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ABRA Hearing: Moratorium for Queens Chapel/Bladensburg Road Corridor

This information was sent to TNA by the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) and may be of interest to Trinidad residents.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will conduct a hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to receive public comment on a proposal from the public to institute a new moratorium on certain liquor licenses along the Queens Chapel Road, NE and Bladensburg Road, NE corridor. Petitions were submitted by the following groups and can be reviewed on ABRA’s website:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C
Langdon Park Community Association
The Greater Woodridge-Gateway Leaders’ Group
Residents of Woodridge, Langdon Park, and Gateway Communities
Members of the public that want to comment on the petitions at the hearing should contact ABRA General Counsel Martha Jenkins by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016. Provide the full name, title and organization, if applicable, of the person(s) testifying.

Email: abralegal@dc.gov

Call (202) 442-4456
Those providing input should bring six copies of their testimony to the hearing. Testimony may be limited to five minutes in order to allow every person an opportunity to be heard.

Members of the public that are unable to testify in person can submit written statements to the Board until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. Written statements must include the full name, title, organization, if applicable, and signature(s) of the person(s) submitting comment. Written comment may be submitted by:

Email: abralegal@dc.gov

Mail: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009
The hearing will be held at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Hearing Room:

2000 14th St., NW
Suite 400 South, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

-www.abra.dc.gov-

Update on Liquor License Requests

TNA held a community meeting on December 17th to hear from two businesses that are in process of requesting changes to liquor licenses. Approximately 25 people attended, including Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Relations Officer at ABRA, the owner of Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market, a representative of Rose’s Queen Liquor, and three of the ANC 5D Commissioners including Commission Yvonne Buggs, Keisha Shropshire, and Adam Roberts.

There was a lengthy discussion with questions from the community on the process to obtain a liquor license, community input/concerns/protests, community settlement agreements, and laws and regulations. Ms. Fashbaugh provided the number for the ABRA complaint hotline (202-329-6347). This number should be used for issues that ABRA can address by law or to enforce a specific settlement agreement such as sales of ice cups, single sales if prohibited by a specific business, sales to minors, opening or closing times different than approved hours, trash outside the business, etc. Other issues may fall under the purview of the DC Police Department or city services, such as trash and persons blocking the sidewalk, and should be reported to 911 or 311 accordingly. Additional information on ABRA can be found on their website.

Both businesses presented to the community what they request to change in their license. In the case of Mike’s Market or Trinidad Market, they are seeking a new Class A Liquor License. Rose’s Queen was requesting to add Sunday hours (9 am to 7 pm) and to open two hours earlier and close two hours later Monday through Saturday. Community members at the meeting expressed opposition and/or strong reservation about both changes for a number of reasons including but not limited to noise and security issues as well as trash from patrons of the establishments.

On December 18th, the ANC 5D Commission met in a special session to review and vote on these licenses prior to the filing deadline for protests. They unanimously voted to protest both licenses. The representative from Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market was not at the meeting for discussion. The representative of Rose’s Queen Liquors noted that they were retracting their request and would resubmit a revised one to ABRA with a request for Sunday hours but not for extended hours during the week as in the previous request. It was noted during the meeting that the 5th District Police Commander may also be submitting a protest in the case of Rose’s Queen request for extended hours or additional days of liquor sales. This special meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Any adjacent neighbor to a business or group of five citizens can also submit a protest letter per guidelines on the ABRA website. Residents can also contact Council Members to request that issues with loitering be addressed by the City Council. Currently there are no anti-loitering laws and that is cited by residents, police, and business owners as a factor in trash, police calls for service to address disturbances, and crime.

TNA hosts and sponsors discussions and activities aimed at:

· Building community;
· Promoting harmony among all cultural, racial, and economic groups;
· Maintaining cleaner streets, sidewalks, and alleys;
· Improving utilization of public and private properties within the neighborhood;
· Reducing neighborhood crime and increasing individuals’ sense of security; and
· Helping neighbors represent their interests in front of DC government agencies.

We appreciate the lively discussion at our meeting and the interest in issues related to these businesses in our community. We hope for more of the same in 2016!

Reminder: Meeting Tonight on Liquor License Requests

Trinidad Neighborhood Association will be holding a meeting this evening on some requests for new licenses or changes to existing liquor licenses held by businesses in Trinidad. The meeting will be at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress St NE at 7 pm.

Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Resource Officer at the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will be joining us and can answer questions from the community on licenses, laws, regulations, and community engagement in the process. Yvonne Buggs from ANC 5D06 will also be joining in the TNA meeting as licenses are being sought from businesses in her Single Member District.

Holidays are a busy time but there are deadlines for applications and protests associated with the license change requests and we would like to hear from you on whether you would support or not support these changes. Please join us and share what you want to see here in Trinidad.

 

Special Meeting to Discuss Liquor License Applications

Did you know that community members may protest a liquor license and/or seek a settlement agreement with a business before a license is granted? You can learn more about the process on the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) website or learn more in person at a special meeting organized by the Trinidad Neighborhood Association.

TNA will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center to discuss two new liquor license applications. Business owners are invited to present their plans before community members and TNA will seek community input on the requests.

The businesses are:

Trinidad Market/Mike’s Market at 1322 Florida Avenue NE (corner of Trinidad and Florida Avenues). They are requesting a new Class A Liquor Store license from ABRA.

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Proposed Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales:  7 am to 12 am Sunday through Saturday.

This would be a new license for the location. The deadline to submit a petition for protest is January 4, 2016 and the hearing date before ABRA is January 19, 2016.

 

Roses Queen Liquors at 830 Bladensburg Road NE. They are seeking a substantial change of hours to extend hours of operation and alcoholic beverage sales.

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Current Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Sunday-Closed; Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 10:00pm

Proposed Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Sunday 9:00am to 10pm; Monday through Saturday 7:00am to 12:00am

The petition deadline to protest or seek a settlement agreement between the community and the business is January 19, 2016. The hearing date at ABRA is February 1, 2016.

Roses just recently completed a Settlement Agreement on July 1, 2015 to renew their license. This represents a substantial change and provides opportunity for community re-engagement with the business. 

Join us on December 17th to learn more about the process and voice your opinion on the liquor license changes requested.

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.

 

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

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

New Community Agreements for Rose’s Liquor and Staples Beer & Wine

SMD 5D06 Community Meetingphoto credit: Frozen Tropics

Thursday May 7th 

7:00 PM

W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware Store

910 Bladensburg Rd NE

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Yvonne Buggs holds a community meeting this Thursday to discuss community agreements with two local stores, Rose’s Liquor located at 830 Bladensburg Rd NE and Staples Beer and Wine  at 1364 Florida Ave NE (aka Saba One Stop). Liquor license for both establishments are up for renewal with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), which also gives the ANC, on behalf of the community, an opportunity to review and update their Settlement Agreements. The current agreements were made in 2009.

Per ABRA, “a settlement agreement (formerly known as a voluntary agreement) is a contract between an ABC licensee and most likely a protestant to a license. The agreement becomes a part of the ABC license. There are several enforceable and unenforceable items covered under the terms of an establishment’s settlement agreement.

Agreements typically cover items that impact the community and public safety such as noise, litter, parking and hours of operation. Mr. Yi Khen Ung from Rose’s and Mr. Jeff Jackson fro Staples are scheduled to be at the meeting, which begins at 7pm at Jenks Hardware Store. Community input is needed.

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