ANC 6A Report – May 2017

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A Vice Chair Mike Soderman called the meeting to order at Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. NE), with Commissioners Calvin Ward, Marie-Claire Brown, Patrick Malone, Stephanie Zimny, and Sondra Phillips-Gilbert in attendance. Phil Toomajian and Matt Levy were absent. The meeting was very brief, ending in less than an hour.

Economic Development and Zoning Actions
The commissioners approved a grant request from the Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO for $1,844.79 to purchase a large laminating machine and supplies for laminating documents to post in classrooms and to promote programs at the school.

The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) opposing the appeal of the owners of 1511 A St. NE (BZA #19505) regarding the rejection of their permits to create an 18-unit apartment building in a residential neighborhood. ANC 6A and community members continue to spearhead long-running litigation before the BZA to fix an incorrect C-2-A commercial zoning determination that had been applied to RF-1 or R-4 residential property at this address. The mistaken zoning could allow construction of a five-story, 18-unit, 50-foot-tall apartment building on a site now occupied by a single-family home. ANC 6A is also an appellant in a related case (#19412). Both matters are scheduled for a June 7 hearing at BZA.

A community member announced that the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) had opened a fund to support the community’s litigation costs for the property. Donations can be made by mail or online; more details at www.CHRS.org.

The commissioners considered a recommendation from the Economic Development and Zoning Committee to send a letter of support to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for the creation of a two-story addition at the rear court and the demolition of the existing garage at 210 10th St. NE, contingent on letters of support from neighbors. However, the applicant did not appear at the meeting and no letters of support have been submitted. The matter was tabled.

Reports & Announcements
Commissioner Malone noted that a new business is hoping to open on the 400 block of Tennessee Avenue NE – Puff, Pass and Paint. Similar to “sip and paint” operations, patrons would bring their own marijuana, consume alcoholic beverages, and engage in art activities. There are several zoning and licensing issues involving the Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). The matter will be discussed at the May 17 meeting of the Economic Development and Zoning Committee.

Zimny reported that a construction permit has been issued for the former R.L. Christian Library site (1300 H St. NE). The developers, Insight, are expected to begin work soon on a four-story, mixed-use building.

Neighbors expressed safety concerns about a traffic circle being constructed in the intersection of 17th and E streets NE.

Several commissioners reported that crime seems to be increasing in their single member districts (SMDs), including assaults, teen vandalism, robberies, and car break-ins. Drug sales and loitering were reported at 17th Street and Benning Road. Along the H Street corridor, there is a pattern of pedestrians being followed as they return to their homes or cars and then victimized. Phillips-Gilbert has organized a meeting for the police and neighbors, June 27 at 6:30 p.m., at Pilgrim AME Church, 612 17th St. NE.

ANC 6A will meet at an alternate location, not yet identified, in July. Some committee meetings may also have a change of venue. The public is advised to check the website calendar; locations will be posted there as they become known.

ANC 6A meets on the second Thursday of every month (except August) at Miner Elementary School. The July meeting will take place at an alternate location.

The 6A committees meet at 7 p.m. on the following schedule:

Alcohol Beverage and Licensing, third Tuesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE.

Community Outreach, fourth Monday of each month, Maury Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE.

Economic Development and Zoning, third Wednesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE.

Transportation and Public Space, third Monday of every month, Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE.

Visit www.anc6a.org for calendar of events, changes of date/venue, agendas, and other information.