ANC 6B Report – June 2017

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The quorum: Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), Nick Burger (6B06, treasurer), Denise Krepp (6B10), Diane Hoskins (6B02, vice chair), Steve Hagedorn (6B05), Aimee Grace (6B07), Kristin Oldenburg (6B04), and Daniel Ridge (6B09, secretary). Chair Chander Jayaraman (6B08) was away.

Community Speak-Out
David Meadows, chief of staff to Councilmember Anita Bonds (I-At Large), presented on the recent work done by the councilmember. In particular, he drew attention to the legislation she had just introduced related to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). The legislation will exempt owner-occupied single-family homes with accessory dwelling units from TOPA laws under certain circumstances. He said this was necessary because, as the law is currently written, renters are delaying the sales of single-family homes or asking for money in exchange for avoiding such a delay. He said sometimes these renters were not long-term residents or were even short-term renters through Airbnb.

Alcohol and Beverage Regulation Administration Presentation
Alcohol and Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Director Fred Mossally presented on the changes made to the mediation process. Mediation is mandatory between applicants for licenses and people who protest a license. Mossally said that the changes addressed three issues. First, they clarified the mediator role, explicitly stating that the mediator was not to advise parties. Second, parties can now request a change in mediator. Third, mediators will now be reviewed every six months by a supervisor, who will sit in on a mediation session and offer an assessment of and feedback on the performance.

Commissioners Hoskins and Samolyk, who co-chair the Outreach and Constituent Services Taskforce (OCSTF), asked Mossally if ABRA enforced rodent infractions. When he indicated that it did, the commissioners expressed interest in working with ABRA on the issue and having a representative attend the June 20 OCSTF meeting.

Alcohol Beverage Control Committee
The commissioners unanimously supported the application for a Brew Pub Amendment to the existing license of The Ugly Mug at 723 Eighth St. SE. The amendment is to allow the installation of equipment on the street-level floor to produce 275 barrels or 525 half-kegs of beer. The brew pub will be called Valor Brew Pub, and beer will be produced under license from the Veteran Beer Company of Chicago. The brewing operation will be the first of its kind and will exclusively hire veteran employees. A portion of the profits will go to the charity Fold the Flag.

Planning and Zoning Committee
A public space application was heard in regard to paving the alley between Seventh and Eighth streets SE, just north of the Hine School project. The alley will be paved in two phases to reduce the impact on the neighborhood, and each phase is estimated to require three weeks to complete. During the first phase, no blockage is expected in the north-south direction, but there will be blockage in the second phase. The goal is to begin phase one in mid- to late July, allowing time for communication about the more impactful phase two.

The alley provides access to trash containers for bars and restaurants on Seventh Street as well as garages for homes that front on Eighth Street. Commissioner Hoskins said it will be a high-impact project and that is why early coordination and communication with neighbors is necessary. The application was supported, 7-0 (Commissioner Krepp being out of the room).

A two-story front addition and the conversion of a one-story rear addition to two stories and a side addition at 1108 South Carolina Ave. was the subject of both a historical preservation application (HPA) and a Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) application. Neighbors voiced concern about the building’s front porch, which some believed to be original. Neighbors also argued that the addition of the porch altered the unusual L-shape of the building. The architect submitted modifications to the front porch plans to accommodate some of the concerns and switched much of the planned stucco to wood. The commissioners supported the HPA application, 7-1.

The BZA application for the same address asked for relief of lot occupancy requirements from 64 to 69 percent. The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee had asked for a sun study because neighbors raised concerns about the effect of the addition on their backyard sunlight. Since the study showed relatively minor effect, the application was supported, 5-0, with 3 abstentions.

Architects Foulger-Pratt appeared to update the ANC on plans for the renovation of the Safeway at 415 14th St. SE. The development will be a mixed-use project with 329 units. Having met twice with the community and the P&Z Committee, Foulger-Pratt made many architectural changes to the project in response to community feedback. These include the addition of distinctive design components to mirror the neighborhood. The architect brought drawings showing streetscapes from the perspective of a person walking around the building. The architects drew attention to the public/private court, movable dining options, and landscaping. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a letter sending feedback to the Office of Planning on the topic.

Transportation Committee
Commissioner and Chair of the Transportation Committee Oldenburg presented a letter drafted by the committee to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) about the Pennsylvania Avenue and Potomac Avenue SE intersection. The letter offered the ANC’s opinion on three possible alternatives: a triangle park, a rectangle park, and an ellipse park. The letter stated that ANC 6B supported the ellipse park plan first, the rectangle park second, and the triangle park not at all. Commissioner Grace offered a friendly amendment, noting that she represented residents of the Jenkins Row Condominium. They do not want a Metrobus stop placed near their entrance at the southwest corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and favor the triangle park alternative, where the bus stop is farther from the building. Residents of 14th Street and Ives Place SE, south of the intersection, prefer the rectangle or ellipse alternatives but disliked the layout of the 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue intersection.

After some discussion, the letter was endorsed, with a friendly amendment noting the concerns of the Jenkins Row Condominium residents, by a vote of 6-1-0.

ANC 6B regularly meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11.