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17th Street Liquor Moratorium to be Subject of Community Meeting

Mon., May 21 (7pm): The Dupont Circle ANC will be holding the first of two “listening sessions” at Foundry United Methodist Church (16th & P Sts., NW) to gauge community sentiment relative to the perpetual question whether the 17th Street liquor license moratorium should once again be renewed after having been in place in one iteration or another for over 20 years. A follow-up session will be held on June 24th at the same location and same time.

When the Board last renewed this moratorium four years ago this month it indicated its skepticism about what had become a seemingly endless regime, noting “that while it gave great weight to the ANC and considered heavily the concerns of the residents who live most closely to the commercial corridor, it is the Board’s position that moratoriums are not meant to be in place indefinitely. The existing East Dupont Circle Moratorium has been in place for over 18 years and there has been a great deal of change in the neighborhood it is intended to preserve. The Board recognizes that the moratorium has worked well for the neighborhood, but it will also closely examine the need to renew the moratorium when it expires. . . .”