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.