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.
If you have suggestions for further revisions, please let me know ASAP so I can include them this weekend.