ANC 6E Report – November 2018

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Commissioners Alex Padro (6E01), Anthony Brown (6E02), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair and treasurer), 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 November meeting.

Special Guest Visits with ANC 6E
Paul Kihn, acting deputy mayor for education, spoke on the subject of the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School relocation to the Shaw Middle School’s former site. In the last five years, Banneker has grown by 12 percent and faces a larger growth opportunity, with the new location serving Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8. Kihn noted that a design team will be selected next month, and the Banneker school community is supportive of the move. He also added that enrollment projections will determine whether or not to build a middle school in Shaw. Currently, there are not enough students to justify building one.

The commissioners noted that the community had not been engaged and therefore DC Public Schools (DCPS) had no information before a decision was made. After the commissioners requested a six-week pause to answer the population data question, Kihn responded that he would present the data in January.

In a unanimous motion the commissioners asked that DCPS pause its decision-making process until community engagement is done prior to providing population data.

Support Request for Additional Lot Coverage
Phil Rose, a representative for a property located at 940 S St. NW, requested support for a special exception for a variance for additional lot coverage up to 73 percent. The additional coverage will extend an open back porch and the property’s square-footage above it. Rose stated that he has communicated his plans to surrounding neighbors. Commissioner Brown noted that the ANC 6E Zoning Committee has no issues with the request.

The commission moved to communicate support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

Support Request to Select Developer
Northwest One Development Partners requested the commission to communicate support for the development company to the DC Council. The “Omnibus Act of 2018” will allow redevelopment of the Northwest One property formerly known as Temple Courts Apartments. If approved, the vacant site will be redeveloped into mixed-use urban development.

The commission motioned to communicate support to the DC Council.

ANC 6E Quick Hits

  • The commission motioned to support a parking relief request for a property located at 1518 New Jersey Ave. NW. The parking space will be located at the rear of the property.
  • The commission voted not to support a Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) application for a property located at 1717 11th NW which lies within the U Street Historic District.
  • The commission motioned to support a HPRB request for a property located at 1737 11th NW for alterations and renovations.
  • The commission motioned to request the District Department of Transportation to make sure Bikeshare stations are replenished more often.

ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library, located at 1630 Seventh St. NW.

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