ANC 2E Highlights: Smoke Shop Raid; Starr Restaurant Due Late 2023
By May 11, 2022 0 637•
The Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission — ANC 2E — held its monthly meeting remotely on Monday, May 2. The following are selected highlights.
Metropolitan Police Department representative, Sgt. Robinson told the commission there were no assaults with a dangerous weapon reported last month due to an increased presence of officers. Robberies were down 67 percent, two burglaries reported. One reported alongside sexual assault by a Georgetown University student which occurred in their residence in the 3500 block of O St. NW. The other in the 3300 block of Prospect St. NW where a resident left the garage door open and the suspect later entered and grabbed an item before fleeing.
Two motor vehicle thefts took place near the Georgetown waterfront. Robinson noted both vehicles were recovered and the area is being given special attention by MPD. Retail areas are getting hit hardest for reported thefts and theft from auto. A search warrant was used at a smoke shop located in the 3200 block of O St. NW. A handgun, ammunition, four pounds or marijuana, and U.S. currency were recovered. Since then, operations have ceased at that location. A handgun was discovered in plain view in a parked car in the 3400 block of Water St. NW. Two other handguns and ammunition were later recovered and the vehicle’s owner did not have a permit to carry the firearms.
DC Water Clean Rivers Project Update
Activities on South Street NW are about to come to a close and should be completely open by the end of May. The eastside of 31st Street NW has been worked on since November and is expected to end in the next few weeks. Once that phase is completed, work will move to the west side of 31st Street and should continue through June. Traffic will be one-way southbound and current traffic and parking restrictions on the eastside will flip to the other side of the street. Work in the Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW area will start in mid-May and go through July. The street will remain open during the day as it is now and flagging operations for traffic will be conducted at night during working hours. Traffic will remain one-way in each direction with normal access to intersections. The project will start on Water Street NW and will also start in mid-May to run through July. Traffic will be flagged in the Potomac Ave. area of Water Street. Project representatives noted they’re in the process of putting together a public forum for resident feedback in the next two-to-three weeks.
ANC 2E Quick Hits
2022 ANC 2E Elections: All eight commissioner seats will be on the ballot Nov. 8. Commissioners not seeking reelection are chair Rick Murphy (2E03), Jenny Mitchell (2E02), and Lisa Palmer (2E05). Petitions to get on a ballot will be available on July 20 and must be turned in by Aug. 10.
Residents to Protest License Renewal: Apero DC, located at 2622 P St. NW, is seeking the commission’s support for a Renewal of the Establishment’s Retailer’s Class C Restaurant License. A settlement agreement between the two parties was previously met two years ago. Neighbors have voiced their concerns, however, about the establishment’s lights and noise in the summer garden and plan to protest a license renewal with ABRA. After complaints from residents, ABRA visited the location and found no violations, according to commissioner Palmer. The commission can’t protest the license based on ABRA’s findings but will be monitoring the issue with residents going forward. The commission opted to make no comments to ABRA regarding the license renewal.
ABRA Motion for Planned Starr Restaurant: The commission voted to oppose an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration New Retailers Class C Restaurant License presented by the Georgetown Restaurant Group for an establishment located at 3276 M St. NW. The commission stated its support for the restaurant and agreed to communicate with ABRA once a settlement agreement is signed by both parties. The former Dean & DeLuca address will hold the Stephen Starr Italian restaurant and market due to open late 2023, his attorney said.
Jelleff Recreation Center Renovation Project: The commission adopted a resolution to discuss concerns with the project’s Resolution for Proposal. Concerns range from design, footprint and sustainable features to meet the needs of the community. “Meaningful community input” was also requested by commissioner Elizabeth Miller (2E07)
Hardy Middle School Renovation: The commission passed a motion to recommend the D.C. Council allocate funds to explore the need to modernize and expand Hardy Middle School located at 1819 35th St. NW.