The surplusing of the Hurt Home is finally up for a vote before the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment tomorrow, Thursday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m.
The historic R Street property will eventually be developed into condominiums by the Argos Group if the building is cleared to be sold by the City in tomorrow's vote, which it almost certainly will. For weeks, the Home has been the focus of robust community comment and complaint, which ultimately resulted in a drastic downsizing of Argos' plans for the property from over 30 to about 15 condo units.
It also made some trouble for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, when local residents who felt that they had not been included enough by the City and developer in development discussions placed a flood of calls to his office. Evans has disputed those claims all along, first at a June 16 roundtable with the Committee on Government Operations, and then more dramatically at a July 1 meeting, where he brandished a November 2009 copy of the Georgetown Current which recapped an important community meeting with residents on the Hurt Home.
At that meeting, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells agreed, saying, "There have probably been more public meetings on this property than on any other property being surplused since I’ve been elected in Ward 6."