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ANC1A Votes to Oppose DC Council’s Small Business Parking Bill

March 13, 2017

Enhanced parking sign limiting parking to area residents only.

On March 8, 2017, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) that represents Park View and northern Columbia Heights voted unanimously to oppose Council Bill 22-0125 that would expand access to the residential parking permit program (RPP) for small businesses having 10 employees or fewer that abut residential RPP blocks. Small business would pay the same annual $35 per pass rate that residents currently pay. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Robert White (at-large), Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), and Brandon Todd (Ward 4) on February 21, 2017. The bill had no co-sponsors and has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment.

The resolution passed by ANC1A identified the following areas that the legislation does not address:

  • the high demand for parking on public residential streets that currently exists in Ward 1;
  • how small business parking permits would be managed within the context of Ward 1’s enhanced RPP program; and,
  • if small businesses would be permitted to participate in the RPP program if they are located in new buildings where residents have been denied participating in the RPP program through restrictive covenants.

More broadly, the bill raises questions of equity and fairness. Currently, large developments that are unable to provide off-street parking are restricting their future residents from participating in the RPP program, suggesting that local streets are already at capacity with no space remaining for new residents. If participation in the RPP program is extended to out-of-District employees of business, does this set a precedent to other out-of-District employees such as teachers, police officers, firemen, etc.. Lastly, there is not indication that there any consideration was given for limited use of metered parking space on commercial corridors for employees. In any case, there certainly was no outreach from the Council to ANC1A prior to the introduction of the bill.

ANC1A will continue to be engaged on this issue as it is reviewed by the Council. On Wednesday, the ANC voted to oppose the Small Business Parking Permit Act of 2017 as it found the bill as introduced to be lacking an equitable balance for both businesses and residents. The approved ANC resolution identified a number of areas of concern, some being that it:

  • promotes a greater overall reliance on automobiles;
  • offers no rational for extending parking benefits to non-District residents;
  • does not audit the current availability of on-street parking or require DDOT to perform a transportation impact study on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis throughout the District of Columbia; and,
  • does not take into account the deeply subsidized fee currently extended to District residents when setting the fee for small business parking.

The full resolution is below:

Checking Out Story District’s Bright/Bold Storefront

March 7, 2017

Story District has been located on Georgia Avenue between Walls of Books and The Midlands since last fall, yet they really didn’t have much of a street presence that I recall until recently. When walking past their office over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that they now have a bold and inviting identity when you look at their storefront. I very much appreciate its colorfulness and inviting character.

King’s Deli Open, Under New Ownership

January 31, 2017
King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec Pl, NW.

As a follow up to my post last week regarding King’s Deli, I’ve since learned that it was recently sold and is now under new ownership. I had an opportunity to meet with the new owner on Sunday, and got to hear about their plans for the business.

While there is currently some irregularity with their hours of operation, they hope to spruce the place up and make it more inviting, both on the outside and within. I also asked about the recent health code violation, which I understand happened under the previous owner and has since been corrected.

I’ll provide more information as they are available.

Colony Club Joining Forces with DGS Delicatessen

January 30, 2017

sadies-weekdaysAccording to a new release shard by Colony Club, they are joining forces with DGS Delicatessen  to bring Dupont Circle top-notch coffee and bagels. The venture is called Sadie’s Weekdays and it will operate out of the DGS sandwich counter from 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Monday-Friday. This will allow people to grab a latte and breakfast before DGS opens its doors for lunch.

Sadie’s Weekdays, a collaboration between cousins and friends, is a nod to the classic New York bagel shop, with an emphasis on quality ingredients and preparation. Expect to see a bagel with soft scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and crispy DGS pastrami. The bagels are coming from DC’s own Bullfrog Bagels. Colony Club’s baristas will be behind the counter, brewing Ceremony Coffee (Annapolis, MD) and pulling shots of Tandem Coffee (Portland, ME).

Below is a copy of the Menu.

sadies-menu

 

 

King’s Deli and Grocery Closed Due to Health Code Violation

January 27, 2017
King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

I’ve learned that King’s Deli (located on the northeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Quebec Pl, NW) closed on January 17th due to operating without hot water, which is a health code violation.

As King’s Deli also has a liquor license, the liquor license will be put in safe keeping until the store reopens.

Latino Market May Be in the Works for Georgia Avenue

January 19, 2017

img_2030(Former D&B Deli site, just north of the old Murrays on Georgia Avenue.)

The old D&B Deli at 3412 Georgia Avenue (btw. Morton & Park Rd.) is closed and appears to be turning into a Latino Market. Its hard to tell how quickly this transformation will occur, as the Coming Soon sign for La Herradura Supermarket has been up since November.

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From the Core Studios Reopens

January 17, 2017
From the Core Studios, located at 3111 Georgia Avenue, NW

From the Core Studios, located at 3111 Georgia Avenue, NW

After being closed the last few months, From the Core Studios has reopened. According to an announcement to their Grand-Reopening this weekend, From the Core will have new instructors, new classes, and a dynamic new website coming soon!

While the new From the Core Website hadn’t gone live when I visited it, it looks like it should launch today. I’d recommend checking it out.


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