Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 1B, 2B/Dupont and 2F/Logan are hosting a public town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 20 to discuss the proposed liquor moratorium for the 14th and U Streets NW area. The meeting of the three ANCs will take place at The Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th Street NW) at 7 pm.
According to the organizing ANCs, “Though this is the only joint meeting being held on the proposal, ANCs may hold additional smaller meetingsÂ â€” decisions or actions will not be taken at this meeting.Â Organizers intend to give each participant one to two minutes to speak and request that members of the community direct their comments to the ANC Commissioners present.” (See Liquor License Moratorium Roadshow Visits ANC 2F.)
The Proposed Liquor Moratorium
TheÂ Shaw Dupont Citizens AllianceÂ (SDCA) and the Residential Action Coalition (RAC)Â citizen groups have filed a petition with the DCÂ Alcoholic Beverage Regulation AdministrationÂ (ABRA) to establish a liquor license moratorium zone for the 14th and U Street NW corridor. The two groups request thatÂ a circular zone be established that extends 1,800 feet from 1211 U Street NW.
So far, almost 1,000 residents have signed a petition against the moratorium.Â ANC 1B briefly discussed the proposed moratorium on February 7, but there wasÂ no official motion or vote on the meeting or any other aspect of the moratorium.Â
The filing of the moratorium petition by SDCA and RAC came just days after Mayor Vincent Gray officially enacted majorÂ changes to laws and regulationsÂ pertaining toÂ alcohol sales. Among the changes in the law is a provision that would dismiss any liquor license protest by a group of five or more residents if an applicant reaches an agreement with their ANC.