Historical Society Scrutinizing Plans for High-Rise on Former Car Lot in Brightwood

Design plans may need to be altered for the former Curtis Chevrolet dealership, the Brightwood Community Association learned at its monthly meeting on Tuesday night.

The D.C. Historical Preservation Society has requested alterations in plans by Foulger-Pratt Development Inc. for a high-rise on the Georgia Avenue lot, just north of Missouri Avenue in Northwest D.C.

“The historic society is requesting that the car barns of Curtis be saved and incorporated in the design of the new building,” said D. Kamili Anderson, president of BCA. “Foulger & Pratt are still working things out with them. We’re trying to get someone from their company to come speak to BCA next month.”

The Rockville, Md., development company answered the questions of concerned residents during a presentation last week at Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A’s monthly meeting. BCA members have expressed excitement of the new look of the neighborhood.

Also in attendance at the BCA meeting were representatives from the ANC and the Emory Beacon of Light, a non-profit organization of Emory United Methodist Church of Brightwood. Emory Beacon, which has outgrown its space, announced the creation of a neighborhood investment fund that will encompass a new church.

The organization will also use the financial support for office spaces and some houses, two of which will be dedicated to senior citizens and low-income families. Emory asked that BCA be supportive of their fundraising.

The next BCA meeting is scheduled for May 13 at St. John United Baptist Church at 13th and Tuckerman Streets Northwest.