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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/24/2010

Church gets the OK to build at Fort Stevens park

By Washington Post editors

The District's Office of Planning voted Tuesday to grant Emory United Methodist Church the variance it sought to construct a five-story addition at the edge of Fort Stevens' national park, according to A House Divided. If you recall, Fort Stevens is the place where President Lincoln observed the Confederate attack on the capital.

Opponents had fought the design addition, saying a new building would detract from the visitor experience at the park.

By Washington Post editors  | February 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Silly, silly allowance.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we can build a new DC United stadium there too?

Posted by: mbyrd28 | February 24, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

i support history, but some of this stuff is stupid. i once worked on a project that abutted a civil war battle field. The land had trenches and bunkers from the civil war and thus precluded development. 140 years later, the trenches/bunkers had grown grass and simply looked like uneven land in the midst of a vast field. the historical marker told you all you needed to know, because literally seeing the trench wasn't going to happen. so it was simply knowing what happened on the land type effect. it was even more bizarre because within a few hundred yards in any direction there was development. hotels, warehouses, fast food, etc. This land was untouchable.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 24, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Come's nice to have some open spaces, and if they're historical, all the better. We can't just build up every piece of land available. And for a church? There's got to be something better.

Posted by: akchild | February 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

At least the park is for everyone. Church - not so much. DC should have said NO to the addition.

Posted by: ms1234 | February 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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