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Georgetown Church Design Clears Zoning After Negotiating with Neighbors

by Lark Turner

Georgetown Church Design Clears Zoning After Negotiating with Neighbors: Figure 1
Image via Google Maps.

A Georgetown project that once incited raucous opposition from its neighbors sailed through a Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) hearing on Tuesday without a single person showing up to protest the application.

What changed with the project? Well, just about everything.

The original application, which we wrote about a few months ago, proposed turning the rectory of Alexander Memorial Baptist Church at 2709 N Street NW (map) into a large 6,000 square foot house, and converting the remainder of the church into two units. The proposal also called for constructing a townhouse on an adjacent, empty lot.

Here’s a look at what was first proposed:

Georgetown Church Design Clears Zoning After Negotiating with Neighbors: Figure 2

The revised plan has nixed the construction of the new townhouse on Lot 805, the bone of contention between SGA Companies — the project’s developer — and the neighbors. Instead, the existing church buildings will be converted into three units.

As a result of SGA’s pivot, ANC 2E, which initially opposed the application, decided to support it, as did the BZA. A variance that would allow the project to be turned into three units was unanimously approved with no discussion from the applicant, members of the board or the public.

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