Dear PoP – Updates on Meridian Hill Baptist and The Monseñor Romero (Deauville) Apartments in Mt. Pleasant

“Dear PoP,

Martinez and Johnson architects are supposed to come to the ANC meeting on July 19 to discuss their plans for redeveloping the Meridian Hill Baptist Church on 16th Street. Personally, I think this looks like a respectful and ambitious repurpose of the church, which was burned back in 2008 when the Deauville caught fire. You can see the original messages at”

Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for Meridian Hill Baptist Church – PART 1a.

If anyone goes to the July 19th meeting let us know how the meeting goes.

You can find an update on The Monseñor Romero Apartments (Deauville) apartments (3145 Mt Pleasant St, NW) here:

NHT Enterprise was selected by the Tenants to assist them in purchasing and redeveloping the building, and with their assistance the Association secured a loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and purchased the building on June 26, 2010.

Now, the work continues to develop plans and assemble the financing that will allow the property to be rebuilt and the residents to return. Over $400,000 in predevelopment loans and grants have already been assembled from the DC Neighborhood Investment Fund (NIF), DHCD and Capital One Bank’s Investing in Neighborhood’s Program (COIN).

I always shake my head when I see this in the window of the burned out shell:

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  • I am really excited about these projects. I’m looking forward to these shells being filled with new residents and I’m happy to know that, together, they will contribute to the diversity and economic vitality of the neighborhood. The ANC is concerned that the Meridian Hill Baptist repurpose would build out the lot in a way that would impede access to the rear of the Deauville should there be another fire. Hopefully, they can work through this concern with the developer of the Meridian Hill Baptist and the Deauville (I believe there is a side alley along the Deauville where firemen can run hoses). These shells have stood far too long without any progress and they both require a lot of investment. Here’s hoping the ANC does not discourage this developer.

  • Such a great project. I love adaptive reuse of old churches. Preserving the past and taking the building into the future. So great!

  • I am also in awe of the project. Hope that the neighborhood can rally around it and construction can start soon. Also hope we can save our library addition. MTP SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE NICE THINGS

  • Hope the ANC fights to keep the zoning laws intact. The 15-foot rear yard should not be given away. But, not my ANC, so good luck Mt. P.

  • The ANC is set to meet on Wednesday at 7pm to discuss its position on the Library’s application for zoning variance to allow it to complete construction of the addition. You should come! The issue there is similar to the issue raised with the adaptive reuse. You can follow a discussion of the issue on the Mt Pleasant forum:

  • Am I just dense? I looked at the documents and they’ve got pretty pictures and all but… I can’t see what the “repurposing” is? Is it still going to be a church? Something else?

  • Does anyone know if it’s possible to invest in the project?

  • Am i the only one that thinks that it has taken entirely too long for the Monsenor apartment project to get underway?

    While I understand that funds for the project have been hard to come by, couldn’t the city do something about having what remains of the existing structure raised? The remnants of that building have been an eye sore but I am surprised that new business have seen fit to embrace the neighborhood.

    It has been over three years since the building burned and having to see it everyday is depressing.

  • I don’t understand all the love for the Meridian Hill Church redesign. Just more of the same glass box Lego block crap that passes for architecture these days. I know, I know, it’s better than an empty shell. I agree. But still, it’s an unimaginative bore. Completely clashes with the historic nature of the current structure.

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