ANC Preview: When It Rains It Pours

ANC Agenda Released

While the ground may still be soaked with Saturday’s rain, ANC watchers know that we’ve been under a severe drought of boring ANC agendas since at least March.

Well there are rain clouds on the horizon.

The agenda for next week’s ANC meeting was released and among all the normal boring stuff it’s got three fascinating items on the menu. Check them out after the jump:

Streetcar Tracks: The streetcar tracks on O and P are the subject of much controversy. As the streets have aged the cobblestones have settled much lower than the tracks. The tracks now are a serious hazard.

Residents have been petitioning to remove the tracks for some time. However, the tracks have their fans who argue (often litigiously) that they are historically significant examples of DC’s unique conduit-powered streetcar system. DDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have been trying to develop a compromise for a long, long time.

It seems that they have finally developed a plan and will present it to the ANC at the meeting. While GM doesn’t live on those blocks and thus doesn’t have to live with the result, he nonetheless hopes that a compromise can be found to restore the streets to make the tracks flush with the cobblestones again. This would preserve the historic nature of the streets while greatly limiting the danger.

Hurt Home: While GM doesn’t live on O or P, he does live on R. And the biggest change to R that will happen in the near future is the likely conversion of the historic Hurt Home for the Blind to condos.  Apparently a lead candidate has been identified for the city’s RFP.  Argo/NV Commercial will present their plans for the building at the meeting.

Wait a Minute Mr. Postman: Speaking of the condoification of a historic building, reps from Anthony Lanier’s EastBanc will also be at the meeting to present their initial plans for the Georgetown Post Office. It’s GM sense that the community is extremely anxious about the project and are very worried that it could mar the historic building. However, EastBanc has a good track record so there is at least a chance that the community will be on board with the proposal.

All this, plus enough neighborly feuds to tie you over till December, can be yours if you come to next Monday’s meeting!


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2 responses to “ANC Preview: When It Rains It Pours

  1. Where are you seeing the agenda? I can’t find it on the ANC website.

  2. GM

    Will, you gotta get on Melanie’s email list!


    Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E

    3265 S Street, NW • Washington, DC 20007

    (202) 338-7427 • FAX (202) 338-0279 • anc2e@erols.com

    ANC 2E Public Meeting

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    at 6:30 p.m.

    We will be meeting this month at the Georgetown Visitation School, 35th and Volta Place, Heritage Room, first building on left by gatehouse, 2nd floor


    Public Safety and Police Report
    Approval of September 29 Meeting Minutes
    Financial Report and ANC2E proposed revised budget for FY 2010
    Transportation Report

    Community Comment

    DDOT will discuss the DDOT/Federal Highway Administration proposal for the O and P Street trolley tracks
    Comments from community members on topics of current interest

    New Business

    Hurt Home, 3050 R Street, NW – presentation by Argo/NV Commercial regarding the possible conversion of this property to condominiums (preliminary informational presentation; no ANC 2E resolution is anticipated at this meeting)
    Georgetown Post Office, 1215 31st Street, NW – Presentation by EastBanc regarding the possible development of condominiums (preliminary informational presentation; no ANC 2E resolution is anticipated at this meeting)
    Proposal by the Friends of Volta Park to explore with the Department of Parks and Recreation options for revitalizing the tot lot at Volta Park

    Zoning and Planning

    37th and O Streets, NW, Application of Georgetown University to extend the expiration date of a Zoning Commission order for a period of 2 years (until November 23, 2011) permitting constructing a Science Center and an Athletic Training Facility and modifying the Multi-Sports Facility
    1681 32nd Street, NW, Application of Jane V. Saunders for a special exception to allow a one story rear addition to an existing one-family row dwelling, not meeting the lot occupancy requirements, side yard requirements and court requirements
    3302 Prospect Street, NW, Application of Samia El-Baroudy for variances from the lot occupancy requirements, rear yard requirements, and nonconforming structure requirements to allow an addition to an existing one-family row dwelling

    Old Georgetown Board

    SMD 06, 3136-3138 P Street, NW, OG 10-011 (HPA 10-015) Residences, Rear brick garden walls, Permit Reviewed for the Historic Preservation Review Board
    SMD 06, 3009 Dumbarton Street, NW, OG 09-339 (HPA 09-405) Residence, 2-story rear addition, demolition of rear wing and garden structure, Concept – revised design
    SMD 03, 1312 33rd Street, NW, OG 10-014 (HPA 10-018) Residence, Replacement brick front stairs, Public Space Permit
    SMD 03, 3268 P Street, NW, OG 10-012 (HPA 10-016) Residence, Rear covered parking pad off alley, Concept
    SMD 05, 3273 M Street, NW, OG 09-350 (HPA 09-419) Retail, Sign scheme, including 2 projecting signs – existing, Permit
    SMD 05, 1071 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 10-007 (HPA 10-011) Commercial, Sign, projecting sign, awnings, window replacement, Concept
    SMD 05, 1206 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 10-006 (HPA 10-010) Commercial, Alterations to front façade, bay window addition on side, Concept
    SMD 05, 1238 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 09-338 (HPA 09-404) Mixed-use commercial/office, 2-story addition to replace one-story structure, Concept

    No Review At This Time by ANC 2E: The following additional projects have not been added to the ANC meeting agenda for review and we do not propose to adopt a resolution on them at this time. If there are concerns about any of these projects, please contact the ANC office by Friday, October 30, 2009.

    SMD 01, 3800 Reservoir Road, NW, OG 10-009 (HPA 10-013) Georgetown University – MedStar Hospital, Oxygen Tank Courtyard, temporary installation of oxygen tanks, Permit – revised design
    SMD 03, 1416 34th Street, NW, OG 10-010 (HPA 10-014) Residence, Alterations to garage for second floor, Permit
    SMD 03, 3212 O Street, NW, OG 09-344 (HPA 09-410) Commercial, Partial demolition and new 2-story rear addition with basement, Permit – revised design
    SMD 03, 1438 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 09-266 (HPA 09-290), Commercial, Alterations to storefront – existing, Permit – revised design
    SMD 05, 3255 K Street, NW, OG 09-352 (HPA 09-433) Commercial, Bike racks for Cycle Life USA on parking spaces, Concept
    SMD 05, 1075 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 09-334 (HPA 09-375) Commercial, Alterations to storefront, lower floor level, remove brick steps, rear addition, Concept – revised design options
    SMD 05, 1524 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 10-017 (HPA 10-022) Commercial, Replacement slate roof, Permit
    SMD 06, 1618 32nd Street, NW, OG 09-279 (HPA 09-304) Residence, Replacement fence and new pergola at rear, Permit – revised design
    SMD 06, 2623 O Street, NW, OG 09-348 (HPA 09-414) Residence, 2-story rear addition with basement, addition of dormers, Concept – revised design
    SMD 06, 3036 P Street, NW, OG 10-003 (HPA 10-007) Residence, Repair front façade and anchor stairs, Permit
    SMD 06, 3200 Q Street, NW, OG 10-015 (HPA 10-019) Residence, Addition of dormers and alterations, Permit
    SMD 06, 1409 28th Street, NW, OG 10-002 (HPA 10-004) Residence, Entry portico, remove door surround, Concept
    SMD 06, 1421 29th Street, NW, OG 10-004 (HPA 10-008) Residence, Alterations to rear yard and mural on wall, Permit
    SMD 06, 3008 Q Street, NW, OG 10-005 (HPA 10-009) Commercial, Sign on window for Sara’s Market, Permit
    SMD 07, 1610 28th Street, NW, OG 09-337 (HPA 09-403) Residence, Replacement windows, Permit
    SMD 07, 1517 27th Street, NW, OG 09-328 (HPA 09-366) Residence, Replacement windows, rear addition
    SMD 07, 1855 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 10-008 (HPA 10-012) Grocery store and parking garage, Revisions to approved design for new building for Safeway, Permit
    SMD 07, 1855 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, OG 10-001 (HPA 10-001) Grocery store, Signs for Safeway, Permit

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