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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.

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

ANC 5D06 Meeting on Pierce Investment Project on Florida Ave

SMD5D06 June 26 Commissioner Yvonne Buggs is holding another meeting with representatives from Pierce Investments in regard to their development project at 1124 – 1126 Florida Ave NE. The developers have made changes to previously presented plans for the large condo complex planned for the former Avilla auto repair shop.  The meeting is Friday June 26th at 7pm at New Samaritan Baptist Church, 1100 Florida Ave NE.

Read related posts about this project noted below.

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.

Meeting on proposed zoning exception at 1125 Neal St. NE: Monday, December 9

Join Commissioner Tina Laskaris (ANC-5D06) for a Single Member District meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013, 6:30 pm at Joe Cole Rec Center.

Representatives from Higher Development Academy (HDA) will provide a presentation of their plans to establish a private school for adults at 1125 Neal St. NE, adjacent to Center City Charter School. Holy Name Catholic Church will lease the building to HDA.

The property was previously used as a child development center, and HDA is seeking a Special Exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy to use the building to work with adults rather than with children.
SMD-5D06 Mtg 12.9.13_Holy Name and HDA

Meeting on proposed development at Florida & Orren NE: Monday, November 18

Join Commissioner Tina Laskaris (ANC-5D06) for a Single Member District meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, 6:30 pm at Joe Cole Rec Center. The discussion will focus on the proposed Lock 7 development at the corner of Florida Ave. and Orren St. NE.

SMD MTG NOV 18_LOCK7 flyer

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