- Designation of a Secretary and Website Coordinator
- Review of Scope and Goals for TPI Committee
- Discussion of Ongoing Transportation and Infrastructure Projects in ANC2B
- Review and Discussion of Priority Topic Areas for 2014, including developing problem statements, specific goals, and assigning responsibilities
- Next Steps
ANC2B's new Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee is meeting for the first time this Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at 9 Dupont Circle NW (see map below).
With a special passion for traffic safety, including pedestrians and bicyclists, I am honored to chair this new committee. We have nine great members and are always in the market for more. Our agenda for Wednesday evening is:
You can learn more about the TPI Committee here.
The meeting will immediately follow a special meeting of ANC2B to discuss a public space application, which you can learn about here. Both of these meetings are open to the public so I hope to see you all there!
The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission announces a special meeting of ANC2B to consider a public space application for Lupo Verde at 1401 T St. NW.
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Location: 9 Dupont Circle, NW (Dupont Circle Resource Center)
Because of the timing of the restaurant's submittal, the ANC would not be able to consider the application until mid-May and a permit could not be issued until late-May. As DDOT has already reviewed the application, the ANC has decided to consider this application during a special meeting. If supported, the restaurant may be eligible to enjoy three to four weeks of operation of its sidewalk cafe during the Spring months that they otherwise would not have been able to. The application, which is consistent with their liquor license settlement agreement, requests 22 outdoor seats on T Street, and will close at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.
While we do not condone late submittals we believe it is in the best interest of the community and the restaurant to ensure this process proceeds as quickly as possible. As the a majority of commission members were already scheduled to be present for the Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday, we scheduled this special meeting to coincide.
I'll post more about the transportation committee this weekend, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for this special meeting on Wednesday April 23 at 7:00, followed immediately by the transportation meeting. And of course, if you have comments on the proposed public space permit for Lupo Verde, let me know!
About a month ago, Amsterdam Falafel opened at 1830 14th St NW. In talking the owner, Dane Cherry, the restaurant is doing great. There are families in all day and I appreciate another quick and inexpensive option on 14th St.
The restaurant's trash cans, including grease storage, is being kept in the alley between T and Swann Streets. I've heard loud and clear that neighbors are upset that trash cans are in the alley. There are two specific issues that i've heard: it may difficult to turn your vehicle into and out of the alley and the trash may attract rats.
First off, I know that the restaurant was inspected by DPW and received very high marks. I've walked by the trash several times and have found it to be in good order. I have never seen oil or grease leaking from the industrial-strength grease barrel. The trash is collected at least six times per week and often seven. This said, we want to respond to the specific concerns from neighbors.
I met with the owner this morning and I think we've worked out a potential solution. As soon as next week, the grease barrel will be moved to Douglas Auto Repair and will be stored next to their used oil. The empty space next door is owned by a person who leases to Floors on 14th. The owner of Floors on 14th, Kaveh, is in the process of becoming the owner of that property and will then allow Amsterdam Falafel to keep their dumpster behind the gate.
This is incredibly kind of both owners of these stores.
The plan will leave 3-4 recycling and cardboard bins in the alley, but it will remove the most harmful trash and will cut the number of containers in they alley by half. This will reduce the risk for additional rats in the alley and will make it easier for people to maneuver in their cars.
I want to make sure that folks know that both the owner of Amsterdam Falafel and I understand whats going on and are working on a solution.
You’re walking through the neighborhood and notice a streetlight out or graffiti on a building wall – who do you call to get it taken care of? At my ANC Commissioner orientation in early 2013, the District Department of Transportation provided a great handout on which DC agency is responsible for maintenance of certain parts of our neighborhood infrastructure.
Though specific issues may require finding the right person at these agencies, your best bet is to call 311 or download the 311 app on your smartphone. Uploading pictures through the app seems to get the issue to the front of the line.
The new ANC Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee, which I chair, will help to coordinate a
neighborhood-wide response to common issues such as sidewalk conditions, trash and beautification. There’s still a chance to put your name in for appointment to that committee, which the ANC will vote on at our April 9th meeting.
As always, if you notice something awry in the neighborhood, you can send me an email and I’ll be happy to find the right person to address it.
Its finally here! The long anticipated opening of Trader Joe's at 1914 14th St NW is Friday March 21st.
Please join TJ's management, Councilmember Jack Evans and me for a ribbon cutting tomorrow a few minutes before the doors open at 9am.
Trader Joe's will welcome their first customers and the folks at The Wydown - a great coffee joint opening permanently next door in May - will be passing out coffee in the morning.
So beat the afternoon rush, shop early, and come welcome our newest grocery store to the neighborhood. I hope to see you there!
At its regular meeting on March 12 the Dupont Circle ANC voted unanimously to establish a standing committee on transportation and public infrastructure. I am honored to serve as its chair for 2014.
You can read more about the role and scope of the TPI Committee here.
My colleagues expressed great interest in serving on the committee and the following were voted in as members:
NOW WE ARE SEEKING PUBLIC MEMBERS
Before setting an agenda for the committee, we need full membership and input from the public. I invite any 2B residents or business owners to contact me to discuss joining this new committee and improving the transportation system and public spaces in our neighborhood.
The committee will likely meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm, though we may not meet every month. At every meeting there will be an opportunity for any 2B community member to bring issues and ideas to the committee.
I look forward to hearing from folks interested in becoming committee members for 2014. We'll nominate and vote on committee members at our April 9th ANC meeting and then host our first TPI meeting on April 23rd. Thanks!
Tomorrow (Wednesday March 12) at our monthly ANC meeting I will introduce a motion to create and chair a new standing committee on transportation and public infrastructure.
Even before my 2012 election, I was hearing from neighbors that transit, parking, traffic and public space are top concerns that actually impact their day-to-day lives.
The new Transportation & Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee will help to coordinate the many great transportation activities ANC2B has ongoing and will provide a more formal opportunity for neighbors to bring transportation issues to the attention of their elected representatives.
The committee is also intended to be a resource for Commissioners and to liaison with other ANCs, DDOT, WMATA and WASA. To read my full proposal, click "download" below and let me know what you think!
The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating several persons of interest in connection with an armed carjacking, which occurredon Sunday, February 23, 2014, at approximately 4:07 am, in the 1700 block of U Street NW.
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery committed in the District of Columbia.
ALERT: Due to the DC Snow emergency, the Brookings Institution will be closed this evening. Therefore, tonight’s regular meeting of ANC 2B is CANCELED.
The make-up meeting will be held at 6:00pm this Monday, February 17th in the Foxhall A room of the Dupont Circle Hotel.
** Note the earlier time (6:00pm) and the different location (Dupont Circle Hotel) than our usual meetings.
Dupont Circle is truly a victim of its own success as this month we are hearing six public space applications, four historic preservation applications, one zoning variance and one alcohol license application, in addition to agenda items on public transit and our commission bylaws.
Unfortunately, we couldn't fit all of these items into three hours and so our Chair has called a special meeting to handle the overflow. The ANC meetings will be:
Wednesday February 12 at 7pm
Monday February 17 at 7pm
(click the dates for their agendas)
Of note this month for 2B09: an application for a new liquor license for Tico, moving into the Louis building at 14th and U. This American and Latin restaurant will have 150 seats and will be open for lunch, brunch and dinner. I welcome their concept and atmosphere to the neighborhood and have no problem with their occupancy, layout or hours requested. My only concern may be noise for the yet-to-move-in residents of the Louis who will live directly above the restaurant. I think that conversations with the restaurant, building management and the ANC could easily relieve those concerns.
If tonight's meeting is cancelled due to weather, we will get as far as we can on Monday the 17th and go from there. Check back here and on twitter and facebook for updates on weather.
Our regular monthly meetings take place at the Brookings Institution - 1775 Massachusetts Ave.