ANC Highlights: DPR, Canal Boat, 2900 M, Sports & Social
The Georgetown-Burleith Neighborhood Advisory Commission – ANC 2E – held its monthly meeting remotely on Monday, April 4. Here are some selected highlights.
Commissioners welcomed new student representatives from Georgetown University: Arnav Kumar (ANC 2E08) and Cimrun Srivastava (ANC 2E04).
the Metropolitan Police Department robberies and motor vehicle thefts increased from last year.
Wayne Turnage, Deputy Mayor of Health and social services, regarding the mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023, featured on his department’s work, touting the launch of “Homeward DC 2.0” by the Interagency Council on Homelessness. He spoke about the focus on housing as well as social services as well as the status of the pilot camp program. “We have more than enough vouchers to give away to everyone living on the streets,” he said. “The challenge is infrastructure”, housing, “the solution will have to go through rental housing and social housing. … There is a “multiplicity of problems that people bring to life without housing”.
Council Member Brian Romanowski Brooke Pinto’s Office talked about Earth Day, April 24 activities and the May 21 bike ride, while talking about the redistricting task force and upcoming budget work. He said stormwater management at Mt. Zion Cemetery is ongoing and noted that funding for car start-ups is expected to triple – so, “be careful where you park.”
Tommie Jones provided an update on the Department of Parks and Recreation, for projects in the neighborhood – early summer camp registrations, go to DPR.DC.gov and DPRsummercamp.com where there are a “plenty of summer camp opportunities.” He said he hadn’t heard of the Jelleff Recreation Center finding a contractor. Commissioner Kishan Putta replied, “We have heard from the office of our Council Member, Brooke Pinto, that we are waiting for these projects to start. Pinto said Jelleff selected a contractor. Jones replied, “We’ll go back and check. I will double check. If the contractor is on board, we can get back to you. Commissioner Elizabeth Miller said: ‘It would be nice to have an SITT team right now’ [community engagement team]. ANC President Rick Murphy said: “Community members will be very, very upset if there is no formal community engagement process. We want to make sure the community is heard about this and it’s not just being imposed from the top down. Jones replied, “We pride ourselves on trying to ensure that residents’ voices are heard.”
Jennifer Romm, President of the Georgetown Heritage Board, announced April 28 the christening of the new riverboat at Lock 4 on Thomas Jefferson Street. The first riverboat rides for the public will begin on April 29. Georgetown Heritage is “delighted to bring back Georgetown Canal Tours”. They will offer “educational excursions” on the new boat. There will be five tours per day, Wednesday through Sunday; cost, $15. The nearby visitor center is being developed (masonry, resurfacing, etc.); towpath repairs and graffiti removal are also underway.
Chris Martin from Martin-Diamant Properties spoke about his properties in Georgetown and his vision for Georgetown. “Our plans” are to “reinvest in Georgetown,” he said. A board member of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, Martin said he got involved after a BID survey showed “only 40% said there was anything they wanted to buy at Georgetown”. He added, “We were thrilled to see the former theater in Georgetown become Compass Coffee and we will be bringing Maman, an upscale casual dining establishment from New York City to bring a new vibrancy to this block. Another block Martin is working on is the south side of the 2900 block of M Street NW. The Meridian cluster of 11 continuous buildings at 29 and M “will tell a new story on this block,” he said. “We are working on temporary art installations to invigorate and celebrate the rebirth of this block.”
Meanwhile, the commission will protest the license application of Sports & Social for a sports betting bar with kiosk at 3123-3125 M St. NW in the former RiRa restaurant space. The owners said the overall concept was “Sporty and social; Raising the bar in sports. It’s a “premium sports bar and restaurant” – with sports betting. They’ve already opened one at Bethesda.