For the first time in well over a year Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F (ANC) called their monthly meeting to order with a fully seated Commission. Matt Connolly will represent Single Member District 2F05 — the seat had been vacant since the previous commissioner did not seek re-election. Connolly filed a petition for the seat late last year and did not face any opposition.
The first order of business for 2012 was the election of new officers for the ANC. The venerable Charles Reed (SMD 2F01) announced that he could no longer assume the role of chair due to some health issues. Mike Benardo (2F06) is the new chair, Matt Raymond (2F04) was elected vice-chair, Sam Goekjian (2F03) will continue as treasurer and Nick Barron (2F02) will be Commission secretary.
Commission Asks for Permanent Closure of Mood Lounge
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) portion of the meeting took up the issue of the double stabbing outside Mood Lounge at 1318 9th Street, NW. Several commissioners and Kimbel recounted blatant and repeated voluntary agreement violations, and public safety concerns associated with the nightclub.
The ANC voted unanimously to ask the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) for permanent closure of the establishment. The ABC Board hearing on Mood Lounge is today, Friday, January 13.
Building Security on 1400 Block R Street
During the community forum portion of the meeting, Sherri Kimbell, director of Constituent Services for Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), announced that the Section 8 housing complexes on the south side of the 1400 block of R Street, NW now all have the same security company. It is hoped that this will improve communication and safety in the area. The block was the scene of a daytime shooting late last year.
New Restaurant in Well Built Space
Also on the agenda Wednesday evening was the ABRA application for an Italian restaurant to be located in the WellBuilt furniture space at 1541 14th Street NW. Tad Curtz, of Standard BBQ at 14th and S Streets, is behind the new venture. No representative of the planned restaurant was present at the meeting, and none of the commissioners had any additional knowledge of the project. The ANC then voted unanimously to protest the liquor license application. This was done subject to the negotiation of a voluntary agreement. ANCs routinely protest liquor license applications pending a Voluntary Agreement with the establishment, which may stipulate certain conditions for operating.
Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with Michael Benardo, a one-term incumbent in ANC 2F06. He is being by Kate McMahon; her interview will run Wednesday.
ANC 2F06 is the area at the east side of ANC 2F, roughly between 9th and 11th Streets south of Logan Circle to I Street NW, and between 11th and 13th Streets north of the Logan Circle to R Street NW (see the map below the fold). You can learn more about the district at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 2F has six commissioners and includes Logan Circle, Thomas Circle and areas to the east.
ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)