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“Dear Popville,

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.

Sincerely,
Billy Simpson
Chair, ANC1C”

NoDownsize

“Dear PoPville,

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?

They do have a website: nadz.org.”

Ed. Note: We last spoke about this debate in July.

The folks from NADZ just sent an email this morning – Downzoners Pushing Ahead with Proposal to Downsize Home Owner Rights in Lanier Heights:

“Dear Neighbor:

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…)

1725 Lanier Place Northwest

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.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,525/Mo.

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Photo via NADZ

From an email:

“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.

For more information visit our website NEIGHBORS AGAINST DOWNZONING

Ed. Note: Previously we talked about the Lanier Heights ‘Stop Pop Ups’ vs ‘Stop Nimby-ism’ here and downzoning could “could cost you $100,000 – $200,000 – $300,000 – OR MORE…” here.

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Photo via NADZ

1801 Clydesdale Place Northwest

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!”

You can see more photos here.

This efficiency is going for $140,000 ($368 monthly fee.)

1820 Clydesdale Place Northwest

This rental is located at 1820 Clydesdale Place, Northwest. The Listing says:

“HANDSOME SUN FILLED 2 BEDROOM 1 BATH WITH WOOD FLOORS, FRESHLY PAINTED. UPDATED KITCHEN WITH GRANITE AND STAINLESS APPLIANCES. CLOSE TO SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, AND DOWNTOWN. MUST US CB APPLICATION. VACANT.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,650/Mo.

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Update on “Ugly Pop-Ups: Destroying Family Housing on Lanier Place.”.   Thanks to a reader for sending the photo above:

“A few days ago, I was walking on Lanier Place and saw these signs in front of that pop-up. This is just getting ridiculous and makes our friendly neighborhood seem not that friendly.”

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And I spotted this ‘Stop Nimby-ism’ sign outside the Adamo development coming to the former Adams Morgan Exxon Station:

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