GU cedes to neighborhood demands, will add more beds
Georgetown announced changes to its 2010 Campus Plan yesterday, including plans to lower its main campus enrollment cap and add 250 beds either on-campus or outside of the area by the fall of 2014.
If the University goes the on-campus route, it must file an application with the D.C. Zoning Commission for “further processing of an on-campus residence hall.” It is unclear whether “further processing” means adding beds to current rooms or constructing more rooms on existing dorms. In May 2009, though, architects hired by the University identified spaces on campus that could potentially hold up to 800 beds — including North Kehoe, Harbin Esplanade, North Residential (an area past Darnall Hall), a small extension to Village C, and the walkway outside of Lauinger Library.
If not added to the main campus, the beds will be put in an “off-campus housing location outside of residentially-owned land within zip code 20007,” a boundary which covers the whole of the Georgetown, Foxhall, and Glover Park neighborhoods. While Georgetown owns property elsewhere in D.C. and also in Virginia, a pre-hearing submission filed with the Zoning Commission did not identify any specific locations.
Last December, the University scrapped plans to build the “1789 block,” a housing complex for graduate students and faculty. The plan, which faced significant opposition from neighbors, would have included approximately 120 beds and 80 parking spaces.
The University also proposed to lower its main campus enrollment cap from 16,133 to 15,000. However, only 133 spots in the total enrollment will be eliminated; 1,000 students in the School of Continuing Studies will be relocated to satellite campus by the end of 2013. The proposed cap of 6,675 undergraduate students remains unchanged.
Other changes announced in the pre-hearing submission include one promise to work with the National Park Service to “minimize any slope changes and loss of trees and to provide appropriate screening” while constructing an on-campus loop road and another to not use a proposed Kehoe Field enclosure for convocations. The University also agreed to submit annual compliance reports with the D.C. Office of Planning and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission about its enrollment and housing commitments.
The Zoning Commission will hold its first hearing about Georgetown’s Campus Plan on Apr. 14.
After the jump, we’ve republished the pre-hearing submission and its proposed conditions.
The pre-hearing submission:
The proposed conditions: