|(Courtesy of Housing Complex)|
Yesterday, the Historic Preservation Review Board considered the plans for the so-called Big K project on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, within the Anacostia historic district. The plans call for five floors of income-restricted apartments above ground-floor retail.
The HPRB unanimously rejected the plans, a project of Chapman Development in coordination with the Department of Housing and Community Development, for largely the same reasons the community has objected to them. They worry that the scale and look of the project are out of place in low-slung Anacostia. They feel that insufficient care and consideration has gone into the proposal to move two historic, if dilapidated, houses on the site to V Street SE. And so they're asking Chapman and DHCD to try again.
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