It’s now official, the application for a liquor license at 2066 Rhode Island Ave NE has been WITHDRAWN!
You can view the entire order here. This means we’re officially done with this and we don’t need to show up on Feb 17.
This is a tremendous victory for the neighborhood and it would not have been possible without everyone’s combined effort. The sheer numbers we were able to produce came from everyone chipping in and stepping up – THANK YOU!!
Regarding the application for a liquor license for 2066 Rhode Island Avenue NE. The Protest Hearing that originally scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until Wednesday, February 17 at 4:30 PM (at the Reeves Center at 14th and U Street NW).
This is the final hearing where we will make our case to the DC Alcohol Beverage Control Board and they will decide to approve or deny this application. In order to prepare the protest hearing, we’ll be having a community meeting on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 PM, location TBD (somewhere in the neighborhood).
There are a few things to note as we get ready for the protest hearing:
- We need to submit all our evidence – in an orderly fashion – 7-10 days prior to the hearing. They will not accept one-off items from the public, it all needs to be gathered and submitted 7 days in advance. Please bring any such evidence to the meeting on Feb 3.
- Gather evidence! Mostly this means keeping an eye on the other establishment the applicant owns, SIP Nightclub, the one across from the new Woodridge library construction site. If you are out late (or early) and see people being disorderly around SIP, take out your phone and get a video. Same for litter or other quality of life issues. Part of our case to the ABC board will be that the applicant has not been a responsible business owner at his current location.
- Only people who signed the protest petition are were granted status are able to submit written or verbal testimony. Unfortunately if you weren’t a part of the process at that point, you are not a part of the party that is bringing the protest (in the eyes of the ABC board).
- Are you a Notary or do you know one who would volunteer for us? Ideally, we would have that person at the meeting on Wed, Feb 3 and they can notarize the letters right there at the meeting.
So the two meetings to be aware of:
Community Meeting to plan for protest
Wednesday, February 3
Location: TBD (in the neighborhood)
This is a meeting to coordinate the case we’ll bring at the protest hearing
Alcohol Beverage Control Board Protest Hearing
Wednesday, February 17
4:30 PM – until late
Location: Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW (At U Street NW)
This is the protest hearing that will determine if the application is approved.
St. Francis de Sales Church is generously sponsoring a bus from the neighborhood to the protest hearing. Details to follow.
Thanks to the nearly 30 people who showed up to testify (on short notice!) at Monday’s Department of the Environment hearing to protest two new auto spray facilities applying for permits to open in our neighborhood. One one person spoke in favor of the permits, everyone else was opposed.
I would especially like to thank Councilmember McDuffie, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Debbie Smith-Steiner, Walter Deleon, and Michael Morrison, Friends of Rhode Island Ave Executive Director Kyle Todd, Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos Davis, and Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association President Tom Bridge.
We honestly don’t know if these permits will get issued or not. But we’ve come a long way in just having a hearing, and then turning out in reasonably large numbers for that hearing. In past years these permits would sail through for approval but Councilmember McDuffie has worked to empower the regulators to hold these hearings and I’m heartened that our community showed up in such good numbers. I’ll keep everyone posted on those permits.
Read Councilmember McDuffie’s full comments after the hearing here.