ANC 3D to American: Stay out of sight
On Monday, ANC 3D issued its ruling on the American University Campus Plan, with several conditions [PDF] that make our own ANC look downright reasonable by comparison.
AU is trying to build a new residence hall [PDF] on its East Campus to meet intense student demand and make use of its relatively spacious campus. Presently, almost a third of AU students live in off-campus housing, whereas only about 15 percent of Georgetown students live in Burleith or West Georgetown.
But neighbors want these new residents to stay out of sight and mind.
“Student residences should be built with windows that do not open to limit noise impacts on neighboring residents and with tinted windows that shield from residents’ views the type of window hangings that are characteristically found in the windows of AU’s student dorms.”
Specifically, the neighbors seem to want AU students to become C.H.U.D.‘s.
“Meeting space on the East Campus should either be eliminated or located underground to minimize the visual and noise impact on neighbors for this use of the site.”
And don’t even get them started on dreaded “student-serving retail”: It is “out of character” with the area and will “interfere with neighbors’ enjoyment of a primarily low-density residential neighborhood environment.”
And, for good measure, keep those dirty college students away from their poor children. AU will be required to “prevent use of the Horace Mann recreational space by AU students in order to preserve a quality neighborhood amenity for neighborhood residents and their young children.”
Keep in mind that AU, unlike Georgetown, has conceded to a mandatory enrollment cap of 10,600 persons. These ridiculous proposals are enough to make even the masses huddled in D.C. jail for 61D violations cry, “Whither Ron Lewis!”