Minutes - Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
December 7, 2009 Special Public Meeting
Adopted on January 25, 2010

The meeting began at about 7:10 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue, NW, Vice Chair Faith Wheeler (4B02) presiding.

Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B03 Monique Michelle Smith, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B07 Judi Jones, and 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson. A quorum was present for all votes.

1. A motion made by Commissioner Green to amend the agenda failed in a 3-2-0 show-of-hands vote. The motion was to add to the agenda Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) Case No. 18019, a Special Exception request for a fast food restaurant located at 6215 Georgia Ave, NW. The motion failed due to the rule that unanimous consent is required to add an item to the agenda at a Special Public Meeting.

2. In a 5-0-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Jones, the Commission agreed that a letter be sent to the BZA asking that they reschedule their January 12, 2010 public hearing on Case No. 18019. The delay is requested because the Commission does not have enough information to make a decision on the case, and, though no one's fault, ANC 4B has had problems communicating with the applicant.

3. Hearing no objection, the agenda was adopted as announced.

4. In a 5-0-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Smith, the Commission agreed to support a request to increase the number of students permitted at a daycare center within ANC 4B03.

The adopted resolution: "ANC 4B supports Ms. [Cleotilde] Kimmell's application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment to increase the number of children in her care in the Mana Bilingual Center from five to 12 students. (Case No. 17975) The affected Commissioner, Monique Michelle Smith, 4B03, will handle all matters representing the Commission."

The vote followed a presentation from Ms. Kimmell's attorneys, Meti Zegeye and Emily Sala, and a discussion with Commissioners, including remarks from Ms. Kimmell and others affiliated with the Center.

Ms. Zegeye and Ms. Sala distributed binders with about 50 pages of information about the Center and its request, including a copy of an up-to-date License For A Child Care Development Facility from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Also in the binder were copies of a petition of support signed by eight neighbors and copies of opposition letters from three neighbors.

Caroline Stewart, who lives nearby at 7th & Van Buren and has two children being cared for at the Center, spoke in support of the application.

Ms. Kimmell said that potential parking problems are mitigated by the fact that the Center's four teachers all live in the home and most of the students arrive by foot or bus.

Commissioner Smith said she visited the Center and saw the documents about its licensing and supports the BZA application. Commissioner Wheeler said she talked to neighbors and found that several were unaware that the Center was operating, evidence that the business is not a problem in the neighborhood.

The meeting adjourned at about 8:30 p.m. --- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary