(Updated at 5 p.m.) Community leaders in Adams Morgan have shot down a development team’s revised proposal to bring a nine-story residential building to a historic property just west of Meridian Hill Park.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C last night voted 6-1, with one abstention, to urge the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board to oppose a plan to redevelop the Meridian International Center grounds on 16th Street NW between Belmont Street and Crescent Place NW. The site includes the Meridian and White-Meyer houses, which were built between 1912 and 1919.
Designed by Jefferson Memorial architect John Russell Pope, the mansions won’t disappear under the proposal by Streetscape Partners and Westbrook Partners. Rather, a 110-unit residential complex would take over a parking area and other open land on the property.
The development team presented the plan at an ANC 1C meeting yesterday after more than a year working on alterations to a previous proposal that failed to win the commission’s approval and drew concerns from HPRB and locals over its size, among other issues.
Some residents still aren’t pleased with plans for a new development across from Meridian Hill Park.
338 residents signed a petition started by a group of Meridian Hill residents asking the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to reject Meridian International Center’s proposed development plans. Original plans were sent back to designers after HPRB rejected them in April for clashing with existing historic architecture.
Opponents of the development say revised designs for a nine-story apartment building at 1624 Crescent Place NW are still inconsistent with the character of the Meridian Hill Historic District.
Beekman Place Condominium Association, a nearby development, also expressed its disapproval of pending matter in a letter sent to HPRB this morning. The letter echoed residents’ concerns and mentioned previous comments made when the board voted down the original design.
“Despite some minor modifications, the proposed development continues to seriously violate DC historic preservation guidelines and does not address many of the comments included in HPRB’s initial decision on the project,” Beekman Place said in the statement. “We ask that you reject the project in its current form.”
Beekman Place said they will join Meridian Hill residents in presenting comments and concerns to the HPRB during its July 23 hearing.
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