ANC 6E Report - December 2015

Two Groups Tie for Capital Vista Project

Three development groups presented plans at a previous meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E in hopes of getting consent for a development project on a parcel of land called Capital Vista that is bounded by Second and H Streets NW and New Jersey Avenue. The first plan up for consideration was FLGA LLC Thurgood Marshall College Fund Campus, which designed a 13-story graduate student dormitory with a college bookstore on the ground level. The second plan, by Voltron Dante Partners, called for low-income affordable housing units as well as workforce housing units available to teachers, firefighters, and others. The group also agreed to set aside funds to cover various public activities throughout the community. The third and last plan, presented by the Argos Group, called for affordable housing units with an area designated for children to play and dogs to run. The building would have ground-floor retail space and a chef-training school. The commissioners noted that each project will have the same number of parking spaces, which will be minimal, and should not create additional parking problems for the area. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development asked each commissioner to rank the groups, one through three, in terms of how each project would suit the community. After the votes were tallied, the Argos Group and Voltron Dante Partners tied for first.

Protests Entertainment and Change of Hours Request

Representatives of the restaurant Chaplin’s, at 1501 Ninth St. NW, came to the meeting and requested support for an entertainment endorsement and a change in hours during which they may serve alcohol. The establishment is not looking to change into a nightclub or tavern. It seeks to provide music to diners, but only inside, from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. The change of hours of alcohol service would push last call up 30 minutes from 1:30 to 2:00 a.m., and the establishment would open an hour early at 10:00 a.m. for the weekend brunch crowd. The restaurant also has plans for an enclosed outdoor seating area that will contain noise and provide climate control. The commissioners explained that they want to come to a voluntary agreement on the crowd noise and hours of operation change that is consistent with any bar and restaurant in the area. The commissioners also said that a voluntary or settlement agreement was the standard protocol with every other business in the area with a liquor license. ANC 6E01 Commissioner Alexander Padro noted that there has already been a noise complaint from a building resident located 801 P St. NW, directly across the alley from the establishment. The commissioners motioned to protest both requests so as to preserve peace, order, and quiet until parties can negotiate an agreement that addresses the concerns. After the motion passed, ANC 6E05 Commissioner Marge Maceda told Chaplin’s representatives that the commission would be happy to work on an agreement together. The protest will be communicated to both the DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

Ice Cream Shop Seeks Support for Liquor License

A representative from Dolci Gelati Café, at 1420 Eighth St. NW, asked for support of a license to serve beer and wine. The café currently serves Italian ice cream, gelati pops, sandwiches, and coffee but would like to create more foot traffic by adding a happy hour. The representative said he would like to work with a local craft beer provider who operates on the same block and add beer shakes to the menu. The commissioners voted in favor of supporting the request and will communicate their support to ABRA.

Next Meeting at New Location

ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the Northwest One Library on 155 L St. NW. Visit www.anc6e.orgto view the newsletter; follow on Twitter @ANC6E and on Facebook by searching ANC6E.