Woodley Park Neighborhood Taking On The McMansions

9:45 PM, Jul 16, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - Residents in a section of Woodley Park are ready to huff and puff to stop a developer. The company wants to tear down a house along Garfield Street and replace it with two houses neighbors say, are just too large.

"The house here will be gone and there will be two houses, one here at the corner and one just a few feet up the hill," described John Goodman, the former president of the Woodley Park Community Association.

Goodman is also one of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit and put up signs protesting plans to split the lot and build two huge homes here.

"These two very large houses on smaller lots is just out off character, stick out like a sore thumb," said Goodman.

Some folks are upset the developer has intentions to knock down century old trees that accent the residential block.

Gwen Bole explained, "What we are trying to do is keep the wood in Woodley Park."

The other problem is that the area is zoned for 5,000 square-foot lots, but the city gave the developer the green light even though one of the halves fell short of the required square footage.

"The city did grant a deviation but it did so without notifying the community which we feel is wrong," said Richard DeKaser, a Woodley Park resident.

The city tells 9 News Now, the developer, so far, has been within compliance.

Two McMansions on 29th and Garfield might reduce tree cover and block views.

Residents in Woodley Park are waiting for an appeal to be heard on October 5th.

Written by Alex Trevino
9News Now & wusa9.com

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