ANC Report: Post Office Space; Heating Plant Sale Condition

At its monthly meeting on July 2, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E considered issues on how to contend with the GSA’s sale of the West Heating Plant on 29th Street, outdoor seating at Paul Bakery and John Simon’s two- story addition to his 35th Street home.

Re-developer of the Old Georgetown Post Office at 1215 31st St., NW, EastBanc, Inc., plans to build most of the new added office and retail space below ground as well as an addition in the back of the original building. The post office’s second floor has not been used for years. The U.S. Postal System will continue its operation in the front of the first floor as usual. Commissioners approved EastBanc’s request for a variance; the Board of Zoning Adjustment will review the re-designs July 23.

“The Office of Planning, historic folks and the neighbor next door have all had different ideas about this project,” said EastBanc Executive Mary Mottershead at the meeting.

The commission heard discussion on how to convince GSA to put conditions on the sale of the closed heating plant land on 29th Street. It agreed with the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park that part of the property be set aside for parkland.

Paul Bakery got its approval for limited outdoor seating on Wisconsin Avenue, although it has already been serving diners on outdoor tables.

Mount Zion Methodist Church got ANC support for a special exception to continue its 35-children program for those 5 and younger.

John Simon got approval to improve the back of his 35th Street house with a two-story addition but no roof deck was to be added.

— ANC 2E will next meet Sept. 4 at Visitation Prep on 35th Street.


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