Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E convened at the Northwest One Library, 155 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Marge Maceda, Chair, ANC 6E05
Alexander M. Padro, Vice Chair, ANC 6E01
Antonio D. Barnes, Secretary, ANC 6E06
Kevin L. Chapple, Treasurer, ANC 6E02
Rachelle P. Nigro, ANC 6E04
Frank S. Wiggins, ANC 6E03
Alfreda S. Judd, ANC 6E07
The meeting was called to order 6:08 p.m. The roll was called and the presence of a quorum was noted.
Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Maceda seconded that the Agenda be approved as amended. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded that the Minutes of the ANC 6E Public Meeting of February 2, 2016 be approved with corrections to be submitted to the Secretary. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
Crime statistics for the indicated periods are as follows:
|Offense||1D (PSA 103)||3D (PSA 308)|
|2/1/2015 to 3/1/2015||2/1/2016 to 3/1/2016||2/1/2015 to 3/1/2015||2/1/2016 to 3/1/2016|
|Robbery Excluding Gun||18||25||10||13|
|Robbery with Gun||5||9||6||5|
|Assault Dangerous Weapon Excluding Gun||8||13||10||10|
|Assault Dangerous Weapon With Gun||3||1||4||2|
|Violent Crimes Total||35||54||33||32|
|Theft from Auto||104||109||117||202|
|Property Crimes Total||303||348||300||378|
Officer F. J. Martello of 1D (PSA 103) – reported on crime for the past 30 days compared to the same period last year: Homicides: 2015: 0; 2016: 1; ADW: 2015: 7; 2016: 0; Robberies: 2015: 3: 2016: 3; Overall Violent Crime is up and Property Crime is up.
Officer Douglas Berlin of 3D (PSA 308) – reported a decline in violent crime and a dramatic rise in property crime (thefts from auto and thefts). Violent crime is down from last year. He asked residents to tell their guests not to leave items in their vehicles where they can be seen.
Commissioner Wiggins reported that there is a white male, 45-50 years old, bald, who is going around telling people he has been robbed and then soliciting money from them. Officer Berlin responded there is no longer any undercover vice in the District anymore.
Commissioner Wiggins stated that the anniversary of the Tamara Gliss murder is coming up in three months and asked if a police tent can be set up on O Street between 6th and 7th Streets.
MOTION: Commissioner Wiggins moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded that ANC 6E draft a letter to senior officials at MPD requesting that a tent be placed on O Street between 6th and 7th Streets. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions. [Commissioner Nigro had temporarily left the meeting].
Martin Moulton stated (1) more enforcement is needed at Bundy Park, and (2) the Public Safety Committee of the DC City Council is meeting tomorrow, March 2, 2016 and that residents should contact their councilmember between today and tomorrow.
[Commissioner Nigro returns to the meeting at 6:40 p.m.]
The estimated construction period will run from January 2016 to approximately July 2017.
Martin Moulton provided copies of a Community Impact Statement to be presented to the Honorable Judge Lynn Leibovitz in the matter of the sentencing hearing of Tyrone Wade and requested ANC 6E support.MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Wiggins seconded that ANC 6E approve the letter to be presented to the Honorable Judge Lynn Leibovitz in the matter of the sentencing hearing of Tyrone Wade with some minor edits that he will provide to Martin Moulton. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, Nigro, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
Commissioner Padro stated that Darren Buck of DDOT was supposed to attend tonight’s meeting, but was unable to be here.General Overview: The Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane project is driven by a need to connect central DC neighborhoods to downtown, as well as existing east-west bicycle facilities. DDOT is seeking to create a north/south protected bike lane linking the eastern part of DC from the Ledroit Park/Howard/Shaw neighborhoods to Pennsylvania Avenue and downtown. While there are multiple east-west dedicated bike lanes across the city, currently the only contiguous north-south protected lane is 15th Street, NW.
Commissioner Maceda stated there were four (4) different options for bike lanes in the ANC 6E area. She called upon Commissioner Padro to elaborate on the options DDOT has put together for 5th, 6th and 9th
1. Option 0: No build.
2. Option 1: 5th & 6th Street Protected Bike Couplets: This consists of a one-way northbound bike lane on the east side of 5th coupled with one way southbound protected bike lane on the west side of 6th Street.
3. Option 2: Protected Curbside Bike Lanes on each side of 6th Street: This is for a northbound protected bike lane on the east side of the street and a southbound protected bike lane on the west side of the street.
4. Option 3: Two-Way Protected Bike Lanes on the East Side of 6th Street: This consists of a two-way protected cycle track on the east side of 6th Street.
5. Option 4: Two-Way Protected Bike Lanes on the East Side of 9th Street: This consists of a two-way protected cycle track on the east side of 9th Street.
Commissioner Padro stated that ANC 6E is concerned about the impact of bike lanes in the ANC 6E area and cited the following: (1) parking disruptions; (2) pedestrian impacts; (3) vehicular traffic – impact in the time it takes vehicles to traverse the area during rush hour periods. He raised the impact of making 6th Street a one-way street and would like to make a recommendation to convert 6th Street to a one-way street south to Rhode Island Avenue. Commissioner Wiggins questioned the origin of the one-way south bound option for 6th St and Commissioner Padro claimed it was his idea. Making 6th street a one-way thoroughfare is not a current option according to DDOT’s own web site. Commissioner Wiggins is totally against making 6th Street a one-way south or northbound street.
Philip Koopman, Co-Owner of Bicycle Space, stated there will be a resident comment period until March 15, 2016.
Commissioner Maceda called upon the audience for comments. The following is a synopsis:
|Philip Koopman, Bicycle Space||He stated that the goal overall is to create a protected bike network. He further stated that the 6th Street option (Option 3) with two lanes together on one side is the best option and has the least impact on parking on Sundays.|
|Apostle Green, United House of Prayer||Stated it was his hope that the bicycle community would be sensitive to the local community; 6th Street should not be included and traffic impacts have been overlooked; he requested that the status quo remain;|
|Rev. Frederick Massey, Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church||While they are not anti-bikers, they are not interested in the bike lanes and they support Option 0 – No Build.|
|Lydia Goring||Stated she lives on M Street, has been riding bikes for 40 years, and supports bike lanes on 6th Street.|
|Martin Moulton||Stated he is on the Board of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and has actually been hit by a vehicle while bike riding and that it is a serious problem.|
|Commissioner Frank Wiggins||His constituents are against bike lanes on 6th Street; he would support a No Build on 6th Street.|
|Commissioner Rachelle Nigro||She would support a bike lane down 9th Street first; if it has to be 6th Street, she would prefer Option 3.|
|Commissioner Kevin Chapple||His constituents are pro bike lanes.|
|Commissioner Alexander Padro||He supports protected bike lanes.|
|Commissioner Marge Maceda||She is in favor of bikes lanes. She thinks 6th Street may be a good option, but she would consider 7th or 9th Streets. She does not want 5th and 6th Streets to be one way with bike lanes.|
|Commissioner Antonio Barnes||He stated he was not for bikes lanes on 6th Street.|
Commissioner Padro stated that he just received an email from Darren Buck of DDOT which stated they will keep the record open for ANC 6E’s recommendation to be presented at their Public Meeting on April 5, 2016.
Ran Nussbacher spoke in regard to the Public Space application for an outdoor café by Shouk Restaurant located in the AAMC Building at 613 K Street, NW. The restaurant will be opening in mid-April. Shouk Restaurant is seeking support for a small outdoor café with 12 seats that will be ADA The applicant met with the ANC 6E Zoning Committee which supported the application.MOTION:
Commissioner Maceda moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that ANC 6E support the Public Space Application of Shouk Restaurant, 613 K Street, NW, for an unenclosed café and that said support be communicated in writing to the Public Space Committee of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
This item had been tabled at the February 2, 2016 ANC 6E Public Meeting in order that ANC 6E have an opportunity to review the applicant’s Letter of Intent before voting.At the February meeting, Y. Ajoke Agboola, Griffin, Murphy, Moldenhauer, & Wiggins, LLP, spoke on behalf of the applicant who is seeking variance relief from the lot area requirements, the lot occupancy requirements, and a special exception from the nonconforming use requirements to allow the expansion of existing residential buildings and conversion of an office use to a neighborhood retail or service establishment. They have addressed neighbors’ concerns. They have reduced the number of units from 26 to 22, with approximately 31 parking spaces and neighborhood retail space. They are proposing a full level of below grade parking and agreed to an RPP Permit restriction.
Update 3/1/16: They are scheduled to appear before BZA on March 15, 2016.
The Commission reviewed the letter to ANC 6E dated February 23, 2016 from Griffin, Murphy, Moldenhauer & Wiggins, LLP. In that letter, the applicant agreed to increase the number of parking spaces offered at the property from 9 spaces to approximately 29 spaces by constructing one floor of below grade parking – an expensive endeavor that was not initially anticipated.
Commissioner Nigro stated there is still division within the community. She read the following statement about RPP that she would like to see added to the Letter of Intent the applicant will submit to BZA as well as to the letter that ANC 6E will send:
“ The Applicant/Condo Board shall include in its condominium documentation a provision that prohibits residents/owners from obtaining a Residential Parking Permit (“RPP”) for the Property from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”), under penalty of fine(s) against the condominium owner.
Jeffrey Utz, Goulston & Storrs, spoke on behalf of the applicant. They appeared before ANC 6E’s Zoning Committee last week and received a favorable outcome. They are seeking ANC 6E support to their BZA application for: (1) a special exception from the rooftop structure requirements; and (2) relief from the requirement to be no more than 20% deviating from the vertical plane, to permit the renovation and expansion of an existing commercial building at 470-476 K Street, NW.
MOTION: Commissioner Maceda moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded that ANC 6E support the application for relief of K Street Development Company, LLC, 470-476 K Street, NW, for (1) a special exception from the rooftop structure requirements; and (2) relief from the requirement to be no more than 20% deviating from the vertical plane, to permit the renovation and expansion of an existing commercial building at 470-476 K Street, NW, and that said support be communicated in writing to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The Motion passed unanimously 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0
The applicant is seeking relief from BZA for variances from (1) parking, (2) height restriction, and (3) lot coverage to construct a new three story plus basement, two-family row house on an existing vacant lot. (1) Parking: there is no alley access; (2) Height Restriction: used to be 40 feet; building is 37.8 feet tall; (3) Lot Coverage: lot only 13 feet wide; 66.70% – less than the 70% requirement. The ANC 6E Zoning Committee met and voted to support the variance for parking relief.MOTION:
Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded that ANC 6E support the request for variance relief of 445 M Street, NW, from the height restriction and the lot coverage, but not the parking relief, and that this be communicated in writing to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The Motion failed by a vote of 2 yeas (Commissioners Nigro and Barnes) – 3 nays (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, and Wiggins) – 1 abstention (Commissioner Chapple).MOTION:
Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that ANC 6E support the request for variance relief of 445 M Street, NW, from the: (1) height restriction, (2) lot coverage, and (3) parking, and that said support be communicated in writing to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). The Motion passed, 4 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Wiggins, Chapple) – 2 nays (Commissioners Nigro and Barnes) – 0 abstentions.
On 1/5/16, the DC City Council passed Councilmember Charles Allen’s bill, the Private Security Camera System Incentive Program Emergency Act, which nearly doubles the number of maximum rebates possible – up to $200 per property and $750 per business, nonprofit, or religious institution. This effort also ensures that the highest crime area in each Ward receives priority for rebates, extends the length of time funds are available, and extends eligibility for the rebates to non-profit organizations.Commissioner Padro stated that some areas of the city are being included and some areas are being excluded. Accordingly, ANC 6E needs to request Mayor Bowser to add all PSAs to the program.
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded that ANC 6E request that all Police Service Areas (PSAs) be added to the Private Security Camera System Incentive Program Emergency Act and that this request be communicated in writing to Mayor Bowser of the District of Columbia. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
Commissioner Chapple reported the balance in the checking account is $59,343.54.MOTION: Commissioner Chapple moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Nigro, Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, and Barnes) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions.
MOTION: There being no further business to come before the Commission, Commissioner Maceda moved and Commissioner Barnes seconded that the meeting be adjourned. The Motion passed unanimously, 6 yeas (Commissioners Padro, Maceda, Chapple, Wiggins, Barnes, and Nigro) – 0 nays – 0 abstentions. The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.