Join us Saturday September 27th at 10 at New Hampshire and T Street to help keep our neighborhood beautiful! Special thanks to neighbor Barry Karas for the great idea! And enormous thanks to Tom Lipinkski in Jack Evan's office and John Fanning from the Mayor's Office for the coordination.
On September 29, 2014 at 7pm the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission will hold a special meeting to discuss and vote on a Historic Preservation Review Board application for development at 1772 Church Street NW. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in this meeting. Public comments may have to be limited based on the number of attendees and time constraints.
The ANC will not discuss this matter at its regularly scheduled Wednesday September 10th meeting. A revised agenda for the September 10th meeting has been distributed.
This project was presented to the ANC at its July meeting and since then the developers have made revisions to the plan based on ANC comments. Those changes will be reviewed on September 29th.
The ANC provides recommendations to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Church Street project will be presented to the HPRB on October 2nd. Members of the public are encouraged to testify before the Board or to send written comments. More information on how to testify or submit comments is available here.
To review the revised project plans, click here.
To provide comments to ANC Commissioners prior to the meeting, please email email@example.com.
Check the Dupont ANC website for further information and updates.
Through a coordinated effort among neighbors, businesses and DDOT, five new bike racks were installed on the north side of the 1400 block of T Street in the last week.
The racks were requested by both residents and businesses due to high demand. With so many great new eateries opening at the corner in the last two years, there has been incredible demand for bike parking, especially since this is the intersection of two bike lanes. Cyclists had been locking their bikes to the decorative fences on T Street and to trees, tree boxes and street signs.
Originally, DDOT was unable to install the racks due a contract dispute and our business community stepped up. BakeHouse, Taqueria Nacional, Policy, Lupo Verde and Room & Board all offered to pay for the installation out of pocket. In the end, DDOT was able to install the racks using their funds – as it should be. I was happy to coordinate the process.
Thanks to all who brought this to my attention and who stepped up to better their community.
UPDATED: Art Soiree has amended their application and is now applying for later closing hours. We continue to work with their owners and neighbors to reach a reasonable agreement on how best to mitigate concerns about noise - especially since this is so close to residents. The ANC will rehear this case at our October 8 meeting.
Art Soiree is a well-respected art producer, gallery and curator in the
DC area that is looking for a new home. Earlier this year the owners, Sandro and Tati, reached out to me about the vacant space on the 2nd and 3rd floors of 1832 14th St. They introduced themselves and their concept to the ANC at our June meeting.
I'm so excited to support a new art gallery coming into our neighborhood, which is appropriated zoned as the ARTS overlay district.
Previously, 1832 14th St had been planned for a three story restaurant by the owner of Local 16. Several years ago they applied for a liquor license and a settlement agreement was reached between the ANC (representing the neighbors) and the applicant restaurant; however the establishment never opened and Floors on 14th has occupied the ground floor ever since. The agreement discusses how the restaurant would have mitigated concerns over noise, trash, rats, parking, etc.
Now Art Soiree is applying for a new "CX" license, which is a "multi-purpose" license that can be used for various events, but not regular dining or drinking. The idea is that the space will be used partially as a permanent office for the small business and partially as gallery and event space. Events would be relatively small because of the limited space and would end early on weeknights. There is no intention for this to be a loud or disruptive event space, merely a place for gallery showings with the occasional live band. Importantly, there is no outdoor space applied for or conceived for this establishment.
I asked Sandro and Tati to agree to the same stipulations as were agree upon previously and they have concurred. They're even requesting earlier closing hours than what was agreed to by the neighbors several years ago. Below you can download the previous agreement, which will be substantially similar to the new agreement.
My hope is that we can successfully negotiate the agreement before our ANC Meeting on Wednesday the 10th and then support this application for a new CX license. I believe the existing agreement adequately addresses concerns about noise, trash (which will be contained off of public space), and deliveries.
If you have suggestions for further revisions, please let me know ASAP so I can include them this weekend.
The Dupont ANC will have its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday September 10th at 7:00 pm at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Ave NW).
Of note to our neighborhood are several 2B09 projects up for discussion:
One other note on the agenda is that though it appears there now, the St. Thomas Church development project will not be voted on in September by the ANC. The full agenda, which will be republished on Sunday, is available here.
A note from our neighbors at the Spooky Action Theater:
Furniture, designer clothing, shoes, linens, artwork, kitchen ware, fascinating antique items and more, much more!
As part of a series of fundraiser events, Spooky Action will host a fun, fantastic Giant Yard Sale. We will have furniture, designer men's and women's clothing, shoes, linens (table and bed), artwork, kitchen items, serving ware, decorative stoneware, books, electronic equipment, fascinating antique items and more! Come and support our fantastic 2014-2015 Season.
We are currently offering volunteer opportunities. Help us during this amazing event and receive a discount on sale items plus a complimentary ticket to our next production!
If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spooky Action Huge Yard Sale
Saturday, September 13, from 8:00AM to 2:00PM
1810 16th St NW
The Universalist National Memorial Church
For more information about the Yard Sale and upcoming events, see www.spookyaction.org
or contact Spooky Action Theater at 202-248-0301
On Friday, DDOT proposed new regulations to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe when a construction project closes a sidewalk or bike lane. The regulations implement a section of the Bicycle Safety Amendments Act of 2013, which I helped to author and ANC2B supported.
Simply stated: the regulations put the safety of pedestrians and cyclists first and the convenience of developers and construction companies a distant second.
In 2012 the Dupont and Logan Circle ANCs held joint listening sessions on public safety issues and bike and pedestrian safety was a top concern. This has influenced much of my work on the ANC for the last two years.
In ANC 2B09 when the Louis project was being built, I noted that on the east side of the street there was a protected and well lit wooden canopy walkway for pedestrians, while on the west side the Louis offered nothing more than a standard issue three foot high traffic barrier as protection. Only in the last two months of construction did they build the canopy pictured above.
In March 2013 I testified before the DC Council on the need to better define the term “Safe Accommodation” as it relates to pedestrians and cyclists when a sidewalk or bike lane is closed for construction. My language was signed into law and over the last few months I have worked with DDOT, WABA and the Bicycle Advisory Council to draft regulations that enforce those requirements.
The regulations require that developers submit traffic management plans to DDOT prior to granting of a permit that clearly show how the construction will not impede the safety and flow of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. If a sidewalk or bike lane must be closed, there are rules for how it must be handled and what accommodation must be provided to those impacted.
This is a huge win for our most vulnerable road users. I am overjoyed to see this success through from Council hearing to passage to regulation to implementation.
In December 2012, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B adopted a resolution, recommending action on safety improvements to pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure within the ANC.
The ANC never received a formal response to these request and in revisiting these requests, the ANC 2B Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee found that these action items still require attention from DDOT. In July, we sent DDOT another letter reiterating our requests to better maintain bicycle lanes in our neighborhood and to paint markings on sidewalks in the downtown business district clearly indicating that bikes are not allowed.
These are both pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives that are designed to reduce the incidence of bikes and walkers sharing the same space. The letter reads, in part:
The ANC 2B Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee is working on solutions
You can read the full letter after the break.
Informing the community about development, events and issues is a chief role of an ANC Commissioner. I’m always trying to improve neighborhood communications and I’ve created a new regular email update that you can sign up for to receive timely information.
Take a look at my inaugural update HERE.
Sign up by clicking on Contact above and provide your name and email address.
Please let your friends and neighbors know as well! Thanks and enjoy!
The Dupont Current published a front page story about the work of our Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee (which I chair) in this week's paper. The article focuses on our meeting last week with DDOT officials when we discussed what options are feasible to alleviate parking concerns in the neighborhood. I'll have a more complete analysis of that meeting posted shortly, but in the meantime you can read the full Current article HERE.
The District Source also covered the meeting last week and published a great article, HERE.