HPA No. 1993-330 (In re. Engine Company No. 24)
- HPA Number: 1993-330
- Case Name: In the Matter of Engine Company No. 24
- Location of Property: 3702-04 Georgia Ave, NW
- Date of Decision: March 31, 1994
- Type of Permit Sought: Demolition
- Disposition: Granted
Applicant, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), sought to partially demolish the landmark Engine Company No. 24 firehouse to allow facilitate the construction of the Georgia Avenue-Pentworth Green Line Metrorail station. The final demolition plan, adopted pursuant to a Settlement Agreement between WMATA, the D.C. government, and the D.C. Preservation League called for preservation of the building's facade and its incorporation into a chiller plant/cooling tower building to be used by WMATA. The Mayor's Agent concluded that "the Metrorail system is itself a project of special merit" and approved the project based on its significant public benefits, noting that the primary factor in choosing the site and plan at issue would result in the fewest residential and commercial displacements of all the alternatives studied by WMATA.
The Mayor's Agent concluded that Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) proposed partial of the landmark Engine Company No. 24 firehouse was necessary in the public interest as a project of special merit since Metrorail itself was a project of special merit. The Mayor's Agent found, moreover, that WMATA had considered several alternatives and had selected the proposed plan for the following reasons: it would require the least residential and commercial displacement of all the studied alternatives; it would provide Metrorail service to the area with the highest bus ridership in the city; it would be the most economically efficient; it would result in decreasing the duration of construction resulting in the least community disruption; and it would foster local economic development.
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