Police Report. Lt. Paul Johnson gave the police report which included 8 thefts from auto and 1 stolen auto in the past month. One violent crime, Assault with a Deadly Weapon (knife) at the CVS, was closed with an arrest. Also, on Sunday, Oct. 9, shots were reported around 2136 Wisconsin Avenue. Police pulled 15 juveniles from the second floor and recovered 3 ghost guns. No arrests were made pending further investigation.
Presentation on application for Special Exception for an addition at 2500 41st Street (BZA 20811)Zachary Williams, Venable Law Firm, and Matt Medvene, property owner, requested zoning approval to construct an addition and add two units to a 5-unit semi-detached building (one unit in a new rear addition and the other in the existing cellar) in the RA-1 zone. BZA has scheduled a hearing December 7. The only change to the footprint will be the rear addition at ground level. The Commission voted to support the Special Exception.
Discussion of Good Guys’ Application to Renew Its Liquor License at 2311 Wisconsin Avenue. Mike Aloupis (general manager) and Jenna Gross responded to questions about how Good Guys is dealing with a recent surge of disruptions outside the establishment that have disturbed the peace, order and quiet of Glover Park, as well as how they are ensuring that patrons will not carry guns inside after the incident several months ago in which armed patrons got into a fight that nearly erupted into gunfire. Mr. Aloupis said Good Guys is working closely with MPD and ABRA to increase security and meet all requirements, with new measures for wanding all patrons at the front door, inspection of packages, a new system for checking IDs, and a dress code. The Commission voted to protest the renewal of their liquor license, to create an opportunity to negotiate a strengthened settlement agreement.
Discussion of Concerns related to new development at 2430 Wisconsin Avenue and its Storefront. Eli Borek, Chief Development Officer of Petra Development, and Victoria Derosa, Petra’s head of property management, responded to questions about the affordable housing project at 2430 Wisconsin (entrance to housing from 37th Street), originally planned for workforce housing under the HALO program. DC discontinued that program, and the building is now designated for affordable units for individuals 55 and over with medical needs. Many concerns and police calls to the building have related to a particular resident who has created disturbances and threatened violence. Petra is working with DC Housing Authority on a notice for him to vacate but it is a lengthy process. Petra has 24/7 cameras, security as well as experienced management on call, and residents get numerous support services. In addition to the office for on-site managers at the property, the building storefront space is being built out for a shop for high quality stone and ceramic bathroom and kitchen products.
Comments on DDOT Plans for Bike Lanes and Safety on New Mexico Avenue and Tunlaw Road. DDOT released its official Notice of Intent (NOI 22-243) on September 22, with current plans for protected bike lanes, location of parking, and pedestrian crosswalks, and other traffic safety improvements in ANC 3B, representing about 65% of the way to a final plan. November 3 was the due date for comments on the DDOT plans, including placement of parking. The ANC approved comments supporting two-way protected bike lanes on Tunlaw north of Calvert, trying to preserve as much on-street parking as possible, with details on specific locations. DDOT will be making additional adjustments, but it is still hoping to start work in late 2022.