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ANC 8F: Affordable Housing Promises Questioned

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8F (ANC 8F) met on May 23. Commissioners Nic Wilson (8FO1), Rick Murphree (Treasurer, 8F02), Brian Strege (Secretary 8F03), Edward Daniels (Chair, 8F04) Clayton Rosenberg (Vice Chair, 8F05), were in attendance.

The DC Housing Authority (DCHA) has applied to the DC Zoning Commission for a two-year extension to continue to use two vacant parcels of The Capper-Carrollsburg Hope VI Project as Nationals baseball parking lots. The two lots are located between L Street, K Street, Second Place and Third Street SE.

The two parking lots are among three Navy Yard parcels belonging to DCHA that remain undeveloped. The entire Hope VI Project was rezoned using a Planned Unit Development, which permitted denser, mixed usage. The project remains controversial due to its slow progression and failure to provide housing for displaced public housing residents.

“We obviously need affordable housing in the neighborhoods, so I think that our act as an agency is to put in affordable units and residential units and make sure that those families have the chance to return to the neighborhood,” Chair Daniels said.

Commissioners remained skeptical of the renewal. They asked that the lots in question not be solely designated as ballpark parking. Pointing out the current size of Navy Yard housing stock, they questioned why displaced residents could not be accommodated in existing apartments. They asked for DCHA to return to the commission in the next year to explain its plan for the parking lots.

The commission unanimously voted to support the request for extension with these conditions.

Other Matters
The commission voted to:

  • ask DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to provision office space for the commission or cover the cost $600 per month cost of its current WeWork space;
  • write to DDOT and Pepco about the current lighting outage in The Yards.
  • support the Brookfield Properties application to the DC Office of Zoning (DCOZ) for a five-year extension of the interim use for Parcels F and Q as parking lots.
  • support the installation of a taxi stand at 20 M St. SE that would be designed to accommodate rideshare vehicles as well:
  • protest the liquor license application for Any Day Now, 2 I St. SE, since the commission does not yet have a cooperative agreement with the establishment.

ANC 8F generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for June 27 at DC Dept. of Transportation Headquarters, 250 M St. SE. For more information, visit anc8f.org.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.

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