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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…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0


photo from the PoPville archives

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

A man living in a converted carriage house in a Mount Vernon Square alley told Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E/Shaw February 6 that he had to have his important mail delivered to a friend in Virginia “because my faith is so low” in the postman’s ability to find his house. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

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


Photo via Google Street View

If New Bethany Baptist Church (1300 10th Street NW) cannot regain its lost real property tax exemption, it will owe the DC government more than $1 million in taxes. So, the leaders of the church, along with their attorneys, appeared before a committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle last night (January 24) to ask the ANC’s support a new real property tax exemption for the church, which has been operating on that location for 84 years.

ANC2F’s Community Development Committee was not inclined to support the request. Members of the committee and the public recalled years of strained relations between the church and the community under the church’s former leadership. The church’s new leader asked the committee to look ahead.

“This is a new day. We want to correct as much as we can,” said Reverend Jesse J. Jackson.

In addition to the church’s main building (which is still exempt from property taxes), the church owns a few lots nearby on 10th and 11th Streets, including one next to the church at the northeast corner of 11th and N Streets. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

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


Rendering photo by David McAuley

CORRECTED: Community Shows Anger at Proposed Ward One Family Homeless Shelter

[CORRECTION January 21, 2018 by David McAuley: In the original version of this story, I reported in error that ANC1B distributed a proposed draft resolution at the meeting calling on the DC government to “revise the location of the new Ward 1 shelter site”. The document is not a draft. It is a resolution which was passed by ANC1B at its December meeting. I further reported that the draft resolution might voted on at the ANC’s February meeting. At this time, the ANC has no plans to vote on this, or any other, resolution at February. Please see last paragraph for complete correction. Apologies for the error.]

“We’re having a conversation about something that’s already done,” one Columbia Heights resident said. “You all have already decided without community input.”

The resident expressed the opinion of many who attended the Ward One Community Town Hall Meeting at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center (2500 14th Street NW) last night (January 18). The resident’s anger was directed at the December 7, 2017 announcement by Mayor Bowser to construct a 50-unit “family homeless shelter” on the site of the community center. More than 200 local residents filled the gymnasium and made so much noise during the post-presentation question-and-answer session that the presenters had to threaten to end the meeting prematurely.

However, the residents first sat quietly while Ward One Citycouncilmember Brianne Nadeau spoke briefly, and then Kristy Greenwalt, Director of DC’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Brian Butler, project manager from the DC Department of General Services, made a presentation about the proposed construction. Many of the details seemed unchanged from last month’s announcement: for example, there are 35 planned short-term family housing units and 15 senior permanent supportive housing units. The presenters showed slides portraying the general massing of the proposed project, but emphasized the slide did not represent the final design, which had not been decided.

The presenters also promised that the Rita Bright Center would remain on the site and be fully renovated as part of the project. Butler said that, although “the goal and aim is to keep this site open” during the entire construction process, DC “may have to shut some parts for upgrades”. In response to later questions, Butler clarified that the plan might be to shut down one part of the center for renovations while allowing another part to remain functioning.
The 200+ attendees became unruly during the post-presentation question-and-answer session. Although a man with a microphone went from person to person who wished to ask a question or express an opinion, it was often difficult to hear them over the angry shouts from the crowd.

Among the objections were: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0

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

When you rush at the end of a big project, some details inevitably go skittering away from you.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D/Waterfront is dealing with this inevitability now. The ANC negotiated many agreements which limited hours of operation of bars and restaurants at The Wharf, and now one found that its neighbor is allowed to stay open later and longer.

Specifically, La Vie (88 District Square SW) found that its neighbor The Brighton (949 Water Street) had negotiated an agreement with more desirable opening hours. (See table above for comparison of the two establishment’s settlement agreements.) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm 0

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


Photo by Mr.TinDC

“I’m ready to jump in next year,” said Emily Franc, after Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D/Waterfront Chair Andy Litsky expressed skepticism.


Emily Franc. Photo by David McAuley

Franc introduced herself to the ANC last night (January 8) as the “Anacostia Riverkeeper“, a title she holds as a leader of a non-governmental organization of the same name. She admitted elsewhere that her desire for a swimmable Anacostia next year was a “hope”, and not a solid prediction.
“We’re a year or two away from that,” she said. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2018 at 3:25 pm 0

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

“We are trying to grow the universe of child care,” a DC education official told Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw at its regularly-scheduled meeting on January 2.

Toward that end, DC’s Office of Planning (OP) is initiating a change in zoning regulations which will remove it from the business of regulating child-care facilities, in the hope of streamlining the process for people who want to get into the business. The proposed change would leave the supervision of child-care establishments largely in the hands of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Eva Laguerre, Director of the License and Compliance Unit of OSSE’s Division of Early Learning, urged the ANC to write a letter in support of the change. She also urged members of the community to come out and testify in support of the measure at an upcoming hearing. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

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

At its regularly-schedule monthly meeting January 3, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle voted to support releasing a developer from a legal obligation to add a single studio apartment at the Logan Station Conominiums (1210 R Street NW) to the city’s affordable housing pool.

In compensation, the developer agreed to add a one-bedroom apartment at 721 Kennedy Street NW (more than three miles away) to the city’s affordable housing pool. In addition, the developer will provide the following to the Logan Circle area: (more…)

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


Photo by David McAuley

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

Experts from DC Water said last night (January 2) that the storms that caused last summer’s flooding in Shaw were “one- to five-year events”. They also said that DC Water’s Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project (NEBT), currently under construction and designed to remedy the flooding, would not be completed until 2023. The implication is that flooding and sewer backups could easily happen again in Shaw, perhaps more than once, before the situation improves. DC Water is offering homeowners in potentially affected areas, including Shaw, a rebate program to encourage improvements to prevent sewer backup when (not if) the next storm of a similar type comes. (more…)

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