ANC 6C Report - October 2015

ANC 6C's 11-item agenda, with little disagreement but much discussion, extended to two hours. All 10 Oct. 14 votes were unanimous. All commissioners were present: Daniele Schiffman (6C01), Karen Wirt (6C02), Scott Price (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04), Chris Miller (6C05), and Tony Goodman (6C06). There was no community comment.

H Street Concerns

Po Boy Jim, 709 H St. NE, seeks a liquor license entertainment endorsement allowing karaoke and live music. The Alcohol Beverage Committee, noting ongoing issues with garbage and noise, however, asked owners to show “they can manage the existing settlement agreement” before extending it. Commissioner Miller also related conflict incidents with Po Boy Jim employees. The commission voted to retain an attorney and authorized up to $5,000 to pursue this case.

6th & H St. Bar & Grill, 523 H St. NE, seeks to create a fenced outdoor seating area. Due to change of staff, the establishment did not respond to Transportation and Public Space Committee communications and did not appear at the October TSP meeting as scheduled. The ANC voted to oppose the application if 6th & H is still a no-show in November.

Protest of Bus Service Change, Process

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans to remove the D3 Ivy City-Dupont bus route, which runs from Ivy City to K Street, through Judiciary Square, Metro Center, and Farragut North and then to Dupont Circle and Georgetown Hospital. Before the ANC could be heard, the public comment period closed, but a WMATA representative agreed to attend the TSP meeting.

The route provides access to the courts and other key points for Northeast residents, according to the TSP report. Moreover, the committee explored criteria and data WMATA uses in decision-making and found the D3 “very close” to the cut off on ridership and revenue/mile figures. Following TSP committee recommendation, the ANC voted to protest the removal of the D3 bus route.

Noting that WMATA had twice in one year failed to communicate with ANC 6C about a change to a bus route, the commission also voted to protest the feedback and decision process, copying the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and DC Councilmembers.

NoMa Developments

NoMa Business Improvement District seeks to enliven NoMa Metro station underpasses, including an art installation under the tracks at M Street NE near the south entrance. The TSP Committee opposed the permit, requesting several changes. In response the BID adjusted plans to include a cycle path, requested seating elements, and a process for adjusting lighting if required. Given these changes – as described in a brief presentation by the BID's director of parks projects, Stacie West, and President Robin-Eve Jasper – the ANC voted to support the permit.

Following related discussion, the commission also voted to write DDOT, copying adjacent ANC 6E, regarding needed improvements at North Capitol between K and L streets NE, including changes to traffic lights, particularly the push-to-walk crossing, and pavement re-striping.

Planned Parenthood is redeveloping the warehouse in the 1200 block of Fourth Street NE, next to Two Rivers Charter School. The organization presented the new facility and its public space elements at the October TSP meeting. Concerns remain about sidewalk size and loading zone, aiming to balance organization and school needs and reduce the impact of any clinic protestors. The organization will return to the TSP Committee in November.

Other Actions

Support of a full liquor license, stipulated pending settlement agreement, to replace an existing beer/wine license for Toscana Cafe, 601 Second St. NE.

Support for labeling the currently unidentified alley between Second and Third, C and D streets NE, “Walter Way” to honor a former cottage industry in the area. The Office of Planning recommends such naming for community character and ease of emergency access.

Opposition to zoning relief for converting a two-story carriage house to an art studio at 400 K St. NE; this follows applicant's failure to abide by previous agreements, according to Commissioner Eckenwiler.

Approval of Grant Committee recommendation supporting three grant requests: a garden project at Peabody Elementary and another at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary, and a library database tailored to younger children and special needs students for J.O. Wilson PTA. A fourth request was rejected, the committee reported, on the grounds that it amounted to a tuition subsidy, which is outside the grant guidelines; the program was encouraged to reapply.

Non-Voting Reports

Parks and Events: Chris Shaheen, from DC Office of Planning, joined the committee to discuss the inventory and improvement of small parks. Topics included Reservation 84 (Seventh Street at Constitution Ave. NE) and area dog parks.

Planning, Zoning, & Economic Development: presentation by Foulger-Pratt Companies of a PUD application for 301/331 N St. NE and related HRPB concept.

ANC 6C meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month. However, a November holiday necessitates change of day. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE.