Time Running Out for Peaceoholics?
An ongoing zoning battle in Ward 8 between Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sandra “S.S.” Seegars and the Peaceoholics continued raging this week.
The ANC Seegars chairs, 8E, filed a motion with the Board of Zoning Adjustments on behalf of three residents—Brian Townes, Tonette Sivells and Shayla Edgerton—trying to stop Peaceoholics from developing a building they own on Congress Street SE. The filing says, pre-emptively, that a certificate of occupancy application for the building will be filed in error and that a building permit issued to the group was issued under false pretenses.
“Was the building permit inaccurately issued?” Seegers asked on behalf of the residents at a hearing Tuesday night.
Jauhar Abraham, CEO of the Peaceoholics, said the building will be an “independent living” facility for youth between the ages 18 and 24. The motion claimed the group's intended use for the building more closely resembles a “community based residential facility." That means Peaceoholics will need to show proof of several licenses which they do not currently have, according to Abraham. He says the building will serve as low-income housing for young adults who need some form of support or rehabilitation.
The case was continued until October 28, by which point the Peaceoholics should have submitted their certificate of occupancy application. The delay will also give the board more time to review the evidence Seegars and the ANC submitted.
If the proceedings are delayed much longer, though, Peaceoholics may find their allies in D.C. government are dwindling. The group was very tight with Mayor Adrian Fenty, but campaigned aggressively against Vince Gray's election.