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At Tuesday night's ANC 6B meeting, two south-of-the-freeway issues were voted on (remember, the section from 7th Street to M Street eastward is 6B04, not 6D07):
* By a 7-3 vote, 6B will now support the liquor license application by the Bavarian Beer Garden at 8th and L streets, SE, provided the Voluntary Agreement hammered out by 6B and BBG is approved by ABRA. (Back in December, 6B had voted to not support/protest the license until a VA was agreed to.) Under this agreement, the beer garden's overall hours of operation will remain from 11 am to 1 am Sunday through Thursday and 11 am to 3 am Friday and Saturday, but there are now slightly amended hours for entertainment. Entertainment indoors is approved from noon to midnight on Sundays, 6 pm to midnight Monday through Thursday, and noon to 2 am on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. Hours for "summer garden entertainment and dancing" are from noon to 11 pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 11 am to 1 am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Holidays, with none allowed outdoors on Mondays.
Kirsten Oldenberg, the 6B04 rep in whose single-member district the beer garden will be located (and who now has a blog!), expressed lingering concerns about allowing a tavern license in this location, while David Garrison reminded the meeting that there are residences on 7th Street whose backyards will be directly across from the outdoor garden. Norm Metzger mentioned that this establishment doesn't exactly fit in with the ideas for revitalizing the area as seen in the Lower 8th Street Visioning Draft Report. But despite the concerns, the liquor license application will be moving forward, with only new 6B chairman Neil Glick, Garrison, and Metzger opposing.
The commissioners still have not been shown any designs for the beer garden; however, while the lot's co-owner, Mark Brody, told the commission last month that he planned to build a temporary structure as quickly as possible with a permanent building coming (perhaps) in a few years, it's now been determined that since the block is in the Capitol Hill Historic District a temporary building is not allowed. So there will have to be a "real" building, and its design will be subject to historic review by all applicable organizations before it can move forward.
* New 6B02 rep Ivan Frishberg brought to the commission a draft letter to DCPS in support of reopening Van Ness Elementary, since interim chancellor Kaya Henderson said last month that the school system is "committed" to making a decision on the school this month. There was a lot of discussion, and a lot of questions brought up by David Garrison about the boundaries of the school, how it might impact the schools on the Hill, costs to get the school reopened, and more, but in the end the commission voted to approve the letter. (I *think* the vote was 7-2-1, but am trying to get it confirmed.) UPDATE: Oops. The vote was 9-0-1.
UPDATE: Here's another wrap-up of the meeting from The Hill is Home, who could hear what was going on a lot better than I could....
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Bruce says: (1/12/11 3:34 PM)
I am so glad that ANC 6B supports the re opening of Van Ness. The draft put forth to the commission by 6B02 Rep Frishberg to theDCPS based on the successful meeting in December at the Marriott clearly demonstrates that support.
Thank you to Tommy Wells along with the ANC Commissioners who attended that meeting and thank you to the residents for their support. It was nice to see both SE/SW residents come together on this.
As Tommy Wells mentioned at the meeting, the cost to re-open the school should not be that high.
In addition, with the help pledged by EYA, that cost will be a bit lower.
I remain in touch with Chancellor Henderson's office.
I would ask that this letter by sent to DCPS as soon as possible since a decision is due this month.

Bruce DarConte


Thomas Riehle says: (1/13/11 10:30 AM)
More information about ANC-6B meeting here:

www.emmcablog.org

Excellent write-up, JDLand. We know how disorienting you find it to come up to this side of the SE/SW Freeway, and you handled the dislocation with aplomb, as always.



JS says: (1/14/11 3:05 PM)
@Bruce - Are you running for some local office? At times it seems you try to engage everyone like you are the mayor of Near SE DC. Shouldn't we be going through David Garber for things like this? Isn't he our elected representative for the community?

Didn't a parent initially setup the meeting with then Chancellor Michelle Rhee? So I thought the parents group was in contact with the office. Are you the main POC and leader of the Parents Group? Were you elected?

Apologize to have so many questions, but I guess I'm not sure where you fit in the overall SE-DC hierarchy. Maybe a quick explanation of your status for the area is useful.


F says: (1/14/11 7:03 PM)
Bruce,
Thanks as usual for providing not only useful information and thoughts for the SE community, but for taking the time to talk with people who can help bring about these changes. One of the greatest strengths of the Near SE community its abundance of concerned and energetic residents like yourself.


Bruce says: (1/15/11 11:28 AM)
F, Thank you so much....The kind words are appreciated.
JS: No i am not running for anything. I set up the meeting with Chancellor Henderson at the Marriott with much help from the Parents group. We all work well together. They are very dedicated.
A Capitol Quarter resident and friend had Rhee over for a meet and greet way back.
Please do not misunderstand, I am merely a proud member of the Parents group and they have very effective leadership (it is not me).
The effort to re open Van Ness started long before David was elected.
David and I work closely on this. Him and I became friends and I value that friendship. He is a great guy. I merely engage our local officials (such as Garber and Wells) since I am a constituent.
I am involved with many things around the community as a resident and a Board member of Capitol Quarter. (Van Ness is something I work on as a resident).
As to the hierarchy, its not about that nor is there one. I believe in our community and want to see it flourish. That is what motivates me.
Nothing else.
That is where I fit in.
Thanks,
Bruce

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