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Proposed Condo Building on 16th Street Below Historic Meridian House to be Discussed at Community Meeting

Thu., Oct. 16 (7pm): Meridian International Center has entered into a deal to construct a condominium building on the site of its 16th Street-facing parking lot between Belmont and Crescent Place across from Meridian Hill Park. A special presentation by the developers of the proposed new project on the property of the Meridian International Center will be featured at the regular monthly meeting of the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association (RCNA), to be held at King Emmanuel Baptist Church (at Kalorama and Ontario Rds., NW). All are welcome to attend. For more information, send email to president@reedcooke.org.

The project is especially controversial with residents of Beekman Place and the nearby streets in this eastern end of Adams Morgan’s Reed-Cooke section. The fear is that a large building of at least seven stories would have “a severe adverse impact on the integrity of the two National Register historic structures now on that block — the Meridian House and White-Meyer Mansion. Because the site is already raised considerably above 16th Street there, due to the retaining walls, a [tall] building there would not only ‘loom’ above 16th Street and fill what has historically been part of the open space setting for the [historic mansions and gardens], but also be an intrusion on views from Meridian Hill Park, which is a National Historic Landmark.”