October 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
The meeting convened at approximately 7:40 PM. Commissioners Bender, McHugh and Quinn were present.
Announcements / Open Forum– opportunity for members of the community to raise issues of concern or importance to the 3E neighborhood
A constituent raised concerns about the cost of parking near the Wilson Pool.
Presentation by 2nd District Police
Lt. Hill from the 2nd District provided an update on crime trends in the area. Hill reported that the armed robbery at Steak ‘n Egg restaurant on September 27 is under investigation. Two individuals with firearms demanded money. One fired a shot inside the establishment but no one was hurt, Hill reported.
Discussion of and possible vote on grant proposal by Lisner Louise Dickson Hurt Home for support of Zoo Day
At the last meeting, Debbie Lyle, Development Coordinator of Lisner-Louise-Dickson Hurt Home presented a grant request to support their annual fun-fest day. They are asking for a $1458.48 grant to help fund the art supplies for the event on October 29, 11 am – 2 pm. The event is co-hosted by Northwest Neighbors Village and Friendship Children’s Center. Commissioner Quinn moved a motion to support the grant request. The motion was approved 3-0.
Discussion of and possible vote on resolution in support of Tenley Tiger Run
Judy Corcillo, a Wilson High School parent presented the race course and associated road closures for the third Tenley Tiger Run to benefit Wilson’s track teams. The race will take place on Sunday, April 2 and will go around Ft Reno and through the surrounding neighborhood. Commissioner Bender moved a motion to approve the resolution supporting the race. The motion was approved 3-0.
Presentation by Tenleytown Main Street of grant application for Winterfest
Leigh Catherine Miles presented a grant request for $1,240 to pay for promotional materials including banners, advertisements and posters. Commissioner Bender noted that he would not participate in the decision process for the grant because he serves on the board of the applicant, Tenleytown Main Street (TMS), and the grant would involve a transfer of funds from the Commission to TMS. Commission generally hears a request one month and votes on it the following month.
Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding renewal application for liquor license for The Capital Wine School, Civil, and Chad’s
Commissioner Bender stated that the Commission does not normally take action for liquor license renewals (as opposed to new applications) unless there are complaints about an establishment. No concerns were brought to the commissioners in advance of the meeting about the three establishments, commissioners had no outstanding concerns, and no concerns were raised from those in attendance. Accordingly, no action was taken on these renewals.
Presentation by UIP of initial revised plans for mixed-use development at 4620 Wisconsin Ave.
Brook Katzen, Vice President of development for UIP presented their updated plans for 4620-24 Wisconsin Ave. He stated that the owner of 4624 Wisconsin Ave decided not to sell the property to UIP. As such, the footprint for the project has decreased by 12%. This project now consists of two lots of land that will be combined into a single building. The mixed-use building will be 90-feet high with approximately 136 apartments and 12,000 sq. ft. of retail. They plan to use the existing building at 4620 Wisconsin Ave and tear down and rebuild the building at 4622 Wisconsin Ave. UIP plans to file a Planned Unit Development (PUD) application with the Zoning Commission this winter. Commissioner Bender asked UIP to work with nearby residents to obtain shadow studies and other information, and to return to the Commission as needed to explore the project further. Mr. Katzen agreed.
Presentation by WMATA regarding conceptual development plan for the Tenleytown Station Access Improvement Study
Officials from the WMATA announced that they have settled on a concept design to upgrade and reshape the street and sidewalk area on Albemarle St adjacent to the Tenleytown Metro station and 40th Street and Fort Drive between Albemarle and Brandywine Street. The plan would expand pedestrian space around the bus stops on 40th Street NW behind the Metro station and add a four-way stop at Albemarle St and Fort Drive. The cost of the project would be $15 million and WMATA is asking the DC Council to pay for the improvements. Commissioners thanked WMATA for its work on an area in need of improvement. Nonetheless, commissioners also expressed concerns about substantive aspects of the project, the project’s costs and who should bear them, and whether other DDOT projects should be prioritized over this one.
Presentation by Pepco regarding proposed rate increase
A representative from Pepco announced a proposed rate increase of 5.25%. The independent Public Service Commission sets electric rates in the city and the body will hold hearings on the proposed rate increase in late January.
- Approval of September 2016 meeting minutes – Commissioner Bender moved to approve the September 2016 meeting minutes. The motion was approved 3-0-0.
- Approval of budget for fiscal 2017 – Commissioner Quinn moved and to approve the 2017 fiscal budget. The motion was approved 3-0-0.
- Approval of expenditures – Commissioner Quinn moved that The Commission approve payments of $531.25 to Sherry Cohen for administrative support and $13.07 for copying, $155.88 to Blue Host for ANC 3E’s web hosting and $1458.58 to the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt home for the previously approved grant. The expenditures were approved 3-0-0.
The meeting was then adjourned.