ANC 2E, November 29, 2010
Georgetown’s ANC 2E held its monthly meeting Nov. 29 at Visitation Prep. Here are some results:
The Metropolitan Police’s Lt. J. Hedgecock reported on “out-of-control” students, especially those who held off-campus parties near 33rd and O streets last weekend. Hedgecock acknowledged the attempted abduction of a student in the early hours of Nov. 21 near the corner of 34th and Prospect Streets (See story below). The Bikeshare program appears so successful that other locales are being sought, especially in the east village. E-mail suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission expressed the community’s mixed feelings about the many running events held along M Street or nearby. Traffic and shop openings can be delayed if not gridlocked. The operator-owner of the National Triathlon (Sept. 11, 2011) and the D.C. Triathlon (June 19, 2011) left disappointed after failing to explain the percentage of charitable proceeds to total revenue. The commission unanimously tabled the motion to approve the routes of the triathlon, though other ANCs affected have approved the races’ routes.
A resolution to appeal the zoning decision for GoFresh on Potomac Street was approved. The voluntary agreement with Lapis, a new restaurant planned by the owners of Cafe Bonaparte, in the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, was approved unanimously, despite neighboring business owner Karen Brooks, who said that the exterior display of the liquor application was placed too late on the building.
License renewals for the Saloun and Nathan’s (now the building housing the upcoming Serendipity3, run by Britt Swan, whose Georgetown establishments include Modern and Rhino’s) were approved. The New York-based Serendipity3 has pushed back its opening at Georgetown’s most famous intersection—Wisconsin and M—to mid-January.
The commission found no opposition to the design concept of an addition of a new building to the rear of the soon-to-be rehabed Georgetown Post Office (its second floor has been vacant since 1971, according to Core Architects). The EastBanc project, which creates several floors of office space along with a 18-car garage, has been in the works for a while and has tried to contact the property owner of the house just North of the 1215 31st Street historic structure (built in 1856 as a custom house by the architect of the U.S. Treasury) for one year, developer Anthony Lanier said. The U.S. Postal Service will serve the neighborhood and maintain the first floor as before.