Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Zoning Regulation Review with DC Office of Planning Staff

The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) will be holding a series of Open Houses to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss the draft proposed changes to the existing Zoning Ordinance (11 DCMR) – the Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR) – with OP staff.  Residents are encouraged to drop in at any time during the Open House meetings and Planning staff will be available to discuss the proposed changes on a one-on-one basis.  Date, time, and location information for the Open Houses is below. 
The draft proposed text of the revisions can be found online at http://www.dcoz.dc.gov/ZRR/ZRR.shtm.  Copies will also be available at the OP Open Houses.  Additional information is available at the following websites:  OP http://dczoningupdate.org/ or http://zoningdc.org/ and Office of Zoning http://www.dcoz.dc.gov/ZRR/ZRR.shtm
Please circulate this information to your ANCs, civic associations, community groups, and neighborhood listservs.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at one of our Open Houses.   
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th ST SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, March 7, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th ST SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas AVE NW
Washington, DC 20011
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Deanwood Recreation Center
1350 49th ST NW
Washington, DC 20019
Friday, March 14, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th ST SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS
2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20020
Friday, March 21, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th ST SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, March 28, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th ST SW, Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024

Elisa Vitale, AICP │ Development Review Specialist │ DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 │ Washington, DC 20024

Next Meeting of the Blagden Alley Naylor Court Assocation

Thursday 27 Feb 7-8PM

La Colombe in Blagden Alley, 924 N Street Rear

We are changing the meeting format to more sharply focus on specific issues.  The police will no longer be attending but will still attend the monthly ANC 2F meetings.  Note you can reach our new PSA Commander  LT. John Kutniewski at 202.359.0914.  John works the day shift.  Email is: John.Kutniewski@dc.gov  

This meeting will focus on the changes in Blagden Alley specifically how to manage the increasing businesses coming to Blagden Alley.

We'll address the following areas:
Trash, trash compactors, trash pick up
Truck Delivery
Valet Parking
Taxi Cabs
General Vehicle Traffic
Use of public space
Other issues, bring them Thursday

We need to come up with our recommendations and a plan to engage the city where necessary.

I will also bring a summary of the timing for all the construction projects, as best I know it.

Thanks to Greg Smith, La Colombe manager, for agreeing to host.  Note that La Colombe closes at 7PM.  Greg will provide coffee.
All please feel free to bring additional snacks and beverages (beer/wine/soda).


Monday, February 24, 2014

American and Spirits Drawings in Blagden Alley

From Orestes web site.  Thanks to Dave Ansell of Badwolfdc.blogspot.com who noticed it on the Popville blog.


Shows renderings for both the American which we all were well aware of and Spirits for which I have no information beyond that on Orestes web site.  Spirits would be in the building across from the American currently occupied by Craig Nelson and his art studio (you can see his art on the building and across the alley on the boxing gym building).  Spirits would be run by RJ Cooper of Rouge 24 and Bryan Tetorakis who is known for creating innovative cocktails.

Dino's Restaurant moving to Shaw from Cleveland Park (1914 9th Street NW)


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Chef Owner Dean Gold of DINO Restaurant and Enoteca in DC’s Cleveland Park neighborhood is moving his beloved Italian restaurant across town this spring to the Shaw neighborhood into a row house on 9th St NW, just below U St. The two-story rustic Italian restaurant will be renamed DINO’S GROTTO, and is expected to open before the end of April.

The new establishment will serve approximately 120 people on two floors. The lower level will feature a large communal table alongside a 14 person bar, and table seating for 45. The 1st floor will also feature a 10 person bar and table seating for 50.

A strong believer in “sustainable foods”, Chef Dean Gold’s Italian pastas and dishes are handmade daily of fresh ingredients from local and organic farms, and sustainable fishers & butchers. Dino’s Grotto will also feature local craft brews as well as artisan Italian beers and ciders on tap, and creative cocktails at the hands of master mixologists.


1914 9th St NW (between T and U Streets) Washington, DC 20001
Twitter: @DinoDC
Reservations will be available via CityEats.

Water Shut off and Connection at Blagden Alley and N Street midnight tonight

Heads up, some of you will have your water shut off tonight and also there will be night work.  This is the new water connection coming up the North South alley of Blagden Alley.  The note below is from Douglas Development.

"DC Water is requiring us to connect our water laterals from La Colombe to the main in N Street, NW tonight starting at 12:00 midnight.

We wanted to do this work during the day - DC Water would not allow us.

I know DC Water has sent out a water interruption notification."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sunday "Chili on Tenth Street", BANCA Meeting delayed to Thursday 27 Feb

Once again, it is "Chili on Tenth Street." [Started by Michael and Tyler]

When:  Sunday, February 23rd at 6 pm
Where:  1411 Tenth Street, N.W. (Sandra Sands and Paul Ramshaw)

Potluck:  We will make "Chili for a Crowd" (meat) and provide some beer.  The  rest is up to you: food or drink. (Not everyone has to bring something, especially if it helps you find time to come.)

RSVP: only you like.  202.234.4398

We hope you can come to see "old" neighbors and "new." sandy and paul

BANCA meeting will not be held this week on 20 Feb as normally scheduled (3rd Thursday)
It will be held on Thursday 27 Feb, 7-8 PM
Still working the location, volunteers to host are always welcome.
The meeting will focus on managing the many issues of Blagden Alley as additional businesses continue to open:  Parking, Traffic, Taxis, Valet Stands, Noise, Trash Pickup, Truck Delivery, Additional Construction, etc., will all be addressed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

3 ANC Meetings on Wed - CDC Meeting is of most interest to BANCA, see below

At the CDC Meeting on Wed, 7PM, Washington Plaza Hotel, two items of immediate BANCA interest:
1) Plan for the Marriott Hotel Site on Square 367.  This will address the two proposed hotels and apartment buildings on the north side of the 900 block of L Street.  Last version retained the historic properties on 9th Street but demolished both historic townhouses on L Street along with the vacant apartment building - we pushed back on that and the general design.
Estimated time: 7:20PM

2) 1225 10th Street.  This is the vacant lot (where the skinny townhouse once occupied half the lot).  Dan and Anna Kahoe live in the carriage house at the rear.  They have a matter of right to develop three units of housing on that site in addition to their carriage house.  This will be exclusively a review of the proposed facade.  I have not seen the rendering in any detail but know that the developer/architect has been working closely with HPRB.  This is your opportunity to see and comment.  The developer is Philip Simon as S2 Development LLC and the architect is Shawn Buehler.  Estimated time: 8:00PM

NOTE: Below are the draft agendas for three upcoming ANC 2F meetings: the Community Development Committee (CDC), the Crime and Public Safety Committee (CPSC), and the ABRA Policy Committee (APC) meetings, all of which will take place onWednesday, February 19, 2014, 7:00pm. It's like the lunar eclipse of ANC meetings!

The CDC and CPSC meetings will take place at the Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW). The APC meeting will take place at N Street Village (1333 N St, NW - 2nd floor multipurpose room).

February 19, 2014, 7:00pm
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

Call to order at 7:00pm.
  • Approval of meeting agenda  (7:00)
  • Approval of January 22, 2014 Meeting Minutes  (7:00)
  • 1313-17 14th St, NW development dialogue with neighbors  (7:05)
  • Marriott Hotel project (9th & L St, NW) HPRB presentation  (7:20)
  • HRPB application for rooftop addition at 1516 Kingman Pl, NW  (7:40)
  • Design and development presentation for 1225 10th St, NW   (8:00)

February 19, 2014, 7:00pm
Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle, NW)

Call to order at 7:00pm.

  • Prostitution
  • Drug dealing and violent crime
  • MPD staff for our PSA, including whether we have the appropriate mix of bike, foot, and car patrols
  • CPSC plans for the year, including long term projects

February 19, 2014, 7:00pm
N Street Village (1333 N St, NW - 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room)

Call to order at 7:00pm.

  • Finalize standards and templates for settlement agreements (SAs)


*NOTICE: The above agendas provided by ANC 2F in advance of its public meetings contain matters that are expected to come before the Committees.  They are, however, subject to formal adoption by the Committees at the meetings, which may result in additions or deletions to the drafts. Individuals who may have official business before the Committees or persons with interests in specific matters are advised to contact the Executive Director or a Commissioner in advance of the meetings. See www.ANC2F.org for contact information.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Some items of interest primarily from last night's ANC2F meeting

Our new PSA Commander is LT. John Kutniewski, he replaces LT. Carroll who was promoted.
He can be reached at 202.359.0914.  Email is: John.Kutniewski@dc.gov  He expects to be here in Ward 2 for awhile and is learning the PSA.  Most recently he was assigned to the night shift in Adams Morgan.  If there are any specific issues you want him to pay attention to just give him a call or email.  He works the day shift in our neighborhood but is well aware of the recent flare up in prostitution.

New construction at 1225 10th Street NW.  This is an infill lot, Anna and Dan Kehoe live in the carriage house at the rear (they have the occasional dinner at their Blagden Alley Social Club out of the ground floor).  Proposal is for 3 units.  It is a matter of right given the large size of the lot and has already been approved by zoning.  The only issue is the HPRB review of the new facade.  They have submitted a preliminary drawing to HPRB and will bring it to a future CDC meeting for review.

Voted to support the concept of exploring the possibility of parking at the DC owned lot at 1325 S Street.  This is actually in Ward 1 so lots of coordination and planning with that ANC, Councilmembers, City Government still required.  The parking task force identified this location as one of the last few available in the 14th Street cooridor that might be able to accommodate some sort of parking facility.  Lots of options (and lots of opposition for those who live near this location although a few were in support) this vote has no weight other than lets look at some options, none are recommended at this point and anything that might eventually be proposed will go through the full planning process driven by others.  I suggested that we should meet with ANC 1B to discuss.

Had an update on the proposed new Condo at 1309-1313 13th Street.  This is the Mr. Wash site.  Lots of community interest as the new building will impact light and view in the IOWA Condo and the normal concern from the surrounding neighbors of a new construction building (construction, noise, parking, etc.).  The building is completely a matter of right and is not in a historic district so there is no action on the part of the ANC.  27 parking spaces.  Developer is the Hallady Corporation who have completed a number of projects in the neighborhood.  An email/web/phone line of some type will be established for the community to address issues.  Should begin construction in June.

We also looked at the plans for the renovation of the firehouse at 1018 13th Street, previously reviewed and approved.  Just an update, changes are minimal to my eye.

Reviewed the liquor license application for the new Marriott Marquis at 901 Mass Ave.  There will be multiple bars and restaurants. My concern was the outside "summer garden" or "sidewalk cafes".  I was satisfied by their presentation that these outside spaces that front on the 9th and Mass Avenue sides will not be an issue for any residents.  The ANC voted to support the license application. I actually voted against as I felt we should take no position.  In my mind we either require a Settlement Agreement or we don't - so we don't need to vote to support a license.  We also made clear that our policy is to review each liquor license application to determine if we will require a Settlement Agreement.  In the Downtown District where this is located we generally will not require an SA.   As a result we also voted to support ended the Settlement Agreement at the Park Club on 14th Street (this is also in the Downtown District across from Franklin Square).

Voted to protest the license for the American.  I will attempt to negotiate better terms than we had prior however I need to note that the agreement we approve at the ANC level will be generally consistent with other agreements (modeling the SA on the Glass House which has a second floor summer garden on the rear facing the rear of residential properties on the 1300 block of Vermont and Rhode Island Avenues very similar to the American).

Voted to appeal our dismissal of the protest of the Vita Lounge license renewal, 1318 9th Street.  There is an active Group of 5 led by Martin Smith that has standing but Martin asked that we attempt to reinstate the ANC 2F protest.

Voted to support allowing a piano player at Number 9, 1435 P Street (means we will update our settlement agreement with them to allow this).

Monday, February 3, 2014

Reminder Happy Hour tomorrow night (Tuesday 4 Feb)

Reminder of the Happy Hour night tomorrow partly in honor of Karen Keegan and Bob Isard who will be returning from Philly to attend the event.  Please come as say good by to them and thank them for their service to the Blagden Alley Naylor Court and Logan Circle Citizens Associations!

Tues February 4.  Joint BANCA/Logan Circle Citizens Association Happy Hour at Thally - 1316 9th Street from 6-8PM.  The Associations will buy the first drink and some appetizers, then its cash bar.  We should be in the area past the bar.  Thallydc.com

Wed February 5  Meeting of the full ANC 2F, 7PM Washington Plaza Hotel, Agenda will be posted at ANC2F.org

Thurs Feb 20 next BANCA Meeting 7-8PM, location and agenda TBD, note we will be changing the frequency and format of BANCA.  The police will no longer be on the agenda - they will attend the monthly ANC meeting.  Stay tuned.

Also please note that La Colombe is now open in Blagden Alley, seven days a week.


I strongly recommend www.badwolfdc.blogspot.com - David keeps this up to date with neighborhood happenings of interest to BANCA.