Category Archives: Public Hearings

Trinidad Market Request

Trinidad Market / Mike’s Market, at the corner of Florida and Trinidad Avenues NE, has submitted a request to the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to obtain a Class A Liquor License. This would allow them to begin selling liquor in addition to beer and wine. The request comes with a change in hours that would allow them to remain open for business from 7 am to midnight each day. The notification from ABRA is below.

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The community can be engaged in discussion on an ABRA application request during the review process. A business seeking a change in an existing license or a new license should present as a Single Member District (SMD) meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), at the larger ANC meeting, and at community meeting, if one is called, to discuss the license request. There can be a protest to stop a license change or to seek a settlement agreement with the community or group with standing to protest the license. You can learn more about ABRA laws and regulations and protest procedures on their website.

As with all development taking place in the neighborhood, we hope that Trinidad residents become involved and active in voicing their views on pending changes.

 

Bikeshare Development Plan

The DC Department of Transportation issued a press release on October 6th with the Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback (see below). The comment period is open until November 15, 2015. The scenario recommended would add 99 stations throughout the city and expand a dozen others in core areas downtown and in high-density neighborhoods over the next three years.

Trinidad and Carver Langston would be slated, under the proposed scenario, for new stations in 2018. This would complement the one station we have in Trinidad located outside the Joe Cole Recreation Center on Neal Street.

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The report is worth a glance if you are a Bikeshare user or are interested in transit options and equitable access to resources.

DDOT Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Media Contacts
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, (202) 671-5124; terry.owens@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, (202) 671-0624, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

DDOT’s Draft Bikeshare Development Plan Released for Public Feedback
Public comment period open through November 15

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released a draft of its first ever Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback. The draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.
Under the proposed plan, Capital Bikeshare in the District would expand by 99 stations over the next three years, doubling the number of stations east of the Anacostia River. By 2018, approximately 65 percent of residents, 90 percent of jobs, and 97 percent of all transit entry and exit points in the District would be within a quarter mile walk of a bikeshare station.
The Capital Bikeshare program is a partnership between the District of Columbia; Montgomery County, Maryland; Arlington County, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia.
DDOT is soliciting feedback on the draft Bikeshare Development Plan, and anyone can comment on this webpage, http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/capital-bike-share-form, until November 15, 2015.
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District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
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UPDATE: Zoning Cases on Bladensburg and Montello Ave NE

There are three updates to zoning cases for Trinidad properties that were scheduled in the September 15, 2015 hearing of the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

  1. The review of parking variance for the proposed dialysis facility on Bladensburg Road was delayed until October 20th. This is case 19004.
  2. Review of the parking variance for the Thornton Development property at the corner of Florida and Montello Ave NE was delayed until October 27th. This is case 19061.
  3. Case 19062 for parking variance on the Thornton Development property at 1112 Montello Ave NE, between Eli’s Carry Out and the alley, was reviewed and approved by BZA. Thornton Development requested exception from the width of two standard parking spaces. The 9-unit building has to have 5 parking spaces to meet requirements. Based on lot size, 5 spaces only fit if 2 spaces are sized for compact cars to save 1 foot and 3 inches of space. Interesting points of discussion from the publicly available video of the meeting include:
  •    DDOT did not have objection if Thornton Development also installed 3 long-term bike racks and 1 short-term bike rack. They agreed to do so.
  •    ANC 5D did not submit a letter or attend the hearing. The project had been discussed in previous ANC 5D06 Single Member District meetings. There was discussion on ANC 5D, the current “situation with internal conflict”, and difficulties of getting zoning cases on the Chair’s agenda. The Zoning Chair also noted that “They are having some serious issues in ANC 5D.” The discussion continued and the case was voted on without input from ANC 5D.
  •    There was opposition from a resident in the 1100 block of K Street NE who cited Zone 6 parking issues. He noted that he has had to park as far as three blocks from his house as Maryland residents park on their streets, clients of  H Street businesses park on their streets, and the additional parking pressure coming from new condos being built on Florida Ave NE in Zone 6 and Zone 5 will exacerbate the problem. He requested that ANC 6A be consulted on this issue with DDOT and BZA and that the case be delayed until such time and then heard in conjunction with BZA Case 19061. Mr. Anthony Hood, Chair of the Zoning Commission, noted that there has never been an issue with ANC 6A weighing in on projects that border two ANCs in the past. Mr. Lloyd Jordan, BZA Chair, noted that they would continue with the hearing as scheduled. What is important to note here is that ANC 5D, when better placed to react to zoning issues in the future, should also be consulted on projects in the neighborhood across Florida Ave NE.

The transcript of the hearing and other documents related to the BZA cases can be found on the Office of Zoning website.  Case numbers cited above can be used to search for documents related to these specific cases.

No More D3? MetroBus Service Changes Proposed

Eliminate the D3? Extend the D4 route to Kennedy Center, replacing part of the 80 bus route? More X1 and X3 buses on the route during the day?

Those are some of the proposed metro bus route changes that WMATA is considering. They will be holding public hearing number 606 on September 17, 2015 on the proposed changes. The public information session will begin at 6 pm and public hearing will be at 6:30 pm. The hearing will be held at Metro Headquarters Building 600 5th Street, NW.

The hearing is a public forum and all are invited to present their views. If you wish to speak at the hearing, please submit your name and organizational affiliation, if applicable, by email to speak@wmata.com or by phone to (202) 962-2511. You can also submit written statements by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 to writtentestimony@wmata.com.

Not ready to submit written testimony or attend the hearing? You can participate in a survey at http://www.wmata.com/betterbus. The survey opened on August 15th and will close on September 23. It includes feedback questions on the proposal and related service changes as well as demographic questions.

You can view all proposed route and tariff changes here.

Video of the August ANC 5D Meeting

Miss the recent ANC meeting on August 11th?

A resident of Carver-Langston takes video of our ANC meetings, as they are public forums. The videos are available to watch on YouTube if you want to keep up with events in ANC 5D. The links below are to the Twitter notices of the videos and a link to the videos on YouTube. The videos are in sections to facilitate taping and uploading/downloading files.

Video Part 1 notice: https://twitter.com/ehm742006/status/631472773886517248

Part 1 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iE8W3SKHuM&feature=youtu.be&a

Video Part 2 notice: https://twitter.com/ehm742006/status/631477987427356672

Part 2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFF92cgqGTo&feature=youtu.be&a  

Video Part 3 notice: https://twitter.com/ehm742006/status/631479935132135424

Part 3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVTu9ncnDmk&feature=youtu.be&a

Video Part 4 notice: https://twitter.com/ehm742006/status/631479970142003200

Part 4 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjDVF3NOC7A&feature=youtu.be&a

Hearing on Bodega Market’s Class A Liquor License Request Postponed to September

Bodega MarketThe Bodega Market on Florida Avenue has applied to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a substantial change to its license, from a Class B to a Class A. That means it would expand to sell spirits as well as the beer and wine already offered in the store. The Bodega has reportedly purchased the liquor license from Brothers Liquor, which earlier this year closed their store located next to the Bodega. A previously scheduled public hearing has been rescinded by ABRA and a new hearing schedule posted.

We anticipate this coming before the ANC with a community meeting in Single Member District 5D06 before the petition date. TNA will post notice of the meeting as soon as we have details.The ANC can vote to support or protest the application. ABRA also enables residents to protest a liquor license application: How To File a Protest.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE REGULATION ADMINISTRATION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Posting Date:                    July 10, 2015

Petition Date:                    August 24, 2015

Hearing Date:                    September 8, 2015

License No.:                      ABRA-094621

Licensee:                          Bodega Market, LLC

Trade Name:                     Bodega Market

License Class:                  Retailer’s B

Address:                            1136 Florida Avenue, N.E.

Contact Information:        Yared Demissie: 202-494-6237

WARD 5                     ANC 5D                  SMD 5D06

Notice is hereby given that this licensee who has applied for a substantial change to his license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such on the hearing date at 10:00 am, 2000 14th Street, N.W., 400 South, Washington, DC 20009. A petition or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the petition date.

NATURE OF SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE:

Class Change from a Retailer B to a Retailer A.

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES/SERVICE/CONSUMPTION

Sunday through Saturday 7am-12am

The Transformation of West Virginia Ave?

wva public worksOn June 4th, the Office of Planning held an open house introducing the public to the West Virginia Avenue Public Works Campus Master Plan project. The District’s vehicle maintenance, re-fueling and parking facilities along West Virginia Ave between Mt. Olivet Road and New York Avenue is set to be transformed “into a model of sustainable public works operations and a catalyst for community development.” Over the next 6 months there will be various opportunities for the public to contribute to the process, including open office hours, focus group visioning sessions and another open house in the fall.

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Controversial Florida Ave Development Project before BZA Tomorrow!

Pierce Investments, LLC (1124 Florida Ave NE) to Appear Before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday, June 9th

Pierce Investments, LLC (1124 Florida Ave NE) to Appear Before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday, June 9th at 9:30 am in Suite 220 South of 441 4th Street NW. There have been at least two ANC Single Member District Meetings regarding this development. Those have been contentious and not addressed all issues/questions raised by community members. Pierce Investments, LLC is scheduled to appear before the full ANC on June 9th at 7:00 pm, after their BZA hearing.

The BZA Calendar lists the hearing as one of nine scheduled. Hearing notes on the calendar are:

Case Number : 18987
Case Name : Application of Pierce Investments, LLC
Case Summary : (Area Variance) Request pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3103.2, for variances from the height requirements under § 770, the floor area ratio requirements under § 771, the rear yard requirements under § 774, and the residential loading requirements under § 2201, to allow the construction of a five-story multi-family building containing 52 units in the C-2-A District at premises 1124 Florida Avenue N.E. (Square 4070, Lot 808).
ANC : 5D
Result :

Pierce Investments has submitted a Pre-hearing letter with additional information and design changes. While they have reduced the number of dwelling units from 52 to 44, they maintain need for a variance in height requirements and rear yard set back. Please refer to the attached Prehearing Statement.

To date, only one letter of opposition has been submitted and the BZA hearing is being held prior to the ANC vote. Anyone that wants to weigh in on the decision should attend the hearing tomorrow or submit a letter to the BZA. Detailed instructions for submission of testimony can be located at: http://www.dcoz.dc.gov/bza/testimony.shtm

Bodega Market Seeks to Add Spirits to Beer/Wine Sales

Bodega Market

The Bodega Market has applied to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a substantial change to its license, from a Class B to a Class A. That means it would expand to sell spirits as well as the beer and wine already offered in the store. The Bodega has reportedly purchased the liquor license from Brothers Liquor, which earlier this year closed their store located next to the Bodega.

Expect the owners to come before the ANC to ask for community support. The ANC can vote to support or protest the application. ABRA also enables residents to protest a liquor license application: How To File a Protest.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE REGULATION ADMINISTRATION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 

Posting Date:                    May 15, 2015

Petition Date:                    June 29, 2015

Hearing Date:                    July 13, 2015

License No.:                      ABRA-094621

Licensee:                           Bodega Market, LLC

Trade Name:                     Bodega Market

License Class:                  Retailer’s B

Address:                            1136 Florida Avenue, N.E.

Contact Information:        Yared Demissie: 202-494-6237

WARD 5                     ANC 5D                    SMD 5D06

Notice is hereby given that this licensee who has applied for a substantial change to his license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such on the hearing date at 10:00 am, 2000 14th Street, N.W., 400 South, Washington, DC 20009. A petition or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the petition date.

NATURE OF SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE:

Class Change from a Retailer B to a Retailer A.

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES/SERVICE/CONSUMPTION

Sunday through Saturday 7am-12am

ALERT: WMATA proposal to eliminate D3 bus – your testimony needed!

Recent news coverage has failed to point out that WMATA is proposing elimination of the D3 bus line as a part of its latest restructuring, and little time remains to voice your concerns about this proposal. The D3 currently provides a direct connection from Ivy City, through Trinidad, to downtown, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown. It provides a convenient way to access Metrorail’s Green and Yellow lines, by disembarking at 7th and E Streets NW.

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Metro’s rationale for eliminating the D3 is “duplication with other routes” and “low productivity.” We haven’t found anything quantifying “productivity” on WMATA’s website, so we don’t quite know how it is defined. Perhaps one thing causing “low productivity” would be a low farebox recovery rate on the line. A number of riders in the neighborhood have noted that the fareboxes on the buses are not frequently working – it means a free ride, but that clearly hurts the system financially in the long run. Additionally, we’d guess those free rides aren’t counted in the overall ridership totals for the line.

Other bus routes certainly run through Trinidad, but nothing provides a direct connection from our neighborhood to the other side of the central business district in the morning. WMATA does not clearly state whether they will increase bus frequency on the other lines that run on Montello and Trinidad Avenues (D4 and D8) to make up for the lost capacity.

Speaking of the D4, it will be changing as well.

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The D4 route, which currently runs between Ivy City and Franklin Square, will more than double in length when it’s extended north from Ivy City to the Fort Totten Metro Station. It will be taking over the easternmost part of the E2, E3, and E4 lines, which currently run from from Friendship Heights through Fort Totten to Ivy City.

Longer routes can lead to more opportunities for buses to fall off schedule, as well as “bunching,” which is when many buses on one route arrive at a stop at once. This can lead to very long waits between buses instead of the expected even spacing.

Metro originally announced a hearing for the changes happening in Northeast DC for October 30, but the impact of Hurricane Sandy meant that it was rescheduled to November 26, the Monday that just passed.

A heading says “Routes seeing improvements in this bus service change proposal” on the page with the public hearing schedule, but the list does not mention the elimination of the D3. Certainly, one could argue that the elimination of a route is not an improvement, so WMATA was under no obligation to list the removal of the route on that list. We would argue the total elimination of a route is something that should be prominently noted, regardless of whether this is an “improvement” or not.

An additional problem is that we have seen no signs at the bus stops along the route alerting people to these changes. Certainly people who ride the D3 would be interested to know their bus is going away, and wouldn’t the best place to reach those people be on the bus itself?

There’s still time to let WMATA know what you think (though not much time). Written testimony can be emailed or faxed to WMATA, but you must do so by 9:00 am on Monday, December 3. From WMATA’s website:

Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to writtentestimony@wmata.com. Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Please reference the hearing number. [The hearing in NE DC was number 579, and the Docket number for all the proposed changes is B12-03.]

[From what we understand, the date for submissions was changed due to the hurricane as well, though the original press release does not indicate that.]. Please note that any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy, available at http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/public_rr.cfm.

Let WMATA know what you think about the changes to the D3, D4, or any other route that they plan to change in the new year.

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