Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B
Minutes of Regular ANC-6B Meeting
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
There is a quorum for conducting business.
The owner of New York Pizza informed the commission of his desire to create an outdoor café area consisting of 11 tables supporting approximately 32 people. He wanted to know the procedures for making this happen. Since he will be serving liquor, he will need to apply to the ABC Board for the license, which will take 45 days.
Lisa Alfred was concerned about the St. Coletta project and the accountability for it. After some brief discussion, she was advised that the St. Coletta project is on the agenda for tonight, and would be discussed in greater detail later in the meeting, which was acceptable to her.
Peter Novak wanted to know
who he needed to speak with about a house in the 900 block of
Ken Jarboe informed the audience that on May 24th between 5 and 8
p.m., DDOT will be holding the last public meeting on the updated of the
Bicycle Master Plan. The open format
will allow attendees to review the latest route amp up close and ask questions
of DDOT staff and consultants. The
meeting will be held at the
Presenters: Carol Wright and Chris Alvear
Wright, Marketing Manager, Washington Arts, Antiques, Crafts &
Collectibles, Inc, made a presentation to the commission and community on the
proposed opening of a Street Vendor (Flea) Market on
The streetscape sections will consist of the Oak trees, candle style street lamps, bike racks, and small planter boxes with 12 squares of Flagstones in between each of the sections along the sidewalk. The Flagstone area happens to be the exact size of the vendor tents. The proposed project, it is believed, can support a sufficient number of vendors to make it both attractive and profitable.
She originally believed they would have a great deal of difficulty securing insurance coverage for the project. However, they have received approval by their insurance carrier to cover it.
Most of the current store owners on the blocks are in support of the project. Store owners will be allowed to also occupy space on the street to sell their goods, however they will operate under the same rules and regulations of the other street vendors.
There are no plans to close the street. There will be no food vendors allowed. They will be seeking only to get Special Uses Permission.
They are also proposing to have a community booth setup to support local functions and activities.
The question was asked as to what type of support she has received for the project. Councilperson Sharon Ambrose has given her a 150% approval and encouragement for the project. Carole also has signatures from 20 businesses in the area in support of the project. Additionally, she provided the Commission with a letter from Bill McLeod at Barracks Row expressing his full support, which is included with these minutes. One Sunday, Carole and her group conducted interviews with pedestrians on 8th seeking their comments about the Sidewalk Fair proposal, and overwhelmingly the comments were very supportive.
A member of the community asked about quality control for vendor participants. Carole and her organization would take the responsible for screening all applications.
Under the old Public Space Usage Regulation, the selling of items on a Sunday on the street was not allowed. However, it has an exclusion that states that if we present the concept with community interest, with business interest that is adjacent 95% of the block, which they have, and have proper insurance certificates and experience they can submit to the Mayor’s Council a request for Sunday use of public space. They have not done this yet because wants to secure comments from the community and commissioners regarding their 8th Street/Barracks Row Sunday Sidewalk Fair proposal.
No vote was required since
New CT License,
John Cappolla, owner of Tapatinis, came before the ABC Committee to discuss the above-referenced application. Tapatinis is a new Martini Bar that will be opening in late June. Music will be from satellite radio, and a compact disc player. Light food will be served on the premises. Tapatinis’ license application specified an occasional disc jockey for private functions. Tapatinis’ proposed hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Mr. Cappolla agreed to enter into a Voluntary Agreement with ANC. The voluntary agreement will prohibit amplified live music, and live entertainment on the premises, prohibit music audible outside of the premises, and limit private functions with a disc jockey to approximately two (2) times per month.
Mr. Cappolla provided the commissioners and community with a brief overview of his proposed establishment.
The ABC Committee recommends that ANC 6B not oppose this license application contingent upon the execution of a Voluntary Agreement.
Ken Jarboe reminded the commissioners that this would be Tapatinis’ first liquor license, therefore it should be accepted.
Jarboe offered a Friendly Amendment to change the wording in the Voluntary
Agreement from “not oppose” to read “support”.
There were no questions from the community or commissioners regarding the application.
The Commission voted on supporting the application. The vote was 6 to 0.
Public Space –Schezuan
Mr. Chun Hing Chenug, the owner of Szechwan House Restaurant, is applying for a permit for an outside café, consisting of approximately 3 or 4 tables to operate along within the operating hours. He is also in the process of applying for the necessary changes in his liquor license to accommodate the outside café area. The committee recommends that this license be approved.
The Commission voted to approve the application. The vote was 7 to 0.
Teren, owner of
The Commission voted on Committee’s recommendation. The vote was 7 to 0.
Zoning Map & Text Amendment – M Street – Maritime Plaza Presentation
Presented by Joel Lawson, DC Office of Planning
Also present were Harry Phofl, from the Bernstein Group, Mary Jean Brady with Washington Gas, Pratt with D.P. Consultants, to discuss plans for the Market Plaza site, and M. Street Corridor.
Lawson presented the Office of Planning’s proposal to rezone the area between
Committee understands the need to rezone this area, but has concerns about the
proposal. First, the Committee is
concerned whether of not this zoning will disrupt the existing plans for
the Committee was concerned about the height of the buildings. In a W-3 zone, building heights of 90 feet
are allowed with a FAR of 6.0; a W-2 zone allows for heights of 60 feet with
4.0 FAR. The Committee believes that 90
feet may be too high for the area, and 60 feet too low given the existing
buildings. The Committee believes the
heights of the existing buildings are appropriate. The issue is not the actual size of the
buildings, but the perception of the height of the buildings as one moves from
is particularly relevant for the portion of the area currently occupied by the
Southeast Freeway. In the eventuality
that the Freeway is removed, development on that land should be limited in
height so that the roofline is lower than the current houses on
II of the
Given this difficulty, and the fact that the Zoning Commission hearing on this matter is not until after ANC’s June meeting, the Committee recommends that this item be tabled, and revised at the next Planning, and Zoning meeting.
The Commission agreed to table this matter until the June meeting. No motion or vote is needed.
on St. Coletta’s
The matter of the St. Coletta’s school regarding the easement, and acquisition of additional property south of Burke St., SE, consisting of approximately 1.2 acres.
Mr. Zampotori, Lisa Alfred, Jim Myers, and other neighbors stated that there is considerable opposition to the St. Coletta’s school’s use of the aforementioned property, and sites the lack of community input regarding the ANC’s resolution of December 9, 2003 approval of this use.
Commissioner Campbell was having difficulty with his voice due to a cold, therefore Commissioner Olson read the Resolution prepared by the Planning and Zoning Committee.
WHEREAS, in conjunction with its lease of Lots 1 and 2 of tax Lot 800 of Reservation 13, St. Coletta of Greater Washington is seeking a temporary easement to property south of the proposed Burke St. extension, referred to as Lots 3 and 4 of tax Lot 800 of Reservation 13; and,
WHEREAS, St. Coletta desires to use the existing driveway in the easement area for bus and other motor vehicle egress for the school to 19th Street; and,
WHEREAS, St. Coletta also desires to use the easement area as passive and active recreation and play areas for use by students of St. Coletta during school hours and is seeking the right to install facilities on that “green space”; and
WHEREAS, St. Coletta is also seeking “to erect/install fencing at the green space, limit the number and types of groups and organizations permitted to use the green space, and require appropriate liability and other types of insurance for individuals, groups and organizations using the green space”; and
WHEREAS, on December 9, 2003 ANC 6B voted with respect to the St. Coletta project to support a “modification of the design to allow the applicant temporary use of the existing driveway to the south of their leased property”; and
WHEREAS, the request for an easement for Lots 3 and 4 greatly exceeds the use of that land as was represented to the ANC.
Be it hereby resolved that ANC 6B:
After much discussion with the representatives of St. Coletta, community, and Commissioners regarding the easement proposal, Commissioner Francis Campbell offered a Friendly-Amendment. The amendment states “Invites St. Coletta and the Public to an open community forum to come to a positive conclusion for the use of this space, as long as St. Coletta withdraws their draft proposal.”
The vote on the Resolution was unanimous 7 to 0.
There was no further business
Prepared by Bert Randolph