February 15 Idaho Avenue Shelter Meeting

February 15 Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team Minutes

December 20 Idaho Avenue Shelter Meeting

December 20 Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team Minutes

ANC 3C Special Meeting, Tues Jan 31 at 7pm

ANC 3C has scheduled a special community meeting to discuss the Ward 3 Emergency Shelter zoning application on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7pm, at the Second District Police Station. There will be a brief presentation by the city. The meeting is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and to express views about the zoning issues.
The city is requesting zoning variances to build a taller building with more stories that is permitted and to eliminate a required loading dock. In addition, the city is requesting a special exception to provide less on-site parking than required and to provide a shelter for more residents than zoning permits as a matter of right. A hearing at the BZA is scheduled on March 1. The ANC will consider the zoning application at the Feb. 20 public meeting.

Nancy MacWood, Chair, ANC 3C

2nd Meeting of Ward 3 Short-term Family Housing Advisory Team

October 6, 2016

CPCA overview

  • Purpose of meeting was to meet with the newly appointed architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross (ASG).
  • Since no specifics were available, including location of building on site, discussion was very general.
  • Separate meeting with District 2 police department is being planned.
  • Zeilinger clarified that tennis courts and Newark Street Garden were not part of potential site.
  • Issues raised by advisory committee members
    • need full traffic study
    • need zoning study
    • parking is major problem already
    • transportation for children to get to their schools
      • response: they will be taking public transportation
    • height of building and available green space
    • natural screening needed
    • design should blend in with community
    • what housing is available for families leaving the shelter?
    • what is planned for DC General property after families are moved out?

Other issues raised by Laura Zeilinger

  • Need to recognize tradeoffs re what will fit in footprint of site
    • Daycare will not be provided on site because continuity is important for children. Children will be given priority for highest quality daycare programs in city so children should not be moved from these programs to temporary shelter program and lose their slots.
    • Recreation space will be provided on site.
  • 3 meals/day will be provided via meal delivery service
    • DHS has experience with meal deliveries.
  • Issues identified as within the scope of advisory committee input
    • Listening and responding to concerns and questions raised by the community regarding quality of life issues during construction and during program operation including noise, parking, and coming/going of residents and staff.

Next Advisory Committee meeting will be scheduled when architectural renderings are available. Community meeting will also be scheduled by DHHS.