03 May 2018


Updates from your ANC Commissioners

The DC flag. Photo by María Helena Carey, via Instagram.

We periodically share updates from your ANC commissioners, edited for brevity and clarity. Although these are most pertinent to particular single member districts (SMDs), the information shared can be of interest to the whole Capitol Hill community. Are you an ANC commissioner who shares regular updates? Please add info@thehillishome.com to your distribution list –María Helena Carey

From Kelly Waud, ANC 6B07

This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for: Come join the 11th Street Bridge Park as they build an urban garden at Hopkins on Saturday May 5! For more information, visit Bridgepark.org/HopkinsGardens

From Nick Burger, ANC 6B06

Here’s the application [for the Safeway project, also known as Beckert’s park] online: https://planning.dc.gov/node/1241516. I’m not sure that’s the most recent version, but it has the basics. I haven’t seen a recent revision since we sent in our comments. (For the most recent version, click here.)

Major construction will start in late-June or July, and they’re aiming to have the Safeway reopen by Q2 2020, with the project complete in Q3 (I believe those are the right dates). No updates on retail operators other than Safeway. Foulger-Pratt is coordinating with Insight and Opal/Ditto to manage construction impacts on the immediate neighborhood.

Foulger-Pratt will have an email list going forward, which will be the best way to keep up to date. (In this case they put fliers in mailboxes on the adjacent streets). Send an email to Kofi Meroe, kmeroe@foulgerpratt.com to get added.

From Scott Price, ANC 6C03

Impact of large construction projects
As I ‘ease on down the road’ into ANC-retirement, I’ll unload archives that others might find useful.  Attached is my list of issues that affect neighbors during large construction projects, which has been iteratively improved over the last 6 years.  A PDF version can be accessed here: Construction management issues in ANC6C03 July 10, 2017.
Clarification of DC recycling rules.

Thanks to ANC6B04 Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg for the following cogent summary of new DC recycling information: The Dept of Public Works (DPW) has set up a new website https://zerowaste.dc.gov/ where you can get all and any information on reducing waste, recycling, composting, and special waste handling.  Plus residential trash collection schedules.  The website has a search function for any waste type.  I asked about a fire extinguisher and the answer was to take it to Fort Totten.

From Denise Krepp, ANC 6B10

Pat Taylor

Pat Taylor is a long-time Hill East resident and a member of the Hilleast Task Force.  Larry Janezich recently wrote an excellent article about her which can be found at  https://capitolhillcorner.org/2018/04/20/hilleaster-pat-taylor-talks-about-her-path-to-activism/
Reservation 13
The Reservation 13 ribbon cutting referenced below has been canceled. I’m disappointed with this decision as the event would have given neighbors an opportunity to talk with the Mayor about her vision for the property.
At the Hill East Taskforce meeting last week, Chris Donatelli briefed neighbors on the construction of the F-1 and G-1 parcels.  He promised to share the following information with neighbors:

  • number of units in each building; number of affordable units in each building and expected rent price for the affordable units; expected rent rate for remainder of the units
  • construction schedule for each building
  • efforts to limit dust
  • bating protocols
  • construction point of contact
  • name of the general contractor
  • parking spaces for non-Ward 6 visitors

Events DC shared with neighbors on Monday night that it is making progress on the soccer fields and this news was greeted with applause.
Events DC then announced that it was turning Lot 8 into a go-kart course, which raised a lot of eyebrows.  Neighbors expressed concern about pollution and noise.
Neighbors also shared concerns with Events DC about the lack of parking enforcement last Saturday during the Broccoli City Festival.  Erik Moses, Events DC Senior VP, agreed to set up a meeting with DPW, Events DC, and myself to the need to ensure the parking enforcement is on site for events larger than 10,000 attendees.
Neighborhood clean- up: May 5th
The next neighborhood clean-up is May 5th. Volunteers are meeting at seven locations:

  • 15th St 7-Eleven
  • Historic Congressional Cemetery
  • Fulcrum real estate agency on G St
  • Frager’s Hardware
  • Trusty’s Bar
  • The Pretzel Bakery
  • The Capital Candy Jar.

Please RSVP by emailing CleanCapHill@gmail.com if you can lend a hand.

DC School Enrollment Fraud
ANC6B is voting next week on a letter I wrote to Mayor Bowser asking what she is doing to address the flagrant school enrollment fraud highlighted by the Washington Post.  I wrote the letter because like many of you, I provide copious documents to DCPS to prove that I and my children are DC residents.  The fact that so many DCPS employees broke the rules is infuriating and Mayor Bowser must address the situation.

CrimeANC6B will also be voting on a letter to the US Attorney for DC.
In 2016, I sued DOJ for prosecution data related to crimes occurring in Washington, DC.  DOJ provided the information in December 2016 and I assumed that the information was accurate.

In January 2018, DOJ reps and I were on a panel at GWU discussing the prosecution of campus rape.  I shared the DOJ information with the GWU students and the DOJ reps claimed that it was inaccurate.  Puzzled by this response, I sent a letter to DOJ in February seeking clarification.

In March, the US Attorney for DC gave a presentation to ANC6B.  During the q and a period, I asked her about my February letter.  We’re working on it, she replied.

It’s May and I haven’t received a response so ANC6B is voting on a letter that will be sent inquiring when DOJ will respond.


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