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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 07/18/2010

D.C. residents sue over 'McMansion'

By Washington Post Editors

Battles over “McMansions” aren't just for the 'burbs.

Residents of Washington's Woodley Park neighborhood are fighting a developer's plans to tear down one house and replace it with two properties after dividing the lot in half.

Neighbors are suing city agencies saying the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs didn't follow the rules when they allowed developers to divide the land.

Residents say they worry builders will chop down century-old trees that dot the neighborhood to accommodate the new homes. They also fear the size of the new dwellings will cause erosion issues and impede the views of those who already live in the community.

A city spokesman says the developer has complied with the law so far.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | July 18, 2010; 12:09 PM ET
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Woodley Park is an exclusive area. These developers must be desperate.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 18, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The neighbors want to control what someone does on their own property? As long as it passes muster with the City agencies, they have no right to object.

Posted by: krickey7 | July 18, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Stupid, tasteless, and low class people with money. What a recipe for disaster.

Posted by: vztownes | July 18, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

2910 Garfield

Posted by: fleeciewool | July 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The McMansions should be barred. In their place, however, the District could place some city-run nursing homes, halfway houses, or medical treatment facilities.

Posted by: axolotl | July 18, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

The people in this neighborhood move in and do their thing and then try to tell everybody else what to do. There is no individual freedom in this country any more. As if Woodley Park is not already full of McMansions, and there are so many trees you're in danger of getting killed by falling acorns and split off branches.

Posted by: observator1000 | July 18, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Observator, you say there is no freedom? There is plenty of it, and whether or not they succeed, the Woodley Park residents are exercising their rights by suing the city agencies. The builder is free to put forth his idea, and the residents are free to object. I think its a good idea to have an open discussion about how we develop in this country. We live on a planet that is getting more and more crowded, and the days of doing what you want "because it's my property" are gone. It doesn't take much to think about consequences, but it does take some creativity and time, which most developers seem to lack in spades these days.

Posted by: smartsfour | July 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The planet is better served by replacing 1 house with 2 houses in an already-built area, than building a new house somewhere not already urbanized.
And while it may be their right to sue (you can sue for a lot of things, like lost pants at a drycleaners), that does not make it okay. Object, fine--but in the appropriate place. If you lose, man up.

Posted by: krickey7 | July 18, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Are the neighbors saying that DCRA approved a plan that did not comply with their rules (again!)? LOL. DCRA does that all the time and the developers know that DCRA will randomly approve all sorts of stuff. Lawsuits and wasted taxpayer dollars ensue. Happens all the time.

Posted by: Habco07122010 | July 18, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

The developer is wedging in two ginormous houses, totaling over 10,000 sq. feet onto one small lot of less than 10,000 square feet and the developer gave the neighbors zero notice before doing this. So those who say that there ought to be "discussion" about projects like this are right, but recognize that the developers sought to sneak this one through so there could be no discussion.

Posted by: LincolnDuncan | July 18, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Until you reopen Klingle Road, I don't give a crap about your neighborhood! In fact, I will see what I can do to help McMansions proliferate in your neighborhood.

Posted by: johng1 | July 19, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

what is a hoot about the developers is that they ahve no class.

if they were smart they would choose a piece of land that would accomodate their houses. Instead they want to shoehorn a house in and do mor damage to the value of all the houses existing an too be built.


but I agree with the neighbors the city as in montgomery county are devious in their refusal to follow the existing zoning rules etc

values always go down in these city games

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | July 19, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Money, money, money I guess that give you the power to control peoples property...with all the money in the world in would not want any parts of this snoody people...

Posted by: shadon1 | July 19, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

DCRA did not issue a permit to build anything yet. A raze permit was issued and the existing house was torn down; a stop work order was issued due to illegal digging. Sounds like somebody didnt check the facts.

Posted by: thomsguglielmo | July 19, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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