Tree Lighting in Arts District
The coordinators of the Arts District branding project sent out email invitations last week to come to the “First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony n the Arts District” at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW. Around 30 people, including Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) turned out for the 5 pm tree lighting. Andrea Doughty, one of the Arts District branding project coordinators, said that the final branding logos will be unveiled the week of December 20, and that the lamppost banners “are coming very very soon.” The banners were originally scheduled to have been up the first weekend of this month. (See Stuff You Might Have Missed: Arts District Update from December 6 and Wrap-up of Last Arts District Branding Public Meeting from November 10.)
“Make liquor licenses collaborative, not adversarial”
Natalie Avery, former executive director of the MidCity Business Association, has a piece at Greater Greater Washington on how to make the liquor-license process in DC more collaborative and less adversarial. (Disclosure: Borderstan is a member of MCBA.) Borderstan’s Tom Hay has written extensively about Hank’s Oyster Bar and its desire to vacate its Voluntary Agreement and expand into the adjacent empty storefront. As Avery notes about Hank’s:
“Take the Hank’s Oyster Bar case. After seven months, thousands of dollars in legal fees, hours of hearings before the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board, and unproductive battles waged in blogs and meeting rooms, what’s the result? The ABC Board granted Hank’s application and ordered the owner to mitigate noise concerns of the abutting neighbor. What has this process achieved? It has cost the business owner, protesters, and the government an inordinate amount of time and money. It has torn apart the community and discouraged civic participation. It has further discouraged innovative businesses going through the hassle of trying to open a place in the District.”
15th Street Bike Lane Extension Nears Completion
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) reports that the extension and changes to the 15th Street bike lane are nearing completion. The DDOT project is lengthening the dedicated bike lane — south of Massachusetts Avenue NW to E Street north of U Street to Euclid Street — and turning it into a two-way bike lane. See Bordertan’s latest story on the bike lane, 15th Street Bike Lane Going 2-Way; What About Parking?
ANC 1C Gives Thumbs Up on Boutique Edition Hotel Plan
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C-Adams Morgan passed a resolution in support of the $46 million tax abatement for the planned “next generation lifestyle hotel at Euclid and Champlain Streets NW – just south of Columbia Road and east of 18th Street. The hotel – an Ian Schrager, Marriott-managed property – will go into the empty, former site of a Christian Scientist Church. TBD has the details on the lengthy and contentious meeting that led to ANC 1C’s okay.
Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The Hamilton Artists Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2011-2013 term with a February 28 deadline. Hamiltonian Artists is based out of the gallery at 1353 U Street NW. The two-year fellowships were established to aid in the professional development of contemporary visual artists.