More than a dozen community members attended the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3F monthly public meeting on Monday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Capital Memorial Church on Chesapeake Street, N.W.
Most individuals attended the meeting to comment on consideration of an application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) by Adams-Connecticut 1 LLC for a variance from the parking requirements to construct an apartment house of an anticipated 12 units with ground floor retail at 4469 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., the present location of the Shanghai Garden restaurant.
Representatives of the Franklin Montessori School, the establishment currently adjacent to Shanghai Garden, voiced concerns over how the construction project might affect the health and safety of students and the structural integrity of the school building. The company's development team refuted concerns over the project's impact on the school structure and pledged community cooperation on the project.
After debating the merits of the parking variance application, ANC 3F members voted 3-2 to voice neither support nor opposition to it. The application does not call for new Residential Parking Permits (RPPs), which mitigates concerns over additional cars parked on neighboring streets. Adams-Connecticut 1 LLC is currently exploring the possibility of renting parking spaces from nearby businesses for residents of the proposed apartment homes.
The D.C. Office of Zoning (OZ) will hold a hearing on the application November 2, 2010. The hearing will be webcast on the OZ website.
Cultural Tourism DC Project Director Sarah Fairbrother also attended Monday's meeting. She presented on the Tenleytown Heritage Trail and invited community members to a November 13 celebration of the project.
Karen Perry (3F02) chaired the meeting, with representatives Jane Solomon (3F03), Tom Whitley (3F04), Cathy Wiss (3F06) and Michael DiRienzo (3F07) in attendance.
Following the call to order and approval of the agenda, ANC 3F01 candidates Michael Siegel and Adam Tope introduced themselves. Karen Bailey, Roman Jankowski and Bob Summersgill also gave brief remarks, as they are running in uncontested races for 3F03, 3F05 and 3F07.
Current members Ms. Perry, Mr. Whitley, and Ms. Wiss are running for reelection in uncontested races, while Ms. Solomon and Mr. DiRienzo are stepping down from the commission upon completion of the present term.