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.
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.
The Dupont Festival, a great organization that seeks to utilize Dupont Circle for year-round public events, is once again hosting Potomac Phil - Washington's very own groundhog. From the organizers:
Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, will make an appearance and offer weather and political predictions. Phil will let us know whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Live accordion music, polka dancers, puppet show, VIP celebrities and more. Dupont Circle, at the fountain. The event will begin at 7:30AM, Potomac Phil will emerge at approximately 8AM.
I'll be there with a top hat! I hope to see you on the 2nd!
We have a packed agenda for the Wednesday, January 8th monthly Dupont ANC meeting. Some items specific to 2B09 include:
In addition, I'm very excited to welcome DC Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to our neighborhood. The chief will present on a few new initiatives from the department and then take questions.
As you may know, my full time job is to investigate ways to strengthen ambulance systems across the country and so I'll be taking this opportunity to ask the chief about what plans he has to increase the quality of our emergency medical system in DC. I want to know specifically how his department measures performance for ambulance calls that goes beyond response times.
There have been several significant issues reported in the media over the last year with the fire department, including a shortage of paramedics and transport ambulances; these are a matter of supply and I'd like to know what the city is doing to decrease demand. What can be done in our community to educate residents on when and why an ambulance is needed? How can we take care of minor but chronic conditions before they escalate into a medical emergency?
What other questions do you have for the chief that I can bring to his attention on the 8th?
As always, our meetings are at 7pm at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. I hope to see you there!
The U Street Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC1B) and the DC Department of General Services is hosting a public meeting on the future of the Frank D. Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets. From the ANC1B website:
"The Department of General Services (DGS) will host a public meeting on the proposed disposition of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center (“Reeves Center”) located at 2000 14th Street, NW. The meeting will be held on the first floor of the Reeves Center. The District of Columbia proposes to dispose of the Reeves Center in connection with the assemblage of land to construct a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest, DC. As part of this process, DGS is undertaking a process to analyze potential impacts related to the proposed disposition and redevelopment of the Reeves Center site. The process will also identify mitigation strategies to minimize these impacts."
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6pm
2000 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Google map and directions
Jackie Stanley · email@example.com
To register to attend, click here.
The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission is meeting this Wednesday December 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Brookings Institution. Our draft agenda is available here.
Some highlights from the mercifully short December agenda include:
1. Historic review of a proposal to redevelop 1442 T St – an abandoned row house whose power was last turned on in 1982. The house will remain a single-family home and will add a third story not visible from the across the street or down the block.
2. Alcohol license renewal application for DC Noodles at 1410 U St. The popular restaurant recently reopened (and expanded!) after being closed during Louis at 14 construction. Check them out here.
3. Second review of a proposed project at 1618 Q St that will take a single-family home and convert it to seven studios and 1 bedrooms. The project has received a lot of negative attention because of their plans to demolish significant parts of a historic structure. We’ll review new altered plans on Wednesday.
Our monthly public meeting occurs on the second Wednesday of each month at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW.
This summer, Policy Restaurant at 14th and T Streets requested a termination of their liquor license settlement agreement (SA) – terms and conditions agreed upon by neighbors and the restaurant to protect residents and help establishments gather support. Since January, Policy has been discussing with me and other neighborhood leaders their desire to stay open one hour later and to expand business into their basement.
The ANC decided to “protest” the termination application not because we thought their requests were unreasonable, but because we think settlement agreements play an important role in solidifying the relationship between an establishment and a neighborhood. Policy agreed and the owners and I began discussing language for a new agreement.
Four groups protested the termination: the ANC, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance and a group of five or more neighbors. At our first meeting, there was little if any agreement on terms to a new SA, even among the protestants. Concerns about noise, parking and trash were all discussed and it became clear that an agreement among all of the parties would be difficult but not impossible.
With the help of ANC Commissioners Kevin O’Connor and Will Stephens, the ANC led an effort to bring together all of the protestants and the restaurant and finalize an agreement that we could all get behind. We avoided a lengthy ABC Board protest hearing and set new and clear expectations for how Policy will operate as a member of the neighborhood.
Negotiations of this type have failed before, but this is an example of how the process is supposed to work: neighbors and businesses coming together to agree on how they can best coexist and thrive.
The owners of the restaurant, Raj Multani and Asim Walia, have been excellent to work with and the representatives from the neighborhood associations were equally willing to find a middle ground on issues important to those that live nearby.
Download the signed Settlement Agreement with Policy Restaurant below:
Today the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board took the advice of the Dupont Circle ANC and lifted restrictions on opening new restaurants on and near 17th Street NW. In August, I wrote about the 20-year old East Dupont Moratorium and what it might mean to alter or eliminate it.
At our meeting in August, the ANC voted on two options: one was to recommend elimination of the moratorium altogether, the second was to continue the moratorium for three years, but only restrict new bars and nightclubs. As I did for the 14th and U Street proposed moratorium, I voted against a moratorium as a legitimate policy option for our neighborhood. I think the unintended consequences of a moratorium outweigh any potential gain for residents, while creating yet another issue that divides our community every few years.
With a 4-4 tie, the Dupont ANC voted to recommend extension of the moratorium for three years, but only for bars and nightclubs. As they did with 14th & U, the ABC board listened to the neighborhood commission and implemented a significantly “overhauled” and less restrictive moratorium. You can read the Board’s press release here.
The District Board of Elections has proposed changes to almost every voting precinct in the city. At our October ANC2B meeting, the Executive Director presented the plan and discussed how it may impact our residents. The plan will change precinct boundaries to match Single Member District boundaries throughout the city. For residents of 2B09 the proposal is to share a voting location with those in 2B04.
You can read the full proposal from DCBOE here.
Many have concerns with the plan, including the timing of any change and how some voters may be confused about which is the correct polling place. There are, however, several positive effects of the proposal for our neighborhood:
1. Shorter lines to vote: Previously, we have voted in the same location with four or five other SMDs and lines were dependably long. Under the proposal, 2B09 would share a voting location with only residents of 2B04.
2. For many, a shorter walk to vote: The proposal right now is to vote at the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church at 15th and R. For many, this would mean a shorter a walk to vote, while for others it would be slightly longer. Either way, the maximum distance is shortened from five blocks to four.
3. Leaving the Reeves Center for good: Saying goodbye to a location that required photo ID and a security checkpoint to vote is a win for our neighborhood and for civil liberties.
4. Cost savings to the city: the DCBOE claims the proposal will save approximately $80,000 in ballot printing costs per general election.
So what do you think? We have another month to submit comments and I’d love to hear from you about how the plan may impact you and your neighbors. In addition, we can request a different polling place if the Fifteenth Street Church is too inconvenient – what might be better? Let me know!