ANC 6A Report

Work To Close Maryland Ave.

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Chair Amber Gove (6A04) called the Advisory Neighborhood 6A meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Mike Soderman (6A03), Brian Alcorn (6A08), Ruth Ann Hudson (6A05), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07), Phil Toomajian (6A02) and Stephanie Zimny (6A06) present. Commissioner Marie Claire Brown (6A01) was absent.

The Commissioners unanimously elected Amber Gove as Chair, Phil Toomajian as Vice Chair, Mike Soderman and Secretary and Brian Alcorn as Treasurer. 

Washington Gas on Maryland Ave. Project
Apera Nwora, the Stakeholder of Public Affairs Manager, spoke to concerns from the community regarding the massive construction project currently taking place along Maryland Ave. NE. This project, which includes simultaneous work done by DDOT, Pepco and Washington Gas, will add new lighting, new bike lanes, improved pedestrian crossing as well as updated infrastructure below street level to Maryland Avenue NE. Washington Gas is taking the opportunity, while the street will be closed for other construction, to install new and more reliable piping along the corridor.  She asked that anyone with concerns contact her via the e-mail address project_pipes@washgas.com with a detailed description of the situation and photos if possible. General information about the Maryland Avenue NE Project can be found by visiting marylandavesafety.org.

Metro Police Department (MPD) First and Fifth Districts
Captain Puliam and Lieutenant Dyn of MPD first district (1D), as well as Sergeant Rice of the fifth district (5D) encouraged residents to participate in the security camera rebate program offered by the DC government. Private residences may be eligible for a rebate up to $500 for the purchasing and installing of street-facing security cameras. These cameras are particularly helpful for deterring and sometimes catching packing thieves, an on-going issue on Capitol Hill.  More information regarding the rebate program can be found by visiting ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program.

Cpt. Puliam can be reached by e-mail at Michael.puliam@dc.gov, Lt. Dyn at Daniel.Dyn@dc.gov and Sgt. Rice at richardt.rice@dc.gov.

Transportation and Public Space (TPS) Committee

  1. The Commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter to in support of the 2020 Rock N’ Roll Marathon assuming the course route and times remain unchanged from last year.
  2. The Commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) requesting attention to the eleven items on the priority list. (The list appears in the TPS December 2019 minutes.)

Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ) Committee

  1. After much discussion regarding fine details of DC zoning regulations that included the property owner and architect of the proposed renovation, the Commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of opposition to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for an application for special exceptions under the residential conversion requirements from the penthouse setback and the minimum parking requirements to permit the construction of a fourth apartment and the installation of new rooftop mechanical equipment, in an existing three-unit apartment house at 653 8th Street NE/ 807 G Street NE (BZA #20190) in the RF-1 Zone, based on the fact that there would be fewer than 250 square feet on the lot per unit. The Commissioners noted they have no objection to the installation of the rooftop mechanical equipment and that the Commission is willing to reconsider the recommendation at the February ANC meeting if the BZA case is postponed as is expected. They provided for the Chair to hold back submitting the ANC’s letter of opposition if deemed appropriate.
  2. The Commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to the BZA for an application for a special exception to permit a penthouse that does not conform with the side building wall and open court setbacks required and to permit a guardrail that does not conform with the side building wall setbacks required at 906 11th Street, N.E. (BZA #20229).
  3. The Commissioners voted to table submitting changes to the DC Comprehensive Plan to allow for more input from community groups. The Commission will readdress submitting changes at the February ANC6A meeting.

EDZ Committee meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

Other Business

  1. The Commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of appreciation for pedestrian safety measures enacted by MPD Special Operations Division and Homeland Security and Emergency Managemebt Agency (HSEMA) in the 800-1000 blocks of East Capitol Street on October 31, 2019.

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