Friday, August 8, 2014

Lower Georgia Ave Community Review is tomorrow; come let your voice be heard

Tomorrow is a big community meeting for folks living around Georgia south of the Petworth Metro: the idea is to get feedback from the community, from business owners, and from other stakeholders and talk about the future of the street. There will be refreshments, talks by council and ANC candidates, and also presentations from students who helped with the Community Review by doing mapping of all the businesses and other analysis (who I actually worked with too! More on that to come.)

Here's the details, hope folks can make it for some part!

The Lower Georgia Avenue Community Review is tomorrow!
Please don’t miss this opportunity to engage on the major issues facing the community.  Attend all or part of the event.  If you would like coffee and continental breakfast, please arrive on time since food or drinks are not allowed in the session rooms or the auditorium.
There has been further discussion of the Park Morton Redevelopment process by DMPED New Communities Director Kimberly Black-King at the Park View UNC meeting held Wednesday August 6th.  Notes from this meeting can be read at
Representatives from DMPED and DCHA will be at the sessions tomorrow.  The developers are welcome to attend but not present.
WHEN: Saturday August 9th from 9-4

WHERE: The Howard University School of Architecture at 6th and Howard Place NW

DIRECTIONS: From Georgia Avenue traveling south make a left on Howard Place.  The School of Architecture is on the right at the next intersection.

PARKING: There is a lot on the side of the building.  The parking lot entrance is just south of Howard Place on Georgia Avenue.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: Available from the parking lot entrance

Who is this Review for?
This review is for residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders of Lower Georgia Avenue.  We especially want the residents to see what’s happening in the community and bring fresh ideas.

What will happen?
In the morning participants can attend small group sessions focusing on three important issues affecting the Lower Georgia Avenue corridor:

The Park Morton Redevelopment Project: Four development teams have submitted proposals to redevelop the Park Morton site.  The extent to which the community will be engaged in the process is still unclear.  Representatives from DCHA have been invited to to discuss this and other related issues.  All stakeholders in the Park Morton community should attend this session.

The Bruce Monroe Site: As a community we need to gather our thoughts on the long term use of the site. Should it stay a park?  Should it include a public facility?  Development?  This session is the start of a longer process to determine what we want.

Community Benefit Packages: Developers often include community benefits as part of their projects, but the stakeholders are not often asked for their preferences.  This session will be a guide to the realities of community benefits, with a list of our priorities.

A free lunch will be provided by the Georgia Avenue Businesses, followed by a large group session which will include:
A presentation from the Youth Ambassadors
Session summaries and further dialog
Statements from Mayoral and Ward 1 candidates in attendance

The schedule will be:

9:00     Continental breakfast
9:15     Orientation
9:30     First session – participants select one of three sessions
11:15   Second Session - participants select one of three sessions
1:00     Free lunch provided by the Georgia Avenue businesses
2:00     Large group session – Reports and further dialog

Do you need Spanish language interpretation or childcare?  If so email Sylvia Robinson at or (202) 462-2285 as soon as possible.

What is the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force?
The GACDTF is a community group representing merchants, non-profit organizations, individual community residents, and other stakeholders on Lower Georgia Avenue.  It was founded in December of 2009 to promote active citizen involvement in the redevelopment of Georgia Avenue.  The focus of the Task Force is the stretch of Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire Avenue to S St, with the two blocks east and west of Georgia Avenue included in our scope.  We meet every 2ndMonday and 4th Wednesday each month. 

If I can’t make the Review, how can I stay in touch?
Contact Sylvia Robinson at (202) 462-2285 or , or join the Task Force listserve directly at

Thank You to our sponsors who are making this possible:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C
The Georgia Avenue Business Alliance
The DC Prevention Center for Wards 1 and 2
The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights

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