Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D
Present: Commissioners Hamilton, Litsky, McBee, Moffatt, Siegel, Skolnik, and Sobelsohn.
The meeting was convened at 7:00 p.m.
The agenda, moved by Commissioner Sobelsohn and seconded by Commissioner Litsky, was approved without objection.
2. Commissioner Announcements
Commissioner Sobelsohn announced that roundtables sponsored by the ANC, SWNA and the South Washington/West of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative (SWWR) to discuss neighborhood priorities for community benefits for Southwest would be held on May 19th and 21st.
Commissioner Litsky announced that Councilmember Wells and other city officials would lead a walk about in the area south of M Street to identify trouble spots of various kinds, on Thursday, May 24th, meeting at 4th and O Streets at 6:30 p.m.
3. Community Concerns
Gene Solon, of Harbor Square, made remarks about transportation planning for Southwest.
Paul Greenberg, president of Tiber Island Homes board, commented on its opposition to the Waterfront project.
Gerald Schwinn, a librarian at the Southwest branch of the library, spoke in support of opening a coffee house at the library.
4. Old Business
Forest City/Waterfront Mall PUD
David Smith of Forest City Washington, and Gordon Fraley, of Charles E. Smith/Vornado presented the plans for Waterside/Waterfront Mall prior to a hearing at the Zoning Commission on June 7th for approval of a revised 1st Stage PUD.
They reviewed plans for the project: the first stage will be 2.5 million square feet, comprised of the two office towers and two residential buildings. The existing Mall will be demolished, and the east and west towers will have their skins stripped and their systems upgraded, but will keep the same size and shape. They plan to make the re-opened 4th Street corridor the focal point of the project, with a lot of activity on the street. There will be retail on 4th and M Streets, and there will be landscaping on the east and west plazas of the development. There will be special traffic calming measures. The project will contain 125,000 square feet of small and local retail space, and 160,00 square feet total of affordable housing, both at 50% of AMI and workforce housing at 80% of AMI. The office buildings will be built to Silver LEED standards, and they will coordinate with Marina View Towers to coordinate the M Street setback. They have developed at construction security plan, and have committed 1000 square feet for community use, although, they said, the City is obligated to provide space for ANCs, and will carve out such space “if they want to be good citizens.” The residential buildings will be 114’ high, and the office structures will remain at 130’.
They reported that there would be a full service grocery store. If negotiations with Safeway, which are progressing, fail, they will make every effort to find a grocer to occupy the 555,000 sq. ft. space they are planning for that purpose. They will also seek to locate a “niche” grocer in the space.
They pledged to have on-going meetings about security during construction on an on-going basis, and will have 24-hour security around the plaza.
Motion: Commissioner Litsky moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to support the application of Waterfront for its first stage PUD before the Zoning Commission on June 6th. The motion passed 6-1, with Commissioner Moffatt in opposition.
Motion: Commissioner Litsky moved/Commissioner Moffatt seconded a motion that Commissioner Moffatt be authorized to represent the Commission before the Zoning Commission.
1325 South Capitol Street
This was a request for support of a resubmission of the plans for a residential development at 1325 South Capitol Street, which the Zoning Commission requested the applicant to do, changing the project to a PUD with a map amendment for a change of zoning, prior to a hearing on May 31st.
Christine Roddy, representing Camden Development, developers of the project, said the plans were identical, but that the Zoning Commission felt that a PUD would be a more comfortable fit for the development. She said that the construction and management agreement between the ANC and the Applicant would be put into the Zoning Commission order, and would have the weight of Commission enforcement behind it. Motion: Commissioner Hamilton moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to reaffirm the ANC’s support for the residential project at 1325 South Capitol Street SE, The motion passed 7-0.
Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Hope VI Project
David Cortiella, of the DC Housing and Community Development Agency (DCDHC), the project manager, presented an update of the progress on the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg Hope VI development. He said the first senior building was completed in December 2006 and now has 162 living in it. The second senior building will be completed in June, but there has been a change in the occupancy designation, and while it will remain 100% public housing, it will not be 100% senior housing. Seniors, however, will have preference. He reviewed the future development of both public and mixed income housing, which will begin to be occupied in October 2007, and said that they had received a #37.3 million PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) from the Federal government for public infrastructure, the opening of I Street and the removal of the trash transfer station. He said that DCDHC was working with DC Public Schools for the joint redevelopment of Van Ness, keeping the school at the same location.
5. New Business
Supplemental Stadium Surface Parking
Joel Lawson of the DC Office of Planning appeared before the Commission to request support for an emergency Zoning Commission application for potential surface parking lots for use by season ticket holders for the ballpark, for a period of five years. The hearing was scheduled for May 21st.
Mr. Lawson presented a plan showing seven lots, all but two east of South Capitol Street and the remaining two on Buzzards Point. They could provide 3,375 parking spaces, which would be assigned to season ticket holders and would be distributed by the Nationals on a geographic basis. He said the plan had been reviewed by DDOT and DCRA, and was based on the traffic plan prepared for the stadium. The lots would be replaced by underground parking in new buildings. He said the lots would be available three hours before and after events at the stadium, would be lit, and would probably be available to the public on days when there was no event at the stadium.
The discussion by the Commission focused on traffic patterns, particularly around the Southwest lots, the fact that the stadium parking plan was flawed, and the use of residential streets for stadium traffic. Motion: Commissioner Litsky moved/Commissioner Skolnik seconded a motion to oppose the OP plan for supplementary parking for the stadium before the Zoning Commission and to authorize Commissioner Litsky to represent the Commission in the matter. The motion passed 5-0-2, with Commissioners McBee and Hamilton abstaining.
6. Committee Reports
Community Outreach and Grants
Southwester Newspaper Boxes
The Southwester newspaper submitted a proposal to the Commission for a $1000 grant to acquire 10 newspaper boxes in order to expand the distribution of the paper at locations throughout the Southwest community. Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to approve the grant. It passed 7-0.
KidSafe Class Trip
KidSafe, an after-school program for children from Bowen and Amidon Schools, requested $1000 to provide a day trip for 20 of the program’s children. The money will be used to rent a DC Ducks vehicle for a city tour, and a bus to transport the children and chaperones to and from Union Station. Motion: Mr. Sobelsohn made/Mr. Skolnik seconded a motion to approve the grant. It passed 7-0.
Potbelly Sandwich Works Update
Commissioner Sobelsohn reported that he had reached an agreement with Potbelly Sandwich Works that resolves a problem with one section of the previous agreement, and provides an additional job fair for Southwest students. Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to approve the agreement. It passed 7-0.
St. Augustine’s Church Ramp
Commissioner Sobelsohn reported that the Office of the Attorney General had issued a ruling on whether the ANC could give a grant to a church. The opinion, however, had not been formally sent to the ANC office, and so the grant will be on the agenda of the next meeting. The OAG says the ANC can give a grant to St. Augustine’s.
Alcoholic Beverage and Licensing
Commissioner Skolnik reported receiving a notice from ABRA that Jenny’s will have a license renewal hearing at the end of July. The issue was given to Committee Chair Alan Holland for action.
There was no Development Committee report.
Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/Commissioner Sobelsohn seconded a motion to approve the minutes for March. It passed 4-0-2, with Commissioners Sobelsohn and Siegel abstaining.
Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/Commissioner McBee seconded a motion to approve the minutes for April. It passed 8-1, with Commissioner Sobelsohn abstaining.
8. Treasurer’s Report
Commissioner Skolnik presented the Treasurer's Report for April 9-May 14, 2007. A copy of his report is attached to these minutes. ANC 6D has $40,730.33 in current funds. The savings account has $5,133.53, including an interest payment of $2.11. The report includes expenses submitted for approval staff salary, $554.10 (Check #312), $108.04 to Verizon for telephone services (Check #313); $90 to St. Augustine’s Church for space rental (Check #314); $27.00 to the DC Treasurer for State withholding (Check #315); $275.40 to the US Treasury, for Federal withholding (Check #316); $122.55 to Robert Siegel for office supplies (Check #317); $100 to Roberta Weiner for petty cash (Check #318); $17.87 to Andy Litsky for office supplies (Check #319);and $992.18 to MPD-ID CAC for a Teen Summit grant (Check #320) Motion: Commissioner Skolnik made/Commissioner McBee seconded a motion to approve the May report and to authorize payment of the expenses. The motion passed 7-0.
Motion: Commissioner Skolnik made/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to approve the Quarterly Report for the second quarter of FY07. It passed 5-1, with Commissioner Sobelsohn in opposition.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 pm.