Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

July 23, 2012 Regular Public Meeting – Adopted 2/25/13

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM, Sara Green, Chair (and ANC 4B01) presiding.  It was held at the MPD’s 4th District Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW. Also present were Commissioners 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B04 Rebecca Mills, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and ANC 4B09 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions:

 

1)         The agenda was adopted by a show-of-hands vote, 6 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain, following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler.

 

2)         Presentation & Vote:  Fort Totten Square Public Space Occupancy Permit Application

 

Mr. Jamie Weinbaum, JBG Companies, presented their application to the District Department of Transportation for a public space occupancy permit to construct ADA curb ramps, curbs and gutters, residential and commercial driveways, sidewalks, landscaping of new tree spaces and tree plantings, streetlights, benches, bike racks and trash receptacles, at 300 Riggs Road NE.  Mr. Weinbaum said that an additional public space application would be filed for the benches and other street furniture.   The developer wants to have the ground floor retailers, yet unselected, help select these amenities.

 

Following discussion and questions from the Commission and the public, Commissioner Sloan moved that ANC 4B adopt a resolution supporting the application.  Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:   That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the application of Fort Totten North LLC c/o The JBG Companies for a public space occupancy permit for the purpose of construction of paving ADA curb ramp, curbs and gutters, residential and commercial driveways, sidewalks, landscaping of new tree spaces and tree plantings, streetlights, benches, bike racks and trash receptacles, at the premises at 300 Riggs Road, NE, Washington, DC  20011, subject to applicant’s agreement to continue consulting and working collaboratively with Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Douglass Sloan, ANC 4B09, representing the affected single-member district, and the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association.

 

3)         Vote:  Quarterly Financial Report & Presentation: Treasurer’s Report

 

Commissioner Grant submitted the FY 2012 Third Quarter Report (April-June) for review and approval.  Commissioner Wheeler moved that the Third Quarter Report be approved.  Commissioner Mills seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

The summary page of the report as submitted and approved is below:

 

 

Commissioner Grant presented the Treasurer’s Report:

 

ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – July 23, 2012

 

As of June 29, 2012 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was:  $14,983.97.

 

Checking Account:

 

Balance – 5/31/12                                                    $18,096.08

 

Income – 6/1/12-6/29/12                             $1.27

 

Expenditures – 6/1/12-6/29/12                  $3,113.38

 

Ending balance – 6/29/12                                                  $14,983.97

 

Savings Account:

 

Balance – 3/31/12                                                    $50,484.23

 

Interest income:                                $18.88

 

Ending balance – 6/30/12                                                  $50,503.11

 

The following checks were cashed last month:

Date Cashed

 Name

Check #

Amount

Purpose

Meeting Approval Date

6/4/12

James H. Irwin

4716

$461.70

Staff wages

2012 budget

11/28/11

6/4/12

Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC

4715

$600.00

Office rent

2012 budget

11/28/11

6/5/12

Community Health Partnership

4714

$780.00

Grant

5/22/12

6/6/12

James H. Irwin

4718

$23.93

Office supplies

2012 budget

11/28/11

6/6/12

James H. Irwin

4717

$44.51

Local transportation

2012 budget

11/28/11

6/18/12

James H. Irwin

4723

$461.70

Staff wages

2012 budget

11/28/11

6/19/12

Concerned Neighbors Inc.

4722

$400.00

Grant

4/23/12

6/20/12

Konica Minolta

4719

$185.50

Printing & Copying

2012 budget

11/28/11

6/21/12

Verizon

4720

$116.05

Landline telephone

2012 budget

11/28/11

 

4)         Grant Request:  Forever Emery

 

Mr. Lonnie Mack, 4Ever Emery, presented the organization’s grant application for $1,450 to finance the rental of a large tent for their annual community picnic.  Mr. Mack stated that the tent would provide shelter for participants, especially elderly, from the sun or rainstorms.

 

Commissioners noted that some required information, including the organization’s mission statement and a narrative description of the project, were not included in the grant application.  Following discussion, Commissioner Grant moved that ANC 4B approve the grant application for $1,000, contingent upon the receipt of required additional grant application materials.  Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by a show- of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

5)  Presentation & Vote: Partner Arms I Redevelopment

 

Mr. Blaise Rastello, Director of Affordable Housing, THC Affordable Housing, Inc., presented their renovation project at Partner Arms, 929-931, 935 Kennedy Street N.W.  The project, when completed, will provide affordable housing and accommodation for social service organizations.  Mr. Rastello requested that ANC 4B communicate its support for their application to the Department of Housing and Community Development for funding for the project.

Commissioner Jefferson moved that ANC 4B approve a draft letter of support to DCHCD.  Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

The approved letter:

Mr. Michael Kelly

Director

Department of Housing and Community Development

Government of the District of Columbia

800 Martin Luther King Avenue S.E.

Washington, DC 20020                                                 

 

RE:    Partner Arms I Redevelopment

          929-31, 935 Kennedy Street NW

 

Dear Director Kelly:

 

At a regular public meeting on July 23, 2012 (notice of which was properly given, and at which a quorum of seven of nine members was present) Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B voted unanimously (7 yes, 0 no) to support the application by THC Affordable Housing for funding to DHCD  and approve in concept the redevelopment plan for Partner Arms I.  The redevelopment plan includes renovating and preserving 935 Kennedy Street and demolishing the blighted structures currently at 929-31 Kennedy Street to construct a new 11,700 square foot building with 4 residential units and 3,200 square feet of community facility space. This project will provide a total of 19 affordable rental housing units and critically needed community facility space to provide training and services to residents and neighbors. The residential units will be operated as permanent supportive housing by Transitional Housing Corporation.  

 

The Partner Arms I redevelopment is located within the boundaries of ANC 4B.  The design process for the 19 unit project will include substantial rehabilitation and renovation of 15 units of affordable housing and the creation of an additional 4 units of newly constructed affordable housing and 3,200 square feet of community facility space.

 

Mr. Blaise Rastello, Director of Affordable Housing for THC Affordable Housing, Inc. made the presentation before the Commission.

 

We ask for your response to this Commission action as per DC law on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.  Sections 1-309.10(a) through 1-309.10(i)(2) of the law require, among other things, that ANC recommendations regarding a proposed District government action or actions receive “great weight” from the DC government, and that DC government officials respond in writing.  The law also permits Commissions to initiate their own proposals for DC government action and requires that DC government entities acknowledge the proposal within ten days.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sara Green, ANC 4B01

Chair

 

6)         Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  Application to Amend Paul Public Charter School Charter

Ms. Jamie Dunham, Head of School, Paul Public Charter School, presented their application to the DC Public Charter School Board to amend their charter to expand their academic offerings to tenth through twelfth grades.  She requested the Commission’s support for the application and answered questions from Commissioners.  Commissioners noted that the Commission did not receive adequate or legally required notice of this application from DCPCSB.

 

Commissioner Mills moved that ANC 4B adopt a resolution supporting the application to expand Paul Charter School’s academic program based upon Ms. Dunham’s presentation and the supporting documentation she provided, noting that there is a 75-page charter amendment application which the Commission has not received.  The Commission asked Ms. Dunham to have the 75-page charter amendment application sent to the Commission office.

 

Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.

 

The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Commissioner Green noted that a quorum of five Commissioners was present:  Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Mills and Jefferson.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:   That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the application of the Paul Public Charter School to amend their charter to expand their academic offerings to include grades ten through twelve.  The Commission’s support is based upon the verbal presentation of Ms. Jami Dunham, Head of School, and the supporting documentation she submitted.  The Commission notes that Ms. Dunham referred to a 75-page charter amendment request document during her presentation, which the Commission has not received or reviewed.

Community Concerns

 

1)         Ms. Wanda Oates asked for a status report on the problem of dog waste at the Doggy Day Care Center at Georgia and Missouri Avenues N.W.  Commissioner Mills said she had talked with the owner of the business, who said that her employees do not walk the dogs behind the business.  She said any employee doing that would be fired.  She said she would need proof that the dogs causing the problem were in fact from Doggy Day Care.  Commissioner Mills noted that other residents walking their dogs in the area could be the source of the problem.

 

2)         Commissioner Speaks raised concerns about illegal parking of cars in the alley on Missouri Avenue N.W. between 4th and 5th Streets.  Sgt. Pasqual said MPD would respond to her request.

 

3)         Ms. Wanda Oates expressed concern to Councilmember Bowser that the construction at the WalMart site at Georgia and Missouri Avenues N.W. would cause a major migration of rats to neighboring residential areas.  She asked that the Councilmember work with WalMart so that they take appropriate mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate rat infestations.

 

4)         Mr. Keith Holman, of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement, announced that he serves as a liaison between the public, the Mayor’s Office and DC government services.  He is available to assist residents with any problems they may have.  He can be contacted at 202-340-7853 or keith.holman@dc.gov.

 

5)         Mr. Michael Sindram, ANC 4B02, expressed concerns about PEPCO’s requested rate increase, excessive access for lobbyists to DC Councilmembers, and alleged contract-steering by Mr. Darryl Wiggins.

 

6)         Commissioner Mills announced that she was moving out of ANC 4B and that this will be her last meeting.  She will be submitting her resignation as Commissioner for ANC 4B04 by the end of July.             

 

7)         Ms. Betty Florence asked who would replace Commissioner Mills as representative for ANC 4B04.  Commissioner Wheeler noted that the vacancy occurs too close to the November general election, so ANC 4B04 will remain vacant until January, 2013, and other current Commissioners will have to assist in representing ANC 4B04.  Chair Green said anyone who has an issue in ANC 4B04 should call the Commission office, 202-291-6185.  Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 12 noon-5 PM.  If the Staff Assistant, Mr. Irwin, cannot assist, he will refer the matter to a Commissioner.  She noted that the deadline for filing petitions to run for the vacant seat is August 8, 2012.

 

 

 

Presentations and Reports

 

1)         Sgt. Christopher Pasqual presented a public safety report regarding crime in ANC 4B.

 

2)         Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Ward 4, presented information on current District issues and answered questions from Commissioners and the public.

 

2)         Safeway Corporation executives Mr. Craig Muckle, Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Ed Tippett, District Manager, Safeway Eastern Division, and Mr. Shawn Marion, Manager of the Piney Branch Safeway Store, presented Safeway Inc.’s plans for renovating the public bathrooms at the Piney Branch store, maintaining clear access to the bathrooms and providing alternative accessible restroom facilities while the renovations are in progress.  They answered questions from Commissioners and the public.

 

3)         Ms. Elaine Ellis of the Community Health Partnership presented a written and oral report on the health fair project which received a $780.00 grant from the Commission which covered a small percentage of the total cost.

 

4)         Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn discussed security measures at his medical marijuana dispensary on Blair Road N.W. He said he will meet with police officials to determine if he can hire DC police officers or if he has to go elsewhere for personnel.

5)         Ms. Tara Lebowski, Penza Bailey Architects, presented plans for construction of an addition to Plymouth United Church of Christ, North Capitol Street and Riggs Road.  She answered questions from the Commission and from the public.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 PM.