Originally, the owner of 1511-1515 A St. NE wanted to construct a large multiunit building citing zoning regulations that allowed for high-density development that, as the neighbors discovered and eventually the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) agreed, were mistakenly applied to the site. The owner appealed this decision with the Office of Administrative Hearings. It is this appeal that the ANC requested the owner withdraw in addition to meeting other conditions such as making best efforts to obtain letters of support from neighbors, before the commission would offer support of the most recent proposal to construct three new attached flats at this address. As of the ANC meeting, the property owner had not withdrawn the appeal nor had they, as determined by the commissioners, made best efforts to contact neighbors. Therefore, the ANC recommended the owner postpone their BZA hearing until after the March ANC6A meeting giving the owner more time to both withdraw their appeal and reach out to neighbors. The commissioners seemed willing to support this project in the future, if these conditions are met.
- The commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to Commun-ET LLC for after-hours permit applications that would allow the Maury Elementary construction team to make up lost time due to weather delays by working on Sundays from 7:00 am -7:00 pm from February 17 to April 28, 2019.
- The commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to the BZA for a request for variance regarding the location and screening of HVAC units on the lower roof over the kitchen of the new school, and the nature of the parking lot fence for Maury Elementary School at 1250 Constitution Avenue NE (BZA #19993).
- The commissioners voted, unanimously, to provisionally approve the Ludlow-Taylor Parent Teacher Organization (LTES PTO) grant application for $1,000 for the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Red Bundle pending resolution of the negative opinion from the Office of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (OANC) regarding grant making by ANC’s. ANC6C will also be contributing to this grant as Ludlow-Taylor is in bounds of both ANC’s.
- The commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for FRESHFARM’s application for the renewal of its public space permit in order to hold the 2019 H Street Farmers Market on Saturdays on 13th Street NE between H Street NE and Wylie Court NE. The H Street Market operates on Saturdays from April through November from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
Right Care, Right Now Pilot Program Entering Second Phase
The Right Care, Right Now program is a nurse-triage phone line that diverts non-emergency 911 callers to a nurse who assesses their symptoms to determine if they are eligible for non-emergency transportation to a neighborhood clinic rather than taking an ambulance to an emergency room. The program started with two main goals: to better connect patients with local primary care facilities where they are likely to receive more wholesome and personal care than at an emergency room and to more efficiently martial the resources of DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Amy Mauro, the Chief of Staff for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) shared that this pilot program, which began in April of 2018 will move into its second phase beginning March of 2019. Phase two of the program will see an increase in participating clinics as well as give emergency responders the option to refer patients to a nurse over the phone after assessing their condition as well. According to FEMS, Medicaid and DC Healthcare Alliance enrollees are eligible for free non-emergency transport to and from the clinic. For additional information, visit fems.dc.gov/page/frequently-asked-questions-right-care-right-now.
Transportation and Public Space Actions
ANC6A is developing list of high priority traffic and pedestrian safety issues to send to DDOT for review and subsequent action.
Ward 6 State Board of Education Representative Jessica Sutter
Recently elected Ward 6 State Board of Education Representative Jessica Sutter introduced herself and briefly explained the purview of the State Board of Education (SBOE). SBOE is in charge of state related education matters that apply to public schools and public charter schools such as high school graduation requirements, state standards, state assessments and the federally required Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ms. Sutter is reachable via e-mail at Jessica.Sutter@dc.gov and to get additional information about SBOE, visit sboe.dc.gov.
Single Member District (SMD) Reports
Commissioner Gove shared that Maury Elementary has released a survey asking residents, alumni and community members to help decide whether the school should change it’s name. More information can be found by visiting mauryelementary.com. She also reminded residents about the Community Clean Ups which are held the first Saturday of each month. Additional information can be found by visiting the community calendar page of anc6a.org.
Commissioner Phillips-Gilbert was excited to share that the Department of General Services, (DPG) announced that Thomas Langan of Apogee Farms was awarded the opportunity to farm in the Rosedale Community Garden.
Present: Chair Amber Gove (6A04) and Commissioners Brian Alcorn (6A08), Marie Claire Brown (6A01), Ruth Ann Hudson (6A05), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07), Mike Soderman (6A03), Phil Toomajian (6A02) and Stephanie Zimny (6A06).
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