Commissioners Alex Padro (6E01), Anthony Brown (6E02), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair and treasurer), Alvin Judd (6E06) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) made up the quorum to conduct official business at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E July meeting. Alex Marriott (6E05, chair) and David Jaffe (6E04, secretary) were absent.
HPRB Support Request
A representative of Square 134 Architects informed the commission that two side-by-side units will be constructed on 467 and 469 M St. NW. The property will have a total of six parking spaces. Three of the spaces will be provided for the church. Each unit will provide one and a half baths and two bedrooms. Tenants will share the property’s rear space. The applicants are working with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to create a design that is consistent with the neighborhood. Commissioner Brown said that the ANC 6E Zoning Committee met and requested the applicant to revise the drawings for support.
The commission moved to support the request and will communicate it in writing to HPRB. The motion passed unanimously.
Support Requested for Traffic Investigation
Benjamin Fortunati asked the commission to support a petition for a traffic investigation and traffic calming on the 900 block of French Street NW. A camera survey was conducted in June, and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been asked to take steps to ensure pedestrian safety. Solutions may include speed bumps or converting it into a one-way street.
ABRA Support Request
Representatives of Nicoletta Italian Kitchen, at 901 Fourth St. NW, requested support for a New Retailers Class C Restaurant Alcoholic Beverage Regulation (ABRA) license. A total occupancy of 132 will include 92 indoor and 38 sidewalk cafe seats. The hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., and 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The hours of alcoholic beverage sales, service and consumption will be 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Hours of live indoor-only entertainment will be Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The commission moved to support the license request after the applicant agreed to modify the hours of operation.
Busboys and Poets Requests ABRA Support
Representatives of Busboys and Poets requested support for a Class C ABRA license. The restaurant is located at 450 K St. NW and has a total occupancy of 350 with a sidewalk cafe seating 88 people. Hours of operation for the inside premises are Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Hours of alcoholic beverage sales and consumption inside are Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Hours of live entertainment, inside only, are Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Hours of operation and alcoholic beverage sales, service and consumption for the sidewalk cafe are Sunday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The ABC Licensing Committee recommended that the settlement submitted earlier to the commission be revised to reflect modified cafe hours. The applicant agreed, and the committee recommended the commission support it. The commission moved to support the license, and the motion passed unanimously.
New Pepco Substation Construction Protested
Tiffany Aziz spoke in support of a petition to block construction of a Mount Vernon Pepco substation to be built next to the Walker Jones Education Campus. Aziz said the substation will transmit dangerous amounts of electromagnetic fields that could cause cancer, heart problems, fetal deaths, Alzheimer’s, and several other health issues.
Request to Delay BZA Decision
An attendee requested that the commission reconsider a prior vote, in March, of support for a hotel project at 923-927 Fifth St. NW. The attendee asked the commission to delay the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) decision scheduled for July 18 so that constituents can give additional information concerning the project. Brown said that all issues had been resolved and the case is closed. Padro stated that the commission doesn’t have a reason to reopen the case and will support BZA’s position.
ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Steve Holton can be contacted at email@example.com.