ANC 6C Report - May 2016

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen headlined the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting with an update on his first year in office and the programs he and local commissioners have moved through the DC Council. They include the Books from Birth program, launched in February 2016, which sends a book a month to more than 10,000 DC children ages zero to five; the Made in DC local business marketing brand that passed in April 2016; and the Private Security Camera Rebate Program that passed in February 2016. Allen also discussed issues he is continuing to pursue, especially the problems with local schools’ failing infrastructure. 

The quorum: Karen Wirt (6C02 chair), Tony Goodman (6C06), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04), Scott Price (6C03), Daniel Schiffman (6C01), and Christopher Miller (6C05).

Issues on the List for Councilmember Allen

Allen updated the commissioners on the modernization plans for Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G St. NE), despite the school’s failing to make it on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s modernization budget plan for the next six years. The school was listed as one of several DC Public Schools (DCPS) that had water containing lead. At the Department of General Services (DGS) budget oversight hearing in April, the department’s director admitted that the school’s building and infrastructure had never received an assessment from the city. “It’s going through a struggle right now. The facility does not match what’s taking place within the walls of that school,” Allen said. The council’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget recommends putting $4 million toward fixing the Montessori school’s immediate problems.

Allen also presented a pilot program mainly for ANCs 6A and 6C to help pay for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at the monthly meetings. With many residents coming from the deaf community at Gallaudet University along Florida Avenue NE, the ANCs need to hire interpreters but don’t have the funds. Allen’s proposed program would help provide the money.

The commissioners expressed frustration at the lack of traffic safety measures along Maryland Avenue SE. Speeding commuters injured the Northeast Library’s librarian in 2014 at the intersection of D Street, Seventh Street, and Maryland Avenue. The commissioners argued that despite new traffic lights at 10th Street and Maryland Avenue and other crosswalk measures, the city needs to do more to protect pedestrians along the corridor. Allen said he is continuing to work with the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) on new designs for the route.

As for the ongoing frustrations with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), commissioners Eckenwiler and Miller asked Allen to fight for the department to put permit information for any developments back in an accessible online database. “I think it’s a huge accountability issue,” Miller said.

Finally, Allen informed the commissioners that J.O. Wilson Elementary School (660 K St. NE) will receive new doors with glass windows so that people entering and exiting don’t hit people on the other side. A disability entrance will improve accessibility. 

Community Impact Statements

Assistant US Attorney for DC Doug Klein presented neighbors and commissioners with a plan to start submitting community impact statements during the sentencing phase of local trials. Klein explained that other ANCs submit letters to share how a crime affected their local community. They can also recommend leniency. The statements don’t have any legal power but add context to the judge’s decision.

Removing the Bus Shelter at Second and E Streets NW

Commissioners voted to support the removal of the bus shelter at Second and E streets NW due to problems with nearby homeless using the site as a place to horde belongings and loiter. People have also reported illegal exchanges of drugs at the site. For the safety of people who use the bus stop, the commissioners agreed the shelter should be removed and also recommended the city fix the broken cement pavers.

Traffic Changes Along the M, L, and Pierce Streets NE

The ANC opposed a new DDOT pilot plan to change the streets from one-way to two-way. Commissioner Goodman argued that the plan disrupts the current bicycle path along the roads that connect NoMa to downtown DC. He said that the changes don’t accommodate safe turns for bicyclists on those roads. But the commissioners agreed the current two-way plan doesn’t properly address safety concerns that come up with adding more cars on the road in a residential neighborhood. They requested the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID), present at the meeting, and DDOT to clarify the bicycle path and safety measures.

Other Actions

The ANC commissioned a new website and will now pay an annual extra fee of $162 for hosting. Also, the quarterly report for ANC 6C came to a balance of $44,778.75.

On June 7, First District Police Commander Robert Contee will host a monthly meeting with DC Attorney General Karl Racine at 7 p.m. at Stuart-Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE).

The commissioners voted to oppose the application to expand Elonda’s Day Care (816 Sixth St. NE) until the owner can present a clearer application showing the plans to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

The commissioners plan to send a letter to DCRA in support of night-only demolition at the development at 51 N St. NE. The neighboring Hyatt Place Hotel also supported the request.

The 124-unit apartment development at 1005 North Capitol St. NE is set to finish by mid-July and will offer a mix of affordable housing and veteran’s housing. The developers are looking for retail to fill the ground-level space.

The alley at 762 Sixth St. NE that collapsed in December is going through final repair design with DCRA and will be fixed despite the neighboring lot owner’s refusal to initiate repairs.

 

ANC 6C regularly meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The next meeting is on June 8 at 7 p.m.


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