Developer wants permission to change windows

Published 1:31 am Monday, August 6, 2018

During its meeting Tuesday, the Washington Historic Preservation Commission will consider a request by 183 West Main LLC to alter the window configuration for the renovation of the former Washington Jewelers building.

183 West Main LLC wants to modify the style of the previously approved windows to create an enclosed transom across the top header to fill the existing archway in the window fenestrations on the front and rear elevations of the building. This includes six windows on the south elevation and six windows on the north elevation, according to the application for a certificate of appropriateness submitted by Kevin Rawls, a principal of 183 West Main LLC.

In July, the commission unanimously voted to issue a certificate of appropriateness to 183 West Main LLC to make several exterior modifications to the building. At that meeting, Rawls said, “On Jan. 2, we made an offer on the old Washington Jewelry building, with a vision to transform this space into high-quality retail and waterfront living at its finest,” The retail space would occupy the first floor, with residential spaces on the upper floors, including three condominiums on he second floor, he noted. One condominium would have about 1,900 square feet, another would have about 1,400 square feet and the smallest one would have about 600 square feet.

The exterior changes to the building, approved in July, include the following:

  • restore primary façade to its original aesthetic;
  • install new windows to replace the existing decorative plywood;
  • add windows to the second-floor east-side façade;
  • build a deck on the first-floor south façade;
  • add a door to the first-floor south façade;
  • build a balcony on second-floor south façade;
  • convert a window into a door on second-floor south façade.

The commission may approve the request as submitted, approve the request with conditions or deny the request.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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