Historic Preservation Program of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation

CED-79-71a: Published: Mar 31, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1979.

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A request was made for a review of the proposed demolition of Kann's Department Store as part of a historic preservation program of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation. Specifically requested was a determination as to whether applicable laws, regulations, and procedures had been followed, and whether the Corporation had fully compared the cost of demolition to the costs of other alternatives such as long-term adaptive reuse.

The review disclosed that the Corporation had complied with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures in its action regarding the store. The Pennsylvania Avenue Development Plan, which was approved by Congress, provides for a multi-use housing complex which will require the demolition of the store. Another proposed plan, by which the store would be renovated and adapted to housing, was rejected by the Corporation because it would have necessitated a major revision in the Corporation's entire "superblock" concept. It was not reasonable to compare the costs of a limited alternative to this concept as it would not take into account the related effects of the alternative on the entire "superblock" area.

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