Oversight hearings on public housing problems, sponsored by Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 2D, 5B and 6B, will be held from l0 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent De Paul Church, South Capitol and M streets SE.
"We dealt a lot with complaints about lack of heat and hot water this winter, so we set up these hearings to try to gain an understanding of the problems of public housing--and the possible solutions," said Gottlieb Simon, executive director of ANC 2D (Near Southwest-Southeast). ANC 2D invited the city's other ANCs that contain public housing to be cosponsors; to date, ANC 5B (Ivy City-Trinidad) and ANC 6B (Capitol Hill-Southeast) have agreed to participate. Witnesses at the hearings will include public housing tenant groups, public housing officials and housing experts. A second hearing is scheduled for May 22 at the same time and place. For further information, call Gottlieb Simon at 554-1795.
In preparation for the city's cleanup of the Mount Pleasant area beginning May 17, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1E is urging residents to organize in groups to clean up alleys and yards this weekend. During the week of May 17 sanitation workers will remove large objects, lumber and other trash not normally picked up.
The ANC, which will hold no meeting this month, is still seeking longtime Mount Pleasant residents to participate in an oral history project. Old photographs and other memorabilia that may be copied are also wanted. Call the ANC office at 232-0092.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B will meet at 8 o'clock tonight at St. Thomas' Church, 1772 Church St. NW. Any resident with a question or problem will be first on the agenda. Other agenda items include a liquor license application for Cafe Dupont at 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW. (There will be a hearing on the application May 26 before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at 605 G St. NW.) Zoning applications for an addition to a building at 1763 R St. NW and for a restaurant at 1701 20th St. NW will also be discussed. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will hold hearings on both these cases at 2 p.m. May 26 at the District Buliding.
After a discussion of the proposed landmark designation of the Alexander Shepherd House at 1125 10th St. NW, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C decided not to take a stand on the issue. The majority of the commissioners were more interested in the development of the area than in the historic value of one house, according to ANC 2C chairman Louis R. Perkins.
The ANC voted to make an initial contribution of $200 to a senior citizens program headquartered in the Selby Apartments on North Capitol Street.
Near Southwest-Near Southeast
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2D is supporting the efforts of tenants of 96 row houses of the Arthur Capper public housing project to buy their homes. The tenants are exploring possible proposals with officials of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development and representatives of Ward 2 City Council member John Wilson.
The ANC has set up a committee to look into whether the Syphax Elementary School at Half and N streets SW should be closed, as proposed by the superintendent of schools. If the committee determines that the school should not remain an elementary school, it will explore the possibility of using it as a community school.
A change in the urban renewal plan for Southwest that would eliminate the need for a parking structure to serve the Washington Boat Lines pier has won ANC approval. The ANC also voted to support the city's plans to move some of the staff of the Department of Human Services into Waterside Mall, provided the city uses the lease as leverage to improve the mall's traffic and pedestrian circulation.
Candidates for the City Council will appear at a forum sponsored by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B at 7:30 tonight at St. Luke's Methodist Church, Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street NW. Candidates for mayor are scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.
American University Park-Friendship Heights
Neighbors have asked Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E for its endorsement of a proposed alley closing between Legation Street, 41st Street, 42nd Street and Military Road NW. The ANC will take up the matter at a meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday at Friendship Recreation Center, 45th and Van Ness streets NW. Also on the agenda is a petition from residents of 42nd Street NW who want speed bumps installed on 42nd Street between Fessenden Street and Military Road.
D.C. Department of Transportation officials told a meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C that the Franklin Street bridge would be repaired over the next six to eight months. Residents had complained that the bridge, which goes over the Metro tracks between Seventh and 10th streets NE, had deteriorated to a dangerous condition.
At the same meeting, city water officials explained how water bills are prepared and when the meters would be read in various parts of the ANC area. For information call the ANC office at 832-1965.
Area residents asked Department of Environmental Services officials to clear up confusion about the placement of "Supercans." The large, city-provided garbage cans are to be placed on public rather than private property.
Housing, crime and environmental services will be the topic of a town meeting sponsored by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7C at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bruce Evans Junior High School, 5600 East Capitol St. NE.