ANC 6E Report – October 2017

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At the October meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E, Commissioners Alex Padro (6E01, chair), Anthony Brown (6E02, secretary), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair), David Jaffe (6E04), Alex Marriott (6E05, treasurer), and Kevin Rogers (6E07) made up the quorum.

AIPAC Seeks Support to Rezone and Expand
Representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) attended the meeting to ask for support for a Zoning Map Amendment for Expansion of an Adjacent Office Building. AIPAC is located at 251 Massachusetts Ave. NW, and the representatives stated that they are not looking to increase the height of the building but rather the density due to the difficulty of building above the freeway.

The commission voted unanimously in favor of the amendment and will communicate its support to the Zoning Commission.

Zoning Request for Affordable Housing
Representatives of Manna Inc., the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, requested the commission’s support for an application to amend the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map and the Zoning Map.

Zoning support will assist the group’s plans for an affordable housing building to be located at 614 S St. NW. The group’s spokesperson said that they will save the facades of adjacent buildings and will construct a building that will house 50 affordable rental units to be priced at 50 percent of the area median income. One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments will be available to rent. Spaces will be made throughout the building for art programs, afterschool activities, and a computer lab. Changing the land use map will take the original Seventh Street designation for the building and move it to the east. The plan will also extend the map to include church property.

The commission voted in support of the request and will communicate it to the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Public Space Permit Support for Outdoor Cafe
Michael Fonseca of Capital Burger Holdings LLC asked the commission for a public space permit to allow a 44-seat, unenclosed cafe addition to the Capital Burger restaurant located at 1005 Seventh St. NW. The outdoor space will include five umbrellas, railings, and planters. The adjacent pedestrian walkway will be unobstructed. Fonseca said the cafe’s operational hours will be from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. He expects the cafe to open in January.

The commission voted to communicate support of the permit to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Public Space Committee.

Public Space Permit Request for Liberty Place Apartments
Robert Richardson of IBF Development requested support for a public space permit for a city-funded, 71-unit affordable housing project to be located at the corner of Third and I streets NW. Richardson said he will honor the city’s request of adding bike racks and repairing the property’s street light fixture. Richardson also said he will honor a request of placing a public trash can on the sidewalk. He noted that parking will be provided in the rear of the building and the timeline to break ground will be next April.

The commission voted to communicate support of the request to DDOT with an amendment that requests the addition of a public receptacle.

Ditto Residential Seeks Support
A Ditto Residential representative gave the commissioners an update on the Parcel 42 development project located at the corner of Seventh and R streets NW. The commissioners previously supported Ditto’s proposal for the site which was submitted to the city in January.

The proposal calls for 126 units that will include 30 percent at an affordable rate; 68 percent will be family-size. The ground floor will accommodate 7,800 square feet of retail space and at least one spot will be given to a local retail owner. The project is going through planned unit development approval. The Ditto representative asked the commissioners to continue their support by communicating it to the city and advising that Ditto is the right development company to do the job.

The commissioners voted to support the request and will recommend that the Council approve the plan.

Dog Park Requests Support for Water Service
Board members of the Friends of Bundy Dog Park, located on P Street between New Jersey Avenue and Fifth Street, notified the commission that they are requesting the city to provide water service to the park. They have to apply and be approved by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to be recognized as a park. The dog park has existed for five years through donations and volunteers who keep it clean. The park is a 400-square-foot fenced-in area.

The commission voted to communicate support of the application to DPR.

 

ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library located at 1630 Seventh St. NW.

Steve Holton can be contacted at ssholton@gmail.com.