ANC 3B May 2013 Meeting Summary

ANC 3B had a busy May meeting, from buses to Max’s to the streetscape.

John Snedden, owner of Rocklands, came to the May 9 meeting to answer questions and hear from community members about his pending expansion plans.  John heard loud and clear the concerns of community members about his expansion into Max’s space, and the community’s desire for a win-win solution that allows Max to at least stay in his space through this summer.    At our June meeting, ANC 3B will be inviting the Bassin family, the owners of the building, that houses Max and Rocklands, to hear their views on how Max lost his lease and what they would be willing to do to help him stay in business.

DDOT and WMATA officials attended to finally help us resolve a long-standing problem – the buses that idle in front of Stoddert Elementary on school mornings, creating a dangerous environment for kids walking to and from school.   In response to DDOT’s recommendations, ANC 3B passed a resolution calling for a new D1 bus idling zone near the Russian Embassy (that would also serve as a new boarding point for D1 passengers) and to eliminate one redundant bus stop, at 39th St. and Davis Pl.

We got the latest news on the 37th and Tunlaw intersection work, which is about the same as last month’s news: sometime relatively soon we will see construction on the project begin, but we don’t have an exact date.   Construction will last four months, and be prepared: it will cause a big traffic mess for a few weeks, including a two-week detour of northbound traffic from 37th St. to Wisconsin Ave.   The detour will not affect D2 buses.

We heard an update on the Mason Inn roof deck application, which ANC3B, GPCA, a group of 19 near-neighbors and ANC3C all protested.  A settlement agreement is in the works, which should be worked out before you read this, and pending approval of the agreement, will allow Mason Inn to proceed with building the deck.  Basic agreement has been reached to set roof deck closing times at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and midnight on Thursday through Saturday; to allow no music or speakers of any kind; 3 TVs will be allowed but only on mute and turned off by 10 p.m.; and a wall as high as the roof line of the homes behind Mason Inn will also be constructed to wrap around the entire deck area.  The material that the wall is to be made of is the only point under contention as the Gazette goes to print.

ANC 3B had a few other agenda items – we passed a resolution supporting the efforts of  Dumbarton Oaks Park (the area open free to the public) to raise funds for preservation and restoration work, approved a grant request from Healthy Living, Inc., and approved funding for work on Cathedral Heights history.  If you enjoy Carlton Fletcher’s great web site on our community’s history,, you’ll enjoy the additions that will soon include information on Cathedral Heights.