There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

The new plan. (GTM Architects)

Around this time last year, preservationists were aghast at the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation’s idea to cut a giant pit in the floor of the main hall with an elevated cafe above it and glass elevators descending to the food court below. After disappearing for a while, they’ve come back with a more modest proposal: Cutting two smaller openings in the floor for escalators instead, and adding several kiosks around the edges, plus an assortment of benches.

According to recorded comments, there was still a good deal of skepticism among both governmental and citizen groups about the need for the new holes, as well as their attendant signage. If you want to weigh in, USRC is taking comments until September 7.

Full presentation after the jump.

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