Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

September 23, 2013 Regular Public Meeting

Adopted at October 28 Regular Public Meeting

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM, Sara Green, Chair (and ANC 4B01) presiding.  It was held in the community meeting room, MPD 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W.  A quorum was present for all votes.  Commissioners present during the meeting were Commissioners 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B04 Brenda Parks, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Ron Austin, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and 4B09 Doug Sloan.

 

Actions:

 

1)         The agenda was adopted as presented.

 

2)         Recommendation Vote:  Master Developer for Walter Reed Site

 

Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution recommending favorable consideration of two of the three final applicants, Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden and Roadway, for Master Developer of the Walter Reed site.  Commissioner Wheeler seconded the motion. 

 

Following discussion, Commissioner Sloan moved that the proposed resolution be tabled.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 6 yes, 3 no.

 

Commissioner Jones moved that each Commissioner, by roll call vote, state which candidate he or she preferred for Master Developer.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 3 no.

 

The roll call vote was:

 

Green, 4B01             Abstain

Wheeler, 4B02         Hines

Grant, 4B03               Forest City

Parks, 4B04              Hines

Speaks, 4B05           Hines

Austin, 4B06             Forest City

Jones, 4B07              Hines

Jefferson, 4B08        Forest City

Sloan, 4B09              Hines

 

Following further discussion, Commissioner Sloan was asked to revise Commissioner Green’s original draft resolution to record the roll call vote listing the Master Developer preferences, taking out any negative language, and recommending Hines as the preferred candidate. 

 

Commissioner Sloan moved that the Commission adopt a revised resolution making recommendations regarding the Walter Reed Master Developer.  Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B) strongly recommends that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) select the Master Developer applicant whose proposal most closely conforms to the elements detailed in the Walter Reed Small Area Plan (SAP).  The SAP was approved by the DC City Council and supported by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B following more than two years of public meetings and debate and should be respected.

ANC 4B, in a roll call vote of five yes, three no, one abstention, voted to support Hines-Urban-Atlantic-Triden for the Master Developer of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site.  The roll call vote was:

 

Sara Green, ANC 4B01                               Abstain

Faith Wheeler, ANC 4B02                           Hines

Fred Grant, ANC 4B03                                Forest City

Brenda Parks, ANC 4B04                           Hines

Brenda Speaks, ANC 4B05                         Hines

Ron Austin, 4B06                                        Forest City

Judi Jones, 4B07                                        Hines

Yvonne Jefferson, 4B08                              Forest City

Doug Sloan, ANC 4B09                               Hines

 

ANC 4B makes the following recommendations for development on this site:

 

Ø  That the developer conform closely to the SAP, including the provision that calls for the preservation of many of the street’s mature trees and green space.

 

Ø  That the developer consider different methods to help existing Georgia Avenue businesses with the goal of drawing shoppers to the Georgia Avenue stores outside of the Walter Reed site.

 

Ø  That the developer preserve the open vista of the South Lawn, the Serpentine Road, and the Rose Garden in front of historic Building One as the focal points of the site. 

 

Ø  If possible, the developer should design a site plan that combines elements of the Hines, Forest City and Roadside proposals for Georgia Avenue, and the city should work to accomplish this.

 

ANC 4B urges the selected developer to create and follow a sustained plan of consultation and discussion throughout the implementation and management of the project with a representative group of community residents.

 

3)         Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  Takoma Theater Conversion to Apartments & Ground Floor Retail

 

Mr. Ralph Cunningham, architect for the project, made a presentation regarding the Takoma Theater project and answered questions from the Commission and the public.

Following questions and discussion, Commissioner Wheeler moved that the Commission adopt a resolution making recommendations to the Historic Preservation Review Board regarding the project.  Commissioner Green seconded the motion.  Following discussion and several friendly amendments, the motion was adopted, 7 yes, 2 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

WHEREAS:

 

Ø  Ms. Lisa McGinty Toppin and her family have met with neighborhood residents and listened to the comments and concerns, including changes to the proposed design;

 

Ø  the McGinty Toppin LLC design basically preserves the historic structure of the Takoma Theater;

 

Ø  the owners of the building are entitled to a reasonable return on their investment and to choose how they wish to use the building; and

 

WHEREAS:

 

Ø  the responsibility of the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) is to maintain the historic character of the building but not to dictate its use;

 

Ø  their staff have made a recommendation to approve the project subject to changes which the staff would oversee rather than return the design to the Board and the community for comment; and

 

 

 

WHEREAS:

 

Ø  the theater is one of the buildings in the Takoma Park Historic District that has been determined to be a contributing resource.

 

Ø  the theater is a rare surviving neighborhood theater designed by noted theater architect John Jacob Zink and the only intact, free-standing historic theater left in the District of Columbia,

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B recommends that the HPRB consider the concerns expressed below:

 

Ø  the revised design – with the recommended changes – be returned to HPRB for approval so that the Board and the community will have a chance to comment before the design is finalized;

 

Ø  the revised design address the issues identified in the staff report, as well as the following:

 

o   reduce the size of the windows and make them less obtrusive;

 

o   make the addition compatible with the original building by pushing the addition back and lowering the height, and incorporating similar articulation;

 

o   create a “friendlier” design on the side of the addition which is parallel to the neighboring condominium building where, currently, only one small window is shown.

 

o   include visual elements in the design of the addition, such as landscaping along the exterior wall, or a “green wall” which make it a better fit with the neighboring condominium building.

 

o   ANC 4B recommends that HPRB endorse that talks continue between the developer and neighbors about the design of the condominium side of the building, including aesthetic and environmental concerns.  

 

4)      Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  Proposed New Bikeshare Space at Takoma Metro Station

 

Commissioner Green moved that the Commission support the recommendation of the District Department of Transportation to locate a Capital Bikeshare station at the Takoma Metro Station, corner of Cedar Street N.W and the metro bus entrance.  Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no.

 

5)         Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  DDOT Public Space Occupancy Permit – 903 Butternut Street N.W.

 

Commissioner Wheeler presented an application for a public space occupancy permit to construct a curb cut for a driveway at 903 Butternut Street N.W.  She moved that the Commission recommend that the applicant conform with the concerns of the District Department of Transportation, specifically that the curb cut is not 12 feet from an existing tree and that the curb cut does not have to be 11 feet wide, since the existing driveway is nine feet wide.  Commissioner Jefferson seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

Community Concerns

 

Five people addressed the Commission with concerns or questions:

 

1)         Mr. Michael Sindram, ANC 4B02, discussed various issues related to conduct of ANC meetings and meeting minutes.

 

2)         Ms. Loretta Newman discussed supporting new legislation to protect civil war defenses of Washington.

 

3)         Ms. Wanda Oates, ANC 4B05, discussed commissioner meeting attendance.

 

4)         Ms. Jami Dunham, CEO, Paul Charter School, thanked the Commission for its support and briefly reported on school programs.

 

5)         Ms. Betty Florence, ANC 4B04,asked about the status of the shredding project previously approved by the Commission and discussed a proposed PEPCO rate increase.

 

Presentations and Reports

 

1)         Ms. Judi Gold, representing Councilmember Muriel Bowser, reported on issues that the Councilmember is working on and answered questions from the Commissioners and the public.

 

2)         Mr. Keith Holman, representing the Executive Office of the Mayor, made a report. He gave information on and stressed the importance for all to attend the Mayor’s upcoming summit on mental health 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)         Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s Report:

 

ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report –September 23, 2013

 

As of August 30, 2013 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $15,647.06.

 

Balance – 6/29/13                                                    $16,937.99

                                                                                   

Income –

7/31/13           Interest                                               $         0.70

8/22/13           DC Allotment                                                $  5,217.67

8/30/13           Interest                                               $         0.56

Total income 7/1-8/30/13                                                                            $ 5,218.93

 

Expenditures – 7/1/13-7/31/13                              $  3,771.61

Expenditures – 8/1/13-8/30/13                              $  2,738.25

Total expenditures 7/1-8/30/13                                                                  $ 6,509.86

 

Ending balance – 8/30/13                                                                          $15,647.06                           

The following checks were cashed between 7/1/13 and 8/30/13:

Date Cashed

 Name

Check #

Amount

Purpose

Meeting Approval Date

7/3/13

Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC

4823

600.00

Office rent

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/12/13

James H. Irwin

4827

461.70

Staff wages

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/16/13

4Ever Emery

4828

1,000.00

Grant

5/20/13

7/18/13

Verizon

4826

39.99

Internet

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/18/13

Verizon

4825

77.45

Landline telephone

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/18/13

Konica Minolta

4824

71.82

Printing & Copying

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/26/13

James H. Irwin

4830

461.70

Staff wages

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/30/13

Capitol Services & Supplies

4829

308.95

Office supplies

2013 budget

11/26/12

7/31/13

Safeguard Shredding

4831

750.00

Other-community shredding project

7/22/13

8/9/13

James H. Irwin

4836

461.70

Staff wages

2013 budget

11/26/13

8/13/13

Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC

4832

600.00

Office rent

2013 budget

11/26/13

8/14/13

Konica Minolta

4833

88.12

Printing & Copying

2013 budget

11/26/13

8/15/13

Verizon

4834

39.99

Internet

2013 budget

11/26/13

8/15/13

Verizon

4833

86.74

Landline telephone

 

2013 budget

11/26/13

8/23/13

Kids & Culture Camp

4840

1,000.00

Grant

4/22/13

 

 

 

4)         Commissioner Green noted that one action item and vote had been omitted from the June 24, 2013 minutes.  She moved that the minutes be corrected to insert the following:

 

Discussion and Recommendation Vote:  Large Retailers Accountability Act

Commissioner Green stated that the legislation the Commission had supported last month had been amended.  Councilmembers were asking whether ANC 4B supported the amendments.  Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the Large Retailers Accountability Act as amended.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  Following discussion, the motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 5 yes, 0 no, 3 abstain.

The adopted resolution:

RESOLVED:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 as it was amended by the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Those amendments require that nearly all retailers with $1 billion in gross annual sales, not just those with stores with at least 75,000 square feet, pay their employees a Living Wage.   This change treats major retail businesses equitably and does not discriminate based on the size of store.  Another advantage is that more DC employees will be covered.

We support the bill because it should be the policy of the District of Columbia government to ensure that its workers have a basic standard of living.  Currently, many DC workers do not earn enough money to purchase adequate market-rate housing and private health insurance, requiring that DC taxpayers provide subsidies.

We are not convinced that the bill will result in store closures or undue economic hardship for large retailers.

Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, presented the draft minutes of the July 22, 2013 regular public meeting.  Commissioner Grant moved that the minutes be approved.  Commissioner Parks seconded the motion.  The minutes were adopted by show-of-hands vote, 6 yes, 0 no.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:47 PM.