Apr. 7th, 2016

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...i hope.

Procedurally, the CDC sends its recommendation to the ANC, who then votes and usually just does what the committee recommends. (this also has an interesting effect of washing the votes; the CDC could be split, like for our variance hearing, but the ANC vote was unanimous, which is the vote that gets passed to the other agencies.) I still wasn't going to count on that going well, though, so went to the ANC meeting last night.

Unexpectedly, a family friend (of nick's parents) was there. He's actually a pretty Big Deal in the city/neighborhood, so I think I got a little bit of (confused) halo effect as we sat in the back and chatted. He also very kindly stayed to the bitter end to see how things turned out for us. In the end I was really grateful as some of the intervening meeting was enough to give me a heart attack.

They ended up *reversing* a CDC decision that had been unanimous; CDC had voted to approve, people raised a stink after, and so then the ANC ended up protesting the project. I felt bad for the architect, as he hadn't been handling the comms and ended up with a phalanx of angry neighbors yelling about stuff the owner did a year ago that had nothing to do with this work. Also they were yelling about structural concerns for a historic concept and massing. (typically, about a year out from structural drawings.)

Eventually, they got to our project (about an hour late); the committee chair summed up a garbled history, then moved to approve. He saw me in the back and gave a little wave. All voted to approve with one abstention--the guy who hates cor-ten.

We waited till the end of the committee report, and then made a move to get up, at which point we got shamed into staying till the end. !!! 15 minutes later, we finally all could escape. I went up and thanked the committee chair for his help; he told me that he really doesn't like our design but totally supports turning it into a livable space so voted to support.

I smiled and thanked him prettily.

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