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TOPP Redux at ANC 6D

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on April 8 via Zoom. Commissioners Bob Link (6DO1, vice chair), Ronald Collins (6D02, treasurer), Gail Fast (6D03), Andrea Pawley (6D04), Chearie Phelps-El (6D05), Bruce Levine (6D06, secretary), Fredrica (Rikki) Kramer (6D07, chair) and Rhonda Hamilton (6D08) were in attendance.

The commission discussed testimony to be given at the DDOT performance hearing about the Traffic and Parking Operations Plan (TOPP) for the Nationals and DC United Stadiums. Chair Kramer listed the plan’s deficiencies:

  • it does not really address the impact of The Wharf as a destination;
  • its focus is primarily on visitors rather than residents;
  • the list of events given in the plan is not comprehensive and ignores those at The Wharf;
  • it does not address the non-existence of parking and traffic enforcement on Buzzard Point;
  • the granting of residential access to Buzzard Point during events is disorganized;
  • the deployment of Traffic Control Officers is not responsive to incidents on the ground in real time;
  • the 2024 draft TOPP was given to the commission after the commencement of the soccer season;
  • there is no working group convened to adjust the plan during the soccer and baseball seasons;
  • the 74 Bus, the only public transit serving Buzzard Point, is often interrupted by events and games inconveniencing residents.

Commissioner Fast asked for a “hard statement” against the elimination of the Circulator route. She also advised requesting more funds for Traffic Control Officers (TCOs).

Either insufficient funding or supervision is the culprit, stated Vice Chair Link, referring to the deployment of TCOs. Southwest is one big transportation ecosystem, he pointed out, if it is constrained in one place it breaks down in another.

“I suggest we make it very plain and very clear about the need for additional TCOs,” stated Treasurer Collins. “If we don’t ask, we will never get them.”

Commissioner reiterated the importance of the 74 Bus to seniors for accessing Safeway, stated Commissioner Phelps-El.

The commission authorized the chair to deliver the testimony at the Council’s DDOT performance hearing.

1700 Half St. SW
MRP Realty Principal John Berget asked the commission’s report for a two-year extension for its planned development at 1700 Half St. SW, which is on one of the parcels occupied by a concrete plant.

Berget cited economic factors and DDOT’s new request for an area-wide approval process. The hearing on the extension has been scheduled with the Zoning Commission on April 25.

Commissioner Hamilton recommended supporting MRP’s request. The commission voted her recommendation.

Other Matters
Metropolitan Police Dept. (MPD) Captain Hrebenak briefed the commission on public safety. There has been a substantial decrease in violent crimes due to an increase in aggressive deployment. There was one shooting on March 15 near the Greenleaf Recreation Center and a robbery in the early morning hours on the Unit block on M St. SW. Also, there has been 50% decrease in thefts from autos. There have also been a substantial increase in gun recoveries. Hrebenak committed to continuing aggressive deployment near Safeway and clearing out the grounds of the Greenleaf Rec Center after hours.

Chair of the ANC 6D Transportation Kirk Sander provided a summary of the group’s immediate objectives, which are to examine the issues surrounding the Wharf.

The commission heard presentations about no-cost solar power from Solar Options, cybersecurity and CISA Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Assessments (CISA), the Office of People’s Counsel and Project Pipes.

Commissioner Pawley confirmed that the CVS Safeway is scheduled to close on May 15.

Chair Kramer nominated Anthony Chase as the 6D07 representative to the ABCA Committee.

Commission voted to:

  • support a liquor license and community agreement for the Merchant Marina at 635 Wharf St. SW;
  • support renewal of the liquor license and community agreement for Capitol Liquors at 1301 St. SW;
  • support a a liquor license and community agreement and withdraw the prior protest for Company Doughnuts at 1000 Fourth St. SW;
  • continue the employment of Donna Purchase as the commission’s administrative officer.

ANC 6D meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The next meeting is May 13, 2024. For more information, visit www.anc6d.org.

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