1C ADAMS MORGAN
At a meeting July 11, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C agreed to wait until after more discussions with local restaurateurs before it considers asking the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board to impose a moratorium and other restrictions on new liquor licenses in their area.
The ANC also announced the formation of a restaurant committee chaired by Roberto Alvarez, manager of Cafe Atlantico on Columbia Road NW, to discuss the moratorium and also a proposal to start a shuttle bus between Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park, Woodley Park and Mount Pleasant.
Some local restaurateurs have said they are interested in financing the shuttle, which they say could help bring them more business. The ANC has suggested establishing a bus loading area in the 2400 block of 18th St. NW to be reserved for the two shuttles from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
At the meeting, the ANC also agreed to support plans to widen the Taft bridge and install pedestrian guard rails and widen sidewalks on the bridge.
1D SHERIDAN KALORAMA
ANC 1D has recessed for the summer. Any resident with matters needing immediate attention should contact the ANC office at 332-2394.
1E MOUNT PLEASANT
At a meeting July 10, ANC 1E took the following actions:
Voted to support a BZA application by Mildred Logan to increase the number of elderly residents from 19 to 25 at a nursing facility at 1715-17 Kilbourne St. NW.
Voted to ask the BZA to postpone a hearing on a request by GAP Inc. to move its day-care center from the Marie Reed Elementary School, 2200 Champlain St. NW, to 3060 16th St. NW. Under existing regulations, the proposed site would be allowed a maximum of 25 children and GAP wants to increase the capacity to 83. Commissioners said that unless they were granted more time to discuss community concerns over increased parking and traffic, they would oppose the request.
Set a July 31st deadline for applications from residents interested in serving on the board of directors for Mainstreet Inc., an organization devoted to revitalizing Mount Pleasant Street NW. Applicants will be asked to speak at the Aug. 7 ANC meeting.
The ANC will hold a forum for mayoral candidates at 7 p.m. July 26 at Sacred Heart Church, 16th Street and Park Road. NW. For information, call the ANC at 462-3595.
2B DUPONT CIRCLE
At a meeting July 11, ANC 2B took the following actions:
Reviewed a request by Rascals, 1520 Connecticut Ave. NW, to renew its liquor license and to change its classification from a restaurant to a nightclub. The ANC voted not to oppose the request as long as the establishment does not change its operating hours and agrees to police the area after closing for loiterers. It must also agree not to post a sign advertising nude dancing.
Supported a BZA application by Papua New Guinea to establish a chancery at 1615 New Hampshire Ave. NW on the condition that the chancery agree not to ask for reserved on-street parking.
Supported a BZA application by Zimbabwe for a chancery at 1608 New Hampshire Ave. NW on the condition that the chancery not ask for reserved on-street parking.
Commissioners also decided to meet again this month at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St. NW, to discuss a revised proposal for a mixed-use complex that exceeds zoning restrictions at 22nd and N streets NW, and to review a revised conceptual design for a mixed-use building proposed for the southwest corner of 18th and R streets NW.
At a meeting July 10, ANC 2E took the following actions:
Agreed to send a letter to the D.C. Office of Recycling requesting a voluntary glass and aluminum recycling drop-off site in their area.
Voted to reaffirm the ANC's opposition to a developer's revised request to build an office/condominium complex at 901 30th St. NW, on the waterfront. Commissioners said they are concerned about the height and mass of the proposed building and its possible negative traffic and environmental impacts.
3B GLOVER PK.-BURLEITH-FOXHALL VILLAGE
At a meeting July 11, ANC 3B voted not to oppose the revised proposal by architect Robert Bell for refurbishing the Archbold Cabin, the oldest log cabin in the District, and develop its surrounding property.
After the community resisted Bell's initial proposal to build eight neo-Georgian-style homes on the site, Bell agreed to scale back his plans and build only three smaller houses with facades that will complement the old cabin. He also agreed to save 80 percent of the trees, maintain the site's natural contours and locate a driveway leading to the houses as far from the cabin as possible.
The ANC voted 4-to-1 to support Bell's revised plan, which is now before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board.
However, the Foxhall Citizens Association has not embraced the plan. Valerie Lynn, a resident of Hoban Road, which is adjacent to the Archbold site, said the immediate neighbors want Bell to scale his plan back even further and build only one house. Bell said this was not economically feasible. The cabin, located on a wooded site at Reservoir and Foxhall roads, is a historic landmark, and any proposal for the site must be approved by the review board.
The ANC will not meet again until Sept. 12, when it will hold a town meeting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Calvert Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW.
3C FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS
ANC 3C will meet at 8 p.m. July 23 at the Second District Police Station at Idaho Avenue and Newark Street NW for the following:
Discuss a developer's plans for Alban Towers, a decorative, old apartment building at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. An application, backed by the ANC, to protect the property as a landmark is now before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, and commission members have said they would like plans for the property to include restoring it.
Discuss the Ward 3 comprehensive plan, the city's new interpretation of land use for the ward. The city has given the ANC a deadline for submitting comments on the plan. Some commissioners are critical of the ward plan, saying it should address economic development issues in addition to land-use issues.
3G CHEVY CHASE
ANC 3G met July 9 and did the following:
ufwenrboxVoted to write the Alcoholic and Beverage Control Board to ask for a ruling on whether the liquor license for the Fishery Restaurant at 5511 Connecticut Ave. still applies now that the restaurant has moved to 5505 Connecticut Ave.
Discussed a request by Stephen and Lynn Olson to build a rear addition to their house at 3208 Jocelyn St. NW.
4D PETWORTH-NORTHWEST BOUNDARY
At its July 10 meeting, ANC 4D postponed a discussion on whether to ask the Department of Public Works to install low-sodium light bulbs in the teardrop-shaped street light globes in Ward 3 instead of replacing the tear-drop lights with cobra-shaped "anti-crime" lights. The low-sodium light bulbs are of equal energy-efficient value as the "anti-crime" lights. For more information, call 829-3614.
6A CAPITOL HILL-NORTHEAST
ANC 6A will hold a Ward 6 D.C. Council candidate's forum 7 p.m. Wednesday at Maury Elementary School, 13th and Constitution Ave. NE, in the auditorium. For further information, contact the ANC office at 544-3637.
7A FAR NORTHEAST
ANC 7A cancelled its June 28th meeting to discuss development around the Mayfair Mansions housing project due to a lack of interest.
At its July 11 meeting, ANC 7D met with the Fort Dupont Civic Association and a representative from Giant Food Inc. to discuss a proposal to demolish the Senator Theater, 3950 Minnesota Ave. NE, to make way for a new shopping center and a larger Giant supermarket.
The Art Deco Society of Washington has asked the city to save the theater from demolition by declaring it a historic landmark. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board was scheduled yesterday to hold a public hearing on the matter. ANC Commissioner James Onley Sr. said the ANC and the Fort Dupont Civic Association support the theater demolition.
For more information, call 399-1036.
At a meeting July 9, ANC 8A did the following:
Discussed a proposal to move the ANC office from 2912 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE to free space in the closed Nichols Avenue school at the corner of Howard Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. ARCH, a housing advocacy group, is leasing a portion of the school and has offered to rearrange their space to provide for the ANC office.
Commissioner Alber Pearsall said the ANC sent a letter to Ward 8 School Board member Calvin Lockridge asking the Board of Education to support the ANC sharing of the ARCH space, but as of last week, the ANC has received no response.
Announced that the building going up at 2441 Elvins Rd. SE, across from the Elvins Road public housing row houses, is being built by the city and will be a residential facility for eight mentally retarded residents, although it is not clear if they would be children or adults. Several commissioners proposed asking the city for more information and assurances that the people living there will not pose a threat to the community.
The ANC helped stage a rally last Thursday protesting the closing of Moten Elementary School. The rally was in front of the school. Commissioner Pearsall said the ANC is supporting opponents of the closing because they believe more families with grade school students are moving into the area and that the school will be needed again in a few years.