Our Positions at the June 15th 2021 Historic Preservation Board

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MDPL’s Advocacy Committee has reviewed the following applications and offers our below positions. Please note, the lack of a position on a project does not indicate support or opposition to that project.

Full HPB Board Agenda link, including public participation information: click here.

MODIFICATIONS TO PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BOARD ORDER

HPB20-0440 AKA HPB20-0380, 550 Washington Avenue, Paris Theater

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An application has been filed requesting modifications to a previously issued Certificate of Appropriateness for the partial demolition and renovation of the existing building including the construction of attached additions and modifications to original public interior spaces and a variance to exceed the maximum permitted building height. Specifically, the applicant is requesting to modify a condition of the final order to allow for the introduction of new signage on the vertical feature along Washington Avenue, a Certificate of Appropriateness for modifications to the marquee and a variance to exceed the maximum permitted size for signage.

MDPL Position: We oppose the replacement of the historic PARIS sign with a new, larger QUEEN sign. We do not believe this is consistent with the original design. We also want to ask that the patron entry on the west side, facing Flamingo Park residential neighborhood, be prohibited… The Paris sign may not be original, but it has been in place for decades, far longer than the original sign, and shows an element of our historic continuum

HPB21-0458 AKA HPB18-0187, 2100 Collins Avenue, Bass Museum

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An application has been filed requesting modifications to a previously issued Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a work of art on the east façade of the Bass Museum. Specifically, the applicant is requesting to modify a condition of the final order to allow for the permanent installation of the work of art.

MDPL Position: We support the Staff Position, especially due to the minimal impact on the historic building and the reversible nature of this art installation

NEW APPLICATIONS

HPB20-0442, 100 21st Street*, Seagull Hotel

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An application has been filed requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the partial demolition, renovation and restoration of the hotel building, the total demolition of an accessory cabana structure, the construction of ground level and rooftop additions, one or more waivers and a variance to relocate signage to a non-street facing façade.

MDPL Position: We support the Staff Position. However, we don’t think that the original Sea Gull sign above the porte cochere should be required to be reintroduced… the already-proposed reference to the Seagull imagery is subtle but effective

HPB21-0448, 224 23rd Street, 211 22nd St, 245 22nd St, Workforce Housing

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An application has been filed requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the construction of a mixed-use building on an existing surface parking lot, one or more waivers and variances to reduce the minimum required driveway width and to reduce the number of required loading spaces. 

MDPL Position: We support the Staff Recommendations

HPB21-0454, 900 Ocean Drive, Mango’s Tropical

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Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for Partial Demolition and Design Approval of a Glass Storefront Enclosure. 

MDPL Position: We strongly support the Staff Position including removal of the canopies. In addition, we have concerns about the proposed fenestration of the upper windows which appear to be overly large and inconsistent with the architecture of the rest of the historic building. Suggestions to explore: making the windows smaller and/or introduce glass block… We believe additional study and refinement is needed.

HPB21-0459, 1144 Marseille Drive

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An application has been filed requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for  a new construction affordable workforce housing development on a vacant parcel in the Normandy Isles Historic District. The project shall provide 22 units in a 4-story building. All units will be reserved for families at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.

MDPL Position: We support the Staff Recommendations

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