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Public meetings set on DC building height limits

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 4:20am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal and District of Columbia officials are holding a series of public meetings on potential changes to the building height restrictions in the nation's capital.

The National Capital Planning Commission plans to host a session Wednesday to kick off its work. Public meetings are scheduled for Aug. 3 in Tenleytown, Aug. 6 in northeast Washington, Aug. 7 in Mount Pleasant, Aug. 10 at Catholic University, and Aug. 13 at the D.C. Office of Planning.

Officials will present visual models and an economic feasibility analysis.

Under the Height Act of 1910, most buildings in Washington have been limited to about 12 stories. Advocates say easing the restrictions could open up new opportunities for development and accommodate the city's swelling population. But preservationists have vowed to fight changes to the law.


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