Good Morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
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Yesterday evening, the details of the agreement between the ANC, the civic groups and Georgetown University were finally made public. The parties had announced a deal Wednesday, but were still hashing out the finer points through Thursday.
Before getting into the details, the highest level takeaway is that while the agreement is a genuine compromise whereby neither side got 100% of what it wanted, the respective parties are very happy with the outcome. That we could actually get to this point seemed impossible just a few months ago. So kodus to all the parties involved and the power of mediation!
Now to the details:
- GU agrees to move 450 students from off-campus to on-campus. This is up from the 250 it had come up to in its most recent offer. This number will be met by moving 65 students out of Magis Row by the fall of 2013 (Magis Row is a row of university-owned townhouses on the 1400 block of 36th St.) and then constructing 385 new beds by the fall of 2015.
- The bulk of those 450 new beds will be found by converting the Leavey Center hotel to dorm use.
- A new Georgetown Community Partnership will be formed by reps of the ANC, civic groups, and GU. This committee will hopefully provide the sort of periodic pressure release that GM has supported before. It will serve as a forum for addressing issues without waiting for the next ten year plan. Continue reading
Photo by Wlcutler.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- As hinted at yesterday, the ANC, GU and the Mayor announced that a deal has been struck on GU’s campus plan. Details will be released sometime today. GM will have more on it tomorrow.
- Nice piece on the new owners of Evermay and the Halcyon House.
“Life Is Very Short, and There’s No Time For Fussing and Fighting My Friend”
Last night the ANC met for its April session and near the top of the agenda was a possibly significant development regarding the campus plan issue. A couple of other items grabbed GM’s attention as well.
Campus Plan Mediation
Ron Lewis introduced the campus plan development by inviting to the podium Erik Smulson, GU’s VP for Public Affairs, Jennifer Altemus, CAG’s President, and Edith Cecil of the Burleith Citizens Association. These are the primary parties currently locked in the never-ending campus plan fight which is currently under review by the Zoning Commission. The joint message the four groups gave is that they are taking serious steps toward mediating a resolution to the fight outside of the Zoning Commission’s process. Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood has repeatedly expressed a wish that genuine mediation between the parties would take place, and this appears to have finally started.
The groups filed a joint request to delay the Zoning Commission’s upcoming meetings on the plan by 60 days. During this time the groups hope to reach a negotiated resolution. What terms are on the table? GM has no clue (full disclosure alert: GM is the Secretary of CAG, but as he’s mentioned in the past, he isn’t really involved in this process and that hasn’t changed with this development) . And Ron Lewis wasn’t giving any promises that a resolution could be found. But that said, it’s an encouraging sign for those of us that just want this issue behind us and don’t want to spend the next 8 years until the next plan litigating the current one. Continue reading