Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B is supporting the tenants of the Greystone at 1815 18th St. NW in their attempt to buy the apartment building. The owner wants to tear down the building and construct an office building, but under the District's rental law, owners who want to demolish residential buildings must give tenants the right of first refusal.The ANC and the tenants will plead their case before the D.C. Rental Accommodations Office.
At its last meeting, the ANC voted to support proposed legislation to expand the makeup of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and to prohibit D.C. government employes from serving on the board.
Zoning continues to be a major issue in the Dupont Circle community. Although the ANC recently won a case before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment against an owner who wanted to convert a residential building at 1701 New Hampshire Ave. NW to office use, an ANC survey found that in 23 out of 24 recent cases the zoning board did not give "great weight" to ANC testimony. Under the law setting up the ANCs, D.C. government agencies are required to give "great weight" to ANC input.Zoning violations in the neighborhood will be discussed at the ANC's next meeting, July 22 at 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St. NW.