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“Hoping that the collective wisdom and experience can help us answer a few questions about historic preservation”

“Dear PoPville,

Hoping that the collective wisdom and experience can help us answer a few questions about historic preservation. In particular, it was just posted to our neighborhood listserv that our block has been nominated as an historic landmark.

As residents here for several years, the filing by the D.C. Preservation League is the first we or our immediate neighbors have heard of this. Though it was mentioned as an eventual possibility in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, we didn’t know there was any movement on this front and have a few questions. We’ll continue internet sleuthing, reach out to the DC Preservation League, and engage the ANC, but in the meantime we’re hoping readers could help us answer a few additional questions:

1) Does anyone know what day to day impact such a designation would have on residents (exterior versus interior home repairs, resale or home value implications, etc,)?

2) Does anyone know how we can keep tabs as this moves through the city to make sure we are able to attend any meetings on the subject?

3) If you’ve been in a similar circumstance, do you consider such a change a net win or loss?

4) Any other concerns that others think we should be made aware of?

Many thanks for any experience or advice folks may have!

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