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Decision Summary HPA No. 04-145
- HPA Number
- Building Name
- Tregaron Estate
- 3100 Macomb St. NW
- Date of Order
HPA Number: 04-145
Case Name: In the matter of Tregaron
Location of Property:
Date of Decision: 3/30/06
Type of Case/Type of Permit Sought: Subdivision
Date of Case Summary: 5/4/07
Summary of Decision:
Tregaron Limited Partnership (the “Applicant”) sought approval of a subdivision of Lot 839 in Square 2084 to create eight record lots to develop eight single family residences along the Macomb Street and Klingle Road frontages of the Tregaron Estate, a 20.6 acre former country estate comprising two lots: 1) a six-acre parcel owned by the Washington International School (“WIS”) and a fourteen-acre parcel owned by the Applicant. Upon the granting of the subdivision, the Applicant planned on conveying to 1)
Mayor’s Agent – Procedural:
Pursuant to the Historic District Protection Act of 1978, the Mayor or his agent must review and hold a public hearing on applications for subdivision of the site of historic landmarks.
Necessary in the public interest:
The Mayor’s Agent concluded that the Applicant’s proposed subdivision was necessary in the public interest to achieve a project of special merit.
Project of Special Merit – Exemplary Architecture:
Although the Historic Preservation Review Board (the “Board”) believed that the subdivision of the Tregaron estate site was “inherently inconsistent with the original unified character of the property,” the Mayor’s Agent concluded that the conceptual proposal for the eight houses on the subdivided lots was exemplary in terms of its architecture and land use planning in “minimizing the impacts of those houses on the landscape, ensuring that the houses will be invisible from the most important vistas and vantage points within the estate, and will respect important topographical, man-made and natural features and characteristics.”
Project of Special Merit – Specific Features of Land Planning:
An agreement between the Applicant,
The Mayor’s agent found that the landscape plan was a “key component” of the Applicant’s special merit case.
Project of Special Merit – Social or other Benefits having a High Priority for Community Services:
The Mayor’s Agent found that the Applicant’s donation of nearly thirteen acres for conservancy purposes to be reserved as a landmark in perpetuity – ten acres of which were to be available for community use and enjoyment – is a “significant benefit to the entire community, and has a high priority for community services.”