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Newsstand application at the Southwest corner of 23rd and Lexington

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019, the
following resolution passed with a vote of 40 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Mohammed Ahmet (“Applicant”) seeks a permit to install and operate a newsstand on the
SWC of Lexington and 23rd Street; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would be located in a heavily congested area and create numerous
obstructions; and

WHEREAS, The proposed newsstand would create an unnecessary burden on pedestrian flow; and

WHEREAS, The applicant was required to attend the public hearing and post notification in the
community, but did neither; and

WHEREAS, The applicant’s representation refused to cooperate with requests from Community Board
Five for public posting and attendance at the public hearing, stating that they had no intention to do so;
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application to install a newsstand at
the SWC of Lexington and 23rd Street; and be it further

RESOLVED, Recognizing that the cost of applying for a newsstand is very high for small business
owners and operators, Community Board Five continues to request that DCA should refund the fee for
any application denied.

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