Apparently the church will submit its plans for a renovation and addition to 1533 9th Street, Northwest (pictured left in March 2007) to the Historic Preservation Review Board later this month. An email from ANC2C Commissioner Padro yesterday revealed the following and attached the below rendering of the planned renovation and addition at 1531 and 1533 9th Street, NW:
Shiloh Baptist Church has announced that they will present their current plans for all their vacant properties, not just request support for their proposed renovation of 1533 9th Street, NW and infill building at 1531 9th Street, NW, at Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C's meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 6:30 PM at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW.
It is important to note that Shiloh's pastor, Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, at last night's Convention Center Community Association meeting, stated that financing was not yet in place for the renovation and new construction at 1531-33 9th Street, NW, much less for the more ambitious redevelopment of the church's buildings on the west side of the 1500 block of 9th Street, which include ground floor retail as well as affordable housing. Specifically, the project for the buildings north of the Henry C. Gregory, III Family Life Center will not move forward without District of Columbia subsidies, which Smith said were not presently forthcoming.
This community has seen a number of renderings for proposed redevelopment of Shiloh's buildings along Woodson Row over the past decade, and perhaps even before. It seems unlikely that these latest plans will move forward anytime soon. But the plans for 1531-33 9th Street, NW are moving to the Historic Preservation Review Board this month, and with minor modifications, should receive approval. If Shiloh is able to complete this project, it would certainly be a demonstration of good faith on Shiloh's part after so many years of lack of progress. Floor plans and several elevations of the 1531-33 9th Street project are attached for your reference.
Residents of the 1500 block of 8th Street, NW, will be glad to hear that Shiloh committed last night to erecting a fence around the long vacant 1543 8th Street, NW, which has been a significant nuisance for decades. Shiloh trustee Ralph Lee acknowledged that a black steel fence is required, rather than a chain link fence, due to the building's location in the Shaw Historic District. This fence will help control the negative activities and trash accumulation that have been a problem at this corner for as long as neighbors can remember.