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ABC Board to Hold Hearing on U Street Liquor Moratorium Question

Wed., May 22 (1:30pm): The DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board will be holding its public hearing at the Reeves Center (14th & U Sts., NW) on the question whether the now much debated Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance-proposed five-year 14th and U Streets area liquor license moratorium be approved.

In advance of this hearing, the affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions held public meetings, culminating in the hugely attended March 20th joint ANC listening session. (See, “Proposed U Street Liquor Moratorium Heavily Opposed  at Meeting Called by Four ANCs Covering More Than 70,000 Ward 1 and Ward 2 Residents,” The InTowner, April 2013, issue PDF at page 1; http://tinyurl.com/cr6qhng.)

Subsequent to that standing room only meeting in the Thurgood Marshall Center’s gymnasium, both Logan Circle ANC 2F and Dupont Circle ANC 2B voted to reject the proposal; earlier, in February, the Shaw ANC 6E also reject the proposed moratorium. With the exception of the Dupont Circle ANC, the votes were unanimous in opposition; of Dupont’s commissioners, only recently elected Abigail Nichols, who also heads the local Alcohol Sanity Coalition (www.alcoholsanitycoalitiondc.org), voted to oppose. To summarize the overall result, of the approximately 34 individually elected ANC commissioners representing the four affected neighborhoods, only a single commissioner voted in favor of imposing the proposed moratorium.

Coincidentally, during the same week that the Dupont Circle ANC voted to reject the moratorium, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) voted to support the implementation of the proposed moratorium.