ANC 6E Report - November 2016

Support for Capital Vista Community Project

A representative of Voltron Community Partners (comprised of Dantes Partners, Spectrum Management, Menkiti Group, and Bailey Real Estate Holdings) spoke at the meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E and asked support for a workforce housing project that will be developed on the corner of Second Street and New Jersey Avenue NW. The group was selected by the city through a competitive solicitation process to develop an empty triangular parking lot into a 100-unit building of luxury workforce housing with 3,500 square feet of retail space on the ground level. The group must get support from the city at a Nov. 29 hearing before breaking ground, and the representative asked the commissioners for their support in advance of the hearing.

The housing will be for people in the workforce whose salaries reach up to 60 percent of the area median income. Salaries at this level are usually held by public school teachers, firefighters, and others who help the city operate but cannot afford market-rate prices for rental units. The representative stated that the building’s appearance will have the same dignified look as other condo buildings and will offer the same amenities such as marble countertops and stainless steel appliances. “This building will show a level of respect for its tenants,” said the Voltron representative.

The building’s footprint will not permit underground or above-ground parking for residents. Project plans call for bike parking along the building’s exterior, and the developers have also discussed having parking for shared auto services such as Zipcar. The building will be located within a few blocks of the Union Station Metro stop, so providing Metro SmartTrip cards is a possible option. The group also plans to involve the community through a public art display on the New Jersey Avenue side of the building.

The commissioners voted in favor of the Capital Vista Project and will submit a letter of support to the city prior to the hearing, contingent upon the group encouraging parking spaces for car-sharing services, handling of trash removal on the Second Street side of the building, not permitting residents to be eligible for residential parking permits, and promoting the public art project in the design plans.  

ABRA License Renewals

The commissioners announced support for a number of establishments in the 6E jurisdiction that serve alcohol on their premises and have applied for an alcohol license renewal before the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). Commissioners extend their support based upon good behavior through noise control, keeping a clean property, consistent trash removal, rodent control, and being a good neighbor to the community. They will send a letter of support to ABRA and the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board for the establishments listed below:

  • Homewood Suites Convention Center located at 465 New York Ave. NW
  • Bar 7 located at 1015 Seventh St. NW
  • The Passenger located at 1539 Seventh St. NW
  • Philos Mezze and Wine Bar located at 401 Massachusetts Ave. NW
  • Hampton Inn located at 901 Sixth St. NW
  • Rito Loco located at 606 Florida Ave. NW
  • Dolci Gelati Cafe located at 1420 Eighth St. NW
  • La Jambe located 1550 Seventh St. NW

Support for Bar Association Building

The commissioners voted in support of a public space permit application for a building under construction on 901 Fourth St. NW. The building will be the new home for the Bar Association, and the application asks for alleyway and driveway paving that will allow trash removal and delivery services.

Next Meeting

ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 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. Steve Holton can be contacted at ssholton@gmail.comand followed on twitter @ssholton.