Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C convened at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Chair Alexander M. Padro presided.
Alexander M. Padro, Chair, ANC 2C01
Kevin L. Chapple, Treasurer, ANC 2C02
Doris L. Brooks, ANC 2C03
Rachelle P. Nigro, Vice Chair & Secretary, ANC 2C04
Commissioner Padro called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. Commissioner Nigro called the roll and the presence of a quorum was noted.
Commissioner Chapple moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that the Agenda be approved as submitted. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 – 0 – 0.
Lt. Jeffery Carroll of Police Service Area 308 reported on crime activity in the area for the period August 7 – September 5, 2011 as follows:
Thefts from Vehicles: 12
Stolen Autos: 9
Assaults with Dangerous Weapons: 4
Sexual Assaults: 1
Lt. Carroll reported that robberies are on the increase and involve incidents in which residents are talking on their cell phones or texting and not paying attention to their surroundings. He urged residents to make an inventory of valuables in their homes, including serial numbers.
A question and answer period followed.
DC Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe reported that the department has been extremely busy over the last two weeks. He advised that schools opened on time and that the department will be busy this week with the upcoming 9/11 ten- year commemoration.
He introduced Deputy Chief Shelley Nicholson who advised that blood pressure testing and glucose testing was taking place in the lower lobby. She added that the department has a smoke detector giveaway where 5,000 smoke detectors will be given away in Wards 7 and 8. She advised that if anyone ever wondered why a fire truck and ambulance are always dispatched during an emergency, it was because life comes first and property second. She provided the phone number for the Office of the Fire Chief, 202-673-3320, and noted that there was a 24 hour turnaround response time for the smoke alarm distribution.
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Victor L. Hoskins, and Project Manager, Ketan Gada, spoke regarding Parcel 42, a site that has been vacant for decades. It was previously owned by the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, which no longer exists. The city would like to get feedback from residents on what they would like to see on this site. The project will consist of affordable apartments, which will be priced for renters earning no more than 50 percent of the Area Median Income, but will not be 100% affordable, unless additional subsidies can be found. The District of Columbia will be contributing $8 million to the project, which is the value of the land the parcel occupies. Request for Proposals will go out in late September/early October to potential developers.
Mr. Ketan Gada advised that Roadside Development approached the Office of DMPED for right of entry at Parcel 40 (7th and P Streets, NW, Northeast Corner) and this is being discussed. Commissioner Padro asked whether the Deputy Mayor intends to offer an RFP right now. Mr. Gada responded not at this time and that the right of entry can be terminated with a 30-day notice.
Armond Spikell and Susan Linsky of Roadside Development provided an update to the CityMarket at O project. The project will include over 87,000 square feet of retail, 600 residential units, and over 500 parking spaces. It will produce up to 400 full time equivalent jobs. Additionally, both Roadside Development and Giant Food have committed to recruiting and hiring Shaw residents for the project, with 52% of all new hires being DC residents.
The Giant Food store will be closing on September 8, 2011. Jamie Miller and Steve Mason of Giant Food advised that there will be a shuttle service starting on September 8th to their store in Columbia Heights. Commissioner Padro raised the following: (1) the shuttle bus was originally intended for handicapped and disabled residents; (2) how were the days on which the shuttle will operate determined; (3) the location of the shuttle bus; (4) the original dedication plaque from the old building should be installed in the new store.
Greg Rule of Clark Construction advised that preparation of the site will begin by the end of October/early November 2011. The west wall of the historic market building will be disassembled first. Bracing of the façade will follow. The project will take two years to complete.
It was reported that the financing is coming from a private equity firm, is very solid, and the loan is guaranteed by HUD.
Skip Coburn reported that the Ward 6 Redistricting Task Force has 11 members and was tasked with recommending adjustment of the boundaries of the ANC area and single member districts. Each single member district shall have a population of approximately 2,000 people, and shall be as nearly equal as possible. The boundaries shall conform to the greatest extent possible with the 2010 census block boundaries established by the Bureau of the Census. A number of map handouts were discussed.
Commissioner Padro raised the following points: (1) area between N. Capitol Street and Union Station railroad tracks, with no population; should this be yielded to ANC 6C?; (2) SMD configurations should only change where required by changes in population or geography; (3) area south of Massachusetts Avenue was taken away by Task Force; an option to restore art of this area with its population has been proposed by the working group on ANC 6E (new ANC 2C with part of ANC 6C).
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Chapple seconded that ANC 2C transfer the area east of North Capitol Street, south of K Street, NE to ANC 6C. The Motion passed 3 yeas – 0 nays – 1 abstention (Commissioner Brooks).
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Chapple seconded that ANC 2C approve the map that includes the area bounded by the Center Leg Freeway, Massachusetts Avenue, E Street, and New Jersey Avenue, NW and recommend that this area be transferred to ANC 6E. The Motion passed, 3 yeas – 0 nays – 1 abstention (Commissioner Brooks).
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Chapple seconded that ANC 2C adopt the ANC 6E map provided by Ward 6 Redistricting Task Force with the changes that have been recommended by ANC 2C. The Motion passed, 2 yeas – 1 nay (Commissioner Nigro) – 1 abstention (Commissioner Brooks).
Paul Millstein of Douglas Development spoke regarding the request for support for Historic Preservation Review Board approval of 801 7th Street, NW.
MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Chapple seconded that ANC 2C support the request for support for Historic Preservation Review Board approval of Douglas Development’s plans for 801 7th Street, NW and that said support be communicated to the Historic Preservation Review Board. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 – 0 – 0.
Commissioner Chapple moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that this matter be tabled until the next ANC 2C Public Meeting. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 – 0 – 0.
Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that
ANC 2C support the request of 901 Restaurant for a Public Space Permit for Outdoor Seating and that said support be communicated to the Public Space Committee of the District Department of Transportation. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 – 0 – 0.
Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that
ANC 2C support the street closures required to conduct the Chinese New Year Parade on January 29, 2012 and that said support be communicated to the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and the Mayor’s Special Events Task Force. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 – 0 – 0.
No representative was present from Department of Health Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration.
Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that the invoice submitted by Karen L. Loveridge in the amount of $125.00 for the minutes of the ANC 2C Public Meeting of September 7, 2011 be approved. The Motion passed unanimously, 4 – 0 – 0.
There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
NEXT ANC 2C MEETING: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 6:30 p.m.,
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library