Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B has voted to oppose an attempt by the First Baptist Church to continue leasing its property in the 1500 block of O Street NW to Parking Management Inc. for operation of a commercial parking lot. The church's argument that it needs the parking lot, which is in a residential zone, to accommodate members on Sundays, recently was rejected by the D.C. Court of Appeals, which sent the case back to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment. The church appealed to the court to overturn the BZA's ruling that the parking lot was illegal in a residential zone.
The ANC also voted to support a change of zoning that would allow owners of the Last Hurrah bar at 1415 22nd St. NW to demolish the building and replace it with a residential building. The ANC support is contingent upon the owners signing an agreement pledging not to turn the building into a hotel.
The ANC voted to oppose a liquor license application for the St. Charles Hotel, formerly the Granite State Apartment Building at 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW, on the grounds that the building is in a residential zone and there are no parking facilities.