Monday, January 22, 2018

MPD: Robbery on the unit block of Seaton Place NW at 21:50 hours tonight

From: AlertDC []
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 10:09 PM
Subject: Crime Alert 5th District (PSA 501-508)

This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.

Alert: Robbery at 2150 hrs in the Unit block of Seaton Place NW. Lookout for black male, late 20's, dark complexion, wearing dark clothing and dark hat armed with black handgun.

Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC
Sent by MPD CAD # 4374

the PrologueDC mapping segregation historians will be on WPFW tomorrow

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history tidbit: the church at 2nd and S Street NW had its own school

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the only DC public school in Bloomingdale was the Gage School on 2nd St NW, opened in 1904. It was landmarked in 2004 and repurposed as beautiful condominiums

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Boundary Stone open today for lunch and all day Happy Hour

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did you know that the Shaed sisters lived in Bloomingdale ?

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big property assessments jump in 1978 in Bloomingdale, Eckington and LeDroit Park

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

going on now: the auctioning of DHCD-owned 160 Adams St NW and 36 Channing St NW -- being sold subject to an affordable housing covenant (two former Hofgard houses)

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Bidding notes: Online bidding opens Thursday, January 18th @ 1:00pm and closes Tuesday, January 23rd @ 1:00pm.  Please note bids placed under the two-minute mark will reset the auction countdown clock back to two minutes.

Sold Subject to Covenants: The properties in this auction are being sold subject to an affordable housing covenant as well as a construction covenant. Failure to abide by these terms will result in the forfeiture of your deposit before closing or potentially the property itself once you have taken title. Please review the documents section for the full terms.

Description: 1,680+/- square feet unimproved lot zoned RF-1.  Square 3121 Lot 0057.

Diligence Package: Purchase agreement with addenda and covenants are located in the documents section. In order to gain access, you must create a free account as well as accept a non-disclosure agreement.

Ward 5 Democrats monthly meeting -- Monday, 01-22-2018

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McMillan racial segregation case hearing -- Wednesday, 01-24-2018

From: []
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:35 PM
To:; Ward 5 Yahoo Group ;;;;;;
Cc: Yahoogroups ;; Bertha Holliday
Subject: [WARD5] RMNDR: This Wednesday, Jan 24, Stand vs. Segregation @ McMillan Park

Just a reminder to RSVP and Stand vs. Segregation @ McMillan Park this WEDNESDAY! [please share]


Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Gather 8:30am; Enter Courtroom 9:00am
DC Court of Appeals, 430 E Street NW
Judiciary Square (redline)
RSVP: // 202-491-3996 (bertha)


On Wednesday, January 24th, folks will gather at the highest court in DC, the Court of Appeals, to hear the appeals case of Bertha Holliday who is challenging Jair Lynch's 'poor door' as supported by Mayor Bowser and Councilmember McDuffie (as well as CM Nadeau, Grosso, & Evans).

Watch this video for more info for details about this case >>

We want to support Bertha in challenging the racism that is part of the overall privatization of our McMillan Park!

Please like our FB page & share, share, share with all!

Chris Otten

PS: Check out our Holiday 2017 recap here >>


DC for Reasonable Development


Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 01-22-2018

Below is the agenda of this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting to be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW. at 7;00 pm.

from Val Alen Institute's Echo: Intersection Mixtape in November 2016

Here you go:

Q: "What is an issue here in the community?"

A:  "No required building design review"

#Eagles today with $12 Cheesesteaks and $4 @Weyerbacher at Boundary Stone

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Skip the Line at Big Bear

Good morning!

Since we get so busy in the summer we've developed a mobile ordering app so our regular customers can order ahead and skip the line...

If anyone is interested, let me know and I can sign you up. We'll run the app with a small number of people at first to test things out. You can email me at:

You can order espresso drinks, coffee, tea, and a few breakfast and pastry items. You pay in advance, and everything will be ready under your name at the counter.

If you have any feedback or requests let me know!


Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 1/21/2018

1933 4th St NW is listed for $799,900. and is open 1-4pm on Sunday
The featured listing is a rowhouse in LeDroit Park at 1933 4th St NW.  It is priced at $799,000. and is represented by Jeff Taylor with TTR Sotheby's International Realty. You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here. The same info can be seen in a map format here

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday. If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments. Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Unified Scene Theater's monthly FREE Improv Workshops returns -- Sunday, 01-28-2018

See this 01-19-2018 message:

The Unified Scene Theater’s Monthly FREE Improv Workshop Returns Sunday, January 28th, 1-3 pm

Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance: we’re once again offering a free (that’s right: FREE) 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater on Sunday, January 28th from 1-3 p.m. Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it! Space is limited, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at and say, “yeah, what the heck, I’m coming.”

Instructor: Shawn Westfall

Prerequisites: A Pulse

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bloomingdale's Bertha Holiday DC Court of Appeals challenge re: McMillan development segregated apartment entrance

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:07 PM
To: Ward 5
Subject: [WARD5] Bloomingdale Bertha Holiday Court challenge McMillan development segregated apt. entrance

As a Save McMillan Supporter, just wanted to put on your radar the Court hearing next week.  Can you be there?

On Wednesday, January 24th, folks will gather at the highest court in DC, the Court of Appeals, to hear the appeals case of Bertha Holliday who is challenging Jair Lynch's 'poor door' he wants to include in one of the buildings approved by the Zoning Commission to be dropped on top of our McMillan Park. See the video here >>

We want to support Bertha in challenging the racism that is part of the overall privatization and destruction of McMillan Park, can you be there with us?


Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Gather 8:30am; Enter Courtroom 9:00am
DC Court of Appeals, 430 E Street NW
Judiciary Square (redline)
RSVP: // 202-491-3996 (bertha)


Please like our FB page & share, share, share with all!

Chris Otten

PS: Check out our Holiday 2017 recap here >>

And, if you are interested in how the Office of Planning is trying to use language to push the McMillan project through, along with blowing out the rest of the city, come to the Grassroots Planning meeting this weekend, January 20th >>

Daniel Goldon Wolkoff
Adams Morgan Stained Glass
1231 Randolph Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-232-8391

See this subsequent tweet from Bloomingdale resident Natalie Hopkinson:

Crisp Kitchen and Bar is back open again!

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DCity Smokehouse: "thanks to everyone who came out to see us on the BBQ crawl"

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family meal on hand at Tyber Creek

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DC Preservation League to meet with the owners of 150 S Street NW

See this tweet from last night's ANC5E meeting:

and see this subsequent tweet:

Hakeem Rogers advises that the woman hospitalized in the RI Ave NW fire and the construction workers in the North Capitol St NW collapse are doing okay

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

see the Bitches Who Brunch review of Tyber Creek's baked egg dish

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new "Spark at Engine 12" signage at the old firehouse

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Bloomingdale-based JSquared Candle Co.: Which life balance candle do you use the most?

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trivia tonight at Boundary Stone

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Washington Post article on the 01-13-2018 Russian Ball includes a pic of Bloomingdale resident Jose Ucles

Click on the link to read this Washington Post article, which includes a photo of Bloomingdale resident Jose Ucles dancing.

WBJ ranking of greater DC's largest hospitals includes MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children's Hospital, VA Hospital and Howard University Hospital

This Washington Business Journal news report is behind a firewall, so no link is provided.

The WBJ list of the DC area's largest hospitals is ranked.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is ranked #2.

Children's National Health System is ranked #11.

Washington, DC, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center is ranked #13.

Howard University Hospital is ranked #15.

DC Fire and EMS: "Smoke detectors found inoperable at recent working fire 69 Rhode Island Ave NW"

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obituary for McMillan activist Tom Rooney

Tom and Angela Rooney of Brookland were active at the early days of the McMillan community meetings.  

From: Daniel Wolkoff []
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2018 10:22 PM
To: Ward 5
Subject: Tom Rooney Brookland activist sculptor passed away

Tom Rooney, our neighbor, and dear friend to many of us, passed away on Tuesday.  His obituary is in the Washington Post and can also be read at

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Devoted husband of 60 years to the late Angela Bayer Rooney.  Beloved father of Kate Rooney and the late Christopher Rooney. Loving grandfather of Alex, Megan, Lauren Miskovsky and Alexis Rooney. Brother of the late Richard Rooney and Mercedes Rooney. Survived by his daughter-in-law Kim Rooney, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Tom was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. He was drafted into World War II when he turned 18 and served for three years. Following his interest in sculpture, he moved to Washington DC in 1951 to attend Catholic University on the GI Bill, and received his Masters in Art. He met a fellow CUA student, Angela, and they married in 1956 and soon purchased their beloved home in Brookland. In 1961 Tom began a long career as an art professor at CUA, including being chairman of the Art Department from 1973-1983, until his retirement in 1995.  Throughout his life Tom continued his work as a sculptor and was a very active member with the Washington Sculptors Group, exhibiting his work in many shows around DC.  Alongside his wife, Tom was a community activist.  He was involved in the “Freeway Fight” of the 1960s-1970s through the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis, which successfully stopped plans for I-95 to plow through the city which would have destroyed many neighborhoods like Brookland. Tom testified often in support of the development of public transportation, the construction of the Metro System and preservation of Brooks Mansion, the Soldiers Home and the McMillan Reservoir. Tom was a true gentle soul, and will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, always ready with a joke and a Manhattan. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1029 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC on Saturday January 13, 2018 at noon. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Daniel Goldon Wolkoff
Adams Morgan Stained Glass
1231 Randolph Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-232-8391

Monday, January 15, 2018

agenda for the Tuesday, 01-16-2018, ANC5E meeting

From: Thomas, Bradley Ashton (SMD 5E05)
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:31:35 AM
To: Garnett, Eddie (SMD 5E01); Williams, Patricia (SMD 5E02); Powell, Hannah (SMD 5E03); Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04); McClelland, Katherine (SMD 5E06); Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07); Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08); Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09); Jones, Nancy Darlene (ANC 5E10)
Subject: Final Version of January 2018 Agenda

Good Morning Commissioners:

Attached is the final version of our January 2018 public meeting agenda.  Please post and distribute.

Bradley A. Thomas
(202) 670-0151

next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 01-22-2018

The next meeting date for the Bloomingdale Civic Association is Monday, 01-22-2018.

7:00 pm at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW.

St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church South, 150 S Street NW - on the 02-22-2018 HPRB hearing agenda

A reposting of the announcement of the HPRB hearing for 150 S Street NW:

From: []
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:38 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
Revised HPO Monthly Public Notice - January 2018

This revised document and others related to the January 25, February 1 HPRB Meeting are posted on the website at:

Please note the following:
One case was added to the  list:  
            Anacostia Historic District 
8A       1227 Maple View Place SE, 18-176, permit/raze two-story frame house (Dennee) 
Two cases repost with the correct ANCs listed:    
            Kalorama Triangle Historic District
1C        2318 20th Street NW, HPA 18-135, concept/alteration at rear (Brockett) 
            Woodley Park Historic District
3C           2616 Connecticut Avenue NW, HPA 18-052, concept/replace signage and alter faΓ§ade (Brockett)

January 2018
Issued by email on January 10, 2018

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) and U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA).

HPO is releasing the 2020 District of Columbia Historic Preservation Plan by January 15 for a 45-day public comment period lasting until March 1, 2018. The Plan sets forth the vision and goals that will guide preservation efforts in the District, and is the result of public engagement led by HPO and the Office of Planning (OP) in coordination with the Comprehensive Plan update. Upon release, a copy of the plan will be posted on the OP website at
Comments or questions can be directed to .

HPO and HPRB welcome and encourage Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) participation in the historic preservation review process.  HPRB gives great weight to duly adopted written ANC views 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 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  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 through 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 .  Some application materials are also posted on the website.

Public comments are welcome on 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 the HPRB members before the meeting. 

Comments for print distribution with case information:  3 pm on January 18
Late comments for email distribution:                                      
3 pm on January 24 (for January 25 meeting)                                                                                                    
3 pm on January 31 (for February 1 meeting)

The 45-day/30-working-day ANC notice period for cases on this notice expires on:  February 23, 2018. 
January 25, 2018
February 1, 2018
441 4th Street NW, Room 220 South, 9:00 a.m. 
The Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) will meet on Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 01 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 the end of the day on Friday, January 19, 2018.   
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.
5D,6A    Kingman Park Historic District, all properties between East Capitol, 19th and M Streets NE and 
7D       Maryland Avenue NE and the Anacostia River, Case 16-19
1A           Potomac Electric Power Company Substation No. 13, 1001 Harvard Street NW, Case 16-10
1C           Potomac Electric Power Company Substation No. 25, 2119 Champlain Street NW, Case 16-11
3E           Harrison Street Apartments, 4135-4351 (odd numbers) Harrison Street NW, Case 17-16
5E     St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church South, 150 S Street NW, Case 18-09 (to be heard February 22)

Historic Landmarks

1A           Potomac Electric Power Company Substation No. 13, 1001 Harvard Street NW, HPA 18-035,
concept/modernization of substation (Callcott, if designated)
1C           Potomac Electric Power Company Substation No. 25, 2119 Champlain Street NW, HPA 18-034, concept/modernization of substation (Callcott, if designated)
2C           Washington Loan and Trust Company, 900 F Street NW, HPA 18-137, concept/add rooftop atrium and new entrance canopies (Callcott)
3E           Harrison Street Apartments, 4339 Harrison Street NW, HPA 17-516, concept/two-story roof addition (if designated)
4C           Hebrew Home for the Aged, 1125 Spring Road NW, HPA 18-145, permit/interior renovation with one-story addition (Brockett)
5E          St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church South, 150 S Street NW, HPA 18-147, raze (to be heard February 22, if the property is designated a landmark)

Anacostia Historic District 
8A           1446 W Street SE, HPA 18-109, concept/new single-dwelling building (Price)
8A           1227 Maple View Place SE, 18-176, permit/raze two-story frame house (Dennee)

Capitol Hill Historic District
6B           326 A Street SE, HPA 17-591, concept/revised proposal for three-story side and rear additions (Gutowski)
6B           400 D Street SE, HPA 17-488, concept/construct parking structures (Gutowski)
Cleveland Park Historic District 
3C           3415 Porter Street NW, HPA 18-129, concept/rear and rooftop additions and alteration to front faΓ§ade (Robb)

Downtown Historic District 
2C           707 G Street NW, HPA 18-116, concept/new commercial storefront and signage (Callcott)

Dupont Circle Historic District 
2B           1323 21st Street NW, HPA 18-133, concept/three-story addition and new garage with storage at rear (Robb)
2B           2031 Q Street NW, HPA 18-123, concept/roof alteration at rear (Robb)  

Kalorama Triangle Historic District
1C           2318 20th Street NW, HPA 18-135, concept/alteration at rear (Brockett)

Massachusetts Avenue Historic District
2B           1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, HPA 18-141, concept/alter front entrance, ADA access, and driveway (Robb)

Mount Pleasant Historic District
1D           3305-3307 18th Street NW, HPA 17-659, concept/raze carriage house and build similar but larger garage (Dennee)

Mount Vernon Square Historic District
6E           1112-1114 5th Street NW, HPA 18-134, concept/addition to existing building and new building on vacant lot (Meyer)

Shaw Historic District
2F           1217 12th Street NW, HPA 18-139, concept/rear three-story addition on two-story rowhouse (Meyer)

Strivers’ Section Historic District 
2B           1747 T Street NW, HPA 18-142, concept/alter slope of roof, third story addition at rear (Robb)

Takoma Park Historic District 
4B           535 Cedar Street NW, HPA 18-130, concept/one-story rear addition (Gutowski)
4B           6914 Willow Street, NW, HPA 18-138, concept/new three-story multiple-unit dwelling (Gutowski)

U Street Historic District
1B           2212 12th Street NW, HPA 18-114, concept/third floor addition (Price)
1B           2114-2124 14th Street NW, HPA 18-136, concept/new seven-story building behind historic buildings (Callcott)

Washington Heights Historic District
1C           2481-2483 18th Street NW, HPA 18-107, permit/alter faΓ§ade and install signage (Brockett)

Woodley Park Historic District 
3C           2616 Connecticut Avenue NW, HPA 18-052, concept/replace signage and alter faΓ§ade (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

Gabriela Gutowski
(202) 442-8839 

Andrew Lewis 
(202) 442-8841

David Maloney 
(202) 442-8850

Brendan Meyer
(202) 741-5248

Imania Price
(202) 442-8827

Michael Robb
(202) 442-7703

Kim Williams
(202) 442-8840

To be included on the email distribution list for this monthly public notice, please visit the Office of Planning website and sign up at .
For additional information, see the HPO and HPRB website at 
ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES: Persons needing accessibility accommodations including foreign language and sign language interpretation for preservation services and programs may contact Steve Callcott at the Office of Planning at (202) 442-7600 to request assistance. Please provide two weeks advance notice for HPRB meetings. 

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