Our Positions at the January 9, 2024 Historic Preservation Board

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MDPL’s Advocacy Committee has reviewed the following projects on the upcoming Historic Preservation Board agenda and offers our positions below.

Please note: the lack of a position on a project does not indicate support for or opposition to that project. Have a comment about a project you would like to share with our committee? Contact us.

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  1. 7801 Atlantic Way
  2. 3425 Collins Avenue
  3. 1150 Euclid Avenue
  4. 125 Ocean Drive

CONTINUED ITEMS

HPB23-0572, 7801 Atlantic Way

Current Site

Proposed Structure (Original Proposal)

Proposed Structure (Updated)

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An application has been filed requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the total demolition of the existing single-family home and the construction of a new single-family home.

MDPL Position: We are thankful that the Historic Preservation Board members did not approve the demolition of the historic, contributing, structure at the prior hearing. While the new design has been update to reflect a more compatible material and color palette, the fact remains that this application is one for the demolition of a historically protected building. We do not believe that the existing building, which appears to be in good condition, should be approved for demolition. Due to this, we believe this application should be denied.

MDPL Position [From July 11, 2023]: We appreciate the applicant taking the time to walk us through their proposed program. The new design is elegant. However, no attention appears to be given to the contributing historic home that exists on the site. Rather than explore a program that would honor the historic structure while allowing additional development on the site, the historic building has been overlooked as not being resilient or able to be preserved in any way whatsoever. We believe that more study is needed. There are ways to preserve the existing home through floodplain waivers and resiliency interventions.

MODIFICATIONS TO PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BOARD ORDER

HPB23-0600 a.k.a. HPB 7490, 3425 Collins Avenue

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An application has been filed requesting modifications to a previously issued Certificate of Appropriateness for the partial demolition, renovation, and restoration of the existing 16-story hotel building, including the total demolition of the 1955 south addition, and the construction of a new 16-story detached ground level addition. Specifically, the applicant is requesting to modify conditions of the Order.

MDPL Position: We support the recommendations of staff on the reallocation of funds for resiliency.

NEW APPLICATIONS

HPB23-0596, 1150 Euclid Avenue

Current Site

Proposed Structure

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An application has been filed requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the replacement of the masonry balcony railings with new aluminum railings.

Our Position: MDPL is concerned about the level of work that took place without the required review of the Historic Preservation Board. We are seeing this with balconies and railings more often. We support the staff’s recommendation that the balconies facing the public main facade be more in keeping with the original design. A similar project at 301 Ocean Drive was approved with railings that were made to be more compatible with the existing structure.

HPB23-0598, 125 Ocean Drive

Current Site

Proposed Structure

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An application has been filed requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for modifications to the roof deck areas of a penthouse level residential unit.

MDPL Position: We support this project based on staff recommendations. We appreciate that the new design will not be visible from the right of way. We would like to also ensure that no outdoor speakers that could interfere with neighbors’ quality of life be installed on the rooftop. Such a restriction has been placed on other rooftops to proactively avoid neighborhood impacts from open air roof tops.

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