ANC 6E Report - September 2016

Update on Workforce Housing Project

A representative of the development and design group Dantes Partners provided a project development update for a property located on 888 New Jersey Ave. NW. The property is currently a vacant parking lot, and the group would like to give it more use by constructing a building for workforce housing for local and federal government employees and senior citizens. The building will have up to 100 residential units, with ground-floor, neighborhood-serving retail space of up to 3,000 square feet. The ground floor will also have a residential fitness center and a community room. The top of the building will feature a courtyard roof deck. Dantes Partners has committed $100,000 for community organizations.

The group has met with the community, zoning officials, and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E to provide details and the status of the project. Current rental rates at market value are too expensive for lower-wage workers, making it impossible for them to live in the city that they help operate. The rental prices of the proposed units will project up to 50 percent of market rate. “This building will be for the people who make the city run,” said the Dantes Partners representative. The group is waiting on a ruling or permission from the city to go forward. If approved, construction will start by late 2018 and the building will be complete and ready for tenants by early 2020.

Request for HPRB Support

A representative from the Peebles Corporation appeared before the commissioners and asked for a letter of support before going before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) with renovation plans for an historic property located at 925 Fifth St. NW. The current state of the property is described as urban neglect by surrounding residents, and Peebles hopes to renovate the structure as primarily residential; at a later date the group plans to consult with the commissioners whether the site is appropriate for retail. The commissioners voted in support of the project going before HPRB and will wait to see further plans from the design group.

Zoning Support for Detached Garage

Property owners at 446 N St. NW spoke before the commissioners and requested a letter of support before going before the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The owners would like to construct a single-car, detached garage at the rear of their lot. Lot occupancy is currently limited to 70 percent and the garage would bring it up to 72 percent. The owners intend to use the structure for parking and storage. They are in communication with surrounding neighbors and have complete support for the garage addition. The commissioners voted in favor of allowing construction of the garage and will communicate support to BZA.

Expansion of Hours for Dacha Beer Garden

Dacha Beer Garden, located at 1602 Seventh St. NW, requested support from the commissioners before going to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) and asking for an expansion of operating hours. A Dacha representative said that the request will mirror the hours of every other bar and restaurant in the city, which is a closing time of 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The hours of operation would pertain only to the interior of the premises; it has the support of ANC 6E. A letter of support will be sent to ABRA.

Next Meeting

ANC 6E will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 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.