Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E held its meeting for September 2022 on Tuesday evening, Sept. 6. Due to the restrictions on public meetings caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held as a virtual conference. Chair Michael Eichler (6E01) called the meeting to order with Alex Lopez (6E02, secretary), Frank Wiggins (6E03, treasurer), Rachelle Nigro (6E04, vice chair), Patrick Parlej (6E05), Denise Blackson (6E06) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) in attendance. There was a quorum to conduct official business.
Police Service Area (PSA) Reports
Lieutenant McHugh of the First Police District noted that there was a homicide in 1D at Seventh and I streets on Aug. 25, with two other victims shot nearby a little later. Crime had decreased, with reports of vehicles stolen down 46% and thefts down 11%. Crime suppression teams were working on drug dealing and disorderly crimes, leading to 20 arrests recently. The DC attorney general had decided not to prosecute those arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Parlej asked about the police presence at the 7-Eleven Store on K Street, where he heard of “crazy things going on there.” McHugh said that the site had their attention. A resident said that the area around Chinatown Park was becoming dangerous.
Lieutenant Ross of the Third Police District started his report by noting that a juvenile had recently been shot on the 1700 block of Seventh Street. There had been arrests made in the area, with crime definitely trending down. Wiggins responded that while general crime was going down, shootings were going up. He mentioned a recent shooting in broad daylight.
Ninth Street Cycle Track
Representatives of the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) presented to explain the notice of intent issued to construct a protected bicycle track on Ninth Street. They stated the goal of having 70% of trips in the District accomplished by walking, biking or mass transit. Currently, only 50% of trips were done this way. The Ninth Street track should encourage the use of bicycles for transportation since most people were reluctant to bike on that busy street without a protected lane.
The cycle track would run on the east side of Ninth Street, reducing the street from two lanes to one lane going north. The track would go around the streateries on the 1200 block of the street. The changed traffic patterns would require prohibiting left turns from southbound Ninth Street to N and P streets. The design included dropoff points for churches and kept diagonal parking on Sundays.
Members of the French Street Neighborhood Association had asked to have the effort include a crosswalk across the 1700 block of Ninth Street. DDOT decided against this, believing that it would be more hazardous than the current configuration. DDOT would await completion of the cycle track before considering a crosswalk at French Street.
Work on the cycle track was originally scheduled to begin in spring 2023 but may start in early October 2022. Lopez’s motion to support the Ninth Street cycle track NOI passed unanimously.
Mount Vernon 7-Eleven
Jim Evans, regional director for 7-Eleven operations on the East Coast, gave an update on the amelioration of problems at the K Street 7-Eleven. He said that the store had already established security on a 24/7 basis. The company would also like to try playing opera music outside the store, which had reduced loitering and incidents at other stores. They were also installing upgraded surveillance cameras.
Nigro said that she liked the store but that people were afraid to walk past the front door. She thought there had been improvements in the situation there. Parlej said there was a community backlash the last time music was played outside the store. Evans reiterated that that the addition of music outside had proved effective in reducing trouble. A resident asked what the company was going to do with the vacant 7-Eleven at Rhode Island Avenue and Seventh Street. Evans said that he was not prepared to respond to that question but would try to provide an update later.
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee (ABC)
Rebel Taco, 508 K St. NW, requested a license renewal. ABC Chair Alexander Padro said that the applicant did not participate in the ABC meeting but that the recently opened establishment had no investigative history. Parlej had not heard of any constituent issues with the license and supported renewal. A motion to support renewal passed 7-0.
Zoning Advisory Committee
The owner of 925 Fifth St. NW requested to extend a zoning order. At a previous meeting, the ANC opposed the request due to the owner allowing the condition of the lot to deteriorate. Since then, the owner had put up a gate to secure the property was treating the lot for rodents and removing graffiti. They also noted that the property had received interest from members of the hotel industry and that permits for its development would be issued soon. The Zoning Committee supported extension of the zoning order if the owner committed to continue to maintain the property. A motion to support extension of zoning relief passed 6-0.
Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC)
TAC Chair Lopez started by saying that three community members had died in traffic crashes over the past two years. The committee asked the ANC to issue a letter requesting that DDOT conduct walkthroughs of the area to improve the situation. Eichler mentioned the problem of the pedestrian crossing at Eighth Street and Rhode Island Avenue, where cars never stopped to allow people to cross. Lopez wanted the letter to cover only the issue of fatalities. A motion to send a letter to DDOT passed 7-0.
ANC 6E will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to hold this meeting as a virtual conference. Visit www.anc6e.org for more information.