Thanks to all who sent links to the WAMU story:
“A planned renovation of a number of rowhouses in the Grant Circle area of Petworth has sparked a particularly virulent fight between a developer and a group of residents, prompting a $25 million lawsuit in which the developer says residents abused the city’s historic preservation process to delay permits he needed to renovate and expand the homes.
Individuals with knowledge of the situation in Grant Circle say that Woodruff and Wright had been concerned with Gross’s vision for 7 Grant Circle, the house next to theirs, after he laid out his plans to expand it and convert it to two condos. They claimed to D.C. regulators that they were never presented with proper plans for the project, nor did they sign off on Gross’s plan to expand the basement by digging down beyond the existing floor.
In his lawsuit, Gross denies claims that he did not provide plans to Woodruff and Wright as required by law. Still, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs delayed permits for Gross’s expansion of 7 Grant Circle, and also issued a stop-work order for the property. No work has been done on the house since earlier this year.”
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