ANC Wrap-up: Unhappy residents

Concessions are not good enough

In an unsurprising move, the ANC found the University’s recent concessions to the community insufficient and made no amendment to their recommendations [PDF] passed in their Feb 28th meeting. Commissioner Ron Lewis claimed the “concessions” did not address their complaints.

“The feeling appears to be similar so we will not change our findings and recommendations,” he said.

Resident jealous of trees in other wards

In the open comment section of the meeting, resident Ann Goodman objected to the wrought iron tree protectors lining Georgetown streets. According to her, they were not 18 inches away from the curb and thus prone to collision with cars.

“My biggest issue is that they’re really kind of tacky looking,” Goodman pointed out.

To boot, Goodman pointed out that other parts of the city had nicer looking tree fixings: you know, the ones with the little rings on top, which are way cuter.

“Why do they get cheap on Georgetown?” she said. “We’re probably paying for them.”

Frank and Starrels, to your corners

Linda Greenan, assistant vice president for external affairs, and Karen Frank, vice president for facilities and student housing, came on behalf of the University to secure ANC support before acquiring the necessary permits for the upcoming renovation of Nevils.

“The bulk of the work will be done in the first three weeks,” Greenan said, citing that asbestos removal and water damage repairs required a complete gutting of the facility. She later added that the rehabilitation portion will last until August and courtyard work will continue until November.

“We are wanting to do interior work around the clock,” said Greenan. The administrators initially proposed that work be done from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the first three weeks, with the assurance that outdoor work would cease at 7 p.m. Additionally, trucks would remove the dumpsters at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., times agreed upon with Holy Trinity Church which is across the street.

“I don’t think the community will go for this,” Lewis said.

The biggest complaint was the unacceptably long work hours. Commissioner Bill Starrels even wanted no work to start before 9am and 11am on weekends.

Although Frank said she would work with the contractor, Starrels fervently insisted that an assurance be made now that workdays, and especially trash pickup, would not begin until 9 a.m.

Frank retorted, “I think my answer was very clear when I said I would work with the contractor.”

In the end, the ANC passed a supporting resolution filled with as many caveats as could be fitted on the page. One caveat required Greenan to meet with Starrels and Jones to work out details, since their areas were most likely to be impacted. Greenan gently reminded the Commission that Commissioner Jake Sticka‘s (COL ’13) constituency was actually the most likely to be impacted by the work.

Oddly quiet during the debate was Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88) who admitted at the special ANC meeting in January that she loved living in Nevils. Perhaps she is just holding out for a $200 check from the University.

8 Comments on “ANC Wrap-up: Unhappy residents

  1. The vapidity of these “debates” is mind-boggling. As much as the Burlieth residents are affecting Georgetown plans, I’m starting to pity them based on how empty their lives seem to be. Maybe a party would do them good?

  2. Oh man. I can’t wait to go to the Zoning Hearing on the 14th and watch the battle go down. I might bring popcorn and a large soda. Lenore Rubino, bring it on.

    (For the record, if anyone else wants to go for kicks: 6:30pm, April 14th, at 441 4th St NW, DC Office of Zoning Hearing Room on the 2nd floor. Just take Dupont to Judiciary Square, and it’s the huge building on your immediate left when you pop out of the Metro.)

  3. As much as I have issues with the Georgetown administration I think I could hug Greenan for her “gentle reminder.”

    And hooray for hypocritical, wishy-washy alumni. I’m glad Ms. Altemus is giving our grads such a wonderful reputation. I’m sure it will help with job getting in a month and a week.

  4. Ron Lewis’ response is more proof that the ANC is opposing GU automatically and mindlessly, and that their previous demands were dishonest. They wanted the University to provide more housing, and when it’s offered, he claims that it doesn’t address the neighbors’ complaints. They said they wanted a lower total enrollment, and when GU concedes, Lewis claims it doesn’t address the neighbors’ complaints. After more than two decades of following the antics of the ANCs, it’s clearer than ever that Lewis and his colleagues can’t be trusted.

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