Cleveland Park Real Estate - What's Happening Overhead?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Cleveland Park real estate and surrounding Woodley Park and Garfield in Northwest Washington, DC provide vantagepoints from which the National Cathedral can be seen daily. It towers above the homes in the surrounding neighborhoods and over the school buildings and athetic fields of the Cathedral Close at St. Albans and the National Cathedral School. This beautiful structure, having climbed to its present height for over a century, has become a bit more precarious and problematic since the earthquake on August 23. The current fare is scaffolds, nets, stonemasons and tourists with uppointed fingers.

There are many questions which might arise in contempation of such a huge undertaking as the repair of the Cathedral and the surrounding project required to get the job done. How is the present structure to be made safe from falling stone and other building materials? Hopefully that was accomplished before the building reopened in mid-November. But, how could it have been? We have already seen a crane dumped over backwards and two tons of fallen stone. How is safety from a future earthquake to be guaranteed? The Cathedral was built by hand, from ground to pinnacles. How can it ever be totally repaired? How long will it take? How much will it cost? Where will the money come from? How much of an impact will there be on the surrounding community - Cleveland Park real estate or elsewhere nearby? For the residents of the area, as well as the students and faculty of St. Albans and National Cathedral School, the Cathedral is like part of the family and the damage to it, although without the injury or loss of life experienced in recent years in other attacks, can be taken very personally.

The answers to questions like these are not clear cut. How long will the work take to complete? 15 years is said by one. 20 years by another. Still another, decades. In any case, there is a lot more damage than intially anticipated, and it will cost a lot more money. The Major is asking FEMA for $15 million for the Cathedral, but FEMA has already turned down an application from the the area close to the epicenter in Virginia. Some forecast a much larger total amount.

Buy or sell your home with Tom Williams, or refer someone who does, part of the commission will be donated at settlement to the Washington National Cathedral repair effort. Make the structure safer from some future earthquake? Some are suggesting steel bands around the pinnacles. Not only important is the safety aspect, but also the appearance of the building to Cleveland Park real estate, and nearby property and buildings.

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Comments (1)

Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

I had no idea the restoration project of the National Cathedral was projected to last so long. It's amazing the damage that was done with that brief earthquake. Thanks for the information.

Nov 18, 2012 06:58 AM