On Argonne Place NW, one of Adams Morgan/Mt. P’s hidden little streets, there’s a new developer monstrosity happening…call it a shove forward. This block has awesome Wardman-style porches, many with beautiful arches. The houses were built in 1920 and designed by Reginald Wycliffe Geare, the architect of the Lincoln Theater, and they are all nearly identical, but with little differences inside and on the porches. That is, until now, when the developer carving the house up into condos is seemingly turning the front porch into a room, blocking off everyone else’s view and light. It’s got this entire block up in arms and very upset, and I wonder if it’s going on in other places around the city. Help!”
Another reader tweets us:
“Visit Argonne Place, mid-block, to see the demolition of a 1920 Reginald W. Geare house. So sad. Not a popup, but an abomination.”
This morning at about 8:30 AM, a driver crashed into my building, at the corner of Quarry and Summit. (the same street where a car went down the small staircase a week or two ago). There was no damage to the house, but the car hit our gas meter, causing gas to leak out all through the building and outside. The fire department and police came, and everyone in the three apartments evacuated or was at work. The driver is fine too, and was there with us talking to the police. They are still clearing everything up now, and Washington Gas is shutting off the gas.
For reasons I don’t understand, the fire department decided to break in the doors of all three apartments to get in, to check for people inside, even though one apartment’s residents were all at work, and I and the residents of another apartment were standing outside, watching, and we knew no one was left inside. We just didn’t notice the firemen breaking in until late. There is doorframe and siding damage, and one apartment’s door was broken even though it was unlocked. We’re talking with the landlord about the damage, and I imagine there has to be way to get insurance compensation/ to file a complaint from the fire department. Has anyone else had a similar experience with the fire department?”
Ed. Note: I imagine the Fire Department has to err on the side of caution in cases like this.
On Tuesday, you published a message from NADZ, a group that opposes an initiative by a group of resident in Lanier Heights to rezone the rowhouses there from an R-5-B designation to an R-4 designation. ANC1C has not yet taken a position on the initiative, and accordingly, we look forward to eventually hearing the views of the affected neighbors, whether for or against. We were disappointed, however, to see NADZ make a number of inaccurate representations concerning our process in the message that you published.
By way of correction, ANC1C did not hold a meeting on Wednesday night. Rather, our Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee held a meeting on Wednesday night. The Committee held its meeting on the thirdWednesday of the month at the Kalorama Recreation Center. which is the same night, and the same location, where the Committee has held nearly all of its meetings for many, many years. The location has nothing to do with the Kalorama Citizens Association. All of our Committees hold their meetings at this location because it is one of the few spaces in Adams Morgan that are owned by the District of Columbia government where our Committees can meet without having to pay a fee. And the inclusion of the item the Committee’s agenda was not for the purposes of having the ANC take a position on the matter. Rather, the Committee invited staff from the Office of Planning to explain to the community and to the Commission how a re-zoning proposal would be handled by the District government bodies that have responsibility for such matters, and what ANC1C’s role in such a process would be.
We hope that all Adams Morgan residents who are interested in the Lanier rezoning issue will participate fully in the process as it unfolds. We also hope that all parties will refrain from mis-characterizing ANC1C’s actions.
No “downzoning”? So what is this all about? Sounds like a good initiative for those of us who would like to see higher density and more affordable housing options (an apartment is easier to buy than an entire townhome), but often the devil is in the details. So what gives, is anyone familiar with the fine print here and can give us the Cliff notes?
The folks from NADZ just sent an email this morning – Downzoners Pushing Ahead with Proposal to Downsize Home Owner Rights in Lanier Heights:
On Wednesday, the folks that favor downzoning will make a presentation to our Advisory Neighborhood Commission. They will propose changing Lanier Heights from the current zoning (R-5-B) to a lesser zoning (R-4).
The ANC meeting will take place at the Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road, at 7 PM on Wednesday September 17. Please note that this is not the usual location for our ANC to meet. The Kalorama Recreation Center is in Kalorama Park, in Adam Morgan’s Kalorama Historic District, where the Kalorama Citizens Association is based. The KCA tried to create a Lanier Heights Historic District in 2007 but they were defeated. Now the KCA is a big supporter of downzoning our neighborhood.
We all have better things to do with our time than go to a meeting on a Wednesday night. Unfortunately, the downzoners don’t have anything better to do with their time. On Wednesday night, they will make a proposal to downzone Lanier Heights. If that proposal becomes law, that will be the end of residential growth in our neighborhood. Home owners will lose their right to convert a row house into a 3 or 4 unit apartment or condo building. Downzoning will cost home owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost home equity, and will cost our neighborhood the chance for growth and change. (more…)
This rental is located at 1725 Lanier Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“Spacious and bright 2BR/1BA 1st floor unit in Mount Pleasant. Kitchen is big enough for a table and offers tons of cabinet space! Rental also comes with storage unit. Available to move in right now! Pets not allowed. Housing Voucher welcomed, pls check DCHA website for approved submarket rent limits.”
“We are gaining new supporters but time may become a factor. The comments period on proposed zoning changes ends on Sept. 15. If the downzoning group gets their way, all existing R-5-B lots could be rezoned downwards to R-4 status.
We are battling the downzoners in Lanier Heights, but there are downzoners all over the city and it needs to become a city wide issue.
This unit is located at 1801 Clydesdale Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“MOVE-IN READY EFFICIENCY IN THE SAXONY! LARGE WINDOWS MAKE THE SPACE FEEL LIGHT AND BRIGHT! UNIT FEATURES KITCHEN WITH DUAL REFRIGERATORS AND GOOD STORAGE, HARDWOOD FLOORS AND LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET! GORGEOUS ROOFTOP PATIO WITH INCREDIBLE VIEWS, GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING! ENJOY CONVENIENT CITY LIVING – WALK TO ADAMS MORGAN!”