Historic Preservation Organizations Assert Voice on Historic Preservation Review Board Nominees
by Larry Janezich
After their unhappiness regarding the credentials of several Historic Preservation Board appointments under the Fenty Administration, the Historic District Coalition – which includes the Capitol Hill Restoration Society Board – has sent a letter to Mayor Gray and to Ron Collins, head of the Office of Boards and Commissions, laying down the over-all principles regarding the qualifications of acceptable potential nominees to fill upcoming vacancies on the Historical Preservation Review Board. Individual names were not mentioned. This marks the first time the organizations have involved themselves in this stage of the nominating process.
The Committee of 100 has prepared a list of potential nominees to recommend to the Mayor. The CHRS Board subsequently voted to not take a position on potential nominees prior to the nominations being announced, but to ask the Historic Preservation Subcommittee, headed by Nancy Metzger, to make a recommendation to the Board on whether or not it should make specific recommendations in the future.