BREAKING: University, neighbors reach agreement on campus plan
Today, a little past noon, President John J. DeGioia sent an email, subject line “Good News on Campus Plan,” announcing the official agreement on the campus plan. After months, well, years, of back and forth between the University and neighborhood groups, this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Mayor Vince Gray and ANC 2E Chairman Ron Lewis will stand beside DeGioia to formally declare the end of campus plan negotiations.
In the email, DeGioia says that the agreement is a fair and balanced representation of the community and the university’s interests. Presumably, more information on the agreement will be explained later today at the event.
“Georgetown is a university, and it is a neighborhood. Today, we move forward as one,” DeGioia concluded in his email.
This email comes after another one earlier today from Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson, announcing the agreement and stating that the “needs of our students were present in every discussion we had. Making our campus a more comfortable and inviting place to live and socialize is a win both for students and for the local community.” Olson also mentioned that in the future, students would be involved in this Georgetown Community Partnership.
Look back for another post later today on the happenings at the announcement event on P Street and 36th. Full email after the jump!
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
This afternoon I will join D.C. Mayor Vince Gray and the chairman of our Georgetown ANC, Ron Lewis, to announce that the university and our neighbors have reached an agreement on our campus plan.
I am confident that this agreement represents the interests of our entire community and aligns our long-term strategic plans with the goals of our growing city.
As many of you know, this has been a long process. In February, a leadership team from the university began a new set of negotiations with representatives from the neighborhood leadership to find common ground on our campus plan.
These very productive discussions have resulted in a plan that protects our ability to grow as a university, lays out a path for long-term planning and creates a new framework for effective partnership with our neighbors and the city.
I want to express my deep gratitude to the many members of our community who contributed to this important development in the life of our university.
So many have given of their time and energy to make this a successful achievement for Georgetown University and for the District. I am thankful for your continued commitment to our community.
As we celebrate this agreement alongside our neighbors and the city, we recognize that this is the beginning of the next step for our university. I look forward to continuing to work together both within and outside of our campus gates to undertake the work that lies ahead in the spirit of deep engagement and partnership.
Georgetown is a university, and it is a neighborhood. Today, we move forward as one.
John J. DeGioia