Georgetown announces community meeting for final draft of 2010 Campus Plan

Well, it wasn’t the late January or early February date they had hoped for. But the 2010 Campus Plan steering committee has announced the last community meeting it will hold regarding the 2010 Campus Plan before it files the plan with the Old Georgetown Board and D.C. Zoning Commission for approval.

On Monday, April 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Georgetown Visitation, members of the Georgetown administration will present their final draft of the plan with information residents asked for in previous meetings. Those meetings collected community feedback and questions on three specific elements of the plan in November—Transportation, the 1789 Block, and Housing, Enrollment, and Off-Campus Life.

Material on the final draft of the plan will become available here as the meeting date approaches, but so far, the final draft is not available yet. In anticipation of the final draft, let’s recap: what are the major flashpoints for Georgetown neighbors going to be when it does become available, and what did they ask to know about the plan?

  • Increased graduate enrollment — Currently, Georgetown is seeking to increase its graduate student enrollment by about 3,200 students, most of whom will be in the School of Continuing Studies. While the University is not going to increase undergraduate enrollment, neighbors are still furious. They want to know how many graduate students they can expect to move into the area.
  • New undergraduate housing — Right now, there is no new undergraduate housing proposed in this plan. This is particularly irksome to neighborhood residents who remember that in a May 2009 presentation, the architecture firm working said the University could add 800 beds within Georgetown’s gates. (Although adding that many beds would have required Georgetown to build on nearly every open space left on campus, including the Harbin patio). Expect this to incense neighbors again, unless Georgetown has changed its plans.

  • Rerouted GUTS buses — Facilities Director Karen Frank has said that she and her staff are still awaiting transportation studies before they can absolutely, positively promise to reroute nearly all GUTS bus lines through the Canal Street exit (including the Dupont GUTS route). Look for neighbors to demand that promise—which will increase the Dupont GUTS route length by 2.6 miles each way.
  • The Hospital, parking, and traffic — Georgetown is seeking to build a new Hospital building on part of what is currently the Hospital parking lot. Neighbors worry about the traffic increase this will bring to the Burleith area. The University would like to add 1,000 new parking spaces for the Hospital, University faculty, and graduate students. Residents feel their streets are already choked with University traffic, and want concrete demonstrations of how these increases will affect traffic in the neighborhood.
  • Students — Any opportunity to discuss the 2010 Campus Plan is also an opportunity to discuss noisy, dirty, drunk, disruptive Georgetown students.

Administrators will discuss a timeline for submitting the plan to the OGB and Zoning Commission in this meeting. Because it is a District-wide bureaucracy, the Zoning Commission will rely somewhat on input from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission to help inform its decisions, since ANC commissioners are closer to the community.

5 Comments on “Georgetown announces community meeting for final draft of 2010 Campus Plan

  1. “Any opportunity to discuss the 2010 Campus Plan is also an opportunity to discuss noisy, dirty, drunk, disruptive Georgetown students.”

    And disrespectful of their elders!

  2. Its quite comical that the local populace likes to think they live in a suburb of the district and not within city limits next to a university. I have never in my life heard such superfluous complaints about noise and complaints about commuter transportation from a community in my life. You live IN a major city.

    -Its also unfortunate that the same residents who think they will waltz into the GU hospital and demand quality care, the employees who work in the hospital and around the school are the major users of the GUTS system and for the most part are negatively impacted by their stodginess.

    -It is also comical that residents complain about student noise, yet make no effort to control all their 60 year old neighbors who for 6 months or more at a time will do home renovations 6 days a week from 8am to 6pm with heavy machinery that disrupts peace and quiet but they will keep a noise log on students.

    The neighbors expect the university to give and give and give to them, but they provide little contribution to the school or georgetown community other than complaints. They wont be happy unless the school had a 25 foot sound barrier and only had students within the walls.

  3. Suburbs or major city you still have to follow the law. Unless you claim some kind of immunity for GU students.
    Renovations from 8am to 6pm are within the laws of DC. Noise at night time is illegal. You’ll get it when you grow up.

  4. Georgetown University was here before you were. You can move.

  5. Noise at night time is not illegal as a generic cover all. There is a stark difference between a ruckous and overly sensitive neighbors who see more than 3 people enter a house, hear more than a peep, and then call the police.

    Funny how you say Ill get it when I grow up, but one of the things you would think a grown up understands is how to deal with problems by simply confronting others and having civil conversations. All too often, residents are passive aggressive and instead of a simple solution of asking someone to quiet down which will usually solve a problem, they call the police. OBVIOUSLY, there are situations where people are too loud and not responsive to requests for qiuet– this requires action. To simply hide in a house and waste police resources for something that could be solved with an easy conversation is a joke and should cost the caller money if the police deem the call a waste of time.

    I live in foxhall village with many other graduate students and we keep healthy discussion with our neighbors and never have a problem. Maybe GUP should try that out too.

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