ANC Wrapup: Neighbors give GU approval to build what neighbors pressured GU to build
Monday night, the fearless ANC approved zoning requests for the Northeast Triangle Dorm and renovation of the old Jesuit residence, and continued their hallowed tradition of deliberating on how hard life is in the Georgetown Historic District.
In the Public Safety and Police Report, a Georgetown police officer expressed concern over increasing counts of stop sign runners on 34th, and drag racing. A recent call to the police station claimed that a driver ran a stop sign and threw a beer can at the man and dog, whom his car had nearly plowed down. Vox concedes ANC may have a legitimate concern when it comes to drag racing.
In New Business, the Commission discussed their favorite unsavory topic—additions to the facades of Georgetown’s historic buildings. The collective panties of residents have been repeatedly bunched when they were not made aware of neighbors’ outdoor redecorating.
“Resolutions that go to the Old Georgetown Board are … not just on the historic nature of building. [The Old Georgetown Board] are not aware of the how the project fits in the neighborhood adjacent with the neighboring properties,” said Chairman Ron Lewis.
The ANC finally decided to take action on this neighborhood plight by unanimously passing legislation drafted by the Citizens Association of Georgetown, requiring neighbor notification of exterior remodeling plans.
“It’s our job to convey this information,” concluded Lewis.
Such ground-breaking legislation is all in a day’s work at the ANC, but the night was still young. The meeting moved to the Zoning portion of the evening, where zoning requests for the Northeast Triangle Dorm as well as the renovation of the former Jesuit residence were considered for ANC approval.
Both commissioners and University representatives spoke favorably on the two projects and on hunky-dory relations between parties throughout the process so far.
In attendance, ubiquitous GUSA President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) spoke to this positivity: “We have engaged a number of students on campus and are excited and grateful to see this process along.”
Both projects received unanimous ANC approval. Such approval is only a step in the process, as ANC-approved projects are sent to the Old Georgetown Board for another round of vetting.
As peachy as University and neighbor interactions were at this month’s ANC meeting, Vox cannot help but expect this high to slightly diminish come Thursday night around 11 p.m..