Citizens Association of Georgetown: Sept. 6, 2017

The West Heating Plant is a vacant industrial building at 29th and K streets NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/April 2015)

The Citizens Association of Georgetown board and its Historic Preservation/Zoning Committee were scheduled to meet on Sept. 5 with The Levy Group to review modifications to the proposed design for a multi-unit residential building at the West Heating Plant site. At the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E meeting on Sept. 6, the general public will have a chance to review the West Heating Plant plans and hear a presentation by architect David Adjaye and landscape architect Laurie Olin.

The latest revisions are expected to be on the Sept. 21 agenda of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Next, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board is expected to consider the concept/demolition and reconstruction plan for the multi-unit residential building and the creation of the adjoining park at its Nov. 2 meeting.

The DC Preservation League opposes the design concept and has submitted a landmark application that, if approved, would require preserving the existing structure as is. However, no private entity is likely to invest in the preservation of such a structure, particularly since the interior of the building is contaminated and there is not adequate fenestration for use other than as a power plant. Moreover, the facility and its interior machinery are outdated and restoration is not viable. The DC Preservation League has created a pipe dream. and in our view the proposal should be denied or ignored.

— Bob vom Eigen