More than 250 people attended a recent meeting of ANC 2E where Alcoholic Beverage Control Board member Frank J. Zampatori and council members John Ray (D-At Large) and John Wilson (D-Ward 2) heard complaints about the proliferation of liquor licences in Georgetown. An ANC spokeswoman said the three city officials said that a placing a cap on the number in Georgetown licenses would only offer "short-term relief" and that better monitoring and enforcement of ABC regulations citywide was the solution. The spokeswoman said the council members also said the city plans to study how licenses are issued and enforced with an eye toward revising current regulations to better protect neighborhoods.
The ANC voted not to oppose a request before the Board of Zoning Adjustment to build a brick porch onto a residence at 2750 Q St. NW.
The commission also voted not to oppose the closing of an alley known as Warehouse Place that runs along the western side of the Georgetown Park shopping mall. The closing is necessary to make way for Georgetown Park Phase II, a proposed new development of shops and restaurants. The commissioners said they would not oppose the closing if the developers agreed to include a ramp from M street into the Georgetown Park garage in the plan and to pay the city a fair market price for the land. The ANC also has asked the city to study the impact of the proposal on traffic on M Street.
The commission also voted not to oppose a request by Washington Harbor Associates to formally close a portion of Virginia Avenue west of Rock Creek Park that only exists on paper if the developers agree to pay the city a fair market price for the land. The land is needed to provide space for construction of a hotel and office complex proposed along the waterfront between 29th and 31st streets NW.