by Tim Regan June 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Whitman-Walker Rendering

The plan to redevelop Whitman-Walker Health’s former home at 14th and R streets NW has won the approval of the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).

The board’s members yesterday voted unanimously to approve the plan, which includes the preservation of the center’s original Elizabeth Taylor Center at 1701 14th St. NW as well as a new mixed-use development that would span 155,000 square feet and six stories.

Logan Circle’s ANC 2F last month voted to support the project. John Fanning, who chairs ANC 2F, testified in support of the new development.

“Whitman Walker has been an integral part of our community for many years,” Fanning told the HPRB. “I think they did an outstanding job.”

Though the board’s members had a few suggestions regarding the building’s materials and the roof of the original Elizabeth Taylor Center, they seemed in their comments mostly pleased by the current design.

Construction on the development will likely begin late next year, according to a press release from Whitman-Walker Health, and could be completed as early as 2020.

by Tim Regan May 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of AGU

A plan to install solar panels and other energy efficient upgrades at the headquarters of the American Geophysical Union in Dupont Circle has moved a step closer to reality.

Members of D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HRPB) unanimously voted yesterday to give their blessing to the AGU’s planned renovation, which includes new insulated windows, a sewer heat exchange system and a rooftop solar array that would help the building produce as much energy as it consumes.

Though the project has received overwhelming support from neighbors and Dupont’s ANC 2B, some HRPB members were initially skeptical of the idea when it was presented months ago. One board member, Graham Davidson, remarked in April that the project could hurt the “neighborhood character,” adding that the solar panels might be more appropriate “in some remote part of Seattle” rather than in Dupont.

But after viewing the most recent plan for the project and hearing testimony from AGU representatives, ANC 2B Commissioner Daniel Warwick, Greater Greater Washington’s David Alpert and others, Davidson appeared to change his mind, at least somewhat.


by Tim Regan April 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm 0

Photo courtesy of AGU

(Updated at 5:03 p.m.) Dupont Circle community leaders have put their support behind a scientists’ organization’s plan to make its headquarters much more energy efficient.

Members of ANC 2B unanimously (save for Commissioner Mike Feldstein, who we’re sad to report passed away yesterday) voted to support a proposal by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to renovate its headquarters at 2000 Florida Ave. NW.

AGU’s planned renovation includes new insulated windows and improved shading, a sewer heat exchange system and a rooftop solar array, all of which would help the building produce as much energy as it consumes.


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

Photo via 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.

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