Alex Baca will be writing about community and development issues for Borderstan, including occasional reports on local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. She also writes for the Housing Complex blog at Washington City Paper.
The famously sprawling ANC 1B (Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Pleasant Plains, Shaw/U Street, and University Heights) held its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 6, at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW.
Amongst the slew of liquor license applications and renewals, the evening’s agenda also included the public safety report and design reviews of the African American Civil War Memorial Museum.
The United Negro College Fund’s agreement to occupy the site between S and T at 7th Street NW started the meeting on a high note. The Shaw space was intended to house Radio One, which backed out in February. UNCF’s forthcoming move elicited quite a few smiles from the commissioners—as well as a unanimous move to write a letter to the City Council supporting a potential $1.5 million tax abatement for UNCF.
Liquor License Requests: Masa 14’s Rooftop Deck
But things heated up as representatives from local establishments came forth to request liquor licenses. Masa 14 had their request protested in the name of “parking, peace, and quiet” alongside potential neighborhood newcomers GII and The Florida Cafe. The commission, as is typical, recommended that the businesses attempt to reach a voluntary agreement with the neighborhood associations before coming before the ANC.
At its March 11 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle approved a committee report on the future of the 17th Street liquor license moratorium. (Read March 4 Borderstan posting here on the issue.) The vote was 9 to 0 by ANC 2B to approve the committee’s report. The city’s liquor license commission must sign off on the resolution; ANCs are advisory in nature only and do not make law.
Here are two takes, two wrap-ups, two reviews… on the Monday night public meeting on 17th Street NW and the liquor license moratorium that expires at the end of March:
- From Friends of Jack – Listening Session on 17th Street Moratorium.
- Greater Greater Washington – Balancing 17th Street’s retail: a moratorium, parking policy, or something else?
This will not be the only community meeting on the issue, and I was so excited that the dialogue was civil and constructive. In addition to other public meetings on the issue, I will be hosting my own meeting within my SMD to garner input from my constituents on 17th Street and the moratorium, and look forward to recieving community input from even more of you.
To make your voice heard on the 17th Street moratorium issue, please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include your full name and address, or your business name and address, when submitting testimony. The public comment period closes on February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Dupont Circle ANC 2B is hosting a community meeting to accept testimony and comments on the 17th Street “Dupont East” liquor moratorium on Monday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th Street NW.