Unsurprising to anyone who has followed Georgetown University’s 2010 Campus Plan—which the University officially filed last week—the Citizens Association of Georgetown and D.C. Councilman Jack Evans have come out against the proposal.
In a press release, Evans said he was “disappointed to learn that the University’s proposed campus plan does not include any significant action to move more undergraduate students onto the main campus.”
He did, however, praise the University for dropping the proposed 1789 block and the chimney extension from the plan.
Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88), president of the CAG, released a much more critical statement regarding the plan.
“The plan is disappointing in that it proposes no new student housing,” Altemus wrote. The University dropped the 1789 block plan, a proposal that would have created student housing, but was opposed by the CAG because it fell outside of the defined campus area of the University.
The association still believes that the University has not listened to their opinions, despite the University dropping the 1789 block plan and the chimney extension in an effort to meet neighborhood concerns.
“While the omission of these initiatives is recognized, no progress has been made on the community’s principal demand that the University move a substantial number of students back on campus or house them in a satellite campus,” Altemus wrote.
Evans plans to “work with the community to ensure that the University comes forth with a viable plan for moving the majority of undergraduates back to the main campus,” while Altemus and the CAG will continue to appeal to the D.C. Zoning Board with their opinions on the proposal.
Councilman Jack Evans’ press release:
Evans Disappointed with Georgetown Campus Plan
Lack of On-Campus Housing Fails to Address Neighborhood Concerns
Washington, DC – Councilmember Evans today expressed disappointment with Georgetown University’s 2010-2020 proposed Campus Plan, recently filed with the District Zoning Commission.
“I was disappointed to learn that the University’s proposed campus plan does not include any significant action to move more undergraduate students onto the main campus,” said Evans.
The proposal does drop the original plans for the 1789 property, as well as an extension of the University’s heating and cooling chimney to over 80 feet.
“While I do appreciate the University compromising on the 1789 block and the smokestack, clearly the most important issue to the neighborhood and the single issue not addressed by the plan, is relocating undergraduate students back to campus,” Evans said.
“I will continue to work with the community to ensure that the University comes forth with a viable plan for moving the majority of undergraduates back to the main campus.”
Jennifer Altemus’ statement:
Georgetown University filed their 2010-2020 Campus Plan with the District of Columbia Zoning Commission last week. A copy is available on line at community.georgetown.edu/campusplan.html. The plan is disappointing in that it proposes no new student housing – a priority issue for the community — and therefore does nothing to mitigate the problems created by the current density of undergraduate and graduate students living in the neighborhoods. Indeed by proposing to increase graduate enrollment by 2100 students the plan will exacerbate existing objectionable conditions. GU cannot continue to use the neighborhood for its residence halls.
The submitted plan does not include two items from its draft rendition to which the community strenuously objected: an 83′ tall smokestack and the 1789 block proposal to demolish historic townhouses to build faculty/student housing outside the traditional campus in the residential area. While the omission of these initiatives is recognized, no progress has been made on the community’s principal demand that the University move a substantial number of students back on campus or house them in a satellite campus. On the idea of satellite campuses the University only committed “to investigate the possibility of relocating the School of Continuing Studies and certain continuing studies programs to satellite locations.”
We look forward to presenting our facts and recommendations to the Zoning Commission. We will continue to seek a compromise that better manages enrollment, increases on-campus housing, improves campus and neighborhood safety and reduces parking and traffic impacts. More information can be found on our website at www.cagtown.org.