ANC 1C March Update

Hello Neighbors,

Mayor Bowser extended D.C.’s public health emergency to May 20, 2021. It was almost a year ago, on March 11, 2020, when the emergency was first declared. The moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs was also extended.

Multiple programs are available to assist residents with paying their rent and utility bills.Learn more about these programs at coronavirus.dc.gov/rent

Beginning the week of March 8, the District will begin using a pre-registration system for making vaccination appointments. Under the new system, individuals will be able to provide their information to DC Health through a pre-registration website or by calling the District’s call center. As appointments are made available, individuals who have pre-registered will be alerted that they have an opportunity to make a vaccination appointment.

Take Care,
Fiona Clem
1C08@anc.dc.gov
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, ANC 1C08


ANC 1C Meetings

March ANC 1C Meeting, March 3

  • Approved writing a letter of support (8-0-0) for a BZA variance for the Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Rd NW
  • Approved a resolution (8-0-0) on proposed FY 2022 WMATA operations

Upcoming Meetings
ABC & Public Safety Committee

Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee
Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Public Services & the Environment Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info


Tour the PEPCO Champlain Substation

RCNA Cleanup Flyer

Please let me know (email: 1c08@anc.dc.gov) if you are interested in touring the Champlain Substation. I am working with PEPCO to schedule a tour this month.

A representative of PEPCO will also be available for a discussion at the next ANC 1C general meeting on April 7, at 7pm


City-wide announcements

  • During the 16th Street NW Bus Lane construction the 16th and Harvard Street Capital Bikeshare station will temporarily move to 15th and Harvard Streets NW on March 16. 
  • Metro is facing a significant budget shortfall due to a decrease in ridership caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Metro is requesting your feedback for next year’s budget.Learn more about the proposed changed and tell Metro what matters to you.
  • Congresswoman Norton will hold a joint community meeting with the National Park Service on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm. Email NortonEvents@mail.house.gov to register for the Zoom event.
  • D.C.’s Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) advocates for consumers of natural gas, electric, and telephone services. If you have questions about any of your utility services you can contact OPC for help.
  • Councilmember Mary Cheh will host a roundtable on March 23 at 12noon to hear comments on streateries and slow streets and other transportation solutions. Members of the public can testify or submit written testimony by contacting abenjamin@dccouncil.us. Read the Transportation & the Environment Public Roundtable announcement for more information.

Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association (RCNA)

RCNA Cleanup Flyer

Please join RCNA and ANC 1C for a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, March 20. Meet at 10 at Unity Park.

RCNA will hold their next meeting on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm.

Visit reedcooke-dc.org, or follow them on twitter @REEDCOOKEDC for more information.

Neighborhood announcements

  • ANC 1C awards grants of up to $4,000 per year to nonprofit organizations. Applications are now open.
  • Jubilee Housing hosts regular DC Can Be tours to show how they’re providing justice housing in our community.
  • The Reed Cooke Neighborhood Association Covid-19 Relief Fund provides micro-grants to residents of Adams Morgan who have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus Health Crisis.
  • The Sitar Center is holding their Winter 2021 Virtual Student Showcase on Friday, March 12 at 6:30.

ANC 1C February Update

Welcome to ANC 1C neighborhood update.
This newsletter will provide updates, information, and announcements from the ANC, the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association, and the D.C. government. I hope you will find it helpful.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about the neighborhood.

Take Care,
Fiona Clem
email: 1C08@anc.dc.gov
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, ANC 1C08

ANC 1C Meetings Calendar

ABC & Public Safety Committee
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Public Services & the Environment Committee
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

March ANC 1C Meeting
Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Highlights from the February 3 ANC 1C meeting

Approved Consent Agenda (8-0)

Minutes from January 2021 ANC meeting; ANC 1C financial report for FY21 Q1.
Regular Agenda

  • Approved a Resolution on study and design of Columbia Road to accommodate protected bicycle lanes from 16th Street NW to Connecticut Avenue NW. (8-0)
  • Approved a Resolution supporting a DDOT traffic safety assessment of the intersection of Adams Mill Rd NW and Clydesdale Pl NW. (8-0)
  • DDOT Ward 1 Community Engagement Specialist Cynthia Turcios shared a presentation on the agency, mission, SLAs, recently completed and ongoing projects in Ward 1 and citywide.

The next meeting of the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 7p.m. Visit reedcooke-dc.org, or follow them on twitter @REEDCOOKEDC for more information.

Neighborhood announcements

  • Attend a virtual town hall about moveDC on February 9, at 6:30p.m., or February 11, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will provide information on moveDC is the Mayor’s long-range transportation plan that includes goals, policies, strategies, and metrics for address transportation needs of Washingtonians.
  • Holidays trees and greenery collection will continue through February 19. Holiday trees and greenery will be collected from the normal point of collection on trash days. For missed collections call 311 and make a “Christmas Tree Removal – Seasonal” service request.
  • ANC 1C awards grants of up to $4,000 per year to nonprofit organizations. Applications are now open. Learn more and to apply for a grant.
  • Outdoor Dining and Retail Survey: The D.C. Office of Planning (OP) invites the public to complete a 5-7 minute survey (available until February 14, 2021) designed to assess the experience of patrons of outdoor dining and retail establishments in Washington D.C. during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Take a DC Can Be Tour. Jubilee Housing hosts regular DC Can Be tours to show how they’re providing justice housing in our community. The next online tour is February 17th, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more and register for the tour.

Posting No Parking Signs

There are no parking signs in my neighborhood that have been up for three weeks, but no work has been started or completed.

I was curious about how something like this happens so I called the Metropolitan Police Department. I called them first because I thought that is who issued these signs, but it’s actually a paid permit through DDOT.

From the DDOT TOPS website:

  • Companies, homeowners, tenants, and others can apply for a temporary occupancy permit required for the short term private use of public space in the District.
  • The permit authorizes the temporary occupancy of public space, such as lengths of metered or non-metered parking lane, travel lane, sidewalk, alley, or an intersection for an approved number of days.
  • If parking needs to be reserved or prohibited, either Reserved Parking or Emergency No Parking signs must be printed from the TOPS system after the permit is approved, paid for and issued.
  • A permit can be printed from any place, but the sign printing is available only at Kiosks or at the permit office. Kiosk locations are listed further below.
  • Most of the Temporary Occupancy Permits require an office review and it is best to allow adequate lead time for the review and approval of your application. Click here to view the number of lead days for each event.
  • Signs must be posted 72 hours in advance in residential areas without metered parking and at least 24 hours in advance at metered parking spaces in commercial areas.

So the signs in my neighborhood were posted up on January 10 or 11, 2021 – so that follows the rules of being posted 72 hours in advance.

No Parking Permit

I wondered why a permit was given to a Verizon contractor for a 3-week period for 6-days a week, 9 hours a day but no work is being done. I talked with someone at MPD central (202-727-9099) and they suggested I look up the permit on DC DDOT TOPS site. I searched for the permit but I couldn’t find any active permit for PA10830267 12/12. (But I’m probably not searching correctly. If you just search Verizon you’ll get about 100 permits every month all over the city!)

I followed up with MPD 3D (202-673-6815). They said that once a permit was approved by DDOT and issued there’s nothing that can be done during the course of the allowed permit activity. And they suggested I could file a report using the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center: 311.

I called 311 and they were great. I wanted to know about ticketing and towing. Because no activity has started and no work is being done currently, and because of weather, a lot of the signs have blown down, and all the parking spaces are being used. I asked what would happen if the work began on Saturday, January 30, after 2 weeks of no work. I was told that all the cars would be moved at the request of the Permittee. I was told that if no work occurs during the permitted period you can file a report to DDOT.

In the meantime it seems a little inconvenient to the people who need to park in the neighborhood and have to park blocks away. And it is a gamble for those who are parking on the street thinking that the signs are no longer relevant.

Anyway, if you want to geek out on all work that requires permits the TOPS database is pretty interesting. You can search on Construction, Occupancy, Annual/Rental, Commercial Vehicles Annual, and Commercial Vehicle one day/Single Haul permits.