The Corner Forum
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Issue #40

Updates

EXCELLO: Charles Burger, the chairman of the five-member Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, ordered on Wednesday that Excello Liquors (419 13th St. NE) and representatives of those residents who are protesting the renewal of Excello's liquor license meet for formal mediation, with Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration mediator Laverne Fletcher. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Michael Musante (6A05), who is officially representing about half of the protestants as well as the ANC itself, told Mr. Burger that he and I met the previous week with Sung Bang, the owner of Excello, Simon Osnos, Mr. Bang's attorney, and a translator, to discuss the possibility of settling the protest with a new voluntary agreement. At the meeting, Mr. Bang and Mr. Osnos expressed their willingness to try to address protestants' concerns. From at least some protestants' perspective, however, it seems unlikely that a new voluntary agreement would resolve the problems. Mr. Burger, the ABC Board chairman, strongly urged that a new voluntary agreement be reached. The Board scheduled a second status hearing for Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m., at which time it will again hear an update from both parties on any progress made toward a negotiated settlement. If the parties are unable to reach agreement, a formal protest hearing, which is structured like a trial, with witnesses and cross-examination, will be scheduled.

KINGSMAN: Michelle Gelsino, vice president of the Charter Schools Development Corporation, which is the new owner of Kingsman School, said yesterday that construction at the site is on schedule. Sasha Bruce charter school "plans to take occupancy in mid-August and start classes the day after Labor Day," she said. The charter school will be housed in the smaller, annex part of the building, on the west side of Kingsman. "And then, throughout next year, we'll be renovating the main building. Everything's going according to plan." Options Charter School is scheduled to move in, in time for the following school year.

LAKE FORT FISHER: Tawanna Shuford (724-8072 or tshuford@dccouncil.washington.dc.us), director of constituent services in Council member Sharon Ambrose's (Ward 6) office, said in an e-mail on Monday that she had contacted the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority's office of public relations, at 787-2200, and requested that WASA visit the location, and check and repair the drainage. She said if there is no drainage, she will contact the Mayor's Citywide Call Center and request an alley repair.

LINCOLN PARK: Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Nicholas Alberti (6A04) said at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting on July 10 that he had spoken with John Hale, the superintendent of National Capitol Parks, East, about the closure of Lincoln Park at dusk. Mr. Alberti reported that Mr. Hale said the Parks Service is looking into extending the hours of operation. According to the August issue of The Buzz, Mr. Hale will attend the next North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association meeting, on Sept. 2, to address Lincoln Park issues. Mr. Alberti can be reached at 543-3512.

WASA RATES, METRO FARES: The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has voted to approve a 2.5 percent increase in water and sewer rates, beginning Oct. 1. For a typical residential customer, WASA said in a press release, the monthly bill will increase approximately $0.92, from $41.08 to $42.00 per month. For more information call WASA s office of public affairs, at 787-2200. See http://www.dcwasa.com. New Metro rates and hours took effect June 29. Among the changes: the regular bus and base rail fare was increased to $1.20, from $1.10. The senior/disabled fare was increased to $0.60 for bus and to one-half the regular fare for rail. Bus transfer fares increased to $0.35, from $0.25. For more information, call Metro Customer Assistance (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 637-1328. See http://www.wmata.com.

COMINGS AND GOINGS: If you have met one of the area's new residents or know someone about to move out, please ask them if they'd like to introduce themselves or say goodbye. According to the Long & Foster Web site, http://www.longandfoster.com, viewed yesterday, the real estate listings for the Corner Forum area have changed from July 5 as follows: 540 13th St. NE ($228,000) is newly listed. 1226 Duncan Pl. NE ($345,000) is listed again (it was listed for $335,000 on Dec. 13 but was no longer listed in February). 1242 Duncan Pl. NE ($324,990) was listed last week but was no longer listed yesterday. 1232 Duncan Pl. NE, 1320 Emerald St. NE and 1239 Duncan Pl. NE are no longer listed. The listing for 408 13th St. NE ($349,990) is unchanged.

CORNER FORUM ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The following people helped produce or distribute the July 18 issue of the Corner Forum: Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE (editing, folding, distributing); Tammi Cioffi, 536 13th St. NE (folding).

— Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE §