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Apple Store Headed to Georgetown

Apple is on its way to Georgetown.

An architectural review board today embraced the computer company's revised plans for a store it plans to open on Wisconsin Avenue.

The Old Georgetown Board's approval came after it had ordered Apple to redraw plans four previous times, primarily because the building it envisioned did not conform with the federal-style structures in the area.

Apple's new design includes a paneled glass storefront that echoes the entrances to neighboring properties.

"The project has gotten a lot better," David Cox, one of the board's three members, told Karl Backus, Apple's architect. "I applaud your efforts."

The board's resistance to Apple's previous submissions had won a measure of support from residents and preservationists. But it also stirred vociferous opposition from residents, business owners, and local political leaders eager for the company to open a store in the District.

Apple still needs to win the support of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, though it is unusual for the commission to overturn the Old Georgetown Board, which it oversees.

An Apple representative at the meeting said no timetable has been established for when the company would begin construction or the Georgetown store would be opened.

Paul Schwartzman

By Marcia Davis  |  March 5, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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I can't believe how much this city is strangled, stifled, and otherwise intimidated by these silly historic, NIMBY preservationists...they fought an APPLE store, when every Apple store ever built has been a boom for its community...

They wanted modernist glass, that was still in character...puh-lease. Let's get ourselves out of the past...are we going to have a fight when we want to get rid of the roads and put trolleys or monorails or environmentally-friendly material...

We might as well let the roads revert to dirt. That's preservation.

Posted by: cleanconscience | March 6, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

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