Presentation by Dr. Lawrence Singer on Proposed Use of 2461 Wisconsin Avenue. Describing himself as an integrated oral health professional, Dr. Singer talked about his plans to open a dental surgery facility in the former site of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) building. The practice would be a “flex clinic” and cover all aspects of oral health care for both adults and children. No more than 4 clinicians would be on site at any one time in addition to about 5 technicians/administrative staff. The site includes 16 parking spaces, which should adequately cover both patient and staff parking. Dr. Singer does not envision making any major changes to the outside of the building. The plans are only at the conceptual stage now but if he does move forward, this facility would require a zoning variance since the lot is zoned residential. Commissioner Blumenthal said that ANC 3B would be notified to officially weigh in at the time of the zoning variance application. She noted that the only issue ANC 3B would be concerned about is parking, i.e., patient and staff parking in the neighborhood. Although current on-site parking seems adequate, she suggested that Dr. Singer contact St. Luke’s about making an arrangement to use their parking lot for any overflow situation. Commissioners and attendees generally viewed Dr. Singer’s plans favorably.
Vote to Approve Letter to WMATA Opposing Proposed Elimination of the 37 Bus. On February 2nd, ANC 3B sent a letter to CM Jack Evans opposing the elimination of the 37 bus for a number of reasons including its high ridership, it is the only express bus service available to Glover Park and Cathedral Heights riders, its elimination would cause further overcrowding on “local” buses and comes on the heels of diminishing service on the N and D lines. Since our neighborhoods are not served by Metrorail, bus transit is the only public transportation option for the area. Since public comments were due before ANC 3B could vote at a public meeting, Commissioner Blumenthal asked for a motion to retroactively approve the letter. It was duly seconded and passed unanimously.
Report on Meeting with CM Cheh. Commission Blumenthal reported on the meeting the five 3B commissioners had with CM Cheh and her staff last month. The main discussions were about transportation issues. ANC 3B has a number of outstanding issues that have not yet been addressed by DDOT. Dee Smith, CM Cheh’s Director of Constituent Services, was able to get responses to some issues: a) on restoring AM rush hour parking on the east side of Wisconsin, DDOT will not consider it until the Safetracking project is concluded and b) on lifting the no left turn restriction on Massachusetts Avenue NB at Observatory, a plan has been developed for new signaling and it should be installed in CY 2017. The poor condition of some of the secondary roadways was also discussed. CM Cheh has put extra funding in the DDOT budget for road repair but those funds have not been spent. CM Cheh will follow up with DDOT via a letter and also at their upcoming performance hearing. Other topics discussed were improving pedestrian safety for those crossing Wisconsin Avenue at Fulton Street, installing a triangle park at Hamilton Circle (intersection of Idaho and Massachusetts Aves), and thanking her for her efforts to bring a “Clean Team” to Glover Park.
- Proposed Utility Rate Increases. Commissioner Mladinov reported the Pepco has asked for an $82m rate increase. The Office of People’s Counsel (OPC), however, has recommended a $20m increase. Likewise Washington Gas has asked for an $80m increase to which OPC is also challenging.
The next meeting of ANC3B will be Thursday, March 9th. The agenda will be posted at anc3b.org at least a week before and will be circulated via list servs.