ANC 1B Talks ABCA Licensing and Zoning

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B met on March 7. Commissioners Sabel Harris (1B08, Chair), Larry Handerhan (1B01, Vice Chair), Jamie Sycamore (1B03), Santiago Lakatos (1B04, Treasurer), Alan Kensek (1B05), Miguel Trindade Deramo (1B06, Secretary), Ashleigh Fields (1B07) and Tucker Jones (1B09) were in attendance. 

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation (ABR) Committee

Etopia Eatery, 1301 U Street NW. Request for a stipulated license. The committee was in favor of the request. A motion for the commission to support the application passed six in favor, one against, no abstentions.

The Box, 2015 14th Street NW. Request for a medical marijuana dispensary license. The committee suggested protesting the license. There has been an issue of people queuing outside the establishment and the fact that it is near the Saint Augustine School. The school does not have standing to protest the license. A motion to protest the marijuana license passed, 6-0-1.

Sean Holihan (1B02) was supposed to represent ANC 1B before the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Board, challenging the license of the Shaw Howard Deli after someone was fatally shot outside the establishment. However, he missed the hearing. The board would not grant another opportunity to testify.

Economic Development Committee

The committee has yet to receive an update from the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development on the status of the Reeves Center redevelopment project. Media reports say that there may have to be a map amendment made to let the project go forward.

The committee discussed the proposed bill to establish a social housing agency in the District. It also discussed the plans for a Performance Based Parking district on U Street. The question the district raises is what entity will manage the money generated.

Commissioner Harris noted that there was a sixth hearing scheduled to discuss the map amendment for the 1617 U Street site.

Public Safety and Community Engagement Committee

The committee held a community safety walk with local churches. It also would like the commission to approve an $80 grant for a community yoga event. The grant was approved.

Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee

2012 10th Street NW. Support for a proposal going before the Historic Preservation Review Board. The committee was shown two alternatives by the developer, a three-story and a four-story plan for a five-unit renovation. The building currently has three stories but could have a fourth floor added. The committee preferred the three-story plan, objecting to the massing and density of the four-floor proposal.

A motion was made to support the three-story plan as appropriate for the historic character of the neighborhood. An amendment was made that stated the commission did not support the four-story plan. The motion passed 4-1-1. Another motion was made that supported the project as being compatible with the historic district. That motion passed 4-1-0.

1235 W Street NW. Support for concept approval to add two side bay extensions, replace former front bay projection and rear one-story addition. The project had come before the commission before. However, the Board of Zoning Adjustment had declined the project’s request for zoning relief, so that was no longer an issue. Commissioner Sycamore still had a problem with the compatibility of the project with the other buildings on the block. Commissioner Jones made a motion to support the project proposal. The motion passed 4-2-0.

216 T Street NW. A two-story building adding a third story as a matter of right. The committee received three options for the project. They found the first and second options acceptable. A motion to support the project passed, 4-1-0.

K.C. Lewis Fields

Commissioner Handerhan introduced a resolution that supported an effort by ANC 1E to improve the K.C. Lewis athletic fields. Even though the site was not technically in the ANC 1B area, he thought it close enough to warrant support to improve it. The motion passed unanimously.

Great Streets Grant

Commissioner Trindade Deramo introduced a resolution to support the application of the Beta Academy, a martial arts studio, to receive a Great Streets grant from the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. They have been at their present location for 15 years. If they receive the grant, they will make improvements to their studio, including a martial arts exhibit. The resolution passed, 7-0-0.

Commissioner Resignation

Commissioner Sean Holihan (1B02) resigned his position on February 28. Commissioner Harris believed that the Board of Elections had yet to announce the vacancy. When it does, then the process can begin to elect a new commissioner to the position.

ANC 1B will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to hold this meeting as a hybrid in person and virtual conference. Visit www.anc1b.org for more information.