Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
The meeting began at about 7 p.m. at Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE, Chair Douglass Sloan (4B09), presiding. Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Frederick Grant, 4B07 Judi Jones, and 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson. A quorum was present for all votes.
1. The agenda, as amended, was adopted in a unanimous show-of-hands vote. The friendly amendment to the agenda limited the discussion on the Upper Georgia Avenue Master Plan to a discussion of the fire station only.
2. In a
3. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a
motion by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to revise its
On Page Two, Item Number 4, the revised recommendation asks that:
"The city should follow the D.C. Department of Fire and
Rescue Service's recommendation to build the new Engine Number 22 Fire Station
at the corner of
Commissioner Wheeler said that some of her constituents who
live close to the proposed
The Commission voted after a detailed presentation by D.C. Department of Fire and Rescue Services Chief Dennis Rubin and his staff. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period and comments from the community.
Sites that were examined and rejected include Georgia and
He said the community would be asked for significant input on the exterior design of the new station. He also said that noise is an issue and the department is working on ways to mitigate it.
ANC 4A03 Commissioner Steve Whatley's Single Member District
includes the corner of
Other residents who spoke included Marlena Edwards, who opposed both the
4. In a
The roll-call vote followed a
The Commission agreed to send the following resolution to
the Zoning Commission of the
"The Commissioners of Advisory Commission 4B ask the
Zoning Commission to hold a special hearing on the West Group's request to
extend the amount of time it has to build its Planned Unit Development project
Voting "yes" on this resolution were Commissioners Green, Grant, Jones, and Jefferson. Commissioner Sloan voted "no." Commissioner Wheeler abstained.
The vote followed a lengthy discussion.
Commissioner Sloan read the Zoning Commission's rules for granting extensions on PUDs, noting that the developer only has to show that he has met one of several criteria. The West Group has met two -- pending litigation and a problem obtaining financing due to changes in economic market conditions. He said he was told that there has never been a case where a hearing has been granted under such conditions.
Commissioner Jones questioned why the Commission was voting on the issue if it could not oppose the extension.
Commissioner Jefferson said she did not want ANC 4B to be silenced by the Zoning Commission and does not agree with its criteria for granting extensions. Many D.C. residents can't pay their mortgages but don't get help or more time to obtain financing, she added. She also said that groups in her community did not have adequate time to discuss this issue.
The meeting ended at about
-- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary