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Neighbors sign off on Gray's problematic fence

Council Chairman Vincent Gray got some good news Thursday night when his neighbors gave their seal of approval to his controversial fence.

The black aluminum fence that surrounds Gray's home in the Hillcrest neighborhood in Southeast Washington goes before the city's Public Space Committee for a vote next Thursday. Before then, Gray's local ANC 7B was given an opportunity to weigh in.

Phillip Hammond, a commissioner, said five members voted not to oppose the fence, while two voted present.

Gray put the fence up two years ago without a permit on space governed by the city's public right-of-way rules. A series of stories in The Washington Times prompted the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to seek proper permitting from Gray.

Gray, who is running for mayor, said he thought his contractor would take care of the necessary paperwork. The permitting process has since dragged on for five months and has become part of the debate in the mayor's race.

-- Ann E. Marimow

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: D.C. council chairman's fence, Vincent gray, gray's fence, neighbors approve gray's fence, vincent gray's fence  
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Glad those ANC members have spines!

Posted by: ah___ | May 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

fenty must be pulling his hair out

Posted by: gordonbundy | May 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This is absolutely ridiculous and if this is all the dirt Fenty can pull up on Gray then he better start cleaning out his office. The contractor is responsible for permits so Gray is not culpable in this affair. And I can't believe WaPo or anyone else is trying to make a big deal out of this. Let it go.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | May 22, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Well said! The permits are the contractor's responsibility.

Posted by: fivetogo | May 22, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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