5th Annual Fall Fun Fest Scheduled for September 30th

Posted August 13, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The Friends of the Soldiers Home have announced that their 5th annual Fall Fun Fest will be held on September 33, 2018. The event is held at and coordinated with the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which opens its ground to the public for the event. In addition to the music, food, and games, one of the highlights for me is the antique car show held in the morning.

Laws to Protect Large Trees Sometimes Fail to Do Just That

Posted August 10, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Streets and Trees

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The District of Columbia is making a real effort to protect, maintain, and increase the city’s tree canopy. This includes large trees on private property. Private property trees between 44” and 99.9” in circumference are considered Special Trees. Trees that are greater than 100” in circumference are considered Heritage Trees.

The removal of Special Trees requires a Special Tree Removal Permit. Heritage trees in healthy condition cannot be removed. Yet, despite these protections I’ve seen large trees removed without permits on more than a single occasion, and often in parts of the neighborhood that can ill afford the loss of tree canopy.

The two cases that come to mind immediately are one that just occurred in the rear of 430 Manor Place. In this case a developer cut down a healthy special tree without a permit. Upon inspection, DDOT confirmed the special tree status and will be issuing a fine.

(All that remained of a special tree when DDOT was able to inspect the property on Manor Place, NW)

The other case occurred ca. 2015 when two large trees were cut down on the 800 block of Otis Place, NW, without permits. That case was particularly sad as they were the only two large trees on that block, and there is no public space available for new street trees. In both cases I alerted DDOT for inspections when they came to my attention.

The Tree Canopy Protection Amendment Act of 2016 is now in effect. It amended the law passed in 2002 known as the Urban Forest Preservation Act. The new law raised the fines for unlawful tree removal from $100 to no less than $300 per circumference inch. In simple math, if you cut down a tree that has a 50-inch circumference you could be fined $15,000.

Considering how long it takes trees to grow to maturity, the challenges we have in developing a tree canopy in many parts of the city, and the benefits that trees provide to neighborhoods, it is in the community’s best interest to protect our large trees. While the money raised through fines is significant and can help plant new trees … there really isn’t anything that can replace a mature tree for the current generation.

If you think a large tree is in danger of being cut down without a permit, you can reach out to DDOT, request an inspection via Twitter, or reach out to me for assistance. I’ll give the Ward 1 arborist a heads up.

(These large trees on the 800 block of Otis Place were cut down without permits around 2015, leaving the entire block absent of large, mature trees.)

Some Old Advertising Ink Blotters for Arcade Sunshine Cleaners

Posted August 9, 2018 by Kent
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I’m always looking out for ephemera related to the neighborhood, and recently I found some interesting advertising ink blotters for the Arcade Sunshine cleaners that were once located on Lamont Street between Georgia and Sherman. Other items I’ve found include matchbook covers and golf tees.

The site is currently being converted into 225 new housing units for the community.

A new Tavern is in the Works for 3549 Georgia Avenue

Posted August 8, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Development, Taverns

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(3549 Georgia Avenue is located on the east side of Georgia between Newton and Otis)

According to a notice I’ve received from ABRA, placards will go up on August 10th for a new tavern to be located Georgia Avenue. Below are the relevant details from the notice.

Notice is hereby given that this licensee has applied for a new license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such on the Roll Call Hearing date on October 9, 2018 at 10 a.m., 4th Floor, 2000 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.  Petition and/or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the Petition Date. The Protest Hearing date is scheduled on December 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

NATURE OF OPERATION

A tavern that is requesting a Summer Garden with seating for 13 patrons.  Interior seating for 20, with a Total Occupancy Load of 24.

HOURS OF OPERATION FOR INSIDE PREMISES AND SUMMER GARDEN

Sunday through Thursday 7am – 2am, Friday and Saturday 7am – 3am

HOURS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES, SERVICE, AND CONSUMPTION FOR INSIDE PREMISES AND SUMMER GARDEN

Sunday through Thursday 10am – 2am, Friday and Saturday 10am – 3am

Development at 705 Irving Bringing More Housing to Neighborhood

Posted August 7, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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The Lock7 Development project at 705 Irving Street, NW, is moving along quickly. In checking out their blog site the project is describe as featuring eight new units and, when completed, will feature six 1BR/1BA units and two 2BR/2.5BA units. You can see the rendering of the completed design below.

Amen Coffee & Juice Now Open in Park View

Posted August 6, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Coffee shops, Small Businesses

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The renovations at 3661 Georgia Avenue are complete, and Park View now has another option for coffee. Amen Coffee & Juice recently opened in the neighborhood and is located between Ace Check Cashing and Reliable Tavern, just south of the Georgia Avenue Metro. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but look forward to doing so soon.

Trouble Brewing at Kraken Axes

Posted August 3, 2018 by Kent
Categories: ABRA, Development, Small Businesses

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Kraken Axes is located in the former Murray’s at 3400 Georgia Avenue.

Kraken Axes hasn’t even gotten into full swing and it appears that trouble is already brewing. Kraken Axes opened in mid-December 2017 and is centered on the the sport of axe throwing in which the competitors throw an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bulls eye as near as possible, much like darts, but with axes.

In April, Kraken applied for a license to serve alcohol, both inside the establishment and on the parking lot, which they explained would be reconfigured as a Summer Garden. This drew a lot of concern from nearby neighbors leading to a negotiated Settlement Agreement with ANC1A which the Commission approved in May and the ABRA Board approved in June 2018.

Unknown to the ANC or community at the time of negotiation, ABRA was investigating Kraken Axes following ecomplaints they had received, leading to a hearing on June 27th before the ABRA Board (transcript here). The ABRA Board issued an ORDER REQUIRING APPLICANT TO DEMONSTRATE FITNESS FOR LICENSURE UNDER§ 25-301 AND ORDER on August 1, 2018, as a result of June hearing (full order here). In that order, Kraken Axes and D.C. Field House (both operated by the same owners), are directed to appear before the ABRA Board to demonstrate their qualifications for licensure. The hearing is scheduled for August 15, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at ABRA in the Reeves Building.

A review of the ABC Board order states that “The Board seeks the DENIAL of the applications filed by Kraken and D.C. Field House based on 23 DCMR § 401.1, and the Board’s determination that the Applicant, Anna Veloro, is unfit for licensure under D.C. Official Code§ 25-301(a)(l).”

The order lists the following three counts for their action with supporting information listed in their Order:

COUNT I: Denial of the application filed by Kraken Axes is warranted where the Applicant allowed, permitted, or engaged in various violations of the law that merit denial of the application under 23 DCMR § 401.1.

COUNT II: Denial of the application filed by D.C. Field House is warranted where the Applicant allowed, permitted, or engaged in various violations of the law that merit denial of the application under 23 DCMR § 401.1.

COUNT III: The Board may deem the Applicant unfit for licensure pursuant to D.C. Official Code§§ 25-301(a)(l) and 25-301(a-1) based on the Applicant’s conduct, or if any of the violations identified above are sustained.

The findings of fact are serious, indeed, and this is a case of great concern to ANC1A and the community. We’ll need to see the outcome of the August hearing to determine what, if any, next steps need to be taken.


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