Meridian Hill Residents Petition Against Proposed Development by Meridian International Center

by Tim Regan July 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1,429 8 Comments

Photo via Change.org Meridian Hill PetitionA new online petition being put forth by a group of Meridian Hill residents is urging the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to reject a proposed development planned by the Meridian International Center.

The proposed development, as outlined in an HPRB report from April, would be composed of a nine-story apartment building at 1624 Crescent Place NW. The building would also include conference and office space for Meridian International Center employees.

Residents say they oppose the development because its current design is “not compatible with the Meridian Hill Historic District and adjacent Meridian International [Center].”

One of the residents’ chief concerns is that the proposed building would loom over the neighborhood.

“Our hope is that they will decrease the size,” says Carl Schmid, Meridian Hill resident and co-organizer of the petition.

Other concerns include the loss of greenery at the proposed construction site and a design clash with nearby historic buildings.

“We realized something will be built there,” Schmid says. “But we want to make sure it respects the historic nature of the neighborhood and would be more compatible with the neighboring buildings.”

Some residents have already weighed in on the online petition form.

“The proposed building would degrade the environment in terms of traffic, air-pollution, green space, crowding, parking and safety,” wrote Jaroslav Stetkevych, a homeowner and senior citizen living in the neighborhood.

Another resident, Laura MacDonough, wrote that “the design of the building is fundamentally inconsistent with the historic character of the neighborhood.”

Signatures and comments will be accepted until July 16. Meridian Hill residents will present their concerns to the HPRB during its July 23 hearing.

Photo via Change.org

  • DCLukas

    So it is supposed to protect and compliment the historic cul-de-sac rowhouses from the 1980’s?

    • DCAlex

      You mean the row houses surrounded by the beautiful Henderson castle wall from 1888?

      • Dread_Pirate_Roberts

        Yes, I think that is what he means, although it was difficult to ascertain through the failed attempt at snark. Those condos were built in the early ’70’s and the condo fees pay for the annual upkeep of that wall.

      • DCLukas

        So there is a historic wall with late 20th century suburban style houses on a street lined with 5-8 story buildings.

  • jackson

    yeah, because those row houses are on the national registry of historic places that loom over florida ave?

  • Paul T

    This building as currently proposed is completely inconsistent with the entire character of the Meridian Hill Historic district which includes two historic houses, the Meridian Hill Park, and other adjacent properties. Most residents of the neighborhood understand
    that something will be built in this location but it’s important standards as outlined in
    the Meridian Hill Historic guidelines be maintained. This building, as currently proposed, fails to do this. I have lived in this neighborhood for over 15 years and this is the first time I have seen residents come together like this to voice their opposition for a project.

  • Chloe

    Using a perceived violation of the past as the moral justification for flawed action today is failed logic. This proposal destroys any semblance of historic preservation remaining in the neighborhood. The building needs to be scaled back dramatically and fit with the existing neighborhood. Let’s leave the concrete blocks for more gentrified neighborhoods.

  • Alan

    Literally right next to the Park and complaining about lack of green space? Worlds tiniest violin.


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