ANC 6E Report

February 2018

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Commissioners Alex Padro (Chair, 6E01), Anthony Brown (Secretary, 6E02) Frank Wiggins (Vice Chair, 6E03), David Jaffe (6E04), Alex Marriott (Treasurer, 6E05) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) made up the quorum to conduct official business at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E January meeting. Alvin Judd (6E06) was absent.

A Visit from Councilmember Allen
Councilmember Charles Allen paid the commission a visit and gave an update on the following activities.

  • A program called the Private Security Camera Incentive Program was created to encourage residents and businesses to install security cameras and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Currently, there are over 3,000 applicants and 8,000 cameras installed which has helped MPD close more cases. Homeowners and renters are eligible for a $500 rebate for participating in the program.
  • Councilmember Allen noted that there are only nine rat abatement inspectors. He wants to toughen the laws on how restaurants store trash and also noted that a number of them have started storing indoor trash storage.
  • Despite his insistence to reopen and rebuild Shaw Middle School, it has not happened. He is working on appropriating $3 million into the city budget to reopen and modernize the school.
  • Affordable Housing in Ward 6 has increased by 1,500 units with another 1,500 units on the way. He is trying to put more focus on two to three bedroom units.
  • He said that Ward 6 is a great environment for new businesses and he would like to see the growth continue.

HPRB Design Request
Square 134 Architects representative, Emilie Rottman, requested support for a Housing Preservation Review Board (HPRB) Design Concept for a property located at 1704 10th St. NW. Rottman also requested a waiver from the Public Space requirements for a staircase to extend into public space. She said that the goal is to keep the site a single-family residence with an option for a rental unit in the basement.

Commissioner Brown said the commission’s zoning committee has no issues with the applicant and voted unanimously to approve the applicant’s request. The commission motioned and unanimously supported the HPRB Design Concept request.

Request for BZA Support
Alex Wilton requested Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) special exception and variance relief for a property located at 433 M St. NW. The relief is for alley access requirements in order to convert an existing carriage house to a third one-family dwelling unit.

The commission motioned and supported the request unanimously.

Request for Support to Name Alleyway
A resident of 1131 5th Street, NW requested support for legislation to officially name the alley behind his property to allow mail and package delivery, visitors, and safety. He proposed that it be named “Historic Yale Alley.”

The commission motioned and voted in favor of the request. A letter of support will be delivered to Councilmember Allen to begin the process of having the alley named.

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

Variance Support Request for Retail Space
The applicant is requesting support for a use variance to allow for a retail establishment at 207 New York Ave. NW. The 6E Zoning Committee met and noted that the material on the front façade didn’t match. The applicant has since advised the developer to correct it, which prompted the committee to support the application.

The commission motioned unanimously to support the request.

ABRA Support Request for Retailer License
An applicant requested support for a Retailer’s Class C Restaurant License with an Entertainment Endorsement and a sidewalk café. Commissioner Marriott negotiated an agreement with the applicant, which included adjustments in outdoor seating, rodent control, hours of operation, and restrictions on front loading and deliveries. The ANC 6E ABC Licensing Committee met and voted to support the application.

Commissioner Marriott moved to support the request and the commission voted unanimously in favor of it. A letter of support will be sent to the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Administration (ABRA).

Retailer Support Request for I Street Restaurant
Mallios & O’Brien, PLLC representative, Matthew Minora, requested support for a Retailer Class C License for Prather’s on the Alley located at 455 I St. NW. The indoor portion will seat 99 occupants and the outdoor café will have 30 seats.  An agreement was negotiated on hours of operation and there is no Entertainment Endorsement.

Commissioner Marriott moved to support the request and the commission voted unanimously in favor of it. A letter of support will be sent to the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Administration (ABRA).

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

 

Steve Holton can be contacted at ssholton@gmail.com