ANC 6D Report

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Dec. 10. Commissioners Meredith Fascett (6D07, chair), Gail Fast (6D01, secretary), Cara Shockley (6D02), Ronald Collins (6D03, treasurer), Andy Litsky (6D04, vice chair) and Roger Moffatt (6D05) and Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) were on the dais.

1000 Fourth St. SW
PN Hoffman presented its plans for a Second Stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 1000 Fourth St. SW for an eleven-story building. The project will create approximately 450 apartments of which 15 percent will be rented to those making 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI); and other 15 percent rented to those making 50 percent of AMI. Two levels of parking are planned. The project includes a black box theater, Appletree Public Charter School and 11,000 square feet of neighborhood retail. Developers have promised to include a large diner in that mix. The building will be designed to Gold LEED standards

 Developers have agreed to a First Source hiring agreement with the Dept. of Employment Services. The school will feature a playground that will be publicly accessible during afterhours. Commissioners expressed concern about the provision of a private drive on the north side of the property designed to be used for school pickup and drop-off. They asked that measures to provide adequate supervision of both the drive and adjacent play space be included in the school’s lease. They were concerned about the “no parking” signage on the private drive. No vote was taken.

Arthur Capper
Representatives of the DC Housing Authority (DHA) briefed the ANC on the progress of the agency’s Hope VI redevelopment of Capper/Carrollsburg. They reported that the agency is about to commission a new master plan for the project.  They requested support for a renewal of permission to place temporary surface parking lots on Squares 767, 768 and 882-S. Commissioners were highly critical of the slow process of the project, particularly regarding the displacement of residents. Agency representatives stated the project had been held up by difficult financing.

The commission voted to support DHA’s application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for the renewal with some caveats:

The next parcel to be developed is Square 767, DHA representatives stated, which is to the east of Canal Park and south of the old print plant. EYA is their partner in the project. The agency is waiting on the US Housing and Urban Development Agency to complete a land disposition for the site transferring it from federal ownership.

The DHA representatives also reported that demolition of the Capper Senior Building is about to commence. The displaced, former residents have received Section 8 vouchers to assist them with finding replacement housing. They also stated that 150 people were ready to move in to the 36 affordable units to be opened at the Harlow, 1100 Second St. SE.

Other Projects
The commission voted unanimously to support the public space application for 25 N St. SE by Akridge Development. The plan involved tree plantings, sidewalks and pavers analogous to adjacent buildings on M and Van Streets SE. One audience member objected to the design of the sidewalk on M Street arguing it was difficult for seniors to navigate. There was also discussion about a 10 foot projection over the sidewalk on Half Street SE. The developers stated that structure was within their property lines.

The developers of 861 New Jersey Ave SE, the parcel the sits between the I-695 and the existing Capitol Yards Apartments requested the commission support their application to the BZA  for a curb cut across from the new Whole Foods on New Jersey as well as a special exemption from the requirement that they build to the edge of their property line on said street. They wish to match the setbacks on the Orr Building just to the south. The curb cut will help them create a north south private street running from New Jersey down to an existing curb cut on I Street SE, essentially extending First St. SE north. The road is needed to allow access by residents of the 695 apartments and a 200-key hotel planned for the site, formerly owned by CSX. Developers also plan a single level of underground parking of approximately 380 spaces. Commissioners expressed concern about the management of the remaining space under the actual highway as well as the impact of excavating potentially contaminated soil. They voted to support the application.

Forrest City asked for the commission’s support for the design of its rental residential building on Parcel I, located between N and the proposed 1 & ½ Streets SE. The 11-story structure will have approximately 348 units, mostly one to three bedrooms with no studios; 20 percent will be affordable at 50 percent AMI. It features an innovative eighth story bridge between its two towers that will house a fitness center and be topped by a pool. The developer asked for some relief from penthouse zoning requirements to allow the creation of a statement open stairway to the bridge. The commission voted to support the project.

Other Matters
Outgoing commissioners Chair Fascett, Moffatt and Shockley stated their admiration and thanks to their fellows. The commission gave gifts to the chair and ABC Committee Chair Dr. Coralie Farlee.

The commission was briefed by the Anacostia Riverkeeper on the organization’s program for citizen water testers. Classes are being organized for April. The results of the water quality  measurements will be published weekly beginning this spring.

Sector 3 MPD Lieutenant Nikki Lavenhouse  briefed the commission on public safety. She stated that recent robberies on the 1700 block of First Street SW and the 400 block of Fourth Street SW had both been closed with arrests. She warned residents not to have packages delivered to unsecured doorsteps.

The commission voted to:

  • approve November minutes and the 2019 meeting calendar;
  • a resolution of thanks to the members of the ABC Committee;
  • write letters of support for the Rock & Roll Marathon and the DC Bike Ride;
  • support the application for a third story and rear additions at a single family home located at 1215 Carrollsburg Place SW;
  • supported a two-year extension of the surface parking lot on Yards Park F1, next to DC Water, owned by Forrest City slated for a future movie theater;
  • a resolution in support of the renewal of the Southwest Business Improvement District’s (SW BID) charter;
  • approved community agreement and DR license for Wise Guy Pizza and Altani Gelato located at 202 M St. SE in Canal Park;
  • approved a CT Tavern license with an entertainment endorsement and summer garden  for Wharfside Bar, 801 Wharf St. SW;
  • write a letter of thanks to the volunteers helping the displaced Arthur Capper seniors;
  • write a letter expressing concerns about security at the Greenleaf Recreation Center asking for more security personnel;
  • write a letter asking that 55 L St. SE be turned over to Van Ness Elementary School when it is vacated by Unity Health;
  • authorized Vice Chair Litsky to testify at the council hearings on the Randall School Museum and Housing Tax Abatement;
  • appointed Chair Fascett to the position of Director of Special Projects after the expiration of her term;
  • approved an adjustment to the consulting contract with the contractor organizing the Southwest Community Center to make that individual report to the Chair.

Correction: In last month’s Report, Dr. Coralie Farlee was misspelled. The correct name for the proposed Buzzard Point establishment is “Buzzard Point Field House.” The ABC  Committee recommended; and the commission voted to protest the field house’s license based on: (1) the effect of the establishment upon residential parking needs and vehicular and pedestrian safety; and (2) its impact on the neighborhood’s “peace, order, and quiet.”

ANC 6D’s next meeting will be held on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at 1100 Fourth St. SW. Visit www.anc6d.org/ for more information.