It looks like opponents of Georgetown’s outward expansion who seek to avoid the University becoming a campus of C.H.U.Ds may instead encourage GU to look across the Potomac for answers to its space problems.
A recent WaPo article titled “With Georgetown University fast running out of room, Virginia beckons” provocatively lays out the argument that the University will ultimately be forced to look outside of D.C. if it wishes to expand in the future. The article cites the University’s continued conflict with ANC2E along with our promise to build 250 new beds on-campus or outside of zip code 20007 as indicators that future expansion within the neighborhood will prove difficult.
Currently, Georgetown is committed to building both 250 new undergraduate beds and a new, 1000-student satellite campus for continuing studies students. At the moment, the only potential site publicly identified for new undergraduate housing is the current Leavey Center Hotel, and University spokesperson Rachel Pugh confirmed in an email that while “locations throughout the D.C. metro area are being considered,” the University has not yet determined its space needs for the new satellite campus.
The Post notes that Georgetown already has a history of development in Arlington, having attempted to generate interest in the development of the Virginia Suites Hotel along with the current Archstone Rosslyn as potential student dorms. Currently, the University operates the Center for Continuing and Professional Education in Arlington, which opened in 2004.
h/t: WaPo. Check out a map of Georgetown’s past expansion efforts in Virginia after the jump.
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