ANC 6A Report – October 2018

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Amber Gove, called the meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Stephanie Zimny, Mike Soderman, Patrick Malone, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert and Marie Claire Brown in attendance. Chairman Phil Toomajian and Calvin Ward were absent. The meeting opened with community presentations.

Nathan Morris, Coordinator, Facility Planning and Design, DCPS
Nathan Morris reported that the Maury Modernization Project is scheduled to be completed for the 2019-20 school year with a current target completion date of July 31, 2019. Mr. Morris may be contacted via e-mail at nathan.morris@dc.gov.

Chris Laskowski, Legislative Policy Advisor, Office of Ward 6 Councilmember Allen
Chris Laskowski reported on the Daytime School Parking Zone Act, a bill that would allow the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to establish staff only parking during specific hours within the vicinity of a school.

Mr. Laskowski also shared details regarding the Go Play Amendment Act, a proposed addition to the existing Block Party Permit Program. Currently, households can request a block be closed for a block party 15 days in advance of the event if they collect signatures of support from at least 51 percent of the households on the block. This amendment would allow for an expedited permitting process for closing a block to as little as 48 hours in advance of an event if 100 percent of block households sign in support. The amendment is currently before the Transportation and Environment Committee.

Community Outreach
The commission voted, unanimously, to accept changes to the ANC6A Grant Application Package. Now both small and large grants will be reviewed at any regular Community Outreach Committee meeting.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Actions
The commissioners voted, unanimously, that ANC6A will take no action on the request by Halftime Sports Bar (1427 H St. NE) for changes to its license (adding cover charge endorsement, 39-seat summer garden, and overall expansion of seating capacity). The commissioners are uncomfortable with the history of problems at the establishment although the operators say that it has an entirely new ownership team.

Transportation and Public Space Actions
ANC 6A voted unanimously to send a letter to the DC Council in support of Councilmember Charles Allen’s legislation (B22-0351) that would create a School Parking Zone Program, allowing DDOT to issue permits for school staff to park in particular zones during school hours when residents are less likely to be at home. This would potentially enable schools to reduce the space reserved for parking (teacher’s union contract includes parking) in favor of increased play space. Communities will be able to request the establishment of these zones through their ANCs.

Economic Development and Zoning

  • ANC 6A voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for a special exception from the minimum parking requirements and for variances from lot occupancy, and rear and side yard requirements to construct a new flat at 824 13th Street NE (BZA Case #19854) on condition that the applicant make best efforts to get letters of support from neighbors.
  • ANC6A tabled a motion to send letters of support to the BZA for a rooftop penthouse at 16th10th Street NE (BZA Case 19885).
  • ANC6A will table the motion to send a letter of support to the BZA for zoning relief to subdivide three existing lots into two lots and for relief from lot area requirements at 1661 Gales Street (BZA Case Number Pending).

New Business
The commissioners voted, unanimously to approve after-hours Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Work Permits for Maury Elementary School construction.

Announcements and Reports
Commissioner Malone thanked Councilmember Charles Allen and Naomi Mitchell for their efforts in helping a local man find housing and connect him with services he requires.

Commissioner Zimny expressed hope that more volunteers will attend next months Community Litter Cleanup to be held on November 3 at 9:00 a.m. Additional information, including participating locations can be found on the Community Calendar page of anc6a.org.

Commissioner Phillips-Gilbert reported that the Department of General Services is looking to place an urban farm on between the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Kramer Street NE.

Commissioner Soderman shared that the ceremonial renaming of the 200 block of 10th Street NE to Outlaw Way will proceed once Councilmember Allen’s office establishes a date for the unveiling. Additionally, the traffic calming devices at 8th and D Streets NE have been installed with a push to make that intersection a 4-way stop.

Commissioner Gove reported that The Maury school community is in the early stages of discussing the possibility of a name change (the namesake, John Walker Maury was a slaveholder). They would like to include input from Maury alumni. Contact the school through Sean Dillon, seandln@yahoo.com.

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