ANC 6D Report - February 2017

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Feb. 13. Commissioners Gail Fast (6D01), Ronald Collins (6D03), Andy Litsky (6D04), Roger Moffatt (6D05), Meredith Fascett (6D07), and Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) were on the dais. Cara Shockley (6D02) was not present.

Stop Work

Commissioners queried PN Hoffman Partner Eleanor Bacon concerning resident complaints about construction in the new waterfront park outside of permitted times; and concerning pile driving before 7 a.m. at the site of the former Riverside Baptist Church. Bacon stated that there had been no pile driving. She also stated that the waterfront park Sunday construction had taken place on the initiative of a subcontractor. PN Hoffman has told that firm to adhere to the permitted construction time.

ABC Report

The Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW, came before the commission to request support for a CT liquor license with an entertainment endorsement. The Warehouse, located in The Wharf development, will feature diner food, live music, and a sidewalk cafe. On the recommendation of the ANC 6D ABC Committee, the commissioners agreed to send a letter in support to the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board (ABC Board).

ANC 6D ABC Committee Chair Cora Lee Farlee reported that placards for the District Bike had come through. She also stated that the renewal for Willie’s Brew & Que, 300 Tingey St. SE, was coming.

2017 Cherry Blossom Fireworks

Representatives of the Cherry Blossom Festival presented plans for the 2017 Southwest Cherry Blossom Fireworks on Saturday, April 15, from 2 to 9 p.m. With the cooperation of the National Park Service (NPS) the celebration will take place both in the Gangplank Marina Parking Lot and also on the land extending down to the Titanic Memorial. The festivities will not use the waterfront park now under construction.

Permitting is underway. There will be two stages: one near the Titanic Memorial and the other in the marina parking lot. The latter location will also be the site of a beer and cider garden accommodating up to 1,000 patrons and food trucks. All music will end at 9 p.m.

The festival will employ 40 security officers and additional traffic control officers at major intersections. There will be two first aid stations and an ambulance.

ABC Committee Chair Farlee stated that her committee supported the issue of a one-day license for the event.

Chair Litsky requested that organizers rethink their plans to reroute traffic around 525 M St. SW. He also instructed them to coordinate their activities with the Southwest Business Improvement District (BID). Commissioners Moffat and Hamilton expressed concern about the impact of the event on the Southwest Fish Market. The organizers promised to coordinate their plans with PN Hoffman, the fish market’s manager.

The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of sending letters of support for the event both to the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the ABC Board.

Museum of the Bible

Representatives of the Museum of the Bible, 409 Third St. SW, asked the commissioners to support a modification of their streetscape design. The changes are designed to improve the security of patrons cuing up to enter the museum. Additional benches, reinforced bike racks, and bollards will prevent a vehicle ramming those waiting in line. The museum is due to open on Nov. 17, 2017. Museum representatives assured commissioners there would be no loss of sidewalk area.

The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter in support of the changes to the DC Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Public Space Committee.

Extension of the Waterfront Station PUD

Representatives of Forest City came before the commission to request a two-year extension of a planned unit development (PUD) for Waterfront Station for two undeveloped parcels that front M Street SW. They also requested the PUD be modified to permit mixed-use development rather than solely offices. The revised plan proposes 35,000 square feet of retail and 35,000 square feet of neighborhood offices on the second floor with residences above. They justified their request by referencing the challenging market for office development.

The two buildings under the revised PUD would maintain the project’s existing height and density limitations. Loading and pedestrian entrances would be located on M Street. Residential entrances fronting the Metro plaza would facilitate public engagement with the space. Forest City promised to focus on neighborhood-serving retail. Eight percent of the rental units would be set aside for those making 60 percent of area median income under the terms of inclusionary zoning.

Representatives stated they plan to submit their application for a PUD modification to the DC Zoning Commission in April. They expected to file the paperwork in the next two weeks.

“This is going to have to be a hell of a sales job to get residential units on these parcels,” stated Chair Litsky. He reiterated the commission’s longstanding insistence that the parcels be developed solely for office uses in support of neighboring retail establishments.

The commissioners voted unanimously in support of an extension of the PUD for Forest City’s M Street parcels. They took no action on the PUD’s modification.

Forest City L-1 Parcel

Representatives from Forest City presented plans for a high-end hotel at 227 Tingey St. SE, currently the site of a parking lot. Oriented east-west, the 10-story building would combine a 225-room lodging with ground-floor retail including a restaurant and neighborhood bar. The lobby would face west. A rooftop event space is planned.

No parking can be built under the hotel due to the presence of a major sewer line. The hotel will share parking under a residential building planned next door on parcel L-2.

Developers plan to file their paperwork in mid-March. The commission took no action on the matter.

Short-Term Family Housing

The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter in support of the Short-Term Family Housing facility planned for the current site of the Unity Health Clinic, 850 Delaware Ave. SW, to the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment. Commissioner Fascett reminded her colleagues of concerns regarding the absence of running water in all the units. After a discussion the commissioners chose to include their concerns in a cover letter.

Other Matters

The commissioners took the following actions:

  • approved the January minutes unanimously

  • approved the treasurer’s quarterly report unanimously

  • decided unanimously to send a letter in support of a grant application for a Banneker Department of Transportation grant

  • decided unanimously to endorse the 10-point Housing and Development Priorities Statement on the coming Comprehensive Plan Review

  • decided unanimously to send a letter in support of the Capitol Riverfront BID’s plan to move the Mother Earth Statue to Diamond Teague Park

  • tabled a motion by Commissioner Hamilton to send a letter to WMATA instructing it to restore the sign for the 74 Bus at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and M Street SW

  • decided unanimously to send a letter in support of the colon cancer race planned for March 19

  • decided unanimously to send three letters in support of the Marine Marathon planned for Oct. 22

  • decided to send a letter in support of National Police Week’s five-kilometer race, with Commissioner Fast abstaining

Sergeant John Barrett gave the public safety report for Police Service Area (PSA) 105. There were two assaults with guns, two robberies, four cars stolen, nine thefts from cars, and 27 general thefts, mostly shoplifting.

The Friends of Southwest Library will hold a book sale on March 25 and 26 at the Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW.

 

ANC 6D will meet on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m., at 200 I St. SE. Visit www.anc6d.org/ for more information.