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District of Columbia Government
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
Agenda for May 8, 2014
2nd Thursdays at 7pm, Miner Elementary, 601 15th St., NE
Public Meeting – All Are Welcome to Attend
 
 
7:00 pm Call to order
Call of the roll and announce the presence of a quorum
Approve Previous Meeting’s Minutes, Adopt Agenda
 
7:05 Community Comments (2 minutes each)
 
7:10 Community Presentation:
Presentation on the DC Water Clean Rivers Project - Mr. Emanuel Briggs
 
7:30 Officer Reports:
Chair (2 minutes)
Vice-Chair (2 minutes)
Secretary (2 minutes)
Treasurer (2 minutes) pg.152g.
1. Approve Treasurer’s Report
2. FY 2014 2nd Quarter Report
 
Standing Committee Reports:
7:40 Community Outreach pg.19
1. Approve committee report.
2. Recommendation: The COC recommends that ANC 6A approve $300.00 in support
of the Eliot-Hine PTO request for picnic tables for an outdoor classroom (quorum).
3. Recommendation: Confirmation of Veronica "Roni" Hollmon as a member of the
Community Outreach Committee
4. Next meeting – 7 pm, May 19, 2014 (3rd Monday)
 
7:50 Alcohol Beverage Licensing pg.25
1. No report – Committee did not meet.
2. Next meeting – 7 pm, May 20, 2014 (3rd Tuesday)
 
7:55 Transportation and Public Space Committee pg.28
1. Approve committee report.
2. Recommendation: ANC pass a resolution and send a letter to DDOT asking that
DDOT consider installation of a traffic signal at Maryland and 10th Streets NE as an
independent project.
3. Recommendation: ANC send a letter to Jim Sebastian at DDOT recommending the
location of the new promised Capital Bikeshare station, originally slated for 12th
and H Streets NE, at 10th Street and Maryland Avenue NE.
4. Recommendation: ANC send a letter to DDOT asking them to correct their
characterization of Reservation 266 as public parking because 1) the term properly
applies only to the City owned property between the actual street curb and the
property lines drawn out in the L'Enfant Plan and 2) if the application of this
designation is extended to other similar parcels, it will result in greatly diminished
public utility of pocket parks throughout the District.
 
 
 
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District of Columbia Government
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
Agenda for May 8, 2014
2nd Thursdays at 7pm, Miner Elementary, 601 15th St., NE
Public Meeting – All Are Welcome to Attend
 
 
5. Recommendation: ANC send a letter to Councilwoman Mary Cheh: 1)
recommending that all pocket parks and Reservations currently under DDOT
jurisdiction be transferred to DPR, along with associated funding, as DPR has a
better capacity to manage them in the public interest as publicly available
recreational space. Maintaining as large and inventory of publicly available green
space is critical as the District's population expands, and 2) asking that she urge
DDOT to reconsider its position with regard to the designation as public parking,
and to issue regulations providing for public notice and comment.
6. Recommendation: ANC send a letter to DC City Council requesting that they craft
legislation to declare that pocket parks and Federal Reservations are public space
and may never be considered as public parking and that no changes to the
landscaping or hardscaping by individuals, that would affect public use or access,
may be approved without public input including consultation with the ANCs.
Further, a board similar to HPRB should be established to review such cases to
ensure a fair and transparent process.
7. Recommendation: ANC oppose HPA 14-310 on the grounds that the proposal is
inconstant with Section 2 of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection
Act of 1978 (D.C. Official Code § 6-1101) because 1) a fence subdividing the space
will further detract from the historic appearance of Reservation 266 as it was
originally a single expanse and 2) more importantly, the fence would prevent
public access.
8. Next meeting - 7pm, May 19, 2014 (3rd Monday)
 
8:20 Economic Development and Zoning pg.31
1. Approve committee report.
2. Recommendation: ANC write a letter to HPRB in support of HPA 14-180, which
seeks design approval for the conversion of the church and two adjoining row
houses at 819 D Street, NE into a 30-unit residential development, provided that
the developer incorporate HPRB's pending comments into its design prior to
the HPRB hearing.
3. Recommendation: ANC write a letter to the Zoning Administrator advising that the
building plans provided by the developer for 1511 A Street NE at minimum do not
appear to accurately depict the grade and curb level, which will affect the
calculation of FAR and building height, and advising of additional issues related to
the preparation of the plans.
4. Next meeting – 7 pm, May 21, 2014 (3rd Wednesday)
 
8:30 New Business
 
8:35 Single Member District reports (2 minutes each)
 
8:45 Community Comments Round II, time permitting (2 minutes each)
 
9:00 Adjourn
 
 
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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2014
 
 
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A
Minutes
Regular Business Meeting
Miner Elementary School
April 10, 2014
 
Present: Commissioners Alberti, Hysell, Holmes, Mahmud, Nauden, Ward, Williams
Absent: Commissioner Phillips-Gilbert
 
The meeting was convened at 7:00 pm.
 
1. Agenda
The following additions to the agenda were proposed:
 Under Transportation and Public Space, Mr. Holmes proposed a letter opposing the Red Bull
Rallycross at RFK Stadium on June 22. 2014;
 Mr. Alberti asked to introduce Charles Onduche, Mayor Gray’s new Ward 6 representative;
 A brief presentation from James Gaston III of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCU) Alumni Association;
 A discussion of 819 D Street NE added to the Economic Development and Zoning Committee; and
 A brief presentation from Commander Deidre Porter of the Fifth (5th) District. The agenda, as
amended, was agreed to without objection.
 
2. Minutes
The March 2014 minutes were agreed to without objection.
3. Community Presentations
Commander Deirdre Porter
Commander Deirdre Porter, head of the 5th Police District, which covers about half of Ward 6,
introduced herself and discussed what her responsibilities are to the community. She was asked by
several people about how close her working relationship is with First (1st) D Police District Commander
Brown, and she was adamant that it was seamless and on-going, with twice-weekly meetings as well
as immediate communication when issues arise.
 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Alliance Race
James Gaston III, representing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Alliance,
gave a brief presentation on their annual 5K run/2K walk on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
 
Introduction of Charles Onduche, Office of the Mayor
Charles Onduche, the new Ward 6 representative of the Office of the Mayor, introduced himself and
said he was looking forward to working with the residents of Ward 6 on their needs and problems. He
invited residents to attend the Mayor’s Town Hall meeting on the FY 2015 Budget, scheduled for
Monday, April 21, at 6:30 pm at Capitol Hill Montessori School, 215 G Street NE.
 
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion to add ANC 6A’s name as a sponsor of the
event. The motion passed without objection.
 
 
 
 
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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2014
 
 
Anwar Saleem, Executive Director, H Street Main Street
Anwar Saleem, Executive Director, H Street Main Street, made presentations on two of his
organization’s major projects. The first was a detailed outline of plans for the H Street Festival on
Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Festival will be held from the 400 to 1400 blocks of H Street and
will require the street to be closed from 4:00 am to 11:00 pm. Along with delineating the details of
the entertainment, booths and food, Saleem mentioned his desire for the DC Council to enact
legislation that would required streetcar service to be suspended during the time of H St Festivals.
 
The second presentation Mr. Saleem made was for The Starburst Plaza Intersection, a plan for
providing a community gathering place through programming at the Starburst intersection at H Street
NE, Bladensburg Road NE and Benning Road NE. The plans include movies, a farmers market, crafts
market, and other regularly scheduled events designed to encourage community gathering and
pedestrian activity throughout the neighborhood.
 
4. Officers’ Reports
Chair
Mr. Alberti reported that he and Mr. Holmes, along with representatives of other ANCs, had met with
Department of Consumer and Regulation Affairs (DCRA) head Nick Majette at a meeting facilitated by
Councilmember Vincent Orange to discuss matters on which they would like DCRA to focus. He also
reported that Mr. Holmes and he testified on March 21, 2014 before the DC Council’s Committee on
Transportation and the Environment on behalf of the ANC. They testified about concerns regarding
District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) stewardship of pocket parks, particularly as they
relates to DDOT actions that have resulted in the potential loss of public access to many of those
parks and DDOT’s assignment of control of pocket parks to private use.
 
Treasurer’s Report
Mr. Holmes presented the Treasurer’s Report. He reported that the opening balance in the checking
account was $14,197.53 and the savings account balance was $13,718.03. There was an interest
payment of $0.23 to the savings account. There were disbursements of $200.00 to Irene Dworakowski
for the March 2014 agenda package (Check #1641)); $178.20 for a reimbursement to Elizabeth Nelson
for a payment to WebHST (Check #1642); $180.00 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of the March
2014 ANC minutes (Check #1643); $755.48 to Blick for art supplies for a grant to Maury Elementary
School (Check #1644); $194.60 for FedEx Office for March 2014 statement (Check #1645); and $342.00
for USPS postal box rental (Check #1646), leaving a balance of $12,221.13 in the checking account,
and $13,718.26 in the savings account.
 
Motion: Mr. Holmes moved/Mr. Williams seconded a motion to accept the disbursements. The motion
passed unanimously.
 
Motion: Mr. Holmes moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as
presented. The motion passed without objection.
 
5. Committee Reports
Community Outreach
Ms. Nelson said the Committee had not met, but she wanted to announce that the Committee now
had a Twitter account for outgoing messages only pertaining to ANC business, @ANC6A.
 
 
 
 
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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2014
 
 
 
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
There was no formal Committee report. However, Mr. Williams reported that there will be a protest
hearing on the hours for the patio for Cusbah.
 
He also reported that there had been a stabbing outside XII and its license had been temporarily
suspended. They went to ABRA and presented a new security plan, and reopened. Williams said the
ANC is still protesting their license renewal.
 
Transportation and Public Space
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
Chupacabra Latin Kitchen – 822 H Street NE
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Hysell seconded a motion that the ANC approve the Committee’s
recommendation to send a letter to DDOT in support of Chupacabra’s application for the installation
of a bicycle rack on public space upon receipt of a commitment in writing that the restaurant staff
will dispel loiterers from the location of the bike rack. The motion passed 6-0-1, With Mr. Holmes
abstaining.
Nomad Hookah Bar – 1200 H Street NE (This is formerly Sahra Hookah Bar, but is a new business with a
new name)
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the full ANC accept the
Committee’s recommendation and withdraw its opposition to sidewalk café application by Nomad
Hookah Bar upon receipt of written confirmation that: 1) the application has been amended reduce
sidewalk café capacity to 44 patrons; 2) the owner will maintain the adjacent sidewalk area and any
adjacent planted areas; and 3) that the owner will limit hours to those stipulated in the Settlement
Agreement. The motion passed unanimously 7-0-0.
Red Bull Global Rallycross – RFK Stadium – June 22, 2014
Motion: Mr. Holmes moved/Williams seconded a motion to send a letter to Mayor Gray opposing the
Red Bull Global Rallycross to be held at RFK Stadium on June 22, 2014, because of the noise impact it
will have on the entire community, based on concerns that the pressure levels in the residential
neighborhoods will not conform to the DC Ordinance requirement of 60 db during the day and 55 db
at night. The motion passed 6-0-1 with Ms. Nauden abstaining.
Economic Development and Zoning
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
313 9th Street NE
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the ANC accept the Committee’s
recommendation to send a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) supporting design
approval for a two story addition to an existing row house. Mr. Albert offered an amendment saying
that the letter should include language saying that the ANC was aware of recommendations on this
case made by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and urged hat HPRB to evaluate the project in light
of those recommendations. The amendment passed unanimously, 7-0-0. The motion, as amended,
passed 7-0-0, unanimously.
1511 A Street NE
This is a project that proposes to build an eighteen-unit apartment building in a neighborhood of
small townhouses, and it has attracted a heavy response from community members.
 
 
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Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2014
 
 
Motion: The committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the ANC support its
recommendation to send a letter to the Office of Planning requesting that the western half of the
block bounded by Fifteenth (15th) Street NE, A Street NE, Sixteenth (16th) Street NE and East Capitol
Street. Which is currently zoned C-2-A, be upzoned to R-4, with the exception of those properties on
the south side of the block that front on East Capitol Street. The motion passed 7-0-0, unanimously.
Motion: The committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the ANC support its
recommendation to send a letter to the Zoning Administrator calling to his attention that the
proposed development at 1511 A Street NE contemplates eighteen (18) residential units, expressing
concern as to how the developer plans to achieve that level of density without zoning relief with
respect to FAR and onsite parking, and requesting that the Zoning Administrator investigate. The
motion passed 7-0-0, unanimously.
819 D Street NE
The plans for this project, the renovation of a church and two adjoining buildings, have been
modified but the ANC has not yet seen them.
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Holmes seconded a motion to authorize Committee Chair Golden and
Commissioners Alberti and Holmes to review, as far as they can, revised plans for 819 D Street NE
prior to any scheduled HPRB hearing. The motion passed 6-0-1 (Mr. Hysell was out of the room.)
1717 E Street NE
Mr. Holmes initiated a discussion of the agreement reached between the developer of 1717 E Street
NE and how it has been implemented. Mr. Bello, a representative of the developer who was present
at the meeting, said that he did not have the information but it was his understanding that the
developer had offered a contribution to a youth organization associated with a church in Rosedale.
He agreed to get more information to Mr. Alberti.
6. SMD Reports
Mr. Williams reported that there will be a DC Council hearing regarding the CSX Virginia Avenue SE
tunnel project on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am.
 
Mr. Ward thanked the members of his community for coming out in force on 1511 A Street NE, and he
appreciated their coming together on an important issue.
 
Mr. Mahmud attended a Florida Avenue Multi-Modal Transportation Study meeting, which will
eventually make the route safer. He also reported that he would be going door-to-door to question
Cusbah’s neighbors about the noise levels.
 
Mr. Alberti reported that the HPRB has received a request to provide fencing for the pocket park at
Thirteenth (13th) Street and Tennessee Avenue NE.
 
Ms. Nauden reported that she was pleased to see new bike lanes in her SMD. She also reported that a
building at Ninth (9th) and G NE is being renovated.
 
Mr. Holmes reported that the work at Maryland Avenue and Seventeenth (17th) and Nineteenth (19th)
Streets have stopped. He also reported that demolition of the Benning Road power plant is close to
completion.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM
 
 
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Officer Reports – Treasurer
 
 
 
 
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Committee Reports
Community Outreach Committee (COC)
 
 
ANC6A Community Outreach Committee
 
Minutes - April 21, 2014
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex, 1235 C Street NE
 
Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m.
 
Committee members present: Elizabeth Nelson (Chair), Jean Kohanek, Rose Williams, Louis Barbash,
Maurice Cook (quorum)
Committee members absent: Gladys Mack, Pat Joseph
Community members present: Veronica Hollmon and Heather Schoell (Eliot-Hine PTO)
 
I. Agenda
Adopted.
 
II. Ms. Heather Schoell presented the grant application from Eliot-Hine Middle School (MS) Parent
Teacher Organization (PTO) for $300.00 for picnic tables to be used as part of an outdoor
classroom installation that will also include edible gardens, stormwater mitigation and a
birds/butterflies garden. A drawing of the proposed installation is included in the grant
application. A professional landscape designer, Anya Zamudska, donated her services to
create the plans. Living Classrooms (a non-profit organization) is partnering with Eliot-Hine to
present environmental science experiences.
 
1. Ms. Williams asked if the Living Classrooms program is already underway.
Yes, this is the first year of the program at Eliot-Hine. It is part of the science curriculum.
More “hands on” experiences are an expected part of the International Baccalaureate (IB)
program at Eliot-Hine. However, DCPS funding is not available for the outdoor classroom
project.
2. Mr. Barbash asked why only $300.00 was requested when $400.00 will be needed to
purchase four tables.
There is a $300.00 limit on mini-grant applications. The PTO can raise the additional funds
and, in any case, would be able to use three tables until a fourth is obtained.
3. Ms. Kohanek asked how the tables will be secured.
They will be behind a locked fence and will be chained together.
4. The committee members agreed that the proposal met all the grant guidelines and that
the program would be an excellent use of ANC 6A funding.
5. Ms. Kohanek moved (seconded by Ms. Williams) that:
The COC recommends that ANC 6A approve $300.00 in support of the Eliot-Hine PTO
request for picnic tables for an outdoor classroom. The measure passed 5-0-0
 
III. The draft grant application from the Miner Elementary School (ES) PTO was withdrawn by the
applicant and will likely be resubmitted for COC consideration in May.
 
IV. Confirmation of next meeting date.
The next meeting will be held Monday, May 19, 7 p.m. at Maury ES, 1250 Constitution
Avenue NE (enter from 200 block of 13th St.)
 
V. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
 
 
 
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Community Outreach Committee (COC)
 
 
 
 
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A
Grant Request Application Form
 
 
1. DATE OF APPLICATION 2. DATE OF PROJECT OR ACTIVITY
4/14/14 ongoing
 
3. APPLICANT ORGANIZATION NAME AND ADDRESS 4. EIN (TAX ID NUMBER)++
Eliot-Hine Parent Teacher Organization 46-3739410
1830 Constitution Ave NE, WDC 20002
 
5. CONTACT NAME 6. TITLE
Veronica Hollmon PTO President
 
7. ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE)
1543 N Carolina Ave NE, WDC 20002
 
 
8. TELEPHONE 8. FAX
(202) 544-0724 ( ) -
 
 
10. E-MAIL ADDRESS
roni2865@aol.com
 
11. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED PROJECT/ACTIVITY
Four picnic tables for outdoor classroom at Eliot-Hine Middle School.
 
 
 
12. PROJECTED TOTAL COST 13. AMOUNT REQUESTED
$400 $300
 
14. OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING (BE SPECIFIC, PROVIDE NAMES)
Additional funding will be sought from the PTO general fund and other grant making organizations such as the Capitol Hill
Community Foundation or three tables instead of the desired four will be purchased.
 
 
15. STATEMENT OF BENEFIT (DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT OR ACTIVITY, WHO WILL BENEFIT AND IN WHAT WAY)
Students of Eliot-Hine. Eliot-Hine is located in ANC 6A, is in-boundary to a large portion of ANC 6A. Many ANC 6A children
attend already and it is hoped that programs and amenities such as this, even more neighborhood families will be attracted to the
school. (Additional detail attached.)
 
 
 
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Project Description:
Eliot-Hine Middle School is in its candidacy of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years
Programme (IBMYP - www.ibo.org/myp). A goal of IBMYP is to teach students the fundamental
concept of developing what they see into questions and answers of why and how – why does it work
that way and how could we change the outcome, why did the author have that happen, how can we
solve this differently? This year has been the pilot of IBMYP and the response from the Eliot-Hine
teachers and students has been extremely positive. Education through the IB framework is a skill – a
wholly different way of teaching and learning than the District is accustomed to.
 
Part of the science curriculum brings in Living Classrooms as a teaching partner. Students learn
outdoor skills such as map reading and compass navigation, in addition to learning about
environmental stewardship, especially pertaining to the Anacostia River. Eliot-Hine has received a
grant for an outdoor greening and stormwater runoff mitigation project, working with Living
Classrooms and the Anacostia Watershed Society. We would like to bring classroom learning outside
with a space for students to sit and write in the outdoor classroom space on the 17th Street side of
the school.
 
You will see in the garden plans that there is a designated space for picnic tables. There are
approximately 20 - 24 students in each class, and each table will seat 6 students. Tables will be
behind a locked fence when not in use.
 
Project Background:
Eliot-Hine is in its candidacy of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP -
www.ibo.org/myp). A goal of IBMYP is to teach students the fundamental concept of developing what
they see into questions and answers of why and how – why does it work that way and how could we
change the outcome, why did the author have that happen, how can we solve this differently?
 
This year has been the pilot of IBMYP and the response from the Eliot-Hine teachers and students has
been extremely positive. Education through the IB framework is a skill – a wholly different way of
teaching and learning than the District is accustomed to, so having actual live fish in an environment
that they study will reinforce learning in a tangible way for the students.
 
Project Proposal:
Materials will be purchased locally.
 
Project Goals:
To foster study of life science while being a welcoming and interesting focal point for Eliot-Hine.
 
Project Benefits:
Teachers and students will have access to the outdoor classroom that will allow them to explore a
multitude of standards based concepts from physical science concepts or environmental stewardship.
 
Timeline:
Items would be purchased before April 26, when HandsOn DC will be at Eliot-Hine for a large-scale
schoolyard greening project. There is already a commitment by them to assemble the tables for
immediate use.
 
Partner:
HandsOn DC, DDOE, AWS, and Living Classrooms
 
 
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Community Outreach Committee (COC)
 
 
Publicity:
Eliot-Hine has a website, a Facebook page, and participates monthly in the Hill Rag School Notes.
The grant would be publicized, giving credit to the ANC.
 
Additional info:
Inquiry-based learning is taking the forefront of education reform. It is central to 21st century skills
and allowing children to learn in ways that interest them and meet them where they are. Children
have the opportunity to explore concepts and be guide.
 
Grant amount requested: $300 (total needed, $400)
 
Grant Usage
The funds from ANC6A will be used to purchase the picnic tables. Additional funding will be sought
from the PTO general fund and other grant making organizations such as the Capitol Hill Community
Foundation. Ongoing maintenance, such as sealing, will periodically be done by parent volunteers.
 
Eliot-Hine Middle School is a DC Public School within the boundaries of ANC6A. A significant number
of students live in ANC 6A and we hope to attract more by improving our offerings and facilities –
including bolstering our IBMYP candidacy. Our staff and students will greatly benefit from an outdoor
classroom space as another dimension of study, as well as pride in taking care of the fish in what will
be a focal point of the school.
 
An investment in children’s education will not only benefit them but the entire community in which
they live, improving our economics, public safety and intangible quality of life issues. Also, having a
high-functioning middle-school helps attract families who can contribute in other ways to a vibrant
community.
 
The DCPS budget does not allow for purchase of tables for outdoor classroom space, and therefore is
not duplicative of DC Government funding.
 
Budget:
4 Picnic tables @ approx. $100 each = $400
28”x 72” picnic tables are available from Home Depot for $98, and no tax as E-H PTO operates as a
501(c)(3). These or similar tables would be purchased.
 
 
 
 
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Community Outreach Committee (COC)
 
 
 
 
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Community Outreach Committee (COC)
 
 
 
 
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Alcohol Beverage and Licensing (ABL)
 
 
ANC 6A Alcohol Beverage and Licensing Committee
 
No report. Committee did not meet in April 2014.
 
 
 
 
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Alcohol Beverage and Licensing (ABL)
 
 
 
 
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Transportation and Public Space (TPS)
 
 
Minutes
ANC 6A Transportation & Public Space (TP&S) Committee
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex (1235 C Street NE)
April 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm
 
I. Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm.
 
II. Introductions – Committee members in attendance were J. Omar Mahmud (Chair), Jeff Fletcher,
DeLania Hardy, Andrea Adleman, and Lara Levison. Also in attendance were ANC6A Chairman Nick
Alberti and Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert. Mr. Mahmud announced that Committee member
Benjamin Rosset had resigned because he has moved out of ANC6A (to the waterfront area). He also
announced that Commissioner David Holmes has resigned from ANC 6A and thanked Mr. Holmes for
his help with this Committee.
 
III. Community Comment
None
 
IV. New Business
A. Consideration of safety improvements at Tenth (10th) Street NE and Maryland Avenue NE while
the Maryland Avenue NE transportation project is pending.
1. Chairman Mahmud noted that ANC6A has been asking for pedestrian safety measures at this
intersection for several years. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is doing a
transportation study of a section of Maryland Avenue, including this section, and federal
requirements for review have slowed the study.
2. The proposal is to ask DDOT to consider this pedestrian safety project as a separate project.
DDOT has indicated that they will be receptive if the ANC makes a request. George Branyan
with DDOT said that the permanent plan calls for a traffic signal, and he would bring it up
with the signal team.
3. Following some discussion among attendees, Co-Chairman Mahmud offered a motion,
seconded by DeLania Hardy, that the ANC pass a resolution and send a letter to DDOT
asking that DDOT consider installation of a traffic signal at Maryland and 10 th Streets
NE as an independent project. The motion passed unanimously.
 
B. Consideration of new Capital Bikeshare station location originally planned for 12th Street NE
and H Street NE in the proximity of the streetcar electrical substation – Mahmud (10 minutes)
1. Co-chairman Mahmud noted that the ANC was promised a bikeshare station at this
location, in compensation for the electrical substation that has been placed there.
However, there are already bikeshare stations (close by) at Eleventh (11th) and H Streets
NE and Thirteenth (13th) and H Streets NE. At the last meeting, the suggestion was to
locate the new station at Tenth (10th) Street and Maryland Avenue NE.
2. There was a discussion of the specific location at that intersection. Co-Chairman Mahmud
identified the concrete triangle on southwest corner, between E Street and Maryland
Avenue on Tenth (10th) Street. Commissioner Alberti suggested that DDOT decide where
exactly to locate the bikestation. Former Commissioner Holmes noted that the developer
has already committed $25,000.00 for a bikeshare station at this corner.
3. Co-chairman Mahmud offered a motion, seconded by DeLania Hardy, that the ANC
send a letter to Jim Sebastian at DDOT recommending the location of the new
 
 
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promised Capital Bikeshare station, originally slated for Twelfth (12th) and H Streets
NE, at Tenth (10th) Street and Maryland Avenue NE. The motion passed unanimously.
 
C. Review of fence application (HPA-14310) before the Historic Preservation Office (HPO)
concerning lot adjacent to 147 Tennessee Avenue NE (at the intersection of 13th Street NE and
Tennessee Avenue NE). Link to the application:
http://anc6a.org/SMD04/HPORes266FenceRqst0414.pdf
1. Co-chairman Mahmud provided a brief introduction of the issue before giving the floor to
the homeowner, Joyce West, who with her husband has submitted the fence application to
the HPO. Ms. West said that she has lived there since 1991. The front and side yards are
designated on their plat as public space. [The side yard is a triangle of land on the side of
147 Tennessee and on the side of the house on Thirteenth (13th) Street that is back-to-back
with 147 Tennessee Avenue NE.] The homeowners asked DC for help with maintenance,
and DC said that it was the homeowners’ job to maintain it. It [the triangular land] is part
of a reservation that was transferred to DDOT in 1972. The homeowners obtained
landscaping permits, and the ANC raised a lot of issues about it. (In 2004, the homeowners
obtained a permit for fence but didn’t have the resources to build it then.) After several
months, DDOT Director Terry Bellamy wrote a letter saying the city does not consider it a
park; it is designed as “public parking,” the same description used to identify all public
and side yards on Capitol Hill. The homeowners have maintained it as a flower bed and
have sought all the appropriate permits. A video camera, recommended by the police,
shows individuals stepping on the plants. The homeowner stated, “A lot of anger has been
directed at us. We are trying to take better care of property that the city said is our
responsibility.” The fence is designed to match the previous fence. The plan is to have it
around the public parking space. The homeowners don’t want to disagree with their
neighbors. There is beauty in beautiful public spaces.
2. Co-chairman Mahmud responded that he does appreciate anyone beautifying our spaces; it
looks really nice. The issue is not the home owners’ fault; the city has put us in this weird
position. The ANC disagrees with DDOT’s new position designating this as “public parking.”
It is inconsistent with the character of Capitol Hill, with little parks throughout. He
encouraged the homeowner not to cordon off the area for their own use. The plants the
home owner says are being damaged are the ones that are being used to create a
barrier. He therefore suggested that the homeowners remove plantings that create a
barrier around the space so the public can continue to use it as a park space without
stepping on any plantings.
3. Extensive discussion followed. The question was asked, will there be a gate in the fence
for public access? Ms. West replied that the only gate would be the one in front of the
door of their house.
4. Attendees expressed a variety of views as to the status of the land around which the
homeowners have applied to place the fence, mostly expressing the view that the land
should remain open to the public:
a. It is a reservation, granted by Congress, which didn’t change when it was deeded to
DDOT in 1972. It is still held for public use. DDOT is totally wrong.
b. ANC6A Chairman Alberti: The land was never deeded to DC; the deed is still owned by
the National Park Service. This piece of land is part of L’Enfant’s plan. The District is
only tasked with management of the space.
c. Long-time residents described public uses of the land in the past, such as children
playing football and children crossing the land to get to Maury Elementary School.
 
 
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d. The L’Enfant plan is a landmark, and the pocket parks are a contributing feature to
that landmark. The pocket parks, unlike the front yards, were never part of the street,
are not city-owned, and are protected by the historic preservation code. In its letter,
DDOT appears to be trying to have it both ways. It says the public should have
continued access.
e. There is concern about copycats; a lot of other green space will be taken for private
use.
f. Former Commissioner Holmes: Pocket parks are protected elements of the Capitol Hill
Historic District. The parks are also in the comprehensive plan, the National Capitol
Planning Commission Studies, and the McMillan Plan. No one is responsible for
maintaining these public parks. This issue has gone to court, and there are two recent
rulings that if there is wear and tear on the plantings, that is the risk you take.
g. Several neighbors [approximately seven (7)] expressed concern that the homeowners
had, through a variety of approaches, over a period of years, discouraged neighbors
from setting foot or walking their dogs on the land next to 147 Tennessee Avenue NE.
Neighbors also expressed appreciation for the beauty of the flowers. Some strong views
were expressed. Co-chairman Mahmud and other attendees called for greater civility in
the discussion to show respect for each other as neighbors.
5. Co-chairman Mahmud offered, and Jeff Fletcher seconded, the following four motions,
all of which passed 5-0.
a. Oppose HPA 14-310 on the grounds that the proposal is inconstant with Section 2 of the
Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (D.C. Official Code § 6-
1101) because 1) a fence subdividing the space will further detract from the historic
appearance of Reservation 266 as it was originally a single expanse and 2) more
importantly, the fence would prevent public access.
b. Send a letter to DDOT asking them to correct their characterization of Reservation 266
as public parking because 1) the term properly applies only to the City-owned property
between the actual street curb and the property lines drawn out in the L'Enfant Plan
and 2) if the application of this designation is extended to other similar parcels, it will
result in greatly diminished public utility of pocket parks throughout the District.
c. Send a letter to Councilwoman Mary Cheh:
1) Recommending that all pocket parks and Reservations currently under DDOT
jurisdiction be transferred to DPR, along with associated funding, as DPR has a
better capacity to manage them in the public interest as publicly available
recreational space. Maintaining as large an inventory of publicly available green
space is critical as the District's population expands.
2) Asking that she urge DDOT to reconsider its position with regard to the designation
as public parking, and to issue regulations providing for public notice and comment.
d. Send a letter to DC City Council requesting that they craft legislation to declare that
pocket parks and Federal Reservations are public space and may never be considered
as public parking and that no changes to the landscaping or hardscaping by individuals,
that would affect public use or access, may be approved without public input including
consultation with the ANCs. Further, a board similar to the HPRB should be established
to review such cases to ensure a fair and transparent process.
 
V. Additional Community Comment – no time available for additional community comment.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:33 pm to allow the building to be closed.
 
 
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ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning (ED&Z) Committee
7:00 – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sherwood Recreation Center (640 Tenth (10th) St, NE, Second (2nd) Floor Community Room)
 
Present
Committee Members: Dan Golden (Chairman), Laura Gentile, Michael Hoenig, Missy Boyette, Charmaine
Josiah, Justin Thornton, Brian Carlson, Stephanie Frang
Commissioners: David Holmes, Omar Mahmud
 
Community Comments
No community comments
 
Status Reports
Resolution of previously heard BZA/HPRB cases:
819 D Street NE on the agenda for the evening to show revised designs based on Historic Preservation
Review Board (HPRB) guidelines. 1511 A Street NE also on the agenda. A meeting with the community
was held last week where new plans were presented.
 
Presentation
Twelfth (12th) Street and Florida Avenue, NE
Habte Sequar, owner/developer, gave a brief presentation regarding the upcoming residential project
located adjacent to the existing Jimmy’s Tire lot. The building will be a 49-unit condominium with five
floors of underground parking for thirty (30) spaces. The project is matter-of-right and will be 50 feet
high with a brick masonry and hardboard exterior façade and bay windows. The design will be
contemporary. Exterior colors are expected to be tweaked. Of the forty-nine (49) units, thirty-three (33)
will be one (1) bedrooms, sixteen (16) two (2) bedrooms. The project will also include ADA-accessible as
well as affordable units. Parking access will be from the back of the property within the alley.
 
Committee Chairman Dan Golden noted that the developers at the R.L. Christian site had encountered
underground contamination that precluded them from constructing their planned parking garage and
inquired whether there was a similar possibility at this site. Mr. Sequar stated that existing underground
tanks are being removed and that no further issues were expected. Commissioner Omar Mahmud inquired
whether the units would be condominiums vs. apartments. Mr. Sequar confirmed that the units will be
condominiums and that the project is expected to be move-in ready within twelve (12) to fifteen (15)
months.
 
Committee member Missy Boyette inquired regarding penthouse structures. Mr. Sequar advised that there
will be a roof deck, however the deck and mechanical equipment will be set-back from the roof edge.
Chairman Golden asked about the breakdown for inclusionary (affordable housing) unit. Mr. Sequar
advised that there will be a total of five (5) to six (6) units in a mix of one (1) and two (2) bedroom
layouts. Commissioner Mahmud asked about the timing of plans to break ground. Mr. Sequar stated that
the project would break ground within thirty (30) days and that his crew would try to keep any
construction noise down and asked the community to notify him regarding any issues (contact information
will be posted at the construction site). Commissioner Mahmud advised that he previously met with the
surrounding neighbors who expressed concern about their structural foundations being disturbed. Mr.
Sequar said that he has been in contact with the surrounding neighbors and has been recording
conditions. Chairman Golden asked about the working hours for the project. Mr. Sequar responded from
7:00 am to 5:00 pm and that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) limits the times when
 
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construction could begin. Commissioner Mahmud requested that the start time be pushed by an hour or
so on Saturdays. Mr. Sequar agreed and stated that he typically does so on his other project sites.
 
819 D Street, NE (HPA 14-180)
Greg Auger and Eric [last name not given], appeared as representatives for the applicant. Applicant is
seeking HPRB approval for redesigned plans for renovation of the existing church and two (2) adjoining
row houses into proposed thirty (30) unit development. Mr. Auger advised that since his last ED&Z
presentation, the project was presented to HPRB in early-April and the owner/design team has been
working with HPRB staff to incorporate new changes. The team has also implemented changes gathered
from Commissioner Holmes and surrounding neighbors.
 
The main changes incorporated: 1) for the two (2) adjoining townhouses that are part of the
development, the third-story levels and roof decks were removed; 2) the areaways and lightwells were
maintained on D and Ninth (9th) Streets, NE, however the windows will be below-grade and units
therefore cannot be looked into from the sidewalk (shrubbery will conceal); 3) additional design tweaks
were made to achieve balance between structural elements within the façade; 4) the rooftop sight lines
on the main building were adjusted, the parapet wall on the E Street side was lowered by six (6) inches
and extended along the entire length of the façade to hide railings and mechanical units on the roof; 5)
for the existing windows, HPRB said they weren’t consistent with preservation rules so the design will
keep the colored stain glass but will replace opaque windows with clear glass. The design team is
working with HPRB staff to build a mock-up window to test solution(s). New windows will not be added to
the primary façade, but double-height windows will be added to the southern façade (facing alley).
 
Chairman Golden asked about the status of the HPRB process in light of the latest design iterations. Mr.
Auger advised that the latest drawings will be re-submitted to HPRB and staff also will review the window
mock-up. Chairman Golden inquired about skylights within the project. Mr. Auger stated that the primary
skylights were removed, but were added to the southern façade. He also advised that the bell tower will
be restored and will be used as a sun room. Chairman Golden asked what materials exist within the bell
tower. Eric stated that there is wood paneling and single-pane glass and the louvers will be restored.
 
Commissioner Holmes advised that the ANC originally recommended the design (6-0-0), with certain
additional conditions based on HPRB’s recommendations. Prior to the HPRB hearing, a new set of plans
was developed and Commissioner Holmes withdrew ANC support until there was an opportunity for these
new revisions to be re-reviewed by the ED&Z committee and the ANC.
 
Community member Shauna Holmes (former Chair of the Capitol Hill Historic Restoration Society (CHRS))
stated that she attended the April 3, 2014 HPRB hearing and identified several issues: 1) areaways – the
proposed areaways are overly wide and the historic guidelines discourage digging out or enlarging window
wells – HPRB passed a unanimous decision to not expand the areaways (consistent with other cases); 2)
bell tower – HPRB did not want changes to be made to it and the tower should be preserved; 3) roof
decks – happy to see the decks removed from the townhouses but still concerned about the deck and wall
on the original church building. Need to confirm the sight line visibility; 4) was surprised by changes
presented at the April 3, 2014 meeting as well as changes shown at tonight’s meeting. Mr. Auger advised
that the changes were sent to Ms. Holmes last week. Ms. Holmes also pointed out that the windows are a
big issue and the city regulations are clear that replacement stained glass windows should match previous
windows (for primary elevation). Chairman Golden asked whether the HPRB guidelines would necessitate
the preservation of translucent glass panes as well as colored glass panes. Ms. Holmes advised that HPRB
 
 
 
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has left some flexibility due to adaptive reuse. The window regulations state that glass can be replaced if
it matches in every respect to the prior glass materials and that clear glass should be used minimally.
 
Mr. Auger advised that the next HPRB hearing will be held at the end of May. Chairman Golden asked if
there would be another round of changes prior to the HPRB hearing. Mr. Auger stated that HPRB will issue
a staff report before the hearing and the owner/design team will have another round of discussions with
HPRB. Chairman Golden asked how much wider will the areaways be. Mr. Auger stated the areaways will
be widened from 4 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 6 inches to meet current codes and to allow more lighting.
Commissioner Holmes stated that the codes don’t apply to historic properties. Mr. Auger clarified that
they would apply to any enlargement of the existing areaways. At Chairman Golden’s request, Mr. Auger
also identified where the clear glass will be placed on the façade. Chairman Golden requested that any
additional changes to the drawings be submitted to the ANC as far in advance as possible of the HPRB
hearing. Mr. Auger explained that the final drawings will be submitted to HPRB staff for review on May
12, 2014 and that no extensive changes are expected.
 
The Committee made a motion to recommend that the ANC send a letter in support of the project to
HPRB on the condition that the applicant incorporate any additional HPRB recommendations. The motion
was unanimously approved.
 
1301 North Carolina Avenue, NE (HPA 13-545)
Ed Donohue, Reverend Diane Dixon-Proctor, Tanya Davis, Steve Kinley (project representatives).
Applicant is seeking HPRB approval for placement of cell phone antennae atop existing church. The
applicant had previously presented at the October 2013 ED&Z meeting. Mr. Donohue presented updated
plans for matter-of-right installation of cell phone antennas atop of the church. Incorporating HPRB
recommendations, the new design removed the generators and reduced the antennas from twelve (12) to
six (6) feet. Faux chimney brick will also be used to conceal antennas. Additional flush-mounted
antennas along the sidewall facing the alley will be painted red.
 
Mr. Donohue advised that the additional antennas are needed for safety to improve 911 calling
availability, the installation design is consistent with DC guidelines, and that the church has embraced
the changes. Commissioner Golden asked why the wireless antennas were necessary in this specific
location. Mr. Donohue explained that the urban location required installation of the antennas on existing
buildings (vs. towers) and that his company looked at alternative locations and determined the church
address as the best location. Chairman Golden inquired about radiation near residences. Mr. Donohue
advised that the proposed sites meet FCC guidelines. Committee member, Charmaine Josiah asked about
any new site locations. Mr. Donohue answered, none at this time, but that during high traffic events like
marathons, etc., temporary site antennas are used. Committee member Boyette asked if signage is
required and if there were other historic site examples. Mr. Donohue advised that signage is not required
and antennas are similarly installed at Dupont Circle. Committee member Michael Hoenig asked if the
antennas/generator cause structural concerns. Mr. Donohue advised the height reduction of the antennae
reduces issues with the roof structure. Committee member Laura Gentile asked if the adjacent neighbors
were notified, in case they wanted to expand onto their roofs. Mr. Donohue said that building up (below
twenty (20) feet) wouldn’t be an issue. Chairman Golden requested that the surrounding neighbors to the
east and south be notified of the proposed installation and the applicant agreed to do so.
 
Committee member requested that the church exercise pressure to the cellular phone company with the
existing antenna on the roof (T-Mobile) to re-review their designs at next lease renewal. Committee
member Boyette asked if the antennas could be pushed back further from the roof line. Mr. Donohue
 
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advised that the antennas must be at the roof edge to function properly. Community member Shawna
Holmes advised that CHRS reviewed the antennae proposal last November but found that the design was
not within the historic guidelines and recommended that HPRB not approve. She stated that CHRS was
not contacted to re-review and would like the opportunity to do so.
 
Chairman Golden recommended that Mr. Donohue postpone the HPRB appointment to allow CHRS to
review the new plans and allow the ED&Z to review in May 2014 with a final ANC vote in June. Mr.
Donohue agreed and stated that in the meantime he would notify the neighbors to the immediate east
and south.
 
1511 A Street NE
The Committee reviewed the most recent drawings provided by developer. Community members and
neighbors previously met with the developer and updated the Committee regarding the project’s status.
At the community meeting with the developer, the developer confirmed that an eighteen (18) unit,
matter-of-right building is proposed. With inclusionary zoning applied, the building can go to 75% lot
coverage with a FAR of 3.0. The community and committee members discussed that the most recent
plans did not comply with zoning regulations and that the plans were outdated. The developer had stated
previously that he expected to obtain building permit(s) by end of the week. Chairman Golden noted that
the new plans did not appear to accurately show the grade or the curb and that this could lead to
inaccurate calculation of the FAR and height of the building. A community member noted that the
existing drawings do not include mechanical or trash handling. Community members also requested that
Zoning Administrator Matt LeGrant double-check the FAR calculations for existing errors. They advised
that communications with the developer and owner’s representative have been inconsistent. It was also
noted that the project engineer appeared to have had his license revoked in Virginia and that the project
architect was not licensed in DC.
 
The Committee made a motion recommending that the ANC send a letter to Matt LeGrant advising
regarding inaccuracies with the curb and grade measurements, the project architect not being licensed in
DC and the project engineer’s license having been revoked in Virginia. The motion was unanimously
approved.
 
H Street Corridor Signage Design Guidelines
The committee further discussed proposed draft design guidelines for future cases when restrictions on
signage are proposed as a condition for a grant of zoning relief. Committee members Josiah and Boyette
will develop a draft document for the Committee’s consideration.
 
 
 
 
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May XX, 2014
 
Ms. Gretchen Pfaehler, Chair
Historic Preservation Review Board
Office of Planning
1100 Fourth Street, SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
 
Re: HPA # 14-180 (819 D Street, NE)
 
Dear Ms. Pfaehler,
 
At a regularly scheduled and properly noticed meeting1 on May 8, 2014, our Commission voted X-X-X (with
5 Commissioners required for a quorum) to support the proposed design for 819 D Street, NE, on the
condition that the developer incorporate the comments of the Historic Preservation Office into its final
design prior to its hearing before HPRB.
 
The applicant proposes to renovate the existing church at 819 D Street, NE, as well as two adjoining
rowhouses as part of a 30-unit development, with 26 units located in the church and two units in each of
the two rowhouses. The applicant proposes renovations to each of the existing structures, including the
addition of new windows and vision glass as necessary to ensure adequate light to each of the residential
units. As noted above, the ANC approves of the proposed design provided that HPO’s comments are
incorporated into the final design.
 
Please be advised that Nicholas Alberti, Andrew Hysell, and Daniel Golden are authorized to act on behalf
of ANC 6A for the purposes of this case. I can be contacted at 6A04@anc.dc.gov.
 
On Behalf of the Commission,
 
 
Nicholas Alberti
Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
 
 
 
 
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May XX, 2014
 
Mr. Matthew Le Grant
Zoning Administrator
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
1100 Fourth Street, SW, Room 3102
Washington, DC 20024
 
Re: Additional Indication of Potential Zoning Violation (1511 A Street, NE)
 
Dear Mr. LeGrant,
 
At a regularly scheduled and properly noticed meeting2 on May 8, 2014, our Commission voted X-X-X (with
5 Commissioners required for a quorum) to write to you again regarding the proposed construction of an
18-unit apartment building at 1511 A Street, NE and, specifically, to bring to your attention several
significant issues related to the attached plans for the proposed structure. The developer has stated that
these plans are the plans currently under review by your office.
 
First, the attached drawings show that the existing front porch will be retained and further denote that
the property “grade” is located at a level almost immediately below that of the front porch. In reality,
however, and as the attached photograph of 1511 A Street, NE shows, the property grade is in fact
several feet below the front porch. The fact that the drawings do not accurately depict the location of
the grade is highly significant, because it suggests that the basement floor of the proposed development
would not count against the permissible FAR for the structure. If the basement floor were to count
against the structure’s FAR (which it would appear should be the case), it would result in a FAR greater
than 3.0 and necessitate zoning relief.
 
Second, the attached drawings show the “curb” from which the building height is measured at a level far
above the location of the existing curb. If the building height were measured from where the relevant
curb is actually located, the building would be far in excess of the fifty-foot limit on building height in a
C-2A zone. Accordingly, the structure as currently designed cannot be constructed on a by-right basis for
that reason as well.
 
Finally, we would like to bring to your attention the fact that it appears that the professional engineer
whose stamp can be seen on the plans, Suresh R. Baral, is the same Suresh R. Baral who had his
professional engineer’s license revoked in Virginia in September 2013. As the attached documents show,
the Virginia board that revoked Mr. Baral’s license found that he had affixed his stamp to drawings not
prepared under his direct control and personal supervision. The board concluded that “Baral’s utter
disregard for his professional and regulatory responsibilities in conjunction with his total lack of candor
demonstrates he cannot be trusted with the responsibilities of being a licensee,” and that “Baral also
fails to appreciate the risk to the public created by his actions.” In view of these findings by the Virginia
board, we are obviously troubled by Mr. Baral’s involvement in this project.
 
We again ask that you closely scrutinize the plans provided by the developer and determine whether any
zoning relief is required, particularly with regard to the FAR and height of the proposed structure. We
 
 
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believe such scrutiny is particularly warranted in view of Mr. Baral’s involvement with this project. I
would appreciate a response regarding this issue at your earliest convenience. I can be contacted at
6A04@anc.dc.gov.
 
On Behalf of the Commission,
 
 
Nicholas Alberti
Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
 
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