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DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) Reconsidered Mt. Pleasant Library Case at April 2011 Meeting

Tue., Apr. 5 (9:20am – subject to change): Many in the neighborhood, including the Historic Mt. Pleasant organization, have questioned the DCRA (Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs) zoning administrator’s earlier approval of a building permit for the library’s expansion project.

According to a spokesperson for the Library Renaissance Project, at issue is whether a change of address, legally allowable for a building located on a corner, as the library is, justified a change in the designation of the rear yard. (Their complete statement is available in our “Special Online Content” section, and may be accessed directly from the homepage link or through http://tinyurl.com/4cszsku.) DCPL had requested the address change in order to have a different part of the property designated as the rear yard on which to build the expansion.

The chairperson of the BZA has announced a second hearing on April 5th to allow “further deliberations” and for the participation of a board member who had been absent from the March 1st hearing. For more information, call (202) 727-6311. And, for a report about the plan as it was approved by the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, see, “Ambitious Expansion Plans for Library in Mt. Pleasant Roils Community; Many Object to Design and Question Programs,” The InTowner, October 2009, PDF page 1.