A citizens group trying to preserve the beaux arts facade of the 68-year-old Albee-Keith's Theater building reached another agreement in D.C. Superior Court with a construction firm yesterday not to demolish the building at least until after additional court hearings next month.
Two weeks ago, a judge ordered that the building not be torn down after a group of about 30 members of Don't Tear It Down, a preservationist group, demonstrated outside the building at 15th and G Streets NW.
Under the agreement reached yesterday by Don't Tear It Down and the Oliver T. Carr Company, the Carr firm is prohibited from demolishing any portion of the historic building at least until June 25, when the preservationists will ask the court for a permanent injunction against demolition of the building's marble and terra-cotta facades.
As part of the order, the D. C. government agreed to seek the funds necessary to preserve the controversial portions of the building. If the city is unable to find the funds or make suitable financial arrangements to save the building within 18 months after the June 25 hearings, the Carr Co. "may proceed with the total demolition without further delay" according to the order.
Oliver T. Carr Co. has plans to build a $60 million complex on the Albee-Keith site, including shops, offices and possibly a hotel.