Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E held its monthly meeting for June 2021 on Tuesday evening, June 1. The meeting was held as a virtual conference. Commission Chair Rachelle Nigro (6E04) called the meeting to order with Michael Eichler (6E01, Vice Chair), Alex Lopez (6E02, Secretary), Frank Wiggins (6E03, Treasurer), Patrick Parlej (6E05) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) in attendance. Denise Blackmon (6E06) was not currently available since she had to deal with a fire in her area. There was a quorum to conduct official business.
Police Service Area (PSA) Reports
Captain Dorrough of the First District reported that there were four violent crimes over the previous 30 days, about the same as last year. However, property crimes were double for the month compared to 2020. The focus in 1D is to reduce violent crimes. There was a violent homicide at a shelter. They are also working on a problem with narcotic sales at the shelter on Fifth Street. There is still a problem with auto theft, despite repeated warnings to citizens. Some people have had their cars stolen twice.
Lieutenant Daee of the Third District started his report by citing incidents including a robbery at 802 Rhode Island Avenue NW and an assault with a deadly weapon at 1207 Seventh Street NW. Commissioner Nigro mentioned a shooting on 10th Street NW involving a woman and child. Daee noted that the perpetrator of that crime has been apprehended.
Commissioner Eichler wondered how a more visible police presence could be achieved. Daee stated that he had been a patrolman in PSA 307 for 10 years and that shootings in that area were rare. Eichler also said that drug activity had been reported at Eighth and Q Streets, and that there had been a vandalism incident at The Hodge on Seventh Street. Nigro reminded Daee that she had been asking for a foot patrol in ANC 6E. Third District Commander Kim joined the meeting to say that he will look at a foot patrol and the deployment of more bike officers in the area.
Alexander Padro, chair of the ANC’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee, mentioned a problem with youth threatening customers at restaurants on Florida Avenue. The police have had an officer working with restaurants. Padro mentioned an incident where a private security guard held a youth but then was surrounded by adults who wanted him let go. Commander Kim urged closer coordination between MPD and private security.
A resident mentioned a concern about people loitering in front of a liquor store at Ninth and P. Commissioner Wiggins brought up the problem of people urinating in front of the Subway sandwich shop at Seventh and M.
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee (ABC)
512 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Electric Cool-Aid. The ANC voted in March to support a change in its liquor license, but the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board asked if the ANC wanted to have a settlement agreement that would include the entertainment endorsement. The endorsement calls for no live music. A motion to endorse the settlement agreement passed unanimously, including a vote from Commissioner Blackmon, who had joined the meeting.
1027 Seventh Street NW, Petite Cerise. Approval of settlement agreement with ANC. Commissioner Nigro said that the biggest issue involved hours of operation. The new restaurant’s hours now match the ones for neighboring Rumi’s Kitchen. The settlement agreement was approved unanimously by the commission.
1618 Eighth Street, ABT Liquor. Support for license renewal. ABC committee chair Padro introduced the request by saying the establishment has a new owner, who is trying to correct problems left by the previous owner. The new owner has retained a landscaper to improve the exterior and will install signage that is appropriate for the historic district. The committee voted to recommend supporting the license renewal. A motion to support the renewal was approved by the commission with six yes votes, one abstention.
1201 Fifth Street NW, Sane Wine and Spirits. Support for a renewal of license. Nigro said that the only neighborhood concern she was aware of is a patch of grass with a tree that has attracted dumping. Nigro said that the Department of Public Works was trying to address the issue. A motion to support the renewal passed with six yeses, one abstention.
1000 S Street NW, 10th Street Market. Support for license renewal. Padro noted that this store also has new owners, noting that the previous owners had fallen short in their responsiveness to the community. The new owner made a presentation before the ABC committee, promising to work to reduce the problems of sales to minors after the store reopens following renovations.
Zoning and Planning Committee
1120 Sixth Street NW. Submission to Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The project is a rowhouse next to the Galbraith AME Church, which owns it. The project got approval from the Zoning committee. The first floor will be the church’s outreach space. The second and third floors of the building will be living spaces managed by the church. All the improvements except for new outdoor stairs are being done as a matter of right under zoning regulations. Commissioner Nigro stressed the need to consult with the neighborhood as the project continues. She made a motion to support the project when it is submitted to the HPRB. The motion was approved unanimously.
New L Street. The developers of Northwest One at North Capitol and O Streets gave an update on its effort on build a new L Street between North Capitol and First Place. Starting in the summer, the effort will not require any road closures, but there may be some disruptions. The new L Street will be completed in early 2022 as a full, 90-foot wide standard District street.
Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC)
Commissioner Lopez, the chair of the Transportation committee, started by saying he was offering a number of proposals related to the S Street NW Revitalization Project. He characterized the capital project as the culmination of decades of local advocacy to improve the safety of auto and pedestrian traffic on S Street from Seventh Street to Florida Avenue. He noted that the committee was largely pleased after reviewing the 65 percent drawings for the project. He proposed some minor improvements. A resident expressed support for the project, which would give the street ADA-compliant sidewalks and reduce traffic accidents. She also hoped that the project would commemorate the Columbian Harmony Cemetery, an early nineteenth century African American cemetery originally located on the 500 block of S Street.
Lopez made a motion to support the S Street NW Revitalization Project, with the ANC’s suggested modifications. He also made a separate motion that the project be fully funded in the District’s FY 2022 budget. Finally, he made a motion to make immediate improvements to some of the project’s intersections as part of the District’s recently announced Vision Zero Summer Safety Campaign. All three motions passed unanimously.
Lopez then introduced a series of District Department of Transportation (DDOT) improvements proposed for the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and O Street. At a neighborhood meeting, participants seemed to believe that DDOT was doing everything it could, short of putting a traffic light there, but that any improvements were welcome. Commissioner Wiggins said that he went through this intersection and was not aware of it being dangerous. Nigro and Lopez countered that it was well-known as a hazardous intersection. A resident of the Second Northwest Coop said that she had lived nearby since 1979 and that the intersection was always known as dangerous. Lopez introduced a resolution to support the improvements but reevaluate the measures after a year to see if there should be a traffic light installed at the intersection. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Eichler introduced a motion to have DDOT do a Traffic Safety Assessment (TSA) that would support the installation of speed bumps on the 1500 block of 10th Street, a section of the street next to a school that has seen speeding. The motion was approved unanimously. Eichler then introduced a list of TSAs that he wanted to sponsor including 1) the 900 and 1000 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue, 2) potential traffic calming on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Ninth Street, 3) the corner of 11th and Rhode Island, where there had been a crash and 4) the corner of S and Ninth Streets. Commissioner Wiggins wanted to add a TSA for Ninth and O, where there is a great deal of drag racing. Eichler made a single motion to submit all five of the TSAs to DDOT. The motion was approved unanimously.
Shaw Community Center Art Installation
The Shaw Community Center asked for support for a grant for a planned public art display. They are making a grant request to the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities. The application requires a letter of support from the ANC. The display will be a digital media installation on the grounds and sidewalks of their headquarters at the Lincoln Congregational Temple. The installation will address the neighborhood’s history as well as contemporary issues. The installation will take place in June 2022, which is the community center’s anniversary. Commissioner Eichler made a motion to support the grant application. The motion was approved unanimously.
ANC 6E will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to hold this meeting as a virtual conference. Visit www.anc6e.org for more information.