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Friday, October 25, 2013

ANC2B Endorses 1421 Swann Street Renovation

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle endorsed a planned renovation of 1421 Swann Street NW at its regular monthly meeting on October 9. Two resolutions in favor were passed unanimously.

1421 Swann Street NW
The renovation will require a special exception of DC's Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). It will also require the consent of DC's Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) because the house is located within the Greater U Street Historic District. ANC2B's endorsement will appear on both requests. The ANC unanimously approved separate resolutions, one for the BZA and the other for HPRB.

The house will remain a single-family home and the renovation "will not alter the light or air quality of the neighbors nor the historic character of the neighborhood", according to ANC2B's BZA resolution.

Both ANC2B resolutions were drafted by Commissioner Noah Smith (district 09). 1421 Swann Street is in Smith's district.

The improvement will fill in a dogleg at the rear of the property, but the house will not extend any further back than its neighbors. In addition, the home owners are reducing the size of a rear deck so that the house will fall below 70% lot occupancy and therefore will be eligible for expedited processing through the zoning bureaucracy.

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