ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6B
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
March 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Oldenburg, Jayaraman, Loveland, Frishberg, Flahaven, Pate, Peisch, Opkins, Campbell
1. Adoption of Agenda (5 minutes)
● Addition of 10ad (see below)
● Remove HPA 14173 from Consent Agenda
● Campbell motions to accept the agenda as modified, 2nd Oldenburg 90
2. Community Speakout (15 minutes)
● Steve Salas Owner of &Pizza came to meet the community, looking to open 415 8th Street, SE.
3. Community and Commission Announcements (5 minutes)
● ANC 6B Wednesday March 19th Outreach & Constituent Services – Tax and Revenue Representative coming to speak
● Maury Elementary School Fundraiser March 22nd, 7pm10pm
● Cohost April 12th Rat Summit for Ward 6
4. Consent Agenda (5 minutes)
● Campbell move to accept, 2nd by Commissioner Pate, 90
Planning & Zoning Committee
● HPA #14183, 639 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Remington’s, storefront alterations: Jim Pandula
● HPA #14184, 140 12th Street SE, addition of second floor to carriage house: Stuart McMeans & Lacy Brittingham
● PS #90061, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, paving – ADA curb ramp, curb & gutter(s), new residential driveway(s), leadwalk
with steps, & sidewalk(s), fixture – hand rail (36” high for ADA, 30” – 42” high other), landscaping – hedge to 36” tall,
projections – ADA ramp & stoop & steps: Jeffrey Owens
● Overview of Anacostia River Sediment Project & Community Involvement Plan: Sharon Cooke, District Department of the
Environment (DDOE), Richard Jackson, DDOE, & Timothy Fields, Jr., MDB, Inc. (latebreaking)
Master Plan for Anacostia
Comments on the Community Involvement Plan are due by March 19th
Stakeholder interviews will be conducted between April – May of 2014
Publication of review and a public meeting is scheduled to occur sometime in May 2014
6. Planning & Zoning Committee
● PS #91040, 223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, unenclosed sidewalk café
o Owner has some new information – Commissioner Oldenburg was correct in that the sidewalk café seating has to be
10’ from the curb. She went and physically checked and indeed the restaurant’s seating is 10’ from the curb.
o Oldenburg moved that the Commission support the application contingent that the plan and accompanying map are
changed to reflect the 10’ distance. 2nd by Frishberg. Approved 900
● PS #88644, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, request to reconsider change to driveway entrance configuration: Greg Selfridge
o Flahaven provided an update – states he met with Greg Selfridge and owners of property closest to the entry of the
driveway of the building, and DDOT. The only way that the driveway configuration to be changed would require the
owner of the property (Selfridge) to request the change through the Public Space Committee which would extend the
project 45 months with no guarantee to change the direction of the driveway.
o Owner Selfridge agreed to place bollards near the closest driveway to avoid damaged by cars to the houses, as well
as to discourage people to drive west down Freedom Way.
● HPA #14173, 442 New Jersey Avenue SE, twostory rear addition: Maeve Boland, Murray Hitzman, & Jennifer Fowler
o New Information from Jennifer Fowler, architect – an email from Shauna Holmes, HPRB, stating that there are no
objections. Frances McMillen is also supportive of the project.
o Larry & Linda Nelson, 440 New Jersey Ave., SE, immediate nextdoor neighbors. Concerned about the loss of light in
their home. He asked that we include his concerns in our letter of support. Oldenburg suggested that, in our letter to
HPRB, we include the Commission is aware that these neighbors have concerns with the project but their issues are
not germane to the HP case.
o Frishberg stated that the ANC does not have a basis to object this project on the basis of Historic Preservation, and
moved to approve, 2nd by Oldenburg. Approved 900
Postponed at Request of Applicant
● ZC #1312, 1333 M Street SE, firststage Planned Unit Development (PUD), consolidated PUD, and related map amendment
from M to C3C, informal presentation: Eric Siegel.
o Let the minutes reflect that during the Planning & Zoning Committee Meeting that a SubCommittee for the PUD of
this project was created which Commissioner Opkins will chair. This subcommittee will sunset at completion of the
first stage of the 1333 M Street project.
7. Transportation Committee
● Projects for DDOT Performance Parking Zone Community Benefits Program
o Commissioner Oldenburg presented the results of the Community Benefit Proposal Rankings conducted online since
the Transportation Committee meeting on 3/5. She suggested that the Commission support all but the 3 lowest ranked
proposals to assure that a large portion of the $1.4 million set aside in FY14 for the Ballpark area are expended now to
avoid intervention by the DC Council to use remaining balance on citywide projects.
o Oldenburg presented 3 documents: Resolutions to support Barracks Row Main Street and Capitol Riverfront BID
proposals and a draft letter to DDOT for the transmittal of the ANC6B proposals.
o Pate suggests that the Commission prioritizes the list of projects in a form of a ranked list, clarifying where each
project came from (BRMS, Capitol Riverfront BID, ANC6B). Frishberg feels DDOT may only pick a few things at the
top of a list and move on, without considering all of the projects; he believes the ANC should include a separate
letter of support for each project. Oldenburg will be happy to work the Commission’s letter to include a ranked list of
o Commissioner Oldenburg moved that the Commission approve a Resolution supporting BRMS’ two proposals to be
submitted under the Performance Parking Zone Community Benefits program, 2nd Commissioner Jayraman. Approved
o Commissioner Oldenburg moved that the Commission approve a Resolution supporting 7 of the 10 Capitol Riverfront
BID proposals, 2nd by Commissioner Campbell. Approved 900
o Commissioner Oldenburg moved that the Commission send a letter, as amended, to DDOT supporting funding for 9
ANC6B projects to be submitted under the Performance Parking Zone Community Benefits program, 2nd by
Commissioner Pate. Approved 900.
● Letter to Mayor Gray regarding 6B’s September 2013 comments on Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Draft
Environmental Impact Statement
o Commissioner Oldenburg stated that the Transportation Committee recommends that the Commission send a letter to
Mayor Gray transmitting ANC6B’s September 2013 comments.
o Commissioner Frishberg and Commissioner Opkins both stated that they support rerouting during construction but
will not oppose the letter as they believe it is important to bring the Commissions safety concerns to the Mayor’s
o Commissioner Oldenburg moved that the Commission approve a letter to Mayor Gray. 2nd by Commissioner Peisch.
● Modification of stop signs at 10th & East Capitol Streets
o Pate believes that we should still send a resolution, although the request is already in the DDOT system. Frishberg
believes that the resolution should be turned into a resolution of Thanks.
o Pate moved that ANC 6B send a resolution to thank DDOT for adding the language “cross traffic does not stop” to
the stop signs at 10th and East Capitol. 2nd by Commissioner Oldenburg. Approved 900.
8. Hill East Task Force Report
● Letter to Department of General Services Regarding Request for Offers for Eastern Branch Building
o Asks that DGS hold off on making its decision before ANC6B can share its comments (which would not come before
the full Commission until May).
o Commissioner Flahaven states that he’s spoken with the representative of DGS and they are happy with the
proposed timeline of the Hill East Task Force.
o Came to the Commission as a motion. Approved 900
9. Eastern Market Report
● Pate reports that EM is looking to hire a market coordinator.
● Barry Margeson felt that utilization of the parking lot under the freeway was not a viable option for satellite parking for the
● States that their Financials are “pending”
10. Reports on DC Council Oversight Hearing Testimony
● (Flahaven) DOHS on DC General. Chairman agreed that DC General should be closed and because there are funding issues
that it makes this process difficult. Overall, the Chairman hopes to work with ANC6B with this issue.
● (Pate) OUC was rescheduled for May 12. Auditor – no feedback. DCRA gave immediate feedback on written testimony; most
notably on the home located at 1229 E Street, SE. MPD Testimony –CM Wells offered to work with ANC6B to evaluate a pilot
crime statistics tool that his office is currently reviewing.
● (Frishberg) Education Committee testimony was not delivered but the Commission will attempt to deliver the testimony in
whatever form the Committee will allow.
● (Piesch) Submitted written testimony on behalf of ANC6B to Department of Health. Received no response
● (Loveland) Submitted written testimony on behalf of ANC6B to ABRA. Received no response.
10A. DOH Rat Summit
● Pate moved to sponsor the DOH Ward 6 Rat Summit on April 12th, location TBD, 2nd by Commissioner Peisch.
Approved 900. Commissioner Pate suggests that BRMS should encourage their clients/owners to participate.
10B. Small Business Capital Improvement Grant
● The Commission was general concerned that the DMPED Grants Program was something that we were just made
aware of, via a letter that was delivered too late for the Commission to properly opine.
● Commissioner Oldenburg moved that the Commission send a letter to DMPED, as modified, to take no position, on
the application of Small Business Capital Improvement Grant Application. 2nd by Commissioner Frishberg. 900
10C. ABRA #08922 – Tortilla Coast Protest
● Commissioner Loveland discussed the mediation at ABRA regarding Tortilla Coast, on February 21, 2014..
Commissioner Flahaven was also present.
● In order to carry forward on the protest, important documents will need to be delivered to ABRA 7 days in advance
of the next ABRA hearing on April 9th.
● No action is required at this point.
10D. DDOE Anacostia River Sediment Project Comment Letter
● Commissioner Pate moved that ANC6B approve and send the letter to DDOE. 2nd by Commissioner Oldenburg. 900
● With no further business, Commissioner Campbell adjourned the meeting at 9:50pm