The meeting was called to order at about at the Paul Charter School
A quorum was present for all votes.
1. In a show of hands, the Commission voted 8-1 to approve
Commissioner Hughes' motion to adopt the
The changes added the words "and submitted" after the word "presented" on page two, Action Item Number 9, line 2.
A new last sentence was added to Action Item Number 9: "Commissioner Jones said her motion was made because the Department of Transportation's report and the Office of Planning's report would not significantly change the West Group's proposal.
Also, John Milligan is the correct name on the first line of page four, not Don Milligan.
2. In a show of hands, the Commission unanimously approved Commissioner Green's motion to approve the agenda with the addition of a report on the July 20th D.C. Zoning Commission hearing about the West Group's Planned Unit Development proposal for 6000 New Hampshire Avenue, N.E.
3. In a show of hands, the Commission unanimously approved Commissioner Green's motion to add to the agenda a vote on a draft resolution supporting full funding for a DNA laboratory for the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office.
4. In a show of hands, the Commission voted 7-2 to approve Commissioner Jones' motion to change the order of the agenda so that grant issues would be considered after the Identity Theft Prevention presentation.
5. In a show of
hands, the Commission unanimously agreed to Commissioner Green's motion to give
the Black Aesthetics Institute an extension of time to
4B in June showing the premium was due in July. However, Lynard Barnum, of the D.C. Auditor's Office, told ANC 4B Treasurer Faith Wheeler that the Commission needs to vote to give the group the extension because D.C. government rules require that groups spend the money and provide receipts within 60 days of receiving the grant.
Corrine Hobbs, the Institute's treasurer, presented the
Commission with an invoice showing that the $1,000 was paid to The Hartford
Insurance Company on
Denise Erskine-Meusa, the
Institute's founder and president, explained that there are changes in the
program, along with unanticipated delays.
The Institute is now partnering with the Department of Parks and
Recreation and the program will take place at
6. In a show of hands, the Commission unanimously agreed to
Commissioner Bowser's motion to give the Friends of the
Friends' President Gina Douglas told the Commission that the
group planned to use the $100 for transportation stipends for the fall soccer
season, which begins
7. In a unanimous show of hands, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Hughes' motion to grant $1,000 to the Lamond Community Development Corporation for awards and plaques to be distributed at its 3rd Annual Community Day.
8. In a unanimous show of hands, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion to adopt a grant application form with additional language on the first page. That new language is titled "Reporting Requirements," and tells prospective grantees they must submit a statement about the use of their grant, along with receipts, within 60 days following the issuance of a grant.
9. In a unanimous show of hands, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Hughes' motion to table a vote on adopting a letter to accompany grant checks.
The letter gives the specific deadline date for report and receipt(s). Several Commissioners wanted clarifications from the Auditor's Office about the letter.
10. In a show of
hands, the Commission voted 7-0-1 to approve Commissioner Green's motion to
hear the presentation on
11. In a show of hands,
the Commission voted 7-0-2 to adopt Commissioner Green's motion about the
It is: "ANC 4B
has seen the final designs for the condominium project to be built at
The resolution followed testimony from Centex Representative Elizabeth Morse, and a colleague, Historic Takoma Incorporated (HTI) President Sabrina Baron and Vice President Lorraine Pearsal, and Takoma Residents Nancy Smith and Alice Giancola.
The Centex representatives showed updated elevations. They
said they wanted to file for a building permit in August and have been working
with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and its staff since January.
The building uses "green" technology and is energy efficient, Ms.
Morse said. Concerns from the
neighboring building, Cedar Crossing, were addressed by putting an elevated
planting wall and fence to prevent
Ms. Baron said her group's request to meet with Centex was not denied. Ms. Morse said there was no time. Ms. Smith said Centex has met with the community frequently for more than a year. Both Ms. Smith and Ms. Giancola spoke in support of Centex and its building's design.
Ms. Baron responded that there were a number of meetings with the site's earlier owner, but since Centex became the principal owner, the communication declined. Ms. Morse said she had no intention of meeting on design issues, Ms. Baron added.
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Ms. Pearsal said there is a significant remaining issue with the design. The penthouse looks "plopped down" with "no context" and is not integrated into the
building's design. The penthouse should not have gone to staff, since it is a major issue that should be handled by the HPRB itself in a public hearing, Ms. Pearsal said.
Ms. Morse said the penthouse is the same height as when HPRB approved it and is still within the allowable height for the building.
Commissioner Hughes, in response to the adopted ANC 4B
12. In a 4-0-5 show-of-hands-vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Jones' motion that "Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 4B07 Judi Jones represent ANC 4B at the West Group hearing on September 7."
Commissioner Jones explained that she made the motion because the Commission ran out of time to complete its discussion on the West Group proposal during its June public meeting and she had not been designated as the representative in the June resolution.
After the vote, Commissioner Jones said, "I am willing to work with anyone" on this issue and to review the Department of Transportation and the Office of Planning reports. She also said she was writing a report and would share it.
Commissioner Bowser said that Commissioner Jones "can only represent what the ANC has voted on" in her submission to the Zoning Board.
1. Officer Heather Straker, of the 4th District, detailed recent crimes in the area and answered questions.
2. A representative of a local firm started to talk about his firm's products and services to prevent identity theft. Chair Whiting halted the presentation after the first few minutes when it became clear that the services were not free of charge.
3. Commissioner Bowser reported on Tiger Mart's license to
sell beer and wine at its store on
4. Commissioner Green said there is a hearing on Safeway's
request to sell beer and wine at its store on
1. Glenda Hairston, of
The meeting adjourned at about
--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary