Tuesday, February 09, 2016

sample notice from the DC Historic Preservation Office - if Bloomingdale becomes a designated Historic District, it will appear in this DC HPO public notice

The Bloomingdale Civic Association is mulling neighborhood Historic District designation.
Below is a long, long messagel from the DC Historic Preservation Office (HPO).
You can see entries from some of DC's current Historic Districts.
If Bloomingdale were to become a designated Historic District, like LeDroit Park next door, then major renovations (less than 5% of the DCRA work permits issued in Historic Districts, according to the DC HPO) would appear in the DC HPO public notice. 
The other 95% of DCRA renovations occurring in DC Historic Districts would not appear in the DC HPO message below.

From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, February 8, 2016 4:58 PM To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPO Montly Public Notice - February 2016
Greetings:  This document is also posted on our website at:    http://planning.dc.gov/node/1139186 

February 2016
Issued by email on February 8, 2016


This notice is the official monthly announcement by the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of pending matters of public interest.  It includes items related to preservation planning, designation of historic landmarks and historic districts, and project reviews before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).

HPO and HPRB welcome Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) participation in the historic preservation review process as provided by the ANC Act.  The District’s historic preservation regulations require HPRB to give great weight to the duly adopted written views of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) on matters of significance to neighborhood planning and development. 

How Affected ANCs Should Use this Notice
This is an initial notice to ANCs of construction projects recently filed for HPRB review.  Projects are identified by address and ANC area where the address is located.  Upcoming historic designation hearings are also listed, supplementing the separate notice letters mailed to ANCs.

HPRB regulations are designed to allow ANCs to identify projects they believe are significant to neighborhood planning and development.  ANCs can request project submissions and applicant contact information from the assigned HPO staff person listed on this notice.

The historic preservation regulations encourage, but do not require, applicants to contact the affected ANC to present their projects and to resolve any public concerns before HPRB review.  If an ANC is interested in a project listed on this notice, but has not yet been contacted by the applicant, the ANC is encouraged to arrange for an ANC review directly with the applicant. 

Longer Notice Period for Cases Undergoing ANC Review

HPO gives notice according to rules designed to balance the interests of project applicants and ANCs.  If HPO is already aware of ANC interest in a project, the case is listed on two successive monthly notices in order to ensure a minimum notice to the affected ANC of 45 days (or 30 working days, whichever is longer).  This means that when these cases first appear on this notice, they are scheduled for the HPRB meeting at the end of the following month.

HPO asks affected ANCs for help in identifying any other projects on this notice that they want to review at a public meeting.  Upon notification, HPO will ensure that the affected ANC receives a minimum 45-day notice of those cases.  ANCs may identify an interest in reviewing any or all of the cases that affect their area.
For those cases that affected ANCs do not need to consider at a public meeting, HPO will proceed with review for possible consideration at this month’s HPRB meeting.  The shorter notice allows the application to proceed without unnecessary delay to the applicant or burden to the ANC.

How to Ensure Consideration of ANC Views
ANCs should first identify those cases on this notice they want to review.  ANCs should feel free to contact the assigned HPO staff person for information about any case.  ANCs should also contact HPO in writing to request an extended notice for those cases the ANC wants to review at a public meeting.  Requests are granted automatically and may be made by email to the assigned staff person or to historic.preservation@dc.gov .  Requests should be made as soon as possible, but no later than two days before the upcoming HPRB meeting.  ANCs do not need to contact HPO about projects that are already scheduled to allow a 45-day review period, or that they have already reviewed. 

How to Submit ANC Comments
For ANC comments to receive great weight, they must be adopted by ANC vote at a duly noticed public meeting.  ANC comments may be in resolution or letter format, and should be submitted within the 45-day review period.  Comments should relate to HPRB’s area of jurisdiction, state the vote taken, and articulate the basis for the ANC recommendations.

Any ANC commissioner is welcome to participate in HPRB meetings as an individual, but only the duly adopted official comments of the ANC receive great weight.

The applications listed on this notice and their associated materials are a matter of public record.  Case files are open for public review at the Historic Preservation Office during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 (at Waterfront METRO station). 

For more information, see the HPO and HPRB website at www.preservation.dc.gov .  Some application materials and plans are also posted on the website.

Public comments are welcome on all HPRB cases, and anyone may participate in an HPRB meeting without signing up in advance.  HPRB prefers to receive copies of written comments before their meeting.  Written comments submitted by the deadlines below will be distributed to each HPRB member before the meeting.  Written comments may also be brought to the HPRB meeting for distribution (10 copies are needed).

Comments for print distribution with case info:  3 pm on February 17
Late comments for email distribution:                3 pm on February 24 (for February 25 meeting)
                                                                           3 pm on March 2 (for March 3 meeting)

The 45-day/30-working-day ANC notice period for cases on this notice expires on:            March 24, 2016

February 25 and March 3, 2016
441 4th Street NW, Room 220 South, 9:00 a.m. 

The Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) will meet on Thursday, February 25, and Thursday, March 3, 2016 to consider concept and permit applications for work affecting historic properties.  Applications for historic landmark or historic district designation may also be considered.

The agenda for these meetings will be drawn from the list of filed cases below, but not all cases on the list will be included.  The agenda will be released on the Friday before each meeting, and will be emailed to all recipients of this public notice.  The agenda and HPO reports for the scheduled cases will be posted on the HPO website at www.preservation.dc.gov  the end of the day on Friday, February 19, 2016.  

The following cases have been filed by this month’s application deadline for submission to HPRB.  The agenda of cases for the upcoming HPRB meetings will be drawn from this list.

Listing on this notice does not guarantee a hearing this month.  Some cases are already scheduled for the following month.  Other cases may be deferred at the request of the affected Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), for insufficient information, or at the discretion of HPO or HPRB. 

For inquiries about or to provide comments on a specific case, please contact the assigned staff person listed below.  Written comments should be received at HPO by the comment deadlines noted above. Submission of written comments by email is preferred.

2-B      Southern Railway Building, 1500 K Street NW, Case 11-05 (Williams)
6-D      Lincoln Playground Fieldhouse, 555 L Street SE, Case 15-02 (Dennee)

6-D      Control Point Virginia Tower, 2nd Street and Virginia Avenue SW, Case 15-12 (to be heard March 24)

5-E      Glenwood Cemetery, 2219 Lincoln Road NE, Case 15-24 (to be heard March 24)

ANC       Historic Landmarks

3-C         Tregaron Estate, 3100 Macomb Street NW, HPA 16-053, concept/construction of new classroom building and site alterations  (not being scheduled this month  --  deferred at request of ANC; Callcott)

2-E          Western High School (Duke Ellington School of the Arts), 3500 R Street NW, HPA 14-133, materials and finishes review (Lewis)

3-G         Chevy Chase Arcade, 5520 Connecticut Avenue NW, HPA 16-154, replace iron gates with glass doors (Brockett)

Anacostia Historic District
8-A         2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, HPA 16-156, revised concept/subdivision, construction of multi-story apartment building and site work (Dennee)

Capitol Hill Historic District
6-A         1120 Park St NE, HPA 16-104, concept/garage roof deck (VanLandingham)

6-B         655 C St SE, HPA 16-098, concept/infill dogleg, addition to garage (VanLandingham)

6-B         125 D St SE, HPA 16-005, concept/rear addition (VanLandingham)

6-B         647 South Carolina Ave SE, HPA 16-203, concept/ rear addition (VanLandingham)

6-B         229 10th St SE, HPA 16-207, concept/rear addition, garage addition (VanLandingham)

6-B         231 10th St SE, HPA 16-209, concept/garage addition (VanLandingham)

6-C         631 Lexington Pl NE, HPA 16-100, revised concept/ basement entrance (VanLandingham)

6-C         518 6th St SE, HPA 16-199, concept/ rear addition (not being scheduled this month – deferred at request of ANC; VanLandingham)

Cleveland Park Historic District
3-C         3515 Woodley Rd NW, HPA 16-144, concept/reconstruction of single-family house (McMillen)

3-C         3700 Connecticut Ave NW, HPA 16-210, concept/raze noncontributing building; new three-story single family house (not being scheduled this month; McMillen)

3-C         Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, concept review of proposed replacement library (not being scheduled this month – deferred at request of the ANC; Lewis)

Downtown Historic District
2-C         606-608 Eye Street NW, HPA 16-103, concept/renovation and addition (not being scheduled this month – deferred at request of applicant; Callcott)

2-C         501 H Street NW, HPA 16-006, concept/alteration and additional floors on one-story garage (Callcott)

Dupont Circle Historic District
2-B         1508, 1510 and 1512 21st Street NW, HPA 16-148, concept/five-story rear addition behind and above three rowhouses (Elliott)

Fourteenth Street Historic District
2-F          1334 Riggs Street NW, HPA 16-196, concept/ third floor addition to two-story rowhouse (Meyer)

Georgetown Historic District
2-E          West Heating Plant, 1051-1059 29th Street NW, HPA 16-180, raze (Dennee)

2-E          1051-1059 29th Street NW, HPA 16-179, concept/construction of a ten-story residential building and landscaping (Dennee)

Kalorama Triangle Historic District
1-C         2341 Ashmead Place NW, HPA 16-055, concept/rear and roof additions and front areaway alterations (not being scheduled this month – deferred at request of applicant; Brockett)

1-C         1815 Columbia Rd NW, HPA 16-160, concept/six-story addition to one-story building (not being scheduled this month – deferred at request of applicant; Brockett)

1-C         1848 Biltmore Street NW, HPA 16-213, concept, roof addition, front window wells (Brockett)

LeDroit Park Historic District
1-B         1922 3rd Street NW, HPA 16-142, concept/landscape paving and sunken court (Meyer)
1-B         1850 5th Street NW, HPA 16-204, concept/new rowhouse with mansard fourth floor (Meyer)                                    

Saint Elizabeths Hospital Historic District
8-C         1100 Alabama Avenue SE, HPA 16-106, installation of solar arrays on carports and the rooftop of the St. Elizabeths Hospital (Lewis)

16th Street Historic District

2-B         1101-1111 16th Street, NW, HPA 16-157, concept/fa├žade alterations to non-contributing buildings (Callcott)

Strivers’ Section Historic District
1-C         1706 V Street NW, HPA 16-094, concept/new multi-unit residential building on vacant lot (Elliott)

U Street Historic District
1-B         1909 9th Street NW, HPA 16-095, concept/alter roof height (Brockett)
1-B         944 Westminster Street NW, HPA 15-630, concept/extend existing third floor, add roof deck (Brockett)

1-B         1922 11th Street NW, HPA 16-105, rear and roof addition (Brockett)

1-B         1901-1905 9½ Street NW, HPA 16-101, revised infill construction and rear/roof additions (Brockett)

1-B         1806 9th Street NW, HPA 16-200, rear demolition and new construction

1-B         1813 12th Street NW, HPA 16-140, rear addition (Brockett)

2-B         1514 Swann Street NW, HPA 16-153, roof addition and infill dogleg (Brockett)

6-E          919 R Street NW, HPA 16-206, roof addition (Brockett)

Walter Reed Army Medical Center Historic District
4-A         6825 16th Street NW, HPA 16-158, concept/gymnasium addition and alterations to Delano Hall to accommodate charter school (Dennee)

Woodley Park Historic District
3-C         2649 Connecticut Ave NW, HPA 16-147, concept/rear and roof addition (not being scheduled this month – deferred at request of ANC; Brockett)


Anne Brockett
(202) 442-8842

Steve Callcott
(202) 741-5247

Tim Dennee
(202) 442-8847

Kim Elliott
(202) 442-8838

Patsy Fletcher
(202) 741-0816

Andrew Lewis
(202) 442-8841

David Maloney
(202) 442-8850

Frances McMillen
(202) 442-8839

Brendan Meyer
(202) 741-5248

Sarah VanLandingham
(202) 442-8827

Kim Williams
(202) 442-8840

To be included on the distribution list for this monthly public notice, please visit the Office of Planning website homepage at http://planning.dc.gov  . On the bottom right of the page under the block for “grade.dc.gov” is a screened envelope and a blue link titled “Subscribe” Please select this link and follow the directions to the page where you will scroll down and select “Office of Planning/Historic Preservation Office Notices.”

For additional information, see the HPO and HPRB website at www.preservation.dc.gov

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES: Persons needing accessibility accommodations for preservation services and programs may contact Steve Callcott at the Office of Planning at (202) 442-8800 to request assistance.  Sign language interpretation is available for HPRB meetings with two weeks advance notice. 

Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024


  1. Thanks for this! To make sure I understand: was HPO indicating that 95% of projects requiring a DCRA permit would not require HPRB review? I'm inferring that on the basis of them not being published in notice.

    If so, that eases my mind greatly in terms of the burdens HD designation would put on routine reno / upkeep compared to the considerable benefits for Bloomingdale.

  2. That is correct - as reported in the 2015 report to the DC Council. Most DCRA applications are passed by HPO over the counter at DCRA. Just one step in all of the reviews such as structural, zoning, electrical....(There will be a new report published soon.)