Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
6856 Eastern Avenue, NW - Suite 314
Washington, DC 20012
231 & 235 Carroll Street, NW - HPA Numbers 11-82 & 04-184
Adopted on February 27, 2012 In A Unanimous Show-of-Hands Vote
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B) requests that the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) hold a public hearing to review the proposed changes to the design of 231 and 235 Carroll Street, NW. Should HPRB decline to hold a public hearing, ANC 4B requests that staff hear comments from the community and from ANC 4B before approving the changes.
We note that:
1) The community has had an inadequate period of time to review the proposal. Commissioner Sara Green received drawings via email on Thursday, February 23, 2012 and those that were received are not large or detailed.
2) Moving the canopy from the red brick section of the building at the corner of Maple and Carroll to the “glass hyphen” section of the building close to the middle of the block is a substantial change.
The canopy serves as more than a decorative feature. It makes the corner brick building look shorter, less massive and more graceful. Moving it to a section of the building that is already shorter is a missed opportunity and substantially changes that feature as well.
3) In July 2008, Tim Dennee, of the Office of Historic Preservation Review Board staff, requested comment on proposed design changes to 235 Carroll Street, a building with the same developer and architect. The community was able to meet to discuss the proposal with the architect, and comments were submitted. At a minimum, that process should be repeated with 231 Carroll Street, NW.
ANC 4B asks that HPRB and its staff restore the design with the larger-sized windows that were presented before ANC 4B and as shown on the attached drawing.
The recommendations in this resolution are made pursuant to DC Code 1-309.10(a), 1-309.10(d)(3)(A) and 1-309.10(d)(3)(B), which require, among other things, that ANC recommendations regarding a proposed District government action or actions receive “great weight’ from the DC government, and that DC government officials respond in writing.
We designate Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sara Green to present these recommendations to government agencies and panels.