ANC 2G Talks Public Safety

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2G met on March 14.  Commissioners Anthony “Tony” Brown (2G01, Treasurer), Alexander M. “Alex” Padro (2G02), Sranda Watkins (2G03, Secretary), Steven McCarty (2G04, Vice Chair), Sheena Berry (2G05) and Rachelle Nigro (2G06, Chair) were in attendance.

Third Police District Report

Lieutenant Alan Herring (PSA 308) gave the Third Police District report. There were no homicides or assaults over the last month. There were two burglaries, 20 general thefts and nine stolen vehicles in the ANC 2G area. Commissioner Padro asked about a string of auto break-ins on the 700 block of Q Street NW on March 3. Padro also asked about broken windows at the Urban Grape store and Petite Cerise restaurant. Commissioner Watkins asked the Lieutenant if he could come to her single member district meeting the following Tuesday. He said he could.

Events DC

Solana Vander Nat of Events DC reported that there were nine events at the Washington Convention Center being held during the rest of March. She announced that the Convention Center was resuming tours of its art collection on March 28. Vander Nat described it as the largest non-museum publicly accessible art collection in DC, with 137 works from 93 artists.

Commissioner Nigro noted that a resident had asked when all of the red glass kiosks on the Ninth Street side of the convention center would open. Vander Nat replied that Events DC had done all it could do to facilitate the kiosks opening and that the tenants had the burden of getting the proper permits to complete their buildout.

Commissioner Padro felt he had to explain that he and Nigro had a video conference with Events DC leadership and that the call appeared to have ended with everything being worked out with the Department of Health. He concluded that the ANC would have to go back to the kiosk tenants to find out what problems remained that are still keeping them from opening.

Zoning, Planning and Historic Preservation Committee

1322 Ninth Street NW. Request for support of zoning relief. Commissioner McCarty said that the project, which would build on a vacant lot, had overwhelming support from the community. He noted that there had been concerns from an adjacent property owner about light that the developers had since addressed.

The developers are asking for four areas of relief: lot occupancy, the setback requirement for the penthouse, a side yard setback requirement and relief from the minimum parking requirement. The request for relief was needed because the project is between two existing buildings and a historic carriage house is being preserved.

Commissioner Padro said that he could not support the zoning relief if it included a reduction in parking. He stated that the commission had a long-standing policy to not support parking relief. McCarty replied that parking was not a big concern of his constituents. Commissioner Nigro added that the Zoning committee supported all four of the relief items. Commissioner Berry said that other neighbors are affected by what is done in a single member district.

McCarty made a motion to support the request for zoning relief. The motion failed by a vote of 2 yeas, 3 nays and one abstention.

Alcoholic Beverage & Cannabis Licensing Committee (ABCL)

1250 Ninth Street NW, All Purpose Pizzeria. The establishment wanted to have the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration (ABCA) approve the expansion of their license to a currently vacant neighboring retail space. Commissioner McCarty said the only concern he has heard about the expansion is the issue of deliveries. The owners replied that they are committed to only using the loading zone on Ninth Street for deliveries. Commissioner Padro announced that the ABCL Committee supported the move. A vote to approve the restaurant expansion passed unanimously.

1301 Ninth Street NW, The Urban Grape. Commissioner Padro explained that although the Urban Grape had only opened recently, the renewal of its license has already come up. A motion to support the renewal of the license passed unanimously.

501 New York Avenue NW Update

Commissioner Nigro reported that the Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing on ANC 2G’s appeal of the issuance of building permits to create a jail at 501 New York Avenue NW took place the day before. It went on for five hours. The lawyer that the ANC hired made a good case for the appeal. A decision from the board will take at least a month.

Nigro asked for a resolution to make another request to the Office of ANCs (OANC) for a grant for legal assistance with the appeal. ANC 2G had received a $5,000 grant from OANC and now she wanted to make another request for $5,000. Commissioner Padro wondered if the fact that the OANC has hired a Land Use Counsel would make them less likely to approve a new grant.

A motion to request another $5,000 grant from OANC for legal expenses passed unanimously.

ANC 2G will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 11. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to hold this meeting as a virtual conference. Visit www.anc2g.org for more information.