CM Allen, Status of DC General on the June 25 Hill East Task Force Agenda

June 24, 2015

On Thursday, June 25, ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force will meet from 6:30-8pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave SE).

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will be in attendance to share his views on the issues affecting Hill East and to take questions.

The task force will also hear about the city’s plans to close the temporary emergency family shelter at DC General from Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services Brenda Donald and Laura Zeilinger, Director of the DC Department of Human Services.


Watkins Garden Work Day This Sat., June 13

June 11, 2015

If you have an hour to spare this Saturday, spend it volunteering at the Watkins Elementary Garden Work Day. Volunteers will be mulching, building trellises, raking, digging, etc. from 10 am – 1 pm. The award-winning gardens are a great learning resource for Watkins students and help beautify the school grounds. All are welcome!

Again, the Watkins Garden Work Day is this Sat., June 13, 10 am – 1 pm at the school (12th & E Streets SE).

If you have any questions, contact Barbara Percival (bobperciva@yahoo.com).


Attend the June 1 Community Meeting on Public Safety

May 31, 2015

Metropolitan Police District First District Commander Jeff Brown will provide an update on recent criminal activity in Hill East at a community meeting on Monday, June 1, 7 pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave SE). If you have questions or concerns to share with MPD or just want to hear how MPD is addressing the recent uptick in crime, please attend this important meeting.


Attend My Neighborhood Town Hall this Thurs., May 28

May 26, 2015

I’m hosting a Neighborhood Town Hall meeting this Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8 pm at Historic Congressional Cemetery Chapel (1801 E Street SE). Representatives from the Goldstar Group and NOVO Development will be on hand to provide updates on their projects at 1500 and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave SE, respectively. Washington Gas representatives will also provide an update on the gas line replacement happening on 17th and D Streets SE. And I’ll provide updates on Reservation 13, Eastern Branch Building, 17th Street Safety Improvements and other issues.

Please bring your questions and concerns to the meeting. Use the main gate located at 18th & Potomac Ave SE to enter the cemetery.

Hope to see you there!


ANC 6B May Meeting Recap

May 24, 2015

Here is a brief recap of major actions at the May 12, 2015 ANC 6B meeting:

  • The commission voted unanimously to send a letter (pdf) to the District Department of Transportation and the District Department of Environment asking the agencies to include Freedom Way SE in the District’s Green Alley Program. A big thanks to John Cochran and Caryn Ernst, residents of 15th Street SE, who have helped organize this resident-driven effort.
  • ANC 6B voted unanimously to send comments (pdf) to the Marine Barracks Washington voicing support for Alternatives 4 and 5 for the new site of a Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) for the Barracks. Alternatives 4 and 5 are located on sites already on federal property (Alternative 4 is located in the Washington Navy Yard while Alternative 5 is located at the current site of the Marine Annex). ANC 6B strongly opposes Alternatives 1,2 and 3, sites ripe for retail and residential development. You can read more about MBW’s plans for a new BEQ at http://www.mbweis.com/.
  • The commission voted unanimously to support a new liquor license (pdf) for Elaine’s One, a new restaurant by the owner of Rose’s Luxury slated to open at 715 8th Street SE. The commission and the applicant signed a settlement agreement outlining key issues related to hours, noise and trash.
  • The commission voted to support a number of liquor store liquor license renewal requests, including renewals for World Wine & Spirits (1453 Pennsylvania Ave SE), S&J Liquors (1500 Massachusetts Avenue SE) and Albert’s Liquors (328 Kentucky Ave SE). All three of these applicants agreed to sign settlement agreements with ANC 6B. You can review the letters and settlement agreements of all the May cases on the ANC 6B website.
  • Metropolitan Police Department First District Commander Jeff Brown shared an update on public safety and crime trends in the neighborhood. Commander Brown referenced an increase in burglaries in PSA 108, which covers a good portion of Hill East (and all of 6B09). MPD is putting additional resources into areas seeing a spike in crime, particularly violent crime. As always, MPD encourages attendees to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
  • After an attendee said she was put on hold by 911 after hearing gun shots near her home, Commissioner Denise Krepp (6B10) asked the commission to add a letter to the Office of Unified Communications, which oversees 911, to the agenda, to relay this troubling incident. The commission voted unanimously to send a letter (pdf) to OUC. Representatives from Mayor Bowser’s office and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen’s office also said they would follow-up on the issue.
  • ANC 6B’s June meeting will be on Tues., June 9, 7pm at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE).

Friday Quick Takes: Hill East Task Force, Town Hall, Cinematery, Capitol Hill Classic

May 15, 2015
  • On Thurs., May 21, ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force will hold a meeting from 6:30-8 pm at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave SE). Topics include a discussion on crime and public safety in the neighborhood with PSA 108 Lt. James Dykes and an update from Donatelli Development on plans for Hill East/Reservation 13.
  • I’ll be holding a Neighborhood Town Hall meeting on Thurs., May 28, 6:30-8 pm at the Congressional Cemetery Chapel (1801 E Street SE). Representatives from Goldstar Group and NOVO Development will be on hand to provide updates and answer questions related to their respective projects at 1500 and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Representatives from Washington Gas will also provide an update on their pipe replacement project on the 300 block of 17th and 1700 block of D Streets SE. And, as always, I will open the floor for any questions on city or neighborhood issues.
  • Tonight (Fri., May 15), Congressional Cemetery is hosting its first “Cinematery,” an opportunity to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds  under the stars. Gates open at 7:30 pm and the movie begins at 8:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10.
  • The 36th Annual Capitol Hill Classic is this Sunday, May 17. The CHC is an annual fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster School. You can learn more and register for the 10K, 3K and fun run on the CHC website. Be advised that the race will close East Capitol Street between roughly 8:30 am and 11 am so plan your travel accordingly.
  • If you have not already done so, please visit the much improved ANC 6B website and sign up to receive e-mail notifications of commission meetings and other events. Just type your e-mail address in the box in the top right hand corner of the homepage.

ANC 6B April Meeting Recap

April 30, 2015

Due to DCPS spring break, ANC 6B moved our monthly meeting from April 14 to April 20. Here are highlights from the meeting:

  • The commission voted unanimously to send a letter (pdf) to DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson with comments on Mayor Bowser’s FY16 budget plan. While supportive of the Mayor’s proposed funding to replace and close DC General and for Reservation 13/Hill East infrastructure, ANC 6B noted its opposition to continued delays for modernization funding at Ward 6 schools, including funding for Eliot-Hine and Jefferson Academy Middle Schools.
  • ANC 6B voted 10-0 to send a letter (pdf) to the DC Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency expressing the commission’s disappointment with the lack of agency coordination evident during the 2015 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon event. Absent proactive measures by the event sponsor and city to address major shortfalls, the commission will not support this event in 2016.
  • The commission voted unanimously to send the District Department of Transportation a letter (pdf) urging the department to restore funding for  projects awarded under its 2014 Performance Parking Zone Community Benefits Program.
  • The commission considered and voted on a number of historic preservation and Board of Zoning Adjustment cases related to specific properties. Information on these cases are included in the commission’s April meeting packet (pdf) and final votes and letters are posted on the commission’s website.
  • I was elected by my colleagues to serve as chair of the ANC 6B Outreach & Constituent Services Task Force. The task force works to strengthen the commission’s communication strategies and tackles issues not in the purview of other ANC 6B committees and task forces. A big thanks to my commission colleagues for their support.
  • Representatives from the District Department of the Environment provided an update on their Anacostia River Clean Up Project. DDOE is currently testing sediment in the river to determine the level and source of contaminants. Once testing is complete, DDOE will identify potential remedial actions and work to fund clean up efforts. The DDOE website includes more information about the project.
  • ANC 6B’s May meeting will be on Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm at the Hill Center.

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