Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Is curtain closing on Takoma Theatre?
Owner wishes to demolish historic building, others see hope for revitalization
by Jeremy Arias | Staff writer
The fate of the historic Takoma Theatre remains to be seen as the owner pressed ahead with his proposal to partially demolish the building to construct apartments before the Washington, D.C., Office of Planning Friday morning.
The building, located at 6833 4th Street in Northwest, Washington, D.C., was opened in 1924 and is designated as a historically significant property under the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978. McGinty has twice been denied permits by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board to develop a commercial building on the site, which he says has become too derelict to restore.
In order to receive the permit, McGinty must prove either that he would face an unreasonable economic hardship if the permit is denied (namely, upkeep of the property) or that his proposed 43-unit apartment building would constitute a project of “special interest” to the community, according to D.C. Mayor’s Agent and Director of the Office of Planning Harriet Tregoning, who oversaw the meeting.