During the meeting’s open comment portion, Commissioner Tom Birch, brought up DDOT’s stalled project to install bike lanes on L and M streets in West End.
Since the project is outside of Georgetown, the ANC2E can do little other than request that DDOT continue with the project (which happens to be the same amount they could do if it were on the other side of Rock Creek Parkway).
According to resident Ken Archer, a non-cyclist supporter, Councilmember Jack Evans also supports the project.
The ANC heard two requests for charitable races to move through Georgetown in October.
After several minutes of intense questioning, the Commission eventually resolved in favor of a DC Road Runners race along K Street in October to benefit victims of domestic violence. Commissioner Ed Solomon admitted, “It may seem at at times that we’re against races.”
The ANC is actively trying to curb the number of races, especially those wishing to make money, enter Georgetown, and disturb residents and businesses.
The representative from Best Buddies, who also requested to start their October triathlon in Georgetown, was not so well received. In the ANC’s resolution of support, Commissioner Ron Lewis made sure to include, “We strongly encourage the sponsor of this event to find another route for next year.”
If you think they hate races…
Following up from the previous ANC meeting in which the Commission opposed the conversion of a 35th Street residence to an owner occupied rental, Herbert J. Sanborn, Jr. presented his case in person.
Although the ANC’s previous resolution vaguely cited changing zoning laws as reason for opposition, Sanborn addressed their implicit concerns directly: students. Using old photographs as proof, he claims that his efforts have dramatically improved a block once dominated by student group homes.
Sanborn, a born-and-bred DC artist, then explained that, if he is not allowed to rent a room in his house to supplement his income, he would not be able to afford his mortgage and would need to sell.
The ANC did not withdraw their opposition to the project. Commissioner Ron Lewis challenged Sanborn’s commitment to his residence, citing a loan application in which the petitioner listed his Maryland studio as his primary residence.
However, Lewis assured Sanborn that their reccomendation carries little weight compared to the Office of Planning’s (who favor the proposal), and he hopes the Board of Zoning Adjustment will favor OP.
Jerry Springer meets Gerry Mander
Ruth Warner, from Jack Evans’s office, reminded the community that Ward 2 would have a general interest meeting for the ANC redistricting task force. Contact her for details.
This, of course, means that ward redistricting has wrapped up. According to Warner, the only major changes for Ward 2 are in the Eastern portion with Shaw and Penn quarter moving to Ward 6.