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Collapsing Building Draws Concerns

The Georgetown building that collapsed on Thanksgiving Day has an owner with a prior history of run-ins with the Historic Preservation Office. That history involves another building at 1329 Wisconsin Ave. That was a roof collapse, approximately ten years ago, caused, 'by bringing a tar machine onto the roof of a fragile 1850s building', according to a letter written by a a rep from the HPO at that time. The owner of the building, Mohammad Esfahani, denied any wrongdoing about that situation. As for the new building collapse, community members have already expressed their concerns that it isn't being handled with as much care as needed. [Patch; Patch]