Last week, after it was revealed that the city would pay $15 million to purchase the Jellef Branch of the Bots and Girls Club GM predicted that the expenditure was certain to come under scrutiny, if not open protest. Well, the push-back has already begun.
Carol Buckley of the Georgetown Current reports this week that Ward Five Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. considers the city’s proposed purchase of the property to be “financially irresponsible”. Thomas stated that the purchase would delay already-approved parks projects in Wards Five and Six.
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GM reported yesterday about the closing of the Jellef Branch of the Boys and Girls club. He warned that the land transfer could be easily derailed if enough people feel that the city is only looking out for the affluent users of Jellef. Therefore the fans of Jellef should hope that the transition plans discussed in this report succeed.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Boys and Girls Club is going to close several branches in the D.C. area, including Georgetown’s Jellef Branch, right next to Social Safeway. The organization is severely struggling to ensure its long term financial future and has identified for elimination the branches with the fewest members. What this means to the neighborhood after the jump: