CHRS Board Approves Recommendations on Hine Project – But Holds Cards Close to Its Vest
by Larry Janezich
On Tuesday night, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society met and unanimously approved its recommendations for the Hine project regarding height, massing, and compatibility with the Capitol Hill Historic District.
Nancy Metzger, CHRS Historic Preservation Committee Chair, reported to the Board that earlier that day she had emailed to the Board, a cover letter to accompany the comments which will be sent to the Historic Preservation Office by Thursday. She described the contents of the cover letter, which she said: 1) concerned the April 5 membership meeting on Hine which CHRS had sponsored, 2) what the city hopes to accomplish with the Hine project, and 3) as drawing attention to comments on the project which have been developed by the CHRS.
The recommendations had evidently been circulated among Board members by email prior to the meeting. Metzger said that “comments had been received on the draft” recommendations, but “no major changes” had been made. She offered no description or characterization of what the recommendations or comments were. Board member Monte Edwards made a motion to adopt the comments and the motion was seconded by President Elizabeth Purcell. The vote proceeded without debate or discussion and the motion was carried unanimously.
The vote on the comments with “no major changes” means that the Board effectively endorsed the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Committee without modification.
Metzger alluded to three other letters, which, along with the cover letter, will be included in the package sent to the Historic Preservation Office. She said that the cover letter and the CHRS comments would go up on the CHRS website on Friday.
Those Board members in attendance and voting for the motion are as follows:
President Elizabeth Purcell, Paul Cromwell, Catherine Davis, Monte Edwards, Shauna Holmes, Nancy Metzger, Elizabeth Nelson, Gary Petersen, Janet Quigley, Sharon Weiss, and Lisa Wilson.