The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C zoning and community planning committee will hold a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marie Reed Training Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss development plans for the Reed-Cooke neighborhood, located in the area of 17th Street and Kalorama Road NW.
The ANC 1C zoning and community planning committee also will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the ANC office, 2425 18th St. NW.
The ANC 1C human services committe will hold a community meeting on the homeless at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Marie Reed Training Center.
ANC 1C commissioners voted Sept. 2 to write a letter to D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr., reaffirming the commission's opposition to the suicide barrier railings on the Duke Ellington Bridge, where Calvert Street NW crosses Rock Creek Park. In June, the commissioners said they were opposed to the barrier railings because there have been suicides since they were installed.
The commissioners have said that the money spent on the railings should have been spent on a mental health outreach program that would, among other things, have paid for installing emergency suicide hot line phones on the bridge.
Last week, the commissioners said they plan to write a second letter to the mayor stating their concerns about the growing number of residences in the Adams Morgan area that have been converted into bed and breakfast facilities. The commissioners say there are too many of the profit-making facilities in the area.
The commissioners also voted Sept. 2 to support a proposal by the D.C. Office of Planning before the D.C. Zoning Commisssion that would to require owners of buildings in historic districts to provide more parking spaces than are currently provided, and to require stricter loading and unloading procedures at those buildings. A public hearing on the proposal was scheduled to be held July 16 by the Zoning Commission. The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Monday. Currently, buildings in historic districts have more lenient parking and loading requirements than buildings in nonhistoric areas.
ANC 2B commissioners voted Sept. 9 to support the planned Oct. 1 March on Washington to support gay rights. The ANC and the March on Washington Committee will sponsor a meeting Sept. 30 at St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St. NW, to provide information about the march's objectives.
The commissioners also took the following actions: voted to oppose a request by Four Ways Restaurant, at 1701 20th St. NW, for the D.C. Zoning Commission to reconsider its recent decision to prohibit commercial development at the restaurant site. The restaurant had sought permission to build an additional commercial establishment there. Although the restaurant is in an area zoned for residential use, it has permission to operate there through a combination of D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment approvals and existing zoning regulations. The commissioners said the building should remain zoned for residential use because it is in a residential neighborhood. voted to support an application to the BZA by Demetriou and Associates to house a professional urban design firm at 19th and Q streets NW. That building is currently zoned for residential use and use by a nonprofit organization. voted to support an application to the BZA by the National Education Association to construct an addition to an office building at 1201 16th St. NW. supported an application to the D.C. Office of Public Space by El Tropical Restaurant, at 1633 17th St. NW, to operate an unenclosed cafe on a public sidewalk. approved an application to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board by the Fishery Seafood Restaurant carry-out, at 1825 I St. NW, to sell beer and wine.voted to support an application to the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board by the International Student House, at 1825 R St. NW, to remove fire escapes at the building and to build a small enclosed section to connect two portions of the building.
ANC 2B will not meet at its regularly scheduled time Sept. 23 because of the Rosh Hashana holiday. The next meeting will be held Oct. 14.
ANC 2C commissioners voted Sept. 2 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by Ali Mortazavi to use a residentially zoned building at 1006 Sixth St. NW for wholesale and retail sales of variety goods, consumer electronics and tobacco goods. The commissioners stipulated that the building was not to be used exclusively as a warehouse. The BZA is scheduled to hold a public hearing Sept. 23 on the application.
The commissioners also voted to support a BZA application by the Amoco Oil Co. to build a new building to house a convenience store, and to install a canopy with lights over the pump area at a gasoline station at 1315-1327 Ninth St. NW. The commissioners asked that a barbed wire fence on the property be removed for safety reasons.
Also at the Sept. 2 meeting, the commissioners voted to support a proposal to the D.C. Redevelopment Land Agency by Square 677 Limited Partnership to purchase and develop two city-owned lots located behind the former D.C. Post Office building at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The partnership has proposed building to build an eight-story, 250,000-square-foot building at the site.
ANC 3G, at its July 27 meeting, approved the following grants to community organizations: $700 to Iona House to publish a resources handbook for senior citizens. $500 to the Jelleff Boys and Girls Club for youth activities. $300 to the Library Theater for the children's "summer storybuilders" reading program. $225 to Parent's United to pay for research. $200 to the Connecticut Avenue Community Garden Association to help pay for maintenance of the property on Connecticut Avenue between Military Road and Kanawha Street NW.
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ANC 4B will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the Fourth District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW.
ANC 5A will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Northeastern Presbyterian Church, 2112 Varnum St. NE. It will host a candidates' forum for at-large and Ward 5 D.C. School Board candidates.
The commissioners also will discuss community concerns about pit bull terrier dogs and reports of attacks by dogs of that breed throughout the country. The issues of irresponsible pit bull owners and what to do about nonvicious pit bulls also will be discussed.
ANC 6A commissioners, at their Sept. 3 meeting, approved a $1,000 grant to the Stanton Park Partnership, a nonprofit group, to help pay for maintenance of the Stanton Park playground, which is located in ANC 6A area.
At its Sept. 3 meeting, ANC 6B awarded the following grants to community origanizations: $100 to the Duke Ellington School for the Arts for the arts summer camp for children ages 3 to 12; $1,000 to the Katherine Fuller Community Church Constortium for community projects; $700 to Maury Elementary School for the gifted and talented education program; $700 to the Metropolitan Police Department Boys and Girls Club to send four children to summer camp from the ANC 6A area; $1,900 to Elliott Junior High School for after school programs; $500 to Miner Elementary School for after school programs, and $500 to the Library Theater for productions of reading oriented theater in libraries in the ANC 6A area.
ANC 8B will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the ANC office, Suite 1, 2629 Jasper St. SE. Thomas Dawes Jr., of the Realty Developers and Investors, will discuss his application to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment to build an apartment building and a convenience store in a residentially zoned lot at Alabama Avenue and Knox Place SE.