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

4 Comments on “BREAKING: University, neighbors reach agreement on campus plan

  1. Poor Vince. His first good news day in a while – and Kwamegate breaks.

  2. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    On this fated afternoon I will face the chairman of our Georgetowne high council, Knight Ron Lewis, in grisly hand-to-hand combat to determine whose vision for the Campus Plan will prevail in fair Georgetowne. Lord Mayor Vince Gray will preside over the carnage and enforce this ancient rite’s sole rule–no kicks to the junk.

    I am confident that this sickening fight to the death atop Georgetown’s seal represents the best interests of our entire community, as with my flanged mace, Grinder, I have never failed to pulverize the eye jellies of my enemies.

    As many of you know, we have exhausted all other options for resolving this dispute. In February, a leadership team from the university and representatives from the neighborhood began a new set of negotiations, convening in the great Healy Hall of our forefathers to drink mead, dally with maidens fair, and blow our noses in the tablecloth. Each attendee got a suckling pig to himself. But with our number unable to find common ground after 47 hours of intense, closed-door negotiation, Lewis rent his garments, and in a fury unto madness, invoked “victoria aut mors,” which is why Olson, my boy squire, is strapping me into my resplendent armor, which some say was forged for John the Thompson, second in his name, as I dictate this.

    I want to express my deep gratitude to the many members of our community who have sent me wreaths of laurel to bid me good fortune in my fight. But in the intervening hours before we celebrate my glorious victory, when I shall mount what is left of the head on Georgetowne’s great gates, we must prepare for the beginning of the next step for our university–a Great War that will unite the thuggish MSB tribes of the North, the SFSers of the South, with all their sibilant scheming, and the inscrutable mystics of Wolfington Hall.

    Georgetowne is a university, and soon, it will control all its surrounding neighborhoods. Today, we move forward as one army, the distant thud of whose footsteps will drain the spirits of Lady Lenore Rubino’s most seasoned fighters, and engulf our enemies’ world in flame and despair.

    I look forward to continuing to the work that lies ahead in the spirit of deep engagement and partnership.

    Cura Personalis,

    John of Gioia
    King and Lord Commander of the fearsome Blue and Grey

  3. Should you be showing a toddler instead of a baby since this plan is 2+ years old? :-)

  4. The King in Healy! The King in Healy! THE KING IN HEALY!

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