Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E convened at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Marge Maceda, Chair, ANC 6E05
Alexander M. Padro, Vice Chair, ANC 6E01
Antonio D. Barnes, Secretary, ANC 6E06 (arrived late)
Kevin L. Chapple, Treasurer, ANC 6E02 (arrived late)
Rachelle P. Nigro, ANC 6E04
Frank S. Wiggins, ANC 6E03
Alfreda S. Judd, ANC 6E07 (arrived late)
Chair Maceda recognized Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director, Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, who was in the audience.
MOTION:Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Wiggins seconded that the Agenda be approved as submitted. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, and Wiggins) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
MOTION:Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that the Minutes of the ANC 6E Public Meeting of February 3, 2015 be approved with corrections to be submitted to the Secretary. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Nigro, Wiggins, Barnes, Chapple) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions. (Commissioner Judd had not yet arrived).
Crime statistics for the past 30 days are as follows:
|1D (PSA 103)
|3D (PSA 308)
|2/3/15 to 3/3/15
|2/3/15 to 3/3/15
|Robbery Excluding Gun
|Robbery with Gun
|Assault Dangerous Weapon Excluding Gun
|Assault Dangerous Weapon With Gun
|Violent Crimes Total
|Theft from Auto
|Property Crimes Total
Lt. Brian Murphy 1D (PSA 103) reported on crime for the last 30 days compared to the same period last year. He reported that there was a decrease in Violent Crime of 17%. There was one in the last 30 days compared to four last year. We are up 2 in Assaults with a Dangerous Weapon from two last year. Property Crime is down 21% this past 30 days. There was an increase in thefts – 20 compared to 13 last year. Overall crime in PSA 103 is down 20% this past 30 days.
Commissioner Maceda asked about a day time “grab ‘n go” by a bunch of teenagers at 425 I Street, N.W. Officer Murphy responded that that occurred yesterday. It was a large group of juveniles in China Town and the group was believed to have committed a robbery of a cell phone. Also there was an aggravated assault at 425 I Street.
Commissioner Nigro stated that last night there was an incident involving a whole bunch of cars down on L Street. Officer Murphy responded that this individual was stopped.
A question and answer period followed.
Officer Berlin 3D (PSA 308) reported on crime for the period February 16th to March 1st. There was one aggravated assault in the 1600 block of 9th Street, N.W. where shots were fired into a vehicle from another vehicle. There was one sound of gun shots at 5th & N Streets, NW, no robberies, no burglaries, and one domestic violence assault. The biggest problem is thefts from auto – there were only three during this period. There are three fixed posts where police are stationed all day and all night where crime (homicides, sounds of gunshots, aggravated assaults, etc.) is occurring: 5th & N, 7th & O, 8th & R.
Commissioner Padro asked if Officer Berlin could explain the legalities of the new DC law regarding marijuana. Officer Berlin stated that individuals are not allowed to purchase or sell it, but individuals can have possession of six plants, three of which cannot be mature. An individual can possess up to two ounces or less on public space, but in an individual’s house, there is no limit, so if there are 6 people in a house over 21, they can each have six plants. Individuals can’t sell or buy, but they can transfer (as long as there is no money given).
MOTION:Commissioner Maceda moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that ANC 6E support the request for support of Ottoman Taverna, 425 I Street, NW, for an ABRA license, with the provision that the Settlement Agreement be incorporated as part of the license application, and that said support be communicated in writing to the ABC Board and ABRA. The Motion passed 5 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 1 abstention (Commissioner Wiggins).
Commissioner Padro stated the ABC Licensing Committee met last Thursday and voted unanimously that this application be supported.
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that ANC 6E support the request of Grand Cata, 1550 7th Street, NW, for an ABC Retailer’s Class A License Beverage Sales Permit and that said support be communicated in writing to the ABC Board and ABRA. The Motion passed 5 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, and Wiggins) – 0 nays – 1 abstention (Commissioner Barnes).
MOTION:Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that ANC 6E protest the liquor license application for Bacaro, 1400 block of 8th Street, NW on the grounds of peace, order and quiet, with the provision that if the applicant agrees to request that the ABC Board extend its deadline for the ANC’s correspondence to be submitted by seven days, then the protest will not be filed and ANC 6E will actually hear this case at its meeting on April 7, 2015. The Motion passed, unanimously 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, and Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0
MOTION:Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Wiggins seconded that ANC 6E support the Public Space Application for an unenclosed outdoor café of Beau Thai, 1550 7th Street, NW, and that said support be communicated in writing to the Public Space Committee and the Director of DDOT with the proviso that Beau Thai installs security cameras that would allow the monitoring of the outdoor seating area. The Motion passed 4 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Chapple, and Wiggins) – 0 nays – 2 abstentions (Commissioners Barnes and Nigro).
Nicole Mitchell stated she lived in this home as a single person for five years, then got married and moved out to the suburbs. She would like to return to Washington and reoccupy the home.
Chair Maceda stated that the request for zoning relief was heard last Thursday by the Zoning Committee and two requests were made: (1) letters of support from the neighbors; and (2) has the applicant talked to her contractors that construction will not start before 8:00 a.m.? The architect responded affirmatively.
Commissioner Nigro stated that there is lot of activity going on on Ridge Street. She understands the applicant’s need for space, but the problem is the request for lot increases. Lydia Goring, who lives behind the applicant, spoke in opposition to the applicant’s request. Another resident – 4th house – spoke in support of her request. Martin asked what size of construction equipment was being used because the alley is very narrow and damage could result. The applicant responded that small construction equipment will be used. Ms. Martin spoke in opposition to the request.
The architect stated that getting HPRB to support this project was not easy and they managed to do it because they were willing to compromise and scale it down significantly. What they are proposing is a very modest increase in size to the house and what they are asking for is a special exception for lot occupancy. The third story does not require a variance or a special exception. She is legally allowed to do that because they have designed it in a way that is sensitive to the historic character of the townhouse which is why HPRB approved it for the first time. She and her client came to HPRB with a willingness to compromise, to work with them, and they addressed every concern HPRB raised.
[Commissioner Judd arrives.]
MOTION: Commissioner Nigro moved that ANC 6E not support the variance for an increase in lot occupancy for 440 Ridge Street, NW. The Motion failed for lack of a second.
Commissioner Padro stated that in the past ANC supported a senior citizen request for lot occupancy to be able to put a small one person elevator on the back of her house because she had some health issues. This is an extremely modest amount of relief being requested (20”) and he supports it.
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Wiggins seconded that ANC 6E support the BZA case for zoning relief for the addition at 440 Ridge Street, NW and that said support be communicated in writing to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, Barnes, Judd) – 1 nay (Commissioner Nigro) – 0 abstentions.
MOTION:Commissioner Wiggins moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that ANC 6E support the concept design of 801-811 N Street, NW and that said support be communicated in writing to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Wiggins, Padro, Maceda, Nigro, Chapple, Judd) – 1 nay (Commissioner Barnes) – 0 abstentions.
to handle men in the daytime. Quite a few of these people are seniors. They gave six (6) other locations in DC. They are located by the Government Printing Office and want to know how better they can serve the community. They have meeting rooms which are available if needed. He invited the ANC to come visit them. Commissioner Nigro asked about the Executive Dinners they hold.
A resident asked why the ANC was allowed to carry so much money in its checking account when every agency in DC has to spend its money by the end of the year and are not allowed to carry it over. Gottlieb responded that ANCs are allowed to do this and the theory behind that is so they will not be like the agencies which try to push out money at the end of the year to ensure that they can get an allocation or increase next year. The ANCs are allowed to hold the money so that they can use it in the most responsible manner necessary and not spend the money just for the sake of spending money.
Commissioner Maceda stated that the format of the newsletter has changed and that the front page has an article about someone in the local community. She asked residents to submit their comments on Facebook.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, 6:30 p.m.