Cheh proposes seizing University in joke memo
This time, however, Cheh seems to be digging her own trenches into “Battleground Burleith.”
As if actually declaring war our sugary beverages wasn’t enough, among the items in Tuesday’s facetious memo are replacing all packaged food with broccoli in vending machines across the District and seizing three of the city’s universities.
“The Committee takes notice that the ten-year review of the campus plans of Georgetown University, American University and the University of the District of Columbia has caused far too much community discord in the District of Columbia,” the report reads.
“Therefore, the Committee recommends that the government of the District of Columbia…hereby condemns and seizes all land and the physical structures located therein of the above mentioned Universities.”
Under the “plan,” Georgetown University would become a Metro station; American University, a dog park; and UDC, a strip mall.
Although this memo is a joke, Cheh – unlike Councilman Jack Evans, who actually represents the area around the University – went out of her way to testify against the 2010 Campus Plan at the May 12 meeting of the Zoning Commission. She particularly opposes the GUTS loop road because residents of her district might be able to see or hear the busses from across Glover-Archibold Park on the western end of campus.
Cheh is also known for her support of a payment-in-lieu-of-tax arrangement for universities and other nonprofits.