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All Souls - ABRA

All Souls - ABRA

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The ruling of the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruling in the matter of All Souls, LLC, 725 T Street NW, Washington, DC.
The ruling of the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruling in the matter of All Souls, LLC, 725 T Street NW, Washington, DC.

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THEDISTRICTOFCOLUMBIAALCOHOLICBEVERAGECONTROLBOARDIntheMatterof:
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Il-PRO-000900881792012-278AllSouls,LLC
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AllSoulsApplicationtoRenewaRetailer'sClassCTLicenseatpremises725TStreet,N.W.Washington,D.C.20001
BEFORE:
RuthanneMiller,ChairpersonNickAlberti,MemberDonaldBrooks,MemberHermanJones,MemberCalvinNophlin,MemberMikeSilverstein,Member
ALSOPRESENT:
AllSouls,LLC,t/aAllSouls,ApplicantAndrewKline,Non-LawyerRepresentative,onbehalfoftheApplicantBerthaDudleyandStanleyMayes,onbehalfofAGroupofFiveorMoreIndividuals,ProtestantsEricaHurtt,onbehalfofAGroupofFiveorMoreIndividuals,ProtestantsMarthaJenkins,GeneralCounselAlcoholicBeverageRegulationAdministration
FINDINGSOFFACT,CONCLUSIONSOFLAW,
ANDORDER
INTRODUCTION
AllSouls,LLC,t/aAllSouls,(Applicant)filedanApplicationforanewRetailer'sClassCTLicense(Application)atpremises725TStreet,N.W.,Washington,D.C.WefindtheApplicationappropriatefortheneighborhood,andgranttheApplicantaRetailer's
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ClassCTLicense.WealsoapprovetheVoluntaryAgreement,datedMarch19,2012,submittedbytheApplicantduringthehearing,andincorporatetheagreement'stermsintothisOrder.
ProceduralBackground
TwoGroupsofFiveorMoreIndividuals(Protestants),onerepresentedbyBerthaDudleyandStanleyMayes,andtheotherrepresentedbyEricaHurtt,timelyfiledaprotestagainsttheApplicationunderDistrictofColumbiaOfficialCode§25-602.ThepartiescamebeforetheAlcoholicBeverageControlBoard(Board)foraRollCallHearingonDecember27,201I,andaProtestStatusHearingonFebruary8,2012.TheProtestHearingoccurredonMarch21,2012.TheBoardlefttherecordopenuntilApril9,2012,inordertogiveAdvisoryNeighborhoodCommission(ANe)IBadditionaltimetovoteontheproposedVoluntaryAgreementwiththeApp1icant.TheBoardnotesthatANC1Bwasdismissedfromthisprotest,becausearepresentativeoftheANCdidnotappearattheProtestStatusHearing.InreAllSouls,LLC,tlaAllSouls,BoardOrderNo.2012-094,1-2(D.C.A.B.C.B.Mar.7,2012).Nevertheless,ANCIBproperlysubmittedarecommendationunderDistrictofColumbiaOfficialCode§25-609.TheBoardrecognizesthatanANC'sproperlyadoptedwrittenrecommendationsareentitledtogreatweightfromtheBoard.SeeFoggyBottomAss'nv.DistrictofColumbiaABCBd.,445A.2d643(D.C.1982);D.C.Code§§1-309.10(d);25-609(WestSupp.2012).Accordingly,theBoard"mustelaborate,withprecision,itsresponsetotheANC['s]issuesandconcerns."FoggyBottomAss'n,445A.2dat646.Here,ANC1BrecommendsthatwedenytheApplication,becauseitwillnegativelyimpacttheneighborhood'speace,order,andquiet.Therefore,althoughANCIBwasdismissedasaProtestant,theBoardwillaccordANC1B'srecommendationgreatweightasrequiredbylaw.WefurthernotethatourdecisionalsoconsiderstheissuesraisedbytheProtestants;namely,thattheApplicationisinappropriateonthegroundsthatitwilladverselyimpactthepeace,order,quiet,pedestriansafety,andrealpropertyvaluesofthearealocatedwithin1,200feetoftheestablishment.D.C.Code§25-313(b)(WestSupp.2012);23DCMR§§1607.2;1607.7(b)(WestSupp.2012);
ProtestPetition,
1.Further,ourdecisionalsoconsiderstheproximityoftheestablishmenttoanyschools;"theeffectoftheestablishmentontheoperationandclienteleof[nearby]schools;"whethertheestablishmentwillundulyattractschool-agechildrengoingto,presentat,orcomingfromaschool;and"[wJhetherissuanceofthelicensewouldcreateorcontributetoanoverconcentrationoflicensedestablishments...."D.C.Code§25-314(a)(WestSupp.2012).Finally,wehavereviewedtheVoluntaryAgreementsubmittedbytheApplicant,andEnditlegallysufficient.Therefore,weincorporateitstermsintothisOrder,andmakeitbindingontheApplicant,EricaHurtt,PeterPatel,andBonnieBogleunderDistrictofColumbiaOfficialCode
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FINDINGSOFFACTTheBoard,havingconsideredtheevidence,thetestimonyofthewitnesses,theargumentsoftheparties,andalldocumentscomprisingtheBoard'sofficialfile,makesthefollowingfindings:1.Background1.TheApplicantrequeststhattheBoardissueitaRetailer'sClassCTLicenseatpremises725TStreet,N.W.,Washington,D.C.See
ABRAProtestFileNo.ll-PRO-00057.
TheBoardfurthernotesthattheApplicanthasunilaterallyamendeditsApplicationsothattheestablishment'soperatinghoursbeginat5:00p.m.,MondaythroughFriday,andhaswithdrawnitsrequestforoutdoorseating.
Transcript(Tr.),
March21,2012at6;
ABRALicensingFileNo.088179;
LetterfromAndrewJ.KlinetoAlcoholicBeverageRegulationAdministration(Mar.16,2012).2.TheApplicantpresentedaproposedVoluntaryAgreementwith
ANC
1B,EricaHurtt,PeterPatel,andBonnieBogletotheBoard.See
ABRAProtestFileNo.1l-PRO-00090,
VoluntaryAgreement.WetakeadministrativenoticethatANCIBvotednottoapprovetheagreement;andtherefore,isnolongerapartytotheagreement.Therefore,theagreementissolelybetweentheApplicant,EricaHurtt,PeterPatel,andBonnieBogle.3,Theestablishmentiscurrentlyunderconstruction,andnotopentothepublicatthistime.
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at24.TheestablishmentwillbelocatedinacommercialC-2-Azone.
ABRAProtestFileNo.JJ-PRO-00090,ProtestReport,
at4.TherecordsoftheAlcoholicBeverageRegulationAdministration(ABRA)showthat32licensedestablishmentsexistwithin1,200feetoftheApplicant'sestablishment.Id.at5-6.Therearenorecreationcenters,publiclibraries,ordaycarecenterslocatedwithin400feetoftheestablishment.Id.at7.Nevertheless,theClevelandElementarySchool,atpremises18258thStreet,N.W.,islocated193feetfromtheestablishment.Id.AmapproducedbytheGeographicInformationSystemshowsthatMesobeRestaurantandDeliMarket,whichholdsaRetailer'sClassCRLicense,islocatedwithin400feetofClevelandElementarySchool.See
ABRAProtestFileNo.JJ-PRO-00090,
GISMap(Jun.4,2012).
II.
ABRAInvestigation4.ABRAInvestigatorTyroneLawsoninvestigatedtheApplicationforABRA.
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at12.ABRAInvestigatorsmonitoredtheestablishmenton25separateoccasionsbetweenFebruary9,2012,andMarch13,2012.
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at25.5.Duringhisinvestigation,InvestigatorLawsonpersonallyobservedtheparkingsituationintheareasurroundingtheestablishment.
Tr.,
3/21112at23-250.Theareahas"acombinationofresidentialparking,off-streetparking,pay-to-park-meters...."
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at24.Thereare15to20unrestrictedspaceson8thStreet,N.W.
Tr.,
3/21112
at24.InvestigatorLawsonfoundthatValetUSA,avaletcompany,operatesgatedparkinglots,whichareopenfrom7:00a.m.to7:00p.m.
Tr.,
3/21112
at24;
ProtestReport,
at7.Lastly,therearethreepublicparkinglotsneartheneighborhood.
Tr.,3/21/12
at7.
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