UPDATE: Community reacts negatively to GU development plan

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Map of Georgetown and surrounding areas from the University's 2010-2020 proposed development plan
Map of Georgetown and surrounding areas from the University's 2010-2020 proposed development plan

Georgetown University filed its 2010-2020 proposed Campus Plan with the D.C. Zoning Commission, announced Assistant Vice President in the Office of External Relations Linda Greenan.  "The plan outlines modest proposals for growth within existing campus boundaries and directly reflects more than two years of conversations with community residents," she said.

UPDATE: Community Responds Against GU Expansion Plan
Initial community reaction to the official Georgetown University 10-year development plan is decidedly negative, mainly because there is no provision for increased on-campus housing to reduce off-campus student living, particularly in group homes in West Georgetown and Burleith.  GU officially filed the plan, “outlining modest proposals for growth within existing campus boundaries over the next decade,” on Wednesday with the District’s Zoning Commission.
“The core issue to the community is the need to move undergraduates back on campus and unfortunately this proposal has no increase at all in on-campus housing,” said Ron Lewis, chair of Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E.  “It is very seriously flawed.”
Ed Solomon, the ANC 2E commissioner representing Burleith, said: “It’s disappointing to me because it doesn’t address moving students back on campus.”   
The Citizens Association of Georgetown is also opposing GU’s expansion plan.  The current edition of the CAG newsletter is a call-to-action Special Edition on “What GU Wants & Why CAG is Opposed.”   CAG is also distributing yard signs that say OPPOSE GU's CAMPUS PLAN or OUR HOMES NOT GU's DORMS.
The University strongly defends it proposal.  “The plan reflects our fundamental commitments to academic quality, strengthening on-campus community life, protecting and preserving environmental resources and being a good neighbor,” said GU President John J. DeGioia.  “Our location in Washington, D.C., is not only a tremendous resource for our future but also a great asset for our community.”
The current proposal makes two significant community-inspired changes.  GU has dropped plans to develop the 1789 block of 36th Street, NW, and no longer wants to extend the existing heating and cooling chimney to over 80 feet, an increase specifically opposed by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans.
“We will continue to work with the community throughout the zoning process in an effort to continue to respond to any remaining concerns,” said Linda Greenan, head of GU’s Office of External Relations.

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Meanwhile, CAG announced that yard signs protesting the plan are ready for pick-up at the

One of the yard signs available from CAG (Photo by: Citizens Association of Georgetown) One of the yard signs available from CAG
CAG office.  "If you would like to support the effort to hold the University to their commitment for responsible growth, please pick up a sign from the CAG office at 1365 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200 (entrance via the exterior staircase on the O Street side)," says an email from CAG Vice President Betsy Cooley. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 until 5. Or call (337-7313) or email (cagmail@cagtown.org) to arrange another drop off/pick up time, Cooley said in an email.

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The Tatler

there is NOTHING modest about this plan. actually, it's more ENTITLED OBNOXIOUS GRANDIOSITY from the university.

Burleith resident

How about the So called "community" just gets up and moves out. I'm sick and tired of my neighbors complaining about everything and blaming it all on Georgetown. I'm not a student and in 10 years of living on T street I've never had a problem with students. I've had a problem with "community" members not shoveling their sidewalk, not cleaning up after their pets and parking like idiots. But, I don't go to their employer and tell them to clean up the mess. I go directly to the people involved. Enough with this BS about Georgetown ruining the neighborhood. Georgetown and it's students are the neighborhood. if you lived here before 1789 then you might have a case. Deal with the students as adults. Don't blame the school for everything they do. If you treat your neighbors with respect they will return the favor. If you treat them like second class citizens then don't expect them to be nice to you. How bout the "Tatler" pulls a Westy Byrd and leaves the neighborhood for good. The fact that the CAG and ANC actually has a say in what Georgetown does in the future is a joke but good on Georgetown for at least involving them and listening to them. It's time for new leadership in the CAG and ANC. Leadership that treats EVERY member of the "community" with respect.

John Kenchelian

In what way is this obnoxious grandiosity? Is there any reasonable argument you can make that any aspect of this plan is grandiose?
For reference:
Grandiose = "impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur" according to thefreedictionary.com
Is it unnecessary to have enough library space to accomodate all undergraduates wishing to study during finals? Is it unnecessary to not have a high school field for a college football team? Is it unnecessary for one of the top 10 college basketball programs in the country to have any sort of training space? Is it unnecessary to make the GUTS buses travel more on campus than in the neighborhoods? If not, I'd be glad to have a whole fleet of GUTS buses drive by in Burleith and Georgetown every day of the week. Is it unnecessary to have any kind of student space on a campus specifically designed for students?
If you still think so, I'd love to hear your arguments because if they were legitimate at all, it would literally spell the end of the world as we know it.

Completely Annoyed

Couldn't agree more. GU is an entitled university that cares nothing for its surrounding community. STOP enlarging your student population until you can house them on campus! Amen.


It appears undisputed that Georgetown University has legally increased its student body, especially graduate students, beyond what some residents anticipated and like. Many West Georgetowners strongly prefer to have the University build additional housing on the main campus to reduce adverse off-campus impacts, but it has chosen not to do that. Will DC impose on the University the affirmative obligation to build additional on-campus housing as part of a zoning case? Will it do so where the University apparently provides as much or more on-campus housing than other schools? Or will DC require the University in a zoning case to eliminate from its student body thousands of graduate students that it has properly enrolled? If it did so without being ordered to do that, would it be sued?

John Kenchelian

@CompletelyAnnoyed.....you should stop being annoyed and start learning something about Georgetown. If you don't know what I mean, you've just proved my point that you of all people have no business calling Georgetown entitled.