Michael Chai requested certificate to replace an existing concrete retaining wall at 843 Highland Ave. N.W. The existing wall will be made of split-face concrete block of 4 feet or less in height.
The existing retaining wall is failing severely in two locations at least, both relatively even with the corners of the house. Historic Preservation guidelines prefer repair or replacement of the concrete wall with like materials.
Vicki Styons and her brother G.M. Simpkins are remodeling property at 565 17th St. N.W. they intend to use as a rental.
The application listed several improvements, including replacement of windows and the installation of a driveway.
The driveway is proposed to be basically a semi-circle on the southwest corner of the property, in the rear and side yards, connecting with 16th Street and Highland Avenue. The driveway will be located away from the highly traveled 17th Street in front of the house.
The proposed driveway would be made of white gravel or pea gravel. Semicircle driveways are not allowed in the fronts of homes in the neighborhood. It was approved since it is at the side and rear.
Historic Preservation commissioners also approved replacing the asphalt shingle roof, removal of chain link fence, small pool, and a shed.
The third item was a request by Scott Carter for work at 421 14th St. N.W. He had previously received a Certificate of Appropriateness on Sept. 18, 2012.
According to city staff, Carter reported by phone that during the course of making the approved improvements to the property, water damage was discovered in a leaking porch roof. In order to prevent water from settling on the roof, the roofline is being extended and given more pitch, which was not part of the original certificate.
Carter said he deviated from the COA and went ahead with the porch improvements to protect his investment from further weather damage.
The COA was updated to reflect the porch work.