Hine Development: Pro and Con
Request for Feedback to Improve the Project
by Larry Janezich
Following is a list of standards the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) applies to new construction in a historic district to determine if it is compatible with the character of the neighborhood.
Details and ornamentation
According to HPO, “Compatibility does not mean exactly duplicating the existing buildings or environment.” And, “Perhaps the best way to think about a compatible new building is that it should be a good neighbor, enhancing the character of the district and respecting the context, rather than an exact clone.”
More on each of these categories can be found by following this link:
http://planning.dc.gov/DC/Planning/Historic+Preservation/Maps+and+Information/Policies+and+Procedures/Design+Guidelines (Scroll down to New Construction in a Historic District)
EMMCA is preparing a statement on the Hine project for presentation to ANC6b and the Historic Preservation Board. emmcablog.org is requesting feedback from the broader Capitol Hill community in comments to this posting regarding the pros and cons of the Hine development.
A recent posting on the blog Greater Greater Washington by Ryan Velasco – largely in support of the Hine project it – elicited a number of comments, some of which apply to HPO’s listed criteria. http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9702/hine-project-is-opportunity-too-great-to-pass-up/
To view the full PowerPoint presentation by Stanton-Eastbanc, visit http://hineschool.com/sites/default/files/2011-03-02%20%20Community%20Presentation.pdf.