ANC 6B Passes Diluted Memorandum on Hine – Majority Votes to Recommend that Developers Refine 8th and D Building Plan

ANC6B Chair Neil Glick Counts Hands During Vote Tuesday Night

ANC 6B Passes Diluted Memorandum on Hine:  Majority Votes to Recommend that Developers Refine 8th and D Building Plan

 by Larry Janezich

 In a two and half hour Special Call meeting devoted to consideration of Stanton/Eastbanc’s recent proposed alterations to the Hine Development, ANC 6B declared its previous resolution to be its “guiding position” on the project, and that alterations, while welcome, had not gone far enough to address its original concerns.

 Voting in favor of the memorandum were Commissioners Campbell, Flahaven, Frishberg, Glick, Green, and Pate.  Voting in opposition were Commissioners Garrison, Metzger and Oldenberg, all of whom cited their previous opposition to the ANC’s resolution of recommended changes for Hine, passed on April 28th, as the reason for their vote tonight. 

 The public comment period of the meeting featured an array of concerns and sentiments from the residents who attended the meeting.  Once the comment period closed, the ANC deliberated on a series of amendments.  Toward the close of the meeting, Brian Flahavan suggested that the language on the 8th  and D Street building be altered from recommending “reconsidering the design” to recommending “further refinement” in the design.  Flahavan’s motion carried   5-3-1, with Commissioners Flahavan, Garrison, Green, Pate, and Metzger voting in favor; Commissioners Campbell, Frishberg, and Glick casting votes in opposition; and Oldenberg abstaining.  Garrison and Metzger offered no explanation that as to why they would vote for an amendment to alter the memorandum and then vote against the memorandum itself. 

The Commission also voted to embrace remarks made by Gary Peterson, Capitol Hill Restoration Board Zoning Chair, who offered his views in his capacity as a citizen, not as CHRS officer.  Peterson echoed a design suggestion made by the HPRB over a month ago—specifically, that the architect consider adorning the larger buildings facing Pennsylvania Avenue with features that demarcate a top, a middle and street-level perspective in order to make the scale of the buildings more approachable and in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood.  The Commission incorporated this suggestion as a friendly amendment.    

The ANC will submit this memorandum to the Historic Preservation Review Board, set to take up the Hine project on the 30th of June.

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