HPA No. 02-223 (In re. Fire Engine Company No. 20)

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HPA No. 02-223 (In re. Fire Engine Company No. 20)

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  • HPA Number: 02-223
  • Building Name: Fire Engine Company No. 20
  • Address(es): 4300 Wisconsin Ave. NW
  • Date of Order: 28-Jun-02

Summary:

D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) and D.C. Office of Property Management (OPM), sought permits for demolition, alteration, and new construction in order to expand and modernize the landmark Tenleytown Firehouse. The Mayor's Agent concluded that issuance of the permits was consistent with the purposes of the Act since the end result would significantly retain and enhance the structure and cause it to be adapted for current use. Adopting the "Consensus Agreement" negotiated by FEMS, OPM, and the Historic Preservation Review Board as his primary legal basis, the Mayor's Agent concluded that the proposed expansion and modernization were necessary in the public interest to allow the construction of a project of special merit having significant benefits to the community by virtue of social or other benefits having a high priority for community services.

Alteration:

The Mayor's Agent found that expansion and modernization of the landmark Tenleytown Firehouse, including a new addition to the original landmark structure, was necessary in the public interest in order to construct a modern facility on the site. The proposed facility, he concluded, was one of special merit having significant benefits to the community by virtue of social or other benefits having a high priority for community services. He also concluded that the proposed alteration was consistent with the purposes of the Act, since the final project would retain and enhance the structure and cause it to be adapted for current use. He allowed the project to proceed subject to certain exceptions and conditions enumerated in the Consensus Agreement.

Consistent with the Purposes of the Act:

Because he concluded that the end result of the Applicant's proposed modernization of the Tenleytown Firehouse would significantly retain and enhance the structure and cause it to be adapted for current use, the Mayor's Agent concluded that demolition, alteration, and new construction were consistent with the purposes of the Act.

Demolition:

The Mayor's Agent concluded that the demolition of portions of the landmark Tenleytown Firehouse, including complete demolition of a one-story addition constructed in 1913, were necessary in the public interest to construct a modern facility on the site. The proposed facility, he concluded, was one of special merit having significant benefits to the community by virtue of social or other benefits having a high priority for community services. He also concluded that demolition of portions of the existing landmark structure was consistent with the purposes of the Act, since the final project would retain and enhance the structure and cause it to be adapted for current use. He allowed the project to proceed subject to certain exceptions and conditions enumerated in the Consensus Agreement.

New Construction:

The Mayor's Agent found that the construction of a new addition to the landmark Tenleytown Firehouse was necessary in the public interest in order to modernize the facility. The proposed facility, he concluded, was one of special merit having significant benefits to the community by virtue of social or other benefits having a high priority for community services. He also concluded that construction of the new addition was consistent with the purposes of the Act, since the final project would retain and enhance the structure and cause it to be adapted for current use. He allowed the project to proceed subject to certain exceptions and conditions enumerated in the Consensus Agreement.

Special Merit - Social or Other Benefits Having a High Priority for Community Services:

Based on the "Consensus Agreement" negotiated by the Historic Preservation Review Board, the D.C. Office of Property Management, and the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (also consulting with said groups were the Tenleytown Historical Society; D.C. Preservation League; Capitol Fire Museum; Inc.; Friendship-Tenleytown Citizens Association; Councilmember Kathy Patterson; Advisory Neighborhood Councils 3E, 3F, and 3/4G; and two area residents), the Mayor's Agent concluded that the proposed expansion and modernization of the landmark Tenleytown Firehouse was a project of special merit having significant benefits to the community by virtue of social or other benefits having a high priority for community services. The project's special merit was due to "its importance and contribution to the health, welfare and safety of all residents in the... community."

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Title: HPA No. 02-223 (In re. Fire Engine Company No. 20)
Author: Government of the District of Columbia. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Office of Adjudication
Permanent Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10822/761600
Date Created: 2002-06-28
Subject: Alteration (Including Addition); Consistent with Purposes of the Act; Demolition; Special Merit - Community Services


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