ANC 6C Supports Elimination of Dave Thomas Circle Wendy’s

ANC 6C Report - May 2019

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Image: At the May meeting of ANC 6C, the Commission voted to support a concept presented by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to make the intersection known as ‘Dave Thomas Circle’ safer. The option requires the purchase of the lot at center, currently the site of a Wendy’s Restaurant. Image: DDOT

At the May meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C, the commission voted to support the selection of Concept 6 by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) as DDOT moves to solve the problem of Dave Thomas Circle. The triangular-shaped intersection of New York and Florida Avenues NE with Eckington Place NE, First Street NE and a private road once known as O Street is the site of a high number of crashes. It became colloquially known as Dave Thomas Circle because of the Wendy’s Restaurant that sits in the center of the triangle.

The chosen reconfiguration of the intersection proposed in Concept 6 creates a throughway between Eckington Place NE on the north side of Florida Avenue, linking it to First Street NE by realigning it between Florida and New York Avenues. This creates a through intersection for all three roadways and reduces the size of the lot at the center of the intersection, as well as creating new green spaces on the south and west sides of the intersection.

The plan also requires the acquisition of the site of the Wendy’s Restaurant (100 New York Ave. NE), followed by the razing of the building. According to the Office of Tax and Revenue the land is worth more than $6 million.

The commission voted unanimously to support the concept and the acquisition of the property in a letter to DDOT, in which they added that they look forward to working with DDOT on details.

Eighth Street Line Water Main Work Takes Summer Vacation
A representative of DC Water appeared before the commission to say that the pavement had been restored at the intersection of East Capitol and Eighth Streets NE. However, the water line replacement along Eighth Street is not complete. A delayed delivery of a valve as well as a design change during construction hampered completion, the DC Water project manager said, as did the amount of time required to move metal plates from the construction site in the morning and replace them in the evening. However, the representative said the water main could not be out of service during the summer months due to high demand. The project at East Capitol Street will resume from September 13 to November 4.

Commissioner Christine Healey (6C01) asked that DC Water and DDOT cooperate with ANC 6C to get work done quickly in the fall, noting that the work was disruptive and there had been serious noise problems. The expected completion of work along the entire Eighth Street Water Main Project is January 2020.

Commission on Arts and the Humanities (CAH) Call Box Project
Chair of the Environment, Parks and Events Committee Joe McCann said that the committee is exploring participation in a project overseen by the DC Commission on Arts and the Humanities (CAH). The project would refurbish call boxes, the historic metal boxes once used to call the fire and police departments. The goal is to refurbish them according to a yet-to-be-determined neighborhood theme. The committee will conduct an inventory of call boxes in the bounds of the ANC as part of the exploration of the project.

In Other Matters
The commission voted to support:

  • A Historic Preservation Application (HPA) for the concept design for modernization and addition to Logan School (215 G St. NE). Small additions will be made on the south side of the building. A larger addition will be added on the west side of the lot, but will not be physically connected to the school.
  • A Public Space concept plan for a mixed-use development at 40 Patterson St. NE. The concept includes closure of one curb cut, relocating another and installing utility vaults flush with the sidewalk. ANC 6C recommended a two-space passenger loading zone near the entrance, deemed necessary as there are 315 units in the proposed building.
  • Modification to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) revision at 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW including both the building footprint and ground-floor plan. Modifications also include adding residential penthouse space and changing the exterior façade, including by adding balconies.
  • A Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and HPA application for a two-story addition at 520 Groff Ct. NE. The addition requires special exceptions and variances. Neighbors testified with concerns about changes in privacy, as well as with concerns about a possible construction management agreement and its timeline. Commissioner support for the BZA application was contingent on a successful construction management agreement with the neighbors and a design that included windows with a small opening and placement high on the addition to safeguard the privacy of neighbors to the east. In supporting the HPA, commissioners recommended the east-facing windows be clear, rather than etched, glass.
  • A letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) disputing the conclusions of an Assessment of Effects draft report on the planned Union Station expansion. The commission took exception to the conclusion that the impact of the expansion on the Capitol Hill Historic District, while evident, would not equal an ‘adverse effect.’

The commission voted to protest some liquor license renewal applications in order to negotiate a Settlement Agreement (SA), or a contract between the business and community as represented by ANC 6C setting the terms of the license. Due to the format of the application process as conducted by the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), there is no mechanism in the application process to guarantee that discussions on elements of concern take place between a business and an ANC representing the community. If one party does not agree to the SA, the agreement is totally set aside and the application process moves forward without it, unless a protest has been filed.

The ANC voted to protest applications from:

  • Nando’s Peri Peri (411 H St. NE);
  • Nostra Cucina (320 D St. NE), under new ownership since the last application;
  • Duet (601 Second St. NE). Duet is under new ownership since the last application.

All five current members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C were present at the May 8th meeting: Christine Healey (Secretary, 6C01), Karen Wirt (Chair, 6C02), Jay Adelstein (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (Vice-Chair, 6C04), Joel Kelty (6C05, Treasurer). SMD 6C06 is vacant. Robb Dooling resigned at the April meeting; his resignation was effective April 12.

 

ANC 6C meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month (except August) in the ground floor conference room at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave. NE).  The next meeting of ANC 6C will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. Learn more at anc6c.org.