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OGB Applications Suggest Uptick in Activity

While GM was digging into the minutes of the Old Georgetown Board the other day, he started charting the board’s activity over the last several years. When you gather that data, it gives a picture of how commercial and residential construction has fluctuated over that time period. Plotting it all out shows that this activity hit bottom this winter but has shown a strong rebound through this spring. More on this and other interesting information after the jump:

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Old Georgetown Board Approves Parking Pad Over ANC and Neighbor Objection

As GM discussed recently, the owners of 3020 Cambridge Place came before the ANC and the Old Georgetown Board twice recently to request the installation of a parking pad on their property adjoining the alley behind their house.

In May, the owners (who apparently don’t actually live there) requested approval to construct the parking pad. The ANC, perhaps in deference to the strong showing from neighbors objecting to the construction, decided not to approve the designs. According to the architect’s testimony at the June ANC meeting, the OGB also rejected the proposal but left the door open. Continue reading

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Mad Butcher Still in the Cards?

Image courtesy of A Culinary Photo Journal used under Creative Commons License

Image courtesy of A Culinary Photo Journal used under Creative Commons License

GM was so wrapped up in Apple store talk, that he didn’t get very deep into the Old Georgetown Board agenda from March, but sitting in there is some potentially bad news: Jonathan Umbel’s plan to bring a butcher to Georgetown seems to have stalled.

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Quick Note to Journalists Covering the Apple Store:

What was approved by the Old Georgetown Board was what’s known as a “design concept“. It’s not the final design. They’ll have to go back through the ANC and the OGB to get the permit for the finalized plans. The designs won’t change that much, but you should be clear that this is by no means the final design or approval (GM admits he’s been a little sloppy about that too).

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Apple Store Design Finally Approved

Apple's March Proposal

Original image curtesy of ANC2E, modifications roughly matching those made by Apple added by the Georgetown Metropolitan

As described the other day, the ANC approved the most recent design tweak by Apple for its proposed Wisconsin Ave. store. The Post is reporting that the Old Georgetown Board finally approved the design.

By the way, GM really wanted to be the first to break this, but the staff of the Commission of Fine Arts apparently won’t disclose the results of public meetings over the phone.  Spoilsports.

And since we’ve been down this road before, it’s worth noting that there’s still a tiny, tiny chance the Commission itself will reject the decision of the Old Georgetown Board, something they rarely do.

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Oh, Never Mind

The Post is reporting that the Old Georgetown Board rejected Apple’s most recent design concept. Apparently they don’t read a certain neighborhood blog that predicted:

The design will be heard before the Old Georgetown Board on Thursday where it will probably be approved. No timetable for construction has been set (they haven’t even knocked down the old building yet, so it probably shouldn’t be expected until early 2010 at the earliest).

Oops. Cue the shiny white pitchforks and tastefully colored torches and follow GM as he performs the post-mortem:

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The Approved Apple Designs

While Vox Populi may have gotten the DCist link love it’s the Georgetown Metropolitan that has the actual approved most recently rejected* designs for the new Apple store at 1229 Wisconsin Ave. Check them out:

The Approved Apple Store Design

Courtesy of ANC2E

As described in GM’s ANC round up, the approved design fits in with the 19th century buildings around it. The roofline matches the building housing Nine West and is decorated by dentil mouldings, echoing its neighbors. Hopefully the actual structure won’t be the blinding white light that the designs make them out to be. More after the jump:

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