ANC approves plans for a Georgetown Metro stop
Monday night the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E approved a resolution expressing Georgetown’s support for a Metro stop—a proposal previously rejected over 50 years ago. The resolution was approved unanimously.
The ANC’s resolution has a deadline of 2028 for the Metro stop to be completed, but don’t get too excited. The ANC commissioners themselves are doubtful that the project can be completed by then, saying that they expect it to be completed closer to 2040 instead.
Chairman Ron Lewis introduced the resolution by asking the commissioners and general public to separate myth from reality, refuting the idea that “crusty old Georgetown residents killed the Metro years ago.”
Lewis said that in reality the opinions of the residents at that time were mixed; rather strong opposition from business owners as well as concern from Metro engineers killed the project. Business interests of Georgetown argued that the massive construction necessary would harm consumer traffic to their shops. Metro engineers feared Georgetown soil would create structural problems; the slope from the Potomac to M Street was too great.
But it seems that those concerns no longer exist, as no objections to the Metro stop were raised at the meeting.
According to Lewis, the resolution expresses support specifically for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority‘s own proposal of a Georgetown Metro, encapsulated in its future plan called Momentum. The resolution not only fits in with the WMATA’s plan, but also exhorts them to expedite the pace of construction of the Georgetown Metro stop. The resolution sets the deadline at 2028; this is in line with the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) 2028 plan—a multi-faceted proposal which aims to “preserve what’s great, fix what’s broken, and create what’s missing,” said a BID representative at the meeting.
The Georgetown ANC is the last of four Georgetown bodies to submit their approval to the WMATA. By doing so, they will join Georgetown University, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, Georgetown BID, and the Georgetown Business Association in approval of the plan.
Either business owners and Metro overpowered the will of the people 50 years ago, or Georgetown has finally realized what it has been missing.
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