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by Prince Of Petworth May 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


1501 U Street, NW

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B/U Street, at its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting May 3, voted to protest a request by Pal the Mediterranean Spot, a restaurant at 1501 U Street NW, to be allowed to serve alcohol until 2am Sunday-Thursday, and 3am Friday-Sunday. Currently, the restaurant must cease serving alcohol at midnight, seven days a week.

At the ANC meeting, the owner of Pal the Mediterranean Spot testified that he had been operating the restaurant in its present location for six years, and had been doing business in the area for 20 years [Ed. Note: previously as 24 Seven down the block.] The restaurant had not had problems “with any neighbor except one”. The owner challenged anyone to show that his restaurant had been anything but a law-abiding operation, “if you have any picture”.

A head of a tenant’s association of a nearby property testified the restaurant was a good neighbor. “I’m shocked,” he said, about the complaints about the restaurant. “I don’t notice any problem.”

A neighbor who wished the ANC to protest the request also spoke. She said she has a residential property that shares a common wall with the restaurant.

“We’re not trying to put them out of business,” the neighbor said. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


via Office of Zoning files

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C/Adams Morgan, at its regularly-scheduled meeting on May 2, voted unanimously to oppose an attempt to increase the height of a residential building at 1766 Lanier Place NW. The proposed expansion requires the developers to get zoning relief, which is what brought the matter before the ANC.

The property is in an area which was “downzoned” in 2016, after residents successfully persuaded the DC Zoning Commission to change the area’s zoning designation (today called “RF-1”) so that buildings were limited to three stories of no more than 35 feet total. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


photo via Wikipedia by AgnosticPreachersKid

At its regularly-scheduled meeting May 1, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw voted to support a proposal to name a set of Mt. Vernon Squangle alleys “Crowdy Court”. After the vote, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward Six) told the ANC that he would introduce a law to the City Council to make the name official.

“I’ll proudly introduce that legislation,” Allen said.

The alleys are located in the interior of the block bordered by Fourth Street, M Street, Fifth Street, and New York Avenue NW. They will be named in honor of William Saunders Crowdy, who was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped, served in the Union Army, and became, in 1896, the founder of The Church of God and Saints of Christ, a Black Hebrew Israelite religious group, according to Wikipedia. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


“This tweet says the deadline is March 30, but you should still be able to attend.”

If there is a liquor store near you that has been a bad neighbor, now is a great time to make your displeasure known. It is liquor license renewal season and tonight (April 5), the DC government is holding a free information session for people who want to know about procedure to protest a new or renewal liquor license.

Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Resource Officer at DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), appeared before Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw on April 3 to remind about the renewal season and about the information session. Attendees at tonight’s session will learn about the relevant DC laws and the procedures to file an official protest, among other topics. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


via Rock and Roll Marathon’s website

This Saturday, the police will be towing all cars parked along the route of the United Airlines Rock ‘r Roll Marathon in Adams Morgan, a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C/Adams Morgan said at a regularly-scheduled monthly meeting last night (March 7)

Commissioner Wilson Reynolds (District 07) announced the “not happy” news that the route of the marathon must be clear of cars by 7am this Saturday (March 10) or the Metropolitan Police Department will start towing along both sides of Calvert Street and Columbia Road.

Wilson said he had attempted to work with the police to avoid this outcome, since it is unreasonable to ask all people in a densely-populated neighborhood like Adams Morgan to move their cars.

“Obviously, they just blew us off,” Reynolds said. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Right) Photo by David McAuley

“I am having a ball now with Marco Rubio,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton told Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw at its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting last night (March 6).

Norton started her ANC talk by saying she had stopped three Congressional attempts to eliminate DC’s gun safety laws in the last year, after which she made the remark about Rubio. Norton then went on to say that she was accused of skirting Congressional practice concerning member-to-member courtesy and decorum in her criticism of Rubio. However, Norton said, she wanted to remind that Rubio introduced a bill (just prior to his 2015 Presidential run) that, among other things, would have overturned the District’s ban on assault weapons. Immediately after the bill’s introduction, Norton said, Rubio’s National Rifle Association rating went from “B+” to “A”.

“I’m simply calling him out,” Norton said. “The opportunism there is so raw.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


13th and K Street, NW

At a regularly-scheduled February 28 meeting, architect Gretchen K Pfaehler of Beyer Blinder Belle told
a committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle that the “groundbreaking” for the Planet Word Museum would be May 4. The word “groundbreaking” was used metaphorically, as Pfeahler had just finished briefing the committee about the efforts to keep the building as unchanged as possible while still allowing it to fulfill its future function as a museum of linguistics. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

“You have become, in some ways, the go-to … for underage,” DC alcohol licensing board member Mike Silverstein told an attorney for FoBoGro (once known as “Foggy Bottom Groceries”, 2140 F Street NW) at an October 2017 hearing.

Selling alcohol to minors (resulting in a three-day suspension of FoBoGro’s liquor license in December 2017 plus a $4,000 fine) was only one of the many problems that Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2A/Foggy Bottom had with FoBoGro’s application to renew its liquor license. Attendees of the ANC’s regularly-scheduled February 21 meeting heard that the management of the establishment had been very difficult to locate, that patrons had often tossed trash and packaging on the area in front of and beside the store, that noise after 10pm exceeded acceptable levels, and that store patrons and delivery trucks had often double-parked in the dedicated loading zone in front of the store, among other grievances.

Newly-installed ANC2A Chair William K. Smith (Commissioner for district 04) said the ANC “wished to hit the reset button” on the relationship with the store. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


photos from the files of DC’s Office of Zoning

The historical preservation and zoning relief necessary to build an eight-story, 242-unit apartment building at 2122 14th Street NW (between V and W Streets) received endorsement from a committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B/U Street on February 20. ANC1B’s Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee heard a presentation of a revised design by the developers of the long-time site of Martha’s Table, and then heard objections from members of the community. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 16, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


Photo of the Gryphon in July 2017 from google street view

A team of developers briefed Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont at its regular monthly meeting February 14 on its plans for the proposed “Penelope Hotel” at 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW, south of Dupont Circle. The space currently hosts “The Gryphon” bar and restaurant.


Photo by David McAuley

As currently planned, the hotel will have 73 “keys” and space for a bar/restaurant on the Connecticut Avenue. Since it is located on a wedge-shaped block, it will have entrances both on Connecticut Avenue and 18th Street.

Felipe Serpa, Development Manager at Valor Development, told the ANC the developers were close to a deal with a hotel operator and would be “back in front of you guys” when the deal was finalized.

The purpose of the briefing was to present the construction schedule and let the ANC know about possible disruptions to Dupont life, such as the closing of traffic lanes on 18th Street and when construction cranes will be used. The developers are adding an additional floor to the existing five-story building.

Exterior construction work is scheduled to begin on April and end in February 2019. (more…)

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