The Vision McMillan Partners team returned to the Historic Preservation Review Board yesterday to hear their full comments on the architectural plans that were presented on June 27th. As you know, at that meeting we heard a few comments but were cut short because of time constraints.
At today’s meeting the Board decided to accept our Master Plan and Design Guidelines, with Gretchen Pfaeler, the Board Chair stating that the Master Plan provided the appropriate framework for development of the site.
The Board asked for us to come back with revised buidling concepts, with all of the comments stating that the buildings need to be more unified in terms of architecture, and with some specifics about amplifying the historic aspects of the site.
In her summation of the comments the Chair noted:
· The design of the park and community center provides the organic look and feel that the board is seeking with regard to the site;
· There needs to be a plan for better integrating Cell 14 into the office buildings on the north court (although she recognized the difficulty of such with DC Water’s projected occupancy until 2022);
· The architectural plan needs a unifying hand that brings together the adjectives and characteristics of the site.
We are excited to keep moving forward with our design plans on the site, and will come back to HPRB in the fall with a plan that addresses their concerns. We will be sharing more with you as the plans progress.
Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator