Campus Plan Agreement Announced – Details to Follow

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ANC Chair Ron Lewis, Mayor Gray and GU President DeGioia celebrate the agrement
ANC Chair Ron Lewis, Mayor Gray and GU President DeGioia celebrate the agrement

An agreement between the Georgetown community and the University over the ten-year campus plan was announced on Wednesday afternoon by the top leaders of the community, Georgetown Univesity and the District Government.  Coming together to mark the successful end of months of negotiation, were Ron Lewis, chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, Mayor Vincent Gray, GU President John DeGioia and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans.  

President DeGioia (3rd from left) is joined by Commissioners Jeff Jones, Ron Lewis and Bill Starrels (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) President DeGioia (3rd from left) is joined by Commissioners Jeff Jones, Ron Lewis and Bill Starrels

The detailed agreement is to be posted on the ANC web site on Thursday because "we're still working on it," according to Lewis.  The guiding principle, however, is a balance between the immediate desire for protection by the residential communities of Georgetown and Foxhall while allowing for the long-term growth of the university.

Commisioner Starrels and GU VP Linda Greenan at the announcement (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Commisioner Starrels and GU VP Linda Greenan at the announcement

Others at the press conference, held outdoors in bright, sunny weather at P and 36th Streets, NW, were Commissioners Bill Starrels and Jeff Jones, Bob Avery of the Foxhall Community Citizens Association and Jennifer Steingasser of the DC Office of Planning.  All praised the collegial nature of the discussions that led to the final result. "What they have done is developed a prototype, set a precedent for how these issues are to be dealt with in the future," said Mayor Gray.

Jennifer Steingasser of the DC Office of Planning (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jennifer Steingasser of the DC Office of Planning

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Anonymous

Great, can we now get GU to make a PILOT to the DC Government?
Why do all the private Universities get a free ride, when Harvard, MIT, and many other private colleges make payments to their local governments??