By B. K. Lunde

Our Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting was very congenial May 14, with at most one dissenting vote on each issue.

The D.C. Department of Transportation will be presenting its transportation study of M Street SW and SE from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the Capitol Skyline Hotel at 10 Eye St., SW.  They are inviting community input.

The DC Zoning Commission will hear the request by the developers of the Wharf for approval of the planned unit development of Parcels 2, 3, 4 and 11.  This includes parts of Water Street, Seventh and Ninth Streets SW and parts of the Waterfront.  The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at 441 Fourth St. NW.   Future hearings for various parts of The Wharf project will be held on July 2, 12 and July 23.  Written testimony should be submitted to the Zoning Commission at least 10 days before a hearing.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s legislation to enable the Wharf has been delayed in Congress, but it is still expected to come up for a vote in the next few weeks.

Canal Park is under construction.  It is three blocks long, running from M Street to L Street SE, between Second Street and Second Place SE.  It will have several water features, including a year-round fountain and a skating rink in the winter.  It will have a restaurant with a light box you can walk in.  Images will be projected on the box.  This November is the targeted opening date.

The Commissioners voted to send a letter concerning the CSX Virginia Avenue railroad tunnel construction project.  They would like to see the neighborhood be stronger, safer and quieter in the future than it is today.

Bob Craycraft will testify in the District Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning Committee hearing on the Maryland Avenue project at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in room 412 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.  He requested and got the unanimous support of the Commissioners for his support of the project, including the removal of the part of the Department of Energy Building that obscures the view of the Smithsonian Castle from Banneker Circle.
Chris Damon was introduced as the new chairperson of the ANC 6D Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee.  The Commission voted to recommend renewal of the licenses of Harry’s Reserve and Shulman Liquors.

Three races which will use the streets of Southwest were approved.  All are on Saturdays.  The Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure will occur on June 2.  The Tour de Fat Community Bike Parade will be on June 16, and the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will organize the Light The Way 5K on Sept. 29.

The Administrative Assistant for ANC 6D resigned, so his halftime administrative position is available.  Contact the Chair at alitsky@aol.com to apply for the job.

The next meeting of our Advisory Neighborhood Commission will be at 7 p.m. June 11.  It will feature plans for The Wharf, the development along the Southwest waterfront.  It will be in the second floor of 1100 Fourth Street SW, just north of Safeway. All are welcome..

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