After a contentious all-day hearing, the Historic Preservation Review Board voted to postpone their decision on the proposed Kingman Park Historic District until next week on Thursday, May 3. During next week's hearing the board will make a final decision on whether to accept the original boundaries submitted by the Kingman Park Civic Association (KPCA) or boundaries suggested by the Historic Preservation Office (HPO). Public comment will not be accepted at the May 3 hearing and the board could also decide to postpone or reject the application outright, but these options appear less likely.
The original application submitted by KPCA included the Kingman Park and Rosedale neighborhoods as well as portions of Langston and Carver shown in the map below. The HPO suggestions would not include any part of the Carver or Langston neighborhoods which have not already been designated historic (eg: Langston Terrace Dwellings and Langston Golf Course).
LCA president, Sydelle Moore testified at the March 22, 2018 hearing to represent the community's opposition and submitted more than a dozen letters on behalf of concerned residents in the Langston neighborhood. Ms. Moore did not testify again at the April 26, 2018 hearing as board members requested that only residents who had not previously spoken be allowed to speak.
Comm. Henderson, ANC5D05 spoke at both hearings in support of the neighborhood's inclusion in the historic district, despite holding no public meetings on the topic prior to announcing her support in November 2017 and vocal opposition from constituents -- especially homeowners between 18th and 21st St NE.