Regular Meeting Minutes"
Wednesday, September 19, 2014; 7:00 p.m."
GW’s Funger Hall – 2201 G Street NW, Room 103"
Call to Order"
Chair Patrick Kennedy (01) called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Commissioners
Rebecca Coder (02), Armando Irizarry (04), Graham Galka (05), Jackson Carnes (07),
and Peter Sacco (08) were present. Commissioner Florence Harmon (06) arrived at 7:20
Commissioner Irizarry made a motion to adopt the agenda. Commissioner Coder
seconded the motion, which was voted on and passed (VOTES: 6-0)."
Report from the Office of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans"
Kevin Stogner, General Counsel for Councilmember Jack Evans, was present to give an
update from the Councilmember’s office. Mr. Stogner said that the calendar for the
upcoming legislative year was about to come out. He added that anyone with any
constituent services issues should contact Sherri Kimbel, the Councilmember’s Director
of Constituent Services."
Report from the Ward 2 Education Network"
Chris Sondreal, ANC 2A’s representative to the Ward 2 Education Network, was present
to give an update on behalf of the Network."
Mr. Sondreal said that the first meeting of the academic year for the Network had not
been scheduled yet, but that it should be sometime in October. He added that the group is
making more of an effort to schedule evening meetings."
With regards to the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, Mr. Sondreal said that the
school’s enrollment was hovering around 400 students, which included a growth of 90
students over the summer. Currently, the school was at approximately 80% of capacity.
The school was also starting the planning for a large renovation."
Erin Martin, a representative from the Home and School Association (HSA) at Francis-
Stevens, was also present. She said that the HSA was currently planning for their first
annual Fall Auction, which would be on the lower level of GW’s School of Media and
Public Affairs building at 5 pm on Saturday, October 18th. The event would be free and
open to the public, food and drinks would be served, and there would be plenty of great
auction items to bid on."
Announcements and Public Comments"
Chris Hammond, a candidate for the Office of the Chairman of the DC Council, was
present and talked about the need for a public debate between the all of the candidates
running for the Chairman position.
Commissioner Florence Harmon (06) entered the room."
Consideration of a Resolution Regarding the Proposed Work Plan for the Rehabilitation
of the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over Rock Creek"
Adil Rizvi, the Project Manager from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT),
was present to talk about the project."
Mr. Rizvi said that there were many structural deficiencies with the bridge. He said that
the final design for the new bridge would be completed by the spring of 2015, with an
anticipated start of construction during the summer of 2015."
With regards to the construction duration and hours, Mr. Rizvi said that the construction
was expected to last for 15 months. The working hours would be 7 am to 7 pm, Monday
Mr. Rizvi reviewed the maps of how the eastbound and westbound traffic on
Pennsylvania Avenue would be diverted to accommodate the construction work. He said
that pedestrian traffic would be maintained during the construction."
Chair Kennedy suggested that the traffic light timing at M Street and Pennsylvania
Avenue could be altered to reflect the changing traffic pattern."
Chair Kennedy also asked about changing the detour zone on 26th Street to possibly two
lanes instead of maintaining two-way traffic on 26th Street. Mr. Rizvi said that it would
be hard to change over the street, but that he would look into it."
The General Manager for the Westbridge Condominiums was present and said that
changing over to one-way traffic on 26th Street for the duration of the detour could
improve traffic patterns in the area."
Commissioner Coder asked about the original proposal, which called for overnight work
hours; however, Mr. Rizvi confirmed that the work hours would now only be during the
Sara Maddux, a neighborhood resident, asked about adding minimum clearance signs
along Rock Creek Parkway leading up to the bridge, as there had been many trucks
caught under the bridge recently."
Commissioner Irizarry asked Mr. Rizvi to consider starting working hours at 9 am on
Saturday instead of 7 am to give the neighborhood some relief from the construction. Mr.
Rizvi said that DDOT may have a new standard for limiting work hours on Saturday to 9
am to 3 pm, and thus he was going to check on it."
A neighbor asked about how DDOT would consult with the Westbridge residents if
DDOT intended to turn 26th Street into a one-way street. A representative from DDOT
who was present said that DDOT could come back to the October ANC meeting to
discuss what would happen to 26th Street."
Chair Kennedy recommended holding periodic check-in meetings with stakeholders
throughout the duration of the project, which should also include the Georgetown
Commissioner Coder read aloud a resolution she wrote on the matter."
Commissioner Coder made a motion to adopt the resolution. Commissioner Carnes
seconded the motion. Commissioner Irizarry asked for a friendly amendment to include
the name of the Project Manager in the resolution. The friendly amendment was
accepted, and the final motion was voted on and passed (VOTES: 7-0)."
Consideration of a Resolution Regarding Crosswalk Configurations at the Intersection of
New Hampshire Avenue, 22nd Street, and L Street"
Commissioner Harmon went over the history of the crosswalk, which was added and then
recently removed from the intersection. She also talked about why the lights on 22nd
Street by Washington Circle had not yet been electrified. She added that once the lights
were electrified, DDOT would re-synchronize all of the lights on Washington Circle."
Richard Kenney from DDOT was present and said that the lights on Washington Circle
has gone through multiple iterations, and that they were still being worked on now that
the summer had passed. Mr. Kenney explained why the lights on 22nd Street were taking
so long to electrify because of unanticipated problems with wiring, and that DDOT now
thought that they had a fast solution to get them electrified. DDOT was also looking into
raising the speed limit on the K Street Underpass to encourage less people to leave the
underpass and travel through the circle."
A local resident was concerned about how drivers were ignoring the red turn light at the
corner of Washington Circle and 23rd Street as they turned to go south down 23rd Street.
Mr. Kenney recommended that the ANC reach out to the Metropolitan Police Department
(MPD) to police the drivers."
Commissioner Irizarry reiterated the need for a second Metro entrance to the Foggy
Bottom Metro Station. Commissioner Carnes agreed with Commissioner Irizarry’s point,
adding that the station was the busiest Metro station with a single entrance."
Chair Kennedy read the enacting clauses of a resolution Commissioner Harmon wrote on
Commissioner Harmon made a motion to adopt the resolution. Commissioner Sacco
seconded the motion, which was voted on and passed (VOTES: 7-0)."
Discussion and Consideration of a Resolution Regarding Service Changes to the 30s
Metrobus Routes and the Elimination of Metrobus stops in the 2500 block of
Chair Kennedy went over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s
(WMATA) proposed changes to the 30s Metrobus routes. He said that in order to speed
up the buses on the route and keep them on schedule, WMATA was proposing to
eliminate bus stops along the route, including one at 26th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
Chair Kennedy said that the elimination of that particular bus stop was a problem for the
neighborhood, adding that the bus stop had an overhang at the Westbridge
Condominiums building for inclement weather."
Commissioner Coder added that only the westbound bus stop at 26th Street and
Pennsylvania Avenue would be eliminated and not the eastbound one."
Chair Kennedy read the enacting clauses of a resolution he wrote on the matter."
Chair Kennedy made a motion to adopt the resolution. Commissioner Coder seconded the
motion, which was voted on and passed (VOTES: 7-0)."
Application for a Rear Addition at 2431 I Street (HPA 14-625) in the Foggy Bottom
Steve Charnovitz, the owner of the property, was present to talk about the proposal for a
rear addition to the house. Paul Wilson, the architect for the project, was also present to
talk about the design for the project. Mr. Wilson gave a presentation of the plans for the
Mr. Wilson said they owner is constrained by zoning on the site, adding that the addition
falls just under the 60% lot occupancy limit. He said that they are also proposing to
restore the front elevation of the house, including restoring the front masonry. They are
confident that the design means that the addition would not be visible from Eye Street."
Chair Kennedy asked about whether the design team had completed a flag test to see if
the addition would be visible from Eye Street. The architect said that they did not, but
that they used an existing chimney in the back of the adjacent building as stand-in for the
Mr. Wilson showed examples of existing three-story buildings, as well as three-story
additions, in the Foggy Bottom Historic District."
Mr. Williams, a local resident, was present and representing the views of the property’s
immediate neighbor, Mr. Summers. Mr. Williams said that the vast majority of the homes
in the historic district, especially on Eye Street, were two-story buildings. He also said
that the Historic Preservation Office review staff was concerned about how a portion of
the proposed third floor would be built on a portion of the existing second floor, meaning
that it might be visible from Eye Street."
Mr. Williams pointed out how the materials that would be used for the project were very
modern; however they did not mirror the historic character of the neighborhood. He also
expressed concerns about privacy, since the side of the addition would have floor-to-
ceiling windows and Mr. Summers had skylights, which could be looked into by people
in the addition. He added that since Mr. Summers’ existing chimney would be right next
to the addition, Mr. Summers would have to increase the height of the chimney in order
to continue to use his fireplaces."
Chair Kennedy asked Mr. Williams if Mr. Summers would be okay with a two-story
addition instead of three stories. Mr. Williams said that Mr. Summers just wanted to see
that his current concerns would be addressed."
The owner of the property talked about his efforts to collect community feedback
regarding the proposal. Mr. Wilson added that the project was scheduled to be on the
Historic Preservation Review Board’s (HPRB) October 2nd meeting agenda."
Chair Kennedy said that the project would help build up the neighborhood’s housing
stock, but that community concerns and historic preservation concerns had to be
addressed. He thus suggested that the ANC should request that the HPRB delay the
hearing on the proposal. The owner of the property said that he would be open to a one-
month delay with the HPRB."
Chair Kennedy made a motion to ask the Historic Preservation Review Board to issue a
one-month delay on the hearing for the proposal, with the agreement of the applicant
noted. Commissioner Irizarry seconded the motion, which was voted on and passed
Consideration of the Proposed “George Washington/West End Historic District” (Case
14-12) in Squares 58, 77-81, 101-104, 121, and 122"
Chair Kennedy started the discussion by noting that the HPRB updated the proposed
name of the historic district to the “George Washington/Old West End Historic District”."
Ms. Maddux reminded everyone that the proposal for the historic district was required
under the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan."
Commissioner Coder recommended that the ANC put forward some recommendations on
the name of the historic district."
Gary Griffith, a neighborhood resident, was present and said that he was not opposed to
the existence of the historic district, but that the name of the district has to be accurate.
Mr. Griffith read sections from the nominating petition for the district, highlighting
inaccuracies, including the fact that the “West End” name never was used for a
subsection of the neighborhood, but rather referred to the whole area between the White
House and Georgetown."
John Williams, a local historian, objected to the George Washington University being
included in the name of the district."
Ms. Maddux asked that out of respect for the all of the work that went into creating the
Foggy Bottom Historic District, that no iteration of the “Foggy Bottom” name should be
used for the new historic district."
Chair Kennedy made a motion to allow the Chair to draft a resolution endorsing the
creation of the historic district, reiterating that the ANC did not want “West End”
included in the name of the District, and recommending that the name of the District be
“East Foggy Bottom/George Washington University Historic District.” Commissioner
Sacco seconded the motion. "
Commissioner Carnes asked for a friendly amendment to drop the “East” portion of the
name. The amendment was not accepted as a friendly amendment. "
Commissioner Coder asked for a friendly amendment to ask the HPRB to reexamine the
historical evidence they were submitting to make sure it was historically accurate. The
friendly amendment was accepted by Chair Kennedy and Commissioner Sacco. "
Commissioner Irizarry asked for a friendly amendment to switch the two portions of the
district’s name to make it “George Washington University/East Foggy Bottom Historic
District”. The friendly amendment was accepted by Chair Kennedy and Commissioner
The final motion was voted on and passed (VOTES: 5-1-0)."
Consideration of a Resolution Regarding the Deteriorating Conditions at the Square 37
Library Development Site (2301 L Street, 1101 24th Street)"
Ben Sonett from Eastbanc was present to talk about the ongoing situation at the West End
Fire Station and Library construction sites. "
Mr. Sonett said that the cherry trees were moved from the library site to different
locations around Foggy Bottom. He said that Eastbanc was a few weeks away from
starting the remediation of the old police station and library. He added that Eastbanc
would be closing on its financing and DC government obligations by the end of the
calendar year. He ended by saying that the temporary fire station at the Stevens School
property was still under construction, and that the apparatus bay would be installed on the
site on the coming Saturday."
Commissioner Harmon expressed concern about the start time of the construction on the
coming Saturday. Mr. Sonett said that the construction hours on Saturday would be 7 am
to 7 pm. Commissioner Harmon said that the start time was too early for the neighbors
and that she was also concerned about the fact that the street would be closed for the
construction and that neither she nor her neighbors were informed about the early
construction and street closure. Instead, Commissioner Harmon was finding out about a
street closure that would block resident garage access to their vehicles all day at a public
meeting, three days before it was to occur. Commissioner Harmon requested better
coordination with her from EastBanc and DMPED on matters such as this. Mr. Sonett
said that he would look into starting construction at 8 am instead of 7 am on Saturday."
Commissioner Coder asked about the trash, rats, and homeless encampments at the
library site. Mr. Sonett said that Eastbanc had a contractor who came every Monday to
pick up as much trash as they could find. With regards to the homeless encampments at
the site, the Eastbanc team walked the site regularly and worked with the Department of
Behavioral Health to find services for the homeless residents."
No action was taken on the issue at the meeting."
Application for Exterior Signage at Hilton Garden Inn (2201 M Street)"
Commissioner Harmon talked about the new signs that Hilton Garden Inn was proposing
for the building, and what negotiations with nearby residents had already taken place."
Commissioner Harmon read aloud a resolution she wrote on the matter."
Commissioner Harmon made a motion to adopt the resolution. Commissioner Coder
seconded the motion, which was voted on and passed (VOTES: 7-0)."
Consideration of Expense Reimbursements Related to the Commission’s Protest of
Shadow Room’s Petition to Terminate their Settlement Agreement."
Commissioner Harmon talked about the ongoing negotiations with the owners of the
Shadow Room, as well as what citywide precedents had been set as a result of the
negotiations. She reviewed the expenses she was asking the ANC to cover."
Chair Kennedy made a motion to reimburse Con Hitchcock for $2,730 for expenses
related to the Shadow Room ANC ABRA filing to object to a stay of the favorable ABC
Board Order, which imposed an MPD reimbursable detail on Shadow Room every night
they were open.. Commissioner Sacco seconded the motion, which was voted on and
passed (VOTES: 7-0)."
Chair Kennedy adjourned the meeting at 10:13 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Peter Sacco, ANC 2A Secretary.