A growing concern throughout the District of Columbia is the problem of demolition by neglect of historic properties. An amendment added to the DC Historic Preservation Act several years ago places an affirmative duty on owners to preserve historic properties against decay, deterioration and structural defects and to correct conditions that would compromise an historic building’s long-term integrity. It also authorizes the Mayor, after determining that a building is threatened by demolition by neglect, to obtain a court order to require the owner to repair defects that threaten the building or, alternatively, to take the necessary action to make repairs at cost to the owner. To date, the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) has not developed regulations to implement the law. The Committee of 100’s Historic Preservation Subcommittee is working with the DC Preservation League, which is drafting regulations to present to the HPO. In addition, the Subcommittee brought this problem to the attention of the DC Council at oversight hearings in February 2011 on the Historic Preservation Office and in March 2011 on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which has authority to require repairs of vacant properties, including historic buildings.
- 2013-08-02 C100 Comments On Demo By Neglect Regs
- August 2, 2013, Charles Robertson
Comments of the Committee of 100, Historic Mount Pleasant, and the Dupont Circle Conservancy on the proposed regulations for Demolition by Neglect.