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June 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Tuesday June 21, 2016, 7:00 pm
The meeting was held at Gingras Ecumenical Center, 1419 V Street NW.
Introductions / Etc.
Members present included Chris Young, Kenneth Yu, and Stewart Bunn. Guests included Emily Gibbs and Corey Owens of WeWork.
WeWork Shared Workspace in Manhattan Laundry Building
(1348 Florida Ave., NW)
The historic Manhattan Laundry building, just west of 14th Street on Florida Avenue, will become a shared workspace for small and start-up businesses of all stripes—operated by an international company, WeWork—after several years of use as a charter school. The company also operates a shared work space in Shaw in the old Wonder Bread building, and this facility will be the sixth in the DC area. It is scheduled to open in early August.  MHNA Members have agreed that promoting daytime commerce in our neighborhood is a development priority, and this space, which will have a maximum capacity of over 900 workers using its work, office and meeting space, appears consistent with that goal.
Once open, the building will be staffed for full operation from 9am to 6pm, and open for members/renters at all hours. Members may rent space in a variety of sizes and configurations, intended for small businesses to grow in a flexible and collaborative environment. The space will include multiple conference rooms, and a large shared space appropriate for larger meetings or launch party events.
As discussed at an earlier meeting, WeWork will offer beer to its members. For this reason WeWork has obtained a Tavern license, even though it will not sell alcohol as part of its business or to the general public. The staff, know as Community Team Members, will be ABRA certified. 
The exterior of the historic building will not be modified. Representatives stated that signage typically consists of a decal on the window, which is what they expect here. The interior will preserve as many historic features as possible, including a large smoke stack in the primary large event space. WeWork will not offer parking on site (according to Emily and Corey, most WeWork members do not arrive by car). The street is primarily residential. At the moment, some “school loading” signs are still posted from the time that charter schools occupied the space.
ABRA License Renewals / Updates
Pizzeria Vetri.
Settlement Agreement finalized. (The Board agreed to support a one-time substantial change to Pizzeria Vetri’s liquor license, for DJ entertainment at its opening party June 24.)
MHNA attained standing in both related proceedings: the petition to terminate its Settlement agreement, and the application for renewal of its existing license.  Other parties include roughly half a dozen abutting property owners, a “Group of Five or More” that comprises more than one hundred members, and ANC 1B (for the petition to terminate only).
New Business / Announcements
ABRA training for residents and community organizations,
If you’re interested, a potentially informative training is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, July 28.
Next meeting:
• July 19, 2016

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