Friday, October 12, 2012
Join DCPL for a conference focused on preservation issues facing communities in the city of Washington.
Mix and Mingle Reception
5:30-7:30pm at The National Trust for Preservation
$20 DCPL Members
Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street, NW
*AIA CECs available for each session (I LU each session)*
The District government is well into a multi-year effort to review and rewrite the city’s zoning regulations. Responding to considerable citizen input through a Task Force and many public meetings, modifications have been made to the original proposal. Find out the status of the rewriting process and learn about some of the specifics, particularly as they may affect our historic neighborhoods. Considerable objections have been raised about the proposed changes, and this is an opportunity to get direct answers about the impact of proposed changes from those who are managing the process.
Speaker: Jennifer Steingasser, DC Office of Planning
The gateway to the City of Washington has plans abound generated by many stakeholders including Amtrak, the retail management and private development interests. How do the historic aspects of this important building fare under the various proposals, and how do the various pieces fit together? Learn about Amtrak’s Master Plan, Akridge’s air-rights development, and the goals of the Union Station Preservation Coalition who are working to keep preservation a priority for this monumental structure.
Speaker: Brian Harner, Laboratory for Architecture and Building, Inc. (Amtrak Consultant)
Rob Nieweg, National Trust for Historic Preservation
David Tuchmann, Akridge
Beyond the Building: The streetscapes of our historic districts
While the history of Washington’s neighborhoods resides in its buildings, the setting for those structures makes an important contribution to the character of any Historic District. Learn about the components of the streetscape, and how they differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, historic or not. Street trees, sidewalks, lighting and the quasi-public space known as the “parking” will all be covered by experts on each topic. Leave knowing where to turn to protect and improve these features that are important to quality of our city.
Speaker: Chris Shaheen, DC Office of Planning
John Thomas, Division of Urban Forestry
Gabriela Vega, DC Department of Transportation
The center leg (3rd Street Tunnel to New York Avenue) of the I-395 freeway created a brutal gash through Washington’s urban core when it opened in 1973, but it is about to get a partial makeover. A plan, bounded by Massachusetts Avenue on the north, 2nd Street on the east, E Street on the south, and 3rd Street on the west, has been approved that will create a 2.2 million square-foot mixed use development returning portions of F and G Streets to the L’Enfant Plan. Hear from the developer how this billion dollar Eco-district will be realized.
Speaker: Sean Cahill, Property Group Partners
New Development Meets the Historic District
When an historic district includes or abuts a parcel that is ripe for development the form and function of what is built can have a major effect on the neighborhood. Bringing the concerns of a neighborhood to bear on a project can take different paths. Hear how two neighborhoods had roles in shaping projects in their midst.
Speakers: James Appleby, Bryan School Neighborhood Association
James Myers, Capitol Hill East
Sheryl Walter, U Street Neighborhood Association
Mix and Mingle Reception
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW