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Morton Bender‘s plan for a giant hotel on N Street heard its verdict before the Board of Zoning Adjustment this morning, and Housing Complex just heard that its application for a special exception to establish a boutique hotel—which the Office of Planning had recommended be approved—was instead denied. This comes only a couple of weeks after the Historic Preservation Review Board also sent the architects back to revise the design to have a lesser impact on the neighboring Tabard Inn.
The architects, who before were allowed to give some information about the project—not the project plans, though, nor the budget—have been asked by Bender to stop talking to the press. There is, apparently, no public representative of the N Street Follies at all. (Bender did get one victory in court today: disgraced art dealer Lawrence Salander, who swindled him in a painting trade, was indicted for fraud.)
I’ve got a call in to Tabard Inn owner Jeremiah Cohen, but presume that he’s celebrating.