DC Department of Parks and Recreation and Guy Mason Rec Center Hours. Keith Anderson and other DPR representatives explained the recent and abrupt cutback in hours at the Guy Mason. The new hours close the center at 9 rather than 10 pm on weekdays and eliminate Sunday hours. These changes were made because of constrained staff resources, complaints from the DC city employee union and the lack of public use of the Center on Sundays. The most negatively impacted group, staff of the pottery studio, countered that these changes essentially gutted their program that is a nationally recognized program in existence for more than forty years. They further countered that one of the reasons the Center was underutilized on Sundays was because staff actively discouraged public use. Other groups speaking in opposition were Friends of Guy Mason and the Glover Park Village. Jackie Blumenthal agreed to schedule a meeting between all the parties in order to address the issues in more detail and work on finding solutions.
Development of the Former Holiday Inn Site. Representatives of JBG Companies presented plans for mixed-use redevelopment of the HI site. It includes 226 rental apartments, townhouse and duplex units, a café, a small market grocery and other retail on the street level. With the exception of public space landscaping on Wisconsin Avenue, this development is a matter of right. They hope to break ground in December and anticipate construction will take 20-24 months. A number of neighbors from the adjacent condo complex voiced several concerns including traffic impacts, construction noise, construction worker parking, delivery of construction materials, post construction retail deliveries, safety of students at the British School at dismissal during construction and obstruction of current views. JPG will work with residents and 3B to address these issues.
Clean Team Presentation. Graham McLaughlin and Charlie Curtis from Changing Perceptions DC are filing an application with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development to become a “Clean Team” in Glover Park for 2017. The goals of the program are to improve the appearance of commercial districts and provide employment opportunities to DC residents. Changing Perceptions DC is a non-profit organization seeking to give assistance and opportunity both professionally and personally to formerly incarcerated individuals. If awarded a grant, Changing Perceptions would be responsible for tasks such as cleaning up litter, removing snow, cleaning sidewalks and improving tree boxes on Wisconsin Avenue between Calvert and Holy Rood Cemetery and on 37th Street between Calvert and the Glover Park Market. Their plan was well received. The only request was to extend the “clean team” area on 37th down to the Chipotle parking lot as much litter and debris accumulates in that stretch. We will learn which applicant is awarded the grant to serve Glover Park early next year.
Grant Request from Friends of Glover Park. Dean Hill presented a grant request for $1,103.79 to purchase basketballs and whistles for the Glover Park Community Center basketball program. A motion was made to approve the grant. It passed unanimously.
Resolution to Protest the Renewal of Mason Inn’s Liquor License. The Mason Inn liquor license is up for renewal with a deadline of November 28 to file protests. Mason Inn has just been sold to a new owner who has not had time to address the noise complaints filed by neighbors. These complaints are because the front windows are left open late into the night. ANC 3B is seeking to revise the settlement agreement to require that the windows be closed during live entertainment events. Since ANC 3B has not been able to negotiate a new agreement with the owner, Jackie Blumenthal presented a resolution to protest the renewal. ANC 3B, however, anticipates that the issues will be settled amicably without having to go through the full formal process. The resolution was seconded and passed unanimously. An additional issue that was raised was that the windows themselves are a safety hazard because they open on to the sidewalk. Jackie Blumenthal said she would talk to the new owner about this problem too.
Updates. Jackie Blumenthal announced that ABRA has cancelled the liquor license for JP’s nightclub. She also announced that the new tenant, Saigon Kitchen, has had some permitting issues but will be opening soon. Their liquor license application will include an entertainment endorsement but the owner has reassured 3B that the endorsement is in case private groups want to use the upstairs room for special occasions.
Ann Mladinov announced that ANC 3B has sent a letter to the DC Council in support of four tenant protection and rental control bills that are currently being considered.
The next meeting of ANC3B will be Thursday, December 8th. The agenda will be posted at anc3b.org at least a week before and will be circulated via list servs.