Housing Complex

Ledroit House May Get Rehabbed After All [UPDATE: For Ari Shapiro!]

Buyer finally found. (Darrow Montgomery)

Don't you just love happy endings? Or probable happy endings at least? 1922 3rd Street NW, the dignified house on the huge corner lot in Ledroit Park, has a new contract buyer and a new renovation plan—and this time, the house's curse may finally be lifted.

Last summer, of course, Community Three Development had hoped to renovate the house and add a large condo addition on the side yard. But neighbors hated that idea, and the Historic Preservation Review Board took a dim view of the plans, so the deal fell apart.

According to Zillow, the house went off the market at the end of April, priced down to $825,000 from $950,000 originally. One Michael Gottlieb, whom I've so far been unable to reach, wishes to turn it into a single-family home—a dramatic change from the 12 units Community Three had proposed, and one that local ANC commissioner Myla Moss says she can support.

The HPRB is looking more favorably on this design as well, putting it on its consent calendar for last month's meeting. "The proposal, by virtue of its small scale, historic materials, and modest ornament adheres to the Board's guidelines for additions in historic districts and is compatible," the staff report reads. "The proposal is a well-earned result for a community and Board who have recently spent much time and effort to protect this very important part of Ledroit Park."

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m. - You might not know who Gottlieb is, but you probably have heard the mellifluous voice of his husband Ari Shapiro, who is National Public Radio's Washington correspondent.