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District of Columbia Government
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A
Agenda for July 10, 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
Approve May’s Meeting Minutes
 
7:05 pm Community Comments (2 minutes each)
 
7:10 pm Community Presentation pg.11
DC National Guard Run – Lt. Daniel Banasik
 
7:20 pm Officer Reports:
Chair (2 minutes)
Vice-Chair (2 minutes)
Secretary (2 minutes)
Treasurer (2 minutes) pg. 17
1. Approve Treasurer’s Report
2. Third (3rd) Quarter Report
 
7:30 pm Standing Committee Reports:
Economic Development and Zoning pg. 27
1. Approve committee report.
2. Recommendation: BZA Case No. 18798 (1425 North Carolina Avenue, N.E.): ANC
write a letter to BZA: 1) in support of special exceptions from the lot occupancy
and rear-yard setback requirements, as well as for additions to buildings that
exceed permitted lot occupancy in connection with the construction of a rear
deck; and 2) in support of a variance from the definition of "yard," which prohibits
any structure occupying more than 50% of a "yard," in the event the Zoning
Administrator and BZA deem that requirement applicable to a structure below four
feet in height.
3. Report on RL Christian Library Development hearing (Hysell)
4. Unless an application is filed in the interim, EDZ will not be meeting in July.
 
7:50 pm Community Outreach pg. 20
1. Committee did not meet in June 2014.
2. Recommendation: The COC recommends that ANC 6A approve $300.00 in support
of the Miner PTO request for athletic equipment.
3. The Committee does not plan to meet in July.
4. Next meeting – 7:00 pm, August 18, 2014 (3rd Monday)
 
8:00 pm Alcohol Beverage Licensing pg. 23
1. Approve committee report
2. Recommendation: The ANC formally protest request by Smith Commons at 1245 H
Street NE (License Number 084598) for a summer garden endorsement, unless
Smith Commons agrees to amend its Settlement Agreement to strike Section 3(d).
 
 
 
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Agenda for July 10, 2014
2nd Thursdays at 7pm, Miner Elementary, 601 15th St., NE
Public Meeting – All Are Welcome to Attend
 
Further, should Smith Commons agree to strike Section 3(d), the ANC will write a
letter of support for a stipulated endorsement.
3. Recommendation: The ANC formally protest the CR license renewal for The
Pursuit at 1421 H Street NE (ABRA # 094881), unless that The Pursuit agrees to
amend its Settlement Agreement to strike Section 3(d). Motion carried 4-0.
4. H Street Country Club, and Rock and Roll Hotel – Consideration of amending
Settlement Agreements with H Street Country Club, and Rock and Roll Hotel
5. Next meeting – 7:00 pm, July 15, 2014 (3rd Tuesday)
 
8:30 pm Transportation and Public Space Committee pg. 26
1. Committee did not meet in June 2014.
2. Next meeting – 7 pm, July 18, 2014 (3rd Monday)
 
8:35 pm New Business
 
8:40 pm Single Member District reports (2 minutes each)
 
8:55 pm Community Comments Round II, time permitting (2 minutes each)
 
9:00 pm Adjourn
 
 
 
 
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Meeting Minutes of July 10, 2014
 
 
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A
Minutes
Regular Business Meeting
Miner Elementary School
May 8, 2014
 
Present: Commissioners Nick Alberti, Andrew Hysell, Omar Mahmud, Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, Calvin Ward
Absent: Commissioners Gloria Nauden, Jay Williams
 
The meeting was convened at 7:00 pm.
1. Agenda
The following additions to the agenda were proposed: under Community Outreach Committee, add
the nomination of new committee members.
 
Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert raised the issue of placing Single Member District (SMD) Reports earlier in the
meeting to inform the community of news of interest. Mr. Alberti said that it was important to first
consider matters presented by ANC committees as they are often time sensitive and are the core
business of the ANC.
 
Motion: Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert moved/Mr. Ward seconded a motion to place SMD reports at the top of
the ANC agenda. The motion failed 1-2-1, with Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert in favor, Mr. Alberti and Mr.
Mahmud opposed, and Mr. Ward abstaining (Mr. Hysell was absent for vote). The agenda, as amended,
was agreed to without objection.
 
2. Minutes
The April 2014 minutes were agreed to without objection.
 
3. Community Comment
 
David Holmes
Mr. Alberti announced that Mr. Holmes had resigned two weeks previously, and thanked him for his
service, saying he had been an extraordinary chair and his counsel would be missed. Mrs. Phillips-
Gilbert added that she appreciated all the information he had provided. Mr. Mahmud said how much
he appreciated working with Mr. Holmes and Mr. Ward spoke about how he and the community will
miss him.
 
4. Community Presentation
Clean Rivers Project – DC Water
Ms. Andrea Williams and Mr. Chris White of DC Water presented the agency’s plans for a major
project now being undertaken to replace waste/storm water tunnels along the Anacostia River,
extending from RFK Stadium to the Blue Plains Treatment Plant. The project, which will be
completed in 2017, will create a cleaner river with greatly reduced overflow of untreated water into
the Anacostia. More information is available from Andrea.Williams@dcwater.com.
 
5. Officers’ Reports
Chair
Mr. Alberti reported that speakers at the June ANC meeting would include Mr. Josh Kern, receiver of
the Options Charter School.
 
 
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Mr. Alberti announced that a special election would be held a future ANC meeting to file the seat
vacated by former Commissioner Holmes if more than one person qualifies as a candidate.
 
Treasurer’s Report
Mr. Alberti presented the Treasurer’s Report. He reported that the opening balance in the checking
account was $16,970.07 and the savings account balance was 13,718.26. There was an interest
payment of $0.23 to the savings account. There were disbursements of $180.00 to Roberta Weiner for
transcription of the April 2014 ANC minutes (Check #1647); $194.60 for FedEx Office for April 2014
statement (Check #1648); $200.00 to Irene Dworakowski for the April 2014 agenda package (Check
#1649); $126.12 to the DC Treasurer for Security Services for May 2014 (Check #1650), leaving a
balance of $16,329.45 in the checking account, and $13,718.49 in the savings account.
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion to accept the disbursements. The motion
passed 4-0-1, with Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert abstaining.
 
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as
presented. The motion passed without objection.
 
Quarterly Report
Mr. Alberti said that the Quarterly Report had been circulated in advance of the meeting.
 
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded acceptance of the Quarterly Report for January-
March 2014. The motion passed 4-0-1, with Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert abstaining.
 
6. Committee Reports
Community Outreach
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the full ANC approve the
Committee’s recommendation to provide a grant of $300.00 to the Eliot-Hine Parent Teacher
Organization (PTO) for outdoor classroom picnic tables. The motion passed 5-0-0, unanimously.
 
Motion: Mr. Ward moved/Mr. Alberti seconded the nomination of Veronica Holman to become a
member of the Community Outreach Committee. The nomination passed unanimously.
 
Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert nominated/Mr. Alberti seconded the nomination of Shirley Worthy to become a
member of the Community Outreach Committee. The nomination passed unanimously.
 
Transportation and Public Space
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion that the full ANC approve the
Committee’s recommendation that a letter be sent to the District Department of Transportation
(DDOT) asking that DDOT consider the installation of a traffic signal at Maryland Avenue and Tenth
(10th) Street NE independent of the ongoing Maryland Avenue project. The motion passed 5-0-0.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the full ANC approve the
Committee’s recommendation to send a letter to Jim Sebastian at DDOT recommending the location
of the promised new Capital Bikeshare station, originally slated for Twelfth (12th) and H Streets NE,
 
 
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be placed at Tenth (10th) Street and Maryland Avenue NE (E Street). The motion passed unanimously,
5-0-0.
 
Pocket Parks
This is a series of resolutions raised in hope of mitigating a long-standing problem with DDOT’s
management of the small triangular green spaces (pocket parks) that are contributing features of the
L’Enfant plan. Most of them are federally owned, though managed by the District, and many are
within the Capitol Hill Historic District. DDOT has had a mixed record in terms of maintenance.
 
Alice Kelly, from DDOT, attended the meeting and presented a recently adopted policy for defining
and maintaining these public spaces.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion recommending that the full ANC send
a letter to DDOT asking it to correct its characterization of Reservation 266 (a federally owned pocket
park) 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. Mr. Mahmud offered a friendly amendment to
acknowledge that the recent DDOT policy was welcome and a step in the right direction. The
amendment was accepted and the original motion, as amended, passed 4-1-0, with Mrs. Phillips-
Gilbert in opposition.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion that the ANC send a letter to
Councilmember Mary Cheh, recommending that: 1) all pocket parks and Reservations be transferred
to DPR, along with associated funding, as DPR has better capacity to manage them in the public
interest as publicly available recreational space. Maintaining large an 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 its designation of pocket parks as public parking, and to issue
regulations providing for public notice and comment. The motion passed 4-1-0, with Mrs. Phillips-
Gilbert in opposition.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion that the ANC send a letter to the 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. The motion passed 4-1-0,
with Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert in opposition.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Mahmud seconded a motion to recommend that the ANC oppose
HPA 14-310 (an application from the owners of 147 Tennessee Ave NE to fence in a portion of
Reservation 266) on the grounds that the proposal is inconsistent with Section 2 of the Historic
Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (DC 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.
The applicants for HPA 14-310 presented the basis for their request. Neighbors presented the reasons
for their opposition.
The motion passed 4-1-0, with Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert in opposition.
 
 
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Economic Development and Zoning
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
819 D Street NE
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Williams seconded a motion that the full ANC accept the Committee’s
recommendation and send a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) in support of HPA
14-180, which seeks design approval for the conversion of a 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. The motion passed 5-0-0,
unanimously.
 
1511 A Street NE
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Ward seconded a motion to recommend that the ANC write a letter to
the Zoning Administrator advising him 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. The motion passed 5-0-0.
 
7. Single Member District Reports
Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert reported that:
! the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and the Zoning Administrator will conduct the ANC
Commissioner training that she supported before the BZA;
! she had a walking tour with Commander Porter of MPD; and
! she and Mr. Ward had a joint SMD meeting that was very successful and they were planning to do
it again.
She also reported that she was able to take a group of her constituents to meet US Senator Harry Reid
and take a Senate tour.
 
Mr. Ward thanked Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert for putting in a lot of work on their joint SMD meeting.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.
 
 
 
 
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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A
Minutes
Regular Business Meeting
Miner Elementary School
June 12, 2014
 
Present: Commissioners Nick Alberti, Chairman; Gloria Nauden; Sondra Phillips-Gilbert; Calvin Ward;
Chris Ward and Jay Williams. (Ms. Nauden left at 8:35 pm.)
 
The meeting was convened at 7:00 pm.
 
1. Agenda
Mr. Alberti included a presentation by Jim McNulty of Pepco on the status of the decommissioning of the
Benning Road Power Station. The agenda, as amended, was agreed to without objection.
 
2. Minutes
The May 2014 minutes were inadvertently left out of the agenda packet and will be voted on at the next
ANC meeting.
 
3. Community Comment
Chris Ward
Mr. Alberti introduced Chris Ward as the new Commissioner from 6A03, who has taken the seat of
David Holmes.
 
4. Community Presentations
Pepco
Jim McNulty of Pepco gave a report on the decommissioning and demolition of its Benning Road power
station, which is now obsolete. The next step in the project, which is scheduled to be completed by the
summer of 2014, will be a carefully-controlled implosion of the building, which is scheduled to take place
within the next few months. More information and updates can he had at benningservicecenter.com or
202/730-1199.
 
Options School
Jeff Kerns, who serves as receiver of Options School, gave a status report on the school’s plans for the
coming school year. He reported that the school will be open next year, but with many fewer students,
and with the auxiliary building at Sixteenth (16th) Street closed. He said they are not actively marketing
the school but will have about 250 students, and a strong new staff. There is a new website, and there
will be physical changes to the building, including landscaping. He acknowledged there had been a lack
of communication with the community and said they would do better. He said they were working on the
short term and their debt service, and rethinking a transportation plan, which will have community input.
 
5. Officers’ Reports
Chair
Mr. Alberti reported that a good use of ANC grant funds can be seen in the Commission-funded fish tank
at Eliot-Hine MS, which is up and running. The community is invited to visit.
 
Treasurer’s Report
Mr. Alberti presented the Treasurer’s Report. He reported that the opening balance in the checking
account was $16,329.45 and the savings account balance was $13,718.49. There was a deposit of
 
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$4,807.82 for a Second (2nd) Quarter District Allotment and an interest payment of $0.23 to the savings
account. There were disbursements of $180.00 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of the May 2014
ANC minutes (Check #1651) and $200.00 to Irene Dworakowski for the May 2014 agenda package
(Check #1652);, leaving a balance of $20,557.27 in the checking account, and $13,718.72 in the
savings account.
 
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Williams seconded a motion to accept the disbursements. The motion
passed 6-0-1.
 
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Williams seconded a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as
presented. The motion passed without objection.
 
Motion: Mr. Alberti moved/Mr. Calvin Ward seconded a motion to reimburse Mr. Williams $157.16 for
14 taxi fares since March, in connection with his duties as chair of the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
Committee. The motion passed 5-0-1, with Mr. Williams not voting.
 
6. Committee Reports
Community Outreach
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
A proposed motion to approve a grant to Miner Elementary School (ES) Parent Teacher Organization
(PTO) was postponed because a representative of the organization was not present.
 
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
XII Restaurant and Lounge
Mr. Williams gave a status report on XII Restaurant and Lounge, which was closed because of a violent
incident. The establishment has a license due for renewal. After a Summary Suspension hearing, the
Alcohol Beverage Control Board has suspended the license until the resolution of the pending charges
stemming from the recent incident. Currently, there is no service of alcohol permitted at the
establishment. The ANC’s protest is on hold, and it will require a full placarding process from scratch to
move forward. Mr. Williams said he is working with Councilmember Orange’s office on weaknesses in
the law that enabled establishment representatives to not show up at hearings, and to permit instances
like this to occur.
 
Mythology € Lore – 816 H Street NE
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Williams seconded a motion that the ANC formally protest the CT
license application for Mythology € Lore, 816 H Street NE, unless a signed Settlement Agreement (SA)
is submitted to the ANC prior to the protest date. The motion passed 5-0-1 with Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert
abstaining. (There was discussion of the fact that the establishment is applying for a CT license rather
than a CR license, but there was no vote on the issue.)
 
Gallery O on H Street - 1354 H Street NE
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Williams seconded a motion that the ANC formally protest the Class
C Multipurpose license application for Gallery O on H at 1354 H Street NE unless a signed Settlement
Agreement is submitted to the ANC prior to the protest date. The motion passed 5-0-1 with Mrs.
Phillips-Gilbert abstaining.
 
 
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Transportation and Public Space
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the ANC accept the Committee’s
recommendation to send a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) requesting that the
Department evaluate the need for traffic calming measures at the intersection of Thirteenth (13th) and I
Streets NE, stating that the ANC would support the installation of stop signs. The motion passed
unanimously, 6-0-0.
 
Economic Development and Zoning
The report of the Committee was accepted without objection.
 
1301 North Carolina Avenue NE
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the full ANC write a letter of support
of the project at 1301 North Carolina Avenue NE to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), on
the condition that the Applicant complies with the five requests stated in the letter from the State Historic
Preservation Office (SHPO):
• Push faux chimney and antennae as far back as possible
• Work with church to find a paint color for the antennae that makes sense
• Match the stealth screen to the back of the church.
• Try to use anchors in the mortar joints for the antennae.
• Try to restrict additional carriers or other antennae at this location
 
The applicant has agreed to these conditions. The motion passed unanimously, 6-0-0.
 
1122 East Capitol Street NE
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion that the ANC write a letter to the Bureau
of Zoning Authority (BZA) recommending approval of zoning relief at 1122 East Capitol Street NE on the
condition that the plans submitted with the BZA application do not deviate materially from the plans
reviewed by the Committee. The motion passed 6-0-0.
 
Motion: The Committee moved/Mr. Alberti seconded a motion to send a letter in support of the project
at 1122 East Capitol Street NE to HPRB on the condition that the applicant address the Capitol Hill
Restoration Society (CHRS) concerns by using a darker color for the siding. The motion passed 4-0-1,
with Mr. Alberti abstaining.
 
7. Single Member District Reports
Mr. Williams reported that there is illegal dumping occurring in the alley between the 300 blocks of
Tenth (10th) and Eleventh (11th) Streets NE (C and D Streets NE).
 
Mrs. Phillips-Gilbert reported that she brought a group of Rosedale community members to the
Kennedy Center Family Concert and the musical petting zoo, which was a great event. She also
reported that there had been an explosion and fire in the 1600 block of Isherwood Place NE, which is
still under investigation. She is also working on issues concerning dog waste, rat abatement and
abandoned cars in the community, and will request signs informing the community of the law requiring
dog owners to clean up after dogs on the grounds of the Rosedale community center and other
neighborhood areas. Finally, the Pilgrim Community Out Reach Summer Institute, located at 612
Rosedale and Seventeenth (17th) Streets NE, will have a summer camp from July 7th through August
 
 
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15th for children in the community and surrounding area. Parents/caretaker can enroll children for
$25.00.
 
Mr. Alberti mentioned that there have been announcements on local listserv asking for donations for
families affected by the Isherwood fire. He also reported that Al’s Pizzeria on East Capitol Street NE
has cars illegally parked on the sidewalk in the evenings creating a danger for pedestrians as delivery
staff drive onto and off the sidewalk.
 
Mr. Calvin Ward also raised the issue of dog waste in his community.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.
 
 
 
 
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Community Presentations
 
 
 
 
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Commission Letters of July 10, 2014 Meeting
 
 
 
 
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Committee Reports
Community Outreach Committee (COC)
 
 
 
No report. Committee did not meet in June 2014.
 
 
 
 
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Grant Request Application Form
 
1. DATE OF APPLICATION 2. DATE OF PROJECT OR ACTIVITY
05/12/2014 2014-2015 School Year
 
3. APPLICANT ORGANIZATION NAME AND ADDRESS 4. EIN (TAX ID NUMBER)++
Myrtilla Miner Elementary PTO 46-5630964
601 15th Street NE Washington, D.C. 20002
 
5. CONTACT NAME 6. TITLE
Arthur Yarbrough PTO Co-President
 
7. ADDRESS (IF DIFFERENT FROM ABOVE)
 
 
8. TELEPHONE 8. FAX
(202) 397-3960 (202) 724-4957
10. E-MAIL ADDRESS
Calotta.brown@dc.gov, artyarbro@hotmail.com (PTO)
 
11. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED PROJECT/ACTIVITY
Purchase of athletic equipment that can be used to enhance students’ learning experience within the classroom during various sports units and
during recess.
 
 
12. PROJECTED TOTAL COST 13. AMOUNT REQUESTED
$350.00 $300.00
 
14. OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING (BE SPECIFIC, PROVIDE NAMES)
None
 
15. STATEMENT OF BENEFIT (DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT OR ACTIVITY, WHO WILL BENEFIT AND IN WHAT WAY)
Physical Education is a growing necessity for all schools; however, our school is lacking some additional resources for Health and PE. Not
having these resources makes the ability to properly teach a unit more difficult, thus not allowing our students to reach their full potential while
playing certain sports. If granted with the opportunity to purchase more athletic equipment it will give students tremendous aid in providing a
more hands-on approach for learning and would help teachers by enhancing their unit/lesson plans to create a more valuable learning
environment. Additionally, these items will be used to enhance the recess experience and encourage students to be more active during this
time. Miner ES is located in ANC 6A; its in-boundary area is largely within ANC 6A; consequently a large percentage of students are
residents of ANC 6A.
 
 
 
 
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ANC 6A Grant Request
Miner Elementary School PTO
Funds for Athletic/Recess Equipment
 
 
 
 
Project Description:
 
 
The Miner Elementary School PTO would like to request $300.00 to fund the purchase of athletic equipment to be
used during all physical education classes to give students a better hands-on approach when learning various
sports units. Having additional sports equipment will also improve the quality of our recess activities, encouraging
students to use this time in more productive ways, encouraging them to be more active and engage with each
other in more constructive ways. This equipment is outside the scope of what DCPS will provide. Other funding is
not available.
 
 
Background:
 
 
Every student at Miner Elementary School from pre-school to fifth grade is required to take physical education.
But we would like to teach sports that require equipment that we currently do not have or do not have enough of
making it difficult to completely teach the lesson/unit. For example, the students will have a unit on Badminton but
we do not have enough shuttlecocks for students to practice with nor do we have a Badminton net to learn how to
play an official Badminton match/game. Although it forces the teacher to become more creative with the lesson
and have students work together collaboratively, it is still very imperative that students are able to work
independently especially for the individual sports versus the team sports. More athletic equipment will enhance
the learning experience and allow students to reach their maximum potential in sports and result in more
advanced lesson plans from teachers.
 
 
Budget:
 
 
If awarded, the grant money will be used to purchase items such as:
 
 
• Dual use Badminton and Tennis net $100.00
• Tug of War Rope $76.00
• Foam Noodles $72.00
• Dodge Balls $70.00
• Kick Balls $20.00
• Double Dutch Ropes $12.00
$350.00
 
 
 
 
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Alcohol Beverage and Licensing (ABL)
 
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing (ABL) Committee
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A
June 17, 2014
 
Pursuant to notice duly given, a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee
(“Committee”) of ANC6A was held commencing at 7:00 pm on June 17, 2014 at Sherwood Recreation
Center, 640 Tenth (10th) Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.
 
Committee Members Present: Jay Williams (Chair), Michael Herman, Ann Marie Koshuta, and Adam
Healy.
Committee Members Absent: David Oberting, Roger Caruth, and Christopher Seagle.
Commissioners Present: None.
Community Members Present: Claude Labbe, Blair Zervos and Joe Englert (H Street Country Club),
Coralie Farlee (ANC 6D ABL Committee), Nate Bush and Ron McNeil (Smith Commons), Thomas
Boisvert (The Pursuit), Robert Storch, and others.
 
I. Call to Order
Chairman Jay Williams called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The meeting having been duly
convened, was ready to proceed with business with a quorum. Mr. Williams reviewed the
agenda and asked if there were any additions or edits. There were none.
 
II. Community Comment
• None
 
III. Old Business
A. Update on requests by Little Miss Whiskey’s, H Street Country Club, Rock N Roll Hotel,
and Vendetta to terminate their Settlement Agreements (SAs) with ANC 6A.
• Chairman Williams reported that he still expected the protest hearing regarding Little
Miss Whiskeys’ request to go forward, as the ANC has not reached an agreement with
that establishment.
• Chairman Williams reported that negotiations with H Street Country Club and Rock N
Roll Hotel were ongoing, and he hoped a resolution could be reached without a protest
hearing. Mr. Williams noted that the main issues still being worked out were rooftop
deck hours, background music, and whether noise coming from the roof deck could be
measured.
• Finally, it was noted by Ms. Coralie Farlee that Vendetta’s request for termination
appeared to have been dismissed for failure to attend roll call hearing. Chairman
Williams noted that this was an initial decision by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation
Administration (ABRA), and he was awaiting the full Order to make it official.
 
IV. New Business
A. Discussion of request by Smith Commons (1245 H Street NE) for summer garden
endorsement and support from ANC for stipulated endorsement.
• Mr. Ron McNeil and Mr. Nate Bush presented on behalf of the establishment.
• Mr. Bush explained that Smith Commons has submitted an application for a Summer
Garden endorsement on the second and third floor. On June 11, 2014, the ABC Board
voted to placard this request, and they expect the placard to be posted by Friday.
 
 
 
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• Smith Commons is asking for support of the application and for a stipulated
endorsement that would allow the summer garden to operate during the placarding
period.
• Mr. Bush noted that Smith Commons is currently operating under a Settlement
Agreement with the ANC, and he believes they have been in compliance with it and
operating as a good neighbor.
• Committee member Adam Healy asked if the establishment’s current/previous patio
operations did not comply with the current license. Mr. Bush confirmed, explaining
that the establishment had sought several endorsements in the past but not a summer
garden endorsement. It recently came to their attention that they did not have such
an endorsement, and went forward with applying.
• Committee member Healy asked if the patios were currently operational, and Mr. Bush
stated that they were not. Mr. Bush stated that Smith Commons wants to be in full
compliance before re-opening the patios.
• Committee member Ann Marie Koshuta clarified that the discussion was about patios
that were open at one point in time, when Smith Commons did not have the
endorsement. Mr. Bush confirmed.
• Mr. Bush explained that when they transferred the license from the previous owners,
there was an understanding that everything was in compliance, but that they recently
discovered they didn’t have the proper summer garden endorsement.
• Committee member Koshuta asked if Smith Commons had been open for some time,
and Mr. Bush confirmed.
• Committee member Healy asked what placard hours the establishment would be
seeking. Mr. McNeil stated that their current hours for the patio would be to close at
11:00 pm on weeknights and 12:00 am on weeknights.
• Chairman Williams asked if Smith Commons would be willing to strike Section 3(d)
from its current Settlement Agreement (SA) (a provision that allows for later hours
beyond 11:00 pm and 12:00 am automatically after a three-month period of no
complaints) and Mr. McNeil said they would. Mr. Bush stated that they were willing to
work with neighbors to address any concerns they might have.
• Mr. McNeil stated that he believes any noise concerns would originate from the second
floor patio, not the third, because it’s bigger and not as walled in.
• Mr. Robert Storch asked what happens when a patio closes at 12:00 am – do a lot of
people have to be herded off at that time? Mr. McNeil responded that in the past they
have been proactive about letting people know ahead of time that they will have to
clear the patio by 12:00 am because of an agreement with the neighbors, and it hasn’t
been an issue.
 
Chairman Williams moved/seconded by Mr. Healy that the ANC formally protest request by
Smith Commons at 1245 H Street NE (License Number 084598) for a summer garden
endorsement, unless Smith Commons agrees to amend its Settlement Agreement (SA) to
strike Section 3(d). Further, should Smith Commons agree to strike Section 3(d), the ANC
will write a letter of support for a stipulated endorsement. Motion carried 4-0.
 
B. Discussion of CR license renewal for The Pursuit at 1421 H Street NE (ABRA # 094881)
(note: f/k/a Angelico’s, Settlement Agreement reached in 2010).
• Mr. Thomas Boisvert, partner for The Pursuit, presented on behalf of the
establishment.
 
 
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• Chairman Williams provided some background, noting that The Pursuit had acquired
the license associated with this address, which was previously intended to be a pizza
restaurant called “Angelico’s,” which never opened. Mr. Williams explained that the
SA agreed to by Angelico’s now automatically applies to The Pursuit.
• Mr. Boisvert explained that the license automatically renewed when they were
completing their build- out, and that ABRA required placarding of the renewal after
they opened.
• Mr. Boisvert stated that the establishment is a wine bar, which just opened last
Saturday. They carry almost fifty (50) wines by the glass. The food menu includes a
charcutcerie board, small bites, as well as a custom-made grilled cheese sandwich
menu. The establishment has two (2) floors – the first has a long concrete bar, and
the second floor is a lounge area. They plan to have a summer garden patio in the
back, but it is currently not open for operation (they need to amend their Certificate
of Occupancy). The patio will seat about fourteen (14) people.
• Chairman Williams asked if the patio is on the ground floor. Mr. Boisvert responded
that it was, and that it was fully enclosed by a six (6) foot fencing. He also
acknowledged that there would be no music on the patio.
• Chairman Williams asked what hours they would seek for the patio, and Mr. Boisvert
stated they were only seeking hours to comport with the Settlement Agreement.
• Chairman Williams asked if Mr. Boisvert would agree to removal of Section 3(d) of the
current Settlement Agreement, and Mr. Boisvert said he would.
 
Chairman Williams moved/seconded by Mr. Healy that the ANC formally protest the CR
license renewal for The Pursuit at 1421 H Street NE (ABRA # 094881), unless that The
Pursuit agrees to amend its Settlement Agreement to strike Section 3(d). Motion carried 4-
0.
 
C. Discussion of recent incidents at XII, including the ABC Board’s recent suspension
decision.
• Chairman Williams described the most recent stabbing incident at XII, provided a brief
overview of the “highlights” of the ABC Board’s summary suspension hearing, and
explained that XII’s license is suspended until the Board can fully resolve any potential
findings of violations of law/regulations related to that incident. Such a hearing may
not take place for a few months.
• Chairman Williams then led a discussion regarding why XII had been able to operate for
so long, and the ANC’s frustrations with the Board’s seeming inability to enforce its
own rules.
 
V. Adjourn
The Committee adjourned at 7:50 pm.
 
 
 
 
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No report. Committee did not meet in June 2014.
 
 
 
 
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Report of the Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ) Committee
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A
June 18, 2014
 
Present:
Members: Dan Golden (Chairman), Charmaine Josiah, Missy Boyette, Brian Carlson, and Stephanie Frang.
Dan Golden chaired the meeting.
 
Community Comment
There were no community comments.
 
Status Reports
Resolution of Previously Heard BZA/HPA Cases: Chairman Golden reported that the ANC adopted the
EDZ Committee’s May 2014 recommendations
 
New Business
1. 1425 North Carolina Avenue (BZA Case No. 18798): Owner seeks Bureau of Zoning Authority (BZA)
approval for special exceptions from the lot occupancy requirement (§403.2), rear yard setback
requirement (§404.1), and for additions to buildings that exceed permitted lot occupancy (§2001.3),
in connection with the construction of a deck at the rear of the existing residence. In addition, if
required by the Zoning Administrator, Owner will seek a variance from the definition of “yard”
(§199), which prohibits any structure occupying more than 50% of a yard.
- Martin Sullivan attended the meeting on behalf of the owner.
- Existing house occupies 62% of lot.
- Proposed deck is multi level. Upper level is above 4’-0” and would contribute to the lot occupancy
and lower level is below 4’-0” in height and would not contribute to lot occupancy.
- Existing House Lot Occupancy + Proposed Upper deck over 4’-0” height = 70% lot occupancy
- Per comments made on the record at a recent BZA hearing (BZA 18595), BZA apparently considers
structures both above and below 4’-0” height to count against the prohibition in the definition of
“yard” against structures occupying more than 50% of a “yard.”
- Taken together, the upper and lower portions of the proposed deck would occupy more than 50%
of the rear yard.
- Accordingly, the applicant would like the committee to consider whether a variance from the
definition of “yard” is warranted in the event that the Zoning Administrator and BZA deem one
necessary.
- Special Exception argument is that the house across the alley has a large rear deck with a 10’+
high fence and that building a smaller deck would make the remaining area of the rear yard
unusable. Neighbors have written letters supporting the rear deck.
- Issues were raised by the committee regarding the following:
o Access to the basement door and what the elevations are at various points under the deck.
o What will happen under the low deck since the space cannot be accessed? Will trash and other
debris accumulate?
- Motion: The Committee recommends approval of the special exception allowing the property to
build to 70% lot occupancy, have a rear yard setback less than 20’, and allow the expansion of a
non conforming structure. Motion was passed 5-0.
- Motion: The Committee recommends approval for variance relief of the total deck occupying
more than 50% of the rear yard. Motion was passed 4-1.
 
 
 
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2. Signage Discussion
Signage pamphlet was discussed and comments were made regarding language and examples used.
Further discussion will take place at the next Committee meeting and the on a motion to implement
the signage standards.
 
For more information, please contact Dan Golden at dpgolden@gmail.com or 202-641-5734
 
 
 
 
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July XX, 2014
 
Mr. Clifford Moy
Secretary of the Board of Zoning Adjustment
Board of Zoning Adjustment
441 4th St. NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20001
 
Re: BZA Case No. 18798 (1425 North Carolina Avenue, NE)
 
Dear Mr. Moy,
 
At a regularly scheduled and properly noticed meeting1 on July 10, 2014, our Commission voted X-X-X
(with 5 Commissioners required for a quorum) to support the Applicant’s request for a special exception
from the lot occupancy requirement (§ 403.2), the rear-yard setback requirement (§ 404.1), and for
additions to buildings that exceed permitted lot occupancy (§ 2001.3), and for a variance from the
definition of “yard” (§ 199), which prohibits any structure occupying more than 50% of a yard, in the
above referenced application. The applicant seeks the foregoing relief to permit the construction of a
two-tiered deck at the rear of the existing rowhouse structure.
 
The Commission supports granting the requested special exception because the proposed deck will not
unduly affect the light and air available to neighboring properties nor unduly compromise their privacy of
use and enjoyment. The Commission supports granting the requested variance because strict application
of the definition of “yard,” to limit the deck to less than 50% of the rear yard would result in peculiar
and exceptional practical difficulties and hardship to the applicant. This is so because the area of the
rear yard is limited and constructing a smaller deck would render the remainder of the rear yard
unusable. Furthermore, granting the requested variance will not result in substantial detriment to the
public good or substantially impair the intent, purpose, and integrity of the zoning plan.
 
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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