MVSNA Meeting Notes – 2011-03-15
MVSNA officers: Rob Amos (President), Sam Shipley (1st Vice President), May Chan (2nd Vice President), Si Kailian (Corresponding Secretary), Ricky Williams (Treasurer), Jefferson Parke (Recording Secretary)
At Large board members: Lydia Goring, Marge Maceda, John Thompson, Stan Burgess, DeeDee Slewka
Attending: Rob, Sam, Mary, Si, Rickey, Jefferson, Marge, Stan, Lydia
- The association will be filing for a 501c3 non-profit status. We’ll be submitting in the next two months.
- April 23rd we’ll have a neighborhood clean-up. Meeting at 4th and M. Brooms, shovels, bags, and breakfast bagels will be served. Filled bags will be picked up by DPW at 4th and M. For reference, BID does not clean up Mt Vernon Square itself (Carnegie Library).
- Honorary member of MVSNA. Max Adrian Silverman, born March 1st 2011. Former President Cary Silverman’s first child.
- 218 Morgan Street is going to be rebuilt.
- ~$400 remaining.
- Please send in your dues for 2011. Dues are $20 for individuals, $40 for households, $20 for businesses. More is welcome.
Public Safety Report –PSA 308 Lt. Carroll
- Last 30 days: 5 robberies, 17 thefts, 17 thefts from cars, 6 stolen cars.
- Most of the robberies are at night, about 10pm. Many are in alleyways. Walk in well-lit areas. Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t be distracted by your phones or music players. A lot of robberies district wide are smartphones.
- Theft from autos is spiking. Many were out of state. Remind your out-of-state visitors not to leave valuables like money, purses, electronics, and jewelry in cars.
- Regular thefts are often bikes or from stores. Also unattended items.
- Consider getting tracking software for your phone or laptop.
- 66 arrests in PSA, including traffic arrests, open alcohol, position and distribution of marijuana, cocaine, and crack.
- If you see anything suspicious then call the police, 911. Recent tips led to arrests for drug activity. These arrests can sometimes lead to something else too.
- Manpower is driven by statistics to calls for service
- 202-437-8198 – JefferyW.Carroll@dc.gov - On newsletter.
- Q: What can be done about vehicle vandalism where victim was further victimized by the gov’t towing, damaging and charging storage fees?
A: Please talk to me in person about resolving this.
- Q: There seems to be a blood trail on the west side of 5th just north of L. Showed up on Sunday. Another spot on 6th near police station.
A: There was a robbery at 6th and L in alley. Victim was stabbed in the leg. May be related.
- Q: Are there any stats on the number of shootings in the area?
A: That would be ADW stats and/or shot spotter stats. We don’t give out spot shotter stats but you can do a FOIA request. To us a shooting is actually when someone got shot. Crime stats are available online.
Walmart - ANC 6c01 Commissioner Keith Silver
- Walmart has been in discussions with city officials for past 6 months.
- They plan on opening 4 locations in DC, including one in SMD 6c01, in the GPO parking lot near Mass and 2nd.
- Comm. Silver contacted Walmart to participate in a discussion on their arrival. They responded to say that they would organize or attend a community meeting at a later time.
- Comm. Silver scheduled a community meeting on Feb. 15th where Councilmen Michael Brown and Tommy Wells gave an overview of the plans. Walmart officials were not in attendance. They key outcome of the meeting were pointed questions from the community and stakeholders.
- There are some people who are adamantly against Walmart being in DC.
- Residents around planned development include many senior citizens, who by-in-large would like to have the convenience of a local Walmart.
- The development is a matter of right.
- Comm. Silver will be chairing and conducting an impact assessment. Silver is neutral on the subject.
- Inviting members of MVSNA to join the board in conducting the impact study. Committees will be Infrastructure and Impact (traffic, parking, architecture, etc), Local Business (impact to small businesses in mile radius), Alternatives (other viable developments at site), Outreach (engage community in SMDs, help turnout).
- ANC6c will be hearing from Benning Group at an upcoming Planning and Zoning committee hearing to help get the best building on the site.
- Contact Comm. Silver at his email address to join process.
DCRA Vacant Properties - Reuben Pemberton
- DCRA handles buildings, improved properties, construction, building permits/zoning, business licenses.
- Vacant lots are not in our jurisdiction.
- About 110 properties reported. 31 were awaiting inspection or were in the 30-day vacant property registration process. 16 we did not touch. 29 were inspected and set as vacant.
- We have two surveyors who inspect vacant properties. They will be out to give violations for trash, graffiti, overgrowth, disrepair, etc.
- We’re moving forward on the list of properties that you provided.
- My background is in zoning. My main focus is now vacant properties.
- Surveyors inspect 10 to 15 properties a day.
- In order for a property to be officially classified as vacant we have to survey twice, at least 45 days apart, to prove that it’s continuously vacant. We then have to notify the owner by registered mail to the address on record with Office of Tax and Revenue. We also have to post the property. If they haven’t responded then we notify a second time 30 days later.
- Exemptions are under construction, attempt to sale/rent (good faith effort, broker, MRS listing, comparable pricing, etc).
- Sometime over the next 6 months (probably less) more of the 110 reported vacant properties should be classified as vacant.
- Delays of 6 months can be given if owner has a compelling reason for delay (health, death, etc).
- Appeals sometimes come in and can be taken through three levels to Superior Court. Can’t go after owners until appeals are settled.
- Law does not require signing of notice by recipient, or even using registered mail, but sometimes these issues goes to court and judge decides.
- We’ve asked the council to clarify the law on vacant property notification. We worked with them on this for the blight legislation.
- We pulled the 2,500 worst offenders together and asked OTR to send them a letter saying that they were already classified as class 4 and to contact DCRA right away. We got a lot of response and about 800 of them ended up being occupied. Considering using OTR envelopes and letter head in the future.
- Vacant/blighted properties have to pay back taxes.
- You can find a map of vacant properties on DCRA’s web site -> inspections -> vacant property -> 2011 list of vacant/blighted properties. Goal is to update this once a month.
- Our mission is not money/revenue. Our mission is to put property back into productive use.
- Will soon be delivering online forms for registering, file for exemption, taking money and reporting vacant properties.
450 K St. – Douglas Development – Paul Millstein
- Parking lot across K from Bus Boys and Poets.
- Development partner is Ketler (sp?).
- Going to HRPB later this month for conceptual/massing.
- We’ll be back in the future to go into more detail. We’ll also be posting details to the blogs.
- 246 units on 13 floors.
- Same architect as 400 Mass and Whitman.
- Fronting on K street.
- Set back 48 feet with “front yard.” Circle drive way. Wide sidewalk. Planters in the middle.
- Retail to go from front all the way to the alley in the back. Possibly a retail court in the back alley with seating terrace.
- Residential building.
- Courtyard on second floor.
- Will look “contextual.” Something like 400 Mass.
- On the ANC6c zoning agenda for April.
- Height is a matter of right.
- Hope to start 4th quarter of this year. ~16 month delivery.
- Understructure parking. No parking zoning relief.
- Average size of units are 675-700 sq. ft. 60% studies. 20/20% 1 bd room/2 bd room.
- Class A, high-end apartment buildings.
- Will do a neighborhood survey as well as market research on retail tenants.
- Will have space near loading dock for bicycle storage. Bike friendly ideas like compressor in storage area.
- LEED Silver certified.
- HPRB (conceptual) then BZA (zoning) then back to HPRB (detail) in the next several months.
- Roof will have swimming pool. More than pool and pavers. Possibly a chef’s kitchen and entertainment area on roof.
1205 NJ Ave. – Youth Offender Group home (“males”)
- Official name of organization is United Management Care. Same as Truesdale.
- DC web site listed site as such.
- Have not been zoned for it. Currently zoned as R4. Would require a special exception and there is none on file.
- DCRA has no notification that they’ve been approved. If it’s 6 or less residents and they’re disabled then they wouldn’t need a special exception but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
- Motion to write letter to pertinent agencies to ask them to address the situation and email the inspector right away: Unanimously approved.