Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
Government of the District of Columbia
6856 Eastern Avenue, NW - Suite 314
Washington, DC 20012
Regarding the Safeway Store,
6500 Piney Branch Road N.W.
Adopted June 25, 2012
RESOLVED: That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B reiterates its request that Safeway provide new and additional public restrooms at its 6500 Piney Branch Road, NW store.
We also ask all appropriate city agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Health and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, to inspect the premises to ensure compliance with building code and public health regulations and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
We base these requests on long-standing complaints from customers and the observations of at least three Commissioners, beginning in 2007 and continuing up until Sunday, June 24, 2012. Access to the men’s and women’s public restrooms on the ground floor is often blocked by hand trucks, boxes, and trash, a serious problem for those using wheelchairs, walkers or other aids. In addition, the restrooms are often dirty.
Safeway’s management has promised, first to keep the existing facilities clean and accessible, and then, following persistent complaints, to provide new facilities along the southeast corner of the store that are separate from the store’s busy rear work area. Earlier this month Commissioner Fred Grant was told the additional facilities would not be provided.
Safeway has also declined ANC 4B’s invitation to speak at its June 25 public meeting and a high-level Safeway executive stated it is Safeway’s policy not to speak at Washington, D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission meetings. This is an unacceptable policy for any business that operates in our community, particularly one that holds a license to sell alcoholic beverages.
This resolution will be sent to Safeway Inc. Regional Manager Ed Tippet, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, D.C. Department of Health, D.C. Office of Disability Rights, and the D.C. City Council.
Commissioner Fred Grant, ANC 4B03, is authorized to represent this resolution before city agencies and elected officials and with the Safeway Corporation.
ADOPTED unanimously by show-of-hands vote at a regular public meeting (notice of which was properly given, and at which a quorum of seven of nine members was present) on June 25, 2012, by a vote of 7 yes, 0 no.