Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Oct. 16 via Zoom. Commissioners Bob Link (6DO1, vice chair), Ronald Collins (6D02, treasurer), Andrea Pawley (6D04), Ashton Rohmer (6D05), Bruce Levine (6D06, secretary), Fredrica (Rikki) Kramer (6D07, chair) and Rhonda Hamilton (6D08) were in attendance. Gail Fast (6D03) was absent.
Metropolitan Police Dept. (MPD) Commander Collin Hall briefed the committee on public safety. The First District’s focus is on community engagement, particularly community walks and movie nights, Hall stated. “Every time I go out on these (walks), I learn something new,” he said.
The First District is employing stayaway orders to bar people from areas where they are public nuisances, Hall said. He also is deploying bicycle units with metro stops, the Wharf, H Street NE and Eastern Market singled out for special attention. He also promised increased traffic enforcement including dedicated officers.
Is the First District at its authorized staff level? asked Treasurer Collins. More officers are choosing to stay and there has been active recruitment, Hall responded. The First District is 58 officers ahead of its planned hiring goal, he said. “Can we do the job with what we have? Yes,” Hall stated.
What type of crimes will you respond to at Safeway? asked Commissioner Pawley. “We will enforce the law whenever we see a crime,” Hall responded. MPD will respond if called even for theft, he stated. “From my experience, it is very important to enforce retail theft,” he said.
Where are the guns coming from? asked Chair Kramer. “There are just too many guns in the city. We are working on gun interdiction,” Hall responded. Carjackings are coming from the Sixth District across the Anacostia River; most are armed with firearms, he said.
How do we adapt to the influx of visitors into Southwest due to the stadiums and The Wharf? asked Vice Chair Link. More than 20,000 can turn out for a normal weekend, he pointed out. “We not only have to think about our regular type of crime with residents, but we have to think about visitors,” Hall stated.
MPD Capt. Kevin Harding and Lt. Elias Danho briefed the commission more specifically on public safety in Southwest. The last 30 days saw three assaults with dangerous weapons, two robberies and no homicides. Assaults are down, but motor vehicle theft remains a problem, officers stated.
There was a gunfight at The Point, 2100 Second St. SE, Harding reported. Police located a victim in 2100 block of Second Street. Two more victims were found on 1200 block of Delaware Ave. SW. Police recovered two firearms. One arrest has been made and a second is expected shortly.
The commission received an update on The Long Bridge Project. It is moving into final design. Construction starts in 2025 with an estimated completion in 2030.
Commissioner Fast appointed Patrick Revord to the Transportation Committee.
The commission voted to support historic designation for Landsburg Park, citing concerns about the impact of adjacent development. Commissioner Rohmer voted in opposition.
The commission voted unanimously to approve Community Agreements with Hell’s Kitchen, 652 Water St. SE; and Little Chicken, 11 Pearl St. SW.
The treasurer is exploring obtaining a debit card to help pay for the commission’s Zoom accounts. Commission approved his efforts.
ANC 6D meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The next meeting is Nov. 13, 2023. For more information, visit www.anc6d.org.