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ANC 1B Discusses Public Safety

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B held its monthly meeting March 2, 2023. Commissioners Sabel Harris (1B08, Chair), Larry Handerhan (1B01, Vice Chair), Sean Holihan (1B02), Jamie Sycamore (1B03), Santiago Lakatos (1B04, Treasurer), Alan Kensek (1B05), Ashleigh Fields (1B07) and Tucker Jones (1B09, Secretary) were in attendance. The 1B06 seat is currently vacant. There was a quorum to conduct business.

Censure Motion

Commissioner Kensek brought up an opinion by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) that the procedures used by the ANC to censure him last year were not proper. A censure should have been issued for violating a Code of Conduct, a provision that the ANC 1B bylaws does not have. Kensek also said that he was not allowed to defend himself and that the opinion said that the procedure should have been conducted under Roberts Rules of Order. Kensek wanted the censure rescinded.

Commissioner Sycamore said that he supported the OAG opinion to rescind the censure. The opinion said that rescission could be made just by having a commissioner calling a Point of Order, but the Chair noted that there was already a motion to rescind on the floor that had to be dealt with. A motion to rescind the censure of Commissioner Kensek passed with two yes votes and six abstentions.

Police Report on Violence

Police from the Third District joined the meeting to discuss a homicide that occurred the night before. Ward 1 Council member Brianne Nadeau also joined the meeting. Captain Riley Hong said that a nightlife officer was nearby when he heard the sound of gunfire. A male and a female were shot, with the male later dying. It appears that he was the target of the shooting. Commissioner Harris said that she knew the victim. 

Hong said that the 1400 block of V is a known hotspot. He noted the success in reducing violent crime last summer with the deployment of officers in the area. For now, a crime camera will be set up. He has also asked DDOT to do a safety study to see if speed tables can be set up to slow down traffic.

Public Safety and Community Engagement Committee

The committee drew up a resolution requesting updates from WMATA and the OUC on their responses to safety incidents impacting MetroRail in the ANC 1B area. The resolution was passed by the commission.

The committee also got a sponsorship request for a grant to the Vermont Avenue Gardens group. The request was for $500, largely to buy new plants and fertilizer. The ANC approved the grant.

Economic Development Committee

Discussion on 1617 U Street NW. The Office of Planning has submitted a zoning Map Amendment to allow increased density on the site currently occupied by District police and fire stations. ANC 1B will offer its opinion on the map amendment at its April meeting.

Reeves Center Redevelopment. The committee also reviewed the two proposals being considered by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the redevelopment of the Frank Reeves Center. The two proposals are similar. One of the items that threw off the schedule was the last-minute revision of the Request for Proposal to require that the redeveloped center include a hotel. The committee presented a resolution arguing that the ANC should support the proposal of Reeves CMC Ventures, a group that includes MRP Realty, CSG Urban Partners and Capri Investment Group. The ANC passed the resolution supporting the Reeves CMC Venture bid.

Transportation Committee

Tatte Bakery and Café requested support for a public space permit it had applied for at 14th and W Streets NW. Commissioner Kensek said that the space was not ideal, but that it would work, having measured the area himself. The ANC voted to support the public space permit.

The committee also had written a resolution to increase parking enforcement at night. It also had a resolution for DDOT to establish a procedure to request public benches. Currently there is no means to request new benches. Both resolutions were passed by the ANC.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation (ABR) Committee

Owl Room, 2007 14th Street NW. Occupying the space formerly occupied by Marvin, the establishment is seeking a renewal of the license. The committee recommended filing a protest. They are working on a settlement agreement, but there are still issues with trash and noise. A motion to protest the license passed.

Slice and Pie, 2221 14th Street NW. Adding an entertainment endorsement to the existing tavern license is proposed. There is a problem when there is entertainment with the windows open. A motion for the commission to protest the change passed.

DNA Social House, 1102 U Street NW. Licensee is requesting to change the seating capacity on the license from 30 to 81, allow a cover charge and change of hours for live entertainment. A motion to protest the change passed.

Andy’s Pizza, 808 V Street NW. New license for existing establishment moving to new space. Application is for 59 seats inside, 75 seats in summer garden. The applicants are also asking for a stipulated license. The ABR supported the settlement agreement reached with the establishment, on the condition that existing issues were addressed. A motion to support the agreement and license passed.

Pho House, 637 T Street NW. Seeking stipulated license for a Class D Tavern. The ABR recommended that the full ANC support a stipulated license on condition that issues in the settlement agreement with the establishment were met. The ANC voted to support the license request.

ANC 1B will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to try to hold this meeting as hybrid physical/virtual conference. Visit www.anc1b.org for more information.

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