On Wednesday, May 13 at approximately 8:55pm at the Brookings Institution, ANC2B will review modified plans for 1772 Church St. and will vote on recommendations to the Historic Preservation Review Board. You can view the latest plans HERE and see our meeting agenda HERE.
On March 11, 2015 ANC 2B passed a resolution by a vote of 7-0-2. You can view the resolution HERE. The below resolution is based on the compromise the ANC brokered in March.
We remain very open to feedback on the specific language. Please send comments to Commissioner Justine Underhill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to all of the commissioners (email@example.com).
WHEREAS the development at 1772 Church Street NW has been heard by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (ANC 2B) and the Historic Preservation Review Board multiple times; and
WHEREAS during the last project iteration, the Historic Preservation Review Board requested the applicant address ANC 2B’s resolution passed unanimously at the March 11th ANC meeting, which is attached for your convenience; and
WHEREAS the ANC resolution specified several stipulations for compatibility of the project; and
WHEREAS while some stipulations were met, ANC 2B believes the following two stipulations were not:
“The residential building seen from adjacent at-grade vantage points including the entirety of Church Street, P Street, 18th Street, and the public alley between Church and P Streets be between 40 and 59 feet tall, including mechanicals, and maintain existing setbacks.”
“Alterations are made to the exterior design so that the corrugation of the Church Street buildings’ facades and the rhythm of the Church Street buildings’ roof lines are in scale with the surrounding buildings.”
WHEREAS ANC 2B believes the residential component of the project as presented does not satisfy the height stipulation from many at grade vantage points on Church Street, 18th St, and in the public alley— including from the corner of 18th and P, Church Street from 17th Street to four rowhouses from the parish hall, and from the 17th Street vantage point in the alley.
THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED ANC 2B opposes this proposal; ANC 2B recommends the Historic Preservation Review Board to not find the proposal compatible with the Dupont Circle Historic District until the conditions of the March resolution are met in entirety.
Be it further RESOLVED that to fit the rhythm of the surrounding context, ANC 2B believes the bays on the residential component, which abut the property line, should be set back such that they are in line with Church Street buildings’ facades.