Category Archives: Zoning Preservation & Development Committee

NEWS: Proposed resolution on 1216 18th Street project (Guitar Bar construction)

The following draft is the Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee’s proposed resolution on the Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction of the rooftop beer garden “Guitar Bar” above the Shake Shack at 1216 18th Street NW:

PROPOSED resolution regarding 1216 18th Street NW (HPRB, ABC, DCRA)

Whereas the construction at this location has begun without appropriate permitting;

Whereas construction continued despite stop work orders issued by the District;

Whereas the construction team illegally removed stop work orders on multiple occasions;

Whereas ANC 2B negotiated an alcoholic beverage “Voluntary Agreement” for this location with certain limitations negotiated for the roof structure;

Whereas the current construction and the drawings before HPRB, as we understand them, are not consistent with the agreed-upon Voluntary Agreement;

Therefore be it resolved that ANC 2B objects to the project and urges that no construction permit be issued until the above issues are resolved;

Be it further resolved that ANC 2B asks the ABC Board to take note of these issues and consider whether, given the above issues, this licensee is fit for licensure.

NEWS: Proposed resolution for alley deck project at 1412 Hopkins St NW

The following is the ANC 2B Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee’s proposed resolution for the rear deck at 1412 Hopkins St NW:

Proposed resolution for 1412 Hopkins

Whereas the Zoning Preservation and Development Committee was presented with a request for a zoning variance for the residence of 1412 Hopkins Street NW for a rear patio elevated to the first floor from the ground floor;

Whereas the applicant committed that the north structural steel column and bollard be located at the midpoint of the north side of the patio, instead of at the corner of the patio;

Therefore be it resolved that ANC 2B supports the request for zoning variance, provided that the column and bollard are relocated as described above, based on the following:

  1. the patio will improve the quality of air and light by raising the exterior space above the neighboring concrete wall that currently blocks light and air;
  2. the project improves the equity of the property because the neighboring patio is similarly elevated; and
  3. the project does not incur additional hardship to the neighbors but improves the aesthetic of the alley.

NEWS: Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee Meeting 4/2/13

Meeting of the Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00pm @ the Dupont Circle Resource Center (9 Dupont Circle NW)

(1) Brief update on Dupont Underground project
(2) Application to HPRB for 1216 18th St NW (HPA #13-212) (future location of Guitar Bar) for rooftop deck and concealment of mechanical equipment
(3) Application for 2123 Twining Court (former location of Omega nightclub) for roofdeck as part of conversion to residential use
(4) Application to HPRB for 1412 T Street for construction on vacant lot
(5) Proposed comments on the Office of Planning’s “Historic Preservation 2016” plan (link available here)

NEWS: Historic Preservation Office seeking comment on draft “Preservation Plan 2016”

The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is seeking public comment by April 30, 2013on their draft “Historic Preservation Plan 2016 – Enriching Our Heritage.”  The HPO’s press release is available here.  The draft preservation plan itself is available here.



NEWS: ZPD Committe Meeting 3/5/13

ANC2B’s Zoning, Preservation, and Development Committee will be meeting Tuesday, March 5th from 7:00pm until 8:00pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center to discuss two pending applications:

Application to Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for concept design approval for rear addition to three story rowhouse at 1823 S Street NW to enable four condo units. (2B01)

Application to Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for zoning variance at 1726 18th Street NW. (2B01)