Since the Old Georgetown Board doesn’t meet in August, projects get backed up for approval for September. As a result, the September ANC meeting is absolute torture. But thankfully September is behind us, and the October meeting next Monday looks downright brief. Check out the more interesting topics:
Tudor Place is planning a large construction project. They want to clear out all administrative uses from the main building and restore it entirely to its historical shape.
To accommodate this, Tudor Place wants to build climate controlled space for its large collection of documents and artifacts from the house. It also wants to build a new gatehouse and an educational center.
The neighbors are objecting to the proposed construction, mostly because of its effect on 32nd St. residents (the idea being that the new buildings would loom too much over the neighbors). They would like to see less construction above ground and more below ground space. CAG has said it won’t support the plan as it currently exists (Full disclosure: GM is on the CAG Historical Preservation Committee that voted on the resolution.)
With the neighbors and CAG in lockstep opposition to the plan, it seems likely that the ANC will object as well. But it should make for a fun discussion.
Last month Wisey’s came before the commission seeking to add space on the second floor. It looked like the ANC would approve the request until it turned out that simmering tensions between Wisey’s and its neighbors were not resolved. The ANC was a bit ticked off that these tensions weren’t identified before the meeting and refused to support the request. Wisey’s agreed to work things out before going ahead with the request.
Notwithstanding this promise, Wisey’s went ahead to the BZA with its request anyway. To its credit, the BZA told Wisey’s to go back to the ANC and get its approval. Given the way Wisey’s tried to circumvent the ANC, it’s unlikely that the ANC will be very patient with Wisey’s request. Should be fun.
The ANC will consider liquor license applications from a handful of proposed and existing restaurants. The more interesting applicants are Malmaison and Come to Eat. GM has mentioned them before. Malmaison is proposing a dance-lounge in the old Hibiscus Cafe space. Come to Eat is proposing a cafe directly across from Hyde. Both are controversial in their own ways. We’ll see how it goes!