ANC Meets Tonight, Key Issues on Agenda

2015-2016 ANC 3E

The Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission is known for packing its agendas and monthly meetings that stretch into the witching hour. The April session, taking place tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Friendship Heights, is no exception. So brew up some coffee, grab that can of Mountain Dew, and pack your pockets with Easter candy – it’s going to be a long night.

Highlights of the eleven – yes, eleven – agenda items include:

Georgetown Day School will present its preliminary plans for the development of the Safeway and Euro Motorcars (formerly Marten’s Volvo) properties it purchased in June of last year. Based upon previous community meetings, the Safeway site will become part of an expanded educational campus to unite GDS’ current lower and middle schools, which are now located on MacArthur Boulevard, with the high school on Davenport Street. The school will develop the car dealership to include retail and residential units, including a grocery store of some kind. While GDS has shared broad brush strokes and aspirational plans for the properties, hopefully tonight’s presentation will begin to fill in some details and start answering frequently-raised community questions about design, amenities, scale and density, traffic mitigation, and a timeline for the project. Click here for more on the school’s development project, including past community meetings.

The Department of General Services is expected to share plans for two new playgrounds and to seek ANC support for the overall design of the forthcoming renovation of the Friendship Recreation Center (Turtle Park). At the February ANC meeting, DGS presented plans for the new community center and overall layout of the park, and indicated that design details for a tot lot and a play space for older children would be made available to the community in late March following review by the park improvement team.  Click here for more information on the Turtle Park renovation.

A portion of the Spring Valley Shopping Center parking lot at 4820 Massachusetts Avenue may be replaced by a two-story retail and office building. But first developers have to appear before the Historic Preservation Review Board. That’s right, the shopping center was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 due to the importance of its architectural style and design in the history of the development of Spring Valley and as an example of the “economic (retail) heritage of the national capital or the nation.” (The full registration form can be found online here.) Of historical interest, the current Crate and Barrel store, which will remain under current plans, was formerly the first branch of the upscale department store Garfinckel’s, founded in D.C. in 1905. The Spring Valley location opened in 1942 during the retailer’s heyday. The ANC will discuss the application currently before the review board at tonight’s meeting. A hearing on the application will be held by the review board on April 23.

The ANC will discuss a resolution on D.C. Public Schools’ planned cuts to Woodrow Wilson High School’s budget. The school is facing significant budget cuts for the 2015-2016 school year, with a projected reduction of more than $1.8 million resulting in a 10 percent decrease in per pupil spending even as the student population is expected to grow by 10 percent. Wilson principal Greg Bargeman in a message to the school community warned that the budget cuts would result in larger classes, fewer staff, and reductions in school programs. School leaders and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh have mobilized to advocate for a restoration of at least $900,000 to the budget.

Other items rounding out the agenda include Waghshal’s plans for outdoor seating, pedestrian safety on Reno Road, public space permits and special exceptions for residential projects, and a bike cut-through on 44th Street.

The meeting will take place in the Tenleytown Room I at the Embassy Suites in Friendship Heights. Upon entering the building, take the elevator (or escalator) to the second floor. Once on the second floor landing, take the elevator to the third floor. Turn right after exiting the elevator, then turn left down the hall for the Tenleytown Room I, which will be on the left down a hallway. Hotel staff at the front desk on the second floor can help you find your way if you get turned around.

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

Meeting Notice

(subject to change)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00pm

Tenleytown Room I, Embassy Suites, Chevy Chase Pavilion

4300 Military Road, NW

  1. Announcements / Open Forum– opportunity for members of the community to raise issues of concern or importance to the 3E neighborhood
  2. Presentation by 2nd District Police
  3. Initial presentation by Georgetown Day School of preliminary plans for expanded school and mixed-use development on Safeway and Marten’s lots.
  4. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding public space application to permit outdoor seating with a retractable glass covering behind Wagshal’s on Massachusetts Avenue.
  5. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding special exception for deck at 5330 42nd Street, NW
  6. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding Friendship Park (aka Turtle Park) renovation
  7. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding bike cut-through in traffic diverter at 44th and Harrison and bike lane in 5200 block of 44th Street NW
  8. Presentation from DDOT about possible safety improvements at 39th Street and Reno Road NW
  9. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding proposed over-height retaining wall and swimming pool in public space at 3815 Huntington Street, NW.
  10. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding application before Historic Preservation Review Board to place new retail space on part of Crate and Barrel parking lot off Massachusetts Ave.
  11. Discussion of and possible vote on resolution regarding the budget cuts proposed by DCPS for Wilson High School for the 2015-2016 school year.

ANC Business

  • Approval of March 2015 meeting minutes
  • Approval of expenditures