Commissioners Alex Padro (6E01, chair), Anthony Brown (6E02), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair and treasurer), David Jaffe (6E04, secretary), Alex Marriott (6E05, chair), Alvin Judd (6E06) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) made up the quorum to conduct official business at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E January meeting.
School Board Candidate Attends Meeting
Ward 6 candidate Joe Weedon spoke before the commission and meeting attendees and stated that he is seeking reelection to the DC Board of Education. He said that Ward 6 needs to continue to invest in schools lacking resources and that middle schools in the area do not exist. Weedon continues to be strongly in favor of building middle schools to ensure that families have better choices. He also said that there is adequate technology in all schools as well as safe passage for students.
Commissioner Padro noted that even though DC Public Schools (DCPS) invests in schools, Ward 6 has been waiting 10 years for a new middle school.
Marriott asked Weedon to comment on the oversight of charter schools. Weedon responded that the DC Board of Education does not have direct oversight of either DCPS or the public charter schools, but Mayor Muriel Bowser is accountable for schools in DC. She appoints the chancellor, members of the DC Public Charter School Board and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Weedon is working with DC Council members to increase oversight of the local education agencies that are not under the direct control or oversight of Mayor Bowser or the DC Council.
Weedon commented that there is a need to improve and increase oversight in public and charter schools. He also noted that there are not enough children to adequately support DC’s charter schools and that sustainable pathways need to be created.
Proposal for Patterson Street Parcel
Former Councilmember LaRuby May of The May Firm PLLC, with partners Monument Realty, Morningstar Development and Community Housing Partners, reported on the team’s recently submitted proposal in response to the request of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) for redevelopment of the parcel of land located at 2 Patterson St. NE. May said community engagement is important, and nearby residents will be impacted. If Monument Realty is the successful bidder, it intends to show that it is committed to impacted residents.
The project will feature 33,000 square feet of retail space. One of the other partners already owns 40 Patterson St. NE and is hoping to combine the two lots. A combination of lots will allow construction of approximately 267 rental units and 203 condo units. Combining the lots also helps benefit the community in the way of curb cuts. There will be parking for both the resident side and the retail side. The development teams said the amenities will feature two pools and a dog park. On the rental and homeowner side, there will be three- and four-bedroom units.
The team representatives said that they will continue to engage surrounding residents and will be a good neighbor. As of now, they are spending a lot of time introducing themselves to stakeholders.
BZA Support Request for Mt. Vernon Substation
Pepco Regional Vice President Marc Battle reviewed a Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) application before the commission and asked for support before presenting it at a hearing with city officials. The application requests space for vehicle and bike parking and trash room requirements.
Padro moved and Brown seconded that the commission support Pepco’s BZA application. The commissioners requested that a community advisory group be established for the purpose of ongoing community engagement on topics such as land use, artistic programs and support for the relocation of the Walker Jones School. It was noted that Pepco has made a commitment to provide $25,000 a year for three years to support nonprofits that serve the community.
HPRB Support Request for 10th Street Project
An architect from Urban Capital Development requested the commission’s support for a historic preservation request prior to a meeting with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The request is for a building located at 1714 10th St. NW. The building has been long vacant with a compromised roof.
A 150-year-old sycamore tree in the back of the property is considered a heritage/legacy tree, and HPRB’s insistence that it be protected has prompted the architect to make a number of accommodations. The architect said the site has a very small footprint. The hope was to have 60-percent lot occupancy off the rear with the appropriate setback off the front for a third-floor addition, but that is impossible owing to the heritage tree. The plan now is to place the entire rear of the home on posts.
The neighbors have approved this plan. The architect plans to go before HPRB this month, and construction would start in the first quarter of 2019. The building will be a 2,800-square-foot single-family home.
Brown stated that the Zoning Committee met about and supports the project. Padro noted that there was no opposition from the civic association. “If the architect is able to get this approved, it would be an outstanding example of accommodating 21st-century needs with a 19th-century footprint,” said Padro.
The commissioners voted unanimously to support the HPRB request.
ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library located at 1630 Seventh St. NW.
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