A Victory for History
How different things seem today. Just a few weeks ago, many residents around Wallach Place were resigned – if a bit dejected – to the prospect of a new, large-scale apartment building of mostly studios plopped down at the end of their block at Wallach & T. After all, the ANC already unanimously approved the design, the neighborhood association was poised to do likewise, and the Historic Preservation Review Board was a fait accompli.
Not so fast.
As we already mentioned, residents successfully tabled the support for the variances at the USNA…and today, the HPRB weighed in.
“The building is boxy and very ordinary,” they said; better suited on K Street than 14th. They didn’t like the two top floors, they didn’t like the setbacks, and they wanted to see something more creative.
Then, in a unanimous vote, they rejected the design, asking the architect and the developer to go back to the drawing board.
Much more coming soon.