A city employee has filed the first applications for a "green roof" and a front-yard rain barrel in Annapolis' Historic District.
Chuck Weikel wants to grow a garden of drought-resistant grass on his roof, figuring it would cool his house more than the black rubber covering. The rain barrel would allow him to use captured rainwater for plants in his garden.
Weikel, who lives on one of the city's most colorful, historic streets, will attend Tuesday's city Historic Preservation Commission as it takes up the question of whether allowing green construction can co-exist with its mission of protecting the city's Colonial heritage.
"I think from a philosophical standpoint, there would be a tension between historic preservation of a significant residence and green technology," said Sharon Kennedy, commission chairwoman. She declined to discuss the merits of a specific request before the commission.
Do "green roofs" and front-yard rain barrels have a place in historic Annapolis?
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