Minutes - October 25, 2007

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 4B

Adopted - November 8, 2007

 

 

The meeting began at about 7:10 p.m. at the 4th District Police Station Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW, Chair Blondine Hughes (ANC 4B05) presiding.

 

Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Frederick Grant, 4B06 Gloria Palmer, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions

 

1.  In a show-of-hands vote on a motion by Commissioner Grant, the agenda was unanimously accepted, with several changes. 

 

Two items were added. Commissioner Grant asked to add a presentation from a representative from the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program and Chair Hughes asked to discuss the election for the vacant 4B04 seat.

 

Four items were deleted. Commissioner Wheeler asked to delete the votes and discussions on HPA #07-458, a request to raze the garage on 413-415 Butternut St.. NW, and the addition to the New Testament Church, 400 Butternut St., NW.  She explained that the church is still working on its design. Commissioner Green asked to delete HPA #446, the rear addition at 504 Fern Place, NW.  She also asked to delay, until the November 2007 public meeting, a discussion and possible vote on ANC 4B's notification problems with the Historic Preservation Review Board.

 

2.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Palmer's motion and adopted the minutes from the September 27, 2007 public meeting.

 

3. In a 7-0-1 show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Palmer's motion to grant $4,000 to the Friends of Emery (Recreation Center) for uniforms for the Emery Divas Cheerleading Team.  Commissioner Hughes explained that she is using the full $2,000 earmarked for ANC 4B05 grants, and that Commissioners Grant (4B03) and Palmer (4B06) were each contributing $1,000 of the grant funds available for their SMDs.

 

Emery Divas Coach Brenee Taylor-Burke explained that the group has 40 girls, but only parts of 10 uniforms.  The D.C. Department of Recreation will not pay for uniforms, she said.  The grant would pay for 30 complete uniforms and would buy pieces to complete the existing ten uniforms.  A complete "Pee Wee" uniform costs $95 and a complete "Senior" uniform costs $150.  The uniforms will stay with the team when current members leave, the coach said.

 

4.  In a 6-2 roll call vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Jones' motion to support the request of the Douglas Development Corporation for special exceptions to 

build two apartment buildings (about 76 units in total) on Willow and Maple Streets, NW. (BZA Case Number 17679).

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Adopted Minutes - October 25, 2007

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 4B - page two

 

 

Voting "yes" to the motion were Commissioners Grant, Hughes, Palmer, Jones, Jefferson and Sloan. Commissioners Green and Wheeler voted "no."

 

The Commission heard presentations from Mr. Paul Millstein, a representative of the developer, Douglas Development, the developer's attorney, and the project's architect. 

 

Mr. Millstein noted that Douglas made several design changes since its last presentation before ANC 4B, including a wider public walkway through the project. He said that the developer will put covenants on the historic bungalows to require that they are for residential use only.

 

The Commission also heard from Mr. Jack Werner, a nearby resident who opposes the project due to massing, drainage and environmental concerns, among others. Mr. Werner showed the Commission a petition signed by about 20 of his neighbors who agree with him.  He also said that Douglas allowed the bungalow homes to decay to the point where one home has to be dismantled.  He said that he is one several neighbors who have filed as opposing parties in the case.

 

Commissioner Grant said that neighbors who are concerned should have attended the Commission's meeting.

 

Commissioner Jones said that Douglas Development representatives worked with the community, met with neighbors, and adjusted the proposal to try to address concerns.

 

Commissioner Green noted that, for the record, ANC 4B rents office space from Douglas Development.

 

The Commission adopted the following resolution, as moved by Commissioner Jones;

 

"In the matter of Douglas Development at 3357 Square, ANC 4B states the following:

 

WHERE AS Douglas Development has consistently negotiated with HPRB about their project and kept the Takoma community informed and involved

 

WHERE AS the special exceptions are a result of a request from the community and HPRB to preserve, renovate, and move the historic houses on the lot

 

WHERE AS the Douglas Development has fully immersed itself into the community during community events, hosting meetings and gatherings making Douglas Development a part of the Takoma community and will continue to participate in the community.

 

WHERE AS Douglas Development has stated that they will participate in the continued streetscape improvement in and around the Takoma metro station

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Adopted Minutes - October 25, 2007 - page three

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

 

 

WHERE AS Douglas Development and HPRB have properly informed the affected ANC (4B07) in a timely manner of all matters dealing with the development

 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, ANC 4B approve the special exceptions for the Square 3357 matter-of-right development and the affected ANC 4B07 commissioner represent ANC 4B in all matters dealing with this development.

 

5) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Green's motion on the ANC 4B04 vacancy.  The adopted motion states that "ANC 4B is not announcing the election for the ANC 4B04 seat at this time due to the knowledge that candidates are challenging the Board of Elections and Ethics practices and the problem with the deadline for submission of petitions falling on the Columbus Day holiday, a day when the office was closed."

 

6) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the group agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at about 9:30 p.m.

 

Reports and Discussions

 

1) Treasurer Palmer distributed the draft Third Quarterly Report (April, May, June 2007) and Fourth Quarterly Report (July, August, September) 2007. 

 

The draft Third Quarterly Report shows an opening balance of $42,880.16 and disbursements of $6,115.42, with a closing balance of $31,363.57. The draft Fourth Quarterly Report shows an opening balance of $31,363.57 and disbursements of $6,042.79, with a closing balance of $25,300.78.  No action was taken to accept the reports. Treasurer Palmer asked the Commission to review them.

                                                                                                             

2. MPD Officer Heather Straker spoke about a series of purse snatchings that are targeting Spanish-speaking and Ethiopian women. She introduced Captain Theresa Weedon, newly assigned to the 4th District, who will help oversee PSAs 01, 02 and 05.

 

3.  A representative from the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program described the program, which will run from November 1 through November 3 at the Bible Way Church, 1100 New Jersey Avenue.  The program is designed to give those with outstanding warrants for nonviolent crimes an opportunity to speak to an attorney and a judge.

 

4.  D.C. City Council Members Muriel Bowser and Phil Mendelson, along with D.C. Department of Youth and Rehabilitative Services Director Vince Schiraldi and Whittier Elementary School Principal Dr. Nicole Clifton, discussed ways to address on-going problems with youth and car theft and answered questions.  Earlier this year several people were seriously injured in front of the school when struck by a car driven by a young adult with teenage passengers.

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Adopted Minutes - Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

October 25, 2007 - Page 4

 

 

The group discussed possible solutions, including tougher penalties, speed humps, and better programs for those at Oak Hill, the institution for young offenders.  Council Members Bowser and Mendelson asked to return to ANC 4B to discuss proposed legislation.

 

Commissioner Jones asked that the minutes include her objections to the timing of the discussion of this item.  She asked to change the order of the agenda so representatives from the Douglas Development Corporation could speak first, noting their need to leave early. Chair Hughes said the agenda had been adopted and denied Commissioner Jones' request.

 

5.  Commissioner Grant said that the D.C. Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control has ruled that Safeway can sell beer and wine at its store at 6500 Piney Branch Rd., NW and that the sale would begin in January.  Richard Holzsager, of Piney Branch Rd., NW, said there is a request for reconsideration and the Board's decision is not final.

 

6.  Commissioner Sloan said he is investigating bulk mailing costs.

 

7.  Commissioner Hughes said she visited the Lamond Branch Post Office and saw immediate improvements in the service.  Two windows were staffed and pens and pencils were available to customers, she reported.

 

--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary