HPA No. 2001-144 (In re. Germuiller Row)
- HPA Number: 2001-144
- Case Name: In Re: Germuiller Row
- Location of Property: 300-302 H Street, N.W. and 748 3rd Street, N.W. (Square 529, Lots 9, 21-25, 30-33, 811-817, 820, 821, 829, 835-838, 840, 841, and 844 and part of an alley to be closed)
- Date of Decision: August 9, 2001
- Type of Permit Sought: Subdivision
- Disposition: Approved
Summary of Decision:
C.R.C. Acquisitions L.L.C. (the "*Applicant*") sought approval of a subdivision that would combine several lots, including the site of Germuiller Row, and part of an alley (to be closed), into a single lot of record (the "*Project*"). The Mayor's Agent approved the subdivision finding that the Project was necessary in the public interest because it was consistent with the purposes of the D.C. Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 (the "*Act*").
Mayor's Agent - Procedural:
The application for approval of the subdivision was referred to the Historic Preservation Review Board ("*HPRB*") for HPRB's recommendation to the Mayor's Agent. HPRB adopted the recommendation that the subdivision was "appropriate" and such recommendation was forwarded to the Mayor's Agent.
Necessary in the Public Interest:
The Mayor's Agent found the subdivision necessary in the public interest because it is consistent with the purposes of the Act.
Consistent with the Purposes of the Act:
Stating that, based on the testimony and documentary evidence in support of the application, the Mayor's Agent found that the Project was necessary in the public interest because it was consistent with the purposes of the Act. The architectural historian testified that the Project satisfied the purposes of the Act because Germuiller Row, an individually designated landmark listed in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, would be (1) retained and rehabilitated in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, and (2) adapted for current use and enhanced by the new construction. The Applicant testified that further review of the design of the proposed project to be constructed at the site could not continue unless the subdivision was approved.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission:
It was reported that no Advisory Neighborhood Commission presented any position for the Mayor's Agent's consideration with regard to this application.
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