Permits, Pools & Traffic Circles on Tonight’s ANC-3E Agenda
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E has a packed agenda for its June meeting, which seems to portend another long evening. ANC-3E is known for its record setting meetings; last month’s marathon meeting stretched until nearly 1 a.m.
A good portion of tonight’s agenda focuses on zoning and public space applications for local businesses and residences, which hopefully will not be too controversial. Potentially drawing significantly more debate from commissioners and community members, the mini traffic circles at 42nd and Warren streets and an outdoor pool for Ward 3 are also on the agenda.
The traffic circles have sparked impassioned discussion in previous meetings, although a story in yesterday’s The Northwest Current (page 3) indicates that commissioners feel neighbors now support the circles. Personally, I find them poorly positioned – as evidenced by broken bits of plastic where drivers have had to maneuver over rather than around the tight circles and by drivers’ near misses with one wooden fence that abuts the road – and a bit dangerous as drivers are unclear who has the right of way, despite signs ordering them to yield to traffic in the circle. With a circle that small, drivers sometimes seem confused about who is actually in the circle. Further, rather than slow traffic on 42nd Street, the circles seem to help vehicles speed north – or at least not deter them from doing so. However, I appear to have the minority opinion.
Demand for an outdoor pool in Ward 3 – the only ward in D.C. without one – has also garnered a lot of local attention. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh has come out as a proponent of building a pool, and several neighbors recently circulated a survey to demonstrate support for the initiative.
Rounding out the agenda are two pro-environment resolutions from commissioners.
The meeting will take place in the Black Box Theater at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW. Attendees are advised to enter the building from Chesapeake Street, take the stairs on the right after entering the building, and proceed through the double doors. The Black Box Theater is the first room on the right.
Here’s the full agenda for tonight’s meeting:
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E
Tenleytown – American University Park- Friendship Heights
c/o Lisner Home 5425 Western Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
(subject to change)
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Black Box Theater, Wilson High School
3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
Announcements / Open Forum – opportunity for members of the community to raise issues of concern or importance to the 3E neighborhood
Presentation by 2nd District Police
Consideration of and possible resolution on application to the BZA for a special exception for Massage Envy proposed to be opened at 4620 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Consideration and possible resolution regarding application to the BZA for a special exception for a rear screened porch at 3918 Jenifer Street, NW
Consideration of and possible resolution on application to PSC to add an awning for the outside café in the public space at DeCarlos Restaurant at 4822 Yuma Street, NW
Consideration of and possible resolution on application to PSC to add an awning for the outside café in the public space at the new restaurant proposed at 4619 41st Street, NW
Consideration and possible resolution regarding proposal to prohibit left turns off of Nebraska Avenue NW on to 42nd Street, NW from 7:00 to 9:30 am and 4:00 to 6:30 pm
Consideration and possible resolution regarding proposed traffic circles at 42nd and Warren Streets, NW
Discussion and possible vote on a resolution in support of the construction of an outdoor swimming pool in Ward 3
Discussion and possible resolution in support of Updated Renewable Portfolio Standards
Discussion and possible resolution in support of Coal-Fired Power Prohibition Act of 2013
- Approval of May 2014 Meeting Minutes
- Approval of Treasurer’s Reports
- Approval of expenditures