Kitty’s Saloon, 1208 H St. NE, for a summer garden and entertainment endorsement.

Transportation and Public Space Committee Actions

The interior of the block bounded by 15th, 16th, D, and E streets NE is a very large, privately owned, unkempt space with trash and abandoned cars contributing to rodent problems. It is also the scene of public intoxication and other unsafe and possibly illegal activities that are affecting the quality of life for adjacent residents. Those living nearby requested ANC support for turning the area into a community garden – and submitted a petition to that effect. The commissioners voted 7-0-0 to support the residents’ request.

Commissioners voted 7-0-0 to send a letter of support for Vendetta’s (1212 H St. NE) public space application, provided the owners agree to these and other conditions: no changes to the hours when the front windows are open, no changes to the current settlement agreement, and maintenance of the adjacent tree box.

The commissioners also gave unanimous support for a traffic-calming application for the 400 block of 19th Street NE. 

Vice-Chair Omar Mahmud announced that Rappaport, the developer of the H Street Connection project, will present updated landscaping plans at the September Transportation and Public Space Committee meeting. Look for them on the homepage at www.anc6a.org.

Economic Development and Zoning actions

Commissioners voted 7-0-0 to send a letter to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in support of an application for funding made by the owners of 1431 E St. NE to support their planned renovation of the 10-unit building at that address.  This was the only local request for DHCD funds so there was no need to consider competing claims.

Commissioners also gave unanimous support for two cases before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA): a special exception from lot occupancy and rear yard requirements to install a spiral staircase at the rear of 1617 Gales St. NE (BZA 19104) and a variance from off-street parking requirements at 1028 D St. NE (BZA 19084).

Other Business

Mahmud announced that residents on Wylie Street are interested in the possibility of establishing a new historic district. ANC 6A will facilitate their investigation by sponsoring public meetings on the issue, to be managed by the Economic Development and Zoning Committee. These will be publicized on the ANC website, www.anc6a.org, and through the Listservs.

Neighbors have expressed reservations about the desirability of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s draft plans to alter the landscaping in the triangle park bounded by 15th Street, Constitution Avenue, and North Carolina Avenue NE, citing potential harm to the existing trees and expressing skepticism about the ability of the department to maintain the space. Commissioner Matt Levy said he will hold a single-member-district meeting to discuss these concerns, which he will have posted on the website calendar and Listservs. This matter was on the August agenda of the Transportation and Public Space Committee and may be again in September. Draft plans are posted on the homepage of the ANC 6A website.

Commissioner Patrick Malone noted that the conditions at the Kingsman Dog Park have deteriorated and he is working with DPR to improve maintenance.

The traffic light requested by ANC 6A for 10th Street and Maryland Avenue NE has been installed.

New signs have been installed at 15th Street NE indicating that “cross traffic does not stop.”

Announcements

Heather Schoell, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HS PenFed Realty, introduced herself as the new organizer of Hilloween, a Capitol Hill tradition. The event will be held this year on Friday, Oct. 30, instead of on Halloween, because the street can’t be closed on a Saturday. The festivities will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Eastern Market on the 200 and 300 blocks of 7th Street SE. There will be a photo booth, moonbounce, face painting, costume parade, children’s craft activities, and more. For additional information visit facebook.com/HilloweenatEasternMarket.

Sherwood Day will be celebrated on Sept. 26 at the recreation center.

 

ANC 6A meets on the second Thursday of every month (except August) at Miner Elementary School. The 6A committees meet at 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Alcohol Beverage and Licensing, third Tuesday of every month at the 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.org for a calendar of events, agendas, and other information.