May 2012 ANC 3B News

ANC3B Addresses Bus Stops, Streetscape, and Nude Dancing
Jackie Blumenthal

ANC 3B made it clear at our May meeting that no bus stops will be consolidated in Glover Park without extensive consultation of bus riders in the community and careful, public deliberation. In fact, the process being proposed by WMATA, which sparked this agenda item and a heated discussion about bus stops on the Glover Park list-serve, is expected to take several years and include many public hearings. This summer WMATA will publicize the criteria for consolidating bus stops, then in the fall it will hold meetings to begin to identify stops that meet that criteria. According to news articles, WMATA’s initial focus does not include any of the bus lines that serve Glover Park. However, discussion at the meeting revealed some interest in consolidating one or more of the six bus D1/D2 bus stops that surround Stoddert Elementary, with the two least-utilized stops – 41st and Calvert and 39th and Davis – getting attention. Eliminating these stops could potentially make the D1 and D2 routes a bit more efficient, and help address safety and school-day traffic concerns in front of Stoddert. But the ANC has also already heard some strong opposition to the elimination of any bus stops. Much more consultation will occur before any concrete proposal is made – and the ANC may propose no changes at all. To share your views on bus stop consolidation, please contact us at info@anc3b.org.

Wisconsin Avenue Streetscape Project News. The Wisconsin Ave. project now has a dedicated website, http://www.wisconsinavenueproject.com/. Please go to this website for up-to-date news and information on the project, including the two-week lookahead schedule with detailed information on what to expect.

We learned from DDOT Project Manager Paul Hoffman that the reconfiguring of the intersection at 37th and Tunlaw is finally going to happen. This is a big win for the neighborhood. Both the ANC and nearby residents have been fighting for this for nearly a decade. Planners will finalize the design this summer and construction will occur in the fall. ANC 3B will ensure that there is adequate community review prior to construction. DDOT planners also promised that they would continue to look at traffic concerns and would be potentially take additional steps to address neighborhood concerns about traffic diversion off of Wisconsin Ave.

Washington Gas will not be ripping up Wisconsin Avenue alongside DDOT as originally planned. While this will help ensure that the project will be completed on time, it also means that Washington Gas will not be able to replace aging gas lines under Wisconsin until after 2017, since there is a five-year moratorium on planned projects (not emergencies) that require tearing up the newly laid roadway. DDOT reported that the discovery of streetcar tracks under the roadway will not obstruct progress as feared because there is just enough room left for burying the new electrical lines.

JP’s Nite Club seeks to return. A new ownership group introduced themselves at the ANC meeting and described their plans to reopen JP’s as a nude dancing club and keep the same name. Paul Kadlick and Jake Akkus, principals of The Vice Group, LLC, are connected to other nude dancing venues in the District. They expressed their intention to be good neighbors, have a high-tech security plan including cameras, provide valet parking and abide by the Voluntary Agreement previously negotiated with ANC 3B. Kadlick also acknowledged that the new JP’s would not offer nude dancing before 5 p.m. in accordance with the ABC Board ruling last year on the joint ANC-GPCA-resident protest against renewing JP’s license. Another renewal process requiring community comment will be triggered when the new owners apply to get JP’s license out of safekeeping.

Next Meeting June 14, 7 p.m., Stoddert School. The ANC hopes to hear from the owners of two new restaurants opening in Glover Park – District Noodles and Mayfair & Pine. We will also hear more about the Wisconsin Avenue project and how DDOT will measure its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. Check www.anc3b.org for the full June agenda and go there for more info on all these issues.