Around 20 residents spent a portion of their Valentine’s Day with ANC 6B at our monthly meeting. And it was a long one…three and a half hours!
Here are the highlights:
- I announced that Mayor Gray has agreed to participate in a community meeting on Reservation 13 and that I would work with colleagues in ANCs 7A, 7D, 6A and our commission to schedule the meeting. Mayor Gray continues to negotiate with Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins to put a training facility on the site. I voiced concern that a deal to build such a facility could threaten the community-supported master plan for Res. 13.
- The Commission heard a presentation from Tamara Haye Daufour, foundind director of HayeGirl, a 501(c)3 organization that teaches financial planning, small business development and self-reliance to military families, low-income individuals, disadvantaged business owners, at-risk youth and other underserved members of the community. You can learn more about the organization at www.hayegirl.org.
- ANC 6B unanimously approved a letter (pdf) asking DDOT to repair the broken fence at Barney Circle SE as part of the consent agenda. Thanks to Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, chair, and Keith Smith, 6B09 resident member, for their help with and support for the letter. I’m hopeful that DDOT will finally fix this dangerous eyesore.
- The commission unanimously approved the renewal of the ANC 6B Hill East Task Force and elected me to serve once again as the task force chair. I appreciate my colleagues continued support for the task force and I’m looking forward to holding additional task force meetings on issues affecting our neighborhood. The Outreach and Constituent Services Task Force was also renewed for an additional year.
- In the absence of signed voluntary agreements, ANC 6B voted to continue protesting the liquor license renewals for Pennsylvania Avenue Market (1501 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) and Southeast Market (1500 Independence Avenue SE). Owners of both establishments will not agree to stop selling two and three packs of beer unless their competition also agrees to do so. In March, ANC 6B will consider a formal position banning the sale of singles, two packs and three packs of alcohol in our commission area.
- The commission voted in support of the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon after organizers agreed to dump the idea of a parking ban on East Capitol Street and provided additional information on the event’s traffic and trash management. During the race, which will take place on Saturday, March 17, MPD will allow traffic to cross East Capitol at 15th and 17th Streets when runners are not present. Organizers also said that the 2013 race would begin and end in a different ward. View the marathon map.
- Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter to DDOT (pdf) outlining concerns with the Hine Redevelopment Transportation Impact Study. The letter asks DDOT to request that the developers address a number of concerns, including parking, pedestrian safety and how corrective measures will be implemented post construction.
- The commission unanimously renewed the terms of all committee and task force resident members. Thanks to Ksenia Kaladiouk (Planning & Zoning), Keith Smith (Transportation), Kate Wall (Hill East), Darren Cole (Outreach) and Evan McCarthy (Outreach) for volunteering to be 6B09 resident members.
- ANC 6B’s March meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm at the Hill Center.
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