by Jared Holt July 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm 2 Comments

Meridian Hill

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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