We’ve been speculating about whether or not the 2010 Campus Plan would be hampered by the kind of neighborhood opposition that beset the 2000 Campus Plan. We can stop wondering now. Georgetown alum and CAG President Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88) has announced that the Citizens’ Association of Georgetown is launching a campaign against the Campus Plan—and it’s not just an advocacy campaign.
“[I]t is clear that we will need support from experts to enhance our efforts in advocating the needs and concerns of the residential community,” Altemus wrote in an e-mail that went out over the Georgetownforum listserv. “To that end, we are asking you to help us fund this important effort.”
She goes on to ask residents to visit the CAG website and donate to the “Save Our Neighborhood” fund, where suggested donations start at $300 and go up to $5,000. Or neighbors can make a (tax-deductible) donation of any amount. In either case, they’ll receive an invitation to the “Save Our Neighborhood” cocktail party at Georgetown restaurant il Canale.
She also announced an April meeting among neighbors to discuss the 2010 Campus Plan specifically from the neighbors’ point of view.
Members of the CAG and the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners have made no secret of how much they dislike Georgetown’s 2010 Campus Plan. Even at a community meeting where Georgetown administrators more or less promised that they were rerouting the GUTS buses according to the ANC’s wishes, ANC Commissioner Ron Lewis openly threatened to impede the plan’s passage if Georgetown did not acquiesce to more neighborhood demands.
“There is a problem,” he said. “And the problem is that people who come to your classes are jamming up our streets by parking. It’s not our role, it’s not our job to figure out the solution—it’s the University’s. But there is the problem. And unless the problem goes away, it’s going to be a problem for the plan.”
I guess those problems start now. Read Altemus’ full letter after the jump.
Jennifer Altemus’ full e-mail, “GU Campus Plan” (bolding is hers):
“Georgetown University is in the process of preparing their 2010 ten-year campus plan for submission to the Zoning Commission. The draft calls for major development and a dramatic increase in the number of students.
“In multiple meetings with Georgetown University it became clear that their plan does not address the adverse impact of more than 1,200 students already living in our residential neighborhoods and adds to the problem by asking to add 3,200 more graduate students with no additional housing within the University gates.”
“Of course we will continue discussions with GU. However, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, along with the ANC, Burleith, Hillandale, and other community organizations, is now actively working to present our perspective to the Zoning Commission and the DC Office of Planning.
“CAG’s GU Relations Committee and other neighborhood groups have been gathering data and developing our case. But as we consult with others who have been through this process, it is clear that we will need support from experts to enhance our efforts in advocating the needs and concerns of the residential community. To that end, we are asking you to help us fund this important effort.
“It is imperative that we present a strong case to the Zoning Commission to improve the quality of life in the community, maintain our real estate values, and restore the peaceful, civilized nature of our wonderful historic neighborhoods. Time is of the essence as we need to have our presentation together by April.
“We ask that you consider a significant contribution to this effort. To donate go to www.cagtown.org and click CAG Save Our Neighborhood Fund or mail our form and a check today.