ANC 3C Minutes for May 19, 2014

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ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 3C
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS  CLEVELAND PARK
MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE HEIGHTS
McLEAN GARDENS  WOODLEY PARK
 
Single Member District Commissioners 3601 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite L-06
01-Lee Brian Reba * 02-Gwendolyn Bole * 03-Jeffrey Kaliel Washington, DC 20008
04-Richard Steacy * 05-Margaret Siegel * 06-Carl Roller Website http://www.anc3c.org
07- Victor Silveira * 08-Catherine May * 09-Nancy MacWood Email all@anc3c.org
 
 
 
Minutes
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C
May 19, 2014 Public Meeting
2D MPD Community Room
7:30PM
 
 
V. Establishment of Quorum
At 7:34pm Commissioner Roller acknowledged that, with five commissioners being present, a quorum had
been established and called to order Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C’s (ANC3C) regular public
meeting on May 21, 2014. The meeting took place in the Community Room of MPD 2D, 3220 Idaho Avenue
NW. Other commissioners present were Catherine May, Nancy MacWood, Lee Brian Reba, and Gwen Bole..
 
V. Verification of Notice (List serves: CP,WP, MAHCA, CAH, MG, OG, QH, Ward3DC, and NWC, Twitter)
Commissioner Roller verified that notice was given on the ANC3C website, local community list serves,
Twitter, and in the Northwest Current newspaper.
 
V. Approval of Agenda
Commissioner Roller moved the following agenda:
 
I. Establishment of Quorum
II. Verification of Notice (List serves: CP,WP, MAHCA, CAH, MG, OG, QH, Ward3DC, and NWC, Twitter)
III. Approval of Agenda
IV. Announcements
V. Community Forum
VI. Consent Calendar
VII. Commission Business
a) Discussion regarding community engagement by Rock Creek Conservancy
b) Presentation by Child and Family Services and Adoption/Foster Recruitment Social Worker Kim Walk
regarding need for foster and adoptive parents in DC.
c) Discussion with WMATA and Government Relations Officer Ann Chisholm regarding Bus Stop
Consolidations and elimination of stops along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor.
d) Consideration of an HPRB application for raze and new construction for 3070 Porter St. NW
e) Consideration of a DDOT PS application for a 7' wrought iron fence for 2520 30th St. NW
VIII. ANC Coordination Issues
a) Mayor
b) Council
c) ANCs
IX. Officer's Reports, SMD Reports, Committee Reports, and Administration Issues
1. Approval of Minutes from the April 21, 2014 Meeting
2. Administrative Issue: update on digitization of ANC3C records
3. Sublease
4. SMD Reports
X. Adjournment
IV. Announcements:
1. Commissioner Roller announced the sudden passing of Commissioner Steacy on May 13, 2014 from a massive
heart attack. He acknowledged Commissioner Steacy’s commitment to those organizations about which he was
passionate. Details about his memorial service were shared with the commission and the community. A
moment of silence was observed in his honor.
 
2. Judy Hubbard, Assistant Director for Constituent Services for Councilmember Cheh, introduced herself to the
audience.
3. A community member representing Psychiatric Services, located on Wisconsin Avenue NW, distributed materials
on their services.
 
V. Community Forum: No Issues.
 
VI. Consent Calendar: No Applications.
 
VII. Commission Business
a) Discussion regarding community engagement by Rock Creek Conservancy:
Claudia Schefler, of the Rock Creek Conservancy, a friends group for Rock creek Park, made the presentation.
Rock Creek Park is one of the three oldest parks in the US. The park will celebrate its 100th anniversary in
2015. The Conservancy is looking to ANC3C on two fronts: 1) share a survey by the Conservancy – how should
they act as a friend and fundraise for the park. 2) inform the community of two meetings to be held by the
Conservancy on June 21 and 28, 9:30 -12:30pm, place TBD.
Discussion included whether the Conservancy has considered subsidiary trails to reach the Klingle Valley trail
(Commissioner MacWood noted that the Klingle Valley trail is still in the design stage and the Conservancy
should send their vision for this project to the Park Service).
 
b) Presentation by Child and Family Services and Adoption/Foster Recruitment Social Worker Kim Walk regarding
need for foster and adoptive parents in DC: ABSENT- Will postpone until June meeting.
 
c) Discussion with WMATA and Government Relations Officer Ann Chisholm regarding Bus Stop Consolidations and
elimination of stops along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor:
Ann Chisholm, along with Chris Ochea, Director of Bus Stop Facilities and Jamie ___, Planner, made the
presentation. The goal of the bus stop consolidation is to improve quality of bus services and enhance the
remaining bus stops, including better labeling and directional signs as well as new program to help with
schedules. The time savings after the consolidation is estimated to be 10-15 seconds per stop removed.
Regarding Quality of services: WMATA looks at number of stops on a particular line. How congested are the
stops? Some stops are grandfathered. Those servicing a church, community center, served by another cross
service, and/or shelters are immune. 4-5 stops per mile is the goal. The Wisconsin Avenue route #31 has the
highest stops per mile (>7). Bus Lines #32 and #36 will see service changes at end of august. The goal is to
modify 2 lines every 6 months.
Stop Considerations: Try to take low ridership stops. Community requests are also considered. Stops need to
be ADA compatible. Is the stop safe? Also look at the distance between stops. Notices will be posted on
Monday June 2. Public comments will be received for 3 weeks. The public can comment on Metro’s website.
2 weeks before the service change WMATA will post alternative routes.
Commissioner comments were related to whether the stops can be kept until after the Cathedral Commons
construction is completed, and why doesn’t WMATA fix all stops to be ADA compliant instead of taking out or
targeting those that are not. WMATA is looking at what makes a bus stop accessible – cuts down on having to
use Metro Access, which is more expensive.
 
d) Consideration of an HPRB application for raze and new construction for 3070 Porter St. NW :
Commissioner MacWood provided background on this matter, noting that the house in question is a
noncontributing house. Architect Katerina Ferreira, of Archi-TEXTUAL, provided details of the project. The
new house is designed to be house of its time and will not replicate the historic fabric but respect it. Setback
required is 15’. Main body is set back an additional 7.5 feet, maximizing front garden. They are working with
the DC agencies on massing and scale:. Materials: will be comparable to what is adjacent or nearby, such as
cedar siding (sealed for preservation) and bluestone. House is 3 stories, but < 40’ maximum. South side
setback < 8 feet. Will have to get zoning relief (special exception or variance). The grading will be raised in
the front, 12-18 inches.
Commissioner MacWood read and moved a resolution on this matter. The motion to approve the application
was passed by roll-call vote of 5-0.
 
e) Consideration of a DDOT PS application for a 7' wrought iron fence for 2520 30th St. NW:
Architect Michelle Murphy Vassalio made the presentation. The client is concern with the safety of the lot as it
is exposed on all sides and would like to construct a 7’ fence around the property line. There is a precedent
for the neighborhood to have bigger fences. Not a typical residential neighborhood lot – a lot of embassies are
around. Sidewalk is 7’ out from the property line.
Commissioner May read and moved a resolution on this issue. The motion not to approve the application was
passed by a roll-call vote of 5-0.
 
f) Sublease with Cleveland and Woodley Park Village:
Commissioner Roller outlined the particular points located within the lease. The item regarding the security
deposit and insurance indemnification were discussed. Commissioner Roller moved approval of the sublease,
with Master Lease to be replaced with Landlord in paragraph 7. Motion to enter into a sublease with Cleveland
& Woodley Park Village was passed by a roll-call vote of 5-0.
 
VIII. ANC Coordination Issues
a) Mayor- nothing
b) Council - nothing
c) ANCs – nothing
 
IX. Officer's Reports, SMD Reports, Committee Reports, and Administration Issues
1. Approval of Minutes from the April 21, 2014 Meeting: Commissioner Macwood moved approval of the minutes.
Motion passed by unanimous voice vote.
2. Administrative Issue: update on digitization of ANC3C records: Commissioner Bole provided an update.
3. SMD Reports:
01: Been in communication with DDOT re: floodings of Rock Creek Park and lack of coordination between
DDOT and National Park Service.
06: Renovation of Newark Street playground has been completed. The access road (gravel road) has been
destroyed. Commissioner Roller will follow up with this matter.
08: St. Albans has started field renovations. Big uptick in trucks and buses getting stuck in the neighborhood
because roads are too narrow. Cathedral doing full peal bell ringing this weekend – 15 hours over 3 days.
Nesting birds in trees on Garfield and Pilgrim road and these trees are slated to come down. Will see about
postponement of this.
09: Streetlights have been getting changed and this is controversial – not historic teardrop lights but cobra
lights. DDOT claims no budget for historic lighting. Recommendation is to replace with historic lighting when
replacement is needed. Last block of SMD now has restricted parking. This is a hardship for teachers at John
Eaton.
Nighttime construction reported on Connecticut and Macomb – jackhammers and pounding. Lasted until
3:30am. James Cheeks has been contacted and request for information on this issue.
 
X. Adjournment:
Commissioner Roller moved to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned at 9:31pm.