A little after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, if you had been walking down New York Avenue NW towards the Convention Center, you would've seen an odd sight: A falling-apart old building on wheels, walking across the street. That's the former Hodge's Roast Beef Sandwich Shop, which had been elevated up on blocks in preparation [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Historic Preservation’
Last Thursday was the first day on the job for seven out of nine Historic Preservation Review Board members, and several of them wasted no time asserting their authority. In particular, they expressed concern over the size and modernity of developer JBG's plan for the empty lots on the south side of Florida Avenue between [...]
It's easy to bemoan the decrepit state of an historic building. Fortunately, the District has a couple of powerful tools to compel landowners to take care of them.
Take the building on the northeast corner of 11th and K Streets NW. Doug Jemal's Douglas Development bought it in 2003, and wrapped in one of the 32 [...]
Sorry for using a grainy picture from the application.
If you've pored through the recently-submitted second-stage zoning application for the massive redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront—hey, some of us do that for fun—you won't have seen anything regarding a key component of the plan: The Maine Avenue Fish Market, a collection of seafood wholesalers and [...]
The Cleveland Park firehouse's too-narrow doors.
Fairly or not, historic preservation often gets pitted against other priorities: Energy efficiency, for example, and economic development. Lately, though, it's the ability to put out fires.
The problem is, federal environmental regulations passed in 2010 require certain bells and whistles—no, not literally—on the sides of fire engines, which makes them [...]
At last week's confirmation hearing for Historic Preservation Review Board nominees, preservation groups and hyperlocal elected officials—even the board's former chairman, Tersh Boasberg—lined up to support the appointment of Nancy Metzger, who's been the Capitol Hill Restoration Society's point person on preservation for 16 years now. She's a fierce advocate for historic districts around the [...]
American University has been fighting the neighborhood on several fronts to get approval for a campus plan that includes moving its law school to the former Immaculata Seminary at Yuma Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Naturally, one of them has to do with preservation: The Tenleytown Historical Society has submitted a landmark application for the [...]
A final thought on last week's column about the future of preservation in D.C. (for which you'll find additional supporting evidence in notes from the Historic Preservation Office's steering committee on the next five-year plan).
Back in 2008, the residents of Chevy Chase, D.C. rejected a proposed historic district. That's fine—the prevailing philosophy at the Historic [...]
My column this week asks the question of how the preservation movement can attract new people to replace the original activists. With some organizations, it's a matter of survival.
Take the Historic Districts Coalition, for example. As co-founder, coordinator, and one-time potential Historic Preservation Review Board nominee Nancy Metzger tells it, the group started in the [...]
Hey, another project comes off the shelf! Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Rachelle Nigro reports on her Facebook page:
460 NY Ave., the unsightly old brick federal building, has officially begun to take shape. I received a call last night from the developer Bozutto. Tentative plans are for a 63 unit condo building. The building [...]