Grosso Restores Hyde Renovation Schedule

ANC Preview: Hyde Gym Edition

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Councilmember David Grosso, the chair of the Education Committee, has modified the mayor’s proposed school construction timeline and Hyde-Addison looks to benefit from it.

The city has been planning an addition to Hyde for over five years. Once built, it will finally provide the school with a gym and a appropriately sized cafeteria and library. It will also provide needed additional classroom space.

The proposal finally received design approvals this spring, but time ran out to begin construction this June (construction needs to start when school is out). So the community was expecting a June 2016 start, with construction finishing by fall 2017. Continue reading

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Potomac River

Potomac River

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Rose Park Tennis Court Renaming Moves Forward

In March, the Friends of Rose Park formally requested that the city consider renaming the park’s tennis courts after the Peters sisters, who grew up in Georgetown playing on the courts before they went on to highly successful professional careers. Jack Evans took that recommendation and ran with it; legislation is moving forward to carry out the recommendation.

On June 3rd, the Council will hold a hearing on the bill. All are welcome to testify. GM is aware that the Friends of Rose Park will have a representative speaking in favor of the bill. There’s really not likely to be any objections to the bill, but it’s still worthwhile to voice support. Continue reading

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3200 block of P St.

3200 block of P St.

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City Begins Cracking Down on Illegal AirBnbs

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DC city regulators have taken the first step towards cracking down on illegal Airbnb listings. Will this impact the many listings in Georgetown? It’s unclear, but any increased regulatory attention is probably not good news for the property owners using the service.

As you probably know, Airbnb is a service that lets homeowners rent out a room, or the whole property, on a nightly basis. In Georgetown there are a bunch. In fact, many former long term rentals appear to have been converted to Airbnb use.

The thing is, though, that almost all the Airbnb listings in Georgetown are likely illegal. Using your property as a ersatz hotel is not permitted without a business license. And you can’t get the appropriate business license in most of Georgetown due to zoning restrictions. Continue reading

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