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Evermay Plans Subject of Public Forum Thursday

23 Jan

Originally created by a grant from the King of England to a Scottish subject who immigrated to the American colonies, this property was built before the American revolution.

Evermay Plans Subject of Public Forum Thursday

The new owners of the Evermay estate have an application before the Board of Zoning Adjustment to change the use from residential to commercial.
The historic Evermay estate at 1623 28th St., NW could soon host non-profit events if the Board of Zoning Adjustment approves the new owners’ request to convert the allowed use from residential to commercial.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Charles Eason has organized a public forum Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 PM, at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library to discuss the plans for the large property in the East Village.
Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno bought Evermay in July for $22 million and hope to use the space to host events for their S&R Foundation. According to the non-profit’s website, it’s goal is:
to recognize talented young scientists and artists for their distinguished work in fields of science and fine arts, especially those who contribute to U.S. – Japanese understanding.
According to a November article in the Georgetown Current, Evermay will reportedly not be rented out for large events like weddings, but would be host to smaller gatherings like lectures and concerts.
The owners’ attorneys have shared information with many of the surrounding neighbors about the intentions for Evermay. Other neighbors who live a little farther afield have raised concerns on the neighborhood listserv about impacts on parking during events.
Commissioner Eason has organized the public forum for Thursday in the hopes of informing a wider swath of the community (and to perhaps cut down on the time spent on Evermay during the next ANC meeting).
The BZA will consider the Evermay application Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m.