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November 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

Tuesday November 15, 2016, 7:00 pm
(The October meeting was cancelled.)
The meeting was held at Gingras Ecumenical Center, 1419 V Street NW.  
Association Business
2017 Board Nominations 
In addition to the existing slate, Ken Yu of New Hampshire Ave. accepted a nomination to join the Board. The nomination window will remain open through December; please contact any Board member or presidnet@meridianhilldc.org if you are interested or would like to nominate someone else.
2017 dues level
Considered new dues level. Members with long experience in MHNA noted that the dues level has not changed since 1996 when MHNA was established. After brief discussion, it was moved and seconded to increase the 2017 dues level from $20 to $25 annually. The motion passed unanimously.
It was also noted that members in financial hardship may seek to waive the dues requirement, and that members who pay their 2017 dues prior to the end of the year may do so at the lower $20 level.
Holiday /New Year's Party
MHNA Secretary Christina Parascandola offered her house for the annual party. We subsequently set the date as Friday January 13, or Thursday January 12, from 7 – 9 pm.
Fundraising and Development Activities
Participants discussed a "welcome packet" for new neighborhood residents that would provide information about neighborhood and District resources, governmental structure, and local institutions such as MHNA. Associated ideas included a "welcome" page on the MHNA web site that a packet could point to, with occasionally updated information.
A fundraising idea involved a historical walking tour, which could be organized on a fee or donation basis, possibly in conjunction with a historian who has recently written or is currently writing a book about the area. 
ABRA License Renewals / Updates
Mulebone Petition to Terminate SA / Renewal Application
Chris reported that negotiations on a settlement agreement were completed, and that the SA was in the process of being filed with ABRA. [Note: after the meeting, the ABC Board considered the SA, and accepted most of the substantive provisions but mandated changes to agreed provisions that simply would have required the establishment to notify concerned neighbors if it seeks to modify its license.
Franklin Hall
This proposed tavern (ABRA license 103899) would be a sizeable beer hall at 1346 Florida Avenue (the Manhattan Laundry building). MHNA, the ANC, and a large group of neighbors on Florida Avenue have been negotiating a settlement addressing potential noise concerns, and last week participated in a mediation conducted by ABRA staff. 
Land Use and Preservation
2213 14th Street (at Florida Ave.)
Chris Young described the proposed residential tower with residential space plus 33 condominiums (with 2 or 3 being affordable), and the requested zoning relief (only 3 parking spaces as opposed to the normally required 12, reduced rear setback, and others)-among other reasons due to financial hardship of complying with the "of right" requirements. The conversation noted that the developer requesting a variance should bear a burden of proof that meeting the requirements is an actual burden, but that the developer, Goldstar Group, did not appear to submit financial pro forma statements at all. Based on this discussion, members voted 5 - 0 to support having Chris oppose the variances at the upcoming hearing before the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment. 
Meridian International Center Project
A petition in opposition to the proposed Meridian Hall development at 1624 Crescent Place NW, has been circulated, and MHNA's Facebook page has been used to promote this petition. MHNA has never discussed this proposal, either at an open meeting nor among the Board. No representatives of the project or of its opponents were present at the meeting.  MHNA still has not considered the proposal.
New Business / Announcements
ABRA Training
Targeted to licensees; Dec 1, 2 - 4 pm
Next scheduled meeting:
January 17, 2016
(May be superseded by the annual New Year's event planned for 1/12 or 1/13 2017)
January Volunteer Event
Plans are in the works for a January volunteer event with Martha's Table

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